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 – Many basic assumptions about the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion were scrutinized Monday, Oct. 23, at the first meeting of a task force seeking compromises that would make the $2.2 billion project more acceptable to opponents and to Minnesota regulators. One member of the 16-person task force questioned the validity of the 100-year flood plain used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in designing the Red River diversion channel and dam, which the regulators have refused to permit.
FARGO — Election reform is back on the City Commission's agenda Monday night, Oct. 23, with draft resolutions that could set the stage for a public vote to amend the city charter. Before city leaders will be a resolution to expand the commission from five members to seven and to hold a primary election for city offices in addition to the regular city election starting in 2020, as requested by Commissioner Tony Grindberg.
FARGO — The death of a bicyclist in September has led engineers looking at improvements to the congested 17th Avenue South corridor to reconsider bicycle safety in the area. Randy Bryson West, 19, of Colorado City, Ariz., was struck as he was riding through the 45th Street South intersection, an area with a wide shared path for bicycles and pedestrians on one side of each road away from motor-vehicle traffic.
FARGO — It'll cost an estimated $795,000 to demolish the current City Hall once the new one is completed in 2018, according to city documents. The demolition itself would cost $445,000 with much of the rest paying for cleaning up the site.
HUNTER, N.D. — Growing up, Donald Aune would hear stories from his mother about the sod house she lived in as a child in the late 1800s near Milton, N.D. She talked about how cozy it was despite the harsh prairie winters and how hard it was to keep clean; it was made of dirt, he said. And she talked about snakes. "Sometimes the snakes would be hanging in there," he said. "Wasn't that many, I don't think. They would crawl in."
MOORHEAD — The GOP's big overhaul of federal income-tax codes came to Fargo-Moorhead Wednesday, Oct. 18, with Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., convening a panel of business leaders to discuss the benefits of the plan. He also sought input as negotiations continue on what kind of deductions and tax credits might get cut and how deep to cut taxes.
MOORHEAD — A new facility to sort recyclables could start construction as early as this spring if Clay County can find the right business partner, according to county officials. So far, the county has not decided what its criteria are. But at least one firm, Waste Management, has expressed enthusiasm about the opportunity, and another, MinnKota Recycling, said it plans to take a close look at the criteria.
FARGO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can modify the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion to meet Minnesota regulators' demands, though there are some limits, Maj. Gen. Richard Kaiser told reporters here Wednesday, Oct. 11. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said this could mean reducing the volume of water stored behind a dam upstream of the diversion channel and storing it elsewhere.
FARGO — New, more detailed site plans for an outlet mall filed with the city show less retail space than before and a new grocery store. Developers at Property Resource Group earlier said the Fargo Outlets at Timber Creek would have about 300,000 square feet of retail space, but the new plans show around 220,000 square feet of retail. The Planning Commission reviewed the plans on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Commissioners approved plat and zoning changes to reflect those plans. PRG President Kevin Christianson couldn't be reached for comment.
FARGO — Nine months have passed since a citizen task force recommended electoral reforms, and some city leaders say it's about time voters get a chance to weigh in. "I think we owe them an answer," City Commissioner John Strand said. "People put a lot of work into that. We ask them to give us their advice. I believe we need to take it off the shelf and give them some sort of a decision." He said he will ask the city attorney to draft the appropriate legal language for a ballot measure and ask the commission to weigh in perhaps within a month or two.