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 — The Kilbourne Group has told city officials it plans to spend $2.4 million to renovate parts of two downtown buildings starting this fall, according to documents submitted to the Renaissance Zone Authority. The renovations include 24 market-rate apartment units and five alley-facing storefronts in addition to three existing storefronts at 115 Broadway and 117-119 Broadway. The 24 apartments will replace 54 existing apartment units in the buildings.
FARGO — Work on the new City Hall building appears to be slightly ahead of schedule despite a late start and a few hiccups along the way, according to officials involved in the project. Architect Terry Stroh said he expects the first city workers to move in some time in April and the last in June or July. When the city broke ground on Aug. 22, 2016, officials had expected construction of the 150,000-square-foot building to be done in fall 2018. Stroh said that deadline was conservative to account for unexpected delays along the way, and there were a few.
FARGO — The business community is weighing how it might help the city build a new convention center, according to city leaders. Mayor Tim Mahoney and City Commissioner Tony Grindberg said Thursday, Sept. 14, that the Chamber of Commerce is talking with businesses about the proposed facility, which could lead to some form of public-private partnership.
FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority has decided to cease legal action challenging Minnesota regulators for denying a permit for a dam, the group said in a statement Thursday, Sept. 14. The group said it was encouraged by recent news that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wanted to speak with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum about flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead.
FARGO — Mayor Tim Mahoney will run for re-election in 2018, he told WDAY radio Thursday, Sept. 14. "I just have very much enjoyed being mayor and have a lot of things I still want to get the city to do," he said to Jim Shaw, guest host for Mike McFeely's show. Unfinished tasks for him include managing urban growth so the city continues to be attractive to residents, workers and visitors; designing the civic plaza to be completed after the City Hall building; and building a performing arts center and convention center.
FARGO — Before city leaders passed their 2018 budgets Monday night, Sept. 11, they got an earful from homeowners reeling from double digit property tax increases. For many, their valuations went up significantly just as the state became less generous with property tax relief. "You wanna drive me out of my house, you're doing a good job," said Greg Schnell, who noted that his tax bill will go up close to 20 percent.
FARGO — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton plan to hold talks on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, which was recently put on pause by a federal judge at the request of Minnesota regulators. On Friday, Sept. 8, the day after Judge John R. Tunheim issued a preliminary injunction on the $2.2 billion flood-protection project, Dayton issued a statement inviting Burgum to discuss the project.
FARGO — City leaders agreed Monday night, Sept. 11, on new rules clearing the way for Midco to offer free Wi-Fi downtown. City staff, which has put in place laws and fees for allowing cellphone antennas on the city's right-of-way as a way to limit the density of these antennas in any area, asked the City Commission to agree to fees for Wi-Fi antennas. Justin Forde, a Midco representative, said he thinks workers could set up the downtown Wi-Fi network in eight to nine weeks as soon as the city gives the go ahead.
FARGO — A few months ago, a dilapidated home near the 12th Avenue North bridge that had become a home for wild animals was finally razed after years of complaints from neighbors. Bruce Taralson, who runs Fargo's Inspections Department, said the owner learned he was the target of a bench warrant to bring him to court to force the building's removal so he took care of the problem. It's an example of the city's renewed focus on getting blighted properties cleaned up faster, spurred by conversations Mayor Tim Mahoney has had with neighborhood groups, he said.
FARGO — Some Cass County homeowners were surprised in recent weeks when they received not one, not two, not three, but four identical property tax estimates. County Auditor Mike Montplaisir said duplicates are not unheard of because when printers jam a print job could be restarted, but the quadruplicates puzzle him. What's unusual is the scale of the mailings this year, which total about 60,000 properties out of 65,000 in the county.