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 — Electoral reform efforts by the City Commission died with a whimper Monday night, Dec. 18, after city leaders failed to agree to put on the June ballot any recommendation from a citizen task force. Commissioner Tony Gehrig, anticipating the end result, said city residents could always gather signatures and get the reforms on the ballot themselves as it requires only 2,000 signatures. Commissioner Dave Piepkorn said he has heard little interest for reform from the public. He said the city is doing well because of the system it now has.
FARGO — A 127-year-old house in the Jefferson neighborhood is the latest dilapidated home deemed a danger to the public by city leaders. That means whoever owns the house at 1410 1st Ave. S. will have to demolish it or the city will do so and assess the cost to the owner. The previous owner, Mable E. Kruesel, died more than a year ago at 97, according to her obituary.
FARGO — When Ivan Sauvageau first learned from the city that his home on the west side of Broadway would get special assessments to pay for the street's reconstruction, he naturally wanted to know how much. "The first time I looked at it, it said $24,000 for mine; I was pretty shocked." he said. "So the next day, I called up to Engineering (Department). I said you guys moved a decimal point or something because this is crazy." He said, "The next day, they called me back and said, 'Yeah, that was off. It's only $21,000.'"
MOORHEAD — More tornado sirens throughout the city here are getting battery backups next year so they'll still give warning when the power is out, according to City Council member Brenda Elmer. She said she added funding to the city budget, approved by the council last Monday, to pay for the upgrades after The Forum wrote about the issue in April.
FARGO — City Commissioner Tony Gehrig said Thursday, Dec. 14, that he intends to run for re-election in June, but isn't ready to make a formal announcement. He ruled out running for mayor, saying the job requires too great a time commitment for someone with a full-time job and family.
FARGO — A task force formed to consider reforms to city elections will make a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School, 1601 13th Ave. S. City commissioners had considered putting some of the task force's recommendations on the ballot, but couldn't agree on which ones. Some commissioners thought there was no need for reform. As a kind of compromise, the commission decided at the end of October to gather more public input.
FARGO — Big changes may be ahead for the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, including shifting flood impact and increasing costs, with the conclusion of a task force seeking ways to get a permit for the project from Minnesota regulators. The group, which held its final meeting Monday, Dec. 11, at the Fargodome, agreed broadly to some changes to the $2.2 billion diversion channel and Red River dam, but disagreed on others. The regulators say these changes move the project closer to a permit, but there were no guarantees.
FARGO — Between now and Saturday, Dec. 9, Kailen Rosenberg's scouts will be combing local hangouts for women who match a certain profile and inviting them to an interview. The position they'd be interviewing for will be girlfriend to one of two well-heeled bachelors from Fargo and, perhaps some day, wife. "We have a cute little card that says 'You've been noticed' — and then it says underneath it — 'as being authentically beautiful,'" said Rosenberg, a nationally-known matchmaker based in Minneapolis. "Hopefully we'll be handing out a lot of cards."
FARGO — A greenway running along the railroad tracks to the Red River and way out west of town. A car-share service. Tree-lined streets. A day center for homeless people seeking shelter. These are some of the dozens of items on the wish list that's found in the downtown master plan that city leaders approved Monday, Dec. 4. Most city commissioners present said they liked a lot of things in the plan though not everything.
FARGO — Photographs taken by city building inspectors show the 120-year-old house at 1011 5th Ave. S. in a state of decay with water damage, gaping holes in the ceiling and an old tarp covering part of the roof. City staff said complaints against the property in the Hawthorne neighborhood, known for many historic homes, go back more than a decade.