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 — A local manufacturer once known as Fargo Automation plans to expand, more than doubling its workforce, after it was purchased by a German company earlier this year. The company, founded as Fargo Automation but now known as Körber Medipak Systems, makes syringe handling and packaging equipment..
FARGO — Last year was the busiest ever for the city's Fire Department, with more than 10,000 calls for service, Fire Chief Steve Dirksen told city commissioners Monday, April 24. The amount of damage caused by fires totaled $2.7 million, the fourth highest since 2006. Dirksen said that was mostly because of a few fires that caused a lot of damage, such as one that heavily damaged the Bison Turf bar and ones that damaged 23 single-family homes.
FARGO — In early October, a couple of days after Minnesota environmental regulators denied a permit for a dam that will be part of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would build one anyway. Then, last week, three months after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources joined a lawsuit opposing the diversion project, the agency broke ground on a part of the dam in North Dakota knowing they'd have to eventually build the dam into Minnesota. What makes the corps so confident in the outcome of the lawsuit?
FARGO — An injunction against construction of the Oxbow-area ring dike that came as part of a lawsuit against the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion has been partially lifted by a federal judge. The U.S. District Court of Minnesota said in a document filed Tuesday, April 18, that opposing parties were able to agree that parts of the project are useful for protecting area homes and businesses even without the diversion.
FARGO — A rental registry aimed at deadbeat landlords and incentives helping lower-income homeowners with maintenance were among ideas city officials discussed Wednesday, April 19, to preserve the beleaguered Roosevelt neighborhood. Planning commissioners and city staff recognized it's not just an uphill battle but a steep hill at that. With the growth of nearby North Dakota State University, landlords and developers are often willing to outbid would-be homeowners, according to the officials.
FARGO — Brook Berntson still wears the promise ring her boyfriend got her on Valentine's Day. "It's still on my finger; it still means everything to me," the Oriska, N.D., woman said Sunday, April 16. She and Kevin Lemna, a man from nearby Enderlin, N.D., had talked about building a house together with a shop for his Chevy Silverado and a barn for her horses, she said.
RURAL HORACE, N.D. — As Patrick Loree, pastor of Horace Lutheran Church, delivered a prayer for the flood diversion that dignitaries would soon break ground on in an empty field here, protesters could be heard yelling from across Cass County Road 17. "When I was asked to offer the invocation for today's activities, I found myself torn with mixed emotions," he told the crowd Monday, April 17. "My congregation has a great number of people who are very much for and very much against this project. And I love them all."
FARGO — A car was severely damaged and the driver hospitalized about 5:15 p.m. Sunday, April 16, following a crash at the 25th Avenue South ramp off Interstate 94. A Highway Patrol officer said only one vehicle was involved, but he was not able to offer additional information immediately. The white Lincoln Towncar appeared to have been westbound as it exited the freeway when it slid off the road and knocked over a tree. The front end was destroyed and the air bag appears to have deployed. Check back for more on this developing story..
WEST FARGO — Rue21, a budget clothing store aimed at teens on 13th Avenue East, will soon shut down, joining hundreds of other stores in the chain, according to the company's website. Other North Dakota stores, one in Grand Forks and two in Bismarck, are also slated to shut down as the company files for bankruptcy. "It's true — we are closing some stores. It was a difficult but necessary decision," Rue21 announced Saturday, April 16, on its Facebook page. "We still have hundreds of locations across the country, and our website rue21.com, open for business."
FARGO — Mark Bittner pointed to an area behind Oak Grove Lutheran School where an emergency levee had been erected two decades ago against the rising Red River. That was the traditional location for a levee, but the flood of 1997 was different than the others, said the former city engineer. "I've never seen currents like that. It just chewed that levee up," he said last week in recalling the flood.