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 — In early October, a couple of days after Minnesota environmental regulators denied a permit for a dam that will be part of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would build one anyway. Then, last week, three months after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources joined a lawsuit opposing the diversion project, the agency broke ground on a part of the dam in North Dakota knowing they'd have to eventually build the dam into Minnesota. What makes the corps so confident in the outcome of the lawsuit?
FARGO — Brook Berntson still wears the promise ring her boyfriend got her on Valentine's Day. "It's still on my finger; it still means everything to me," the Oriska, N.D., woman said Sunday, April 16. She and Kevin Lemna, a man from nearby Enderlin, N.D., had talked about building a house together with a shop for his Chevy Silverado and a barn for her horses, she said.
RURAL HORACE, N.D. — As Patrick Loree, pastor of Horace Lutheran Church, delivered a prayer for the flood diversion that dignitaries would soon break ground on in an empty field here, protesters could be heard yelling from across Cass County Road 17. "When I was asked to offer the invocation for today's activities, I found myself torn with mixed emotions," he told the crowd Monday, April 17. "My congregation has a great number of people who are very much for and very much against this project. And I love them all."
FARGO — A recall effort against City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn is likely to run afoul of state law, City Attorney Erik Johnson said in a Tuesday, April 11, letter to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. But the Fargo attorney wants Stenehjem to weigh in and settle the matter. Johnson disagrees with Secretary of State Al Jaeger, whose office in March gave petitioners the go-ahead to gather the 3,504 signatures needed to force a recall election of Piepkorn.
FARGO - President Donald Trump’s administration is proposing a 16 percent cut to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' budget, according to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who said she'll "fight harder" to ensure the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion gets needed funding. The senator met with White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Tuesday, March 21. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., also arranged a meeting between Mulvaney and a Fargo-Moorhead delegation the same day.
FARGO – Serious crimes reported to police rose by double-digit rates for the second year in a row in 2016, according the Police Department’s annual report released Monday, March 20. The number of so-called “Part I” crimes -- including serious assaults, burglary, robbery, thefts, sexual assault and homicide -- totaled 4,255, an increase of 14 percent compared to 2015. In 2015, the number of such crimes increased 15 percent.
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.