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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MAHNOMEN, Minn. — The mystery substance found on cash that burned a clerk at a gas station Monday, April 30, was a "carbohydrate" that may have triggered an allergic reaction, according to the sheriff's office. A state lab in St. Paul determined that the powder on the bill was "non-toxic and non-acidic," the sheriff's office said Tuesday. The clerk's call to police on Monday triggered a response from a handful of local agencies, including the Moorhead hazmat team, and the state. The clerk and six other gas-station employees were taken to Mahnomen Health Center.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. – Wilkin County prosecutors have charged with murder the father of a 3-year-old Breckenridge boy who died April 10, according to the Breckenridge Police Department. Tracy Norman Brant, 35, faces one count of felony murder, three counts of third-degree assault and two counts of malicious punishment of a child. He remains in Wilkin County Jail on an unrelated arrest warrant.
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 — "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. is a member of both state newspaper groups.
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." She told the group of mostly union members at Marlin's, a restaurant at north Fargo's Stamart Travel Center, that she said the same thing to a congressional committee addressing the pension crisis.
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.
FARGO — Right after the tax reform bill became law in December, leaders of Fargo-based Scheels All Sports decided employees would get some extra money, a company official said during Vice President Mike Pence's campaign-style rally here Tuesday, March 27. "We knew we wanted to do something intentional right away," said Chief Financial Officer Michelle Killoran. "So we decided to give a tax-reform bonus to our associates."
FARGO — With three of his officers on paid administrative leave after shooting two suspects in the past month, Police Chief David Todd on Monday, March 26, gave city commissioners a behind-the-scenes look at what happens next. The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Fargo Police Department are both investigating the officers' use of force, according to the chief. The department also is providing psychological support to the officers in the wake of what are also traumatic incidents for them.
WEST FARGO — When he's teaching a beginner how to shoot a pistol, Darrell Kersting doesn't look at the target to see where the bullets are going but at the shooter's hands and eyes. "If you maybe see a lot of what's called 'muzzle flip,' they maybe are not holding the gun up as high so it balances and receives that energy correctly," he said Friday night, March 23, his voice drowned out at times by gunfire at the range behind him.
FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority's plan B, which radically altered the upstream dam in hopes of satisfying Minnesota regulators, will require a financial plan B as well, according to officials involved. What that involves is still unclear at this point in part because no one knows exactly how to come up with the extra $200 million needed or if $200 million is even the right number.