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 — Backyard chicken coops, which have long existed in the legal gray zone here, may soon be out in the clear as city leaders begin amending laws to allow them. Under changes city commissioners agreed to Monday, April 10, chicken owners would need to get a permit, the number of birds per residence would be capped and chicken coops would have to follow certain standards. All commissioners voted "yes" but Dave Piepkorn, who was absent.
FARGO — Days before news broke last year that the federal government would set aside $5 million for the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, Gov. Mark Dayton lobbied the Office of Management and Budget to put a restrictive condition on that funding. After his Feb. 5, 2016, call to White House budget director Shaun Donovan, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was told it can't spend that money until it can determine that all regulatory hurdles, which would include Minnesota's, could be cleared.
WEST FARGO — Two enterprising young men are learning the value of a dollar after starting their own business here recently. For Carter Rahn and Parker Thoreson, both 10, a dollar is equal to a pound of poop. That's how much the Doo Doo Dudez charge friends and neighbors to pick up after their dogs. The biggest haul since their fecal firm started about a month ago was $80.60 from a house with two dogs that took about 2½ hours to clean up. "Our slogan is: 'Your dog's business is our business,'" Carter said.
FARGO — At first, it was hard for the panel of media experts to agree to a definition of "fake news." Was it the "purposeful manipulation of truth or version of truth," as Jack Zaleski, former Forum editorial-page editor, put it? Or was it "in the eye of the beholder," as Scott Hennen, a conservative radio talk-show host, put it? But there was general agreement at a panel discussion Tuesday, March 29, at the alumni center at North Dakota State University that it's bad news for American democracy if voters can't sort fact from fiction.
BISMARCK — A bill preventing cities from granting more than one kind of tax break to businesses has passed in the House, causing Fargo's mayor to worry about how it will affect the city's ability to continue to develop downtown. Some construction projects are so complex and risky that more than one tax incentive is needed, said Mayor Tim Mahoney. The $98 million Block 9 high-rise expected to start construction this spring wouldn't have been possible without multiple incentives, he said.
FARGO — City commissioners voted Monday, March 27, to deny tax breaks to an air freight firm because it didn't meet city criteria. Corporate Air, based in Billings, Mont., has plans to build a $3 million facility at 3100 31st St. N., at Hector International Airport. The firm asked for 100 percent property tax exemption for 10 years, which is worth an estimated $39,300 a year.
FARGO — The city is seeking to buy some of the area's most expensive homes to complete a levee in a flood-prone area in the south end. The owner of one of those houses, Timothy F. Corwin at 707 Harwood Drive S., recently offered to sell his 4,100-square-foot home for $1.9 million. The city had offered $1.4 million.
FARGO — Providing more space for Sears was a big reason the developers behind West Acres built the mall, which opened in 1972. It was the centerpiece tenant, the Fargo outpost of the world's largest retailer. Nearly 45 years later, the walls are empty and the floor mostly bare, where only picked-over clothes and dozens of empty racks remain. Bright banners announced sales of at least 40 to 90 percent off the lowest marked price. Sunday, March 26, is the store's last day in Fargo.
FARGO - President Donald Trump’s administration is proposing a 16 percent cut to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' budget, according to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who said she'll "fight harder" to ensure the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion gets needed funding. The senator met with White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Tuesday, March 21. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., also arranged a meeting between Mulvaney and a Fargo-Moorhead delegation the same day.
FARGO – Serious crimes reported to police rose by double-digit rates for the second year in a row in 2016, according the Police Department’s annual report released Monday, March 20. The number of so-called “Part I” crimes -- including serious assaults, burglary, robbery, thefts, sexual assault and homicide -- totaled 4,255, an increase of 14 percent compared to 2015. In 2015, the number of such crimes increased 15 percent.