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TRNP Welcomes Dean Wyckoff as New Chief Ranger

TRNP Welcomes Dean Wyckoff as New Chief Ranger

Dean Wyckoff has been selected as the new Chief Ranger for Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  He began his assignment on July 17, filling the position previously held by Tom Cox, who retired from the NPS in January.  

“It is wonderful to have Dean join the park management team,” said Superintendent Valerie Naylor.  “He has deep knowledge of the park and its issues, along with a strong connection to the local area.  Dean will bring exceptional leadership to our law enforcement and resource and visitor protection programs.”  

Wyckoff grew up in Sentinel Butte, North Dakota and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Dickinson State University.  He served as the park’s South Unit District Ranger from 1996 – 2003 and as a seasonal ranger in the park from 1988 – 1990. 

As Chief Ranger, Wyckoff oversees law enforcement, fee collection operations, emergency medical services, search and rescue, concessions management, special park uses, wilderness and backcountry management, and campground operations for all three units of the park.  

Wyckoff began his National Park Service career as a seasonal Park Ranger at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and also worked in seasonal positions at Badlands National Park in South Dakota.  He held permanent positions as a park ranger at Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York City, and as a refuge officer at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa.  After serving as District Ranger at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Wyckoff was a Zone Law Enforcement Officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bismarck.  His most recent assignment was as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator with the Bureau of Land Management in Billings, Montana.  

“I am very honored and excited to serve as the park’s Chief Ranger,” said Wyckoff.  “I look forward to working with the local communities on park-related issues.”

Medora Musical highlights local song

Medora Musical highlights local song

by Wendy Fix

North Dakota LIVING Magazine

The Medora Musical, always a spectacular event, will feature a special song in the 2011 performances.

In 2010, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation sponsored the “North Dakota Super Songwriting Competition,” and received more than 150 entries. Songwriters were asked for song submissions that captured the attributes of North Dakota and the spirit of the people who live there. The grand prize winner, “Always North Dakota” by Andrea Stolpe, was announced in January 2011. As a result, Stolpe was awarded a cash prize and her song will be included in the 2011 Medora Musical.

Andrea Stolpe was raised in Stillwater, Minn., and now resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with her husband, Jan, and their 18-month-old daughter, Hannah. Stolpe says while writing “Always North Dakota,” she tapped into her Midwestern roots and vivid memories of a trip through North Dakota in her adolescence.

Stolpe says the process of writing “Always North Dakota” spanned a week’s time. “I carried a notebook with me everywhere, and immersed myself in memories of my childhood, and our trip that eighth grade year. As memories and images came to mind, I jotted them down one by one, and chose to use the most impressionable ones, like the thunderheads in the summer skies,” Stolpe says.

Indeed, upon dissecting the lyrics of “Always North Dakota,” one will find traces of Stolpe’s memories woven throughout. For example, the first line of the song is: “There’s a winding path, though a field of wheat, on a plot of land…” This, says Stolpe, refers to the driveway leading up to her grandparents’ farm house in Madison, Minn. It’s also a setting commonly found in rural North Dakota.

Stolpe’s husband, Jan, is a musical engineer and producer.

Together, they came up with the final version of “Always North Dakota.” As the grand prize winners in the “North Dakota Super Songwriting Competition,” the Stolpes were awarded $5,000.

“I wish I could say we spent the award money on something quite romantic or extravagant,” Stolpe says, “but we recently purchased a home and our chimney was in desperate need of repair. It has been wonderful to light a fire on cool evenings to warm the house.”

The Stolpes hope to travel to North Dakota and Minnesota this summer to attend the Medora Musical and to visit family. More information about songwriter Andrea Stolpe can be found at AndreaStolpe.com.

Wendy Fix is a freelance writer and owner of Prairie Ink Writing Services. She and her husband, Mike, are raising their five children in Bismarck.

This story is a condensed version of the original article that appeared in the July 2011 issue of North Dakota LIVING Magazine.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Celebrates Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Celebrates Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Have you ever wondered how the “Teddy Bear” got its name?  The Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association (TRNHA) will host a Teddy Bear Picnic on Sunday, July 10 at 1:00 p.m. to celebrate National Teddy Bear Picnic Day.   

Registration is at 12:45 p.m. MDT at the South Unit Visitor Center; picnic festivities will begin at 1:00 p.m.  The picnic is free, though the park’s regular entrance fee will be charged. 

