Posts in category Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation

So Far, Better Than Expected — Thank you!

A letter from Randy Hatzenbuhler, TRMF President

In an April video message we shared, I said that “when you’re ready, we’ll be here for you.” Today, I just want to say, “thank you.” Thank you to our visitors, to our board, our team and our partners, and to you, our members and supporters.

Thank you, not only for coming to Medora this summer with a few “ND Smart Restart” changes, but for your support, and for the courage you showed to help us all continue doing our good work here in Medora this year.

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Big News For Bully Pulpit

Bully Pulpit golfers are going to start noticing something new about the course as they make their way around this fall, and next spring. We’re making some big changes at the course, and we’re about as excited as we were 16 years ago when we opened the tee boxes for the first time.

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“I Love Medora”

A letter from Colton Keightley,

“My name is Colton Keightley. I am from Willamina, a very small town in Oregon and I am 20 years old. I consider myself somewhat of a unique individual, as I have Cerebral Palsy. Regardless, I do not let this hold me back from living my life to the fullest.”

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Bully Spirit Award Presented by Rolf Sletten

Rolf Sletten, the first ever Bully Spirit Award recipient, presented the prestigious award to the third recipients, Jim and Joanne Kack.

Rolf’s recognition speech of the outstanding Bully Spirit Jim and Joanne have shown over the years follows.

Rolf’s Recognition

Jim and Joanne, in this world there are people who give and there are people who take.

Some people are scared to death that they might give more than they get and consequently, they almost never give anything of themselves, not of their time, their talents, or their money. If on rare occasion, they do give something of themselves, and are not generously and immediately rewarded, they feel that life is unfair, and they are victims cheated out of something they had coming. I think, “What’s in it for me” is a pretty common attitude. Those are words to live by for too many people.

On the other hand, we have people who give willingly, cheerfully, and generously wonderful people. People with soul and conscience who are not afraid to be generous, people who want to give back to other people and to the community. They are people who don’t worry that they might be giving more than they get.  

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Summer 2020 – Medora’s Open, And People Are Happy

What people are saying


How important is it that Medora is open this year? We asked some of our visitors that very question. Here’s what they had to say.

Rick and Andrea Winkjer Collin, Bismarck:


It’s a big deal to have Medora open. It gives us some reassurance, which is really important. So many places have closed. The continuity is more important than ever, given all the distractions we’ve faced this year.

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A Message from TRMF addressing Covid-19.

When you’re ready, we will be ready too

Theodore Roosevelt and Harold Schafer’s lives were generations apart, yet they are connected forever.  Harold’s restoration of Historic Medora awakened the world to the impact that Medora and the Badlands had on the 26th president.

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A Medora story as old as time…

A young boy and girl are restless in the car all the way from Jamestown to Medora during the families annual summer vacation. When Dad parks, it’s 3 in the afternoon. “What are we going to do ’till the Fondue and Musical?”, he says.

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