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 recommendation to split North Dakota’s higher education governance into three boards is receiving mixed support from legislators and higher education officials. Members of Gov. Doug Burgum’s Higher Education Task Force voted to advance the concept of a three-board governance model for the state’s 11 colleges and universities on Tuesday, Nov. 13., after almost 10 months of discussions and meetings.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota National Guard leaders are working to restore funding for their tuition assistance program, which provides scholarships to ROTC students and soldiers across the state. The Guard does not have enough money in its budget to pay for student tuition for the upcoming spring semester, but the organization is actively trying to solve the issue, National Guard Adjutant Gen. Alan Dohrmann said.
BISMARCK — More than 329,000 North Dakotans turned out to vote in this year’s midterm election, smashing 2014’s record and inching close to the record-breaking 2016 election. This year’s voter turnout was an all-time high for a midterm election, surging past the previous midterm record set in 2014, when more than 255,000 North Dakotans cast their ballots, according to the North Dakota Secretary of State’s website.
BISMARCK — North Dakotans were projected to elect six incumbents to statewide seats in Tuesday’s election, including longtime attorney general Wayne Stenehjem. Stenehjem, a Republican, beat Democratic candidate David Thompson for his sixth term.
GRAND FORKS -- The use of fake identification to purchase alcohol has been going on for decades, but those fake IDs are only getting better and easier to obtain, officials say. Fake IDs have “absolutely” gotten better over time, University of North Dakota Police Lt. Danny Weigel said. “I think as the technology improves, you see better watermarks underneath the IDs, and when you move them toward light they reflect differently; those have gotten better in the five, six, seven years,” he said.
GRAND FORKS — Potential changes to the North Dakota University System’s tenure policy have been delayed after faculty questioned the proposal’s financial impact. The change would give the State Board of Higher Education discretion to allow incoming, out-of-system presidents and deans to keep tenure they had previously earned at another institution. Presidents would get the tenure if they decided to return to the classroom and teach after being in the leadership position.
GRAND FORKS — On any given day, around 1,500 children are in the foster care system in North Dakota. Across the country there are almost 438,000 children in foster care and the numbers are continuing to rise, according to the Children’s Rights organization. A recent national study confirmed that substance abuse among parents has led to rising foster care caseloads, but there are many factors for why a child ends up in the foster care system, experts say.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota is partnering with a national airliner to help students get on the fast-track to flying a Boeing 737 across the world. Sun Country Airlines, a Twin Cities-based airline, announced Monday, Oct. 22, a partnership with UND's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences to offer commercial aviation students employment prior to graduation through a new program known as the Sun Country Bridge Program.
BISMARCK—Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said the process for filling two openings on the State Board of Higher Education is changing slightly because of the resignation of Greg Stemen, the board's vice chairman. Stemen and another board member, Nick Hacker, were each serving four-year terms that are set to end June 30, 2019. However, after the resignation of Stemen last month, Gov. Doug Burgum must appoint someone to fill his position for about six months.
GRAND FORKS - The body of a man possibly in his mid-20s was discovered next to North Washington Street Tuesday morning, Oct. 9, in Grand Forks, police said. Sgt. Travis Benson said there were no obvious signs of foul play, but the body will be taken to the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office for further examination. “On the surface there was nothing that would suggest any sort of foul play, any sort of trauma or anything that we’ve seen so far,” Benson said.