“July 10 is actually National Teddy Bear Picnic Day, so this will be fun,” said Superintendent Valerie Naylor.  “We encourage kids and their parents to attend this light-hearted event in the park dedicated to the man who inspired the Teddy Bear.” 

The picnic will have a unique theme and will give children (and adults) a chance to learn about Teddy Bears and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  Children in attendance will receive a goodie bag with Teddy Bear snacks and an opportunity to win great prizes!  There will also be a visit by a very special surprise guest. 

 “It’s always great fun to see how Teddy Bears bring out the kid in all of us,” said Jane Muggli, TRNHA Executive Director.  “We love hosting this picnic in the park.” 

Another Teddy Bear Picnic will be held on August 10.  For further information, call the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association, the park’s non-profit partner, at 701-623-4884 or visit the website at www.trnha.org.

Veterans honored in Medora on July 10

Veterans honored in Medora on July 10

Medora, N.D.  – November 11 isn’t the only day of the year when veterans are honored. The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation invites all veterans and their families to Medora on July 10 for its annual Veterans Day in Medora. 

“Our military does so much for us on a daily basis, from fighting local floods to protecting our freedom. This is our way of honoring their service and saying thank you,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

As a token of appreciation, all veterans will receive a free ticket to the Medora Musical and the Adolph Burkhardt Country Western Concert. The day-long recognition event features activities like an ice cream social, flag retiring ceremony and a special presentation before the nightly performance of the Medora Musical. Veterans are asked to wear their service caps to honor their branch of service.

 To reserve a free ticket and additional tickets for family members or for more information, call 1-800-MEDORA-1. For a complete agenda and more details, go to www.medora.com/events/?Veterans-Day-in-Medora.

Medora’s July 4th activities

Medora’s July 4th activities

July 3 – 4

Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the Fourth of July Medora style. Line up along Medora’s Main Street to watch the Independence Day parades, starting at 3:30 p.m. daily July 3 and 4. Following the Medora Musical performance on July 4, fireworks will light up the sky with an amazing display of vibrant colors, patterns and presentations. 

Aside from the fireworks and parades, Medora’s guests will take in other popular activities like:

 

Medora Musical

8:30 p.m. (MT), Burning Hills Amphitheater

Celebrating its 47th season in 2011, the Medora Musical is a professionally produced, high energy, Western style revue set in the 2,852 seat Burning Hills Amphitheater in the North Dakota Badlands. Audiences are treated to an exciting array of song and dance routines performed by the Burning Hills Singers and accompanied by the on-stage band, the Coal Diggers. This family friendly show is dedicated to the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt and his time spent in the Badlands.

Pitchfork Fondue

6:15 p.m. (MT), Tjaden Terrace

The nationally acclaimed Pitchfork Steak Fondue is a traveler’s delight. Every evening our chefs load steaks onto pitchforks and fondue them western style. Savor your steak as you overlook the picturesque Badlands from atop a bluff at the Tjaden Terrace.

Discover fun, fireworks and festivities in Medora

Discover fun, fireworks and festivities in Medora

The July events and activities in Medora are packed with fun, fireworks and festivities for all. For more information about these events or others, contact the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation at 1-800-MEDORA-1 or visit www.medora.com/events

July 1

Billings County 125th anniversary

For more information contact the Medora Area CVB at 701-623-4829

 July 3 – 4

Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the Fourth of July Medora style. Line up along Medora’s Main Street to watch the Independence Day parades, starting at 3:30 p.m. daily July 3 and 4. Following the Medora Musical performance on July 4, fireworks will light up the sky with an amazing display of vibrant colors, patterns and presentations. 

 July 6 – August 15

Joey O

An acrobat with masterful motor skills and an entertainer with motivating words of encouragement and self-belief, Joey O. will amaze and inspire audiences young and old. For more than two decades, this motor-skill genius has made people smile and laugh worldwide, performing with Bob Hope at the Bob Hope Classic to the Hawaiian Open and as far away as the Hiroshima Open in Japan, as well as appearing with Tiger Woods on the Tonight Show. Joey performs daily at the entrance to the Medora Campground, across from the Chateau Interpretive Center. For performance times, visit www.medora.com/what-to-do/?Joey-O.

