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Monke: Watchful protector and not-so-silent guardian

December 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Last week, I worked the afternoon and evening shift while my news editor, page designer and all-around nighttime showrunner April Baumgarten took a well-deserved vacation.
That meant I had to get into the habit of sleeping in, working until around 1…continue reading on

Monke: At 125, state remembers where it has been, wonders where its going

November 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

Growing up, my favorite class was always history.
If there was one class that I actually paid attention in, it was Mike Schatz’s history and government classes at New England High School. (Except for that one time when I dozed off during a movie d…continue reading on

Monke: The difference between ‘want’ and ‘need’ in North Dakota

October 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Growing up, my family taught me about needs and wants.
If we went to the store and I saw a toy I wanted, my parents would ask me, “Do you really need that toy, or do you just want it?”
Of course, usually I just wanted it. And why not? Someone e…continue reading on

Monke: NYC honeymoon an unforgettable experience

September 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

After getting married in June, Sarah and I knew we weren’t going to be able to take a honeymoon immediately after the wedding. She didn’t have enough vacation time saved up to do anything worthwhile and the newspaper wasn’t in a place where its…continue reading on

Monke: Dickinson needs a long-term population solution

August 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Last week, one of my work colleague’s struck up a conversation with a Dickinson newcomer who had recently moved here from Idaho.

The man said he had left an economically depressed area but was doing well here. Still, he had no intention of bringin…continue reading on

Monke: Dickinson needs more events like concert

August 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

I stood on the roof of the old Elks Building in downtown Dickinson on Thursday night and said to someone, “Why don’t we do this more often?”
And I didn’t mean standing on top of one of downtown’s tallest buildings, though the view was pret…continue reading on

Monke: Soccer is a sport worth watching

June 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

As someone who spent nearly a decade watching sports for a living, I can tell you without pause that if you like sports at all, you should be watching World Cup soccer.
Now, first off, I won’t call it football. It may be football to the rest of th…continue reading on

Monke: A retirement home for dogs

June 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Almost a year ago, we decided to get another dog. Not in the traditional sense either.
Only nine months after we had adopted Noodle, our schnoodle puppy that some of you may have read about in previous columns, we “adopted” Donovan, my sister-in…continue reading on

Monke: It’s all worth it in the end

June 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Four years ago this July, one of my best friends convinced me to go to the bar with him on a Wednesday night.
Back then, I was the newspaper’s sports editor, and Wednesday was one of my days off. I remember it had been a particularly draining day …continue reading on

Monke: When a veteran speaks, listen

May 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

On Thursday night, we had to make a quick trip to Bismarck. Because we were heading that way, I decided that it was time to pay a visit to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan.
That’s where my Grandpa Monke was buried in December, and beca…continue reading on

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