Mildred Monke is shown during her 100th birthday celebration in June 2012.

An Inspiring 103 Years

One-hundred and three years is a long time to be alive. Almost too long, one could argue. But for Mildred Monke, it was a 103-year journey filled with more adventure and challenges than I or many others will likely ever experience in a lifetime. In June of 1912, Mildred became the first Monke of her…
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Lynn Helms

Insight: Interview With Lynn Helms

Following the State of the City address on Tuesday, Press Managing Editor Dustin Monke had an 11-minute chat with state Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms about the state of the southwest North Dakota energy industry. They chatted about falling oil prices and rig numbers, the oilfield job outlook in western North Dakota and…
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Oil Derrick

Target Logistics To Temporarily Close Dunn County Crew Camp

MANNING — Target Logistics is temporarily closing its massive crew camp in southern Dunn County, the company said Wednesday. Citing dwindling capacity and low oil prices, the company says plans to close the nearly 600-bed crew camp 8 miles north of Dickinson and reopen in late spring or early summer. “The capacity is down, somewhat…
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Hotel room bed

Dickinson Hotels Were Half Empty In 2015

Dickinson hotels were about half-full in 2015, according to year-end average data obtained by the Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau on Wednesday. Terri Thiel, exective director of the Dickinson CVB, said hotels in Dickinson averaged about 48.2 percent occupancy during 2015, which is down from 71.5 percent occupancy in 2014. Those numbers are a bit…
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Richardton-Taylor School Superintendent Brent Bautz points at cracks in the brick along the walls of the 55-year-old high school building in Richardton. The Richardton-Taylor school board is working on a proposal for an estimated $15 million reconstruction and remodel project.

Permanent Fix: Richardton-Taylor School Officials Propose $15 Million Remodel

Brent Bautz walks out of his office at Richardton-Taylor High School and points to the ceiling. There, the school superintendent shows where brick is cracked, displaced and appears to be pulling away from wooden beams, some of which have large cracks in them. The school building that houses the district’s 130-plus junior high and high…
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