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 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.
WASHINGTON— A North Dakota man, who had a weapons cache in his vehicle and told U.S. Secret Service agents he was Jesus Christ, was arrested Wednesday after agents were alerted he was in Washington with the intention of kidnapping the Obama family's pet dogs. Scott Davy Stockert, 49, of Dickinson, told Secret Service agents he drove from Dickinson to Washington, D.C., alone in his Dodge Ram pickup truck. He brought with him a cache of weapons and ammunition, according to court documents.
WASHINGTON -- A North Dakota man was arrested Wednesday by U.S. Secret Service agents on weapons charges after law enforcement was alerted he was there with the intention of kidnapping...
DICKINSON -- Law enforcement's standoff with fugitive Jeremy Mellmer ended early Thursday when Mellmer suffered a "suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound," according to a Dickinson Police Department report. A standoff with Mellmer started about 10:35 p.m. Wednesday outside of a house on the 900 block of Ninth Street East after receiving a tip from an owner of a vacant home on the street. Mellmer had fled custody Monday night while being detained in connection to a string of burglaries involving guns. The standoff ended sometime between midnight and 12:30 a.m.
AMIDON—Hydraulic fracturing of the Tyler shale formation was expected to liven the sleepy plains of Slope County with oil activity. But more than two years after the first well was spudded, three horizontal wells drilled by Marathon Oil Co. between September and December of 2013 have proven economically unfeasible and are now abandoned.