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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MEDORA—Though some small remnants of winter still remain next to the greens, the staff at Bully Pulpit Golf Course in Medora are ready for the first tee-off of the season next month. Although Bully Pulpit will open for play on April 11, weather permitting, Head Professional Casey Moen said people are already calling the clubhouse to set up their summer tee times as they plan visits to the small North Dakota town.
The Dickinson Police Department is warning citizens to be aware of the drug fentanyl, as they believe it may be the cause of several overdoses in the area over the past few weeks.
BISMARCK—A Texas man who was indicted in federal court in 2015 on 13 felony charges stemming from the operation of a saltwater disposal well near Dickinson has signed a plea deal, according to federal court documents. Jason A. Halek was previously charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the Safe Drinking Water Act and defraud the United States. He was also charged with four counts of violating the Safe Drinking Water Act, four counts of making false statements and four counts of obstructing grand jury proceedings.
The number of arrests made from 2015 to 2016 decreased in Dickinson, according to a presentation by the Dickinson Police Department at Monday's city commission meeting. According to the presentation, there were 1,403 arrests compared to 1,548 in 2015 and 1,631 arrests in 2014. Of those arrests, 65 were for disorderly conduct, 51 were for liquor law violations, such as minor in possession or consumption, 87 were for possession of drugs, 71 were for possession of drug paraphernalia, 130 people were arrested for driving under the influence and 70 were arrested for shoplifting.
Students at Lincoln Elementary School in Dickinson celebrated Mixed-Matched Socks Day to recognize students' similarities and bolster inclusivity on Monday. The event was designed to coincide with the celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, which is Tuesday.
Blotter: Two suspected of causing $11,000 worth of damage to trailer home
REGENT— Gary Greff, the creator of the Enchanted Highway, has no plans of ever giving up on his dream, even when times get tough. Greff is working on a new sculpture for the Enchanted Highway, a knight and dragon sculpture that will be placed in front of the Enchanted Castle in Regent. It would be the first sculpture of the tourist attraction to actually be in the town of 200 people.
• A 28-year-old Dickinson man was arrested for simple assault-domestic violence after he allegedly hit a woman in the head with his fist on the 200 block of C Street on Tuesday around 1:20 a.m. • Items were reported missing from a storage unit on the 100 block of Sims Street on Tuesday morning. Items missing included a chair and a painting, among other things. Police are awaiting a full list of missing items. The case is under investigation and there are no suspects.
The J.C. Penney store in the Prairie Hills Mall in Dickinson is one of 138 stores nationwide that will be closing their stores this year, according to a list the company released on Friday. Also on the list of stores that will close include stores in Wahpeton and Jamestown in North Dakota, Mitchell, Pierre, Watertown and Yankton in South Dakota and Helena and Sidney in Montana.
While seven of their 10 children may be adopted, Sean and Dawn White say it does not matter to them whether or not they are biological. Sean is Sanford Health West Dickinson Clinic’s newest pediatrician. He and his family moved to Dickinson from Washington state earlier this year. They are currently in the process of unpacking and getting settled, something that is not exactly easy with nine kids along for the ride, his wife Dawn said. One of their kids stayed back in Washington for college, Sean said.