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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As the saying goes, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." Janine Vining, with the National Weather Service in Bismarck, said forecasts, as of late Friday afternoon, are predicting freezing drizzle and heavy snow for the first weekend in March, with the Dickinson area potentially getting 8 to 12 inches of snow through Tuesday. The storm may start off with freezing drizzle or light snow on Sunday morning, Vining said.
Many people were left without a home and at least one person was injured following a fire at a townhouse in Dickinson on Wednesday morning. Dickinson Fire Chief Robert Sivak said firefighters were called to the 1300 block of Sims Street around 6:38 a.m. for a fire at a townhouse. The department responded with five apparatuses and 28 firefighters. The fire was under control by 8:16 a.m., Sivak said. Sivak said the cause of the fire may have been accidental, but as of Wednesday afternoon, he did not know the specifics of what caused the blaze.
• A 25-year-old Williston man was arrested for Class A misdemeanor fleeing in a motor vehicle, fleeing on foot, reckless driving, driving under the influence and driving under suspension, all of which are Class B misdemeanors following an attempted traffic stop on Museum Drive around 1:45 a.m. Saturday. Police said the North Dakota Highway Patrol attempted to do a traffic stop on the man for speeding but he did not stop. He then stopped the vehicle and allegedly ran away on foot before eventually being caught.
A Gladstone rancher accused of animal neglect changed his plea on Monday, Feb. 26, at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson. Gerald "Gary" Dassinger was previously charged with three counts of animal cruelty, a Class C felony, and six counts of animal neglect, a Class A misdemeanor. However, following a change of plea hearing held Monday, the three Class C felony charges of animal cruelty were dismissed. Dassinger pleaded guilty to the remaining six misdemeanor counts. Dassinger's jury trial was previously scheduled to start on Monday.
Kristin Hedger, vice president for business development at Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, works day in and day out to provide stable jobs to western North Dakotans and to continue to grow her family's company. Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing was founded by Hedger's grandparents in 1987. She said her first job was working with her grandparents delivering mail as a kid. "I remember the founding of the company and it's near and dear to my heart," she said.
A Dickinson man was arrested after sending officers on "low-speed" chase through town on Thursday, Feb. 22. The Dickinson Police Department attempted a traffic stop on a suspended driver around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. It was believed the 37-year-old man was possibly armed, DPD Capt. Joe Cianni said in an email to The Press.
South Heart Public School is finishing up the final finishing touches to their new addition, a project more than two years in the works. Calvin Dean, superintendent of South Heart Public School, said the school received its certificate of occupancy about a week and half ago, which means they can officially occupy their last phase of construction. He said the total budget for the project ended up being around $13.2 million.
Jessica Geis, elementary principal at South Heart Public School, is committed to her students and making them better each day. Geis has been at South Heart Public School for 11 years with the last five of those as elementary principal. Geis grew up in Dickinson and moved back to the area after attending Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Geis started off as a kindergarten teacher for six years, her last group of kindergarteners she had are now fifth graders. She said the transition from being a kindergarten teacher to a principal was a good one.
The Power of 100 Women Dickinson recently voted to donate money to the Dickinson Police Department’s K-9 program, the organization announced in a press release. While the organization will give the police department around $19,000, other donations coming in from Power of 100 Women members will increase the amount to well over $20,000, the press release said.
The Tractor Supply Co. store in Dickinson is donating 68 bags of pet food to feed dogs and cats in need of adoption to the City of Dickinson Animal Shelter, the store announced in a press release.