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 — Martin Wishnatsky was a well-known anti-abortion activist when he lived here, but since he left for law school in 2009, he's been mostly out of the spotlight. That is until about a week ago. The world learned that Wishnatsky is the person the wife of Alabama's Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore was referring to when she announced at a Dec. 11 campaign rally that "one of our attorneys is a Jew." Moore's wife, Kayla, said it as a way to defend her husband against accusations of anti-Semitism.
FARGO — This summer, volunteers will fan out over select Cass County farms seeking unharvested produce for donation to area charities under a plan Fargo Cass Public Health is developing. The practice, called gleaning, happens now but not in any systematic way, said Kim Lipetzky, a nutritionist overseeing the program. The goal is to develop such a system, including a website that will link volunteers to farmers and to charities, she said.
FARGO — Water and sewage fees are going up 3 percent after city leaders here voted Tuesday night, Jan. 2, to increase rates as part of a long-term plan to fund city utilities. For the average homeowner, that means paying an additional 96 cents a month, or $11.52 a year, Water Utility Director Troy Hall told the City Commission. The minimum cost of water for a home with a three-quarter-inch pipe, for example, will increase from $17.05 to $17.55 a month. The flat rate for residential sewage service will increase from $16 to $16.50.
FARGO — City leaders have ordered the demolition of a dangerously dilapidated home in the Jefferson neighborhood but nobody has stepped forward to claim ownership, which could force the city to pay to have it done. Bruce Taralson, who runs the inspections department, told the City Commission Tuesday night, Jan. 2, that his staff has spoken to banks that might have some claims on the building at 1410 1st Ave. S. but none want it. He said he's asked city leaders to set a deadline of a month and a half — that's Feb. 20 — in hopes someone will claim it.
FARGO — The city has embarked on a project that would double the capacity of the sewage treatment plant both to cope with a growing population and in anticipation of more regional cities sending their waste here. Fargo leaders gave the OK in December to begin planning the next phase of the upgrades, estimated to cost $25 million. Apex Engineering Group got a $1.7 million contract to do the engineering and design.
FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority is expected to begin a fresh search for the top post of executive director early next year after failing to reach a deal with the finalist of an earlier search, according to a Fargo official. Michael Redlinger, the city's assistant city administrator and the pointman in the search, said last week that the authority's board ceased negotiations with Jay Neider in early October after they couldn't agree on how much to pay him.
FARGO — Despite questions about how it might further the goal of affordable housing, a proposed downtown apartment building has been approved for a 10-year property tax break. Developer Jesse Craig will not pay property taxes on the Cathedral Lofts at 719 7th St. N. for five years and then pay only 25 percent of taxes for another five years. That saves him $404,200 over the decade.
WEST FARGO — Donors who stop at Christine Schmidt's red Salvation Army kettle often like to share a friendly word or two, she said as she rang bells with her mother Lorie at the Cash Wise grocery store here Thursday, Dec. 21. She'll chat, she said, but she also likes to sneak a peek to see what they're putting in the kettle, aware that sometimes people donate unusual things, such as gold coins. "It's kind of exciting. It's pretty cool that someone would give that up."
FARGO — City commissioners have approved a plan to encourage public art throughout the city that includes incentives for developers to beautify their buildings. The vote Monday, Dec. 18, was 4-1 with the dissenter, Commissioner Tony Gehrig, saying he agrees with many things in the plan though not everything. Commissioner Dave Piepkorn said he's excited by the ideas in the plan for getting more public art without a lot of additional cost to the city. He said he's beginning to see the potential for beautification in every stormwater retention pond he lays eyes on.
FARGO — The city is getting into the ride-hailing business with an Uber-like service at North Dakota State University. Matthew Peterson, Fargo's assistant transit director, said the city has worked out a deal with the university to replace Matbus' Route 35 for a semester with something called TapRide.