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 — 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 — 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.
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 – There are now three plans to reform the city’s unloved special assessments system, including a new proposal from Tim Flakoll, a candidate for Fargo City Commission.
FARGO — A fire at a southside apartment displaced two residents Saturday, May 5, according to the Fire Department. Battalion Chief Jason Ness said no one was injured but one second-floor apartment unit at 2545 14th St. S. was damaged after the fire was put out. Firefighters arrived Saturday night to a report of smoke coming from a second floor window, he said. They found the fire outside by a deck and were able to put it out with a portable extinguisher only to find it had spread into the floor space between the first and second floors, he said.