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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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.
WATFORD CITY—Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night keeps the post office from doing its job, but now residents in Watford City have a brand new spot to pick up their packages and letters. On Sept. 25, the Watford City Post Office opened for business at its new location, 1204 4th Ave. NE. The new facility is more than double the size of the previous building, which was near the downtown area, and is complete with two retail counters and P.O. boxes available to rent.
Stark County residents in Dickinson and Gladstone may have recently received a message from the Stark County Department of Emergency Service asking them to shelter in place or be aware of an ongoing situation. The messages are a part of the county's 911 citizen notification program to inform the public about what to do in various emergency situations. Bill Fahlsing, emergency manager for the county, said the system has been in place for many years and is used at the discretion of law enforcement or other first responder personnel.
Immunization rates in Stark County and for North Dakota have increased over the past few years, according to data from the North Dakota Department of Health. Data from the 2017-18 school immunization assessment shows that North Dakota's kindergarten immunization rates have remained at about 94 percent for all required vaccines. In the past two years, rates have increased significantly after spending previous years at or below 90 percent. The school immunization assessment is conducted annually by the NDDoH.
The Dickinson Regional Communications Center sent out a reverse 911 message on Friday evening, which asked residents in the area north of Gladstone to be on the lookout for a white middle-aged male on foot possibly attempting to seek shelter. The male was previously observed driving highly erratically in Dickinson, and later observed driving in a field by a rancher north of Gladstone. Residents in the area were asked to lock their doors and secure their vehicles.
The Dickinson Police Department is asking the general public for assistance in locating a missing/runaway juvenile. Police are attempting to locate Matthew D. Welty, 16, of Williston. Welty was last seen in Dickinson on Feb. 16 when he absconded during an organized field trip. "Welty may be in the Dickinson or Williston areas and is believed to be purposely avoiding location," police said in a press release. If anyone has any information related to Welty's whereabouts they are asked to please contact the Dickinson Police Department at 701-456-7759 Ext. 1.
BOWMAN—While Teran Doerr may not have been born and raised in Bowman, N.D., she has a great passion for serving the people of Bowman County through its development corporation. Doerr has been involved in the Bowman County Development Corporation for 10 years, with the last five years as the economic director. "Our job is different every single day and it's definitely different from community to community," Doerr said.
BOWMAN—Lyn James, President of the Bowman City Commission, is always looking to do what's best for the city of Bowman and its people. James is serving her four-year term as a President of the Bowman City Commission. Before that she also served for two terms as a commissioner, James said. James was born and raised in Bowman. She said she moved to Denver, Colo. for a short time before moving back to her hometown. "It was good for us to go and find out how much home and small and small community meant to us," she said.