Bismarck to the Badlands: A Roadtrip to Remember

Hi, hello, and how do you do! 

I’m Kaelee, this is my copilot Jada and we are taking you on a trip to all of the must-sees and dos between Bismarck and Medora.

 

I have the map if you have the snacks, so let’s get going!  Read More »

Medora lives up to the hype for these folks!

This story was originally written by Bismarck Tribune publisher, Gary Adkisson and titled Medora, park live up to the hype.

My wife and I made our first “in-season” visit to Medora and it exceeded our expectations.

We had made a brief stop in Medora last fall, after most of the entertainment venues had closed for the season, so we were excited to get the full Medora experience last weekend.

 

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Women of Medora: Joslyn Reichert

 

Originally published in Inspired Women Magazine.

 

Women of Medora features inspiring women who have made an impact on the world through their time living and working in Medora.

 

Joslyn Reichert, an Inspiring Woman

Life sometimes has a funny way of putting the right opportunity in front of you at just the right time.

Dickinson native Joslyn Reichert had built a career in the food and beverage industry, attending culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco, holding various chef positions on the west coast, and then transitioning to food and beverage management roles at mountain resorts in Wyoming and Montana.

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First Ever Bully Spirit Award

First Ever Bully Spirit Award
A new, elite award given to those who encompass Bully Spirit

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation is excited to announce that we awarded our first ever recipient of the distinguished Bully Spirit Award to Rolf Sletten. Read More »

Hard to Explain

Hard to Explain

The Medora Musical is a third of the way through the season, the 4th of July came and went, and we have lost a great friend of Medora, Cowboy Lyle Glass. This town, the shows and employees keep improving, growing, and entertaining others. Some would say it is a miracle to keep this town running however, we know that it is hard work!

Randy Hatzenbuhler explained it perfectly in the article he wrote for our newsletter… Read More »

Kat Perkins and Special Guest Roger Fisher Rock the Burning Hills Amphitheater

One of the Medora’s favorite performers returned to the stage where it all started – the Burning Hills Amphitheater!

Kat Perkins was joined by special guest and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Roger Fisher for a show that you just can’t get anywhere else.

Kat is a former star of the Medora Musical and semifinalist on Season 5 of NBC’s TheVoice. Her concert paid tribute to the artists and bands who shaped her life PLUS she performed new, original songs.

It’s was an ND Legendary concert experience!

SEE THE ENTIRE PHOTO ALBUM

Kat Perkins concert performance in Medora

 

Kat’s 2018 Badlands Rising Star Camp was also a hit!

The campers got the special privilege of opening the show for Kat’s LEGENDS Concert on the Burning Hills Amphitheater stage.

Campers impressed the audience by singing the iconic “Medora” song and then broke into smaller groups to show off their work.

The finale included Kat Perkins and her band with their version of Say Something by Justin Timberlake. Click the picture below to watch:

Kat Perkins singing Justin Timberlake Say Something

Watch Say Something by Justin Timberlake Performed by Kat Perkins and Badlands Rising Star Camp.

Here are just a few pictures from the performances:

See the full Badlands Rising Star Camp Photo Album

“Cowboy Lyle” Glass Has Passed Away

Medora says good bye to a Badlands icon

 

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is sad to announce the passing of Cowboy Lyle Glass. He was 67.

 

Memorial details will be forthcoming as family and friends are notified of the passing of our adored Cowboy Lyle.

 

Lyle was born June 22, 1951. He left his hometown of Crookston, Minnesota in 1973 for the Badlands of North Dakota — and a small tourist town called Medora.

 

Lyle quickly established himself as a hardworking Horse Wrangler at the Medora Riding Stables and an indispensable part of the Medora Division of Gold Seal Company, and later, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation family.

 

Lyle’s years of service to Medora and TRMF are highlighted by over 2,000 ghost rides in the Medora Musical — a  featured scene he made famous by descending a steep butte on horseback, guided only by a spotlight.

