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 — Under the chin of the brand new unmanned aircraft at the Air National Guard's airport hangar is a 2-foot wide turret with six gleaming glass panels. Behind each panel is a powerful camera or a laser used for range-finding and to designate targets for guided missiles. MQ-9 Reapers like this one have been hunting and killing terrorists in Syria and Iraq. With the Guard's 119th Wing planning to fly a pair of Reapers out of their home base at Hector International Airport, officials are wary that these capabilities might somehow inspire fear in the public.
FARGO — The week after the video of a woman calling for the death of all Muslims in a parking lot here went viral, a leader in the Somali-American community told city commissioners they are partly to blame. "The state and the city asking for how much it costs to have refugees in the community, while a sensible question from the financial standpoint, it has negatively impacted our image in the community," Hukun Abdullahi said at the City Commission's Monday, July 31, meeting. "And it also has increased the number of hostile incidents against the refugees."
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 — The City Commission here approved a transfer of a liquor license from the Nestor, one of the city's oldest bars, to Tailgators Sports Cafe Monday, July 3. Commissioners had few comments other than for Tony Gehrig, who noted the AB license being transferred is the most sought-after among businesses. The city charges $150,000 for an initial fee but, he said, the market rate is likely higher.
FARGO — City commissioners voted to end one of the city's longest-running tax incentives on Monday, July 3, 37 years after the project began. City Planner Jim Gilmour told commissioners the bonds issued for construction of the Island Park parking ramp have been fully paid and property taxes directed toward the project must by law now be redirected to the general funds of local governments.