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 2014. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occassional Sunday column, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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Steel was ripped, bricks crumbled, dust flew and even chalkboards weren't spared from the wrath of a construction excavator performing the final demolition project at Trinity High School on Tuesday afternoon. "When I first came out here, I started crying," said Dickinson Catholic Schools President Steve Glasser as he drove by to watch the demolition late in the afternoon. "It puts some closure to everything we've been through in the past 14 months.
MEDORA -- Four sites have been identified as potential site alternatives for a replacement visitor center in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, according to the National Park...
For John Kempenich, it's about tradition, family and, of course, the smell. Kempenich spent several minutes Wednesday night at the Dickinson State University Agriculture Building carefully examining the fir trees lining the walls until he found one that caught his eye. He fluffed the tree and inspected it some more. After seeking the advice of his daughters, who each performed the same meticulous study of the tree, the decision was made.
Steve Keinzle noticed a change around the first of the year. The manager of Mac's Hardware in north Dickinson said his business catered to many oilfield service companies, both big and small—mostly hot-shot crews and roustabout companies—that would come in and buy everything from tools to flame-retardant gear for employees. But when the oil prices dropped out, so did much of that business. "Their budgets went away real fast," Keinzle said. "And, of course, we felt that effect right away.
WATFORD CITY -- School enrollment in North Dakota's fastest-growing small town has grown by 19 percent since May. Enrollment in the McKenzie County School District, based in Watford City, increased by 255 students since the end of the 2013-14 school year, Superintendent Steve Holen said Wednesday. "We're doing as best we can," Holen said. The school district has about 1,330 students in grades K-12, Holen said, with more expected to arrive after Labor Day.
A glitch in North Dakota's polling system prevented a former Dickinson resident from voting Tuesday in the general election, the Secretary of State's office said Wednesday. Kyle Thiel moved from Dickinson to Bismarck in August. When he did so, he updated his address on the state Department of Transportation website. However, Thiel did not change his driver's license, which still says he lives in Dickinson.
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Quinnlyn Nelson said it took her a while Thursday to grasp the scope of the moment. Nelson and fellow Trinity High School senior Brittany Berger were among a select few students from North Dakota Catholic high schools given the opportunity to lead the annual March for Life rally against abortion at the National Mall in Washington. The march drew an estimated 750,000 pro-life supporters, something Nelson said she didn't immediately understand as she held the March for Life banner and walked at the very front of the rally. "We were marching and we were going up this hill, and we looked back a
A few weeks ago, a man walked into Command Center, a temporary labor and staffing service in downtown Dickinson, and said he needed a job after being laid off from a high-paying position on an oil rig. The man said he'd only work for $35 an hour, needed a minimum of 50 hours guaranteed each week, and wanted his housing paid for along with a $150 a day per diem. After realizing the man wasn't joking, staffing specialist Rena Olheiser responded in the kindest manner she could muster. "Well good luck with that," she said with a smile. The days of high wages, overtime, free meals and company h
John Wilson said the time is right to turn his focus away from coaching basketball. Wilson stepped down as Dickinson High’s head boys basketball coach on Thursday after seven seasons,...