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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FARGO — Though on opposite sides of a lawsuit, Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority officials said they felt they were tantalizingly close to a compromise with Minnesota regulators recently until the state abruptly cut off communications. "I would say I was surprised but mostly disappointed," Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams, the Diversion Authority's vice chairwoman, told The Forum Thursday, June 22.
FARGO — Three finalists for the job of Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion Authority executive director were approved by the organization's board at its meeting Thursday, June 22. They are Scott Higbee, Jay Neider and Melodee Loyer. All are engineers with experience overseeing major public works projects, preferably costing more than $500 million, and who understand the public-private partnership, or P3, funding model used by the authority, according to Michael Redlinger, who serves as one of two interim executive directors.
FARGO — The Nestor, one of the oldest surviving bars in town, is expected to shut down by the end of the year, according to a city official. City Auditor Steve Sprague told the Liquor Control Board on Wednesday, June 21, that owner Doug DeMinck is selling his liquor license to Tailgator's Sports Cafe effective at the end of December. That's when DeMinck's lease ends and he will close the bar, Sprague said. The board agreed to let the sale happen at its Wednesday meeting with the understanding that The Nestor will continue to use the license until it closes.
FARGO — The Downtown Community Partnership has hired the co-owner of the Toasted Frog restaurant as its interim president and CEO, the group said Tuesday, June 20. Jonathan Holth, who starts his new job the same day, will replace Mike Hahn, who resigned May 16 after nearly seven years on the job.
FARGO — The City Commission's chambers at the new City Hall building will not have windows partly because city officials are worried about security, according to City Administrator Bruce Grubb. "We hate to think that way, but there might be a security problem there," Grubb said. "The police chief did say, 'You've got windows there, Tim, your head's a perfect target,'" Mayor Tim Mahoney said. "So we said, 'OK, let's rethink this.'"
FARGO — Despite getting a lot less money from state aid compared to recent years, the city remains on budget, Finance Director Kent Costin told city commissioners Monday, June 19. Through May, the city's total revenue was $43.5 million, 1 percent less than city staff anticipated, while total expenses were $35.5 million, 6 percent less than anticipated. Costin said he and his staff are "feeling good" about their revenue forecast.
MOORHEAD – A former professor who sued Minnesota State University Moorhead for age discrimination has reached a settlement with the university, her attorneys said Friday, June 16. Claudia Murphy will receive $150,000 from MSUM for wage and nonwage damages and attorney’s fees, according to Schaefer Halleen, a Minneapolis law firm.
FARGO — The city's Human Relations Commission declined to wade into the controversy over the namesake of Woodrow Wilson High School at its meeting Thursday, June 15, at City Hall. Commissioner Paul Jensen said he recognized that certain historical figures may have done things considered today to be very offensive, "but doesn't really serve much of a purpose in my opinion to start renaming here and renaming there."
FARGO — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the victim of a fatal crash on Wednesday, June 14, near Tower City. The victim was Rogina Cusic, 56, of Bismarck, the patrol said in a news release Thursday, June 15. The crash happened about 11:30 a.m. on Interstate 94 about 4 miles east of Tower City while Cusic was behind the wheel of a Toyota SUV. She was eastbound when the vehicle crossed the median, entered westbound lanes and overturned ending up in a ditch. Rescuers extricated her from the vehicle and airlifted her to a hospital in Fargo.
WEST FARGO — About three years ago, Alycia Peter got a job in a different department at Rasmussen College that she said had more room for growth. But, sitting alone in her new office, she realized she missed her old department where her co-workers were like family. They missed her, too, and persuaded her to come back when a new job opened. "I did leap at the opportunity to come back and haven't regretted it," she said.