Sydney Mook started working as the multimedia editor for The Press in January 2016. 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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Members of the Stark County Commission, along with members of the county's sheriff's office, had the opportunity to do a final walkthrough the new addition to the Stark County Courthouse on Friday morning. The addition is around 13,000 square feet and cost around $6 million. Stark County commissioner Ken Zander said the project is completely paid for and actually came in under budget by around $150,000.
The flu is making an impact in Dickinson and across the state, including causing one local hospital to restrict visitor access until further notice. CHI St. Alexius-Dickinson announced Friday that due to the severity of this year's influenza strain they would be restricting visitation to all units in the hospital, effective immediately. Hospital president Reed Reyman said the hospital has been working with leadership in the medical community to come to this decision.
BISMARCK—The $100,000 Powerball prize has officially been claimed.
• An extension cord was reported missing from a vehicle on the 200 block of Second Avenue East on Thursday. There are no suspects. • A 30-year-old Rugby man was arrested for fictitious registration on the 800 block of Main Street South on Friday. • An iPhone 7, valued at $900, was reported stolen from Walmart on Friday morning. There are no suspects.
The pretrial conference for the former LaMoure police chief accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child in multiple southwest North Dakota counties was waived Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson. James G. Watson, 52 of LaMoure, faces the following charges: • Stark County: One count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a Class AA felony. • Golden Valley County: One count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a Class AA felony. • Hettinger County: One count of gross sexual imposition, a Class AA felony.
The city of Dickinson is asking residents to move their vehicles off the streets this week to ensure easier snow removal. The Street Department will clean residential streets Tuesday, Jan. 16, through Thursday, Jan. 18. In a recent Facebook post, the department asked residents not to park their vehicles on the street during this time to allow for a "complete clearing." "While the operators will attempt to minimize the amount of snow left in front of driveways and parked vehicles, it is the owner's responsibility to remove the remaining snow," the post said.
The Dickinson Eagles Auxiliary is sponsoring its first God, Flag and Country competition this year. "The purpose of this program is to instill in our young people a deeper understanding of God, Flag and Country in our common lives and to make them aware of their heritage and to make it more meaningful to them in the world today," Robin Schatz, event chairperson, said in an email to The Press.
The advisory group for the North Dakota Department of Human Services' Badlands Human Service Center met and named a new chairperson on Thursday. The board named Doug Wegh, director of Social Services in Hettinger County, as its chairman. Melissa Pavlicek was named assistant chairperson of the board. Pavlicek is the Dunn County director of Social Services.
Stark County including the City of Dickinson has issued a travel advisory effective immediately due to high winds and blowing snow causing reduced visibility, Stark County Emergency manager Bill Fahlsing said in an email to The Press. Current visibility is decreased to 100 yards in areas and may continue to get worse. "Stark County residents are urged to use extreme caution while driving and allow extra travel time if driving is absolutely necessary," he said.
The governor's office announced the new Office of Recovery Reinvented on Tuesday. 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."