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 — Pete Sabo has several explanations for why the house he owns just south of Fargo's water treatment plant has been falling apart for some two decades to the point that city officials have deemed it unsafe to live in. He had a rent-to-own arrangement with a man who dreamed of homeownership, but the man wrecked the house in the process of trying to renovate it, he told city commissioners Monday night, Aug. 13.
FARGO — A Cass County delegation will get a chance to bend the ears of Trump administration officials when they visit Washington, D.C., Aug. 30. Flood control, including the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, flood insurance, state-level marijuana legalization and affordable housing are some of the issues County Commissioners Chad Peterson and Mary Scherling told The Forum they expect to bring up. Scherling said for officials from a less populous state like North Dakota to get federal officials to listen to their concerns is a great opportunity.
FARGO — Rupak Gandhi's first official day as Fargo Public Schools' superintendent was about a month ago, and he's been spending that time visiting every school and meeting staff, parents and summer school students. He said he inherited a "phenomenal" school district from Jeff Schatz, who was in the top administrative job for six years. But he also inherited challenges that Schatz acknowledged when stepping down in June.
FARGO — City leaders approved what Mayor Tim Mahoney called the tightest budget he's seen in a preliminary vote Wednesday, Aug. 8, offering no cuts in the property tax rate and some higher fees in 2019. "This is tight as we have been, and you want to make it tighter we're going to fire people," the mayor said. It's not just tight on the revenue side.
FARGO — Under a bill pushed by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., the federal government would provide low-interest financing for water projects such as flood diversions, he told members of the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority Wednesday, Aug. 8. It's part of a package of legislation he's been working on to ease the way for the estimated $2.4 billion project. Recent changes to the project to win approval from Minnesota regulators, who are still studying it, had raised costs by $200 million and made funding a concern for local and state officials.
FARGO — Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., told an audience of mostly retired truckers Tuesday, Aug. 7, that it wasn't very hard for him to sign onto a bill to save their pensions even though it has the Democrats thumbprints all over it. He said he didn't sign onto the bill right away because he wanted to see if Republican colleagues had some ideas. But when none was forthcoming, he said, "the only thing to do is force the issue" by becoming the second Republican to co-sponsor the House version of the bill despite it being a Democratic creation.
FARGO — Breakfast and lunch will be free for all students at Madison Elementary School in the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, not just students from low-income families, according to Fargo School District officials. Nutrition Services Director Cindy Hogenson said based on how federal reimbursements are applied to school meals, it's likely to be a wash for the school district.
FARGO — The weeds grew tall where the sun shone on the empty lot behind Gerald Gould's house in the Hawthorne neighborhood not far from the county office building. He'd watched the house that once stood there deteriorate for years, neglected by its owner, he said. At one point, a small cottonwood tree could be seen growing through the flat roof of the addition in the back, and the smell of mold wafted from the house. "It just looked awful," he said. "Nobody likes a house like that next door to them."
FARGO — Storm sewer fees are about to go way up for some property owners under an overhaul of the fee structure proposed by city staff. Instead of a flat fee for each property owner, the city would base fees for all but residential properties on how much runoff they're responsible for, Jody Bertrand, a senior engineer in charge of the city's storm sewers, told city leaders Wednesday, Aug. 1. That means large properties with lots of pavement could see a dramatic increase.
FARGO — Mayor Tim Mahoney is proposing a slight increase in the city's main operating budget in 2019 with no cuts in the property tax rate and a slight increase in fees, according to a presentation Wednesday, Aug. 1.