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Press Sports Editor arrested in Bismarck

Dickinson's Bobby Abplanalp was one of two men arrested in Burleigh County on Wednesday and charged Thursday with the Class A felony of attempted human trafficking and attempting to knowingly pay for sex with a person under 18 years old, a criminal complaint alleges.

Abplanalp, 29, is the sports editor of The Dickinson Press.

The Class A felony carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Bond has been set at $50,000 cash. The investigation is ongoing.

The complaint states that Abplanalp acted with the culpability required to commit the crime of human trafficking and intentionally engaged in conduct which constitutes a substantial step toward committing the crime of human trafficking.

Abplanalp, who is originally from Utah, joined the newspaper in May after working as the sports editor of the Cortez (Colo.) Journal.

Another man, Aaron S. Collins, was charged with the same crime.

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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