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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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.
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.