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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Eric Paul was always a step ahead of Bill Miller on Saturday night at the Southwest Speedway. Paul took the lead on lap 14 of the 20-lap WISSOTA Street Stocks feature race and survived Miller's challenge in the final two laps to win the feature race and clinch the Season Championship in the process. "It's just my lucky day I guess," said Paul, a Dickinson racer who previously won Season Championships in 2001 and 2002. Miller, who had trailed Paul by just one point heading into the night, fell about a car length short of beating Paul for the feature and the season title.
Austin Dufault says he is gaining respect from college basketball coaches when they ask him why he chose to play football his senior season. Dufault, a 6-foot-8 senior from Killdeer High School has been offered full scholarships to play basketball for several NCAA Division I teams. Still, he couldn't imagine saving himself for just one sport and ditching the three other seniors on the Cowboys' football team. Dufault said several coaches he has spoken with believe that speaks significantly of his character. "They think it's a good thing I'm going out for football," Dufault said.
Southwest Speedway promoter Bob Steier kept his eyes on the weather and his mind on the track Friday afternoon. While the Dickinson area received stints of rain, Steier had a smile on his face, thinking about today's Season Championship races. "This won't slow us down, this is just what we needed," Steier said. The rain may have been the final ingredient in the perfect storm of championship auto racing.
Karter Kleeman rumbled around the hallways of the Dickinson State athletic department with two knee braces causing a slight hobble in his step. Despite his physical hindrance, the senior defensive lineman's attitude was flawless. Kleeman smiled, laughed and joked with other members of the Blue Hawk football team on Monday afternoon as more than 100 players reported to the first day of fall two-a-day practices. Coaches taught freshmen and first-year players drills while upperclassmen went though the motions and regained a sense of teamwork at the pad-less practices. "(There is) a lot of stu
FARGO -- Ben Herauf isn't just a home run hitter, he's an insurance man. The Dickinson first baseman drove in three of his team's last four runs in the seventh and ninth innings to assure the Roughriders' 8-5 victory over the Williston Keybirds Thursday night in the second round of the Class A American Legion baseball state tournament at Jack Williams Stadium. Herauf came up big for his team a night after going 0-for-4 at the plate. "I got into some managed counts and took advantage," Herauf said.
Cory Hansen tells his younger pitchers to keep one eye on Kyle Schroeder when the reliable right hander is on the mound. The Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball coach makes sure the novices keep their other eye on Schroeder's breaking ball. "He has command of his pitches, which makes him one of the upper echelon guys in the state," Hansen said. "That's what we're trying to develop with our younger guys." Schroeder doesn't mind his coach putting him on a pedestal either. In fact, he takes pride in the position. "I look at it more as a leader," Schroeder said.
T.C. Shelhamer couldn't stop smiling Saturday night at the Southwest Speedway. The Plevna, Mont., racer won his first WISSOTA Street Stocks feature race, took home top honors in his heat and even won the Points Fund money drawing in the pits. "When a guy has a groove, a guy has a groove," Shelhamer said with a laugh while cooling down his No. 81 car. Shelhamer took the pole in the feature and held off Street Stocks points leader Randy Meyer the entire 20 laps.
Growing up around rodeo in southwest North Dakota has shown Dusty Hausauer how significant the Champions Ride is to professional saddle bronc riders. "You talk to every bronc rider through the last how many decades and every great bronc rider has been to Sentinel Butte," Hausauer said. "It's something you want to be a part of. It's a pretty big honor just to get invited to it." Hausauer, a 25-year-old Dickinson native, has ridden broncs at the Champions Ride the past three years and has won a go round for two consecutive years. He hopes to expand on that success at today's rodeo.
After moving from Texas to North Dakota, Haley Butterfield was faced with the possibility that there was no place for fastpitch softball in her future. But thanks to the efforts of her father, Bill Butterfield, and several other area parents, 11-year-old Haley and nearly 80 other Dickinson area girls are searching for a future in a sport whose popularity is rising faster than a Jennie Finch pitch. When Bill and Jean Butterfield, both southwest North Dakota natives, moved to a ranch north of Richardton, they knew no options existed for their daughter to play fastpitch softball. "I didn't rea
Allan Frederick thought he was done with auto racing.