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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REGENT -- When Matthew Mueller saw Richard Petty walking through the Cannonball Saloon on Sunday afternoon, his jaw dropped. No one had any problem knowing what the 31-year-old mentally disabled man, who has difficulty with motor functions and expressing his words, was thinking as a look of amazement filled his eyes when the NASCAR legend knelt down and spoke to him. "That was something I will remember for a lifetime and something I'm sure he (Matthew) will too," Sherry Mueller, Matthew's mother, said of the experience.
Punk Humphrey entered this season as the Dickinson State football team's starting punter and fourth-string tailback. Six games - and several injuries - later, Humphrey is the Blue Hawks' all-purpose running back, playing both tailback and fullback while still booting punts on stalled drives. Although the senior hates benefiting from the misfortune of his teammates, he's reveling in his recently expanded role. "I think it's better off for me to actually be out there than on the sidelines thinking about my punting the whole time," Humphrey said. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Humphrey proved his w
Watch out Dickinson State. Valley City State's Chauncey Calhoun is back. The All-American junior, who is battling injuries but has played in every game this season, has returned to his iron-man ways with some force. Calhoun was voted an NAIA first-team All-American defensive back last season after leading the country with 11 pass breakups and picking off four passes - three of which he returned for touchdowns. That doesn't mean the 6-foot-1 Glendale, Ariz., native stays on the defensive side of the ball.
Dickinson State left guard Rob Boor sat down with the rest of his team's offensive linemen earlier this week and had a discussion. "We had a talk the other day about just having some discipline and doing what we need to do when we need to do it and come together as a unit," Boor said.
Known for years as a football team that could pound the ball up and down the field with its rushing game, Dickinson State's ability to run the ball has taken a turn for the worse. DSU is averaging only 88 yards rushing a game this season, which coaches believe could be the worst in the past three decades. However, the number doesn't shock Blue Hawks head coach Hank Biesiot.
DSU rodeo gets a grip on Great Plains Region The Dickinson State rodeo team is well ahead of the pace it was on last season and appears in good shape to make a run at both the men's and women's Great Plains Region championships. "We've got a lot of students that are doing well," DSU coach Scott Kleeman said.
Even though Dickinson Trinity resoundingly swept Scranton on Thursday night, senior Keisha Kudrna said the Titans still have work to do. "We lacked intensity tonight," Kudrna said. "We weren't very loud with our communication." Trinity built itself big leads in each game and used big runs and errors by the Miners to seal a 25-15, 25-9, 25-14 victory at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. Trinity (25-6) has already clinched the top seed in the District 14 tournament while Scranton (9-21) has the bottom seed in the District 13 tournament.
During his American Legion baseball career, Ben Herauf was bestowed with enough nicknames to last a lifetime. Maybe 'Big Ben's' high school football teammates should add 'Timex' to his never-ending list of handles. According to Dickinson High football coach Dave Michaelson, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback has taken his share of lickings in his three years as a starter and, somehow, Herauf keeps on ticking. "What I'm impressed with, with Ben is his toughness," Michaelson said.
Dickinson Trinity didn't give Hazen many chances on Tuesday night at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. Until Game 3 that is. But even Bison coach Kim Wolf thought her team's only win of the match may have been a fluke. "Maybe they relaxed," Wolf said of the Titans.
MINOT -- Although Minot State controlled nearly every aspect of the first half, the Beavers found themselves only leading 6-0 and having to kick to Dickinson State to start the second. The Blue Hawks were just one big play away from not only taking the lead, but taking back all the momentum MSU acquired in the first half. Instead, the Beavers made the big play and cruised to a 22-7 Dakota Athletic Conference football victory Saturday at Herb Parker Stadium. MSU sophomore linebacker Martel Pope stepped in front of a Caleb Midura pass and raced 47 yards for a score on just the third play from