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 Block 9 high-rise, expected to be the city's tallest building, will break ground downtown in late July, according to developers at Kilbourne Group. Though a spring groundbreaking had been discussed, the builder pushed it back to have more time to develop a construction program suitable for such a crowded area, spokeswoman Adrienne Olson said last week.
FARGO — Cars will be able to park at downtown's newest parking ramp at the Roberts Commons complex as early as Thursday, June 1, a city official says. Workers are checking sprinklers and other details to meet all requirements for having people in the building, City Planner Jim Gilmour said last week.
FARGO — The outlet center planned for the city's south end may not break ground this year after all, according to developer Kevin Christianson. "We're still making progress, but we're not there yet," the president of Property Resources Group said earlier this week. "I don't have a projected date at all now. It might be next spring, but I'm not sure."
FARGO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has set aside $20 million of its budget this year for work on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, North Dakota's congressional delegation announced Thursday, May 25. The agency is building an inlet structure south of Horace that would be part of a dam controlling flow into the diversion channel. The project broke ground earlier this spring. The delegation took a somber tone, however, recognizing that there is still a lawsuit against the project by local governments upstream of the dam and by Minnesota regulators.
FARGO — Sometime over the next three months, those visiting Hector International Airport may see an unmanned aircraft taxiing down one of the runways, its tails displaying the well-known red tail flash of the Happy Hooligans. That would be the MQ-9 Reaper, the North Dakota Air National Guard unit's newest aircraft and the first assigned here since 2013.
FARGO – The Fargodome narrowly edged out downtown as the best site for a new convention center, consultants told local officials Wednesday, May 24, but they cautioned that the scoring system still leaves plenty of room for debate. Two other sites considered, one west of Scheels Arena and one adjacent to West Acres mall, had much lower scores.
FARGO — A Twin Cities law firm has asked city leaders to reduce the assessed value of buildings housing Best Buy and Gander Mountain by $1 million or more, but it's not clear to city staff that the firm actually had authorization from one of the clients. The City Commission saw the requests Monday, May 22, and voted unanimously to deny the requests after City Assessor Ben Hushka explained how his office applies the same assessment method to all commercial properties.
FARGO — A $23 million housing and retail complex opposite the new arena at North Dakota State University is back on track after the City Commission unanimously approved it on Monday, May 22. Commissioners Dave Piepkorn and John Strand, who previously voted "no" denying the supermajority the five-member body needed, reversed course.
FARGO — West Fargo sewage will be flowing east into Fargo under a 20-year deal city commissioners here agreed to Monday, May 22. It'll cost West Fargo $3 per 1,000 gallons over the next four years, which at an average flow of 6.5 million gallons a day would bring about $7.1 million a year into Fargo city coffers. Rates can be adjusted after that. Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig, who has the utilities portfolio, said it's the biggest regionalization project the city has done so far.
FARGO — Fargo Cass Public Health spent $60,000 in 2016 to provide nursing services to 86 refugees, the department reported recently. That's a little more than 1 percent of the service's $4.4 million budget for that year. These are unusual figures because it's one of only a few pieces of data showing how much it costs for local governments to provide services to refugees. But even this data has caveats.