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John O’Leary shares optimistic message with employees & friends of TRMF

John O’Leary shares optimistic message with employees & friends of TRMF

“Why me?” “Who cares?” “What more can I do?”

Those three questions were at the center of a tremendous message delivered by John O’Leary to employees and friends of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation on Monday, July 11, 2022.

John’s appearance in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre was a gift to TRMF from two generous supporters of our organization — and a great many of our full-time and seasonal workforce were in attendance to hear what he had to say!

John O’Leary’s story is remarkable: when he was nine years old, he was burned on 100 percent of his body in an accidental explosion. Doctors gave him a 1 percent chance to survive. He overcame the odds — and today, he’s a bestselling author and motivational speaker who has presented in 49 states and 17 countries.

John shared with the audience in Medora that those three questions — Why me? Who cares? What more can I do? — can be framed in a negative or a positive way. He encouraged those listening to be victors instead of victims, and to live with gratitude and inspiration.

During the peak of Medora’s busy season, it was a great message for the hundreds of hard-working folks who make our TRMF mission possible! We’re grateful to have been given the gift of John O’Leary’s story.

Veterans and Military Appreciation Day 2022: Our biggest tribute to veterans ever!

Veterans and Military Appreciation Day 2022: Our biggest tribute to veterans ever!

Each day at the Medora Musical we strive to honor the men and women who have served our country. But July 10, 2022 was extra special in Medora!

Thanks to generous donors who have supported our Veterans Endowment, this year’s Veterans and Military Appreciation Day in Medora was bigger and more special than ever before.

This year we were able to:

  • Welcome 362 veterans, active duty, and reservist military members to the Medora Musical at no cost
  • Honor veterans with a speech by Vice Admiral David Architzel, the retired commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt
  • Dazzle the audience with a flyover by a historic Beechcraft T-32 Mentor aircraft
  • Welcome the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Color Guard from Mandan, ND to present colors before the Medora Musical
  • Host a special Q&A panel discussion with four distinguished veterans in the afternoon

We invite you to re-live the day by scrolling through our slideshow of images below!

We also want to extend an invite to you to support the Veterans Appreciation Day Endowment fund. It’s thanks to that growing fund that we were able to say ‘thank you’ to our nation’s heroes — and the more the fund grows, the more ways we’ll be able to extend our gratitude!

Learn more about the Veterans Endowment here. And follow this link if you’d like to chip in now!

Ribbons Cut at Two New Medora Destinations: Point to Point Park & Schafer Point

Ribbons Cut at Two New Medora Destinations: Point to Point Park & Schafer Point

(MEDORA, ND) The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) recently celebrated two major milestones: ribbons were cut at the newly completed Point to Point Park and at historic Schafer Point in Medora.

Point to Point Park is designed to be a hub of family-friendly activities in downtown Medora. It features a mini golf course, a zipline, and a system of hiking trails—and new this year, includes a swimming pool and lazy river, jump pillow, pickleball courts, and more.

The ribbon at Point to Point Park was cut by JoAnn Butler, who along with her late husband Matt made a $2 million lead gift to establish the $8 million project. The couple’s daughter, Twylah Blostky, spoke on behalf of the Matt & JoAnn Butler Family Foundation.

“When families gather, the stories always come out, and they usually start out with, ‘Do you remember that time when…'” Blotsky said. “All of us are here to give you the gift of memories—for you, your children, and your grandchildren—so that going forward, your new stories can begin with: ‘Do you remember that time when we were in Medora and…'”

The Butler family was joined by several other major philanthropic contributors to the project to help christen the park on Saturday, June 11, 2022. See the list of projects and their primary donors below:

