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.—After two days of jury selection, attorneys gave their opening statements in the felony trial of two individuals who were allegedly involved in the death of a Rhame man at a motel in Bowman, N.D. 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.
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.
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.
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.
BOWMAN, N.D.—After serving for nearly three decades in the North Dakota Senate, Bill Bowman has made the decision to step away. Bowman, who served in District 39, which stretches from Williston down to Bowman, said he has decided to retire due to health reasons, but added it was an extremely hard decision. "I just can't do a good job if I stay there," he said. "I loved it. I loved what I did and I love the rural people. It was a tough decision for me to make."
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.
BISMARCK—It might be the middle of winter but someone in Dickinson could be walking around with a red hot ticket worth $100,000. A Powerball with Power Play ticket sold in Dickinson for Saturday night's draw won big by matching four white balls and the Powerball. The winning numbers were 14, 25, 35, 58, 69 and the Powerball was 24. The Power Play multiplier was 2.
BISMARCK — The governor's office announced the new Office of Recovery Reinvented on Tuesday, Jan. 9. The office, which was created through an executive order, aims to promote "strategic and innovative efforts to eliminate the shame and stigma associated with the disease of addiction."