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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MEDORA, N.D.—The drive through the south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park may take a few minutes longer than normal as the park begins 3 miles worth of construction on its entry road. The road construction is just one of hundreds of projects that make up the $11.6 billion worth of backlogged maintenance and repair needs for the more than 5,500 miles of paved roads, 17,000 miles of trails and 24,000 buildings that service national park visitors across the country.
By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, Dickinson residents will have a brand new place to shop. Dunham's Sports, one of the nation's largest sporting goods chains, will be coming to Dickinson's Prairie Hills Mall, the mall announced on Facebook on Friday morning. Peggy O'Brien, the mall's general manager, said they are currently aiming to open before the end of 2018. "We will all work very hard to have the doors open and the cash registers ringing before Thanksgiving 2018," O'Brien said in an email to The Press.
MEDORA—A new National Park Service report shows that 733,000 visitors to Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park spent $45.6 million in 2017 in communities near these attractions. That spending supported 643 jobs in the surrounding areas and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $56.7 million.
A 29-year-old Dickinson man was arrested after he allegedly stole a vehicle and sent police on a low-speed chase around the city while his 2-year-old son was with him. Valroy "Scott" Chase was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, endangerment of a child, preventing arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police initially made contact with Chase Thursday morning while performing a welfare check after receiving a report of a man carrying a child wrapped in a T-shirt, DPD Capt. David Wilkie said Friday.
The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with The Dickinson Press, will be hosting a Candidate Forum next week. The forum will be held on Monday, May 14 at the Dickinson City Hall at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and will feature candidates for city commission, park board and county commission. They will be answering questions generated by the public prior to the forum, which will be moderated by Angela Caulk.
MEDORA — Students at DeMores Elementary School in Medora sat patiently as clues were read aloud about the state's Doodle 4 Google winner. First clue: This person was in Mrs. Toso's class. Anticipation began to build as students in other classes tried to guess who it could be. Second clue: This person's favorite color was pink. More laughter and pointing began. Final clue: this person loved hockey. It became clear then that it could only be one person: Conner Honeyman.
Stark County will resume normal testing of the outdoor warning sirens beginning Wednesday, May 2, the county said Tuesday. Testing will occur every Wednesday at 11 a.m., at which time the sirens will sound for 30 seconds. The Stark/Dickinson Dispatch Center will activate the appropriate outdoor warning siren(s) whenever:
Portions of southwest North Dakota are under a fire weather watch for Saturday. Janine Vining, with the National Weather Service in Bismarck, said fire weather watches and red flag warnings are issued when there is an enhanced risk for fires to get out of control. She said that a watch is typically issued a day or two ahead of time when they believe the conditions might be possible for a fire spreading, the watch is upped to a red flag warning when they have more concrete information.
Members of the North Dakota Supreme Court visited Dickinson schools this week to teach students about the judicial system and about the importance of jury duty. State supreme court justices Jon Jensen and Lisa Fair McEvers spoke to students at Trinity High School and Dickinson High School on Wednesday and Thursday. The justices spoke about their experiences in the judicial system and then gave students an overview of the jury selection process. Students were also able to ask questions of the justices about the judicial system.
The Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the University of Utah invited people from the Dickinson area to a community engagement meeting on Tuesday night to look at ways tourism can grow not only at the park, but in western North Dakota in general, and how they can achieve that goal together. The meeting was part of an ongoing visitor use study being done with various universities and the park. The study is a two-year endeavor and will eventually include a regional meeting as well.