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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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.
Although there wasn't much debate about who won this year's Heritage Days hotdish competition, the winner of the contest put a twist on Minnesota's unofficial state food. The competition, which had just one entry, was a part of the 41st Annual Heritage Days in East Grand Forks Saturday morning. Deb Solem's cabbage roll hotdish included shredded cabbage, hamburger, tomatoes, celery, onions, oregano and a bit of salt and pepper. The recipe came out of a family cookbook, Solem said, but she added some different ingredients to it to make it a little distinctive.
LANGDON, N.D.—Harvest is a busy time for farmers, presenting long, taxing days for producers and their families. Adding a cancer diagnosis into the mix can cause even more stress, but groups like Farm Rescue try to relieve that so patients can focus on fighting the disease. One of those farmers is Mike Muhs, a Langdon farmer who was was diagnosed with "adenocarcinoma of an unknown origin" in April, shortly before spring planting. Muhs was able to get help planting his crops in the spring, and Farm Rescue helped him with harvesting Friday afternoon.
The Ralph Engelstad Arena announced its annual distribution to UND on Thursday. This year’s distribution is $1 million. The distribution, which can vary or fluctuate annually, is a part of a continued usage agreement between REA and UND that is running through June 30, 2020. Last year’s distribution was $750,000, though other payments have been around $500,000 to $800,000.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—Although Brian Van Horn has only been at Mayville State for a matter of months, his passion for the campus and the community of Mayville was clear Wednesday afternoon during his first state of the university address as new president of the university. Van Horn took over as president this summer following the retirement of longtime president Gary Hagen.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota University has named Phil Wisecup as its new chancellor of strategy and strategic engagement. Wisecup, is a retired Navy vice admiral, was president of the U.S. Naval War College, and has experience in strategic planning and innovation. Wisecup most recently served as the director of the chief of naval operations' Strategic Studies Group, and as a faculty member of the U.S. Naval War College since leaving active duty in 2013, NDUS said. In a statement, Chancellor Mark Hagerott said Wisecup would be a great fit for the position.
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. Cando, N.D., lawyer Bruce Gibbens, who is 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 told the commission in June.
Feral horses living in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the Badlands of North Dakota likely had multiple origins, but have since become inbred, according to a recent UND study. The study, conducted by Igor Ovchinnikov, with UND, Blake McCann, with TRNP, and others with Texas A&M University, began when the researchers collected mane and hair samples from 196 horses during a roundup at the park in 2013. The sample represented a near census of the herd, since at that time a total of 214 horses existed in the park, according to the study.
FORT TOTTEN, N.D.—Leaders from North Dakota and Spirit Lake Nation gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new residential substance abuse treatment center that will benefit generations to come. Gov. Doug Burgum joined with Cankdeska Cikana Community College President Cynthia Lindquist and Tami Reller, with UnitedHealth, for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the renovation of a former group home into a 15-bed residential substance-abuse treatment center for adults in the Spirit Lake Dakota community on Friday.
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. 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.