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 — While nearly every major medical group in the nation has strongly opposed the bill U.S. House Republicans passed to replace Obamacare, the health care industry in North Dakota is taking a wait-and-see approach. "We expect there will be changes to the House bill in the Senate, and we also expect more debate and dialog over the coming weeks," Cindy Morrison, chief policy officer for Sanford Health, said in a statement Friday, May 5. "It is hard to say what the impacts will be until we see what the Senate version looks like."
MOORHEAD – Law enforcement agencies here are checking invoices and inspecting their vehicles following a report that a Fergus Falls auto dealership overbilled police agencies across Minnesota. “We're in the process of looking even historically back at our orders,” Lt. Tory Jacobson, a spokesman for the Moorhead Police Department, said Friday, April 28. “We’ve ordered cars from there many many times.”
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 — Mark Bittner pointed to an area behind Oak Grove Lutheran School where an emergency levee had been erected two decades ago against the rising Red River. That was the traditional location for a levee, but the flood of 1997 was different than the others, said the former city engineer. "I've never seen currents like that. It just chewed that levee up," he said last week in recalling the flood.
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, N.D.—Days before news broke last year that the federal government would set aside $5 million for the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton lobbied the Office of Management and Budget to put a restrictive condition on that funding. After his Feb. 5, 2016, call to White House budget director Shaun Donovan, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was told it can't spend that money until it can determine that all regulatory hurdles, which would include Minnesota's, could be cleared.
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.