Doris Slaaten’s Gift Will Fund Outdoor Commons

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.

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Now another generous Medora supporter has stepped forward to enhance the area by making a gift to develop an outdoor recreation area for our employees. Dr. Doris Slaaten of Minot has made a gift of $250,000 to fund the Outdoor Commons at the Elkhorn Quarters. The Outdoor Commons will be a space to help summer and student workers exercise, recreate and be inspired in the Badlands. It’s located just outside the summer housing and will include a soccer field, volleyball courts, outdoor green space and future programming for the Life Skills Center.

Dr. Slaaten is a longtime Minot State University professor and philanthropist who has supported many nonprofit organizations in North Dakota. Outdoor recreation and socialization are integral parts of our seasonal staff activities, and we are grateful for Dr. Slaaten’s gift.

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