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By Bryan Horwath, Forum News Service, Published March 22 2013

Monke named editor of Dickinson Press

DICKINSON, N.D. – The Dickinson Press didn’t go far in its search for a managing editor.

Calling his promotion a “dream come true,” former Press Sports Editor Dustin Monke has been tapped to lead the newspaper’s editorial department.

“I’m truly excited to start this new chapter in my life and in my career,” Monke said. His first day as managing editor was Monday.

“I’m ready to tackle the challenges that come with being the managing editor of a newspaper,” he said. “We hope to continue to provide southwest North Dakota with the excellent coverage that The Dickinson Press has been known for while also improving in some facets of how we present readers the news both in print and online.”

Monke, a 2002 graduate of New England High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Minnesota State Moorhead in 2006. He worked for Forum Communications Co., which owns The Dickinson Press, as a sports clerk and sports reporting intern at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead while in school.

After a brief stint as editor of The Herald in New England, where he got his start as a reporter while still in high school, Monke was hired to head up the Press sports department in July 2006 and won multiple awards for his work.

Also ascending to a new role at The Press is Klark Byrd, who will be news editor after coming to The Press in 2011 as a copy editor.

Monke replaces Jennifer McBride, who left the newspaper in February to take an editor position in her home state of Wisconsin.

Horwath writes for the Dickinson Press