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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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.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota Police Department has released its annual Security and Fire Safety Report, and overall numbers have not fluctuated much from previous years. The annual report breaks down crimes into multiple categories, such as sexual offense, aggravated assaults, burglaries and liquor violations. The report also breaks the numbers down into where the incidents occurred.
GRAND FORKS—Although Minnesota may have experienced increased population during the past 10 years, North Dakota's birth and fertility rate based on population is still higher, according to statistics from the North Dakota Department of Health Resident births in North Dakota decreased significantly for the first time in four years in 2017 with 10,738 live births recorded in the state last year. In 2016, there were 11,363 live births, which was the highest number in the past 10 years, according to the health department.
GRAND FORKS—A former University of North Dakota Center for Innovation leader said she was never approached by current state Rep. Emily O'Brien about her claims that she was a "targeted" employee while working at the Center after being elected to the state Legislature. O'Brien, a Republican state representative from Grand Forks, wrote a letter to the State Board of Higher Education last month calling for the board not to renew UND President Mark Kennedy's contract. She also asked the board to consider dismissing Kennedy and Provost Thomas DiLorenzo.
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.