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.
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.
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.
ADA, Minn. — Paulita Ruiz skipped her prepared statement Wednesday, March 14, and told the woman who shot and killed her nephew in a YouTube stunt gone wrong that she should've known better. "This comes from the heart, where you shot him," she said during Monalisa Perez's sentencing at the Norman County Courthouse. "You took him away from us, Mona" But, when she added, "We don't hate you," a scoff could be heard from a man sitting with Perez's family.
FARGO — The last several weeks have seen a flurry of announcements from legislative candidates in North Dakota but few if any in Minnesota, even though caucuses and conventions are coming up in both states. The simple reason is that North Dakota's political process is a little more streamlined than Minnesota's.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — With the No. 1 and No. 2 sellers of lottery tickets located in Moorhead, the city is once again among the top-selling cities in the state, Minnesota Lottery Executive Director Robert Doty told reporters Wednesday, Jan. 24. Though he didn't say it, a lot of that likely has to do with North Dakotans buying their tickets in Minnesota. The No. 1 store, M&H, on Main Avenue, and Orton's Holiday Stationstore at 725 30th Ave. S., near Interstate 94, are both on major east-west corridors near the state line.
FARGO — An inmate who claims to be transgender is accusing the Cass County Jail of failing to accommodate her in the gender she identifies with. William Anthony Fly, a 49-year-old who now goes by "Toni," told county commissioners in a Dec. 29 letter that she's being housed with male inmates contrary to her desire. She also claimed she was not getting the hormone treatments, feminine hygiene products and female undergarments as required.
FARGO — Martin Wishnatsky was a well-known anti-abortion activist when he lived here, but since he left for law school in 2009, he's been mostly out of the spotlight. That is, until about a week ago. The world learned that Wishnatsky is the person the wife of Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore was referring to when she announced at a Dec. 11 campaign rally that "one of our attorneys is a Jew." Moore's wife, Kayla, said it as a way to defend her husband against accusations of anti-Semitism.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The house next door to Brad Benton's just south of downtown here was built nearly nine decades ago with exposed rafters and brackets that showed off its Craftsman influence. "It's just a charming little bungalow. Great architecture," Benton gushed. "It's just a cute little house — or it was." On Tuesday morning, Nov. 28, heavy construction equipment arrived at 412 7th St. S. and by the following afternoon the house was gone.