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 has been a key member of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, as well as the Press' Sweepstakes win in 2013. As the newspaper's editor, he writes a Sunday column, contributes feature stories, designs pages and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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.