 

After suffering a life-threatening aneurysm in 2010, Lyle dismounted from his Medora Trail Riding horse but his presence in Medora only grew.

 

For guests to town, Lyle was the iconic presence you saw and felt everywhere — whether he was helping the Boy Scouts raise the colors of our nation, trotting through town atop his horse, Chocolate, or greeting families as they stepped off the escalator at the Medora Musical.

 

Today, thousands of people, from all corners of the nation, will forever remember him through personal pictures of their kids, their family, with the one and only, the iconic, Cowboy Lyle Glass.

 

Lyle was also a renowned wildlife photographer and expert on the horses that roam Theodore Roosevelt National Park, previously received a Governor’s Award as the Top Frontline Tourism Employee in North Dakota, and even had a candy store named for him in downtown Medora.

 

Lyle will be missed. We’ll remember him for his warm spirit, gentle ways, 45 years of service to the visitors of the Badlands and his unyielding love for Medora.

 

High-resolution photos of Cowboy Lyle Glass can be found here.

Photos of his photographic work can be seen here.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Bill Sorensen by Tricia Sorensen

Many of you may think you know everything there is to know about my dad, Bill Sorensen, as he has been doing shows in Medora for the last 42 years. Here are some facts about him that you may not know.

 

  1. He is a Songwriter

Bill has written the lyrics to numerous songs, his friend Joel Gilbertson writes the music and Bill adds the lyrics. He has also written some songs with Jared Mason. Those of you who went to the Medora Christmas Show will already know this fact as some of his songs were featured in last years show.

 

  1. He is the best Valentine’s Day box maker.

On Valentine’s Day our elementary school always had an even where each student would bring in a decorated box to hold all of the Valentines from the other students. The Sorensen girls always had the most elaborate boxes. My favorite was a magic illusion box he made. It was clear on the front so you could see the valentines drop down but they would disappear in the middle and then reappear at the bottom. I got a lot of valentines that year because everyone wanted to figure out how it worked. One of my sisters had computer that used black lights to light up a message on the screen and the valentines went through the floppy disk slot. Some others he made were a puppy dog crate with stuffed animal puppies inside, a robot, and full-sized guitar.

 

  1. He started his hair on fire during a magic show

When he was 20 years old he was juggling torches in one of his shows, when he accidentally started his hair on fire. He burned off some of the hair and his eyebrows. The best part was the audience thought it was part of the act, and he didn’t notice until he started smelling burnt hair.

 

  1. He has dyslexia

As a child my dad struggled with his reading and writing skills. My grandma saved some of his schoolwork where he would write a sentence perfectly and then the next sentence would be 100% backwards. You would never be able to tell now, unless you’ve heard his Reddy Toosevelt speech.

 

  1. His name is a tradition

Bill’s full name is William Hans Sorensen; his dad’s name is Hans William Sorensen; his grandpa’s name is William Hans Sorensen, and his Great Grandpa’s name is Hans William Sorensen. My sisters and I are all happy that he chose not to name one of us Hans.

 

Bull Moose MudRun 2018 – Relive the Fun

The Bull Moose Mudrun ran over, under, and through the North Dakota Badlands on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Competitors and fun runners of all shapes, sizes, and ages gave their best BULLY spirit on a 5k obstacle course like no other.

Theodore Roosevelt himself enjoyed the competition and encouraged the runners at the start of the race.


And then they were off with the endurance and competitive heats out first. (That means they set out to complete the course quickly and do as many laps as possible in the 3-hour period.)

