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 — As construction workers begin building downtown's Block 9 high-rise, destined to be the tallest in the city and the second tallest in the state, they're going to start by going down — way down. "Fargo has a very good bearing layer, but you gotta go pretty deep to get to it," said James Pawlikowski, a senior structural engineer with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill who worked on the design of the high-rise.
FARGO — Despite the threat of a legal challenge, city leaders agreed Monday, Sept. 10, to again condemn a house considered to be dangerously dilapidated by city staff. Pete Sabo, the owner of the house at 427 15th Ave. S., said he only recently regained control of it and has been trying to make repairs. He said he'll do so if the city will grant him another building permit.
FARGO — John Folda, the Catholic bishop of Fargo, remembered the man who inspired him to go to seminary as a tough, uncompromising priest with high standards for his charges. When Folda attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Rev. Leonard Kalin was a recruiter for the priesthood and an overseer of priests in training from the Lincoln Diocese.
FARGO — Prairie Public Broadcasting plans to move one of its downtown antennas to the top of the Radisson Hotel next door to avoid being blocked by the new Block 9 highrise across the street, the broadcaster said. No deal has been signed but Prairie Public CEO John Harris said Wednesday, Sept. 5, that Block 9 Partners have agreed to pay the rent for a period of time, perhaps a 15-year lease. The Kilbourne Group and the R.D. Offutt Co., members of the partnership, said in a statement they'll pay a "significant portion" of the cost.
FARGO — When Phyllis Bancroft moved into a duplex near St. Paul's Newman Center at North Dakota State University in the 1960s, she said, nearly all the neighbors on her street were faculty members and university staff. "It was a very nice neighborhood," she said Friday, Aug. 31. "Lots of kids." Following decades of explosive enrollment growth, the neighbors are now nearly all student renters who seem to her to have little respect for the neighborhood.
FARGO — Earlier in the month, Cass County announced that a quorum of county commissioners would attend a White House briefing Thursday, Aug. 30, meaning enough of them would be together to require the meeting be open to the public. A White House official, in a response to The Forum, said the briefing will be closed to the public.
FARGO — A new method of electing city leaders that supporters say will give voters more choices is officially going on the November ballot after the City Commission reviewed the ballot language Monday, Aug. 27. If passed, City of Fargo Measure No. 1 would amend the city charter to allow voters to vote for as many candidates for each open seat as they want, a method called "approval voting." The current method, called "plurality voting," allows voters to only vote for one candidate for each open seat. Candidates with the most votes win under both methods.
FARGO — Streets were flooded and cars stalled in parts of Fargo-Moorhead Sunday, Aug. 26, after several rain storms passed through the area. Emergency dispatchers reported flooding on a block of University Drive South in Fargo starting a little after 2:30 a.m. when the first storm rolled in. This was followed by multiple reports of stalled vehicles and a flooded alley on Morrison Street in West Fargo.
FARGO — Pete Sabo has several explanations for why the house he owns just south of Fargo's water treatment plant has been falling apart for some two decades to the point that city officials have deemed it unsafe to live in. He had a rent-to-own arrangement with a man who dreamed of homeownership, but the man wrecked the house in the process of trying to renovate it, he told city commissioners Monday night, Aug. 13.
FARGO — A Cass County delegation will get a chance to bend the ears of Trump administration officials when they visit Washington, D.C., Aug. 30. Flood control, including the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, flood insurance, state-level marijuana legalization and affordable housing are some of the issues County Commissioners Chad Peterson and Mary Scherling told The Forum they expect to bring up. Scherling said for officials from a less populous state like North Dakota to get federal officials to listen to their concerns is a great opportunity.