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July in Medora!

July in Medora!

July in Medora, ND

The month of July marks the middle of the summer. If you haven’t made it out to Medora yet, now is a great time! If you already have, come visit us again as there is so much more to do and see! You deserve it! Check out what’s coming up in July:

Medora Musical Variety Act #2 – George Casey, July 1 – July 28

George CaseyThe Medora Musical performs nightly through September 8 this year and we’re quickly approaching the opening night of Variety Act #2 of 4. Don’t miss BreakSk8’s final performance on June 30. Back by popular demand, George Casey returns to the Medora Musical. He was born in a remote seaside village on Ireland’s west coast that is legendary for its storytelling. Growing up in a large family, he saw humor everywhere and honed his skills as a comic at the expense of his brothers and sisters. In 1970, George immigrated to the U.S., earned his citizenship and now calls Branson, Mo., home. Some of the acts George has opened for and toured with include Rosemary Clooney, The Osmond Brothers, Ray Price, Three Dog Night, Brooklyn Bridge, Donald O’Connor and Bobby Vinton. He has performed at Caesar’s Palace, The Sahara, and The Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; and for corporations including McDonald’s, Hasbro, AT&T, Lucent Technology and Panasonic.

Family Fun Center – New in 2012!

Family Fun Center SlideSummer is heating up making it the perfect time to check out the Medora Family Fun Center, brand new in 2012. The Family Fun Center is one of many new attractions this summer as a result of feedback from our many patrons. The Family Fun Center features a rock climbing wall, dual bungee jumpers, and is crowned by “the world’s largest inflatable water slide!” The Family Fun Center is exciting entertainment for the entire family… that includes you, parents! Let that child inside come out and play! We promise not to tell! Admission to the Family Fun Center a very reasonable $8/person for an unlimited two-day pass.

Independence Day 2012 – July 1 & 4

American Flags at the 2012 Medora MusicalIndependence Day is a special time of celebration for many and Medora is no exception! Since July 4th is on a Wednesday, we’re celebrating twice! Fun, family parades held at 3:30 p.m. MDT through the streets of downtown Medora on July 1 and 4. Out-of-town entries are welcome! After the patriotic Medora Musical on July 4th the crowd makes their way downtown to enjoy a spectacular fireworks performance fired from the buttes on the east end of town.

Medora’s Veteran’s Day – July 8

All Veterans and their families are invited to a special day in Medora as we honor their service to our Country. Veterans will receive a FREE Medora Musical ticket and a FREE ticket to the “Adolph Burkhardt Concert.”  Tickets to the famous Pitchfork Steak Fondue, along with ALL tickets for spouses and family members must be purchased in advance.

We are requesting all veterans to wear their service caps to honor their branch of service. Please call 1-800-Medora-1 in advance to make reservations.  A block of rooms is set aside for Veterans Day at the Badlands Motel and the Bunkhouse Motel.  Just ask for the Veteran’s block when calling for reservations.  If you make reservations for the Badlands Motel, the Bunkhouse, or the Rough Riders Hotel.

Fossil Dig – July 23 – 29

Woman excavating a fossil in Medora.60-million-year-old fossil site containing crocodile, champsosaur (crocodile-like animal), turtle, fish, and other fossils is being excavated in the beautiful and rugged badlands near Medora, North Dakota. The North Dakota Geological Survey and Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation will co-sponsor a scientific, professionally conducted, fossil excavation at that site in July 2012. Public participation is invited; open to anyone 12 years or older. There will be three Family Dig days available, from July 27 – 29th (open to anyone 6 years or older, with adult supervision).

Fossil in plaster awaiting transport.Package is $145 per day per person and includes:

  • Dig
  • Breakfast
  • Sack lunch
  • Transportation between Medora and dig site
  • Bottled water
  • Souvenir with 2012 logo

Enjoy outdoor adventure in the North Dakota Badlands.  Reserve lodging, Medora Musical tickets, Pitchfork Steak Fondue tickets & more.  Call 1-800-Medora-1.

*Preregistration is required. Payment is due at time of registration. Limited to 8 people per day. Participants ages 12-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Registration ends July 1. Moderate hiking required. Rain or shine.

