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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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. 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.
Update, 7:35 p.m.: The bear that occupied a tree in University Park and the attention of area law enforcement for most of Monday is down. Grand Forks Police, with some assistance, put a rope around the animal's ankle and lowered it to the ground with a boom. Check back for more details.
A new program at the EERC is bringing together UND students from across campus and across disciplines to better understand North Dakota's current energy landscape and looking at what can be done in the future to help all aspects succeed. The group of 10 undergraduate and graduate students, known as the Energy Hawks, are spending their summer as employees of the EERC, where they work collaboratively on research about the energy industry. The students come from different backgrounds from engineering to political science to the law school.
UND will have a familiar face in a familiar position, but the move will leave an open seat at the university. Debbie Storrs, who has been the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UND for five years, has been named senior vice provost at the school, a position she's held, in part, for the past year.
It was date night for couples on and off stage at the Ralph Engelstad Arena as Faith Hill and Tim McGraw took the stage Tuesday night. The country music power couple, who have been married for more than two decades, brought their "Soul2Soul" tour to Grand Forks Tuesday after making a stop down Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls on Sunday. The dynamic couple opened up in simple but fairly dramatic fashion, rising up out of the stage floor with "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," an Aretha Franklin and George Michael hit from the 1980s.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—Two people were life flighted to the hospital following a collision on Interstate 29 near Hillsboro Sunday night, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in an accident report. Claudia Rae Grace, 75, of The Villages, Fla., was traveling northbound in a blue 2017 Toyota Corolla in the right lane of Interstate 29 about 4 miles north of Hillsboro around 6 p.m. Sunday. At the same time, Tyler Michael Bedney, 24, of Grand Forks, was driving northbound in a black 2017 Chevy Silverado at the same location in the left lane of the interstate.
Many Grand Forks residents spent their Sunday mornings picking up branches and fixing siding on their homes after a severe thunderstorm earlier that morning. Nick Carletta, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the storm lasted for about 45 minutes, bringing heavy rain and high winds to Grand Forks. The Grand Forks airport measured a 52 mph gust and the Minnesota Department of Transportation site near East Grand Forks measured a 62 mph gust, Carletta said, adding that it is possible there are spots where the wind got a little higher than measured as well.
One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting early Sunday morning. At 3:17am Sunday, Grand Forks officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of South 22nd Street in response to the report of a suicidal subject, armed with a firearm, police said in a release on their Facebook page.
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. Proposed budget guidelines from Gov. Doug Burgum include a 10 percent cut to higher education and other state agencies, as well as another 3 percent cut for potential contingency funds.
An Alabama man is on a mission to cut lawns in all 50 states and he’s headed to Fargo on Saturday.