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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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."
FARGO —- A Supreme Court ruling requiring more online retailers to collect sales taxes will likely benefit Fargo and West Fargo significantly, according to North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, who spoke at a Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce meeting here Thursday, July 12.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — With the No. 1 and No. 2 sellers of lottery tickets located in Moorhead, the city is once again among the top-selling cities in the state, Minnesota Lottery Executive Director Robert Doty told reporters Wednesday, Jan. 24. Though he didn't say it, a lot of that likely has to do with North Dakotans buying their tickets in Minnesota. The No. 1 store, M&H, on Main Avenue, and Orton's Holiday Stationstore at 725 30th Ave. S., near Interstate 94, are both on major east-west corridors near the state line.
FARGO, N.D. — After the release of a report from a task force seeking to make the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion more palatable to skeptics on Thursday, Jan. 18, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said he expects to see a new diversion plan in the next 30 days. "We think this is a great step forward," he said. "If you try to litigate in court, it's a two- to three-year process." The task force was formed in October by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton after a lawsuit by Minnesota regulators led a federal judge to put the $2.2 billion project on hold.