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 skyline could soon change again, this time not from a new building but from the demolition of three water towers. City staff is proposing to demolish the city's oldest towers and replace them with one megatower to reduce maintenance costs and improve efficiency. Water Utility Director Troy Hall said his office considered rehabilitating water towers Nos. 1, 2 and 3 a few years ago, but inspection and analysis suggested the city could save $3 million by starting fresh. City commissioners approved the plan at their meeting Monday, March 13.
FARGO — City staff has received permission to use eminent domain on another home in the way of new dikes, this time in the Rose Creek neighborhood. The house at 4122 17th St. S. is the last property needed for the city to connect dikes along the left bank of the drainway from 25th Street South to University Drive, according to Jody Bertrand, a division engineer with the city. The city still requires easements or the right to build dikes across another property.
FARGO — A Rose Creek home could be threatened with eminent domain if city leaders decide Monday, March 13, that it's needed for a flood-control project. The home at 4122 17th St. S. lies northeast of the Rose Creek Golf Course along the left bank of that drainway. During the 2009 and 2011 flood fights, the city was forced to build temporary levees behind homes here. Several of those homes have since been bought by the city to make way for permanent levees and floodwalls, but 4122 is one of a few holdouts.
FARGO — City officials here and in Moorhead are joining forces to find a way to reduce the use of plastic grocery bags, not by banning them but by persuasion. Fargo City Commissioner John Strand, who suggested a ban while campaigning last spring, said he now favors a more "positive, proactive" approach. He said that could include handing out free reusable bags and running a public education campaign. Moorhead City Council member Sara Watson Curry said she doesn't think it's a good idea to make it feel like a "punishment."
HORACE, N.D. — With a new residential development and two new schools expected to exceed the capacity of the city's sewage lagoons, city leaders here are asking Fargo to treat the overflow. An agreement to connect Horace's sewage system to its neighbor's will be before the Fargo City Commission Monday, March 13.
FARGO — Mayor Tim Mahoney and City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn wrote a letter last week to state lawmakers opposing a bill to curtail Renaissance Zone tax breaks, but it was the letterhead received the most attention this week.
FARGO — Despite state lawmakers' intense scrutiny of the Renaissance Zone tax breaks this session, city officials are in a somewhat hopeful mood. Three of five bills that would have added restrictions or reduce the appeal of the zone have been defeated, one that passed was amended to reduce its impact and another remains in play, though it appears not to be aimed at Fargo, City Planner Jim Gilmour told the Renaissance Zone Authority Wednesday, Feb. 22.
FARGO — A plan to build a new 18-story high rise tower in Fargo, and several other construction projects in the city's booming downtown, could be hurt if tax break reforms adopted last week by the state House become law, city officials say. "It will cripple us," Mayor Tim Mahoney said of House Bill 1182's elimination of income-tax breaks for new businesses and residents in the Renaissance Zone.
FARGO — After ballots were counted at a recent meeting of city officials, pepperoni and margherita pizza emerged as the favorites. What was equally clear was the method used to cast votes mattered. Using the method the city now uses for electing city commissioners, pepperoni and margherita had the most votes but not a majority. That could mean the majority actually hated pepperoni and margherita but couldn't agree on anything else. It could also mean those weren't the first picks for the majority, but everyone would still enjoy them.
SOUTHWEST CLAY COUNTY — From a distance, it will probably look like an elevated road stretching from beyond the line of trees that marks the path of the Red River. But up close, its purpose will be pretty obvious. The high-hazard dam the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer plans to build through here will be about 18 feet high measured from low ground near the river, which includes 6 feet of freeboard. If the dam were to suddenly breach at maximum capacity, a wall of water 12 feet high would come rushing out.