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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WASHINGTON—As the fight to avoid another government shutdown continues in Washington this week, and one issue that remains is long-term funding for a health care program that serves thousands of North Dakotans each year. Community health centers are non-profit, community-driven primary care clinics that provide primary and preventive care to all individuals, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Health centers are located in low-income urban and rural areas across the nation and attempt to provide affordable health care to individuals.
Going through cancer treatments can be exhausting and difficult, both for the patient and their family, but having a doctor with a familiar face can make the process easier. Edward Wos, a medical oncologist, is joining the staff at Sanford Health West Dickinson Clinic, which will allow Sanford to see more cancer patients for treatment. Wos will travel from Bismarck twice a week.
• Around $500 worth of damage was reported to a room at the Holiday Inn Express in Dickinson on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Police said it appears the person checked in under a false name. • The driver's side front window was reported broken on a vehicle on the 800 block of Dell Avenue on Friday, Feb. 2. There are no suspects. Estimated damage is around $150. • A 33-year-old Dickinson man was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence near the corner of 21st Street West and 10th Avenue West around 10 p.m. Friday.
BEACH, N.D.—The former LaMoure police chief accused of continuously sexually abusing a child under the age of 15 in multiple southwest North Dakota counties was found guilty Monday, Feb. 5, at the Golden Valley County Courthouse in Beach.
Reed Reyman, president of CHI St. Alexius hospital in Dickinson, is a busy man who is striving to make the hospital and the community a better place. Reyman grew up in eastern Montana about 140 miles away from Dickinson. While he got recruited to play football at Dickinson State University in the 1970s, he didn't end up attending school in Dickinson. But his children and their significant others attended DSU, he said.
Kids grow fast, which means they can outgrow their clothes and shoes in a matter of months or years. The cost for those items can often quickly add up, especially as prices seem to keep going up. That's where Anastasia Krehlik and Deja Vu Tots step in.
BEACH, N.D.—The trial of a former police chief accused of sexually abusing a child multiple times in southwest North Dakota will stretch into next week following testimony from the accuser, law enforcement and the accused's wife. James G. Watson, 52, faces one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a Class AA felony, in Golden Valley County. The accuser was less than 15 years old at the time of the alleged acts from August 2011 through January 2012, though there are accusations Watson sexually assaulted the girl years earlier in Mississippi.
BEACH, N.D.—The first of three jury trials for the former LaMoure police chief accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child began in Beach on Wednesday, Jan. 31. James G. Watson, 52 of LaMoure, faces the following charges: • Golden Valley County: One count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a Class AA felony. • Hettinger County: One count of gross sexual imposition, a Class AA felony. • Stark County: One count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a Class AA felony.
What happened with the old Dickinson State University Foundation, which was forced into financial receivership in 2014 and then later dissolved, is still not clear. However, those currently involved with the Dickinson State University Heritage Foundation, which was formed in 2015, say there are many checks and balances in place to hold members accountable.
• A leaf blower was reported missing from a garage on the 300 block of Fourth Avenue Northeast in Belfield on Saturday, Jan. 20. There are no suspects. The case has been turned over to the Belfield police department, Stark County Sheriff's officers said. • Stark County Sheriff's officers received a call regarding possible vandalism on the 3200 block of 104th Avenue Southwest on Monday, Jan. 22. An individual said the window of his tractor had been broken out. There are no suspects. Estimated damage was around $600.