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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Two people who were allegedly involved in a homicide at a Bowman motel in August 2016 appeared in Southwest District Court for their pretrial conference on Tuesday afternoon in Dickinson. Madison Beth West, 26, of Dickinson, and Chase Swanson, 22, of Bowman, appeared together in front of Southwest District Court Judge James Gion with their respective attorneys, Kevin McCabe and Steven Mottinger. From this point on the cases will be tried together.
• A man went into the Department of Transportation to get a driver's license on Thursday. However, when he applied he found out that someone originally from South Carolina had already filled out a license in his name. The man was told by Dickinson police to contact the Social Security office and the case has been forwarded to authorities in South Carolina. • A 50-year-old Dickinson man was arrested Thursday on a warrant for revocation of probation on the 200 block of Second Street Southwest.
NEAR MEDORA—On a ranch nestled on the banks of the Little Missouri, old friends reunited for the first time in decades. They drank a beer and told stories of their younger years, the years they were stationed in Vietnam. They made jokes and poked fun at one another as if nothing had really changed.
Disasters often strike with little to no warning, leaving first responders and many other organizations in the community with not much time to form a plan of action. To help deal with a potential disaster, groups from across southwest North Dakota are working together to prepare for a large-scale emergency.
Even though the temperatures might be cool, things are starting to heat up for Dickinson's summer concert series. The downtown festival First on First will kick off June 15 with The Band Kramer and Nathan Dean. Mike Odegaard, who helps book the bands each year, said the venue will be in front of Oddfellows Lodge this year. The concert series runs each Thursday from June 15 to August 17, with festivities kicking off at 5 p.m. The event is free. Odegaard said organizers look forward to having many of the same vendors and food trucks as last year.
One Dickinson family wants to be a voice for the voiceless and be there for two young boys who live thousands of miles away. Ben and Ashlee Armstrong will be hosting two Ukrainian orphans this summer. The brothers— Artem, 9, and Max, 8—have been in an orphanage since 2011, which means they haven't known anything outside of an orphanage since they were 2 or 3 years old.
The Arc of Dickinson has announced a new program called The Arc Creations Program, the group announced in a news release. The program is open and free to members with special needs of the Arc of Dickinson. It offers opportunities for productive volunteering to raise funding, and to give back to their community in various innovative ways while strengthening social skills and appropriate behaviors.
A documentary about eight North Dakota journalists will premiere next month at the Fargo Theatre, the North Dakota Newspaper Association announced in a news release. The documentary, titled "Inside Stories," will feature the oral histories of eight notable North Dakota journalists. It will premiere at 7:30 p.m June 2. A panel discussion will follow the film in which the journalists will answer questions from the audience.
Boarding numbers increased at the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport from April 2016 to April 2017. The airport reported 1,492 boardings in April 2017, which is up 25.7 percent, or 305 boardings, from April 2016. Airport manager Kelly Braun said while they cannot pinpoint one reason why those numbers increased, he believes increased activity in the Bakken Oil Patch may be a factor.
A 23-year-old Beach man accused of shooting another Beach man in the head in early June 2016 made another appearance in Southwest District Court for a pretrial conference on Tuesday afternoon in Dickinson. Gabriel Castro, 23, of Beach, is charged with manslaughter, a Class B felony, and false reports to law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.