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 – He’s technically the acting mayor, but around City Hall, Tim Mahoney is known as “Mayor Mahoney” these days. City Attorney Erik Johnson said he recommended the change so that when Mahoney, formerly the deputy mayor, signs a document meant for the mayor there would be no question of Mahoney‘s legal authority to do so. “Sometimes what happens is if one is termed ‘acting mayor’ on our documents then people are always curious to know, is there somebody that’s going to step up?” Mahoney said.
FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority gave the green light Thursday for consultants to study a proposal to finance the flood diversion project privately. It’s a sole-source contract worth $175,000 to $350,000 over three months for Ernst & Young, meaning there were no competitive bids.
FARGO – A proposal to have parts of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion financed privately would get more scrutiny under a new recommendation from the diversion authority’s finance committee. The full Diversion Board of Authority would still have to approve spending $175,000 to $350,000 to hire consultants at Ernst & Young, which the finance committee recommended on Wednesday.
FARGO – A proposal to have parts of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion financed partly would get more scrutiny under a recommendation Wednesday from the diversion authority’s finance committee. The full Diversion Board of Authority would still have to approve spending $175,000 to $350,000 to hire consultants at Ernst & Young. The so-called public-private partnership, or P3, would involve private companies financing parts of the diversion project.
FARGO – Fargo’s renaissance zone has been extended for five years, according to the city. The state approved the zone in 1999 and, by state law, it expired within 15 years. Extensions are allowed in five-year increments. Since 1999, the renaissance zone tax exemptions have played a role in the renovation of 67 buildings and construction of eight, the city said. The projects have increased the value of properties by $125 million and resulted in an increase in property tax revenue of $2 million.
FARGO – A firm recently penalized by the city for lengthy delays on the 19th Avenue North project is the low bidder on another street project, prompting concerns from city leaders. They voted Monday night to investigate whether Master Construction has the capacity to rebuild a section of Fifth Avenue South on time. If not, the city can pick a higher bid.
FARGO – A city-charter amendment allowing city commissioners to remain in office while running for mayor will appear on the ballot in April, commissioners agreed Monday. At least one commissioner will resign to run for mayor and another has said he might, causing commissioners to imagine a scenario where the five-member body might lose a good chunk of its members to a mayoral race. Such a race is coming up with voters picking a new mayor and at least one new commissioner on April 28.
FARGO – Spending on the Fargo-Moorhead flood-diversion project is expected to accelerate this fiscal year to an amount nearly three times larger than what’s been spent so far. Most of the $224.2 million budgeted for fiscal year 2015 will go toward dikes along the Red River in Fargo and the ring dike around the Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke area, according to Cass County Auditor Mike Montplaisir. That’s about an eighth of the $1.8 billion estimated cost of the entire project. The Flood Diversion Board of Authority will continue to focus on dikes rather
FARGO – Brandon Eicher spent a year seeing all 50 states, but one of the Chicagoan’s favorite memories was from a bar in a little prairie town in southeast North...