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 — Despite state lawmakers' intense scrutiny of the Renaissance Zone tax breaks this session, city officials are in a somewhat hopeful mood. Three of five bills that would have added restrictions or reduce the appeal of the zone have been defeated, one that passed was amended to reduce its impact and another remains in play, though it appears not to be aimed at Fargo, City Planner Jim Gilmour told the Renaissance Zone Authority Wednesday, Feb. 22.
FARGO — A plan to build a new 18-story high rise tower in Fargo, and several other construction projects in the city's booming downtown, could be hurt if tax break reforms adopted last week by the state House become law, city officials say. "It will cripple us," Mayor Tim Mahoney said of House Bill 1182's elimination of income-tax breaks for new businesses and residents in the Renaissance Zone.
FARGO — After ballots were counted at a recent meeting of city officials, pepperoni and margherita pizza emerged as the favorites. What was equally clear was the method used to cast votes mattered. Using the method the city now uses for electing city commissioners, pepperoni and margherita had the most votes but not a majority. That could mean the majority actually hated pepperoni and margherita but couldn't agree on anything else. It could also mean those weren't the first picks for the majority, but everyone would still enjoy them.
SOUTHWEST CLAY COUNTY — From a distance, it will probably look like an elevated road stretching from beyond the line of trees that marks the path of the Red River. But up close, its purpose will be pretty obvious. The high-hazard dam the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer plans to build through here will be about 18 feet high measured from low ground near the river, which includes 6 feet of freeboard. If the dam were to suddenly breach at maximum capacity, a wall of water 12 feet high would come rushing out.
FARGO — The risk of major spring flooding here in the southern Red River Valley is becoming even less likely as the early melt continues, according to a new forecast the National Weather Service released Thursday, Feb. 16. Satellite images from Wednesday show a wedge-like area of nearly snow-free farmland starting from just south of Crookston, and the warm spell expected to bring highs in the 50s in the Fargo area will last until the middle of next week.
FARGO — A bill that would allow private schools such as Shanley High to broadcast prayers during playoff games at home was passed by the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Rep. Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo, House Bill 1275's prime sponsor, told colleagues it's just "common sense" because such games are played on private property. But if the North Dakota High School Activities Association, a quasi-public group that runs the playoffs, worries about a lawsuit, he said, the bill would provide legal cover.
FARGO – Construction will start this week on the first component of a controversial dam that’s part of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The contractor, Ames Construction of Burnsville, Minn., was checking the frost depth at the construction site southeast of Horace Tuesday, Feb. 14, according to Shannon Bauer, a corps spokeswoman.
FARGO — City commissioners agreed to some slight changes to the city's policy on tax breaks Monday, Feb. 13, after months of committee discussion and lengthy debates at commission meetings. Though the policy has come under greater scrutiny as more breaks have been given out, most commissioners agreed this economic development tool is a good thing for the city and wholesale reform is not needed.
FARGO — A new effort by the city to make better use of its data and share with the public could help the city work smarter, city officials say. For instance, data could help the city change police shifts to reduce fatigue and identify which emergency dispatcher need treatment for stress, Mayor Tim Mahoney and other officials told reporters Monday, Feb. 13.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Carson Dennis Roney had plans to practice medicine in his hometown, and his friend, Danie Leigh Thomssen, wanted to be an orthodontist, their parents said. Those plans were dashed Saturday night, Feb. 11, when the two first-year students at North Dakota State University, friends who both had hopes to help the less fortunate, were killed in a crash on Interstate 94 about four miles east of Moorhead, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.