 July 8

Greg Hager performs live on the Chuckwagon Patio North Dakota’s own Greg Hager performs original music with Old Western cowboy flavor.

 July 10

Veterans Day in Medora

All veterans and their families are invited to enjoy Historic Medora as we honor their service to our country. All veterans receive a free ticket for the Medora Musical and the Adolph Burkhardt Country Western Concert. Check out the complete agenda for this day-long event at www.medora.com/events/?Veterans-Day-in-Medora.

 July 10

Teddy Bear Picnic

For kids of all ages, the picnic will be held at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park South Unit Visitor Center. For more information, contact the Theodore Roosevelt Nature & History Association at 701-623-4884.

 July 10 – 11

Razzle Dazzle Hat Day in Medora

All members of the Red Hat Society are wanted in Medora for a dazzling good time. Plan your day around special activities like a tea social, and finish with the Medora Musical. For the complete agenda, visit: www.medora.com/events/?Razzle-Dazzle-Red-Hat-Day-in-Medora.

 July 15-17

Greg Hager performs live on the Chuckwagon Patio North Dakota’s own Greg Hager returns to perform original music with Old Western cowboy flavor.

 July 23

National Day of the Cowboy

Visit Historic Medora for a full day of western heritage and activities. For more information contact the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame at 701-623-2000.

Medora Campground to open June 22

Medora Campground to open June 22

Medora, N.D.  – The Medora Campground will open June 22. Located on the west edge of Medora near the Little Missouri River, the campground was impacted by spring flooding, but has been restored to prime condition.

 “Our maintenance staff has been working diligently to get the Medora Campground back to its top-notch condition. In fact, it’s been restored very well and campers won’t even know the grounds sustained any damage,” reports Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF), owner of the Medora Campground.

The shade-filled Medora Campground has long been a favorite among campers and RVers, for its location near the Little Missouri River and the large cottonwood trees. It features more than 200 campsites for campers or RVs, a laundromat, two shower buildings and a convenience store, all centrally located within the campgrounds.

Reservations are being accepted immediately and can be made online at www.medora.com or by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1.

Bully Pulpit Golf Course, the other TRMF tourism-related property affected by the flood, opened on June 13, with nine holes available for play.  The holes currently open are: 1, 2,4,5,8,9,14.15 and 16. Bully Pulpit’s maintenance crew continues to clean and conduct maintenance work on the remaining nine holes, and once suitable for play, they will open. The driving range, which was untouched by the flooding, has been open all along.

Golfers can book their tee time by calling 800-633-6721. Walk-ons also are available and welcome.

For more information about Bully Pulpit Golf Course, its rate and vacation packages, visit: www.medora.com/bully-pulpit.

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Medora is located at the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As North Dakota’s #1 vacation destination, Medora offers family entertainment in an Old West atmosphere.

For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com.
For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm

Bully Pulpit Golf Course re-opens Monday, June 13

Medora, N.D.  – Bully Pulpit Golf Course, located three miles south of Medora, will re-open Monday, June 13, with nine holes available for play.

Bully Pulpit was impacted by the late spring flooding along the Little Missouri River, and the maintenance staff has been working diligently to get the course back in shape.

Dave Solga, Bully Pulpit’s director of golf, says the nine holes open for play look great and still offer an enjoyable, scenic golf game. “Golfers can be assured that they will have a unique Badlands golfing experience with the nine holes currently open. In fact, Bully Pulpit’s signature holes – numbers 14, 15 and 16 are included in the holes available for play. So, golfers can anticipate experiencing a top-notch, challenging game Bully Pulpit is nationally known to provide.”

The holes open are: 1, 2,4,5,8,9,14.15 and 16. Bully Pulpit’s maintenance crew continues to clean and conduct maintenance work on the remaining nine holes, and once suitable for play, they will open.

The driving range, which was untouched by the flooding, has been open all along.

“We appreciate the great response we received from our staff at Bully Pulpit and the community at large. We’ve had help from businesses who donated machinery to help us get the course back into prime shape, and thank you to those golfers who’ve been patiently waiting to play Bully Pulpit,” says Randy Hatzenbuhler, president  of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, which owns Bully Pulpit Golf Course. “Because of everyone’s help and support, this year’s golf season will be fantastic.”

Golfers can book their tee time by calling 800-633-6721. Walk-ons also are available and welcome.

