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 — At first, it was hard for the panel of media experts to agree to a definition of "fake news." Was it the "purposeful manipulation of truth or version of truth," as Jack Zaleski, former Forum editorial-page editor, put it? Or was it "in the eye of the beholder," as Scott Hennen, a conservative radio talk-show host, put it? But there was general agreement at a panel discussion Tuesday, March 29, at the alumni center at North Dakota State University that it's bad news for American democracy if voters can't sort fact from fiction.
BISMARCK — A bill preventing cities from granting more than one kind of tax break to businesses has passed in the House, causing Fargo's mayor to worry about how it will affect the city's ability to continue to develop downtown. Some construction projects are so complex and risky that more than one tax incentive is needed, said Mayor Tim Mahoney. The $98 million Block 9 high-rise expected to start construction this spring wouldn't have been possible without multiple incentives, he said.
FARGO — City commissioners voted Monday, March 27, to deny tax breaks to an air freight firm because it didn't meet city criteria. Corporate Air, based in Billings, Mont., has plans to build a $3 million facility at 3100 31st St. N., at Hector International Airport. The firm asked for 100 percent property tax exemption for 10 years, which is worth an estimated $39,300 a year.
FARGO — The city is seeking to buy some of the area's most expensive homes to complete a levee in a flood-prone area in the south end. The owner of one of those houses, Timothy F. Corwin at 707 Harwood Drive S., recently offered to sell his 4,100-square-foot home for $1.9 million. The city had offered $1.4 million.
FARGO — Providing more space for Sears was a big reason the developers behind West Acres built the mall, which opened in 1972. It was the centerpiece tenant, the Fargo outpost of the world's largest retailer. Nearly 45 years later, the walls are empty and the floor mostly bare, where only picked-over clothes and dozens of empty racks remain. Bright banners announced sales of at least 40 to 90 percent off the lowest marked price. Sunday, March 26, is the store's last day in Fargo.
FARGO - President Donald Trump’s administration is proposing a 16 percent cut to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' budget, according to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who said she'll "fight harder" to ensure the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion gets needed funding. The senator met with White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Tuesday, March 21. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., also arranged a meeting between Mulvaney and a Fargo-Moorhead delegation the same day.
FARGO – Serious crimes reported to police rose by double-digit rates for the second year in a row in 2016, according the Police Department’s annual report released Monday, March 20. The number of so-called “Part I” crimes -- including serious assaults, burglary, robbery, thefts, sexual assault and homicide -- totaled 4,255, an increase of 14 percent compared to 2015. In 2015, the number of such crimes increased 15 percent.
FARGO — When construction workers reopened a section of Broadway just north of Fargo North High School last fall, motorists found twice as many street lights as before and the light is now really bright. The city had added light poles and replaced dim yellowish sodium-vapor lamps with white LEDs, which it says provide more light but use less energy. Some area residents say they want more.
FARGO — About a decade and a half ago, the Marriott Corp. based in Bethesda, Md., began looking for greener grass on the other side of the Potomac River in Virginia. As economic developer Jeff Finkle tells it, the hotel company started a bidding war between the two states to see which could provide the most generous tax breaks. At one point, Marriott told Virginia it had decided to stay put but didn't tell Maryland right away, he said. "They kept pushing Maryland to keep upping the incentive, and they did even though there was no competition."
FARGO — With more than 600,000 visitors each year, Main Street Square in Rapid City, S.D., is an attractive model for developers of the public plaza that's part of the Block 9 highrise coming to downtown Fargo. When Keith Leier, a project manager with development firm Kilbourne Group, mentioned that 600,000 number at a presentation to downtown business leaders Thursday, March 16, someone remarked in awe that it was about the population of North Dakota.