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 — 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 were 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 — UPS will start directing flights from Hector International Airport to its main hub Nov. 5 and add 70 jobs here, the company said Thursday, July 26. For customers, this will mean an extra three hours for drop-off and pick-up because new Boeing 757 jet aircraft will depart Fargo later in the evening, the cargo carrier said. The new jobs include a mix of part-time and full-time jobs, with hiring start in mid-September.
FARGO — Developers of the Block 9 highrise have agreed to help Prairie Public Broadcasting pay to get its TV and radio signals around the new 18-story building, according to the broadcaster. Prairie Public CEO John Harris said Wednesday, July 25, that his staff has reviewed a report from a city consultant laying out the pros and cons of seven options and are exploring two of them. He said he couldn't say how much developers at the Kilbourne Group and RDO have agreed to pay because it depends on which solution the broadcaster goes with and what the actual costs will be.
FARGO — Running a fiber optic line to its antenna in rural Cass County is the most "effective" way for Prairie Public Broadcasting to avoid having its TV and radio signals blocked by the Block 9 highrise, according to a city consultant. Owl Engineering & EMC Test Labs reached this conclusion after considering seven options in a report it sent the city Friday, July 20. Prairie Public and the highrise developers, the Kilbourne Group and RDO, said in a joint statement the same day that they expect to reach a decision within two weeks of receiving the report.
FARGO — Gov. Doug Burgum, an owner of the Block 9 high-rise that threatens to block Prairie Public Broadcasting's signal, won't recuse himself from working on the broadcaster's budget, according to his office. "The Governor will fulfill his constitutional duty to prepare an executive budget for the Legislature to consider in 2019," his communications director, Mike Nowatzki, said Wednesday, July 18, in an email. He confirmed that Burgum owns the Kilbourne Group, one of the Block 9 developers, but "does not have a role in day-to-day operations of the company."
FARGO —- A Supreme Court ruling requiring more online retailers to collect sales taxes will likely benefit Fargo and West Fargo significantly, according to North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, who spoke at a Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce meeting here Thursday, July 12.
FARGO—A guilty plea from Louis Donald Averson, who is accused of killing his wife on June 2 as part of a suicide pact, appears to be a strong possibility, according to court records. The 85-year-old is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on a murder charge at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, but a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) has already started. Typically, a PSI is done after a defendant pleads guilty.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—In the Police Department here, each patrol officer is assigned three registered sex offenders to check on every month to make sure the offenders are living and working where they say they are. It's an unusually rigorous arrangement compared to other cities, such as Fargo, where sex offenders are checked on every three months or so. "It is very time consuming with that large a number and such a small community," said Police Capt. John Gletne, who oversees the registration of offenders in Jamestown.
FARGO — Allyne Holz waited four hours in the sun to see President Donald Trump on Wednesday, June 27, and, after finally making it into Scheels Arena, she stood up and turned her back on him as he spoke. "The message that I hoped I sent to him and to others in audience is that not everyone agrees and maybe to get one person to think, 'Ooh, maybe I should rethink my thoughts,'" the 67-year-old retired Lutheran pastor said. "Not the most effective method, but I'm too laid-back to do protesting, hollering and screaming."