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 — The city will issue bonds worth as much as $17.8 million to finance the construction of a new parking ramp as part of the Block 9 high-rise project downtown, city leaders agreed Monday, July 30. Repayment would come from developers, some of which would otherwise be paid as property taxes. "(I'm) very pleased that this is finally coming forward; this means block 9 project is going forward as well," Mayor Tim Mahoney said.
FARGO — A new task force will be formed in coming weeks to tackle the city's controversial special assessments, city leaders agreed Monday, July 30. "All options are on the table," said City Commissioner Tony Grindberg, who developed the goals and structure of the 13-member group with Commissioner Tony Gehrig.
FARGO — The city expects to install charging stations for electric cars hooked to solar panels on the top level of the Roberts Commons parking ramp, according to plans approved by city leaders Monday, July 30. The project will cost $610,000, of which $50,000 will come out of parking funds. The rest would come from industry partners and state grants, which one of the partners have applied for. Parking Commission Chairman Mike Williams said it's a way to add value to the parking ramp and diversify energy sources.
FARGO — A group of volunteers trying to change the way the city elects its leaders have submitted around 2,000 signatures, about 600 more than is required to get on the November ballot, organizer Jed Limke said Monday, July 30.
FARGO — UPS will start directing flights from Hector International Airport to its main hub Nov. 5 and add 70 jobs here, the company said Thursday, July 26. For customers, this will mean an extra three hours for drop-off and pick-up because new Boeing 757 jet aircraft will depart Fargo later in the evening, the cargo carrier said. The new jobs include a mix of part-time and full-time jobs with hiring start in mid-September.
FARGO — Developers of the Block 9 highrise have agreed to help Prairie Public Broadcasting pay to get its TV and radio signals around the new 18-story building, according to the broadcaster.
FARGO — Running a fiber optic line to its antenna in rural Cass County is the most "effective" way for Prairie Public Broadcasting to avoid having its TV and radio signals blocked by the Block 9 highrise, according to a city consultant. Owl Engineering & EMC Test Labs reached this conclusion after considering seven options in a report it sent the city Friday, July 20. Prairie Public and the highrise developers, the Kilbourne Group and RDO, said in a joint statement the same day that they expect to reach a decision within two weeks of receiving the report.
FARGO — In Jeremy Kelly's office are several locked cabinets filled with drug paraphernalia, including syringes, spoon-like drug cookers and cotton balls for filtering drugs. There are also gauze bandages, triple antibiotic ointment and alcohol-soaked cleaning pads. "That reduces a lot of chance of disease," Kelly said Monday, July 23. "Hepatitis can live on a countertop for 30 days or something like that. We want to make sure people have clean surface, clean gear, everything."
FARGO — News that the cost of the new City Hall building has increased by $2.1 million is shedding light on a little publicized practice of not including some costs with the usually well publicized cost of construction. When construction bids came in in 2016, the lowest was $22.5 million. But the "all-in" cost, as city leaders found out Monday, July 16, is around $29.8 million.
FARGO — Thirteen dilapidated homes in north Fargo's Roosevelt neighborhood will soon be demolished, and their owner hopes to get a tax break from the city to pay for it. Roers construction firm plans to redevelop the properties in the future, including apartments in an area now zoned for single-family homes. Objecting to the plan are Roosevelt activists battling to preserve the traditional character of their neighborhood against the encroachment of high-density apartments driven by strong demand from students attending nearby North Dakota State University.