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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PODCAST: Adventure in Medora, ND with Justin Fisk

We have some amazing people in Medora — it seems like the place has a gravitational pull for great talent and passionate people, maybe the most popular in history was THE Theodore Roosevelt.

Now, we celebrate our 26th President every day in Medora — and hundreds, maybe thousands, of the folks who work in and for the organizations that welcome guests here, have their own inspiration and connection to the President, the Badlands, and the things that make Medora so special.

For the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation’s, Justin Fisk, a unique combination of history “nerd-out opportunities,” Broadway entertainment at the Medora Musical, and epic adventure on the Maah Daah Hey Trail with his family make it a place he loves to work and play.

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The Capital Gallery West is Open!

The Capital Gallery West is Open!

The Capital Gallery West, presented by Starion Bank, is open in the Harold Schafer Heritage Center on 4th Street in downtown Medora.

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The 2020 Medora Musical Cast!

This Medora Musical opens in a week and a half and is full of high-caliber entertainment and top-notch performers from across the nation!

So, we figured you’d want to know who’s in the Show! Get on now, scroll on down to see the entire cast of the 2020 Medora Musical!

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Medora Musical reopening this summer

https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Medora-Musical-reopening-this-summer-570383671.html

MEDORA, N.D. – The Medora Musical is returning this summer while observing coronavirus precautions.

The Medora Musical is following a “Smart Restart” plan as the cast prepares to get up and running.

The plan involves social-distanced seating maps at the Burning Hills Amphitheater, more shows to keep audience numbers down, guidelines on getting into and out of the theater and other health safety guidelines.

Marketing and Communications Director Justin Fisk says reopening the musical is important because it brings a lot of tourism to Medora and the state.

“It’s important for us to reopen smartly with some different levels of business so that folks can continue to protect lives and livelihoods. But also, it’s for our state,” Fisk said.

Fisk says despite reopening, he expects the musical will lose customers due to coronavirus impacts and limited seating. He says they’ve cut the budget to reflect the new, anticipated income. He hopes to be able to announce the show’s opening date sometime in the next couple weeks

By Emmeline Ivy | Posted: Mon 5:01 PM, May 11, 2020

From TRNP

Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Begin Phased Access May 9, 2020

Medora, North Dakota – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Public Health Service, and the North Dakota Department of Health, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is resuming visitor access for recreational day use of trails, picnic areas, roads and backcountry camping. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and is using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

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Bully Pulpit to open May 1, with smart restart procedures in place

The Badlands are beautiful, the course is coming into great spring condition, and we all need a chance to get outside. Which makes right now a great time to play golf! 

We’re opening Bully Pulpit for public play starting Friday, May 1, 2020.

You can make a tee time now, and read on to see how we’re changing things up to tee off a smart restart. 


How we’re playing it safe for a smart restart at Bully

With small groups and tons of wide-open space, you can get out and play and take some easy precautions appropriate for the times.

  • We’ve implemented a number of smart changes to how we operate and to course rules to encourage good hygiene and reduce close, person-to-person contact.

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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.

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Teddy Talks!

Teddy Talks, featuring Medora’s TR, Joe Wiegand
26 Talks with the 26th President

The program will feature “This Day in TR History” and an at-length reading in Theodore Roosevelt’s own words. Joe Wiegand, world-renowned TR repriser will perform these readings in the voice of Theodore Roosevelt.

All 26 episodes of the Teddy Talks series will be added to this article the day following their live debut on the Medora, ND Facebook Page! Enjoy the tales and trials of the 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt.

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