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Monke: 9/11 Memorial equal parts breathtaking, infuriating

September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of the most interesting — and mildly infuriating — moments of my wife and I’s recent trip to New York was our visit to the 9/11 Memorial.

First, if you haven’t been to New York, understand that there are a lot of tourists there. And it’s not…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Monke: 9/11 Memorial equal parts breathtaking, infuriating

September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of the most interesting — and mildly infuriating — moments of my wife and I’s recent trip to New York was our visit to the 9/11 Memorial.

First, if you haven’t been to New York, understand that there are a lot of tourists there. And it’s not…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Monke: Helping the next generation of journalists

January 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Newspapers can be one of our greatest learning tools. I am convinced three things taught me how to read: The Berenstain Bears, Little Golden Books and newspapers.
One of my earliest memories is from when I was 4 and my older brothers would spread th…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Monke: Giving gifts that will be appreciated

November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

We stood in the Kmart toy department for about 30 minutes, looking for gift ideas. The shopping took time because there were certain toys we knew we couldn’t buy.
We didn’t want any that required batteries, they couldn’t have any liquid or sli…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Monke: Giving gifts that will be appreciated

November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

We stood in the Kmart toy department for about 30 minutes, looking for gift ideas. The shopping took time because there were certain toys we knew we couldn’t buy.
We didn’t want any that required batteries, they couldn’t have any liquid or sli…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Monke: It is worth inviting Obama to North Dakota

November 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

In late June, I wrote a somewhat satirical column that generated more praise, criticism, website hits and social media chatter than anything I have ever written.
People still talk to me about it today.
It’s title: “Dear Mr. President, an invita…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Monke: The monument to America’s memory

October 5, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

What will be America’s monument to history? Every great civilization has left behind a monument denoting its time of power. Many of those monuments also give us a glimpse into their rise, dominance and eventual fall. Continue Reading

Monke: An eye-opening case of elder abuse

September 28, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

There is a type of abuse you don’t hear about much but is one psychologists believe has persisted for generations. Continue Reading

Monke: Dickinson’s little world hinges on the big picture

September 21, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Last week brought word of numerous brand-name businesses planning to open in Dickinson. Continue Reading

Monke: Downtown Dickinson revitalization a growing need

September 14, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

While in Bismarck on Saturday night, I decided it was time for Sarah and I to try something different and move our palettes beyond the growingly bland chain restaurants we have eaten at too many times. Continue Reading