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.
- Member for
- 4 years 5 months
ST. PAUL -— A plan to bolster the chances of school bonding referendums in rural areas by reducing the tax burden on owners of farmland is making its way back to the Minnesota Legislature. In the legislative district that Rep. Paul Marquart, D-Dillworth, represents, two referendums have failed in the last two years, he said.
FARGO – For as long as Marge Geatz has lived here there’s been a Sears at the West Acres Shopping Center. So news that the store would depart the local market came as a sad surprise to her. “I think everyone will miss Sears,” Geatz said as she walked out of the store into the mall concourse Thursday, Jan. 5. “Sears have been around for so many years and it's hard to believe a city the size of Fargo would not have a Sears.”
FARGO — John Stern could still remember the first time he entered the house overlooking the Red River in Belmont Park. "It kind of took my breath away," he said. "It was like walking inside a work of art. And everyday I feel that way about the house."
FARGO — For the umpteenth time this year, building inspectors recently knocked on the door of the tan bi-level in the Jefferson neighborhood's northwest corner. As usual, no one came to the door though it was clear someone still lives there. Power and water service to 320 22nd St. S. was cut months ago and the city doesn't consider the house safe to live in, The Forum reported in April. At the time, inspectors hoped they would soon be able to get the squatter to move.
FARGO — Minnesota regulators, who have so far refused to issue a permit for the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, now say they've been forced to join a lawsuit to halt construction. Tom Landwehr, the Department of Natural Resources commissioner, cited recent efforts by the Diversion Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with the project as reasons for filing suit. He said in a conference call with reporters Thursday, Dec. 29, that he wants Fargo-Moorhead to have adequate flood protection but the project doesn't follow state law.
FARGO — Earlier this month, the taste of the tap water here changed just a bit but it was enough for people to notice. "I don't have the exact numbers, but we did have quite a few customers contact us on the salty taste," Troy Hall, the city's water utility director, said Thursday, Dec. 29. The city's water treatment plant at 435 14th Ave. S. has intakes in the Red and Sheyenne rivers, which sometimes get brackish. Staff usually balances one with the other to reduce the saltiness, but it's hard when both are brackish.
FARGO — When city commissioners were told by state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem earlier this month they had violated open meeting laws by voting in secret on a flood buyout, that was the second time in two years. In March 2015, the attorney general had told them they violated the same set of laws when they maneuvered behind the scenes to persuade the former police chief to resign.
FARGO — On the longest night of the year, a group of pallbearers marched down Broadway to First Lutheran Church, carrying a white casket. There was no body inside the casket, but this was nevertheless a funeral service for the dozens of homeless or formerly homeless Fargo-Moorhead residents who have died in recent years.
FARGO — Tax incentives aimed at owners of new homes here haven't had a formal up or down vote for the past several years going unchanged and largely unchallenged unlike some other incentives. Now, because of efforts by a city commissioner who supports new housing incentives and one who opposes them, the commission may take a vote.
FARGO — City commissioners have apparently been stepping on each other's toes in their efforts to gather more information from city staff causing Mayor Tim Mahoney revisit a code of conduct they adopted six months ago. Under the city's system of government, each commissioner is a liaison to a handful of departments and committees. The code urges commissioners to avoid directly contacting staff in departments that they're not assigned to but work through the liaison.