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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A handgun found near Jefferson Elementary on Friday afternoon, March 16, was corroded and not in working condition, the Dickinson Police Department said Friday night. The .22 caliber handgun was found in a snowbank on the east side of Sixth Street West near the intersection of 11th Avenue West, Dickinson police Capt. Joe Cianni said in an email. The intersection is next to Jefferson Elementary School. Cianni said the gun was loaded but appeared to have been buried in the snow for a long time.
Counterfeit $20 bills have been found at multiple stores and restaurants in the Dickinson area recently. A search warrant was executed at a home on the 10 block of Third Street Southwest on Thursday, March 15, in relation to the case.
A Dickinson woman who had walked away from the Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center while on work release earlier this month was located in Dickinson in the early hours of Wednesday, March 14, Dickinson police said. Monique Muniz, 31, reportedly walked away from the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center on March 2.
Saving a life doesn't always have to include pulling someone from a car crash or getting someone out of burning building, it doesn't even have to include donating organs. Saving a life can start with a simple cotton swab and being ready if the phone should ring. Thousands of patients with blood cancers, such as leukemia, and other diseases, such as sickle cell anemia, need a bone marrow transplant to survive. However, most patients don't have a fully matched donor in their family. That's when they turn to the national bone marrow registry and "Be The Match."
The former LaMoure police chief accused of continuously sexually abusing a child under the age of 15 in multiple southwest North Dakota counties entered an Alford plea to multiple sexual abuse charges at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson on Tuesday morning, March 13.
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. 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.
The Dickinson Police Department is asking for information leading to the capture of Monique Muniz. Muniz is female, around 5 feet 6 inches and 155 pounds with brown eyes. Muniz walked away from the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center on March 2. If you have information on the location of Monique Muniz, you are asked to call 701-456-7759.
While flu cases continue to trend downward across the state since January, health officials say the flu season isn't over quite yet. According to the latest weekly influenza update put out by the North Dakota Department of Health, there were 324 cases reported the week of March 3, bringing the total number of cases for the 2017-18 flu season to 7,067. At the same time last year there were 4,888 flu cases reported.
Father Shannon Lucht didn't always plan on becoming a priest, but his deep-rooted faith has always been a very important part of his life. Lucht grew up in Tioga, N.D., as the oldest of five kids. He said faith and church were always important to his family and he grew up participating in church services as an altar server. "I grew up in a family of faith," he said. "Church was important. My parents always made sure we went to Mass on Sunday."
DUNN COUNTY—Disasters often strike with little to no warning, leaving first responders and many other organizations in the community with little time to form a plan of action. However, emergency managers help ensure everyone is prepared in the face of disaster. Dunn County Emergency Manager Denise Brew attends various training sessions throughout the year. Training sessions allow people from across the area and across the state to learn from one another and practice their skills in "real-life" scenarios.