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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MEDORA—A new National Park Service report shows that 733,000 visitors to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and two western North Dakota national historic sites spent $45.6 million in 2017 in communities near these attractions.. That spending supported 643 jobs in the areas surrounding the park, Fort Union Trading Post and Knife River Indian Villages and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $56.7 million.
A Dickinson man whose horses were recently seized by Stark County because of animal neglect will not be allowed to own livestock while he is on probation for the next two years. As part of a plea agreement, Dennis Armbrust pleaded guilty to three counts of animal neglect, a Class A misdemeanor, on May 3. Two counts of animal cruelty, both Class A misdemeanors, were dismissed. In March, a Stark County sheriff's deputy described seeing several horses that he believed were thin and had little access to water. Nearly 40 horses were seized from Armbrust.
BOWMAN, N.D.—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.
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.
BISMARCK—A settlement agreement involving major tobacco companies will release more than $34 million from an escrow account to North Dakota, the state attorney general's office announced Tuesday, March 13. The agreement settles a decade-long dispute between the state and the major tobacco companies over enforcement of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). The agreement requires the tobacco companies to make annual payments to the 46 states that signed on to the agreement, including North Dakota.
DICKINSON, 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 entered an Alford plea to multiple sexual abuse charges at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson on Tuesday morning, March 13.
DICKINSON, N.D.—A southwest North Dakota rancher accused of animal neglect changed his plea on Monday, Feb. 26, at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson. Gerald "Gary" Dassinger of Gladstone was previously charged with three counts of animal cruelty, a Class C felony, and six counts of animal neglect, a Class A misdemeanor. However, following a change of plea hearing held Monday, the three Class C felony charges of animal cruelty were dismissed. Dassinger pleaded guilty to the remaining six misdemeanor counts.
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.