Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018. 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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People were "Freezing for a Reason" at the sixth annual Dickinson Polar Plunge on Saturday. Cool temperatures and cloudy skies didn't stop more than 30 people from jumping into some cold water as a part of a fundraiser for Special Olympics North Dakota.
Wendy Ross, superintendent at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, is no stranger to the parks service. In fact, she's following in her father's footsteps in doing so.
• A 32-year-old Montana man was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence on the 200 block of 14th Street West on Thursday. • A 30-year-old Dickinson man was arrested for aggravated assault after he allegedly struck a woman in the eye and attempted to choke her on early Friday morning. • A Dickinson resident reported that vehicle parts had been stolen off of a vehicle on the 1000 block of Villard Street on Friday. Estimated loss is between $75 and $150. There are no suspects.
A Southwest District Court judge upheld a petition to seize animals from a Dickinson man on Wednesday morning at the Stark County Courthouse. Stark County Sheriff Deputy Matt Keesler, with the department's civil division, said the department received allegations of neglected animals on March 14. He, accompanied by the state veterinarian and another individual, took photos of the horses owned by Dennis "Rocky" Armbrust on March 15.
BOWMAN—Bobbie Fossum, owner of Urban Obsession, has a passion for fashion and has been thinking about opening up a clothing store for a few years, but the timing all worked out last year. The store opened on Oct. 1, 2017. "It just happened to be the right time," she said. "There were only two clothing stores in Bowman and they had both closed. A perfect location had opened up on Main Street with a building and my youngest had started kindergarten. So it was just a perfect time for it to happen."
Dr. Viola LaFontaine has been involved in education for nearly four decades in North Dakota. She has been part of one of the largest school booms and a tight-knit community over the past couple years. Before becoming superintendent at Mott-Regent, LaFontaine was superintendent at Williston where she headed the Williston Public School during the biggest boom years of student and district growth in its history.
MOTT—Students at Mott-Regent Public Schools are getting settled into their brand new elementary school, which opened up at the beginning of the school year. Mott-Regent Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Viola LaFontaine said planning for the new school began before she arrived in the district two years ago. She said, to her understanding, discussions about school security began after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
A handgun found near Jefferson Elementary on Friday afternoon, March 16, was corroded and not in working condition, the Dickinson Police Department said Friday night. The .22 caliber handgun was found in a snowbank on the east side of Sixth Street West near the intersection of 11th Avenue West, Dickinson police Capt. Joe Cianni said in an email. The intersection is next to Jefferson Elementary School. Cianni said the gun was loaded but appeared to have been buried in the snow for a long time.
Counterfeit $20 bills have been found at multiple stores and restaurants in the Dickinson area recently. A search warrant was executed at a home on the 10 block of Third Street Southwest on Thursday, March 15, in relation to the case.
A Dickinson woman who had walked away from the Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center while on work release earlier this month was located in Dickinson in the early hours of Wednesday, March 14, Dickinson police said. Monique Muniz, 31, reportedly walked away from the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center on March 2.