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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MOORHEAD, Minn. — Undergraduate enrollment at Minnesota State University Moorhead has reached a low point not seen since at least 2000, while graduate enrollment has surged to its highest level in years, according to figures the university released Wednesday, Oct. 10. The decline in undergraduate enrollment is part of a national trend that's been especially pronounced in the Midwest, MSUM President Anne Blackhurst said. But the rise in graduate enrollment is the result of a deliberate university initiative that's paying off, she said.
FARGO — Roses, rosaries and candles surrounded a framed picture of Gabriel Perez outside the McDonald's on Main Avenue Monday, Sept. 24. "R.I.P. Gabe" was printed on one of the candles. The 20-year-old Fargo man was shot early Sunday while sitting outside the restaurant at 905 Main Ave., according to police, who identified him as the victim Monday morning. Perez appears to be the fifth person killed in a criminal homicide this year, the most the city has seen since at least 1985, according to police and FBI records.
FARGO — Police officers and firefighters went looking for a suicide victim in a south-side Fargo apartment Friday morning, Sept. 21, and found the victim already covered by a white sheet, according to Cass County District Court documents. Examining the body of Kevin Riley Sr., 60, police found evidence he had been in a fight before the shooting. The trajectory of the bullet, which entered his neck just below his right ear, suggested to the coroner that he likely didn't kill himself, court documents stated.
FARGO — Running a fiber optic line to its antenna in rural Cass County is the most "effective" way for Prairie Public Broadcasting to avoid having its TV and radio signals blocked by the Block 9 highrise, according to a city consultant. Owl Engineering & EMC Test Labs reached this conclusion after considering seven options in a report it sent the city Friday, July 20. Prairie Public and the highrise developers, the Kilbourne Group and RDO, said in a joint statement the same day that they expect to reach a decision within two weeks of receiving the report.
FARGO – In the minutes before Pedro Ruiz III was shot and killed in a stunt intended for YouTube, he could be heard encouraging his girlfriend Monalisa Perez to pull the trigger, according to transcripts released Friday, June 22, by the Norman County Attorney’s office. “Babe, I’m not doing this, I can’t,” Perez said toward the end of the transcript. “‘Kay, babe,” Ruiz said.
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.