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 — Each of the boxes in the corner of the auto-service bay contained a turkey, a box each of stuffing, mashed potatoes and butter, 3 cans of vegetables, a can of cranberry sauce and a pumpkin pie. "It's everything that you would need for a Thanksgiving meal," said Maj. Byron Medlock, who, with his wife, Maj. Elaine Medlock, lead the Salvation Army office here.
FARGO — A developer counting on tax breaks for his proposed downtown apartments found himself in the middle of a tug of war among city leaders trying to decide how to bring more affordable housing to the district. Jesse Craig told them Monday night, Nov. 20, that when he bought an old house near Sanford Health and St. Mary's Cathedral the city's policy was to grant incentives to encourage downtown housing and it still is.
FARGO — The cost of special assessments has stirred debate among city leaders over whether the city should be involved in what some consider a housing subsidy and what others consider a way to encourage home ownership. Most homeowners are familiar with specials as a kind of property tax used to pay for repairs of streets and sewers. But it's also used to finance the construction of streets and sewers in newly developed areas with the tax paid by new homeowners.
FARGO — A charity that collects Christmas gifts for Fargo-Moorhead area children and adults with developmental disabilities is starting up again this year and seeking help from the public. Emily Carpenter, coordinator for the Giving Tree of Hope program, said volunteers are needed to man the donation booth at West Acres mall and to help give out the gifts. Donations are also needed, she said.
FARGO — At the Emergency Food Pantry here, Executive Director Stacie Loegering is looking forward to the big food drive Monday, Nov. 20, at the Fargodome. "Last year, the amount that we got was roughly 5 percent of the food we gave out for the whole year," she said. "So it is a pretty large portion." The goal of the two-day Fill the Dome event is, as the name suggests, to fill the 80,000-square-foot floor of the arena at 1800 University Drive North with nonperishable food, which will then be donated to local food pantries.
WEST FARGO — The idea of putting ring dikes around Fargo-Moorhead is once more on the table as a replacement for the $2.2 billion flood diversion that Minnesota regulators have so far rejected. Though diversion supporters consider diking unfeasible for such a large area, a team of technical experts, including regulators, meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Cass County offices here agreed to take another look at ring dikes and five other alternatives that do involve a diversion.
FARGO — From what would've been a list of more than 70 potential alternatives to the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, a task force seeking to reconcile the project with Minnesota regulations agreed to a much shorter list at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 13. Though task force members skeptical of or opposed to the $2.2 billion project showed interest in looking at radically different alternatives, many long-standing constraints appear to have steered the group back to something resembling the existing plan.
MOORHEAD — A mild putrid smell wafted from garbage bags set on the table in front of Willy Lies. "Personally, I love sardines myself," he said as he emptied a can of fish. "Mustard or ketchup sauce?" a woman with a clipboard next to him asked. "I'm usually a mustard guy, but I've been talked into ketchup," he said, nonchalantly sorting through the used Kleenex, dried-out flowers, empty fast-food containers and some sort of wet goop.
FARGO — City Attorney Erik Johnson's firm has had its contract extended for another five years after city leaders decided Monday, Nov. 6, to avoid seeking bids from others in the legal community. City Commissioner Tony Gehrig, the lone dissenter in the 4-1 vote, said the city should put out a request for proposal just like it would for other contracted professional services, such as architects and engineers. He said that way it can ensure that Erik R. Johnson & Associates offers the best deal.
MOORHEAD — Mayor Del Rae Williams says she won't run for a second term in 2018, and now the first candidate seeking to succeed her has emerged. Newzad Brifki, a leader in the Kurdish-American community here, said he hopes to lead Moorhead, highlighting his love of the city he's called home for two decades and public service in local nonprofit groups.