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 — On the longest night of the year, a group of pallbearers marched down Broadway to First Lutheran Church, carrying a white casket. There was no body inside the casket, but this was nevertheless a funeral service for the dozens of homeless or formerly homeless Fargo-Moorhead residents who have died in recent years.
FARGO — Tax incentives aimed at owners of new homes here haven't had a formal up or down vote for the past several years going unchanged and largely unchallenged unlike some other incentives. Now, because of efforts by a city commissioner who supports new housing incentives and one who opposes them, the commission may take a vote.
FARGO — City commissioners have apparently been stepping on each other's toes in their efforts to gather more information from city staff causing Mayor Tim Mahoney revisit a code of conduct they adopted six months ago. Under the city's system of government, each commissioner is a liaison to a handful of departments and committees. The code urges commissioners to avoid directly contacting staff in departments that they're not assigned to but work through the liaison.
FARGO — News that Minneapolis City Hall wanted to break ties with banks supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline, including Wells Fargo, sounded like a public-relations opportunity to one Fargo city commissioner. Dave Piepkorn told colleagues Monday, Dec. 19, that he'd like to encourage Wells Fargo to move more of its operations here. The city can show that its schools and transportation time is superior to comparable or better than Minneapolis', he said.
FARGO — Portions of the Fargo Country Club flooded after a sprinkler pipe burst Sunday, Dec. 18, according to the Fire Department. "They had quite a bit of water on the main floor and in the basement, too," Battalion Chief Craig Nelson said. "The water was mainly contained to kitchen area on the main floor." Battalion 2 responded to the call around 6:30 p.m.
FARGO — The contract to build the 30-mile flood-diversion channel around Fargo-Moorhead will be unlike contracts for any other public works project in the area, according to bid procedures recently adopted by the Diversion Authority.
FARGO — When Rico Lucero was growing up in southern Colorado, his family was poor and their home didn't have much in the way of heating other than a coal stove for cooking. To keep warm through the night, his mother taught him to put a brick in the oven and wrap it up in a blanket or thick cloth to keep at his feet, he said, smiling at the memory of her ingenuity. "It'll keep you warm all night," Lucero said. As a homeless adult, he would use the same trick albeit with a campfire to survive subzero nights, he said.
FARGO — A three-car crash near the public library downtown here left one driver with minor injuries during the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 17, according to the Police Department. Sgt. Jerrod Wagner said a Buick heading north on Fourth Street North ran a red light and struck the side of a Salvation Army van heading east on First Avenue North around 2:30 p.m. He said another Buick heading west then struck both vehicles, which had stopped in the middle of the intersection.
MOORHEAD — A fire that appears to have started in a heating unit caused minor damage to the car wash at a Casey's General Store gas station here on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 17, according to the Fire Department. Capt. Dave Allen said the fire, which started around 9:45 a.m., didn't cause any injuries and didn't spread to the convenience store at 1702 30th Ave. S. He said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
FARGO — It's going to get worse before it gets better as far as the weather forecast goes in the Red River Valley, which is under a wind chill warning until Sunday, Dec. 18. The National Weather Service, which issued the warning, expects it to feel like 20 to 40 below on Saturday, Dec. 17, and 40 to 45 below the following day. The actual air temperatures in the Red River Valley are forecasted to be in the low minus-10s Saturday and mid minus-20s Sunday. Winds between 5 and 15 mph over those two days is expected to make it dangerously cold.