ANDREA STOLPE WINS NORTH DAKOTA SUPER SONGWRITING CONTEST

Winning Song to Be Featured in the 2011 Medora Musical

Medora, ND- The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation is pleased to announce that Andrea Stolpe of Stillwater, MN, is the winner of the North Dakota Super Songwriting Contest.  Andrea’s song “Always North Dakota” will be featured in the 2011 Medora Musical.  In addition, Ms. Stolpe will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000.  Of the contest, Director of the Medora Musical Curt Wollan said, “Any time we allow people to respond to a place they love or miss, whether it’s through a poem or in this case, a song, we find very deep and from-the-heart works of art.  That is what we found in doing this contest.  It will be a very exciting experience to bring this new song to the audience of the Medora Musical this summer.”
 
The five finalists included:
– “Always North Dakota” by Andrea Stolpe and Jan Stolpe from Stillwater, MN
– “Badlands Fever” by Wayne Douglas Kabanuck from Max, ND
– “Dakota Skies” by Jeremy Erickson from Bloomington, ND
– “North Dakota Feels Like Home” by David G. Roise from Minot, ND
– “Oh, North Dakota, You Belong to Me” by Celeste Krenz and Kelli Volk from Williston, ND

The Songwriting competition was announced in March with a deadline of September 15.  Entrants were invited to write a new, original song that captures the many attributes of the state of North Dakota and the spirit of North Dakotans. Over 150 entries were submitted for the contest, which is the first of its kind that the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation has sponsored. 
 
Of the competition results, Kinley R. Slauter, Burning Hills Amphitheatre Manager for the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation said: “All of the finalists were so good and unique that it made selection of the winner very difficult for the judging committee.”
 
The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation extends a great big North Dakota thank you to all who submitted an entry.  The 2011 Medora Musical runs nightly from June 10 through September 10 at 8:30 p.m. in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre.

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