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 Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority has decided to cease legal action challenging Minnesota regulators for denying a permit for a dam, the group said in a statement Thursday, Sept. 14. The group said it was encouraged by recent news that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wanted to speak with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum about flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead.
FARGO — Mayor Tim Mahoney will run for re-election in 2018, he told WDAY radio Thursday, Sept. 14. "I just have very much enjoyed being mayor and have a lot of things I still want to get the city to do," he said to Jim Shaw, guest host for Mike McFeely's show. Unfinished tasks for him include managing urban growth so the city continues to be attractive to residents, workers and visitors; designing the civic plaza to be completed after the City Hall building; and building a performing arts center and convention center.
FARGO — Before city leaders passed their 2018 budgets Monday night, Sept. 11, they got an earful from homeowners reeling from double digit property tax increases. For many, their valuations went up significantly just as the state became less generous with property tax relief. "You wanna drive me out of my house, you're doing a good job," said Greg Schnell, who noted that his tax bill will go up close to 20 percent.
FARGO — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton plan to hold talks on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, which was recently put on pause by a federal judge at the request of Minnesota regulators. On Friday, Sept. 8, the day after Judge John R. Tunheim issued a preliminary injunction on the $2.2 billion flood-protection project, Dayton issued a statement inviting Burgum to discuss the project.
FARGO — City leaders agreed Monday night, Sept. 11, on new rules clearing the way for Midco to offer free Wi-Fi downtown. City staff, which has put in place laws and fees for allowing cellphone antennas on the city's right-of-way as a way to limit the density of these antennas in any area, asked the City Commission to agree to fees for Wi-Fi antennas. Justin Forde, a Midco representative, said he thinks workers could set up the downtown Wi-Fi network in eight to nine weeks as soon as the city gives the go ahead.
FARGO — A few months ago, a dilapidated home near the 12th Avenue North bridge that had become a home for wild animals was finally razed after years of complaints from neighbors. Bruce Taralson, who runs Fargo's Inspections Department, said the owner learned he was the target of a bench warrant to bring him to court to force the building's removal so he took care of the problem. It's an example of the city's renewed focus on getting blighted properties cleaned up faster, spurred by conversations Mayor Tim Mahoney has had with neighborhood groups, he said.
FARGO — Some Cass County homeowners were surprised in recent weeks when they received not one, not two, not three, but four identical property tax estimates. County Auditor Mike Montplaisir said duplicates are not unheard of because when printers jam a print job could be restarted, but the quadruplicates puzzle him. What's unusual is the scale of the mailings this year, which total about 60,000 properties out of 65,000 in the county.
FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority agreed to hire its first executive director on Thursday, Aug. 31. Jay Neider, project director for a commuter rail line in the Washington, D.C., area, was the unanimous pick from Authority board members, several of whom said they were comfortable with him from the start.
FARGO — The mural in the domed ceiling of the Cass County Courthouse rotunda was first painted in 1906, yet the figure representing chemistry and astronomy holds a dark blue globe with swirling white clouds, a view that could only have been seen from space. It's one of many updates local artist Karen Bakke made to the mural when she was tasked earlier this year with enhancing the drab paintings that hadn't been retouched for some three decades.
FARGO — One of three partners in the development of downtown's new high-rise has parted ways with the others, Block 9 Partners said Tuesday, Aug. 29, the day after it received a fifth deadline extension from city leaders. In a statement responding to questions from The Forum, the group thanked TMI Hospitality, which operates hotels around the nation, and said it's looking for a different hotel partner with a "strong food and beverage concept." "TMI does not operate food and beverage, therefore we are working with other potential operators," the statement said.