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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BISMARCK—The company planning to build an oil refinery west of Belfield, N.D., and just three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park's eastern edge has submitted its permit application to the North Dakota Department of Health. On Friday, Oct. 7, Meridian Energy Group submitted its permit to construct the Davis Refinery as a minor synthetic source of air pollution, said Craig Thorstenson, an environmental engineer who handles permitting for the department's Division of Air Quality.
DICKINSON, N.D.—One of Dickinson's biggest oilfield employers has been bought out, but little is changing. It's even expanding. RockPile Energy Services, which operated primarily as a hydraulic fracturing operation during the Bakken oilfield's boom years, was acquired earlier this month by Houston-based White Deer Energy. RockPile was previously a subsidiary of Triangle Petroleum Corp.
Life seems to happen in threes for the Stevenson family. Seth and Lauren Stevenson, of Dickinson, were married in 2013 after a three-day engagement just three months after they first met while working on an oilfield site near Camel's Hump Lake. So it only made sense that on Thursday, for the third consecutive year on the same exact day, the couple welcomed their third child. Newborn Henry, born Sept. 1, 2016, joins 2-year-old brother Axel, born Sept. 1, 2014, and 1-year-old sister Tommie, born Sept. 1, 2015.
BISMARCK—Chad Schoch thought he'd work in the North Dakota oilfields for two years, at most. He wanted to roughneck, make and save money, pay off his bills, and then be out by the time he was 30. Six years later, the 34-year-old New England man is one of the state's two Bakken U scholarship recipients and is slowly building a career as a petroleum industry professional. "I'm in school mode right now," Schoch said.
DICKINSON, N.D.—A Dickinson man who allegedly whipped four people in their heads and faces with a firearm was arrested over the weekend on felony charges. Jeffrey Reynolds, 27, has been charged with aggravated assault and terrorizing, both Class C felonies, after allegedly using a firearm to cause blunt force trauma to the heads and facial areas of four victims during an altercation on the 300 block of Fourth Avenue Southwest, according to a Dickinson Police Department statement.
DICKINSON, N.D.—One of the nation's leading commodities market regulators said Monday he's confident the American energy industry can remain stable through the current period of lower oil prices, despite what overseas competition believes. J. Christopher Giancarlo, a commissioner on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, discussed North Dakota's role in world oil markets with U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and two of the state's energy industry leaders at the Dickinson Public Safety Center before getting an oil rig tour in Dunn County.
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.
BEACH, N.D.—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, also of Beach, on June 6 with a 1911 model .45-caliber pistol. Young died from his injuries on June 10 in a Bismarck hospital.
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — U.S. Air Force exercises will take place over portions of southwest North Dakota from June 7-9. The Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City has announced that all parts of the Powder River Training Complex, which includes areas around Bowman, Hettinger and Elgin, N.D.; Baker, Mont., Lemmon, S.D., and throughout western South Dakota. People living in those areas can expect to see multiple types of aircraft utilizing the areas simultaneously.
BISMARCK—The chief executive of North Dakota's largest oil producer said Wednesday that his company is still making big money on Bakken and Three Forks wells despite the industry's economic downturn. Whiting Petroleum Corp. President and CEO Jim Volker said during the second day of the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference that he foresees a gradual upturn for the state's oil industry as crude prices steadily creep upward and more drilled but uncompleted wells are slowly brought into production.