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—It may have been a cool and blustery day for golf, but that didn't stop more than 100 golfers from hitting the links for a good cause Friday morning in Medora. The 13th annual Rod Tjaden Memorial golf tournament, held at Bully Pulpit, is invitation only from which all proceeds go to the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation employee scholarship fund. The tournament started in 2004 to honor Rod Tjaden, a former TRMF president, who had passed away a few years earlier, said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the TRMF.
The Dickinson Area Public Library may soon have a fresh look to it. The library is currently hosting a logo contest and has invited local artists, both young and old, to submit their best logo that captures the future of the library, said Caitlin Meyer, the library's adult services coordinator. Meyer said the library has had the same logo for at least the last 10 years and they are looking for something that reflects a new era at the library, rather than simply showing the standard book. The library is also in the process of updating its website.
Becoming a United States citizen is no easy task. It requires endless amounts of paperwork and quite a bit of money, but for Perzen Polishwalla, it was all worth it. Polishwalla, director of International Programs at Dickinson State University, completed the process to become a naturalized U.S. citizen at a ceremony in Fargo earlier this month.
A Gladstone rancher who is accused of neglecting his horses and cattle made an initial appearance in Southwest District Court on Wednesday morning in front of District Judge Rhonda Ehlis. Gerald "Gary" Dassinger, 66, is charged with four counts of animal cruelty, all Class C felonies, and six counts of animal neglect, all Class A misdemeanors. While no plea was entered on Wednesday, Dassinger previously told the Press he intends to plead not guilty. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 31.
Testimony in the case to dissolve the Dickinson State University Foundation concluded Tuesday afternoon at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson with Magistrate Karen Klein presiding. Klein heard additional testimony from DSUF receiver Sean Smith, and two creditors who are involved with the case. Parrell D. Grossman, attorney for the state attorney general, announced Monday that an agreement had been reached through mediation with the three largest creditors to pay them slightly more than $6.3 million.
St. Joseph's hospital has sat empty in the middle of Dickinson for nearly two and half years, but it may finally have a purpose. Although nothing is finalized yet the hospital may serve as a landing spot for those with mental illness and addiction issues, said Reed Reyman, president of CHI St. Alexius in Dickinson. Reyman said while the old hospital is still for sale, Jeffrey Drop, senior vice president for CHI, agreed if the facility could be used for something that would benefit the community, CHI would happily donate it.
Every Tuesday and Thursday for the past few weeks 4-Hers young and old have been gathering at the Stark County Fairgrounds as they prepare for the annual Roughrider Days coming up next week.
A 23-year-old Beach man pleaded guilty to accidentally shooting and killing his friend and then lying to law enforcement last year during a change of plea hearing in front of Southwest District Court Judge William Herauf on Thursday morning.
SOUTH HEART—Saying goodbye can be bittersweet. It can bring a lot of sadness and tears, but also joy and laughter as people remember the good times. Next week will be bittersweet for South Heart Public School District leaders as they say goodbye to a building students have walked through for a century. Even though the process of closing the school has been somewhat sad, South Heart Superintendent Calvin Dean said the community supports the district's new construction project and understands it is time for the old school to go.
The city of Dickinson is considering adding another shared-use path to help keep pedestrians and bikers safe on their evening walks and bike rides. The shared-use path would go along 21st Street and 10th Avenue East. City staff and members of KLJ's design team listened to what residents had to say about the project during an open house meeting on Tuesday night. Shared-use paths can be used for walking and biking because they are typically wider than the average sidewalk.