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 — After weathering "unprecedented" cuts in state funding, being told to expect more cuts and now dealing with a serious enrollment decline, North Dakota State University's president acknowledged Friday, Sept. 21, that times are tough. "Sadly, but perhaps somewhat understandably, some on campus concluded that things have never been worse," Dean Bresciani said during his ninth annual State of the University address.
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.
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 — Groundbreaking for Fargo's Block 9 highrise has been scheduled for 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, according to developers. The ceremony will be a public event with a family-friendly party and speakers, including Mayor Tim Mahoney, according to Mark Dickerson, a spokesman for the R.D. Offutt Co. The Kilbourne Group and RDO are partners in the project, which includes a 235-foot tower — the city's tallest building — a parking ramp and a park at the plaza. The estimated price tag is $117 million.
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 — When Tim and Vanessa Lystad moved into their 97-year-old house in Fargo seven months ago, they found a lot to love except the garage, which was too small for both their cars. As they considered an upgrade, Tim Lystad said, they thought why not make it a three-stall garage? Then, he said, they thought why not turn the extra space under the roof into a bonus room? "When you start looking at it and going, 'Hey, this is space you can use for the next 20, 30 years,' it seems to us worth the extra time and energy needed," he said Friday, Aug. 24.
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.