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Press Photo by Dustin Monke Minnesota Twins hitting coach Joe Vavra, back, jokes with pitcher Jeff Manship, left, and catcher Drew Butera during the Twins Winter Caravan stop in Dickinson on Monday afternoon.

Butera, Manship hoping for improvement

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Drew Butera got his foot in the Minnesota Twins' door last season. Now, the 27-year-old catcher wants to kick it open.

Butera batted .197 and played in 49 games as a rookie last season but said Monday he is working to make substantial improvements to his overall game to increase both of those numbers in the 2011 season.


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Dustin Monke
Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He has been a key member of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, as well as the Press' Sweepstakes win in 2013. As the newspaper's editor, he writes a Sunday column, contributes feature stories, designs pages and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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