For more information about Bully Pulpit Golf Course, its rate and vacation packages, visit: www.medora.com/bully-pulpit.

About Bully Pulpit Golf Course

Designed by world renowned golf course architect, Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Bully Pulpit is nestled in the rugged buttes and vistas of the North Dakota Badlands, just south of Medora, N.D. This 18-hole golf course has been nationally recognized by the likes of Golf Digest, GOLF magazine, and The Links. Bully Pulpit features five tees, ranging in length from a comfortable 4,750 total yards from the forward tees to a challenging 7,166 at the tips. www.medora.com/bully-pulpit

Kick off the summer with early June events in Medora

Kick off the summer with early June events in Medora

Here is a listing of early June events and activities in Medora. For more information about these events or others, contact the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation at 1-800-MEDORA-1 or visit www.medora.com/events.

 June 1 – August 28

History Alive

History Alive begins its season with performances on the porch of the Chateau de Mores every Saturday and Sunday through August 28. For more information contact the Chateau de Mores at 701-623-4355.

 June 4

Dakota Air: The Radio Show, featuring Paulette Carlson

Burning Hills Amphitheatre, 2:30 p.m. MDT

The Medora performance of Dakota Air: The Radio Show is the 10th and final presentation of the show’s wildly successful inaugural season.  Dakota Air is an old-fashioned live radio variety show, featuring comedy skits and music along with local history, culture and talent. 

 June 5

57th Annual Bird Walk, Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Join us at 6:30 a.m. MDT at the Cottonwood Campground. For more information contact the Theodore Roosevelt Nature & History Association at 701-623-4884.

 June 10

46th Annual Medora Musical Opening Night & Pitchfork Steak Fondue

Burning Hills Amphitheatre

The “Greatest Show in the West” begins its 46th season, and the nationally acclaimed Pitchfork Steak Fondue also kicks off its first night of the season. Both are held nightly through September 10 with the Fondue offering its unique dining at 6:30 p.m. MDT, followed by the Medora Musical at 8:30 p.m. MDT. Tickets for each can be purchased online at www.medora.com or by calling 1-800-633-6721.

 June 10-12

Greg Hager performs live on the Chuckwagon Patio

North Dakota’s own Greg Hager performs original music in the Old Western Cowboy flavor.

 June 11

Paint the Town

Medora, citywide

Stop in at various businesses throughout Medora to see area artists at work. The following artists and their work will be featured: Franci Heinli, potter, Bismarck; Sam Coleman, painter, Bismarck; Andrew Knudson, painter, Towner; Harvey Rattey & Pamela Harr, bronze artists, Glendive, Mont.,; Kaye Burian, painter, Manning; Judy Bell, painter, Minot; Barb Nechiprenko, pastel artist, Bismarck.

 June 11-12

Winchester Weekend

North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

A weekend celebration of the western lifestyle of days gone by with fun festivities, including the Antique Gun Road Show. For more information contact the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame at 701-623-2000.

 June 12 & 15

Kids Day

Every Sunday and Wednesday through September 7 is Kids Day in Medora. That means free Medora Musical admission for kids accompanied by their parent or grandparent. After the show, kids can get autographs from the cast members. Earlier in the day at 5 p.m. on the Chuckwagon patio, Playtime on the Patio features the Medora Musical singers in a sing-along time and face painting before and after their performance. For more information about Kids Day activities and discounts, visit: www.medora.com/events/?Kids-Day:-Wednesdays-&-Sundays

 June 12

Burning Hills Worship Service

Burning Hills Amphitheatre, 9:30 a.m. MDT

This non-denominational worship service will feature special music performed by the Burning Hills Singers, Medora Coal Diggers and special guest artists.

 June 14

Marquis de Mores Birthday Celebration

Chateau de Mores

Enjoy birthday cake and refreshments at the Chateau as the founder of Medora turns 153. For more info contact the Chateau de Mores at 701-623-4355.

 June 14

Bully Expedition – 4th Graders Day

Medora, citywide

Fourth graders from all across North Dakota venture to Medora for an educational scavenger hunt, free Medora Musical ticket, and loads of fun.

 June 14

Flag Day and All Horse Parade

Downtown Medora, 5 p.m. MDT

This unique parade is limited to horses and horse-drawn carriages. Out-of-town entries are welcome. For more information contact the Medora Area CVB at 701-623-4829.

