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 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.
GRAND FORKS—One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting early Sunday morning, July 8. Shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday, Grand Forks officers were dispatched in response to the report of a suicidal subject, armed with a firearm, police said in a press release Sunday.
GRAND FORKS—Budget cuts have been an unpleasant and all too familiar reality in higher education in North Dakota over the past few years, but UND President Mark Kennedy said it is important to be "nimble" and "transformative" with a budget going forward. The State Board of Higher Education approved the university system's needs-based budget request on June 28 in Mandan during the board's regular meeting.
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.
DEVILS LAKE—Landowners near the western outlet of the Devils Lake Basin say the outlet has been leaking for several years and if a settlement with the state Water Commission is not reached, they may have to take legal action against the commission. The issue has been ongoing since 2007, according to landowners. Cando, N.D., lawyer Bruce Gibbens, who is representing some landowners in the matter, made a presentation to the state Water Commission on June 15. One landowner affected by the alleged seepage is state Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Devils Lake.
MANDAN, N.D. -- The State Board of Higher Education voted to extend the contract of UND President Mark Kennedy in a unanimous vote Thursday. However, the board added one caveat to the renewal, directing NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott to develop a “midyear evaluation” of Kennedy. Kennedy’s contract will now run through June 20, 2020, board member Casey Ryan said during the meeting. Contracts for other NDUS presidents were also extended through 2020, except the contract of North Dakota State College of Science, John Richman, whose contract was tabled until September.