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Tioga man dies in crash
Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

A Tioga man has died after the pickup he was driving was struck by another pickup 2 miles north of Tioga, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

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Billy Runnels, 48, was driving a 2013 Ford pickup north on Highway 40 at about 7 p.m. Monday when Tayler Kittleson, 21, of Fairview, Mont., crossed the center line in his 2003 GMC pickup and collided with Runnels’ pickup.

Both vehicles spun counterclockwise in the road with Kittleson’s vehicle coming to a rest in the middle of the highway and Runnels’ vehicle ending up in the east ditch.

Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt. Runnels died at the scene of the accident and Kittleson was airlifted to Trinity Health hospital in Minot.

The crash remains under investigation.

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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 was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins 2014. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occassional Sunday column, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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