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 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—A campus survey at the University of North Dakota shows that students feel safe while on campus and that they believe school leaders are "visibly committed" to fostering respect for diversity at the school. The survey was sent out to more than 12,800 degree-seeking students at the university during the spring semester and around 26 percent of students participated in the anonymous survey. The same survey was also done at 41 other universities, with an average response rate of 17 percent.
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.