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 — Despite a few stumbling blocks, a group of law school transfer students have found their place at the University of North Dakota. The UND School of Law recently took in about 25 transfer students from Arizona Summit after the American Bar Association pulled the private law school's accreditation. That decision, which is being appealed by Arizona Summit, means the school cannot accept new students and students who were at the school had to find an alternative to finish their degrees and take the bar exam.
GRAND FORKS—The first puck drop at the Ralph Engelstad Arena may be more than a month away, but that's not stopping dedicated Fighting Hawks fans from getting their tickets early. Single-game tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. While most people opt to buy their tickets online, Barbara Young and Dale Mortensen have been traveling more than three hours from Ellendale, N.D., to Grand Forks for roughly 10 years to be there when the box office opens at The Ralph. They normally buy around 40 to 50 tickets for themselves, as well as friends and family to go to games all year.
GRAND FORKS — No charges will be filed against either driver involved in a Grand Forks County crash that resulted in the deaths of two children in March 2018. The Grand Forks State's Attorney Office has declined criminal charges against Trista Curry and Michael Soyring. The two 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. Her 3-year-old daughter Avalon also suffered injuries in the crash.
GRAND FORKS—Faculty in the University of North Dakota's aviation program are calling for the removal of Provost Thomas DiLorenzo, claiming in a faculty resolution that DiLorenzo has "refused to modify his micro-managing, aggressive, heavy-handed tactics despite evidence that many on campus have been dissatisfied with his leadership." The aviation department, one of the largest programs on campus, voted 32-0 in favor of the no confidence resolution on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Two faculty abstained from the vote.
The head of North Dakota's higher education board says he's supportive of the state's largest universities' proposal for new dollars for research, as long as that research doesn't just sit on a shelf. The University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University each are seeking $25 million a year in the next biennium, for a total $100 million, to fund research at the schools. It's a considerably higher amount than the schools would typically receive.
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.
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.