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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Blizzard Dillon rushed into the Grand Forks region Wednesday, forcing schools, government offices and at least one highway to close. The National Weather Service said it was a ground blizzard caused almost entirely by high winds that were a bit stronger than the agency originally forecast the day before. "This is where a difference of 5 to 10 mph makes a huge difference, especially in open country," said Mark Ewens, a meteorologist at the agency's Grand Forks office.
The relatively warm weather of the past week and half is expected to end Monday and the rest of the winter doesn't look so hot either, according to the National Weather Service. The agency's Grand Forks office released its climate outlook for the next three months last week and it suggests a colder than normal winter here with normal precipitation. Mark Ewens, the local climate expert, says climate prediction is an inexact science so the agency can't offer any specific temperature forecasts. However, it can offer probabilities. From February to April, there is a 36 percent chance of the te
If Taylor Branch had his way, Americans would observe Martin Luther King Day every week. A historian of the King years who will speak at the University of Minnesota-Crookston on Monday, he told an audience at the Aspen Institute a year ago that the nation has forgotten what the civil rights struggle was like and the changes that it wrought. The end of racial segregation also brought the end of gender segregation and immigration reforms that paved the way for today's multi-ethnic society, he said. Branch, a native of Atlanta, Ga., won a Pulitzer Prize for "Parting the Waters: America in the
UND is expected to get a total of $9.9 million for a new business school building and an energy-research building, the UND Foundation said Friday. Two-thirds of the money would come from private donors and the rest from a state matching grant approved by the Legislature in 2013. Both the College of Business and Public Administration and the Petroleum Engineering Department have been growing rapidly and university officials have said more space is needed. Business school Dean Denny Elbert said plans for the new school are still in the preliminary stage, though he believed the school is three
An airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base was sentenced Monday to 34 years in prison for raping the wife of a fellow airman who was deployed this past summer, the base said Thursday. Senior Airman Jory Hodge pleaded guilty at his court martial to all charges, including rape by threat of fear, forcible sodomy, assault consummated by a battery, burglary and communicating a threat, according to a news release from the base. As part of a plea deal, he must serve a maximum of 20 years and register as a sex offender, according to Air Force Public Affairs.
Cigarettes flicked out of a second-story window accidentally started a fire that damaged a downtown Grand Forks building Saturday night, according to Fire Marshal Brandon Boespflug. Investigators zeroed in on the cigarettes after experts they consulted ruled out electrical and mechanical causes of the fire, which happened in an out-structure housing the building's boiler and main electrical components, he said. They found many cigarettes in the area and on the roof of the structure, he said. The building, which is at 420 DeMers Avenue, is home to Bonzer's Sandwich Pub, Dreas Hookah Lounge a
Cindy Bonzer was working in her office Saturday evening at Bonzer's Sandwich Pub in downtown Grand Forks when she smelled smoke and went to investigate. It wasn't until she went outside that she saw a blaze coming out of an exhaust fan behind the building, which was quickly evacuated, she said. As she watched firefighters soak the charred wooden structure housing the fan and other equipment, her thoughts went back to the fire that destroyed the bar's previous incarnation during the 1997 flood. "I grabbed my computer and some cash," she said.
H1N1, the flu virus strain that primarily affects young people, is back in force again four years after causing a global pandemic. It's not spreading so quickly this time, but it is the predominant strain of the virus identified in North Dakota, Minnesota and the rest of the country, according to public health agencies. That H1N1 infects younger adults disproportionately is somewhat of a concern because those populations don't usually see themselves as being very vulnerable, said Jill Baber, the influenza surveillance coordinator with the North Dakota Department of Health. H1N1 can cause "p
There were no shortage of minor accidents and stranded motorists Saturday as the icy winds of Blizzard Anita roared into the Red River Valley. Even in Grand Forks, where visibility was better, there were plenty of fender benders on slick roads. "We've had quite a few accidents today, maybe 15 to 20," said Sgt. Kevin Kallinen, who worked the day shift.
It was a Friday about 40 years ago when the features editor at the Herald sat down to write her usual column. Christmas was coming and so was her deadline. "I was rushing around getting ready for Christmas," Marilyn Hagerty said recently. "I would whip that off." Then she had second thoughts, she said, wondering if it was good enough.