The O-Mazing Joey O! July 13 – July 28

This trick golfer and inspiration speaker will be performing at the Tjaden Terrace during the Pitchfork Steak Fondue starting at 7 p.m. MDT.

Book your trip today!

For tickets and lodging reservations or more information call 1-800-Medora-1

See you in Medora!

Medora’s early July events offer a patriotic salute

Medora’s early July events offer a patriotic salute

NEWS
June 19, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
Office: 701-223-4800
Cell: 701-471-3335

Medora’s early July events offer a patriotic salute

Medora, N.D. – Two events in early July offer a patriotic salute to our country’s independence and those who have fought to maintain our freedom.

July 1 and 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 1 and 4. Following the Medora Musical performance on July 1 and 4, fireworks will light up the sky with an amazing display of vibrant colors, patterns and presentations. The professional fireworks show is conducted by RES Specialty Pyrotechnics, an international award-winning pyrotechnics company.

July 8

19th annual Veterans Day in Medora

All veterans and their families are invited to a special day in Medora to honor their service to our country. 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.

More information about both events can be found at www.medora.com.

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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

35th Annual Classic Car Show – June 23

35th Annual Classic Car Show – June 23

NEWS
June 11, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
Office: 701-223-4800
Cell: 701-471-3335

35th annual Classic Car Show slated for June 23 in Medora

Medora, N.D. – More than 100 antique and classic cars will be displayed June 23 in Medora when the Dakota Western Auto Club cruises into town to host its 35th annual Classic Car Show. This year’s special exhibit car is a 1932 Packard Dietrich convertible, which has been a Pebble Beach first place winner.

 The cars will be displayed on the east end of Medora by the Badlands Motel. The show is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.MDT, with a parade at 4:30 p.m. MDT.

First, second and third place trophies will be awarded for more than 20 categories based upon car and truck year, make and model, as well as oldest car and Pioneer Award.

Prior to the car show on Saturday, there will be activities on Friday, June 22, in the Medora Community Center. A slide show, starting at 7:30 p.m. MDT, will highlight rare cars featured in the Medora Antique Classic Car Show since 1978. This will be followed by a reception and music by the Friday Night Gang.

The public is invited to attend all events on June 22 and 23.

For more information or to register a car for the show, go to www.medora.com.

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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

Medora’s Von Hoffman Dedication June 16

Medora’s Von Hoffman Dedication June 16

NEWS
June 7, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
Office: 701-223-4800
Cell: 701-471-3335

 

Medora’s Von Hoffmann House dedication scheduled for June 16

The historic home was restored to showcase historical significance

Medora, N.D. – The Von Hoffmann House in Medora, formerly the home of the Medora Doll House, has been restored and will be dedicated on Saturday, June 16.

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation recently restored the Von Hoffmann House to showcase its historical significance, and it now features a collection of original furniture and period furnishings. In addition, it features a display of the Ferris family’s correspondence with their friend, Theodore Roosevelt. This project was part of the Foundation’s historic preservation and restoration initiative.

The historic house was built by Medora Vallambrosa’s parents, the Baron and Mrs. Von Hoffmann in 1884 and is featured on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The dedication will take place in the back yard of the Von Hoffmann House at 1 p.m. MDT on June 16.

The Von Hoffmann House dedication ceremony will also include the dedication of the Founder’s Park, the Wall of Honor and the Elaine Andrist Garden. The Founder’s Park honors the individuals who were instrumental in Medora’s history and early beginnings including Harold Schafer, Theodore Roosevelt, Marquis de Mores, and the various donors to the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

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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

Dakota Air: The Radio Show Returns! June 30

Dakota Air: The Radio Show Returns! June 30

NEWS
June 1, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
701-223-4800

Dakota Air: The Radio Show returns to perform live in Medora on June 30

Burning Hills Amphitheatre to Stage Popular Live Variety Show for Statewide Radio 

Medora, N.D.—Fargo production company Prairie Airwaves and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation have announced that the monthly radio program Dakota Air: The Radio Show will be performed in Medora at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre on June 30th, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. MT, featuring North Dakota native and Nashville recording artist Quintana Biffert; poet, picker and cowboy D. W. Grothe; state poet laureate and celebrated author Larry Woiwode; and the Burning Hills Singers.

