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 — Workers digging the foundation for downtown Fargo's Block 9 high-rise pulled what appeared to be an enormous rock out of the ground earlier this week. Any excavation is bound to turn up a few rocks, but this one was about the size of a skid loader. The Kilbourne Group, one of the developers of the 18-story building, consulted with a geologist, and the firm's staff was excited to think that the rock might be a memento from the days of the wooly mammoth.
FARGO — With little opposition from bicyclists, higher bicycle fines look like they'll be cruising to the finish line when city commissioners cast their final votes at their 5 p.m. meeting Monday, Oct. 8. A couple of bicyclists weighed in before the last vote on Sept. 24, but neither explicitly opposed the higher fines. Because city fines may not be higher than comparable state fines, most bicycle fines will remain at $5.
FARGO — A phone number found in 20-year-old Gabriel Perez's bedroom by his uncle was what led police to his alleged killer, according to court records. Perez was shot early Sunday morning, Sept. 23, by a man who drove up to him while he sat on the curb outside of the McDonald's restaurant on Main Avenue. By Monday night, police had arrested Miguel Jay Cooley Sr., 44, in southeast Minnesota, and prosecutors here charged him with murder. Investigators said the motive was jealousy. The phone number belonged to Cooley's wife, Isabella.
FARGO — The economic growth the U.S. now enjoys could end if voters don't elect supporters of President Donald Trump's agenda in the upcoming midterm election, his son warned at an oil industry event here Tuesday, Sept. 25. Donald Trump Jr. said while his father has done "awesome work" cutting taxes and regulations, Democrats will try to undo all that, he told the crowd at the North Dakota Petroleum Council's annual meeting held at Fargo's Delta Hotels by Marriott.
FARGO — Roses, rosaries and candles surrounded a framed picture of Gabriel Perez outside the McDonald's on Main Avenue Monday, Sept. 24. "R.I.P. Gabe" was printed on one of the candles. The 20-year-old Fargo man was shot early Sunday while sitting outside the restaurant at 905 Main Ave., according to police, who identified him as the victim Monday morning. Perez appears to be the fifth person killed in a criminal homicide this year, the most the city has seen since at least 1985, according to police and FBI records.
FARGO — Police officers and firefighters went looking for a suicide victim in a south-side Fargo apartment Friday morning, Sept. 21, and found the victim already covered by a white sheet, according to Cass County District Court documents. Examining the body of Kevin Riley Sr., 60, police found evidence he had been in a fight before the shooting. The trajectory of the bullet, which entered his neck just below his right ear, suggested to the coroner that he likely didn't kill himself, court documents stated.
FARGO — After weathering "unprecedented" cuts in state funding, being told to expect more cuts and now dealing with a serious enrollment decline, North Dakota State University's president acknowledged Friday, Sept. 21, that times are tough. "Sadly, but perhaps somewhat understandably, some on campus concluded that things have never been worse," Dean Bresciani said during his ninth annual State of the University address.
FARGO — Declining enrollment at North Dakota State University is expected to cost the university some $5 million in lost revenue, the university said Tuesday, Sept. 18. That appears to include loss of tuition and loss of state funding, which is based on the number of credit-hours completed by students; fewer students means fewer credits.
FARGO — As construction workers begin building downtown Fargo's Block 9 high-rise, which is destined to be the tallest in the city and the second tallest in the state, they're going to start by going down — way down. "Fargo has a very good bearing layer, but you gotta go pretty deep to get to it," said James Pawlikowski, a senior structural engineer with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill who worked on the design of the high-rise.
FARGO—John Folda, the Catholic bishop of Fargo, remembered the man who inspired him to go to seminary as a tough, uncompromising priest with high standards for his charges. When Folda attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Rev. Leonard Kalin was a recruiter for the priesthood and an overseer of priests in training from the Lincoln Diocese.