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 — When Janel Simonson built her home in Reile's Acres, the engineers miscalculated and she built it at a much higher elevation than needed to avoid flooding. "We have a dike behind our house," she told members of the Cass County Joint Water Resource District Tuesday, June 6. "Our window wells are actually higher than that dike." Yet the water district told her in a letter that she benefits fully from the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion and her special assessments are in the highest category, she said.
FARGO — Plans for a historical marker commemorating Teddy Roosevelt's Sept. 5, 1910, visit to the city are in the works, according to a city official. Dawn Mayo, a city planner with the Historic Preservation Commission, said the commission doesn't yet have a specific location or timeline, but it does have a $6,000 state grant to pay for the project. Another $3,000 worth of work designing the marker has been donated by Matthew Boreen, an architect who serves on the commission, she said.
FARGO — The First Avenue North bridge will close for a day in September for a special event, according to a plan city leaders approved Monday, June 5. City staff recommended Bridge Bash be moved to the less busy NP Avenue North bridge, but organizers at the Moorhead Business Association preferred First, which staff said is still doable.
FARGO — A compromise has ended the controversy over how many homes will be packed in the new Bison Meadows subdivision and, reportedly, no one involved is happy. City commissioners, though, voted unanimously on Monday, June 5, to allow 347 homes on the 72-acre development northeast of Davies High School. "I don't think anybody in any of the neighborhoods is really happy, even with this change," said Richard Thomas, who lives in the nearby Eagle Pointe subdivision. "We didn't walk out of it entirely happy, either," said developer Jim Bullis.
FARGO — When Lei Zhang and her husband began house-hunting a couple of years ago, they made sure houses they looked at were outside the floodplain. "My husband and I are the type of persons with strong risk aversion," she said. Early that year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency put into effect a new 100-year floodplain, which shows areas with a 1-percent chance of flooding each year for federal flood insurance purposes.
FARGO — The Block 9 high-rise, expected to be the city's tallest building, will break ground downtown in late July, according to developers at Kilbourne Group. Though a spring groundbreaking had been discussed, the builder pushed it back to have more time to develop a construction program suitable for such a crowded area, spokeswoman Adrienne Olson said last week.
FARGO — Cars will be able to park at downtown's newest parking ramp at the Roberts Commons complex as early as Thursday, June 1, a city official says. Workers are checking sprinklers and other details to meet all requirements for having people in the building, City Planner Jim Gilmour said last week.
FARGO — The outlet center planned for the city's south end may not break ground this year after all, according to developer Kevin Christianson. "We're still making progress, but we're not there yet," the president of Property Resources Group said earlier this week. "I don't have a projected date at all now. It might be next spring, but I'm not sure."
FARGO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has set aside $20 million of its budget this year for work on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, North Dakota's congressional delegation announced Thursday, May 25. The agency is building an inlet structure south of Horace that would be part of a dam controlling flow into the diversion channel. The project broke ground earlier this spring. The delegation took a somber tone, however, recognizing that there is still a lawsuit against the project by local governments upstream of the dam and by Minnesota regulators.
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.