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 — As construction workers begin building downtown's Block 9 high-rise, destined to be the tallest in the city and the second tallest in the state, they're going to start by going down — way down. "Fargo has a very good bearing layer, but you gotta go pretty deep to get to it," said James Pawlikowski, a senior structural engineer with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill who worked on the design of the high-rise.
FARGO — A proposed increase to some bicycle fines was reviewed by city leaders Monday night, Sept. 10, paving the way for a public hearing in a couple of weeks.
FARGO — Despite the threat of a legal challenge, city leaders agreed Monday, Sept. 10, to again condemn a house considered to be dangerously dilapidated by city staff. Pete Sabo, the owner of the house at 427 15th Ave. S., said he only recently regained control of it and has been trying to make repairs. He said he'll do so if the city will grant him another building permit.
FARGO — The city will make "all efforts" to broadcast all its meetings, city leaders agreed Monday night, Sept. 10. Commissioner Tony Gehrig made the push to formalize what has been an unwritten rule ahead of the commission's move into the new City Hall building, which will have improved broadcast equipment.
FARGO — John Folda, the Catholic bishop of Fargo, remembered the man who inspired him to go to seminary as a tough, uncompromising priest with high standards for his charges. When Folda attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Rev. Leonard Kalin was a recruiter for the priesthood and an overseer of priests in training from the Lincoln Diocese.
FARGO — Prairie Public Broadcasting plans to move one of its downtown antennas to the top of the Radisson Hotel next door to avoid being blocked by the new Block 9 highrise across the street, the broadcaster said. No deal has been signed but Prairie Public CEO John Harris said Wednesday, Sept. 5, that Block 9 Partners have agreed to pay the rent for a period of time, perhaps a 15-year lease. The Kilbourne Group and the R.D. Offutt Co., members of the partnership, said in a statement they'll pay a "significant portion" of the cost.
FARGO — The Roosevelt neighborhood's struggle against a proposed high-density apartment building has drawn in surrounding neighborhoods alarmed by zoning changes that could set precedent for them. "One can understand a request for a minor variance to make something fit but a wholesale disregard for existing plans and zoning requirements makes me wonder why we have zoning at all," Kay Schwarzwalter, a leader in the Downtown Neighborhood Association, told the Planning Commission Tuesday, Sept. 4.
FARGO — When Phyllis Bancroft moved into a duplex near St. Paul's Newman Center at North Dakota State University in the 1960s, she said, nearly all the neighbors on her street were faculty members and university staff. "It was a very nice neighborhood," she said Friday, Aug. 31. "Lots of kids." Following decades of explosive enrollment growth, the neighbors are now nearly all student renters who seem to her to have little respect for the neighborhood.
FARGO — Earlier in the month, Cass County announced that a quorum of county commissioners would attend a White House briefing Thursday, Aug. 30, meaning enough of them would be together to require the meeting be open to the public. A White House official, in a response to The Forum, said the briefing will be closed to the public.
FARGO — A new method of electing city leaders that supporters say will give voters more choices is officially going on the November ballot after the City Commission reviewed the ballot language Monday, Aug. 27. If passed, City of Fargo Measure No. 1 would amend the city charter to allow voters to vote for as many candidates for each open seat as they want, a method called "approval voting." The current method, called "plurality voting," allows voters to only vote for one candidate for each open seat. Candidates with the most votes win under both methods.