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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BAKER, Minn. — Scott Dahms looked up and down the stout wall of the old grain elevator and noted the hundreds of pieces of 2-by-8 lumber stacked one on top of another. It's a construction technique called "cribbing," he said, used to ensure the walls were strong enough to support heavy bins bulging with grain when this was a working elevator many decades and many owners ago.
FARGO — What began as a questionable parking job by three Muslim women in a car in Fargo led to an enraged Mapleton, N.D., woman calling for the death of all Muslims in a tirade caught on video. "We're going to kill all of ya," Amber Elizabeth Hensley said, looking directly at a cell phone camera held by Sarah Hassan, a 21-year-old Somali-American from Fargo. "We're going to kill every single one of you (expletive) Muslims."
FARGO — When Sanford Health begins moving the 50 to 70 patients from its downtown hospital to its new hospital in southwest Fargo on Tuesday, it will be the culmination of years of planning and several rehearsals. The intricate plans are tailored to patients' specific needs — those on ventilators will need a nurse and respiratory therapist riding in the ambulance with them, for example — and encompass contingencies such as major storms and medical emergencies along the way.
ST. PAUL — Opponents of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion are appearing in federal court in St. Paul on Tuesday, July 18, to ask a judge to stop all work on the $2.2 billion project, particularly construction of a controversial dam that would span the Red River. Both the Richland-Wilkins Joint Powers Authority (JPA), which represents two counties upstream of the dam, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) say construction cannot continue without a permit from the agency.
FARGO — City leaders have agreed to take a fresh look at the city's ban on fireworks, weighing the popularity of the fiery Fourth of July displays against warnings by the fire chief that there would be more house fires if the ban is lifted. The City Commission voted 4-1 Monday, July 17, to study the matter at the urging of David Reuter, who represents Memory Fireworks.
FARGO — Even after many decades, Denise Peterson could vividly remember the auto accident she saw when she was about 12 during a family road trip along U.S. Highway 81. "There was blood, and I still could see grandma with her white hair in a bun on the back of her head, holding her broken false teeth in her lap," Peterson said. The woman's car had apparently been hit by another car that was trying to pass a farm implement on the two-lane road, she said.
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 Nestor, one of the oldest surviving bars in town, is expected to shut down by the end of the year, according to a city official. City Auditor Steve Sprague told the Liquor Control Board on Wednesday, June 21, that owner Doug DeMinck is selling his liquor license to Tailgator's Sports Cafe effective at the end of December. That's when DeMinck's lease ends and he will close the bar, Sprague said. The board agreed to let the sale happen at its Wednesday meeting with the understanding that The Nestor will continue to use the license until it closes.
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."