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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In the seven years since the Southwest Speedway implemented a policy that called for Saturday night races that had been rained out to run on Sunday's, the race track had never seen a weekend get totally washed out. That was until two weekends ago when thunderstorms swept through the Dickinson area and pushed back the Speedway's season opener to today. "I sure hope its nice," Speedway promoter Bob Steier said. Race-car drivers will likely be able to get their kicks tonight at the Speedway, the only North Dakota track yet to host its season opener. Tonight's weather forecast appears favorabl
It's been a year and a half since Dion Ficek ran a full marathon. Unfortunately for the Dickinson chiropractor, a sprained ankle extended that streak. A simple misstep of his right foot while training this spring cost Ficek a chance to run his third 26.2-mile race today at the Fargo Marathon. "This is the best I've felt," Ficek said.
Taylor Bruhschwein's late start to the track and field season hasn't hindered his performance. It's been less than a month since the Dickinson High junior ran his first meet of the season and he's improved with every meet. Bruhschwein has qualified for the Class A state meet in five events this past month and ran the state's second-fastest time in the 300-meter hurdles.
By Dustin Monke email@example.com Guy Fridley just happened to look in Leah Glasgow's direction when he stood up on the team bus and announced that Blue Hawks senior Dana Dunsmore had been named Dakota Athletic Conference most valuable player. Glasgow earned the same honor last season, but didn't display animosity toward her teammate. "Leah's the first one that started smiling and started clapping for her (Dunsmore)," Fridley said. "She's team first.
A seemingly normal high school boys golf tournament turned into edge-of-your-seat drama when the final scores began rolling in Thursday at Heart River Golf Course. The disqualification of Hazen's top two finishers after the Region 5 championship tournament gave New Salem a one-stroke victory over Killdeer and lifted Dickinson Trinity to the Class B state tournament with a third-place finish. The top three teams advanced to the state tournament.
The Dickinson girls tennis team aren't a worst-to-first story - at least not yet. Still, all three seniors on the Dickinson girls tennis team laugh about their eighth grade and freshman seasons now that they're one of the top teams in the West Region tournament, which begins today in Minot. "When I first started, we were definitely the underdogs and used to losing," Midgets senior Kendra Hutchens said.
Luke Mellmer made one of the most difficult decisions in his life this week.
Dickinson Trinity senior Brian Marsh had never competed in the long jump at any point during his track and field career until Tuesday at the Trinity Last Chance meet. So, less than 20 minutes after running a leg in the Titans' 800-meter relay team, Marsh set out to conquer an event he had never tried at a meet, let alone practiced a normal amount. "I never really got a chance and can't do them at regionals unless I do them here," Marsh said.
Ty Orton may have found a freshman who could have instant impact for the Dickinson State men's basketball team. The men's basketball coach announced that four players, including two Montana high school standouts, signed letters of intent on Monday. Nathan Lebsock, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Frenchtown, Mont., averaged 21.2 points, 5 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game last season. He'll be joined by his brother, Brian Lebsock, a point guard who will transfer from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and has three years of eligibility remaining. "It'll be nice to have some family member
Tiffany Saatzer knows if Dickinson State takes anything from the NAIA national softball tournament, it'll be finding out how good they really are. The Blue Hawks have a tough draw in pool play. DSU is the fourth-seeded team in Pool A, a group of five teams that includes No. 1-ranked California Baptist and defending national champion Mobile (Ala.) University. "I was pretty surprised when I found out," Saatzer said. "I think it's cool that we're playing the best teams in the nation to see how well we really compare.