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Dufault is Mr. Basketball and North Dakota Class B boys senior athlete of the year


FARGO - Austin Dufault's willingness to succeed in the game of basketball can be traced to his fifth-grade year when Rich Dufault took over as the head boys basketball coach at Killdeer High School.

Eleven-year-old Austin never strayed far from the team and took the Cowboys' loss to Dickinson Trinity in the 2001 Region 7 championship game as hard as the players.

That was when Rich Dufault knew his son's love of basketball could lead to something special.

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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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