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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For Seth Murphy, home was where his heart was. It was also where he saw himself settling in the future. So after spending two mildly successful seasons rodeoing at Southwestern Oklahoma State, Murphy decided it was best to move back to North Dakota and begin planning for life after college. "It just came time to where I had to start building for the future," said Murphy, a Killdeer High School graduate. "Down there, I was just going to college and getting by.
In 10 seconds Allan Ayala went from discouraging side story to national title contender. After two months of waiting to find out if he was eligible to compete in the spring track and field season, the Guatemalan hurdler took a seat in Dickinson State coach Pete Stanton's office and finally heard some good news. "It was a great shock to find out I was going to compete," Ayala said. Ayala ran into trouble because he had competed and won the 400-meter hurdles at the Guatemalan Nationals shortly after completing high school in the fall of 2005. Fortunately for DSU and Ayala, he paid his own wa
A tweak here. A correction there. Every little thing counts in the world of pole vaulting. That world, over the years, has become Kelsey Aide's playground. But now, as a Dickinson State freshman, the North Dakota state high school girls record holder in the event is struggling. Adjustments abound in pole vaulting. But none as great as Aide's switch from high school to college. During her junior high and high school track and field years, Aide's father had been her rock.
Courtney Blanleil was disgusted by the attitudes of her upperclassmen softball teammates when she arrived at Dickinson State her freshman year. "The team that we came with was used to losing," Blanleil said. That year, Blanleil was one of four freshman recruits.
Randy Gordon is considering retiring Dickinson Trinity's No. 4 jersey, the one Kyle Steffes wore when he broke team records and led the Titans to two state championships. Now that Steffes is getting a shot at the National Football League as a rookie free agent with the New York Jets, Gordon hopes his former running back gives him a reason to pull the jersey from the roster permanently. "You've got to be ready," said Gordon, Trinity's head football coach.
If Kyle Steffes' aptitude for anticipation can translate onto a professional football field, he may make it in the National Football League. The Dickinson native predicted prior to the NFL draft that he wouldn't get drafted, but would be offered a free-agent contract by the New York Jets following the two-day, seven-round selection process. Talk about being right on the money. Steffes, a former Dickinson Trinity standout, signed a free-agent contract with the Jets for an undisclosed amount of money shortly after the conclusion of Sunday's NFL draft. "I'm jacked up," Steffes said Sunday nig
T.J. Poulsen isn't a practice player. He prefers to bring his game to the table when it's needed. The Dickinson State men's golfer has won the last two golf tournaments he's played in and would have started the season with a win if Blue Hawks coach Tim Daniel would have known what he was about to do. Poulsen, a true freshman, opened the 2006-07 season on DSU's junior varsity roster at their own tournament in early September. In his first two-day tournament, Poulsen shot 73 and 70 - a 1-under par performance at South Heart's Pheasant Country Golf Course.
Dana Dunsmore just wasn't feeling it Saturday. Then the fifth inning rolled around. Down to the last strike of the inning and with the score knotted 2-2, Dunsmore shook off nerves and put a charge into the Dickinson State softball team. "I was struggling all day. I felt nervous all day," Dunsmore said. "I just wanted to drive it somewhere." Dunsmore drove a solo home run over the left-field fence to put the Blue Hawks up one.
Kyle Steffes doesn't expect to hear his name called at the podium at New York's Radio City Music Hall during this weekend's NFL draft.
It'd be perfectly fine with Ben Herauf if he could forget about Dickinson's first three games of the baseball season. "Whatever," Herauf said. "Now I think we're finally rolling." After three troubling losses to begin the season, the Dickinson baseball team is off and running. They've easily won five in a row.