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 — The last thing Brooke Lynn Crews put on the public portion of her Facebook page are the words: "When you truly stop caring what the (expletive) anyone thinks of you, you will reach a whole new level of freedom." That was on New Year's Eve, and only one friend commented. Starting on Friday, Aug. 25, many more people commented, but they were calling Crews names and wishing her a long stay in prison. Several wondered whether she had children of her own.
FARGO — Even more construction is expected on downtown's Roberts Street in the coming months as the Kilbourne Group plans a new mixed-use building north of the Roberts Commons building it recently started. The $13.5 million Dillard project is scheduled to break ground in October and be completed in spring 2019, Deb Wendel-Daub, a Kilbourne project manager, said Wednesday, Aug. 23.
MOORHEAD — Juan Cabanela was keeping close tabs on the weather forecast in Missouri, where he plans to be on Monday, Aug. 21. "I've never seen a total solar eclipse in my entire life. I've wanted to see one since I was a little kid," said the Minnesota State University Moorhead astronomer whose professional interest is the structure of galaxies.
FARGO — A developer of affordable housing is proposing a new building at the edge of downtown with below market rent in every unit, some going as low as $100 a month. "This is an area that's kind of up and coming," Erin Anderson, Midwest vice president for the Commonwealth Development Corp., said Tuesday, Aug. 15. "We may be in the early stages of transition for the neighborhood, but I know there's a lot of good things planned for it."
FARGO — Mayor Tim Mahoney's 2018 budget got preliminary approval from all city commissioners Monday, Aug. 14, but a clash over how much of a pay increase city staff will get is expected. The budget, which includes a 2 mill decrease in the property tax rate, would give all staff a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment.
FARGO — A complaint about a group home for former inmates was an opportunity for City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn to call for more tracking of this population at the commission's Monday, Aug. 14, meeting. City law requires property owners to apply for a permit for what's called "group living restricted residency" if they allow more than three unrelated people who have been convicted of a felony to live in one housing unit.
FARGO-MOORHEAD — More than 60 came to a candlelight vigil on the Veterans Memorial Bridge Sunday, Aug. 13., to honor the Charlottesville, Va., woman killed the day before in a counter-protest against white supremacists. The event was organized by the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition. Jen Welle, a Moorhead resident, told the crowd that silence in the face of hatred is not acceptable. "We have to remember Heather" and carry on her work, Welle said.
MOORHEAD — Hukun Abdullahi was running late. He had planned to meet some journalists at the small, bare-bones office his organization leases near Interstate 94 but was still in the middle of talks at Moorhead School District headquarters. "We got two liaison officers, one from Somalia, one from Iraq," he told the journalists Thursday, Aug. 10, after asking them to stop by the district building instead. "The project ended — it's ending this month. So we are working on the reports on what it has accomplished."
FARGO — Looking for ways to preserve the Jefferson neighborhood against deterioration, some residents here are looking to the past for inspiration. Specifically, they're proposing design standards for homes closest to downtown that would provide guidance to homeowners and developers to maintain the area's historic appearance.
FARGO — City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn wants the world to know he didn't collude with Breitbart, an alt-right national news outlet that sent a reporter to cover his criticism of refugee resettlement practices in October. The city sent out a news release last week disclosing that the High Plains Reader (HPR), a local alternative newspaper owned in part by City Commissioner John Strand, had filed an open-records request to see if Piepkorn had corresponded by email with Breitbart. Emails older than six months had been deleted, per city policy, and no correspondence was found.