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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ADA, Minn. — Paulita Ruiz skipped her prepared statement Wednesday, March 14, and told the woman who shot and killed her nephew in a YouTube stunt gone wrong that she should've known better. "This comes from the heart, where you shot him," she said during Monalisa Perez's sentencing at the Norman County Courthouse. "You took him away from us, Mona" But, when she added, "We don't hate you," a scoff could be heard from a man sitting with Perez's family.
FARGO—Lined with dusty filing cabinets full of yellowed newspaper clippings and old books, the little room on the west side of the Forum building has the look of an office forgotten by time. To Carol Bradley Bursack, the newspaper's former librarian, it's a historical treasure trove that she said she would've guarded with her life when she worked here.
FARGO — Cass County officials have concluded that a jail inmate's claim her rights as a transgender person and other rights were ignored is simply not justified. "You're making stuff up," County Commissioner Chad Peterson said of many of the complaints filed by William Anthony Fly, who now goes by "Toni."
FARGO — The last several weeks have seen a flurry of announcements from legislative candidates in North Dakota but few if any in Minnesota, even though caucuses and conventions are coming up in both states. The simple reason is that North Dakota's political process is a little more streamlined than Minnesota's.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — With the No. 1 and No. 2 sellers of lottery tickets located in Moorhead, the city is once again among the top-selling cities in the state, Minnesota Lottery Executive Director Robert Doty told reporters Wednesday, Jan. 24. Though he didn't say it, a lot of that likely has to do with North Dakotans buying their tickets in Minnesota. The No. 1 store, M&H, on Main Avenue, and Orton's Holiday Stationstore at 725 30th Ave. S., near Interstate 94, are both on major east-west corridors near the state line.
FARGO, N.D.—Sharon Akin broke into tears as she told the court Monday, Jan. 22, about the loved ones that her friend Joshua Fonder left behind—including his 9-year-old son—when his girlfriend's reckless driving killed him. "I've known Josh for 23 years; that is over half of my life. He was an important person to me, his brothers, his mother, my husband and son," she said. "We tried for many years to help him through his addiction — not only his addiction to drugs, but his addiction to toxic people."
FARGO, N.D. — After the release of a report from a task force seeking to make the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion more palatable to skeptics on Thursday, Jan. 18, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said he expects to see a new diversion plan in the next 30 days. "We think this is a great step forward," he said. "If you try to litigate in court, it's a two- to three-year process." The task force was formed in October by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton after a lawsuit by Minnesota regulators led a federal judge to put the $2.2 billion project on hold.
FARGO — An inmate who claims to be transgender is accusing the Cass County Jail of failing to accommodate her in the gender she identifies with. William Anthony Fly, a 49-year-old who now goes by "Toni," told county commissioners in a Dec. 29 letter that she's being housed with male inmates contrary to her desire. She also claimed she was not getting the hormone treatments, feminine hygiene products and female undergarments as required.
FARGO — Martin Wishnatsky was a well-known anti-abortion activist when he lived here, but since he left for law school in 2009, he's been mostly out of the spotlight. That is, until about a week ago. The world learned that Wishnatsky is the person the wife of Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore was referring to when she announced at a Dec. 11 campaign rally that "one of our attorneys is a Jew." Moore's wife, Kayla, said it as a way to defend her husband against accusations of anti-Semitism.
FARGO—This summer, volunteers will fan out over select Cass County farms seeking unharvested produce for donation to area charities under a plan Fargo Cass Public Health is developing. The practice, called gleaning, happens now but not in any systematic way, said Kim Lipetzky, a nutritionist overseeing the program. The goal is to develop such a system, including a website that will link volunteers to farmers and to charities, she said.