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Press Photo by Dustin Monke Sam Ellison, 17, of the Mandan Marlins Swim Club competes in the 100-yard individual medley, which he won with a time of 56.41 seconds, during the USA Swimming North Dakota state championships Friday at the West River Community Center.

Swimmers invade WRCC for state

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The West River Community Center was invaded Friday afternoon.

Its occupiers? About 450 boys and girls with goggles and swim caps -- and don't forget their families and fans, moving the number close to 1,000 people at the venue for this weekend's USA Swimming North Dakota state short course championships, which began Friday and continues today and Sunday.


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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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