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 — When construction workers reopened a section of Broadway just north of Fargo North High School last fall, motorists found twice as many street lights as before and the light is now really bright. The city had added light poles and replaced dim yellowish sodium-vapor lamps with white LEDs, which it says provide more light but use less energy. Some area residents say they want more.
FARGO — About a decade and a half ago, the Marriott Corp. based in Bethesda, Md., began looking for greener grass on the other side of the Potomac River in Virginia. As economic developer Jeff Finkle tells it, the hotel company started a bidding war between the two states to see which could provide the most generous tax breaks. At one point, Marriott told Virginia it had decided to stay put but didn't tell Maryland right away, he said. "They kept pushing Maryland to keep upping the incentive, and they did even though there was no competition."
FARGO — With more than 600,000 visitors each year, Main Street Square in Rapid City, S.D., is an attractive model for developers of the public plaza that's part of the Block 9 highrise coming to downtown Fargo. When Keith Leier, a project manager with development firm Kilbourne Group, mentioned that 600,000 number at a presentation to downtown business leaders Thursday, March 16, someone remarked in awe that it was about the population of North Dakota.
KINDRED, N.D. — After telling City Council members during a tumultuous meeting on March 1 that it would be his last meeting, the mayor of this city of about 700 now says he hasn't resigned after all. "I gotta do what's best for the city of Kindred first of all — that's what I got elected for," Jeff Wanner said Tuesday, March 14, during a break at his auto repair shop. After consulting with the city attorney, he said, he understands that to officially resign he has to submit a letter to the council, which he has not.
FARGO — The city skyline could soon change again, this time not from a new building but from the demolition of three water towers. City staff is proposing to demolish the city's oldest towers and replace them with one megatower to reduce maintenance costs and improve efficiency. Water Utility Director Troy Hall said his office considered rehabilitating water towers Nos. 1, 2 and 3 a few years ago, but inspection and analysis suggested the city could save $3 million by starting fresh. City commissioners approved the plan at their meeting Monday, March 13.
FARGO — City staff has received permission to use eminent domain on another home in the way of new dikes, this time in the Rose Creek neighborhood. The house at 4122 17th St. S. is the last property needed for the city to connect dikes along the left bank of the drainway from 25th Street South to University Drive, according to Jody Bertrand, a division engineer with the city. The city still requires easements or the right to build dikes across another property.
FARGO — A Rose Creek home could be threatened with eminent domain if city leaders decide Monday, March 13, that it's needed for a flood-control project. The home at 4122 17th St. S. lies northeast of the Rose Creek Golf Course along the left bank of that drainway. During the 2009 and 2011 flood fights, the city was forced to build temporary levees behind homes here. Several of those homes have since been bought by the city to make way for permanent levees and floodwalls, but 4122 is one of a few holdouts.
FARGO — City officials here and in Moorhead are joining forces to find a way to reduce the use of plastic grocery bags, not by banning them but by persuasion. Fargo City Commissioner John Strand, who suggested a ban while campaigning last spring, said he now favors a more "positive, proactive" approach. He said that could include handing out free reusable bags and running a public education campaign. Moorhead City Council member Sara Watson Curry said she doesn't think it's a good idea to make it feel like a "punishment."
HORACE, N.D. — With a new residential development and two new schools expected to exceed the capacity of the city's sewage lagoons, city leaders here are asking Fargo to treat the overflow. An agreement to connect Horace's sewage system to its neighbor's will be before the Fargo City Commission Monday, March 13.
FARGO — Mayor Tim Mahoney and City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn wrote a letter last week to state lawmakers opposing a bill to curtail Renaissance Zone tax breaks, but it was the letterhead received the most attention this week.