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 — A task force formed to consider reforms to city elections will make a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School, 1601 13th Ave. S. City commissioners had considered putting some of the task force's recommendations on the ballot, but couldn't agree on which ones. Some commissioners thought there was no need for reform. As a kind of compromise, the commission decided at the end of October to gather more public input.
FARGO — Between now and Saturday, Dec. 9, Kailen Rosenberg's scouts will be combing local hangouts for women who match a certain profile and inviting them to an interview. The position they'd be interviewing for will be girlfriend to one of two well-heeled bachelors from Fargo and, perhaps some day, wife. "We have a cute little card that says 'You've been noticed' — and then it says underneath it — 'as being authentically beautiful,'" said Rosenberg, a nationally-known matchmaker based in Minneapolis. "Hopefully we'll be handing out a lot of cards."
FARGO — A greenway running along the railroad tracks to the Red River and way out west of town. A car-share service. Tree-lined streets. A day center for homeless people seeking shelter. These are some of the dozens of items on the wish list that's found in the downtown master plan that city leaders approved Monday, Dec. 4. Most city commissioners present said they liked a lot of things in the plan though not everything.
FARGO — Photographs taken by city building inspectors show the 120-year-old house at 1011 5th Ave. S. in a state of decay with water damage, gaping holes in the ceiling and an old tarp covering part of the roof. City staff said complaints against the property in the Hawthorne neighborhood, known for many historic homes, go back more than a decade.
MOORHEAD — The house next door to Brad Benton's just south of downtown here was built nearly nine decades ago with exposed rafters and brackets that showed off its Craftsman influence. "It's just a charming little bungalow. Great architecture," Benton gushed. "It's just a cute little house — or it was." On Tuesday morning, Nov. 28, heavy construction equipment arrived at 412 7th St. S. and by the following afternoon the house was gone.
FARGO — Last year, businesses and homeowners in Fargo benefited from $1.35 million in property tax incentives from the city, according to data from the city's annual financial report and interviews with city officials. This was tax money that went uncollected by City Hall or was collected but could only be used for a specific commercial development.
MOORHEAD — On the big screens at the front of the room was a colorful flowchart engineers put together in hopes of leading the Fargo-Moorhead diversion task force to a consensus. There were six potential modifications to the $2.2 billion flood-control project that the group was to methodically narrow down for the engineers to study further.
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.