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 — When Will Gardner was leaving his job at North Dakota State University just after midnight on Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, he said he was surprised to see a young woman undressing in front of a window at a freshman dormitory on campus. He went closer to get a better look. "I messed up. It was stupid. I was young and immature," the Republican-endorsed candidate for North Dakota Secretary of State told Forum News Service when asked Friday, May 18, about the 12-year-old incident.
FARGO—A fire at an apartment in the city's south side Sunday morning, March 18, left $150,000 to $680,000 in damage and displaced several residents, the Fire Department said. No one was hurt but rumors that some residents had returned into the building at 2818 15th St. S. prompted the department to bring in extra firefighters and equipment.
FARGO—Lined with dusty filing cabinets full of yellowed newspaper clippings and old books, the little room on the west side of the Forum building has the look of an office forgotten by time. To Carol Bradley Bursack, the newspaper's former librarian, it's a historical treasure trove that she said she would've guarded with her life when she worked here.
FARGO, N.D.—Sharon Akin broke into tears as she told the court Monday, Jan. 22, about the loved ones that her friend Joshua Fonder left behind—including his 9-year-old son—when his girlfriend's reckless driving killed him. "I've known Josh for 23 years; that is over half of my life. He was an important person to me, his brothers, his mother, my husband and son," she said. "We tried for many years to help him through his addiction — not only his addiction to drugs, but his addiction to toxic people."
FARGO, N.D. — After the release of a report from a task force seeking to make the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion more palatable to skeptics on Thursday, Jan. 18, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said he expects to see a new diversion plan in the next 30 days. "We think this is a great step forward," he said. "If you try to litigate in court, it's a two- to three-year process." The task force was formed in October by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton after a lawsuit by Minnesota regulators led a federal judge to put the $2.2 billion project on hold.
FARGO—This summer, volunteers will fan out over select Cass County farms seeking unharvested produce for donation to area charities under a plan Fargo Cass Public Health is developing. The practice, called gleaning, happens now but not in any systematic way, said Kim Lipetzky, a nutritionist overseeing the program. The goal is to develop such a system, including a website that will link volunteers to farmers and to charities, she said.
FARGO—Big changes may be ahead for the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, including shifting flood impact and increasing costs, with the conclusion of a task force seeking ways to get a permit for the project from Minnesota regulators. The group, which held its final meeting Monday, Dec. 11, at the Fargodome, agreed broadly to some changes to the $2.2 billion diversion channel and Red River dam, but disagreed on others. The regulators say these changes move the project closer to a permit, but there were no guarantees.
FARGO — Between now and Saturday, Dec. 9, Kailen Rosenberg's scouts will be combing local hangouts for women who match a certain profile and inviting them to an interview. The position they'd be interviewing for will be girlfriend to one of two well-heeled bachelors from Fargo and, perhaps some day, wife. "We have a cute little card that says 'You've been noticed' — and then it says underneath it — 'as being authentically beautiful,'" said Rosenberg, a nationally-known matchmaker based in Minneapolis. "Hopefully we'll be handing out a lot of cards."
FARGO — A plan to encourage public art throughout the city that includes incentives for developers to beautify their buildings received a positive reception from several city leaders on Thursday, Nov. 30. Developers hoping to build on city-owned land could be asked to include some form of public art in their plans, City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn said. The city could also lead by example by including art in its own buildings, he said. "If we're going to tell people, 'Oh yeah, we want you to do it,' I think we have to — that should be mandatory."
FARGO — A former city sanitation worker trying to get his job back after shoving a supervisor whom he accused of making racist statements to him was rebuffed by city commissioners Monday, Oct. 30. Elected city leaders were Aaron Cockfield's last hope within the city's appeals procedure, but they voted 3-0—with two members absent—to uphold his division leader's decision to fire him. Those voting were Mayor Tim Mahoney and Commissioners Tony Grindberg and Dave Piepkorn.