Tran is an enterprise reporter with the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began his newspaper career in 1999 as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, now owned by Forum Communications. He began working for the Forum in September 2014. Tran grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington.
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MOORHEAD – James Van Raden Sr. died Tuesday morning, April 3, at 82 after what his children described a long, crotchety battle with old age. To the public, he was best known as the elderly man who sued Moorhead police in 2013 for using a Taser on him.
FARGO – Before an audience of appreciative retired truck drivers, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said Tuesday, April 3, that if their pension funds were allowed to collapse, the ripple effects could “take down our economy.”
FARGO — The first time this season that snow fell here and didn't melt right away was in early December, when a blizzard caused many schools to cancel classes or let students out early. It's been nearly 120 days, a third of a year, and the snow still hasn't gone away. It might seem like an extra long winter but, if you ask WDAY Chief Meteorologist John Wheeler, these snowy stretches aren't all that unusual, though the longevity of the winter snowpack is a bit above average.
FARGO — Cass County's retail economy appears to have slowed down in 2017, the third year that's happened, despite the turnaround the state as a whole saw last year, according to data the state tax commissioner released Wednesday, March 28.
FARGO — Right after the tax reform bill became law in December, leaders of Fargo-based Scheels All Sports decided employees would get some extra money, a company official said during Vice President Mike Pence's campaign-style rally here Tuesday, March 27. "We knew we wanted to do something intentional right away," said Chief Financial Officer Michelle Killoran. "So we decided to give a tax-reform bonus to our associates."
FARGO — With three of his officers on paid administrative leave after shooting two suspects in the past month, Police Chief David Todd on Monday, March 26, gave city commissioners a behind-the-scenes look at what happens next. The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Fargo Police Department are both investigating the officers' use of force, according to the chief. The department is also providing psychological support to the officers in the wake of what are also traumatic incidents for them.
FARGO — City leaders have agreed to Mayor Tim Mahoney's pick for the Airport Authority board, replacing a longtime member with someone new. The mayor, known for his disagreement with the board's decision not to build a parking ramp at the airport, won't reappoint Don Kilander, whose term ends April 8. Kilander was appointed by Mayor Bruce Furness in 2000. His replacement is Erik Lind, a commercial pilot and member of the Air National Guard who has not previously served on the airport board or in city government.
FARGO — Xcel Energy is seeking tax incentives from the city to redevelop a downtown site that used to be home to the company's manufactured gas plant nearly six decades ago. City commissioners voted 3-2 to study the company's proposal for a tax-increment financing district Monday, March 26, with Tony Gehrig and John Strand dissenting.
WEST FARGO — When he's teaching a beginner how to shoot a pistol, Darrell Kersting doesn't look at the target to see where the bullets are going but at the shooter's hands and eyes. "If you maybe see a lot of what's called 'muzzle flip,' they maybe are not holding the gun up as high so it balances and receives that energy correctly," he said Friday night, March 23, his voice drowned out at times by gunfire at the range behind him.
FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority's plan B, which radically altered the upstream dam in hopes of satisfying Minnesota regulators, will require a financial plan B as well, according to officials involved.