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 — On the longest night of the year, a group of pallbearers marched down Broadway to First Lutheran Church, carrying a white casket. There was no body inside the casket, but this was nevertheless a funeral service for the dozens of homeless or formerly homeless Fargo-Moorhead residents who have died in recent years.
FARGO — In a brochure that developers of a proposed new outlet shopping center in Fargo sends to prospective tenants, West Acres Mall is featured prominently as part of a vibrant local retail scene. The mall, the brochure boasted, has 7 million visitors a year and sales of $517 per square foot in 2015, which puts it in the top category of Class A malls. All the mall's tenants are then listed.
FARGO — County Administrator Keith Berndt's attorney asked Cass County commissioners to think about whether they would fire any employee who uttered a four-letter vulgarity in public. Suppose one of the county's snowplow drivers goes into a gas station and uses the curse word while telling a clerk about getting cut off in traffic, employment attorney Leo Wilking said. Suppose another customer overhears and complains to the county, he said.
FARGO — The woman who filibustered a Texas abortion law for 13 hours with a catheter running down her leg delivered a pep talk to a crowd in another deep red state that's turned an even deeper shade of red. "We tend to believe these things are predetermined. We are outnumbered from the start. It's a fait accompli. Why bother?" former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis said of the resignation often felt by her state's progressives. "That's been our attitude about so many things while we've seen the bulldozer roll over the rights of many who live in our state."
FARGO — In preparation for North Dakota's first sizeable outlet center, earthmovers here have spent months reshaping land near the Timber Creek Addition on the city's south side. It's one of the few visible signs that a regional retail center that's second in size only to West Acres is emerging northeast of the intersection of 52nd Avenue South and Interstate 29.
FARGO — Two men are accused of knocking over an ROTC monument on the North Dakota State University campus the Sunday before Halloween. Erik Benjamin Karl, Fargo, and Jacob R. Beardsley, Grand Forks, both around 18 years old, were charged with criminal mischief Thursday, Nov. 3, according to court records. If convicted of the Class B misdemeanor, they would face a maximum sentence of a $1,500 fine, 30 days in jail and restitution for damages.
FARGO — City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn is doubling down on his attack on Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, a nonprofit group that handles refugee resettlement in the state. He told fellow commissioners at their Monday, Oct. 24, meeting that he wants the city to bring in outside auditors to study the group's re-settlement costs. "I have no confidence; I have no certainty that LSS is telling us the truth." "I've had comments off the record that are frankly startling and really alarming," he said. "Several comments LSS is making are unsubstantiated."
FARGO — For the first time in more than a half century, The Forum Editorial Board is not endorsing the Republican candidate for president this year. It won't endorse the Democrat, either, or a third-party candidate, joining the avalanche of newspapers with traditionally Republican editorial pages that have refused to urge readers to vote for Donald Trump. "We made the call that both candidates don't measure up for the most important office in the land, some would say the most important office on the globe," said Editorial Page Editor Jack Zaleski.
FARGO — Animal figurines and marbles that might have belonged to a child were found in a pile of debris recently excavated from the former site of a famous downtown brothel. North Dakota State University archaeologist Kristen Fellows said she and her colleague Angela Smith, along with their students, unearthed these and other artifacts as they sifted through mounds of dirt dug up by workers building Fargo's new city hall. Fellows said it's not surprising that toys were found at the brothel because they've been found at other brothel digs around the country.
FARGO — In mid-August, Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney headed for southeastern Morton County, the scene of protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and, except for a few breaks, he's been there ever since. Serving as the elected sheriff of what's by far the state's largest county while consumed by policing the ongoing tribal protests of the oil pipeline has been a daily act of priority-balancing, Laney said.