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 — Ronald McDonald is building a new house here to keep up with the growing number of children and their families coming to the area for medical care. Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley announced Saturday, Feb. 11, at a fundraiser that it's planning a $5 million house near the new Sanford Medical Center on Interstate 94. So far it's raised $3.8 million with land donated by Sanford.
FARGO — A suspected hitman and top leader in a Mexican drug cartel was overseeing a drug-dealing operation in the Red River Valley whose leaders were responsible for a 2005 murder in East Grand Forks, federal prosecutors allege. Juan Sillas-Rocha, also known El Ruedas, is accused of drug trafficking, running a criminal organization and conspiring to murder a family in the San Diego area, according to indictments unsealed in U.S. District Court in Fargo on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
FARGO — A historic home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's granddaughter has been spared for about a year after city officials decided to push back the construction schedule of a levee that would require its demolition. With the owners of some houses on South River Road unwilling to sell, the city won't be able to acquire the properties in time for construction in 2017, City Engineer April Walker said on Friday, Feb. 10. Appraisals alone would take months. "I'm delighted — we're all delighted," said John Stern, owner of the house. "We'll take what we can get."
FARGO — When Karianne Jackson visited a Norwegian prison a couple of years ago, the North Dakota prison system official thought all she'd learn was how to make a prison look like Ikea. Photos of Halden Prison, the maximum-security prison 70 miles south of Oslo she visited, did make it look like it was furnished by the Scandinavian home furnishing store. The cells looked like dorms rooms and the kitchen shared by inmates looked like it belonged in an apartment.
FARGO — A new park and a narrower three-lane roadway that leaves room for a bike lane are among ideas being explored as the city considers rebuilding Main Avenue as it goes through the downtown area. As one of the oldest roads in the city, with base pavement dating back to the 1950s, Main Avenue and the utility lines beneath requires more frequent maintenance, Jeremy Gorden, the city's division engineer overseeing transportation, told city leaders Monday Feb. 6.
FARGO — January seemed to have one foot in the deep freeze of winter and one in the early days of spring, temperature data compiled for the area show. Arctic winds roared in a few days after the New Year, plunging temperatures into double digits below zero. The coldest it got about 27 below on the 13th, the National Weather Service's observation station at the airport shows. A few days later, temperatures rose above freezing and stayed that way on most days, melting the ice rains from December. The warmest it got was 37 degrees on the 20th, the 21st and the 30th.
FARGO — A recent letter City Commissioner Tony Gehrig wrote urging state lawmakers to eliminate tax incentives has led to a debate among commissioners about the limits of such advocacy. Gehrig told his colleagues at their meeting Monday, Jan. 30, that he has a right to express his opinions on city issues as an elected official. "As long as I'm not saying that I represent the city of Fargo or that I represent the entire commission, honestly folks there's nothing you can do about it."
FARGO — Four applicants remain in the running to oversee Cass County's government, as commissioners trimmed the field at a special meeting Monday, Jan. 30, moving two candidates on with split votes. Based partly on scores from a written interview, commissioners voted unanimously to interview Cass County Engineer Jason Benson and Robert Wilson, assistant commission administrative officer for Minnehaha County, S.D., home of Sioux Falls.
FARGO — When downtown's newest apartment building known as 300 Lime is completed, the lowest opening in its foundation will be nearly 2 feet higher than a 100-year flood. During a flood that the federal flood insurance program considers to have a 1 percent chance of happening each year, the water would only lap at the foundation wall. That's still not good enough for the city's floodproofing rules, which require the opening to go up another half a foot.
FARGO — Saturated soil and abundant snowfall that is expected to continue through the winter has increased the chances of the Red River entering major flood stage here, according to the National Weather Service. In a forecast released Thursday, Jan. 26, the agency's Grand Forks office said there is a 25 percent chance the river will reach 32.9 feet this spring, which is about 3 feet higher than major flood stage. It's about the point the First Avenue North bridge between Fargo and Moorhead must close.