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 plan to build a new 18-story high rise tower in Fargo, and several other construction projects in the city's booming downtown, could be hurt if tax break reforms adopted last week by the state House become law, city officials say. "It will cripple us," Mayor Tim Mahoney said of House Bill 1182's elimination of income-tax breaks for new businesses and residents in the Renaissance Zone.
SOUTHWEST CLAY COUNTY, Minn. — From a distance, it will probably look like an elevated road stretching from beyond the line of trees that marks the path of the Red River. But up close, its purpose will be pretty obvious. The high-hazard dam the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer plans to build through here will be about 18 feet high measured from low ground near the river, which includes 6 feet of freeboard. If the dam were to suddenly breach at maximum capacity, a wall of water 12 feet high would come rushing out.
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 — The departure of Sears from the metro was driven primarily by the West Acres Shopping Center, according to mall management. Chris Heaton, senior vice president of property management, said management chose not to renew the store's lease for many reasons, including the store's ability to draw customers and benefit the rest of the mall.
FARGO — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plans to join a lawsuit to delay the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project, the agency said Thursday, Dec. 29. The Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Authority, a group of upstream project opponents, had earlier filed suit and sought a restraining order from a federal judge. The DNR has asked the judge to allow the agency to join that suit.