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 — In December, the special assessment bill for road repairs in front of Ivan Sauvageau's north Fargo home was $15,500, and that was after he negotiated a discount with city staff. Today, his bill is about $4,300, according to city records, and he's expressing his appreciation for city leaders' willingness to reform their specials policy. "I just want to thank you for listening to our concerns and appreciate it," Sauvageau told the City Commission at its meeting Monday night, June 18.
FARGO – A law allowing public drinking at certain downtown events got final approval from city leaders Monday night, June 18.
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.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — In the dry season, the diversion channel that protects this city of 700,000 from catastrophic flooding looks like a long, shallow ditch with grassy banks. But when the Red River begins to flood, high water spills into the channel, rises up those banks and the ditch becomes like a new river, diverting disaster around the city.
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 — A proposed law to allow public drinking at some downtown events received preliminary approval from city leaders Monday night, May 21. City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, who chairs the Liquor Control Board, said he considers it a "pilot project," having asked legal staff to include a sunset clause of Dec. 31. He said he understands some downtown businesses and residents have concerns and this allows the city to see if the idea will work.
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.