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 — Some Cass County homeowners were surprised in recent weeks when they received not one, not two, not three, but four identical property tax estimates. County Auditor Mike Montplaisir said duplicates are not unheard of because when printers jam a print job could be restarted, but the quadruplicates puzzle him. What's unusual is the scale of the mailings this year, which total about 60,000 properties out of 65,000 in the county.
FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority agreed to hire its first executive director on Thursday, Aug. 31. Jay Neider, project director for a commuter rail line in the Washington, D.C., area, was the unanimous pick from Authority board members, several of whom said they were comfortable with him from the start.
FARGO — The mural in the domed ceiling of the Cass County Courthouse rotunda was first painted in 1906, yet the figure representing chemistry and astronomy holds a dark blue globe with swirling white clouds, a view that could only have been seen from space. It's one of many updates local artist Karen Bakke made to the mural when she was tasked earlier this year with enhancing the drab paintings that hadn't been retouched for some three decades.
FARGO — One of three partners in the development of downtown's new high-rise has parted ways with the others, Block 9 Partners said Tuesday, Aug. 29, the day after it received a fifth deadline extension from city leaders. In a statement responding to questions from The Forum, the group thanked TMI Hospitality, which operates hotels around the nation, and said it's looking for a different hotel partner with a "strong food and beverage concept." "TMI does not operate food and beverage, therefore we are working with other potential operators," the statement said.
FARGO — The last thing Brooke Lynn Crews put on the public portion of her Facebook page are the words: "When you truly stop caring what the (expletive) anyone thinks of you, you will reach a whole new level of freedom." That was on New Year's Eve, and only one friend commented. Starting on Friday, Aug. 25, many more people commented, but they were calling Crews names and wishing her a long stay in prison. Several wondered whether she had children of her own.
FARGO — Even more construction is expected on downtown's Roberts Street in the coming months as the Kilbourne Group plans a new mixed-use building north of the Roberts Commons building it recently started. The $13.5 million Dillard project is scheduled to break ground in October and be completed in spring 2019, Deb Wendel-Daub, a Kilbourne project manager, said Wednesday, Aug. 23.
MOORHEAD — Juan Cabanela was keeping close tabs on the weather forecast in Missouri, where he plans to be on Monday, Aug. 21. "I've never seen a total solar eclipse in my entire life. I've wanted to see one since I was a little kid," said the Minnesota State University Moorhead astronomer whose professional interest is the structure of galaxies.
FARGO — A developer of affordable housing is proposing a new building at the edge of downtown with below market rent in every unit, some going as low as $100 a month. "This is an area that's kind of up and coming," Erin Anderson, Midwest vice president for the Commonwealth Development Corp., said Tuesday, Aug. 15. "We may be in the early stages of transition for the neighborhood, but I know there's a lot of good things planned for it."
FARGO — Mayor Tim Mahoney's 2018 budget got preliminary approval from all city commissioners Monday, Aug. 14, but a clash over how much of a pay increase city staff will get is expected. The budget, which includes a 2 mill decrease in the property tax rate, would give all staff a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment.
FARGO — A complaint about a group home for former inmates was an opportunity for City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn to call for more tracking of this population at the commission's Monday, Aug. 14, meeting. City law requires property owners to apply for a permit for what's called "group living restricted residency" if they allow more than three unrelated people who have been convicted of a felony to live in one housing unit.