Our campus is growing. Our campus includes the Life Skills Center, Spirit of Work Volunteer headquarters, and Elkhorn Quarters Housing, and provides our seasonal employees a “home away from home,” tying together housing, dining, work, and volunteer facilities. Bill and Jane Marcil, Greg Butler and many other friends of TRMF have taken the lead in getting those facilities in place.READ MORE »
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As TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuher moves into his new fundraising responsibilities for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation, Mike Beaudoin and our Executive Team will oversee all areas of our Foundation’s day-to-day operations. Mike’s joined on that team by these dedicated TRMF employees.READ MORE »
Joe Wiegand Joins The TRMF Team
Every summer since 2012, Joe Wiegand has performed as Theodore Roosevelt at Medora’s Old Town Hall Theater. Starting this fall, Joe joins the staff of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation as an Assistant to the President, Randy Hatzenbuhler.
Joe’s primary responsibilities will be fundraising for the TRMF. Joe will be headquartered in Medora, traveling throughout the Upper Midwest and venturing as far as Southern California, Arizona, and Florida in the winter, with the goal of growing philanthropic support for TRMF.READ MORE »
All New for 2020: Junior Rough Riders!
Are you looking for a unique Christmas gift for that special child, grandchild, niece or nephew? Enlist them as Junior Rough Riders with the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation!
Junior Rough Riders receive a membership packet with a custom bandana to wear on their next Medora trip, an official membership certificate for framing, and a Teddy Roosevelt-themed bookmarker. Membership dues are $50. Junior Rough Riders are the future of Medora. They can go on to become summer employees, scholarship winners, join the ranks of the Rough Riders, and even become part of our army of summer volunteers, years down the road!
The 2019 Magical Medora Christmas Tour hit the road on November 30 and opened the show with the largest opening crowd ever!
They traveled to Linton, Washburn, and Aberdeen and were greeted by full crowds ready to hear the sounds of Christmas performed by Medora favorites!
Get a sneak peek of the show below!
If that doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit we don’t know what will!
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support for the Magical Medora Christmas.” said Producer Bill Sorensen.
The tour will bring the sounds of Christmas to 23 communities across the Midwest this year! Performed by stars of Medora’s past and present!
Stars of the Show
All the fun will be led by producer and star of the show, Bill Sorensen! He’ll bring magic and laughs to the tour as usual!
Back by popular demand, Queen of the West, Emily Walter! She’s been with the Magical Medora Christmas tour since it first started in 2015!
North Dakota native, Job Christenson, will also be back on tour! He’s a former Burning Hills Singer and host of the Medora Musical, and now a great fit in the Magical Medora Christmas tour!
Chad Willow is back on tour ticklin’ the keys, strummin’ the banjo, and adding vocals to the show!
New to this years Magical Medora Christmas tour is Kim Willow! The former Burning Hills Singer will join her husband Chad on this tour!
Also new to the cast is Travis Smith! He played piano and banjo in this year’s Medora Musical and will bring that talent on the road!
Each year the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation awards nearly $30,000 in educations scholarships and ambassador awards funded by the Rod Tjaden Memorial Golf Tournament. Here are our 2018 recipients:
New Medora WISH Endowment building off of Harold Schafer’s dream to help more families enjoy the Badlands the way he and Theodore Roosevelt did.
(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation alongside the generous “Wish Wranglers” of the Medora WISH Endowment, are delighted to announce the first ever Kids FREE Week for select attractions in Medora.
Hosts Chet Wollen and Bill Sorensen to lead star-studded Medora Musical cast made up of returning talent, new performers, and several North Dakota natives!
Each year thousands of performers audition at locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Florida to find the best talent for the Medora Musical. So let’s meet the cast!
The 2019 Medora Musical, Hosts
Chet Wollan, a Medora favorite is back to host the Medora Musical. Chet (pictured above) is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota but now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with Princess of the Prairie, Candice Lively Wollan.
This will be Chet’s fourth year hosting the Medora Musical and his 13th year starring in the show.
Bill Sorensen will return to the Medora Musical for his “final ride” co-hosting. Bill has been performing in Medora for the past 40 years as a magician, comedian, and entertainer. Don’t miss this dynamic duo together on stage this summer!
The Burning Hills Singers!
Originally Published in the 2019 Spring Newsletter
We’ve been looking at that big open space beside the Badlands Motel, as you first arrive in Medora, for many years, wondering “What would be the best use of that land?”
Finally, we’ve settled on an answer to that question: Welcome to Point to Point Park!READ MORE »
Long-time Medora entertainer to co-host the Medora Musical for a final time
(MEDORA, ND) Bill Sorensen is a household name around Medora, and this summer, you’ll get to see him on stage at the Medora Musical one last time, co-hosting for his final season alongside a star-studded cast.
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“Medora has been a place of great importance to me. I watched my daughters grow up here, I myself have grown in this place with these people, and whether I’m performing for five people of 2,000 people I am always grateful for the experience,” remarks Bill.