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—The head of the University of North Dakota's aviation department said he still believes that President Mark Kennedy should remove Provost Thomas DiLorenzo from his position. Last week, the aviation department called for Kennedy to remove DiLorenzo as provost in a detailed, two-and-half page resolution. The resolution was passed by aviation faculty 32-0, with two members abstaining. Kennedy penned a letter last week to department chairman Jim Higgins and the department outlining their concerns and plans to address them.
GRAND FORKS — No criminal charges will be filed in a Grand Forks County crash involving two drivers from Fargo that resulted in the deaths of two children in March. The Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Office has declined charges against Trista Curry, who was driving an SUV, and Michael Soyring the driver of a tractor-trailer. The two drivers were involved in a March 25 crash on Interstate 29 that caused the death of Curry’s two sons, 1-year-old Maxwell and 9-year-old Camden. Curry and her 3-year-old daughter, Avalon, were injured.
GRAND FORKS — While it may be early in the harvest season, the sugar beet harvest is going well so far, one official said. Brian Ingulsrud, American Crystal Sugar's vice president for agriculture, said the sugar beet harvest has been "good," but noted that most farmers have only been harvesting for about a week. The sugar beet harvest typically starts around mid-August for "pre-pile." They then move on to "stockpile" at the beginning of October. The summer has been hot and dry for the most part, which can make harvesting sugar beets a bit easier, Ingulsrud said.
GRAND FORKS — A group of North Dakota leaders and businesspeople are looking at the best ways to streamline dollars for technology that will benefit the state for years to come. The emerging technologies working group is headed up by former Gov. Ed Schafer and includes members of the university system, some legislators, members of the governor's office and various industry leaders. The group is looking at what type of emerging technologies the state should be investing in going forward.
GRAND FORKS - The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies are responding to a downed small aircraft near the intersection of Columbia Road and 70th Avenue North. The aircraft, which appears to be a crop-duster, crashed into a field along Columbia Road, east of the interchange at Interstate 29 and North Washington Street about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21. No information on the condition of the pilot is available. Check back for more on this developing story.
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.
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 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.