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 — In a brochure that developers of a proposed new outlet shopping center here sends to prospective tenants, West Acres Mall is featured prominently as part of a vibrant local retail scene. The mall, the brochure boasted, has 7 million visitors a year and sales of $517 per square foot in 2015, which puts it in the top category of Class A malls. All the mall's tenants are then listed.
FARGO — The mayor, on behalf of the Fargo City Commission, on Thursday, Dec. 15, released audio of a closed-door vote it took in June on a home buyout that yesterday North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said violated the state's open meeting law.
FARGO – Despite a demand by state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to release information on what he ruled was an illegal private vote on an $839,000 home buyout in June,...
FARGO — More refugees were resettled here in the last fiscal year than Lutheran Social Services North Dakota had expected, the agency reported Thursday, Dec. 8. A total of 558 refugees came to the state by way of LSS in fiscal year 2016, which is 22 percent more than the agency was told to expect by agencies farther up the pipeline. The bulk of the refugees were settled in Fargo-Moorhead: 372 in Fargo, eight in West Fargo and 22 in Moorhead.
FARGO — There's $66.5 million set aside for the Fargo-Moorhead flood-diversion project in Gov. Jack Dalrymple's final budget, according to the governor's office. Fargo City Engineer April Walker said the amount is what the city expected, and city officials are thankful for continued state support. State lawmakers have pledged $570 million to the $2.2 billion project, which now includes in-town dikes that had earlier been treated as separate projects. So far, the state has contributed $304 million.
FARGO — The Bison Turf bar and restaurant is one step closer to rebuilding after the city's Planning Commission gave its blessings for reduced parking requirements Tuesday, Dec. 6. The popular college hangout near the North Dakota State University campus was badly damaged by a July 22 fire and more than half the building will have to be demolished and rebuilt.
FARGO — Dozens of city police officers have gone to Morton County to help law enforcement there respond to protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline at a cost of around $448,000, according to Chief David Todd. That includes not just the cost of having police go to the protest site but also to ensure there's enough officers on the street here in Fargo, he told the City Commission on Monday, Dec. 5. The costs, however, are all being reimbursed from the state, he said.
FARGO — The city is annexing 43 acres of land just north of the North Dakota Horse Park, mostly for Mid America Steel's new plant. The company's current plant, which has been downtown since 1905, is being bought out by the city and Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority for $22 million. Commissioners agreed to it in June. The authority had to build a floodwall on the plant's parking lot and the city wants to see commercial development rather than a factory at the site by the Red River.
FARGO — Minnesota regulators seemed not to have as hard a position on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion as previously believed, according to Diversion Authority officials who met with them Thursday, Dec. 1. "(Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr) validated permanent flood protection is very important," Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams told the authority board later in the day. "We talked about the concept of what Plan B may or may not be. It's a lot more flexible than you would think."
FARGO — Cass County's top administrator, Keith Berndt, has been fired by the County Commission for an August incident that caused him to be kicked off a passenger plane in Chicago. Commissioners voted 4-1 at a special meeting Thursday, Dec. 1, to end Berndt's employment after 24 years of service. Ken Pawluk was the lone dissenting vote. Berndt will get the standard two-week severance pay, though he requested through his attorney that he get more commensurate with his years of service.