The live variety show will be Dakota Air’s second performance at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre and the beginning of the series’ third season. Dakota Air host and executive producer Merrill Piepkorn said, “This action-packed, fast paced-show will be a one-of-a-kind experience celebrating the Badlands of North Dakota and the western way of life, and a wonderful component in a summer full of great experiences in North Dakota.”

20-year-old Quintana Biffert grew up in North Dakota and started her singing career at age eight, winning talent contests across the state and performing as part of the Medora Musical in 2007 before traveling and performing across the country and recording and performing in Nashville, TN. Her third album, “Now My Life Song Sings,” was released in January, and Biffert has received multiple awards from the Country Gospel Music Association.

A native of Williams County now cowboyin’ in Montana, D.W. Groethe creates songs and poems that tell of cowboy life from real experience and reflect a deep respect for those who shaped the West. He’s won national acclaim as an entertainer and writer, has performed many times at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, has been featured at the National Folk Festivals in Richmond, Virginia and in Butte, Montana, and in 2005 was invited to Washington, D.C., by the American Folklife Center and the Library of Congress to perform at the Library and at Kennedy Center.

Larry Woiwode was born near Sykeston, ND, in 1941, and by 1966 was establishing his writing career in New York City publishing stories and poetry in The New Yorker. He has since authored multiple acclaimed books, has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a John Dos Passos Prize winner, a recipient of the William Faulkner Foundation Award, and the Medal of Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a finalist for both the Book Critics Circle and the National Book Awards, and appears in multiple volumes of Best American Short Stories. Woiwode is ND state poet laureate and recipient of ND’s Rough Rider Award.

Dakota Air is a live radio show that entertains, educates and inspires audiences by featuring talent from across the region while showcasing a bit of culture and history about the location from which each show originates.  Each monthly show features music by The Radio Stars as well as original comedy by professional acting company “The Dakota Airheads,” and is recorded for broadcast across the state and beyond on Prairie Public’s broad radio network.

Tickets for this special performance and concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students (preschoolers will be admitted free). For show tickets, and for information about special lodging packages, and an afternoon barbeque on Tjaden Terrace, call 1-800-medora1 (1-800-633-6721) or visit www.medora.com.

In addition to Prairie Public’s radio broadcasts, the shows will also be available worldwide for playback at any time online at www.DakotaAirTheRadioShow.com.

Corporate sponsors are Basin Electric Power Cooperative, BNSF Railway, North Dakota Farmers Union, Gate City Bank, and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.  Prairie Public is the radio-broadcast partner.

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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

2012 Medora Musical Opens Friday

2012 Medora Musical Opens Friday

2012 Medora Musical Opens Friday!2012 Medora Musical Cast

The day that we prepare for and eagerly anticipate is just a few days away! Opening night of the Medora Musical and Pitchfork Steak Fondue not only marks the beginning of an exciting season for us, but also the start of many new adventures and life changing experiences in Medora. The beauty of the North Dakota Badlands, historical landmarks, and fun family attractions continue to captivate folks from across the region, nation, and even the world!

The Medora Musical performs nightly at 8:30 p.m. MDT debuting this Friday, June 8. This year’s show will feature catchy songs, high energy choreography, beautiful sets, and fantastic guest variety acts. Eight brand new Burning Hills Singers join our host, the Queen of the West, Emily Walter and our live band, the Coal Diggers! The Medora Musical showcases the talent of the Burning Hills Singers while remaining true to the founding principles set forth by Harold Schafer: horses, singing, dancing, world-class variety acts, gospel, patriotism and much more in a family show!

Reserve your tickets today!

BreakSk8 – June 8 – June 30, 2012

BreakSk8

In 1964, Harold Schafer contracted with Al Sheehan of Minneapolis to create a show for his newly acquired amphitheater. Harold asked Al to identify variety acts to include in the show that the folks from North Dakota would not have to travel far from home to see. World-class variety acts right in our own backyard! Continuing with that tradition we are kicking off the 2012 season with a variety act that you won’t want to miss!

