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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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.
DICKINSON, N.D.—The North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Counties is eyeing a rebrand to shorten its name after revamping its long-term goals Thursday. The association's executive committee reworded its mission statement, created a vision statement and set the stage for a possible name change during a meeting at the Ramada Grand Dakota Hotel in Dickinson.
AMIDON, N.D. —Residents of the two most southwestern counties in North Dakota expressed their concerns and the perceived helplessness they felt about federal government overreach to U.S. Sen. John Hoeven on Monday during separate roundtable gatherings. The Republican senator held hour-long meetings in both Bowman and Amidon to speak with county and city officials, landowners, ranchers and business leaders about a variety of topics that originate at a national level and affect them.
KILLDEER, N.D. -- A rural Killdeer couple is at the center of multiple charges that allegedly involved drugs, explosives and a pet rattlesnake—all of which contributed to child neglect—after multiple law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant of their property Friday. John J. Reiss III and his wife, Sara Brooke Reiss, have been charged with four felonies—including three Class C felony charges each of neglect of a child under the age of 5.
DICKINSON, N.D.—The Hammond family sat at a table, both laughing out loud and quietly shedding tears as they reflected on the life of Levi Hammond. "He just wanted to help," said Levi's sister, Karla, as her eyes welled with tears. Her five words brought the room to a brief silence, as it almost perfectly summed up Levi's short, yet accomplished life.
WASHINGTON—North Dakota's Congressional delegation is both laughing off and expressing unbridled disgust over President Barack Obama's bid to impose a $10-a-barrel tax on crude oil. The longshot tax proposal, which will be a part of Obama's fiscal 2017 budget plan on Tuesday, would fund the overhaul of the nation's aging transportation infrastructure, the White House said on Thursday.