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 — On a drive west from Fargo, a motorist can see the scenery outside the window change and not just from flat plains to rolling hills, but the roadside plants and farms change, too. This is because there is a divide running through North Dakota and the rest of the Great Plains that separates the arid West from the humid East. Scientists say the divide is gradually moving east and picking up speed as the global climate changes with repercussions for man and nature.
FARGO — Several concerns remain unaddressed, but there's still no alternative with a lesser environmental impact than the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, according to the latest environmental review from Minnesota regulators. Based on public comments from an earlier version of the review, the Department of Natural Resources analyzed two additional alternatives but didn’t find them worth pursuing further, DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said Tuesday, Nov. 13.
FARGO — Dina Butcher and Ellen Chaffee have a list they hand out when people ask why Measure 1, their anti-corruption constitutional amendment, is needed in a state where few if any politicians have been convicted of bribery. "A legislator pushes hard in the final hours of a session to make a land swap that would cost (North Dakota State University) millions," one item on the list said.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Undergraduate enrollment at Minnesota State University Moorhead has reached a low point not seen since at least 2000, while graduate enrollment has surged to its highest level in years, according to figures the university released Wednesday, Oct. 10. The decline in undergraduate enrollment is part of a national trend that's been especially pronounced in the Midwest, MSUM President Anne Blackhurst said. But the rise in graduate enrollment is the result of a deliberate university initiative that's paying off, she said.
FARGO — With little opposition from bicyclists, higher bicycle fines look like they'll be cruising to the finish line when city commissioners cast their final votes at their 5 p.m. meeting Monday, Oct. 8. A couple of bicyclists weighed in before the last vote on Sept. 24, but neither explicitly opposed the higher fines. Because city fines may not be higher than comparable state fines, most bicycle fines will remain at $5.
FARGO — Declining enrollment at North Dakota State University is expected to cost the university some $5 million in lost revenue, the university said Tuesday, Sept. 18. That appears to include loss of tuition and loss of state funding, which is based on the number of credit-hours completed by students; fewer students means fewer credits.
FARGO — As construction workers begin building downtown Fargo's Block 9 high-rise, which is 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.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The new alignment of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion is as good or better than all alternatives identified so far, Minnesota regulators said in a draft environmental review released Monday, Aug. 27. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources looked at 29 alternatives identified as part of the review done for the previous alignment, which regulators refused to permit, and three other alternatives.
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 — 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."