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 — The GOP's big overhaul of federal income-tax codes came to Fargo-Moorhead Wednesday, Oct. 18, with Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., convening a panel of business leaders to discuss the benefits of the plan. He also sought input as negotiations continue on what kind of deductions and tax credits might get cut and how deep to cut taxes.
MOORHEAD — A new facility to sort recyclables could start construction as early as this spring if Clay County can find the right business partner, according to county officials. So far, the county has not decided what its criteria are. But at least one firm, Waste Management, has expressed enthusiasm about the opportunity, and another, MinnKota Recycling, said it plans to take a close look at the criteria.
FARGO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can modify the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion to meet Minnesota regulators' demands, though there are some limits, Maj. Gen. Richard Kaiser told reporters here Wednesday, Oct. 11. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said this could mean reducing the volume of water stored behind a dam upstream of the diversion channel and storing it elsewhere.
FARGO — New, more detailed site plans for an outlet mall filed with the city show less retail space than before and a new grocery store. Developers at Property Resource Group earlier said the Fargo Outlets at Timber Creek would have about 300,000 square feet of retail space, but the new plans show around 220,000 square feet of retail. The Planning Commission reviewed the plans on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Commissioners approved plat and zoning changes to reflect those plans. PRG President Kevin Christianson couldn't be reached for comment.
FARGO — Nine months have passed since a citizen task force recommended electoral reforms, and some city leaders say it's about time voters get a chance to weigh in. "I think we owe them an answer," City Commissioner John Strand said. "People put a lot of work into that. We ask them to give us their advice. I believe we need to take it off the shelf and give them some sort of a decision." He said he will ask the city attorney to draft the appropriate legal language for a ballot measure and ask the commission to weigh in perhaps within a month or two.
FARGO — On a street in the Clara Barton neighborhood is an old house that looks like a Spanish mission lifted from some coastal road in California. It has off-white stucco walls, red tiles over the entrance and decorative log ends, now hidden by ivy, that simulate the rough log rafters of actual missions. A few blocks away are a house that looks like an Italian villa lifted from the shores of the Mediterranean, a mansion like the hunting lodge of a Scottish laird, and three grey houses in a row in a sleek style that used to be futuristic.
FARGO — Despite a federal judge's order earlier in the month to pause work on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, workers are still building parts of the Oxbow ring dike linked to the $2.2 billion project, Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority officials were told Thursday, Sept. 28. The judge in April lifted an earlier injunction after all parties agreed to it and authority lawyers confirmed Thursday all parties agreed that continuing the work in Oxbow wouldn't violate the most recent injunction, authority attorney John Shockley told officials.
FARGO — City commissioners voted unanimously this week to grant property-tax breaks for a new low-income apartment at the edge of downtown, but they did so knowing the county was not with them. Meeting the week before, Cass County commissioners voted 3-2 to deny letting developers pay only a quarter of the full property tax for 15 years because the majority thought that was too long.
FARGO — Police here are warning residents of two door-to-door salesmen working without a transient merchant license from the state. "Please do not purchase products from these individuals and call us if they come to your door," Fargo police said on their Facebook page Wednesday, Sept. 27. The non-emergency dispatch number is (701) 451-7660.
FARGO — In a return to his practice of criticizing refugee resettlement, City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn singled out an $11,000 grant to the city to pay for interpreters at Fargo Cass Public Health. "So it's a grant that we get, but the grant is from the federal government," he told fellow commissioners at their bi-weekly meeting on Monday, Sept. 25. "So the money, it's our tax money. They make it sound like it's a grant and it doesn't cost anything. Isn't that correct? It's a federal grant and so that's where the money comes from."