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 — With both winners of the Fargo City Commission race receiving far less than a majority of the vote Tuesday, June 12, those pushing for election reforms have renewed calls for change. Jed Limke, who's part of an effort to get approval voting on the November ballot, said it's not clear that the winners didn't deserve to win but it does seem several of their opponents were so similarly progressive they ended up splitting the vote.
FARGO — Despite what both described as a strong field of candidates vying for a seat on the City Commission, incumbents Tony Gehrig and Dave Piepkorn appear to have been re-elected Tuesday, June 12. "This has to be the hardest field that's ever run or the most-qualified field that's ever run for commissioner," said Gehrig, who was the top vote-getter of the nine candidates. "To get the most votes out of that, I think, does say something. I think it's important to note fiscal responsibility is popular." Piepkorn echoed Gehrig.
FARGO — Last year, Dave Anderson received a hefty special assessment bill at his house in the city's Northport neighborhood. "I got assessed for quite a bit of money," he said, describing what city records show is a $14,700 assessment payable over 25 years. It's those kinds of substantial tax bills that have made special assessments the focus of this year's City Commission race, with at least four candidates proposing reforms, including the total elimination of specials. City leaders recently voted on policy changes expected to reduce assessments for many homeowners.
FARGO — Xcel Energy will be doing a lot of digging this summer at the site of its old manufactured gas plant downtown, which mostly means a lot of trucks hauling away tar-soaked soil and other contaminants, company officials said.
FARGO — After hearing homeowners here complain about painfully high special assessments that were the result of a 2015 City Commission decision, city leaders voted Monday, May 21, to turn back time. The action makes it as if elected leaders had never changed the cost-share for streets and sewers that made benefitting property owners pay more and other taxpayers pay less. For those paying or are about to pay the higher specials, Monday's decision means their tax bill will shrink. For those who have paid all their specials, it means refunds.
FARGO — When Will Gardner was leaving his job at North Dakota State University just after midnight on Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, he said he was surprised to see a young woman undressing in front of a window at a freshman dormitory on campus. He went closer to get a better look. "I messed up. It was stupid. I was young and immature," the Republican-endorsed candidate for North Dakota Secretary of State told The Forum when asked Friday, May 18, about the 12-year-old incident.
FARGO — A request by downtown merchants to allow public drinking during special events got the green light from the Liquor Control Board Wednesday, May 16, but only for this year. City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, who chairs the board, said the city has to be very careful about making such a change permanent. He asked for and got support for an expiration date for the law, which would be effective only through Dec. 31.
FARGO — Anger at costly special assessments levied to pay for streets and sewers have inspired three more city candidates--Linda Boyd, Kelan Oster and Arlette Preston--to weigh in with plans for reform. Boyd said in a news release Monday, May 14, that she wants the city to pay for 70 percent of the cost of a project and use specials on the remaining 30 percent. Mayor Tim Mahoney, who's running unopposed, and candidate Tim Flakoll have said they favor this approach, which the city had used until switching over to a 50-50 split a few years ago.
FARGO — Despite two studies funded by this city and discussion in the business community for the better part of a decade, the ongoing quest by some to build a new metro convention center seems to have lost its way. Fargo's mayor recently said it's no longer a priority for him. "I would say to the Chamber, 'Why don't you guys figure that out?'" Mayor Tim Mahoney recently told The Forum's Editorial Board, citing the higher priority for a downtown performing arts center and limits to the city's spending.
FARGO – A Forum journalist who covered a deadly downtown fistfight has been called to testify by prosecutors in the June 19 trial of Darren Scott Patterson, according to a subpoena served to him Thursday, May 10.