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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2 from Mandaree face drug charges after traffic stop Two people from Mandaree are facing drug charges after an Saturday morning traffic stop near O'Reilly Auto Parts on the 300 block of 18th Street West. Natasha Huntsalong, 26, and John Thomas, 34, both face charges of possession of cocaine paraphernalia, a Class C felony. Huntsalong was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol with a minor present, a Class A misdemeanor, and driving under suspension, a Class B misdemeanor. The minor in the vehicle as a 4-year-old child, Dickinson police said.
FARGO -- Communities and rural water systems that want to tap a planned pipeline to carry Missouri River water to the east soon will have to pledge financial support and...
The Bakken oil boom may be over, but people on the front lines of fighting crime in western North Dakota say drug trafficking here is worse than ever. The price of drugs is dropping and an influx of out-of-state gangs are intensifying the problem, a lead agent with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation says.
BELFIELD—The company trying to build an oil refinery just three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Billings County isn't slowing down its efforts, even after the Dakota Prairie Refinery sold at a loss earlier this week. Thomas Johnson, chief operating officer of California-based Meridian Energy Group, said Tuesday's sale of the Dickinson diesel refinery doesn't affect his company's goal of building the Davis Refinery, which would process 55,000 barrels of Bakken crude a day.
On this week's Insight, Dustin Monke and Brock White discuss the murder case currently going on in Beach and sit down with Parker Cotton, the new Dickinson Press sports editor.
Dickinson residents reported Wednesday that their home on the 800 block of Seventh Street East had been broken into and a safe containing $30,000 worth of items was stolen. The safe was said to have contained cash, jewelry and other valuable items. Police found no signs of forced entry. The case is under investigation. V A window was reported broken at the old St. Joseph's Hospital building on Seventh Street West, causing an estimated $500 in damage. Police have no suspects. The building has been the site of multiple vandalisms, police say.
An employee of Fidelity Exploration reported to the Stark County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday morning that more than $15,000 in equipment and items were missing from one of their industrial yards on 39th Street Southwest about four miles west of South Heart. Missing were several hundred feet of industrial electric cable, a 3,000-watt Honda generator, handheld radios and various tools. Between $7,000 and $12,000 of cable—priced at $12.80 a foot—was reported stolen.
The Beach City Council decided a tie in its election results Tuesday night by flipping a coin. Mayor Walt Losinski said Wednesday that Jeanne Larson was awarded the third vacant spot on the council, winning a coin toss against Bob Schmeling. Both received 121 votes in the June 14 election. Losinski said the coin toss was in line with North Dakota Century Code election rules. He said the council wrote both names on opposites sides of the coin and flipped it. He said the other option was to put both names in a hat and draw one.
BEACH—A Beach man has been charged with murdering another man three weeks after he allegedly shot him in the head. Though details about the incident are slim, court documents state Gabriel Alexander Castro, 22, shot Richard Young, 24, of Beach, on June 6 with a 1911 model .45-caliber pistol. Young died from his injuries on June 10 in a Bismarck hospital.
RICHARDTON—The Richardton-Taylor school district is getting a new high school. Residents of Richardton and Taylor voted on Tuesday night to approve a bond referendum during a special election, though the results were clearly split between the two towns. Sixty-five percent voted in favor of the $2 million bond referendum for the $12 million project. Curiously, nineteen less voters approved of raising the district's debt limit by 5 percent to help finance the project with a $10 million loan from the Bank of North Dakota.