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 — 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.
FARGO — A group charged with figuring out what it costs the community to resettle refugees here is planning a series of community conversations. Ben Nelson, who heads a working group in the city's Human Relations Commission, said Thursday, Nov. 17, that he wants the group to address the economic impact of refugees and safety concerns. But more importantly, he wants to put a human face on these issues; for example, from employers who depend on the newcomers and from refugees who have opened their own businesses.
FARGO — When city and county voters consider ballot measures on Nov. 8 to extend 1½ cents of existing sales taxes to pay for the flood diversion, it might seem like a referendum on the project. But Cass County Auditor Mike Montplaisir, a member of the Diversion Authority's finance committee, said he expects that the project to channel Red River floodwaters around the metro area will march on regardless of the vote.
FARGO — In a commercial running on local TV, images of the 1997 flood disaster scrolled by. There's one of water lapping against the front entrance of Grand Forks City Hall. Another shows a house cracked like an egg, presumably by the shifting ground beneath. Still another showed the remains of the Security Building in Grand Forks, gutted by an electrical fire.
FARGO — For the first time in more than a half century, The Forum Editorial Board is not endorsing the Republican candidate for president this year. It won't endorse the Democrat, either, or a third-party candidate, joining the avalanche of newspapers with traditionally Republican editorial pages that have refused to urge readers to vote for Donald Trump. "We made the call that both candidates don't measure up for the most important office in the land, some would say the most important office on the globe," said Editorial Page Editor Jack Zaleski.
FARGO — Animal figurines and marbles that might have belonged to a child were found in a pile of debris recently excavated from the former site of a famous downtown brothel. North Dakota State University archaeologist Kristen Fellows said she and her colleague Angela Smith, along with their students, unearthed these and other artifacts as they sifted through mounds of dirt dug up by workers building Fargo's new city hall. Fellows said it's not surprising that toys were found at the brothel because they've been found at other brothel digs around the country.
FARGO — The massive flood diversion is not needed by Fargo-Moorhead because emergency measures used in the successful 2009 flood fight and new dikes should be enough for future floods, according to Minnesota regulators. It's one of the reasons the Department of Natural Resources gave Monday, Oct. 3, in denying a permit for a dam straddling the Red River that would limit flow into the diversion channel to a more manageable volume.
FARGO — Like anyone who wants to understand North Dakota politics, Nick Bauroth tried to follow the money. The North Dakota State University political scientist wanted to tally up campaign contributions to find out which interest groups and individuals seek to influence state policies. "When I started trying to do that, I found that with statewide elections, with legislative elections, there are some real big holes there in terms of the information that's available," he said.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- For two hours a month, Mike Jensen said he stands up in front of a group of dads-to-be at the Sanford Health clinic here and talks about all the dumb things he's done so far as a dad. It began at delivery, he said. "That's where the majority of my bad examples start." When he was supposed to be helping his wife, Lisa, he was texting her sister with updates about labor, he said. "My wife finally yelled at me: 'Put the phone away!'" When he changed his daughter Julia's diapers, he got his hands covered in poop, he said.