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 - 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 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.
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.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Devils Lake man killed during an officer-involved shooting in Devils Lake has been identified as Daniel A. Fuller. The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Officers were responding to a call about a suspicious person, the department said in a press release.
MANDAN, N.D.—With potential budget cuts looming, the North Dakota University System may be working with funding levels last seen about a decade ago if 13 percent cuts are approved by the Legislature next year.
GRAND FORKS—As the ongoing pilot shortage continues to take a toll on regional airlines and other parts of the industry, the shortage also is having an effect on those who train up-and-coming pilots at UND. Kent Lovelace, a UND aviation professor who also deals with different parts of the industry for the university, said UND in 2009 did a forecast for the National Defense Transportation Program that indicated there would be a shortage of available pilots in the coming years. The study, Lovelace said, was met with scrutiny and suspicion.
North Dakota native and “Transformers” star Josh Duhamel is still set to receive an honorary doctorate from UND, it may just take a bit to happen. UND announced last fall that Duhamel would be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree, recognizing his success in film and his promotion work on behalf of North Dakota. Peter Johnson, spokesman for UND, said the actor’s schedule has not yet aligned with a commencement date to present the degree.
MANVEL, N.D. -- Multiple people were injured after the vehicle they were driving struck a moose Tuesday night on Highway 81, the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. The crash occurred near the corner of 20th Street Northeast and Highway 81 near Manvel about 10:30 p.m.
GRAND FORKS — Democrat Kylie Oversen and Republican incumbent Ryan Rauschenberger will each be moving on to the 2018 general election for state tax commissioner. Rauschenberger, who has been tax commissioner since 2014, collected 99.3 percent of the vote with 397 of 424 precincts reporting in incomplete and unofficial results from the state’s primary election Tuesday, June 12.