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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Finding a college that fits a student's wants and needs can be hard enough for families across the United States, but finding one at the right price makes it even more difficult. In the United States the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2017-18 school year was $34,740 at private colleges, $9,970 for in-state students at public colleges, and $25,620 for out-of-state students attending public universities, according to data by the College Board.
LANGDON, N.D.—Harvest is a busy time for farmers, presenting long, taxing days for producers and their families. Adding a cancer diagnosis into the mix can cause even more stress, but groups like Farm Rescue try to relieve that so patients can focus on fighting the disease. One of those farmers is Mike Muhs, a Langdon farmer who was was diagnosed with "adenocarcinoma of an unknown origin" in April, shortly before spring planting. Muhs was able to get help planting his crops in the spring, and Farm Rescue helped him with harvesting Friday afternoon.
GRAND FORKS—The Ralph Engelstad Arena announced its annual distribution to the University of North Dakota on Thursday, Aug. 16. This year's distribution is $1 million, though it has fluctuated between $500,000 to $800,000 in previous years. The distribution is a part of a continued usage agreement between Ralph Engelstad Arena and UND that runs through June 30, 2020.
GRAND FORKS—State officials presented several options to fix a seepage problem at the western outlet of the Devils Lake Basin, but how the problem will be resolved is not yet known. Bruce Gibbens, a lawyer representing some landowners in the matter, made a presentation to the state Water Commission on June 15. "It isn't the natural high water table that's causing the problem here, it's leakage from that outlet that's causing damage to their property outside of the easement area for the outlet," Gibbens said.
GRAND FORKS—A recent breach in cybersecurity with the North Dakota University System wasn't the first time it was hacked, but higher education leaders say keeping information safe in an ever-evolving world is a top priority. The NDUS recently reported there was unauthorized access to an employee's email account in July, an account which contained around 9,400 individuals' personal information. Evidence indicates the account credentials were stolen through a successful "phishing" campaign, the system office said earlier this month.
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—Changes to the University of North Dakota's honors program have left some former students and faculty upset, while the university says the changes were made to benefit students as higher education continues to evolve. Former honors student Martin Rottler, who now works as the industry relations coordinator for Ohio State University's Center for Aviation Studies in Columbus, penned a letter to the editor earlier this month in response to the changes with the program. The letter included the signatures of more than 50 other former UND honors program students.
LARIMORE, N.D.—There was a buzz in the air at Dietzler Honey on Wednesday afternoon, July 25, and it wasn't just the bees. Second lady Karen Pence visited the bee farm owned by Conrad Dietzler while her husband, Vice President Mike Pence, spoke at Grand Forks Air Force Base. She was joined by North Dakota first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum. Dietzler said he enjoyed the second lady's and Helgaas Burgum's visit to his operation, adding that they seemed to be very interested in what they were doing there.
GRAND FORKS—A Grand Forks man has been accused of sexually abusing a young child for several months. Jeffrey Scott Krogstad, 51, of Grand Forks, was arrested Sunday on a Class AA felony of gross sexual imposition, which carries a maximum of life in prison without parole. Court documents allege Krogstad sexually abused a child less than 10 years old multiple times between February and July this year. Krogstad would take the child he knew to a "special place in the middle of nowhere" and then sexually assault her, according to court documents.