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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CASSELTON, N.D. — As Bob Sinner watched, a machine with a series of conveyor belts automatically sorted soybeans by shape; the round ones rolled off to the side, the oblong ones didn't. This order was for an overseas customer that wanted just the round ones, he said.
FARGO — With construction of the Block 9 high rise and redevelopment of the old Howard Johnson hotel this year along with many other projects, downtown can expect a lot of changes over the next several years, developers and planners say. "There's been a lot of momentum downtown and that is one of the driving forces that's impacting downtown Fargo," said Scott Page, a consultant whose firm, Interface Studio, has a city contract to develop a plan to accommodate these changes.
FARGO – Police Officer Jason Moszer, who died in the line of duty last year, will be honored by his favorite junior hockey team at Scheels Arena on the one-year anniversary of his shooting Feb. 10. Moszer’s father, Dave, who used to bring his son and his son’s family to see the Fargo Force, asked the team to help honor his son’s memory. A moment of silence will be observed before the game and a police honor guard will present the colors, he said Tuesday, Jan. 17.
FARGO – A Fargo house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s granddaughter is historically significant and should be saved from the wrecking ball if at all possible, the city’s Historic Preservation Commission determined Tuesday, Jan. 17.
FARGO – The owner of the Bison Turf said he expects to start rebuilding the fire-damaged college bar as early as next week. His building permit was approved Friday, Jan. 13, Pete Sabo said. That’s a bit longer than he expected but building codes have changed a lot since the building was erected in 1957, he said. One of the big changes would’ve prevented him from having to rebuild in the first place: fire sprinklers.
FARGO — Last summer, when the city tested the new lift station by City Hall in the middle of a rain storm,it found itself reaching the pumps' maximum capacity. Nathan Boerboom, the division engineer overseeing flood control, said he knew the lift station wasn't designed for heavy rains but still felt surprised. "Holy cow, we did max out these pumps," he said. "There's so much water they weren't able to keep up."
FARGO — A federal judge has allowed the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to join a lawsuit against the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion started earlier by upstream opponents of the project. U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim in Minneapolis said the Diversion Authority and the city of Oxbow both conceded that the DNR did have interests to protect but had argued that the DNR should start a separate suit to avoid delays in the current suit. They had argued the DNR had known about the project and been involved with it for many years so should've filed sooner.
FARGO — In a video made for his State of the City address, West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern asked a bartender for another glass of water as he told the audience about his growing city's search for a new water supply. Stepping into the frame, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, a towel draped over one arm like a wine steward, offered him a refill. "You forgot to say 'delicious Fargo water.' " They toasted to the 2016 deal for West Fargo to buy water from Fargo.
FARGO — In response to Fargo Shanley High School and another Christian school being prohibited from broadcasting prayers before football playoffs in 2015, some North Dakota lawmakers are proposing a bill to prevent that from happening again. Rep. Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo, said he wrote the bill after speaking with people who wanted to file a lawsuit against the North Dakota High School Activities Association. "I don't think that's the most constructive way to respond."
FARGO — Traffic lights and streetlights in some parts of town may soon sprout mysterious looking cylinders and cabinets, bringing with them better reception and faster streaming for cellphone users. With their customers' insatiable appetite for data growing with each year, cellphone carriers are finding they must add new antennas in new places to keep up.