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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MANDAN, N.D.—With potential budget cuts looming, the North Dakota University System may be working with funding levels last seen about a decade ago if 13 percent cuts are approved by the Legislature next year.
MEDORA, N.D.—The drive through the south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park may take a few minutes longer than normal as the park begins 3 miles worth of construction on its entry road. The road construction is just one of hundreds of projects that make up the $11.6 billion worth of backlogged maintenance and repair needs for the more than 5,500 miles of paved roads, 17,000 miles of trails and 24,000 buildings that service national park visitors across the country.
BISMARCK—A settlement agreement involving major tobacco companies will release more than $34 million from an escrow account to North Dakota, the state attorney general's office announced Tuesday, March 13. The agreement settles a decade-long dispute between the state and the major tobacco companies over enforcement of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). The agreement requires the tobacco companies to make annual payments to the 46 states that signed on to the agreement, including North Dakota.
BISMARCK — The governor's office announced the new Office of Recovery Reinvented on Tuesday, Jan. 9. The office, which was created through an executive order, aims to promote "strategic and innovative efforts to eliminate the shame and stigma associated with the disease of addiction."
The opioid crisis has made an impact across the nation and across the state of North Dakota, affecting people from all walks of life. Combatting the crisis has proven to be a challenge for lawmakers, law enforcement, medical providers and everyone in between, but many are also working on preventing addiction through smart prescribing and making the life-saving drug naloxone readily available in communities across the state.
DICKINSON, N.D. — The merger of two national health systems will likely not have a significant impact in Dickinson, a hospital president said Thursday, Dec. 7.
BOWMAN, N.D.—Southwest Healthcare Services CEO John Osse and members of the board from the financially-strapped hospital requested $1 million from the Bowman County Commission last month, and as the new month started the commission has approved $250,000 for operational costs. "That gets us over the immediate hump," Osse said. "The commissioners have said that in 60 days we'll all reassess the situation and we could possibly get more. It came at a very critical time."
MEDORA, N.D.—A tour of the Billings County Courthouse Museum in Medora takes you back through time. You learn about the lives of ranchers in the area or a mother desperately missing her son who was off serving in the war. You also hear the harrowing story of a group of young schoolchildren who perished in a prairie fire in the early 1900s and the time an infamous wolf with three toes on one paw was shot after trying to chase a group of kids home after school.
HEBRON, N.D. — Exploring the many rooms in the Hebron museum is like taking a step back in time. Each room is unique and gives the people who visit a sense of what life was like during the various time periods represented.
GRASSY BUTTE, N.D.—The wildfire that has been burning since the weekend in western North Dakota is now more than half contained, according to officials from the U.S. Forest Service. A public meeting was held in Grassy Butte on Wednesday evening, allowing members of the public to ask questions and make comments about the efforts to put out the blaze. The fire is now 60 percent contained, with no smoke visible from the air as of Wednesday evening. The cause of the fire, which was reported on Saturday, July 8, is still unknown and has burned about 5,400 acres.