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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In complete but unofficial results., Measure 1 received 54 percent “yes” votes and 46 percent “no” votes with 424 precincts reporting. Some of the strongest support came from Red River Valley counties such as Cass and Grand Forks.
FARGO — Workers are expected to begin tearing down the old City Hall Monday, Nov. 5, with total removal expected by Thanksgiving, according to the city spokesman Gregg Schildberger. The public will probably see walls come down Tuesday, he said. The new City Hall, located immediately east, officially opened to the public Sept. 17 after more than two years of construction. The old City Hall was constructed in 1958.
FARGO — Dina Butcher and Ellen Chaffee have a list they hand out when people ask why Measure 1, their anti-corruption constitutional amendment, is needed in a state where few if any politicians have been convicted of bribery. "A legislator pushes hard in the final hours of a session to make a land swap that would cost (North Dakota State University) millions," one item on the list said.
FARGO — When the North Dakota Legislature is in session, lobbyists and groups they represent frequently hold afterhours events where lawmakers eat free nearly every weeknight. During the interim, lobbyists fund golf tournaments and trips for lawmakers. Yet out of the 501 registered lobbyists in fiscal year 2017, only 11 filed an expenditure report, as they must when spending more than $60 on any single occasion, supporters of Measure 1 said Friday, Oct. 19.
FARGO — Workers digging the foundation for downtown Fargo's Block 9 high-rise pulled what appeared to be an enormous rock out of the ground earlier this week. Any excavation is bound to turn up a few rocks, but this one was about the size of a skid loader. The Kilbourne Group, one of the developers of the 18-story building, consulted with a geologist, and the firm's staff was excited to think that the rock might be a memento from the days of the wooly mammoth.
FARGO — With little opposition from bicyclists, higher bicycle fines look like they'll be cruising to the finish line when city commissioners cast their final votes at their 5 p.m. meeting Monday, Oct. 8. A couple of bicyclists weighed in before the last vote on Sept. 24, but neither explicitly opposed the higher fines. Because city fines may not be higher than comparable state fines, most bicycle fines will remain at $5.
FARGO — A phone number found in 20-year-old Gabriel Perez's bedroom by his uncle was what led police to his alleged killer, according to court records. Perez was shot early Sunday morning, Sept. 23, by a man who drove up to him while he sat on the curb outside of the McDonald's restaurant on Main Avenue. By Monday night, police had arrested Miguel Jay Cooley Sr., 44, in southeast Minnesota, and prosecutors here charged him with murder. Investigators said the motive was jealousy. The phone number belonged to Cooley's wife, Isabella.
FARGO — The economic growth the U.S. now enjoys could end if voters don't elect supporters of President Donald Trump's agenda in the upcoming midterm election, his son warned at an oil industry event here Tuesday, Sept. 25. Donald Trump Jr. said while his father has done "awesome work" cutting taxes and regulations, Democrats will try to undo all that, he told the crowd at the North Dakota Petroleum Council's annual meeting held at Fargo's Delta Hotels by Marriott.
FARGO — Roses, rosaries and candles surrounded a framed picture of Gabriel Perez outside the McDonald's on Main Avenue Monday, Sept. 24. "R.I.P. Gabe" was printed on one of the candles. The 20-year-old Fargo man was shot early Sunday while sitting outside the restaurant at 905 Main Ave., according to police, who identified him as the victim Monday morning. Perez appears to be the fifth person killed in a criminal homicide this year, the most the city has seen since at least 1985, according to police and FBI records.
FARGO — Police officers and firefighters went looking for a suicide victim in a south-side Fargo apartment Friday morning, Sept. 21, and found the victim already covered by a white sheet, according to Cass County District Court documents. Examining the body of Kevin Riley Sr., 60, police found evidence he had been in a fight before the shooting. The trajectory of the bullet, which entered his neck just below his right ear, suggested to the coroner that he likely didn't kill himself, court documents stated.