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 — Several areas in the Fargo-Moorhead region have been designated as federal "opportunity zones" by the governors of North Dakota and Minnesota, officials in both states announced Friday, April 20. These zones are Census tracts where poverty is high and where the federal government wants to encourage investments. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum picked four tracts in Fargo, including downtown, other parts of north Fargo and the industrial park west of Interstate 29, according to the state.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. – The father of Winter Sky Barker, the 3-year-old Breckenridge boy who died April 10 of blunt-force injuries, has been accused of murder and child abuse, according to documents filed in Wilkin County District Court.
FARGO — Cass County commissioners agreed to keep polling hours for the 2018 election cycle the same as the previous cycle at their meeting Monday, April 16, despite an earlier proposal to close polls an hour early. That means polling hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the June 12 primary election and the Nov. 6 general election. Commissioners voted unanimously to keep polling hours as they are. There was no substantial discussion of the issue.
COLFAX, N.D. — The words "hazing" and "bullying" have been used a lot to describe what's come to be known as the "rape game" allegedly played by teenage boys in Richland 44 School District, and such labels have shaped perceptions about what exactly happened. But investigators at Langevin Lentz, a Minneapolis law firm hired by the district, never used those words to describe the incidents, which they have labeled simply as "incidents." The words were only used to describe district policies that could have been applied but were not.
FARGO — Cowboy Jack's, a restaurant and bar coming to downtown, got its liquor license from city leaders Monday, April 9, but it also sparked a serious discussion about public drunkenness and safety in the neighborhood. The big question was whether the new business at 506 Broadway N. would contribute to those growing problems. Dave Erickson, who owns several bars in the Fargo-Moorhead area such as Hennessy's Irish Pub and the Red Hen Taphouse, said he intends to promote a family atmosphere with lunch and dinner service.
FARGO — "Devastating" is how Lisa Hills, executive director of the Minnesota Newspaper Association, described the potential impact of tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on Canadian newsprint. That's the paper used to print newspapers. Hills said printing costs are the second-highest expense for newspapers behind labor. The North Dakota Newspaper Association (NDNA) is also sounding the alarm, as are many newspapers around the country. Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum, is a member of both state newspaper groups.
FARGO — The little room in the back of the Floor to Ceiling Carpet One store with its big easy chairs and glowing lamps feels a lot like the corner of someone's living room. "We wanted it to be like a home, very low lighting, warm, cozy," Design Manager Rebecca Knutson said.
MOORHEAD – James Van Raden Sr. died Tuesday morning, April 3, at 82 after what his children described a long, crotchety battle with old age. To the public, he was best known as the elderly man who sued Moorhead police in 2013 for using a Taser on him.
FARGO – Before an audience of appreciative retired truck drivers, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said Tuesday, April 3, that if their pension funds were allowed to collapse, the ripple effects could “take down our economy.”
FARGO — The first time this season that snow fell here and didn't melt right away was in early December, when a blizzard caused many schools to cancel classes or let students out early. It's been nearly 120 days, a third of a year, and the snow still hasn't gone away. It might seem like an extra long winter but, if you ask WDAY Chief Meteorologist John Wheeler, these snowy stretches aren't all that unusual, though the longevity of the winter snowpack is a bit above average.