Ashley Koffler returns to The Dickinson Press
Ashley Koffler returns to The Dickinson Press to cover county government, features and more. Koffler last worked for The Press in 2012 and is ready to share the latest news and views with readers.
Hello Southwest North Dakota! Please allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Ashley Koffler, but you may remember me by my maiden name, Ashley Martin.
Although it seems like only yesterday, it's been a decade since I last had a byline in The Dickinson Press. I previously provided you with a mix of hard news, features and business stories. Now my focus will be on Stark County Commission and other rural governments, community features and agriculture among other topics. This will primarily focus on Belfield, Richardton, Killdeer, New England and some surrounding areas — though I will also be active in Dickinson.
I am elated to once again bring accurate, intriguing information to Western Edge readers.
My family – which includes my husband, our three kids, dogs and cats – is my everything. There isn’t much I do without them. We love hiking in the Badlands and other outdoor activities. I wish I had time to care for a proper vegetable garden, maybe when my kids are grown. But I do enjoy tending to my flower gardens and house plants. Summer may be my favorite season, and the spooky season is a very close second. I love scary movies such as Insidious, as well as pumpkins and all things Halloween.
While I’m in a new position, with a new last name, I’ve called this area home my entire life. I attended Killdeer Public School for most of my K-12 education and graduated in 2003.
During high school and my freshman year of college, I worked for my mom, Valerie Johnson. She ran a little cafe in Dunn Center called Alice’s Restaurant that has since closed. I believe I met every person living in Dunn Center at that time. I’m thrilled to be back in Killdeer Cowboy country digging into the stories that matter to your community.
My newspaper career began in the pre-press department of The Dickinson Press my senior year of college. I ran a program called Olive, publishing the e-edition every night and editing photos. I had many other duties, including proofreading The Press and other regional newspapers for printing.
I graduated from Dickinson State University in 2007 with a bachelor of science degree in writing, and minors in journalism and psychology – just in time to fill a vacancy in the newsroom. I loved writing about and playing an integral role in my community. I learned so much then and built so many lasting friendships.
In 2012, I took a community affairs position for Roosevelt Custer Regional Council for Development. When my second son was born, I decided to switch gears and opened a home daycare where I continue to offer occasional drop-in childcare.
The experience I gained in my previous position at The Dickinson Press, together with my education and strong ties to this community give me a great background as a general reporter.