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 federal judge has agreed to bring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers back into a lawsuit by opponents of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion. U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim said in an order Friday, Feb. 24, that circumstances have changed since he dismissed the corps from the lawsuit brought by upstream opponents of the project, namely Minnesota regulators' denial of a permit for the diversion dam and the corps starting construction of the dam on the North Dakota side of the Red River.
FARGO — A bill that would allow private schools such as Shanley High to broadcast prayers during playoff games at home was passed by the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Rep. Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo, House Bill 1275's prime sponsor, told colleagues it's just "common sense" because such games are played on private property. But if the North Dakota High School Activities Association, a quasi-public group that runs the playoffs, worries about a lawsuit, he said, the bill would provide legal cover.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Carson Dennis Roney had plans to practice medicine in his hometown, and his friend, Danie Leigh Thomssen, wanted to be an orthodontist, their parents said. Those plans were dashed Saturday night, Feb. 11, when the two first-year students at North Dakota State University, friends who both had hopes to help the less fortunate, were killed in a crash on Interstate 94 about four miles east of Moorhead, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
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.
CASSELTON, N.D. — As Bob Sinner watched, a machine with a series of conveyor belts automatically sorted soybeans by shape; the round ones rolled off to the side, the oblong ones didn't. This order was for an overseas customer that wanted just the round ones, he said.
FARGO — In response to Fargo Shanley High School and another Christian school being prohibited from broadcasting prayers before football playoffs in 2015, some North Dakota lawmakers are proposing a bill to prevent that from happening again. Rep. Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo, said he wrote the bill after speaking with people who wanted to file a lawsuit against the North Dakota High School Activities Association. "I don't think that's the most constructive way to respond."
FARGO — Traffic lights and streetlights in some parts of town may soon sprout mysterious looking cylinders and cabinets, bringing with them better reception and faster streaming for cellphone users. With their customers' insatiable appetite for data growing with each year, cellphone carriers are finding they must add new antennas in new places to keep up.
FARGO — For as long as Marge Geatz has lived here there's been a Sears at the West Acres Shopping Center. So news that the store would depart the local market came as a sad surprise to her. "I think everyone will miss Sears," Geatz said as she walked out of the store into the mall concourse Thursday, Jan. 5. "Sears have been around for so many years and it's hard to believe a city the size of Fargo would not have a Sears."
FARGO — Earlier this month, the taste of the tap water here changed just a bit but it was enough for people to notice. "I don't have the exact numbers, but we did have quite a few customers contact us on the salty taste," Troy Hall, the city's water utility director, said Thursday, Dec. 29. The city's water treatment plant at 435 14th Ave. S. has intakes in the Red and Sheyenne rivers, which sometimes gets brackish. Staff usually balances one with the other to reduce the saltiness, but it's hard when both are brackish.
FARGO — When city commissioners were told by state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem earlier this month they had violated open meeting laws by voting in secret on a flood buyout, that was the second time in two years. In March 2015, the attorney general had told them they violated the same set of laws when they maneuvered behind the scenes to persuade the former police chief to resign.