Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!
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GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy and North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani say their goal of a $100 million investment in the two research universities could have a big impact on North Dakota. The universities are each seeking $25 million a year in the next biennium. Kennedy and Bresciani said that by investing money in the research universities, they will be able to return that money and more back to the state through their work.
Leaders from UND and NDSU spent Thursday morning together, but there was no football or basketball to be played, instead they came together for a different type of goal. UND President Mark Kennedy and NDSU President Dean Bresciani shared a few jabs and jokes about hockey and football, but what united them Thursday morning at a meeting with the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. was their passion for research and investment in their research universities.
Alice Brekke may not have been born and raised in North Dakota, but she says community and the help of others shaped her nearly 40-year career at the university. The UND vice president for finance and operations will retire Friday after 39 years at UND. During her time at the school, Brekke has seen a lot of change—renovation, construction and demolition projects—and has served directly under five presidents.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota University System has reported there was unauthorized access to an employee's email account in July, an account which contained thousands of individual's personal information. Core Technology Services, the information technology arm of the NDUS, discovered in July that there had been unauthorized access to an NDUS employee's email account.
GRAND FORKS - Dozens brought phones and cameras, but not a single soul thought to bring a picnic basket for a bear that was stuck in a tree in University Park Monday afternoon, July 16. The bear was eventually brought down from the tree safely and still alive around 7 p.m. Monday after spending more around 8 hours up in the tree. Lt. Bill Macki, with the Grand Forks Police Department, said as of Monday evening the eventual outcome of the bear was unknown, as a number of tranquilizers were used on it.
GRAND FORKS—A former University of North Dakota employee and current state lawmaker claims UND leaders have created a "hostile" work environment at the university. Emily O'Brien, a member of the state House of Representatives, claims in a letter to the State Board of Higher Education that UND leadership, specifically Provost Thomas DiLorenzo and President Mark Kennedy, have displayed "unprofessional leadership." She has asked the SBHE to step in because, according to O'Brien, "bad leaders do not become good leaders."
GRAND FORKS—A nearly five-hour standoff between Grand Forks police and a man who was believed to be armed in an apartment building in central Grand Forks ended peacefully Monday. At about 12:45 p.m. Grand Forks police officers spotted 36-year-old Samuel Nelson, who had five active warrants in the city. When officers attempted to apprehend Nelson, who was believed to be armed, he fled police and entered a Grand Forks apartment complex.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—Two people were life flighted to the hospital following a collision on Interstate 29 near Hillsboro Sunday night, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in an accident report. Claudia Rae Grace, 75, of The Villages, Fla., was traveling northbound in a blue 2017 Toyota Corolla in the right lane of Interstate 29 about 4 miles north of Hillsboro around 6 p.m. Sunday. At the same time, Tyler Michael Bedney, 24, of Grand Forks, was driving northbound in a black 2017 Chevy Silverado at the same location in the left lane of the interstate.
An Alabama man is on a mission to cut lawns in all 50 states and he’s headed to Fargo on Saturday. Originally slated to be in Grand Forks on Saturday morning, Rodney Smith Jr., the man behind the lawn cutting, said in a Facebook post that he had “no luck” finding lawns in Grand Forks, so he said he’d be heading down to Fargo instead.
A heat wave will be hitting the Red River Valley Saturday afternoon with the potential for storms in the evening. Nearly the entire eastern half of North Dakota and the far western side of Minnesota are under a heat advisory from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. While temperatures will likely be in the low to mid-90s, dewpoints in the 70s will bring heat index values into the triple digits, according to the National Weather Service.