  • Lead Gift: The Matt & JoAnn Butler Family
  • Family Pool: Great River Energy
  • Pool House: Marlene Hoffart & Family
  • Lazy River: Dick & Darlyne Anderson, George Pasternak
  • Little Bully Pulpit Mini Golf Course: Mike & Peggy Bullinger Family
  • Boat Thieves: Chris & Trina Smaaladen
  • Point to Point Trails: Linda & Lizzy Pancratz
  • Splash Pad: Dickinson Ready Mix
  • Shade Pavilion: Van & Dee Larson
  • Schafer Point: Jim & Joanne Kack
  • Mini Zipline: Tom & Frances Leach Foundation
  • Pickleball: Brad & Deb Wimmer
  • Zipline: James & Cynthia Jorgensen, Todd & Shirley Porter Family, Arthur & Edith Pearson Foundation, Mike & Shelley Rowe
  • Jump Pillow: 1st International Bank & Trust, Steve & Gretchen Stenehjem
Watch the video above to experience the Point to Point Park ribbon cutting ceremony!

Schafer Point is a historically significant destination along Point to Point Trails, which lead hikers to the top of the butte that overlooks Medora to the north. It is here that Ed Schafer recalls standing as a young boy with his father Harold, who would go on to revitalize the town below.

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation constructed a log pavilion at this location, thanks to the generosity of Jim & Joanne Kack. The ribbon was cut by Ed and Nancy Schafer on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

“What’s really cool is that there are members of the public here along with the Schafer family,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, the President of TRMF. “That’s the whole point of this place: we want people to enjoy a hike in the Badlands. I’m grateful that we get to enjoy places like this together.”

Watch the video above to experience the Schafer Point ribbon cutting ceremony!

Studio 701 goes Medora!

Studio 701 goes Medora!

If you caught Studio 701 on Wednesday morning this week on CBS in western North Dakota, you were treated to a whole lot of Medora! As you can see, they had a whole lot of fun:

We were happy to host the 701 crew in town for a day, and they got to hear from Burning Hills Singers, great in-town performers like Emily Walter, Tom Brosseau, and Max from Wild & The Animal Band, and even share a message from President Roosevelt himself.

Here’s a round-up of all the fun segments they shared this week!

WATCH: The Highlight Reel of Studio 701’s Time in Medora!

WATCH: Ken and Rachael explain what it’s like being a Burning Hills Singer in the Medora Musical

WATCH: Max Patzner Performs Original Tune and Shares About New Children’s Book

WATCH: From the Medora Musical to a Harmonious Duo: Willow and Jeanna Share About Becoming “Always Evergreen”

WATCH: Emily Walter Hosts Refreshed Gospel Brunch

WATCH: Tom Brosseau Plays a Tune and Discusses His Great American Folk Show

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Virtual Auditions Announced for Casting of 2021 Medora Musical

Virtual auditions now open for the 56th edition of the Medora Musical.

(Medora, ND) StageWest Entertainment Inc. in conjunction with the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, is pleased to announce virtual auditions for the 2021 Season of the Medora Musical  which has now entertained over four million people since its first showing in 1965.

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36 Hours in Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The rugged North Dakota badlands complement the laid-back charm of tiny Medora for a getaway that promises awe-inspiring views, comfortable accommodations, cowboy eats and even a musical revue.

By Alicia Underlee Nelson

Near the Montana border, you’ll find plenty to explore in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Medora, the town that sits at the entrance to the park’s South Unit. Here’s our guide for a long weekend getaway.

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Kat Perkins and Special Guest Roger Fisher Rock the Burning Hills Amphitheater

One of the Medora’s favorite performers returned to the stage where it all started – the Burning Hills Amphitheater!

Kat Perkins was joined by special guest and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Roger Fisher for a show that you just can’t get anywhere else.

Kat is a former star of the Medora Musical and semifinalist on Season 5 of NBC’s TheVoice. Her concert paid tribute to the artists and bands who shaped her life PLUS she performed new, original songs.

It’s was an ND Legendary concert experience!

SEE THE ENTIRE PHOTO ALBUM

Kat Perkins concert performance in Medora

 

Kat’s 2018 Badlands Rising Star Camp was also a hit!

The campers got the special privilege of opening the show for Kat’s LEGENDS Concert on the Burning Hills Amphitheater stage.

Campers impressed the audience by singing the iconic “Medora” song and then broke into smaller groups to show off their work.

