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 — From what would have been a list of more than 70 alternatives to the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, a task force seeking to reconcile the project with Minnesota regulations agreed to a much shorter list at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 13. Though task force members skeptical of or opposed to the $2.2 billion project showed interest in looking at radically different alternatives, many long-standing constraints appear to have steered the group back to something resembling the existing plan.
FARGO — All parties to the federal lawsuit against the $2.2 billion Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion have agreed to put the suit on pause while a bi-state task force tries to hammer out a compromise, the Diversion Authority said Friday, Nov. 3. These parties include the authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as defendants and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Authority as plaintiffs.
FARGO — A former city sanitation worker trying to get his job back after shoving a supervisor whom he accused of making racist statements to him was rebuffed by city commissioners Monday, Oct. 30. Elected city leaders were Aaron Cockfield's last hope within the city's appeals procedure, but they voted 3-0—with two members absent—to uphold his division leader's decision to fire him. Those voting were Mayor Tim Mahoney and Commissioners Tony Grindberg and Dave Piepkorn.
HUNTER, N.D. — Growing up, Donald Aune would hear stories from his mother about the sod house she lived in as a child in the late 1800s near Milton, N.D. She talked about how cozy it was despite the harsh prairie winters and how hard it was to keep clean; it was made of dirt, he said. And she talked about snakes. "Sometimes the snakes would be hanging in there," he said. "Wasn't that many, I don't think. They would crawl in."
FARGO — A prosecutor has decided not to charge a man reportedly involved in a fight that left Isaiah Smith, a junior at North Dakota State University, with serious facial injuries, because "accounts from the scene tend to show Smith was the aggressor," according to a prosecutor's report. Smith's family disagrees with the prosecutor's decision and believes there are discrepancies with Smith's injuries and what the other man in the fight and witnesses say happened during the altercation on Saturday, Sept. 2.
FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority has decided to cease legal action challenging Minnesota regulators for denying a permit for a dam, the group said in a statement Thursday, Sept. 14. The group said it was encouraged by recent news that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wanted to speak with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum about flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead.
FARGO — The last thing Brooke Lynn Crews put on the public portion of her Facebook page are the words: "When you truly stop caring what the (expletive) anyone thinks of you, you will reach a whole new level of freedom." That was on New Year's Eve, and only one friend commented. Starting on Friday, Aug. 25, many more people commented, but they were calling Crews names and wishing her a long stay in prison. Several wondered whether she had children of her own.
BAKER, Minn. — Scott Dahms looked up and down the stout wall of the old grain elevator and noted the hundreds of pieces of 2-by-8 lumber stacked one on top of another. It's a construction technique called "cribbing," he said, used to ensure the walls were strong enough to support heavy bins bulging with grain when this was a working elevator many decades and many owners ago.
FARGO — Under the chin of the brand new unmanned aircraft at the Air National Guard's airport hangar is a 2-foot wide turret with six gleaming glass panels. Behind each panel is a powerful camera or a laser used for range-finding and to designate targets for guided missiles. MQ-9 Reapers like this one have been hunting and killing terrorists in Syria and Iraq. With the Guard's 119th Wing planning to fly a pair of Reapers out of their home base at Hector International Airport, officials are wary that these capabilities might somehow inspire fear in the public.
FARGO — What began as a questionable parking job by three Muslim women in a car in Fargo led to an enraged Mapleton, N.D., woman calling for the death of all Muslims in a tirade caught on video. "We're going to kill all of ya," Amber Elizabeth Hensley said, looking directly at a cell phone camera held by Sarah Hassan, a 21-year-old Somali-American from Fargo. "We're going to kill every single one of you (expletive) Muslims."