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—A guilty plea from Louis Donald Averson, who is accused of killing his wife on June 2 as part of a suicide pact, appears to be a strong possibility, according to court records. The 85-year-old is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on a murder charge at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, but a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) has already started. Typically, a PSI is done after a defendant pleads guilty.
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. "I don't want to be responsible," she said.
FARGO — A journalist from The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead who covered a deadly downtown fistfight has been called to testify by prosecutors in the June 19 trial of Darren Scott Patterson, according to a subpoena served to him Thursday, May 10. Archie Ingersoll was the reporter on duty the night of May 27, 2017, when he became a witness to the alleged crime that led to the death of Jamie Grant, one of the men involved in the fight with Patterson. Ingersoll was interviewed in October by prosecuting and defense attorneys, and his notes, including videos, were subpoenaed.
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.
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 — Sometime over the next three months, those visiting Hector International Airport may see an unmanned aircraft taxiing down one of the runways, its tails displaying the well-known red tail flash of the Happy Hooligans. That would be the MQ-9 Reaper, the North Dakota Air National Guard unit's newest aircraft and the first assigned here since 2013.
SOUTHWEST CLAY COUNTY, Minn. — From a distance, it will probably look like an elevated road stretching from beyond the line of trees that marks the path of the Red River. But up close, its purpose will be pretty obvious. The high-hazard dam the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer plans to build through here will be about 18 feet high measured from low ground near the river, which includes 6 feet of freeboard. If the dam were to suddenly breach at maximum capacity, a wall of water 12 feet high would come rushing out.
FARGO — When Karianne Jackson visited a Norwegian prison a couple of years ago, the North Dakota prison system official thought all she'd learn was how to make a prison look like Ikea. Photos of Halden Prison, the maximum-security prison 70 miles south of Oslo she visited, did make it look like it was furnished by the Scandinavian home furnishing store. The cells looked like dorms rooms and the kitchen shared by inmates looked like it belonged in an apartment.
When Jill Halvorson recently attended a trade show for convention organizers, she didn’t bring key chains, refrigerator magnets or any of the usual swag. She brought crocheted beer koozies made...
FARGO - On a mild, breezy November day nearly four years ago, more than 20 employees and executives at Ulteig Engineers called it quits at the same time and left...