A Million Dollar Impact Thanks To Great River Energy

We’ve done a lot of big projects in Medora over the years, and we’re grateful to have had one really consistent partner in those projects—Great River Energy. Great River is a Minnesota-based nonprofit electric generating cooperative serving 700,000 families, farms and businesses in Minnesota. They generate much of their electricity at power plants in North Dakota, and have become one of North Dakota’s best “citizens.”

Their most recent commitment to TRMF has a $1 Million dollar impact to help support more activities for kids and families here in Medora. But this is just the latest in a long history of support for North Dakota’s favorite playground.

Beginning with support for the renovation and expansion of the Rough Riders Hotel, Great River has made generous gifts to support many improvements in Medora, including the construction of the Tjaden Terrace, home of the famous Pitchfork Steak Fondue; support for the Burning Hills Amphitheatre plaza, the new parking lot and Amphitheatre access road that improved safety and accessibility for the Medora Musical; staff and guest lodging at the Elkhorn Quarters; and the Life Skills Center where TRMF team members work, learn, relax in Medora.

Every year, the folks at Great River have been on board with support for the Medora Musical. And they’ve even lent us the expertise and support of one of their key North Dakota staff members, Al Christianson, who’s served on our board of directors for eight years.

Now, Great River has made its largest gift ever to TRMF to help us build Point to Point Park. Matched by the Matt and JoAnn Butler Foundation, Great River Energy’s gift has a $1 Million impact to sponsor the new pool in Point to Point Park.

Pictured here are TRMF Board Member Twylah Blotsky, TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuhler, TRMF Board Chairman Ed Schafer, Great River Energy President and CEO David Saggau, TRMF Board Member Linda Pancratz, and Great River Energy’s North Dakota Manager of Business Development and Government Affairs Al Christianson, who is also a member of our board.

Their latest gift makes Great River Energy one of the top three largest supporters of TRMF in our history.

We are extremely grateful for their generosity, the leadership and commitment they bring to North Dakota, and for their belief and support of our mission to connect people to Medora for positive, life-changing experiences.

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