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Press Photos by Dustin Monke Dickinson State senior Jeremy Mallard, front, is one of the first players on the men's basketball team to come up with the concept of "conference beards. Senior Mark Versen, back, said he's not touching his new facial hair as long as the team keeps winning.

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The best way to describe the Dickinson State men's basketball team lately is gritty. That's the way the Blue Hawks have been playing and that's the look they're showcasing.


Before the Dakota Athletic Conference season began earlier this month, a few members of the team decided to grow what they describe as "conference beards."

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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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