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—State officials presented several options to fix a seepage problem at the western outlet of the Devils Lake Basin, but how the problem will be resolved is not yet known. Bruce Gibbens, a lawyer representing some landowners in the matter, made a presentation to the state Water Commission on June 15. "It isn't the natural high water table that's causing the problem here, it's leakage from that outlet that's causing damage to their property outside of the easement area for the outlet," Gibbens said.
GRAND FORKS—A recent breach in cybersecurity with the North Dakota University System wasn't the first time it was hacked, but higher education leaders say keeping information safe in an ever-evolving world is a top priority. The NDUS recently reported there was unauthorized access to an employee's email account in July, an account which contained around 9,400 individuals' personal information. Evidence indicates the account credentials were stolen through a successful "phishing" campaign, the system office said earlier this month.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy and North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani say their goal of a $100 million investment in the two research universities could have a big impact on North Dakota. The universities are each seeking $25 million a year in the next biennium. Kennedy and Bresciani said that by investing money in the research universities, they will be able to return that money and more back to the state through their work.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota University System has reported there was unauthorized access to an employee's email account in July, an account which contained thousands of individual's personal information. Core Technology Services, the information technology arm of the NDUS, discovered in July that there had been unauthorized access to an NDUS employee's email account.
GRAND FORKS—Changes to the University of North Dakota's honors program have left some former students and faculty upset, while the university says the changes were made to benefit students as higher education continues to evolve. Former honors student Martin Rottler, who now works as the industry relations coordinator for Ohio State University's Center for Aviation Studies in Columbus, penned a letter to the editor earlier this month in response to the changes with the program. The letter included the signatures of more than 50 other former UND honors program students.
LARIMORE, N.D.—There was a buzz in the air at Dietzler Honey on Wednesday afternoon, July 25, and it wasn't just the bees. Second lady Karen Pence visited the bee farm owned by Conrad Dietzler while her husband, Vice President Mike Pence, spoke at Grand Forks Air Force Base. She was joined by North Dakota first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum. Dietzler said he enjoyed the second lady's and Helgaas Burgum's visit to his operation, adding that they seemed to be very interested in what they were doing there.
GRAND FORKS—A Grand Forks man has been accused of sexually abusing a young child for several months. Jeffrey Scott Krogstad, 51, of Grand Forks, was arrested Sunday on a Class AA felony of gross sexual imposition, which carries a maximum of life in prison without parole. Court documents allege Krogstad sexually abused a child less than 10 years old multiple times between February and July this year. Krogstad would take the child he knew to a "special place in the middle of nowhere" and then sexually assault her, according to court documents.
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.