Sydney Mook started working as the multimedia editor for The Press in January 2016. 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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DICKINSON, N.D.—Jury selection began Monday, Feb. 12 for the felony trial of two individuals who were allegedly involved in the brutal death of a Rhame man at a motel in Bowman in 2016. Madison Beth West, 27 of Dickinson, and Chase Duane Swanson, 23 of Bowman, have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, a Class AA felony. A Class AA felony faces a maximum of life in prison without parole. The charges stem from the death of Nicholas Johnson, a 23-year-old Rhame man, who was found dead in a room at the El-Vu motel in Bowman on Aug. 20, 2016.
WASHINGTON—As the fight to avoid another government shutdown continues in Washington this week, 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 nonprofit, community-driven 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.
DICKINSON, N.D.—U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., announced Wednesday that he will bring Tommy Fisher, president and CEO of Fisher Industries, as his guest to next week's State of the Union address. Last year the Dickinson-based Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. was one of six companies given a contract to develop a prototype for construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico by the U.S. Customs and Border Protections Agency. President Donald Trump's State of the Union will be on Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Washington.
Across North Dakota, hospitals and health professionals are doing what they can to help combat the ongoing opioid crisis. Here is a look at what some public health units and hospitals across the state are working on. Grand Forks-area
The opioid crisis has made an impact across the nation and across the state of North Dakota, affecting people from all walks of life. Combatting the crisis has proven to be a challenge for lawmakers, law enforcement, medical providers and everyone in between, but many are also working on preventing addiction through smart prescribing and making the life-saving drug naloxone readily available in communities across the state.
SCRANTON, N.D.—When Annette Krinke and her family were driving by their pasture 15 miles south of Scranton on Tuesday, Dec. 26, something caught her eye. The group turned around and got out of the pickup only to find tall "ice spikes" coming out of a small creek. Now it has grown to over 7 feet. "This is a fifth-generation farm and my father-in-law is 85 and he's never seen one ever," Krinke said. "I've talked to everyone I can think of, especially older people, and I've only ever been able to find one picture ... of one in Iowa."
CACTUS CITY, Calif. — The remains of a retired U.S. Army captain and North Dakota native who has been missing in the San Diego area since early September may have been found, police confirmed Friday. The remains, suspected to be that of Julia Jacobson and her dog, Boogie, were found in a shallow grave near the 10 Freeway and Box Canyon Road near Cactus City on Friday, the Ontario (Calif.) Police Department said. Cactus City is an unincorporated area northeast of San Diego.
WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs listened to testimony and questioned nominees for the Export-Import Bank, an independent federal government agency which offers loans, insurance and guarantees to small and large businesses that export products and services.
DICKINSON, N.D. — Bakken oil may have gone into a downturn in the last few years, but that doesn't mean that drug crime did too. Stark County State's Attorney Tom Henning said the number of cases his office has taken since the oil boom has not changed or diminished, and meth-related crimes are the most common. "Methamphetamine use in western North Dakota is epidemic and has been for 10 years," he said.
DICKINSON, N.D. — Animal shelters and animal rescues in Dickinson and Bismarck are nearly completely filled up with cats. Michele Thompson, supervisor of the Dickinson animal shelter, said the shelter has been completely full for about a week now. There are multiple reasons why they are seeing so many cats right now, including lack of knowledge of cat leash laws, increased trapping and abandonment, among other reasons, she said.