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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BISMARCK—Chad Schoch thought he'd work in the North Dakota oilfields for two years, at most. He wanted to roughneck, make and save money, pay off his bills, and then be out by the time he was 30. Six years later, the 34-year-old New England man is one of the state's two Bakken U scholarship recipients and is slowly building a career as a petroleum industry professional. "I'm in school mode right now," Schoch said.
Things appear to be turning a corner at Dickinson State University. After five years of enrollment and foundation scandals, questionable accreditation, shrinking enrollment and an overall lack of trust in the university, it seems that better days aren't just on the horizon, they're here. While we won't know official enrollment numbers for a while, they appear—at least on the surface—to be either steady or up. Students are happy to be back at the university, and the community is happy to have them back.
The Dickinson Airport Authority Commission wanted to keep United Airlines at the Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport, and it will likely get its wish. The commission voted Friday to recommend the U.S. Department of Transportation accept United's bid for Essential Air Service. A federally subsidized air service contract for $4.16 million would keep United at its "status quo for the service that's being provided currently," Braun said. That means the 12 weekly flights between Dickinson and Denver on 50-seat jet aircraft will continue.
On this week's Insight, Dustin and Brock discuss the latest news in southwest North Dakota and talk with Nikki Baer about the upcoming Dickinson Expo.
BEACH—A late-night combination of "doing tricks" with a pistol and drinking whiskey turned deadly for a Beach man, according to testimony during a preliminary hearing Thursday in Southwest District Court. Richard Young, 24, of Beach, died on June 10, four days after his friend, Gabriel Castro, 23, also of Beach, allegedly shot him in the head with a 1911 .45-caliber pistol on or around June 6 at Young's residence.
Kelly Peterson assured residents of Hawks Point on Tuesday that "the cloud is off" the assisted living facility on Dickinson State University's campus as First International Bank and Trust officially took ownership of the property. Peterson, the bank's president of the western North Dakota region, told around 50 residents and staff that its foreclosure on the property closed at midnight Tuesday, ending a 60-day redemption period without payment from past ownership group Dickinson Investments LLC.
Four people charged in June with criminal conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine all pleaded not guilty and waived their rights to a preliminary hearing on Monday in Southwest District Court. Cyrstal Allen, 31, Len Edward Burrows, 49, Jessica Rakae Stockman, 29, and Sakima Lonato Victor, 39, appeared separately on charges that on June 15 they conspired to deliver 340 grams, or nearly 12 ounces, of meth in Stark County. That amount of meth has a street value of around $10,000, according to past statements by Southwest Narcotics Task Force agents.
Two people appeared separately in Southwest District Court on Monday after being charged with drug possession with intent to deliver. Blanche Dogskin, 59, of Belcourt, and Albert Dogskin, 34, Manistee, Mich., were arrested during a traffic stop along Highway 10 near Richardton around 11:25 a.m. Sunday.
A Dickinson man who allegedly assaulted four people with a firearm was arrested Saturday evening on felony charges. Jeffrey Reynolds, 27, has been charged with aggravated assault and terrorizing, both...
Though they may look like snowdrifts that somehow survived into the summer, the humongous white plastic bags that are appear on the southwest North Dakota landscape during harvest are full of very valuable commodities. The 300- to 500-foot grain storage devices, which can hold anywhere from 12,000 to 34,000 bushels of wheat, are being used more than ever by area farmers who want cheaper and easier methods of storing their product once it's off the field.