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Montana man dies in Divide County head-on collision

A 29-year-old man from Missoula, Mont., died Thursday night in a head-on collision along Highway 85 in Divide County.

The man was traveling south in a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox and attempting to pass in the northbound lane about 5 miles north of Zahl when he struck a Kenworth semi truck driven by 54-year-old Loren A. Shunkwiler of Williston.

The Equinox rotated counterclockwise, left the roadway and entered the west ditch. The Kenworth entered the roadway and entered the east ditch, where it rotated clockwise. 

The driver of the Equinox was not wearing any safety restraints. Shunkwiler was wearing his seatbelt and was injured. His semi truck received $15,000 in damages. 

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 in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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