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 Fargodome narrowly edged out downtown as the best site for a new convention center, consultants told local officials Wednesday, May 24, but they cautioned that the scoring system still leaves plenty of room for debate. Two other sites considered, one west of Scheels Arena and one adjacent to West Acres mall, had much lower scores.
FARGO — A Twin Cities law firm has asked city leaders to reduce the assessed value of buildings housing Best Buy and Gander Mountain by $1 million or more, but it's not clear to city staff that the firm actually had authorization from one of the clients. The City Commission saw the requests Monday, May 22, and voted unanimously to deny the requests after City Assessor Ben Hushka explained how his office applies the same assessment method to all commercial properties.
FARGO — A $23 million housing and retail complex opposite the new arena at North Dakota State University is back on track after the City Commission unanimously approved it on Monday, May 22. Commissioners Dave Piepkorn and John Strand, who previously voted "no" denying the supermajority the five-member body needed, reversed course.
FARGO — West Fargo sewage will be flowing east into Fargo under a 20-year deal city commissioners here agreed to Monday, May 22. It'll cost West Fargo $3 per 1,000 gallons over the next four years, which at an average flow of 6.5 million gallons a day would bring about $7.1 million a year into Fargo city coffers. Rates can be adjusted after that. Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig, who has the utilities portfolio, said it's the biggest regionalization project the city has done so far.
FARGO — Fargo Cass Public Health spent $60,000 in 2016 to provide nursing services to 86 refugees, the department reported recently. That's a little more than 1 percent of the service's $4.4 million budget for that year. These are unusual figures because it's one of only a few pieces of data showing how much it costs for local governments to provide services to refugees. But even this data has caveats.
FARGO — While nearly every major medical group in the nation has strongly opposed the bill House Republicans passed to replace Obamacare, the health care industry in North Dakota is taking a wait-and-see approach. "We expect there will be changes to the House bill in the Senate, and we also expect more debate and dialog over the coming weeks," Cindy Morrison, chief policy officer for Sanford Health, said in a statement Friday, May 5. "It is hard to say what the impacts will be until we see what the Senate version looks like."
FARGO – After serving as acting U.S. attorney for the District of North Dakota since 2015, Chris Myers has told the state’s congressional delegation he no longer wants the job. Myers, a career prosecutor, said in an email to the delegation that he worries that going through with a political nomination would harm his employee benefits. The office of Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., provided a copy of the email sent Saturday, April 29. Hoeven confirmed to the Bismarck Tribune on Thursday, April 27, that former U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley told the senator he wanted the job. Wrigley was U.S.
FARGO — Several weeks after Kindred's mayor and city auditor temporarily resigned because of a personality conflict with a City Council member, storm clouds are back over City Hall with an effort to recall that council member. Julie Johnson, who's in her second term representing this city of 700 about 15 miles southwest of Fargo, is the target of the recall by a group of city residents who say she is aggressive and disrespectful. She maintains she was only doing her job, which includes working with the city auditor to review city finances, and feels hurt by their attack.
FARGO – A Casselton man has been arrested after the Cass County Sheriff’s Department found half a pound of marijuana and cannabis-infused snacks in a home he shared with his wife and child, according to court documents. Adam Robert Eberhardt, 33, was charged Tuesday, May 2, in Cass County District Court with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, one for marijuana and one for marijuana derivatives, and one count of child endangerment. All are felonies.
FARGO — A committee seeking to recall City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn for his criticism of refugee resettlement has decried a news release seeking to end the effort that purportedly came from a local refugee group. Several members of that group, the FM Refugee Advisory Council, are themselves members of the recall committee, the committee said in its own news release Sunday, April 30.