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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When Cory Hansen took over as head coach of the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team, he immediately began looking at his roster for players who could easily slide into several positions - including pitcher. He's found that in Dan Berg. "We're kind of a demanding crew," Hansen said.
All I remember was looking at myself in the mirror and wondering what happened to that lanky, 10-year-old boy. Then, it became clear. That was the age he discovered cable television, Mountain Dew and the ecstasy of laziness. Eighteen months ago I was huge. The proof is in the pictures - the ones I try not to look at much anymore. These wonderful little time captures showed a vastly overweight young man on the fast track to heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. If you read the headline, or if you know me personally, you already know.
The future of one of Dickinson State's top wrestlers is in jeopardy after an alcohol-related automobile accident in the Black Hills of South Dakota. DSU sophomore wrestler Shane Bennett is in Rapid City (S.D.) Regional Hospital after rolling his 1995 Ford F-150 pick-up truck on a gravel road near Iron Creek Lake and Campground outside of Spearfish, S.D., the night of June 28. South Dakota Highway Patrol officer Michael Bock said it is unclear whether Bennett, the 2007 NAIA national runner-up at 165 pounds, was thrown from his vehicle, or if he stepped out under his own power after the rollov
Sometimes, Kyle Shobe just can't keep up with Denny the Rodeo Clown. Countless times this weekend Shobe, an auctioneer from Lewistown, Mont., who moonlights as a rodeo announcer, hasn't been able to stave off laughter or produce a witty comeback while trading jokes and jabs with the popular clown at the Roughrider Days Rodeo. "You kind of roll with the punches," Shobe said with a laugh. "The announcer is always the straight guy.
Miles City Mavericks pitcher Seth Crawford put power behind his smooth swing as he warmed up for his team's opening game at the Terry Jablonsky Wood Bat Classic with a golden Louisville Slugger bat. At that moment, Crawford couldn't have been happier. "I think it's good that we're playing against wood," Crawford said. "I don't know if I could go back and throw to aluminum, it's been so long." Crawford and his teammates have spent the past four summers playing with wood bats in hand.
Bill Miller is chasing his first racing championship tonight at the Southwest Speedway. And he's not about to let Eric Paul or Randy Meyer catch him. "I want that Mid-Season championship," Miller said. "I've never had it before. That's what I'm going after." Miller is just four points ahead of both Paul and Meyer in the Speedway's WISSOTA Street Stocks point standings heading into tonight's Mid-season Championship races.
The New York Jets waived former Dickinson Trinity and North Dakota State running back Kyle Steffes earlier this week. The team made the move Tuesday so they could sign former Georgia running back Danny Ware off waivers from the Tennessee Titans. "It's been happening to a lot of my friends too," said Steffes, who signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent immediately after the conclusion of the NFL draft.
B.J. Schumacher doesn't remember what happened. All he knows is that he nearly died. At a rodeo in September 2005, the up-and-coming bull rider had his chest stepped on by a bull named North Star just seconds after getting bucked off. As he walked out of the arena, Schumacher collapsed. His sternum was broke. His lungs were bruised. His heart had stopped beating. "I just don't know exactly what happened," Schumacher said. Paramedics revived the Wisconsin cowboy as he coughed up and breathed blood.
Maybe it was because Dickinson was approximately 10 hours and one short night of sleep removed from its previous game. Or perhaps it was because Robbie Radakovich was simply feeling good at the plate. Radakovich stepped up for Glendive, Mont., in the top of the seventh inning and doubled a line drive into shallow center field that drove in Josh Almond for the go-ahead run.
Kane Gjermundson couldn't have drawn a better round for his second professional rodeo. The 21-year-old Marshall cowboy will be up against some of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association's top saddle bronc riders in the opening round of the Roughriders Days Rodeo. "I've finally worked up enough confidence and talent that I'm ready to move up to the next level where I'm ready to ride against those guys," said Gjermundson, a 2004 graduate of Richardton-Taylor High School.