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 — 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.
FARGO — Sometime over the next three months, those visiting Hector International Airport may see an unmanned aircraft taxiing down one of the runways, its tails displaying the well-known red tail flash of the Happy Hooligans. That would be the MQ-9 Reaper, the North Dakota Air National Guard unit's newest aircraft and the first assigned here since 2013.
FARGO — While nearly every major medical group in the nation has strongly opposed the bill U.S. House Republicans passed to replace Obamacare, the health care industry in North Dakota is taking a wait-and-see approach. "We expect there will be changes to the House bill in the Senate, and we also expect more debate and dialog over the coming weeks," Cindy Morrison, chief policy officer for Sanford Health, said in a statement Friday, May 5. "It is hard to say what the impacts will be until we see what the Senate version looks like."
FARGO — Brook Berntson still wears the promise ring her boyfriend got her on Valentine's Day. "It's still on my finger; it still means everything to me," the Oriska, N.D., woman said Sunday, April 16. She and Kevin Lemna, a man from nearby Enderlin, N.D., had talked about building a house together with a shop for his Chevy Silverado and a barn for her horses, she said.