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Dustin Monke

Dustin Monke was named the managing editor of The Dickinson Press on March 17, 2013 after spending more than six years as the newspaper's sports editor. He graduated college from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2006 and New England High School in 2002. He has been a Forum Communications employee since 2003, working at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead as a sports clerk and intern sports reporter prior to joining The Dickinson Press. Outside of journalism, he enjoys movies, exercising and reading and spending time with his fiance, Sarah, and their dog, Noodle.
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Articles

Monke: Feeling safer with medical helicopter around

Toward the end of August and into early September, I will take a few days off and spend what I can only presume will be some long days at my family’s farm helping my dad and brother harvest what we hope is an above-average spring wheat and durum crop.

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Monke: In retrospect, pogs were a bad decision

You know all that old stuff you have and still can’t believe you ever bought in the first place? Try to remember it was once new and you loved it.

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Pony-drawn carriage

Terry McKitrick of Bowman takes his ponies for a walk Thursday on the side of Highway 12 on the east end of Bowman.

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Holding on until harvest: Crop outlook in southwest ND good despite late harvest projections

The same fields that were being harvested on this day last year are lusher today in most parts of southwest North Dakota, and most are just barely showing signs of ripening.

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Call out to impeach Obama

Tony Esposito of LaRouche PAC waves to motorists on a sidewalk outside of the Holiday gas station on Museum Drive in Dickinson on Wednesday afternoon.

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The keeping of the beekeepers: ND wants to keep a better eye on the industry

Doug Goehring, the agriculture commissioner of North Dakota, said there are concerns about the business of bees in the state. So much so that he has fielded late-night phone calls from landowners concerned about the placement of hives.

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Monke: Relay for Life a great summer experience

One of my favorite summer events in Dickinson is the Stark County Relay For Life, which was held Friday night and Saturday morning at the Dickinson High School practice field.

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Relay for Life

Cory and Andrea Bittner watch their daughter, 3-year-old cancer survivor Grace, during the survivor's lap at the Relay For Life event at the Dickinson High School practice field on Friday night.

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DPS Board receives little public input since impasse with contract negotiations

The Dickinson Public School Board said Monday during a special meeting at the Central Administration Office that there has been little public input since the Governor’s Factfinding Commission report sided with the board after it came to an impasse in its contract negotiations with the Dickinson Education Association.

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Dickinson home lost in fire

The Dickinson Fire Department found itself battling a house fire that just wouldn’t quit Thursday, one of the hottest days of the summer.

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Columns

Monke: New England loses an endearing personality

The impact of some people we know isn’t truly felt until after they’re gone. Myself, and I’m certain the entire city of New England, feels this after the death of Norma Peterson.

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Monke: An enlightening 12-hour drive around the Bakken

Five years ago, the drive from Dickinson to Williston was considered boring by some and peaceful by others.

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Monke: Playground-like insults pepper post-legislative dialogue

There’s a schoolyard showdown happening and the battleground has been the opinion pages of this and most other newspapers in North Dakota.

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Monke: Graduation a day of celebration, relief and dreams

Today, hundreds of area high school seniors will don gowns and mortarboards with tassels, walk across a stage and receive the diploma they’ve worked toward for 13 years.

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Monke: Growing trash problems can be fixed

Trash and littering are becoming hot topics in western North Dakota. Just about anywhere you look, there are plastic bags and paper stuck in fences and sitting in ditches, or beer cans and bottles that have been dropped in random spots.

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Monke: Spring is sprung, now make it worthwhile

To some, a dreary day is a great day to be productive. There’s nothing to do outside, so why not stay in and clean the house, watch five episodes of a TV show backed up on your DVR or read that book you bought five years ago and have been putting off reading ever since.

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Monke: Rig tour an eye-opening education on oil industry details

Over the last four years, it seems like all conversations in and about North Dakota have centered on oil and the impact it has made on the local landscape, culture and bank accounts.

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Monke: Social media connects us with readers

As a senior at Minnesota State University Moorhead, I started hearing about this thing called Facebook.

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Monke: Noodle the schnoodle, our lovable yet socially awkward dog

John Grogan was onto something when he started writing columns about his crazy Labrador retriever named Marley.

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Monke: Fighting for the medals grandpa earned

Ask anyone who knows me well and they’ll tell you that if I wouldn’t have pursued a career in journalism, I would most likely have gravitated toward the subject of history — particularly, 20th century America.

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