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 home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's granddaughter that the city wants to demolish to make way for a dike has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Owners John and Sherri Stern, who bought the house at 1458 South River Road because it adheres so closely to Wright's design principles, have tried to show that it's worthy of preservation by applying to be on the register. Their success demonstrates that historians at three levels of government agree.
FARGO — City leaders have agreed to take a fresh look at the city's ban on fireworks, weighing the popularity of the fiery Fourth of July displays against warnings by the fire chief that there would be more house fires if the ban is lifted. The City Commission voted 4-1 Monday, July 17, to study the matter at the urging of David Reuter, who represents Memory Fireworks.
ST, PAUL — Opponents of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion are appearing in federal court here Tuesday, July 18, to ask a judge to stop all work on the $2.2 billion project, particularly construction of a controversial dam that would span the Red River. Both the Richland-Wilkins Joint Powers Authority (JPA), which represents two counties upstream of the dam, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) say construction cannot continue without a permit from the agency.
CASSELTON, N.D. — The Cass County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips about a pickup that rammed into a gate at the Tharaldson Ethanol plant here about 3 a.m. June 20. The agency released security video on Monday, July 17, that showed a dark vehicle driving up to the west gate of the plant and apparently knocking it down. The sheriff's office says those with information should call (701) 241-5884.
FARGO — Fifty tons of recyclable material from homes all over Fargo and Moorhead have been coming to Minnkota Recycling's facility near downtown each day the last couple of weeks. That's a threefold increase from before, when the two cities required recyclables to be sorted by glass, metal, plastic, mixed paper and cardboard, according to Sales Manager Mary Aldrich. "We are extremely happy with the amount of participation that we've seen and the volume of recyclables," she said, though these are still early days and participation may shift.
MOORHEAD — City and Clay County leaders are seeking Gov. Mark Dayton's help to reopen lines of communication between the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority and state regulators. "It seems like now, more than ever, is the time we need you, (Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr), and the state of Minnesota to be present and active in these communications," said a Monday, July 10, letter to Dayton signed by Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams on behalf of herself and the City Council.
FARGO — A downtown "pop-up" park last year at the old Sahr's Sudden Service station has this year popped up a few blocks west at the old Schumacher Goodyear's garage on Broadway. Recently, some residents who live near the old Sahr's gas station at 601 Fourth St. N. have publicly expressed annoyance that the park near them has failed to materialize.
FARGO — In the near future, North Dakota businesses and government agencies victimized by computer viruses and other cybersecurity threats may be able to turn to the National Guard, according to the state's adjutant general. "The one thing we know about cyber is you can't just be worried about your network," Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann told a Chamber of Commerce audience Tuesday, July 11, at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Moorhead. Anything that threatens one network can easily spread to another network, he said.
FARGO — Earl, the most successful K9 in the history of the Police Department, has died after medical complications from an injury, according to Fargo police. The Belgian malinois had been deployed 1,900 times over the past 10 years of service and was responsible for seizures of drugs worth over $553,000, police said Monday, July 10, on the department's Facebook page.
FARGO — In its first two years, Great Rides Bike Share has enjoyed ridership that's the envy of bike-share programs in much bigger urban areas to the point that it's made a tiny dent in Fargo's bus ridership, according to a new report. The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University found in a June report that between 2015 and 2016, Great Rides averaged 5.3 rides per bike per day, higher than similar programs in New York, Chicago and Minneapolis. That's a total of 237,000 rides.