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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Troy Kittler put the rubber from his No. 2K car on the dirt at the Southwest Speedway last Saturday, he didn't expect to win - but he did. Kittler won the IMCA Modified feature race in his first visit to the Speedway this season. The same thing happened the previous Saturday when Bismarck racer Shawn Strand took the checkered flag in the Modifieds feature on his first visit to the track this summer. "I like the track," said Kittler, a Turtle Lake racer.
Dusty Yates is going back to Disney World. For the second consecutive summer, the state champion wrestler from Dickinson High will be a member of Team North Dakota during the Amateur Athletic Union's Scholastic Duals at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. "It's a nice warm up to get ready (for college), maintain your weight and stay in shape," said Yates, who will wrestle for Dickinson State next season. "When the college season comes around, you're not dragging it.
The Dickinson baseball alumni game is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, immediately following the completion of the Terry Jablonsky Wood Bat Classic.
Terry Zastoupil is content with the old-man status bestowed upon him in the Southwest Speedway's Pure Stocks racing class. "People will call me the old man and it doesn't bother me," said Zastoupil, a 44-year-old mechanic and self-proclaimed motorhead. Zastoupil has gained respect while racing near the top of the Pure Stocks class for nearly a decade, on and off, and climbed ahead of the South Heart racing team of Jerry and Cal Praus in the points standings last Saturday. Zastoupil and the Prauses have already traded the point lead twice.
The Dickinson Roughriders are quickly finding out their pitching - thought to be the team's biggest question mark heading into the American Legion baseball season - isn't so bad after all. After winning the Class A state baseball title in the spring high school season thanks to some dominant postseason performances by its pitchers, Dickinson coaches thought it would be in a world of hurt when some of those players decided not to play summer ball for the Roughriders. That thought has changed in the first two weeks of the Legion season. "Playing doubleheaders every day, you've got to have at
What would North Dakota have done without the players from Fargo South High School? South players scored all four of North Dakota's touchdowns, including the game-changing score midway through the fourth quarter that sealed a 30-21 victory over Montana in the 14th annual Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl all-star high school football game on Saturday night at Whitney Stadium. Billy Sholl intercepted Montana quarterback Brian McRae as he drove his team into North Dakota territory and rambled down the left sideline for a 64-yard touchdown with 7 minutes, 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quar
Jackie Miller is hard to miss on a race night at the Southwest Speedway. The skinny, silver-haired grandmother might as well have reserved seating for her spot at the top of the grandstands. With her right eye secured snuggly behind the view piece of a bulky video camera propped firmly on her right shoulder, Jackie focuses on each race featuring her son and two stepsons. "I get nervous as hell," Jackie said. "It's just sometimes I don't even want to watch." Jackie and John Miller's three boys race at the Speedway. Bill Miller and T.C.
Luke Leno was lounging in his basement, playing XBox and enjoying a lazy Tuesday when he got the call. Team North Dakota needed a long snapper for the Badlands Bowl and Leno, a Dickinson High graduate headed to Dickinson State in the fall to play the position, was in town with nothing to do. "It came out of nowhere and surprised me," Leno said. "I had to quit an online game. I was disappointed because I was winning.
Nate Nygard caught a lucky break thanks to an unlucky break by his brother, Matt Nygard. Matt Nygard pulled double duty when it came to fall sports.
Sometimes linebackers just can't contain themselves. At least that's what Team North Dakota coach Kevin Feeney is finding out as practice continues for Saturday's 14th annual Badlands Bowl at Whitney Stadium. The group of linebackers Feeney brought to Dickinson for the Badlands Bowl has put a smile on his face. "This group has got some serious intensity to them at linebacker," Feeney said.