The finale included Kat Perkins and her band with their version of Say Something by Justin Timberlake. Click the picture below to watch:

Kat Perkins singing Justin Timberlake Say Something

Watch Say Something by Justin Timberlake Performed by Kat Perkins and Badlands Rising Star Camp.

Here are just a few pictures from the performances:

See the full Badlands Rising Star Camp Photo Album

Bull Moose MudRun 2018 – Relive the Fun

The Bull Moose Mudrun ran over, under, and through the North Dakota Badlands on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Competitors and fun runners of all shapes, sizes, and ages gave their best BULLY spirit on a 5k obstacle course like no other.

Theodore Roosevelt himself enjoyed the competition and encouraged the runners at the start of the race.


And then they were off with the endurance and competitive heats out first. (That means they set out to complete the course quickly and do as many laps as possible in the 3-hour period.)

The first obstacle was crossing the Little Missouri River and the second obstacle was where they got their first look at the Medora Badlands Mud. Where most had the choice of taking the high road or going straight through the muddy water – the majority took the mud head on. See what we mean in this video:

You will probably notice you couldn’t keep the runners from smiling. If they weren’t having fun, you wouldn’t have known! This next video comes at you from the highest point in the Bull Moose MudRun Course. Check it out:

2018 Bull Moose Mudrun Results

Bull Moose Mudrun Endurance Category: As many laps as you can in 3 hours

Females:

  1. Jennifer Grosz     2:23     3 laps
  2. Jessie Binstock    2:02     2 laps

Males:

  1. Josh Smaage      2:51     4 laps
  2. Clay Ross            2:13     3 laps
  3. Jeremy Vidman      2:17      3 laps

Bull Moose Mudrun Competitive Category: 1 lap as fast as you can

Females:

  1. Rachel Crain             48:33.54
  2. Baelee Butts              51:20.55
  3. Kayls Pelton              53:31.82

Males:

  1. Nevada Crimmins          41:35.82
  2. Donny Crain                   41:55.35
  3. Tyler Kuhn                      42:26.29

 

Fun Run Race Results for 191 Females and 84 males are here: Bull Moose Mudrun Results

Get the Badlands Race Series Race Schedule

 

Check out the official race results on https://competitivetiming.com/bull-moose-mud-run-results/ 

Men’s Endurance Category Podium

SEE THE RACE PHOTO ALBUM

Fun Had By All! We’ll see you next year!

 

 

 

Must-Have Selfies in Medora

If you’re new to selfies or have already worn out your third selfie-stick this week the ingredients to an awesome make-your-friends jealous selfie = YOU+ A Smile + Awe-Inspiring locations.

 

We rounded up the must-have selfie locations in Medora and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park to give you a starting point. There are likely hundreds more!

 

Here’s a challenge for you –  get out and show us your favorite Medora selfie spot!

 

Hashtag #MedoraSelfie #Medora or tag @medora_nd on Instagram or @MedoraND on Twitter and you might just see yourself in this article!

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With the Wooden Cowboy at the Burning Hills Amphitheater 

Medora City Overlook in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

With Teddy Roosevelt in front of Old Town Theater

Up top the Balcony at Little Mo’s

(Tip, get to the Restaurant by 8:30pm to be seated on the Balcony. Balcony seating closes at 9pm)

At the Entrance to TRNP Sign

At the Chateau

At Painted Canyon Overlook

Atop a Badlands Hiking Trail

National Park Selfie

With a Horse of Course

With Teddy Roosevelt Himself!

With Sheriff Bear (find him at the Musical)

Amphitheater Terrace with iconic MEDORA sign

Pitchfork Steak Fondue with Beautiful Badlands behind

BONUS: With Stacy The Bison (ask around town to find her location!)

So, happy snapping! If you don’t how will anyone know that you actually experienced it?

 

Summer 2017 Rough Riders Review!

Here it is, our Summer 2017 Rough Riders Review!

 

Take a look! We’re excited to share it with you!

 

And if you like what you see, consider becoming a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF). Perks of joining TRMF include free Medora Musical tickets, free Bully Pulpit Golf Course passes, and our quarterly Rough Riders Review. 

Learn more and sign up here.

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