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 Commission here approved a transfer of a liquor license from the Nestor, one of the city's oldest bars, to Tailgators Sports Cafe Monday, July 3. Commissioners had few comments other than for Tony Gehrig, who noted the AB license being transferred is the most sought-after among businesses. The city charges $150,000 for an initial fee but, he said, the market rate is likely higher.
FARGO — City commissioners voted to end one of the city's longest-running tax incentives on Monday, July 3, 37 years after the project began. City Planner Jim Gilmour told commissioners the bonds issued for construction of the Island Park parking ramp have been fully paid and property taxes directed toward the project must by law now be redirected to the general funds of local governments.
FARGO — Citing work stress as a reason, a key figure in this city's flood-control efforts has resigned. City Engineer April Walker's last day will be Friday, June 30, a little more than a week after she sent city leaders a resignation letter. Mayor Tim Mahoney said Walker played an important role during the historic 2009 flood fight and has been heavily involved in development of the $2.2 billion Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, including floodwall construction and buyouts.
FARGO — The end of the road appears near for the Nestor Tavern, and proprietor Doug DeMinck said his customers have gotten nostalgic. "Some of the old customers are asking for bits and pieces of things," he said. "I've got one that wants a section of the bar. I've got another one that wants the Nestor sign on top of the building." The old bar, known by some as the Nasty, has seen ups and downs.
FARGO — Though on opposite sides of a lawsuit, Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority officials said they felt they were tantalizingly close to a compromise with Minnesota regulators recently until the state abruptly cut off communications. "I would say I was surprised but mostly disappointed," Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams, the Diversion Authority's vice chairwoman, told The Forum Thursday, June 22.
FARGO — Three finalists for the job of Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion Authority executive director were approved by the organization's board at its meeting Thursday, June 22. They are Scott Higbee, Jay Neider and Melodee Loyer. All are engineers with experience overseeing major public works projects, preferably costing more than $500 million, and who understand the public-private partnership, or P3, funding model used by the authority, according to Michael Redlinger, who serves as one of two interim executive directors.
FARGO — The Nestor, one of the oldest surviving bars in town, is expected to shut down by the end of the year, according to a city official. City Auditor Steve Sprague told the Liquor Control Board on Wednesday, June 21, that owner Doug DeMinck is selling his liquor license to Tailgator's Sports Cafe effective at the end of December. That's when DeMinck's lease ends and he will close the bar, Sprague said. The board agreed to let the sale happen at its Wednesday meeting with the understanding that The Nestor will continue to use the license until it closes.
FARGO — The Downtown Community Partnership has hired the co-owner of the Toasted Frog restaurant as its interim president and CEO, the group said Tuesday, June 20. Jonathan Holth, who starts his new job the same day, will replace Mike Hahn, who resigned May 16 after nearly seven years on the job.
FARGO — The City Commission's chambers at the new City Hall building will not have windows partly because city officials are worried about security, according to City Administrator Bruce Grubb. "We hate to think that way, but there might be a security problem there," Grubb said. "The police chief did say, 'You've got windows there, Tim, your head's a perfect target,'" Mayor Tim Mahoney said. "So we said, 'OK, let's rethink this.'"
FARGO — Despite getting a lot less money from state aid compared to recent years, the city remains on budget, Finance Director Kent Costin told city commissioners Monday, June 19. Through May, the city's total revenue was $43.5 million, 1 percent less than city staff anticipated, while total expenses were $35.5 million, 6 percent less than anticipated. Costin said he and his staff are "feeling good" about their revenue forecast.