 June 14 & 16

Seniors Day

Every Tuesday and Thursday through September 8 is Seniors Day. All seniors, age 55 and better, receive a 15% discount on their ticket to the Medora Musical and the Pitchfork Steak Fondue, as well as lodging at the Badlands Motel, Rough Riders Hotel, and The Bunkhouse.

Medora Musical variety act line up announced

Medora Musical variety act line up announced

Medora, N.D. – To help kick off the summer travel season and celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7-15, Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation has announced its lineup of nationally known comedy and variety acts to be featured during the 2011 season of the Medora Musical.

This year’s Medora Musical spectators will be entertained not only by the talented Burning Hills Singers and Coal Diggers band, but also by variety acts ranging from an acrobat and aerial circus artists to a motivational comedian and a ventriloquist.

The Medora Musical, a professionally produced, high energy, Western style revue set in the Burning Hills Amphitheater in the North Dakota Badlands, kicks off June 10 and features nightly performances at 8:30 p.m. MT through September 10.

“The Medora Musical is fun for the whole family and features great music, fireworks, horses, and outstanding professional entertainment,” stated Randy Hatzenbuhler, director of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. “People are already making their Medora vacation plans for this summer, so we remind visitors that it’s not too early to reserve their Musical tickets or book their vacation plans now.”

Tickets to the Medora Musical can be purchased now by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1 or online at www.medora.com. Also available online is vacation and golf packages, Bully Pulpit Golf Course information, and the ability to make hotel reservations.

 

June 10 – July 8

Sylvia Fletcher, ventriloquist

Sylvia Fletcher tours the United States with the Magic Trunk, a well-traveled box inhabited by a delightful bunch of quick-witted puppets that she magically brings to life through ventriloquism. Whether she stops at schools, fairs, corporate shows or others venues, the young and young at heart are treated to a show where they can believe that a puppet can truly talk.

July 9 -29

Karyn Ruth White

Karyn Ruth White is a motivational comedian who believes that laughter is one of the most powerful tools we have to live happy, productive lives.  As a stand-up comedian and a popular keynote presenter at national and state conferences around the U.S., Karyn Ruth helps her audiences laugh off the little things and enjoy what’s important. Visit her online at www.karynruthwhite.com

July 30 – August 19

Rudi Macaggi “The Acromedia”

Rudi Macaggi is a third-generation circus acrobat from Italy. He grew up performing with his family and traveling the world, becoming fluent in Italian, French, Spanish and English. He first came to the United States in 1982 while performing with a circus and eventually ran away from the circus to pursue a solo career that has taken a unique path, combining acrobatics with comedy, and earning him the nickname “The Acromedian.” Macaggi has appeared on the hit TV show America’s Got Talent and strives to bring happiness to people in each performance, inspiring laughter and smiles with his friendly catchphrase, “I like you.”

August 20 – September 10

Aloft

Aloft is an internationally-renowned collective of aerial and circus artists dedicated to providing awe-inspiring and memorable performances. Founded by Shayna Swanson in 2005, with the acclaimed full length show “Rolling Backouts,” Aloft put an innovative spin on traditional circus acts, creating art that spilled over with beauty, wonder and solid storytelling. Since then Aloft has created three more full length productions, Dinner of Our Discontent, The Silentest Movie, and Science of Heart. In 2008 Aloft began producing a monthly cabaret show, El Circo Cheapo Cabaret, which has sold out each performance over the last three years and gone on a highly successful nationwide tour. Aloft’s performers are highly trained, visionary professionals who leave spectators breathless, but also inject a level of humanity into their performance that audiences can’t forget. 

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About the Medora Musical

Celebrating its 47th season in 2011, the Medora Musical is a professionally produced, high energy, Western style revue set in the 2,852 seat Burning Hills Amphitheater in the North Dakota Badlands. Audiences are treated to an exciting array of song and dance routines performed by the Burning Hills Singers and accompanied by the on-stage band, the Coal Diggers. This family friendly show is dedicated to the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt and his time spent in the Badlands.

Medora is located at the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As North Dakota’s #1 vacation destination, Medora offers family entertainment in an Old West atmosphere.

For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com. For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm

About National Travel and Tourism Week (May 7-15, 2011):

National Travel and Tourism Week, held annually in May, is a salute to travel and tourism in America. It’s a tradition first celebrated in 1984. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

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