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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embargoed until 6 a.m. FARGO — Chad Derby went behind his house on the city's north side a week ago to get his little Yamaha scooter and found it had disappeared from its parking space by the alley. After he reported it to Fargo police, Moorhead police called him and said they found it over there after whoever was riding it got into a crash and fled the scene on someone else's scooter, leaving Derby's mangled scooter for the impound. "They damaged it beyond repair," Derby said. "They tore off the side panel, I suppose, so the police wouldn't be able to recognize it.
FARGO — By this time next year, the downtown Howard Johnson Inn will have been demolished and the Sidestreet Grille & Pub will have moved nearby to make way for dike construction, Diversion Authority officials said today. The purchase agreement totals $7 million, with $1 million paid upfront to help the bar relocate, said Mark Brodshaug, a member of the authority board, and diversion consultant Eric Dodds. A copy of the contract, signed July 23, states the Sidestreet bar will move to 404 4th Ave. N., the same building once occupied by the city assessor's office.
FARGO – Bison fans looking forward to watching a football game at the Fargodome with a beer at their side may have to wait another year. With a month to go before North Dakota State University's first home game, there isn't enough time to put in place everything needed to start serving alcohol and do it right, City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn said Tuesday.
FARGO – The question was simple: How would a flood-control dam on the Red River affect farmers working the land on the wet side?
FARGO – For a restaurateur who wishes to sell alcohol to customers, the city offers a choice of 10 different liquor licenses.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Country fans love hearing songs about the rain, but the thousands at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes are probably not going to enjoy the rain that may be headed their way this evening. "It's likely to rain for a while on WE Fest," WDAY meteorologist John Wheeler said this morning.
FARGO — Bison football fans might get to drink alcohol in their seats at the Fargodome after all, instead of being relegated to a beer garden as earlier proposed. Just one catch: There could be a two-beer limit. Mayor Tim Mahoney said Wednesday he has discussed with North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani a plan pairing beer sales throughout most of the stadium with a limit on the number of drinks.
FARGO — Even when it's not rush hour, traffic on University Drive South starting at the Interstate 94 ramp is at a crawl this week thanks to construction. "This is our transportation backbone and anytime we mess with it, it does cause problems, I know that," said Jeremy Gorden, who oversees transportation engineering for the city. Gorden said there are only a few tools available to reduce the impact. One is to set the traffic lights so north-south traffic gets longer green lights.
FARGO — Bruce Grubb, the interim city administrator, will have a lot more leeway to define the job than his interim title suggests. Mayor Tim Mahoney said Tuesday that he expects Grubb, who also serves as enterprise director, to make some decisions about how staff will be managed and responsibilities delegated.
FARGO — Formal groundbreaking on the new prairie garden at Rabanus Park southwest of the West Acres mall is planned for next week, but the ground itself, filled with tall rippling grass, was prepared months ago. Nicole Crutchfield, the city's planning administrator, said Monday that the Park District had stopped mowing to let the native grass reassert itself in preparation for the big stormwater retention pond's transformation. Next, workers will remove the concrete channel that runs down the middle of the pond and turn it into a waterfall that flows through wetlands and into a stream.