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 federal judge has agreed to bring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers back into a lawsuit by opponents of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion. U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim said in an order Friday, Feb. 24, that circumstances have changed since he dismissed the corps from the lawsuit brought by upstream opponents of the project, namely Minnesota regulators' denial of a permit for the diversion dam and the corps starting construction of the dam on the North Dakota side of the Red River.
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 — 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 — 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 — 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.