Breaksk8, a Hip Hop dance crew on roller skates from Kokomo, Indiana, has been featured on several TV shows including NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and Disney’s hit show “Shake it Up.” Since the group formed in 2001, Breaksk8 has amazed audiences around the globe with their unique style of entertainment on wheels. Most recently Breaksk8 was featured on the Hunan Satellite Network, which was viewed by more than 500 million people in mainland China.

Convinced? Get your tickets here! www.Medora.com

Bully Expedition – Sunday, June 10, 2012

Education is an important part of our mission and we have a lot to give! Theodore Roosevelt, the Marquis and Marquise de Mores, and North Dakota’s own Harold Schafer provide volumes of rich history in Medora and the Badlands. Bully Expedition offers a unique opportunity to intertwine fun and learning (shh don’t tell your kids!)

With the $5 Registration Fee, each 4th Grader will receive…

  • Complimentary Medora Musical ticket
  • Complimentary Family Fun Center admission
  • Medora bandana
  • Ice cream
  • Medora Vacation Journal
  • Bully Fun Pass

To register your 4th grader today just print our registration form to mail back, or call 1-800-Medora-1 and ask for Group Sales. The registration form lists a deadline of June 1st, but we will take day-of registrations.

Bully Pulpit Golf Course – Open now!

Bully Pulpit Golf Course

If you haven’t made it out to Bully Pulpit yet… What have you been doing?! Our 18 gorgeous holes are waiting for you.

Some courses impose themselves on the landscape. The Bully Pulpit Golf Course, surrounded by the dramatic North Dakota Badlands, conforms to the surrounding terrain. Some holes play in meadows and woodlands, while others follow the meandering Little Missouri River. Holes fourteen through seventeen are built into the rugged Badlands.

Located three miles south of Medora on East River Road, this 18-hole course 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. Plus, you can warm up your swing on the driving range.

Follow is on Facebook and Twitter for access to exlusive deals and giveaways!

Call 1-800-Medora-1 or reserve your tee time online today!

Upcoming Events

If you’re not yet convinced that you need to make Medora and the Medora Musical a part of your June plans, here are some more things to entice you:

Full list of events at www.Medora.com/events

We’re Social!

You’re social and so are we! We would love to see and hear about your time in Medora. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube! Connect with us today. You may even see some social media specific deals, news, and sneak-peaks!

Facebook.com/MedoraND • Facebook.com/MedoraMusical •  Twitter.com/MedoraND
YouTube.com/MedoraND • Facebook.com/BullyPulpitGolf • Twitter.com/BullyPulpitGolf

Medora Musical Opening Weekend Activities

Medora Musical Opening Weekend Activities

 NEWS
May 30, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
701-223-4800

Medora Musical opening weekend offers activities galore

 Run, walk, eat and entertain your way through the North Dakota Badlands June 8-10

Medora, N.D. – Whether you enjoy fitness, nature, entertainment or food, Medora is the place to be the weekend of June 8-10.

The 2012 season of the Medora Musical kicks off Friday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m. MDT. This professionally-produced, high energy, Western style revue is set in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in the North Dakota Badlands. It features nightly performances through September 8.

Breaksk8, a hip hop roller skating dancing crew, is the variety act featured June 8-30 at the Medora Musical. They have been featured on several TV shows including NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and Disney’s hit show “Shake it Up.”

Foodies will enjoy the Pitchfork Fondue, also opening June 8 at 6:15 MDT at the Tjaden Terrace, overlooking the North Dakota Badlands.

The 5th annual Bully Run, which is a road race through the scenic North Dakota Badlands, has a shot gun start at 9:30 am. MDT on Saturday, June 9. Participants can choose from the 5K run, 10K run or the 5K walk. Details can be found at: www.medora.com/what-to-do/?Bully-Run

Nature lovers will enjoy free gate admission to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, courtesy of National Park Fee-Free Day. On June 9, all National Parks, including Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, waive entrance fees.

“The weekend of June 8 through June 10 is an exciting time to be in Medora,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. “Visitors can start the day by participating in the Bully Run, enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and cap off their day by eating at the Pitchfork Fondue and watching the Medora Musical.”

