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—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.
FARGO – Many basic assumptions about the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion were scrutinized Monday, Oct. 23, at the first meeting of a task force seeking compromises that would make the $2.2 billion project more acceptable to opponents and to Minnesota regulators.
HUNTER, N.D. — Growing up, Donald Aune would hear stories from his mother about the sod house she lived in as a child in the late 1800s near Milton, N.D. She talked about how cozy it was despite the harsh prairie winters and how hard it was to keep clean; it was made of dirt, he said. And she talked about snakes. "Sometimes the snakes would be hanging in there," he said. "Wasn't that many, I don't think. They would crawl in."
FARGO — New, more detailed site plans for an outlet mall filed with the city show less retail space than before and a new grocery store. Developers at Property Resource Group earlier said the Fargo Outlets at Timber Creek would have about 300,000 square feet of retail space, but the new plans show around 220,000 square feet of retail. The Planning Commission reviewed the plans on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Commissioners approved plat and zoning changes to reflect those plans. PRG President Kevin Christianson couldn't be reached for comment.
FARGO — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum reiterated their desire to work together to protect Fargo-Moorhead from flooding following a conference call about the $2.2 billion flood diversion project Monday, Sept. 25. The call was closed to the public but the governors' spokesmen each released statements afterwards, which included a hopeful note for diversion supporters that Dayton would consider allowing them to apply again for a dam permit.
FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority has decided to cease legal action challenging Minnesota regulators for denying a permit for a dam, the group said in a statement Thursday, Sept. 14. The group said it was encouraged by recent news that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wanted to speak with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum about flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead.
FARGO — The last thing Brooke Lynn Crews put on the public portion of her Facebook page are the words: "When you truly stop caring what the (expletive) anyone thinks of you, you will reach a whole new level of freedom." That was on New Year's Eve, and only one friend commented. Starting on Friday, Aug. 25, many more people commented, but they were calling Crews names and wishing her a long stay in prison. Several wondered whether she had children of her own.