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 — On a street in the Clara Barton neighborhood is an old house that looks like a Spanish mission lifted from some coastal road in California. It has off-white stucco walls, red tiles over the entrance and decorative log ends, now hidden by ivy, that simulate the rough log rafters of actual missions. A few blocks away are a house that looks like an Italian villa lifted from the shores of the Mediterranean, a mansion like the hunting lodge of a Scottish laird, and three grey houses in a row in a sleek style that used to be futuristic.
FARGO — Despite a federal judge's order earlier in the month to pause work on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, workers are still building parts of the Oxbow ring dike linked to the $2.2 billion project, Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority officials were told Thursday, Sept. 28. The judge in April lifted an earlier injunction after all parties agreed to it and authority lawyers confirmed Thursday all parties agreed that continuing the work in Oxbow wouldn't violate the most recent injunction, authority attorney John Shockley told officials.
FARGO — City commissioners voted unanimously this week to grant property-tax breaks for a new low-income apartment at the edge of downtown, but they did so knowing the county was not with them. Meeting the week before, Cass County commissioners voted 3-2 to deny letting developers pay only a quarter of the full property tax for 15 years because the majority thought that was too long.
FARGO — Police here are warning residents of two door-to-door salesmen working without a transient merchant license from the state. "Please do not purchase products from these individuals and call us if they come to your door," Fargo police said on their Facebook page Wednesday, Sept. 27. The non-emergency dispatch number is (701) 451-7660.
FARGO — In a return to his practice of criticizing refugee resettlement, City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn singled out an $11,000 grant to the city to pay for interpreters at Fargo Cass Public Health. "So it's a grant that we get, but the grant is from the federal government," he told fellow commissioners at their bi-weekly meeting on Monday, Sept. 25. "So the money, it's our tax money. They make it sound like it's a grant and it doesn't cost anything. Isn't that correct? It's a federal grant and so that's where the money comes from."
FARGO — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum reiterated their desire to work together to protect Fargo-Moorhead from flooding following a conference call about the $2.2 billion flood diversion project Monday, Sept. 25. The call was closed to the public but the governors' spokesmen each released statements afterwards, which included a hopeful note for diversion supporters that Dayton would consider allowing them to apply again for a dam permit.
FARGO — The Kilbourne Group has told city officials it plans to spend $2.4 million to renovate parts of two downtown buildings starting this fall, according to documents submitted to the Renaissance Zone Authority. The renovations include 24 market-rate apartment units and five alley-facing storefronts in addition to three existing storefronts at 115 Broadway and 117-119 Broadway. The 24 apartments will replace 54 existing apartment units in the buildings.
FARGO — A prosecutor has decided not to charge a man reportedly involved in a fight that left Isaiah Smith, a junior at North Dakota State University, with serious facial injuries, because "accounts from the scene tend to show Smith was the aggressor," according to a prosecutor's report. Smith's family disagrees with the prosecutor's decision and believes there are discrepancies with Smith's injuries and what the other man in the fight and witnesses say happened during the altercation on Saturday, Sept. 2.
FARGO — Work on the new City Hall building appears to be slightly ahead of schedule despite a late start and a few hiccups along the way, according to officials involved in the project. Architect Terry Stroh said he expects the first city workers to move in some time in April and the last in June or July. When the city broke ground on Aug. 22, 2016, officials had expected construction of the 150,000-square-foot building to be done in fall 2018. Stroh said that deadline was conservative to account for unexpected delays along the way, and there were a few.
FARGO — The business community is weighing how it might help the city build a new convention center, according to city leaders. Mayor Tim Mahoney and City Commissioner Tony Grindberg said Thursday, Sept. 14, that the Chamber of Commerce is talking with businesses about the proposed facility, which could lead to some form of public-private partnership.