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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Isis Sio is just about done with winter and she has a creative way of letting everyone know. The 11-year-old recently took to the streets of Dickinson wearing an inflatable Pikachu costume while carrying around a sign that reads "No more snow." The family posted the video to their Instagram page, sio_siblings, and has been catching the attention of people across the United States and the world.
It may be the middle of April, but spring just refuses to stick around for southwest North Dakota. The National Weather Service is expecting another round of winter weather beginning Thursday evening and heading into Saturday morning.
Unlike some men who prefer to keep their hair short, Joshua Dukart spends years growing out his hair and then donates it to a child in need. As of Friday, Dukart has now donated more than 100 inches of his hair. Dukart, who has donated his hair five times, said he wasn't sure when he started donating or why, but it's something he's continued to do for some time now. "It normally takes around four or five years to get to the point where I want to donate," Dukart said.
The Dickinson Police Department recently seized cannabidiol isolate products from businesses in Dickinson. Cannabidiol isolate, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive oil made from hemp plants. Some people claim that it helps with sleep, seizures, inflammation and appetite. It can often contain trace amounts of THC, the compound that gets people high from smoking marijuana. However, the substance is currently illegal under state and federal law, DPD Detective Justin White said.
Students and parents at Dickinson Middle School had the opportunity to learn more about substance abuse issues Tuesday as part of Know the Truth, a substance-use prevention program of North Dakota Adult and Teen Challenge. The organization works with communities across North Dakota to educate students about substance use by sharing personal stories. They also present students with information about the dangers of alcohol and drug use. Sadie Holland of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge joined Kacey Bell of North Dakota Adult and Teen Challenge to talk with students and parents.
While there still may be snow on the ground, the National Weather Service is making sure that people are prepared for severe weather this summer with their annual SkyWarn trainings. John Paul Martin, with the NWS in Bismarck, spoke to a group of around 30 people at the Dickinson Public Safety Center on Monday night about various types of severe weather and how to identify it.
A Dickinson man has been charged with two felony counts of child pornography. Lanny Schiele, 46 of Dickinson, has been charged with promoting or directing an obscene sexual performance by a minor, a Class A felony, and possession of certain prohibited materials, a Class C felony. A Class A felony has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or $20,000 fine. A Class C Felony has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or $10,000 fine. If convicted, Schiele would also have to register as a sexual offender.
BOWMAN—The Bowman County School Board has put its district superintendent on paid administrative leave indefinitely after the superintendent was recently charged with four drug-related crimes. David Mahon, the Bowman County Schools superintendent, has been charged with two counts of endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult, a Class C felony, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, both of which are Class B misdemeanors. Mahon has not been arrested on the charges.
BELFIELD—Fifth- and sixth-graders at Belfield Elementary School are busy making sure their fellow peers stay safe on the playground and on their way in and out of school each day through a new safety patrol group.
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.