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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MOORHEAD – Police here are looking for a man who, they said, robbed Brady’s Service Center around noon, Saturday, April 15. The suspect, described as a black man wearing a red scarf or bandana over his face, entered the store at 2404 Eighth St. S. with one hand in his jacket as if bearing a weapon. He demanded money from the clerk and, after receiving some cash, fled north across 24th Avenue South.
FARGO – A recall effort against City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn is likely to run afoul of state law, City Attorney Erik Johnson said in a Tuesday, April 11, letter to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. But the Fargo attorney wants Stenehjem to weigh in and settle the matter. Johnson disagrees with Secretary of State Al Jaeger, whose office in March gave petitioners the go-ahead to gather the 3,504 signatures needed to force a recall election of Piepkorn.
FARGO — With space running out at Discovery Middle School, the Fargo School Board agreed Tuesday, April 11, to study how the building could be expanded. Board member Jim Johnson said the most critical needs are with the music program, which now holds classes in the auditorium, and the cafeteria, which is "extremely tight." But the student population is expected to keep growing, which could require a new "pod," or cluster of classrooms, be added to the current five, he said.
FARGO — A four-story apartment and retail development next to North Dakota State University has received the green light by city commissioners, but not without complaints from future neighbors and a tongue-lashing by a commissioner. The NDSU Foundation project is aimed at students with a total of 364 bedrooms in 109 units, and 3,900 square feet of retail space. It'll take up nearly all of the 1600 block of 12th Street North across University Drive from the university's new basketball arena, and result in the razing of 21 single-family homes.
FARGO — City leaders have agreed to buy the Corwin home for $1.5 million as part of a series of buyouts intended to finish levees in the River Drive neighborhood. The City Commission voted 3-1 Monday, April 10, to pay the price, which city staff negotiated with the owner, Timothy F. Corwin. Commissioner Tony Grindberg was the lone "no" vote. Commissioner Dave Piepkorn was absent.
FARGO — Backyard chicken coops, which have long existed in the legal gray zone here, may soon be out in the clear as city leaders begin amending laws to allow them. Under changes city commissioners agreed to Monday, April 10, chicken owners would need to get a permit, the number of birds per residence would be capped and chicken coops would have to follow certain standards. All commissioners voted "yes" but Dave Piepkorn, who was absent.
FARGO — Days before news broke last year that the federal government would set aside $5 million for the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, Gov. Mark Dayton lobbied the Office of Management and Budget to put a restrictive condition on that funding. After his Feb. 5, 2016, call to White House budget director Shaun Donovan, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was told it can't spend that money until it can determine that all regulatory hurdles, which would include Minnesota's, could be cleared.
WEST FARGO — Two enterprising young men are learning the value of a dollar after starting their own business here recently. For Carter Rahn and Parker Thoreson, both 10, a dollar is equal to a pound of poop. That's how much the Doo Doo Dudez charge friends and neighbors to pick up after their dogs. The biggest haul since their fecal firm started about a month ago was $80.60 from a house with two dogs that took about 2½ hours to clean up. "Our slogan is: 'Your dog's business is our business,'" Carter said.
FARGO — At first, it was hard for the panel of media experts to agree to a definition of "fake news." Was it the "purposeful manipulation of truth or version of truth," as Jack Zaleski, former Forum editorial-page editor, put it? Or was it "in the eye of the beholder," as Scott Hennen, a conservative radio talk-show host, put it? But there was general agreement at a panel discussion Tuesday, March 29, at the alumni center at North Dakota State University that it's bad news for American democracy if voters can't sort fact from fiction.
BISMARCK — A bill preventing cities from granting more than one kind of tax break to businesses has passed in the House, causing Fargo's mayor to worry about how it will affect the city's ability to continue to develop downtown. Some construction projects are so complex and risky that more than one tax incentive is needed, said Mayor Tim Mahoney. The $98 million Block 9 high-rise expected to start construction this spring wouldn't have been possible without multiple incentives, he said.