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

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About the Medora Musical

Celebrating its 48th season in 2012, the Medora Musical is a professionally-produced, high energy, Western style revue set in the 2,852 seat Burning Hills Amphitheatre 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

 

Rough Riders Hotel earns TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence

Rough Riders Hotel earns TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence

NEWS
May 24, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
701-223-4800

Rough Riders Hotel earns TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence

Medora, N.D. – The Rough Riders Hotel in Medora recently earned TripAdvisor’s® Certificate of Excellence, which honors the hotel’s hospitality excellence.

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, gives this accolade only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on its site. About 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award, and qualifying businesses worldwide are eligible.

“We’re honored to be recognized by one of the leading online travel sites – and most importantly our guests – for our hospitality excellence,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. “The staff at the Rough Riders Hotel strives to provide our guests with a positive experience ranging from friendly customer service to clean, comfortable accommodations.”

Located in the heart of downtown Medora, the Rough Riders Hotel is operated by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. In 2008, the Rough Riders Hotel was renovated and expanded to feature 68 guest rooms, a conference center, and Theodore’s Dining Room and TR’s Tavern. The hotel dining room and conference facility is available year-round for business meetings, social functions and for guests.

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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

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16th annual Bully Expedition encourages 4th-graders to learn North Dakota history outside of classroom

16th annual Bully Expedition encourages 4th-graders to learn North Dakota history outside of classroom

NEWS
For immediate release
May 21, 2012

For more information, contact:
Dylan Edwards
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
dedwards@medora.com
800-633-6721 ext. 8812

16th annual Bully Expedition encourages 4th-graders to learn North Dakota history outside of classroom

Event features a fun-filled day of activities

Medora, N.D.  – Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation’s 16th annual Bully Expedition will take place Sunday, June 10 in Medora.

The event offers fourth graders and their families an excellent opportunity to experience historic Medora and to continue learning about the history of North Dakota outside of the classroom, alongside fellow 4th-graders from across the state.

This year’s Bully Expedition will provide students the opportunity to participate in the Amazing Bully Race – a historical scavenger hunt competition, experience the Medora Musical, and receive a vacation journal, bandana, and Bully Fun Pass.  All 4th-graders will be recognized on stage prior to the Medora Musical.  Cost to participate in the Bully Expedition is $5 per student.

The annual Bully Expedition event started in Medora in 1997 and was the brainchild of Jim Petrik, who volunteered to read to 4th-graders in Bismarck. Petrik was an avid supporter of Medora and believed strongly in the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation’s mission to educate youth about Theodore Roosevelt and his time spent in the North Dakota Badlands.

For more information about the Bully Expedition and to download a registration form, go to: www.medora.com/events.

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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

Winners for 2012 Bully Expedition 4th grade essay contest announced

Winners for 2012 Bully Expedition 4th grade essay contest announced

NEWS
May 18, 2012

For more information contact:
Dylan Edwards
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
dedwards@medora.com
800-633-6721 ext. 8812

Winners for 2012 Bully Expedition 4th grade essay contest announced

Medora, N.D. – Three North Dakota fourth-grade students were selected the top winners of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation’s 2012 Bully Expedition essay contest. This annual contest is open to all fourth grade students in North Dakota and ties Theodore Roosevelt’s time in the North Dakota Badlands with the fourth grade curriculum of North Dakota History. Entrants responded to the prompt, “North Dakota is a beautiful place because…”

The winners are as follows:
1st Place
Name: Aleasha Marcotte
School: Saint Anne School, Bismarck
Teacher: Paulette Tescher

2nd Place
Name: Josie Wutzke
School: Rita Murphy Elementary School, Bismarck
Teacher: Clarissa Sailer Wald

3rd Place
Name: Isabel Jain Grueneich
School: Ellendale Public School, Ellendale
Teacher: Mrs. Fastnacht

“The quality of entries this year was very impressive, and it was hard to choose only three winners,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. “Every student who submitted an essay did a remarkable job demonstrating their love for North Dakota and explaining why they think North Dakota is a beautiful place. In addition, their strong knowledge of our state’s history was very evident.”

The first prize winner receives a $300 college scholarship and a Bully Vacation Package for a family of four. Second place winner receives a $200 college scholarship and a $50 Medora gift card. Third place winner receives a $100 college scholarship and a $25 Medora gift card. The first, second and third place winners will be recognized onstage prior to the June 10 performance of the Medora Musical.

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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

 

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