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 the North Dakota Legislature is in session, lobbyists and groups they represent frequently hold afterhours events where lawmakers eat free nearly every weeknight. During the interim, lobbyists fund golf tournaments and trips for lawmakers. Yet out of the 501 registered lobbyists in fiscal year 2017, only 11 filed an expenditure report, as they must when spending more than $60 on any single occasion, supporters of Measure 1 said Friday, Oct. 19.
FARGO — Workers digging the foundation for downtown’s Block 9 high-rise pulled what appeared to be an enormous rock out of the ground earlier this week. Any excavation is bound to turn up a few rocks, but this one was about the size of a skid loader. The Kilbourne Group, one of the developers of the 18-story building, consulted with a geologist, and the firm’s staff was excited to think that the rock might be a memento from the days of the wooly mammoth.
FARGO — James Pete Sabo, the owner of a house considered dangerously dilapidated by city officials, is suing the city claiming his property rights have been violated. City commissioners received and filed the suit Monday, Oct. 8, about a week after the suit was filed. Sabo is seeking, among other things, to regain control of the house at 427 15th Ave. S. to make repairs and win damages of at least $156,000.
FARGO — With little opposition from bicyclists, higher bicycle fines look like they’ll be cruising to the finish line when city commissioners cast their final votes at their 5 p.m. meeting Monday, Oct. 8. A couple of bicyclists weighed in before the last vote on Sept. 24, but neither explicitly opposed the higher fines. Because city fines may not be higher than comparable state fines, most bicycle fines will remain at $5.
FARGO — In a bid to mollify unhappy would-be neighbors, a developer said he's mulling reducing the number of apartment units in a proposed building that's part of the Newman Center expansion.
FARGO — Fought by residents in the Roosevelt neighborhood, a proposed apartment project that's part of the Newman Center expansion in north Fargo is undergoing a redesign, according to developer Larry Nygard.
MOORHEAD — The help wanted signs for poll workers are out again this election season here and across the river in Cass County. "This is a midterm election. When there's a presidential election there's more attention and focus on it," said Dan Mahli, the assistant city manager, Thursday, Sept. 27. That might be one reason he's still looking for 20 more workers for a total of 150 desired just two weeks before training is scheduled to start, he said.
FARGO — A phone number found in 20-year-old Gabriel Perez’s bedroom by his uncle was what led police to his alleged killer, according to court records. Perez was shot early Sunday morning, Sept. 23, by a man who drove up to him while he sat on the curb outside of the McDonald’s restaurant on Main Avenue.
FARGO — The city's 2019 budget, which includes a slight increase in utility fees and no changes to the tax rate, was approved by city commissioners Monday night, Sept. 24. The vote was 4-1 with Commissioner Tony Gehrig dissenting. Given the lack of tax relief offered, he had asked his colleagues to make several cuts during the last of their two votes, including eliminating the FM Link bus connecting downtown Fargo and Moorhead and cutting funding for social services. His motions all died for lack of seconds from other commissioners.
FARGO — After weathering "unprecedented" cuts in state funding, being told to expect more cuts and now dealing with a serious enrollment decline, North Dakota State University's president acknowledged Friday, Sept. 21, that times are tough. "Sadly, but perhaps somewhat understandably, some on campus concluded that things have never been worse," Dean Bresciani said during his ninth annual State of the University address.