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Monke: A few thoughts to chew on this weekend

Some weeks, I’m afforded few opportunities to write a really good, fleshed-out Sunday column. So, today, I’m going to give you a few quick bites to chew on.

- Call me the first person to raise a red flag about this potential, and very ambitious, Barons Vista development proposed for west Dickinson. Though I’m all for progress and the growth of the city, and while it’d be amazing to see come to fruition, I can’t wholeheartedly accept that a $300 million development featuring a 15-story “lighthouse” tower is something the economy of southwest North Dakota can financially support, regardless of how fast we’re growing. How about some affordable housing first?

- This 40th Street issue is the first glimpse we’re seeing of the city of Dickinson showing lack of foresight in its annexation and planning. Let’s hope it’s the last.

- Someone called Friday morning to drop their subscription over the “negative” stories and “garbage” on our front page. The person was referencing our story about the state’s attorney general issuing an opinion that the Dickinson State University Foundation violated open records laws by denying a request The Press made to view some of its emails last fall. Just a reminder, if the mass media has clouded your ideas about how our business works, know that what we printed isn’t “garbage.” It’s actual journalism at work. Remember, a newspaper isn’t just the voice of a community, it’s also a watchdog.

- Pushing back the Thomas Sander trial and calling for a change of judge is a waste of time. And that folks, is why people don’t like lawyers.

Monke is the managing editor of The Dickinson Press. Email him at, read his blog at and tweet him at monkebusiness.

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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