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 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 — 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.
GRAND FORKS—A former dean of UND's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences on Tuesday, Sept. 11, described his previous relationship with Provost Thomas DiLorenzo as "tumultuous" and says he agrees with a no-confidence resolution signed by staff at the school. The comment from Bruce A. Smith comes almost two weeks after the aviation department, one of the largest programs on campus, voted 32-0 in favor of the resolution. Two staff members abstained from voting on the resolution.
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.
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.
The 31st annual Cats Incredible tournament got off to a slow start Saturday, but anglers were still having a good time. Cats Incredible is an annual Catfish Tournament held on the banks of the Red River of the North in East Grand Forks, Minn. The tournament is a two-day event and features up to 125 two-man teams. The max payout for first place is $5,000, second place $3,000 and third place $2,000. The East Grand Forks firefighters union has run the tournament since 2013. There were 95 total teams on the water Saturday morning.
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.
ST. PAUL—A Minnesota judge has awarded $16 million in damages to a former patient of an East Grand Forks drug treatment center who was sexually assaulted by the center's executive director, Bruce Biddlecome, in 2014. Ramsey County District Court Judge David Higgs ruled that the woman is entitled to $8 million in compensatory damages and $8 million in punitive damages following a civil lawsuit against Biddlecome.
GRAND FORKS—As the ongoing pilot shortage continues to take a toll on regional airlines and other parts of the industry, the shortage also is having an effect on those who train up-and-coming pilots at UND. Kent Lovelace, a UND aviation professor who also deals with different parts of the industry for the university, said UND in 2009 did a forecast for the National Defense Transportation Program that indicated there would be a shortage of available pilots in the coming years. The study, Lovelace said, was met with scrutiny and suspicion.