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ND native Kat Perkins advances on 'The Voice,' blows away coaches

Kat Perkins

Twin Cities singer Kat Perkins dedicated one of the great ’80s rock ballads to her father, Mark, on Monday night’s performance of NBC’s “The Voice.”

The graduate of Scranton (N.D.) High School, where Mark Perkins is a music teacher, sang the Journey hit “Open Arms” in the playoff round and floored the coaches.

Her coach, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, said, “There has not been a better performance than this one.”

Perkins was one of three singers Levine chose to take to the live performance rounds that begin next week.

The other coaches raved about Perkins’ performance, too – especially of her ability to make the song her own.

“Kat, it sounded like your song,” Blake Shelton said.

Shakira called the performance “effortless.”

“You’re so committed and in the moment,” she said. “It made me be in the moment with you.”

Usher said Perkins was “flawless” and told Levine he’d outdone himself in working with Perkins.

Levine said during his comments after Perkins’ performance that she has much more yet to accomplish.

“We’re already approaching the end, but the way I feel about you is this is only the beginning,” he said.

Dustin Monke

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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