The first obstacle was crossing the Little Missouri River and the second obstacle was where they got their first look at the Medora Badlands Mud. Where most had the choice of taking the high road or going straight through the muddy water – the majority took the mud head on. See what we mean in this video:

You will probably notice you couldn’t keep the runners from smiling. If they weren’t having fun, you wouldn’t have known! This next video comes at you from the highest point in the Bull Moose MudRun Course. Check it out:

2018 Bull Moose Mudrun Results

Bull Moose Mudrun Endurance Category: As many laps as you can in 3 hours

Females:

  1. Jennifer Grosz     2:23     3 laps
  2. Jessie Binstock    2:02     2 laps

Males:

  1. Josh Smaage      2:51     4 laps
  2. Clay Ross            2:13     3 laps
  3. Jeremy Vidman      2:17      3 laps

Bull Moose Mudrun Competitive Category: 1 lap as fast as you can

Females:

  1. Rachel Crain             48:33.54
  2. Baelee Butts              51:20.55
  3. Kayls Pelton              53:31.82

Males:

  1. Nevada Crimmins          41:35.82
  2. Donny Crain                   41:55.35
  3. Tyler Kuhn                      42:26.29

 

Fun Run Race Results for 191 Females and 84 males are here: Bull Moose Mudrun Results

Get the Badlands Race Series Race Schedule

 

Check out the official race results on https://competitivetiming.com/bull-moose-mud-run-results/ 

Men’s Endurance Category Podium

SEE THE RACE PHOTO ALBUM

Fun Had By All! We’ll see you next year!

 

 

 

Top Six Reasons You Will Have the Best Time Ever in Medora in June

Some might say that things get better with age, but I’m here to tell you that in Medora – the early bird gets the worm.

As we open the season, these are the reasons that I think you’ll have the best time in Medora if you come in June.

1. Be the First to See The Shows

See the shows first and make your friends jealous. Ever been the first to use new things? The amphitheater has new chairs, a new show, but the same great family feel!

And you can hardly call the Old Town Hall Theater ‘old’ anymore! It’s been updated and improved to handle the series we’re calling Broadway in the Badlands. There’s plenty of NEW entertainment to get in on there.

2. The Grass Is Greener

No, really it is! The spring rains make flowers brighter and the grass is greener. At this time of year, you can’t take a bad photo of Theodore Roosevelt National Park or Medora landscapes in June! As the sun continues to make its presence known, the Badlands of North Dakota transform right before our eyes and remind us that fall is (all too near) right around the corner.

3. See the Wild Animals LIVE


Have you seen anything cuter than a baby bison? Me either! Turns out they grown up and grow bigger pretty fast. That doesn’t mean they aren’t incredible, but they lose a little bit of that “cuteness.” 

4. Perfect Temps in June

It’s Goldilocks weather. Not too hot and not too cold.

If you’re an early riser, the fresh morning air matches the light dew that rests on the grass.  Draw early and get the perfect sunrise picture over the beautiful badlands by hiking up Ridgeline Trail or taking a drive to the Painted Canyon Overlook.

The afternoon sky is likely filled with fluffy clouds and a bright sun. Temps in June average a high of 79°F. This is a perfect time to walk the sidewalks or boardwalk in the city or take in a show at the air-conditioned Old Town Hall Theater.

Medora evenings cool down just a little but not until 7:30pm or 8pm on the best days. That’s just in time to get snuggled into the evening’s activities happening at the Burning Hills Amphitheater. A light jacket in June is a good idea for any fair-weather friends.

5. Just In Time

If you get to Medora in June, you’ll have the rest of the summer to come back one more time!

With so many events to choose from the summer schedule likely has another of your favorites tee’d up. Speaking of swinging sticks, the Bully Pulpit Golf Course will throw you a different game nearly every day so you can’t possibly play it too many times in one summer!

The secret about Medora is that new memories are waiting to be created every time you visit. That makes it different every day!  The History stays the same but the players change! 


6. See #1. No one wants to be last!

And no one wants to miss out.  

7. BONUS REASON

Summer will be over before you know it! If you think your schedule is already full, do your best to find an open day or two. The weekdays are as exciting in Medora as are the weekends. HINT: they are a little less crowded too.


So – 

Bring the whole family (like the whole family!! Medora is great for family reunions) or just a few friends. We’ve got seats, beds, plates, and things to do!

Just take a look at the jam-packed Medora Event Calendar


Still not convinced June is the best month to travel to Medora?  

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