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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ST. PAUL — Opponents of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion are appearing in federal court in St. Paul on 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.
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.
FARGO — Even after many decades, Denise Peterson could vividly remember the auto accident she saw when she was about 12 during a family road trip along U.S. Highway 81. "There was blood, and I still could see grandma with her white hair in a bun on the back of her head, holding her broken false teeth in her lap," Peterson said. The woman's car had apparently been hit by another car that was trying to pass a farm implement on the two-lane road, she said.
FARGO — An assault here on a Somali-American the morning of Sunday, July, 2, is being called a "possible hate crime" by a Muslim civil rights group in Minnesota. The Council on American-Islamic Relations on Monday, July 3, urged state and federal law enforcement officials to investigate, citing a report that one of the alleged assailants used the N-word. According to police, James Patrick Billiot, 32, Fargo, and Justin William Rifanburg, 28, West Fargo, assaulted Shuib Ali, who was moving into an apartment with two friends. CAIR described them as Somali-Americans.
FARGO — Though on opposite sides of a lawsuit, Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority officials said they felt they were tantalizingly close to a compromise with Minnesota regulators recently until the state abruptly cut off communications. "I would say I was surprised but mostly disappointed," Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams, the Diversion Authority's vice chairwoman, said Thursday, June 22.
FARGO — The Downtown Community Partnership has hired the co-owner of the Toasted Frog restaurant as its interim president and CEO, the group said Tuesday, June 20. Jonathan Holth, who starts his new job the same day, will replace Mike Hahn, who resigned May 16 after nearly seven years on the job. "I'm just really excited and grateful for the opportunity," Holth said. With a strong board and excellent staff to work with, he said, "This is going to be a lot of fun."
FARGO — The city's Human Relations Commission declined to wade into the controversy over the namesake of Woodrow Wilson High School at its meeting Thursday, June 15, at City Hall. Commissioner Paul Jensen said he recognized that certain historical figures may have done things considered today to be very offensive, "but doesn't really serve much of a purpose in my opinion to start renaming here and renaming there."
WEST FARGO — About three years ago, Alycia Peter got a job in a different department at Rasmussen College that she said had more room for growth. But, sitting alone in her new office, she realized she missed her old department where her co-workers were like family. They missed her, too, and persuaded her to come back when a new job opened. "I did leap at the opportunity to come back and haven't regretted it," she said.
FARGO — Plans for a historical marker commemorating Teddy Roosevelt's Sept. 5, 1910, visit to the city are in the works, according to a city official. Dawn Mayo, a city planner with the Historic Preservation Commission, said the commission doesn't yet have a specific location or timeline, but it does have a $6,000 state grant to pay for the project. Another $3,000 worth of work designing the marker has been donated by Matthew Boreen, an architect who serves on the commission, she said.
FARGO — The outlet center planned for the city's south end may not break ground this year after all, according to developer Kevin Christianson. "We're still making progress, but we're not there yet," the president of Property Resources Group said last week. "I don't have a projected date at all now. It might be next spring, but I'm not sure." Christianson had said in November he hoped to start work on the 300,000-square-foot Fargo Outlets at Timber Creek this year. At the time, earth movers were preparing the site just northeast of 52nd Avenue South and Interstate 29.