Episode 4 of the Wisdom Chain Podcast: Pastor Gerald Sharon on the Key to Unlocking Your Preferred Future

Episode 4 of the Wisdom Chain Podcast: Pastor Gerald Sharon on the Key to Unlocking Your Preferred Future

Why are you doing what you’re doing?

It might sound like a simple question, but it’s actually one of the most important things we can ask ourselves—at work, at home, and in every facet of our lives.

That’s the message that Pastor Gerald Sharon had to share with the audience at Wisdom Chain Day in Medora. And it’s the key point of the latest episode of the Wisdom Chain Podcast, available now wherever you listen to podcasts!

Gerald Sharon is a world-renowned faith leader who has led congregations as small as twenty and as large as twenty-thousand. He made the trip from California to deliver his message in Medora—and we think you’ll really enjoy it.

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The Medora WISH: Thousands of families feel the impact this summer!

The Medora Wish Endowment is one of our fastest-growing and impactful funds at the TR Medora Foundation.

Why? Because in just a few short years, it’s helped thousands of kids see the Medora Musical and other attractions in Medora free of charge!

Take a few minutes to watch this story of how the Medora WISH began. Meet its founders—and some very special WISH recipients from 2021—and learn just how much greater its impact could be in the future!

Episode 3 of The Wisdom Chain Podcast: Laurel Nelson on the Code of the West

Episode 3 of The Wisdom Chain Podcast: Laurel Nelson on the Code of the West

In the stairwell of the Life Skills Center, our headquarters in Medora, a lovely mural greets employees and guests:

It displays “The Code of the West,” a set of ten guidelines for living inspired by the “cowboy ethics” of the Wild West. But there’s a lot that can be said for each of these tenets—much more than could fit on a wall!

So we hope you enjoy the third episode of The Wisdom Chain Podcast, a presentation by entrepreneur and TRMF Board of Directors member Laurel Nelson. It’s all about the Code of the West, and how we can apply it to our lives at work and at home.

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KX News: Long-time Medora volunteer survives stroke, returns for her 15th year

KX News: Long-time Medora volunteer survives stroke, returns for her 15th year

If you were watching KX News recently, you might have seen a familiar Medora face on your television!

Lonnie Bonner was featured by the local news outlet on Monday, August 2nd, 2021. She was featured for her incredible determination that she displayed after suffering a stroke in February:

“The 73-year-old did not let the stroke get in the way of doing what she loves most: volunteering.

“I had already signed up to volunteer out here, and I didn’t want to miss that,” Bonner added.

Volunteer Coordinator Peggy Gunther said it would not be the same without Bonner’s annual visit.

“It would have been a loss of spirit loss in this group to be very honest with you. Her sense of humor, her dedication, her joy is infectious. It just would have been a missing link,” Gunther said.

We strive to create positive, life-changing experiences for everyone who comes to Medora—and when Lonnie told us that her #1 goal post-stroke was to make it back out for a 15th summer of volunteering, our hearts were filled with pride.

We love all of our amazing volunteers, and we’re so thankful Lonnie made it back ‘home’ to Medora this summer!

Click here to see the whole story by KX News on Lonnie’s recovery and dedication to volunteering in Medora.

Episode 2 of The Wisdom Chain Podcast: Ed Schafer on The Wisdom of Work

Episode 2 of The Wisdom Chain Podcast: Ed Schafer on The Wisdom of Work

In the first episode of The Wisdom Chain Podcast, we introduced you to Dick Anderson, the founder of an innovative philosophy for work, family, faith, and everything in between. And we heard how TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuhler interprets that philosophy and finds success.

But how do we make the Wisdom Chain work? That’s the question our next speaker, Ed Schafer, pondered as he prepared his remarks for Wisdom Chain Day 2021 in Medora.

Listen to Episode 2 of the Wisdom Chain Podcast to hear how the former Governor of North Dakota, the former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and the current Chair of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation believes our goals can be accomplished.

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Introducing: The Wisdom Chain Podcast

Introducing: The Wisdom Chain Podcast

On June 15th, 2021, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation welcomed five fantastic speakers to the Rough Riders Hotel in Medora. There, those speakers shared wisdom that applies to business, family, faith, and everything in between.

We called it the first annual Wisdom Chain Day—and it was a wonderful event. We had a conference room full of business leaders from not only North Dakota, but around the country. But in case you weren’t able to join us, we wanted to make all five of those presentations available to you in podcast form!

Our first episode is about The Wisdom Chain Philosophy, and it features a presentation by TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuhler. Listen below!

Each week for the next five weeks, we’ll release another Wisdom Chain speech in your podcast feed. Just follow the links below to subscribe, and they’ll show up right in your favorite podcast app!

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Studio 701 goes Medora!

Studio 701 goes Medora!

If you caught Studio 701 on Wednesday morning this week on CBS in western North Dakota, you were treated to a whole lot of Medora! As you can see, they had a whole lot of fun:

We were happy to host the 701 crew in town for a day, and they got to hear from Burning Hills Singers, great in-town performers like Emily Walter, Tom Brosseau, and Max from Wild & The Animal Band, and even share a message from President Roosevelt himself.

Here’s a round-up of all the fun segments they shared this week!

WATCH: The Highlight Reel of Studio 701’s Time in Medora!

WATCH: Ken and Rachael explain what it’s like being a Burning Hills Singer in the Medora Musical

WATCH: Max Patzner Performs Original Tune and Shares About New Children’s Book

WATCH: From the Medora Musical to a Harmonious Duo: Willow and Jeanna Share About Becoming “Always Evergreen”

WATCH: Emily Walter Hosts Refreshed Gospel Brunch

WATCH: Tom Brosseau Plays a Tune and Discusses His Great American Folk Show

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Veterans wrapped in support and gratitude in Medora

Veterans wrapped in support and gratitude in Medora

Sunday, July 11th, 2021 was a red-letter day in Medora.

That’s because we were thrilled to host another wonderful Veterans and Military Appreciation Day. Under a warm July sun (with enough wind to keep the bugs away all evening!) an audience of nearly 3,000 Medora Musical attendees was able to say thank you to heroes past and present!

On Sunday, we invited active duty and retired military members to see the Medora Musical free of charge… ride Manitou the Point to Point Zipline at no cost… and socialize at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue. Dozens, if not hundreds, of service members took advantage—and we were grateful that we could celebrate them.

We’re able to honor those brave men and women thanks to our Veterans Endowment, which was created and initially funded by Mary Larsen. She, Van & Dee Larson, and Guaranty & Title Co. have all contributed at least $25,000 to this growing endowment—and we’re so thankful that they’ve done so. It makes wonderful celebrations like this possible!

Click here to learn more about the Medora Veterans Endowment.

Here are a few photos highlighting the wonderful experience that was the 2021 Military and Veterans Appreciation Day in Medora:

We’re taking flight in Medora!

We’re taking flight in Medora!
Rough Rider Annual Members have the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon ride. Drawing on July 23rd.

We love a good view in Medora—from the breathtaking sight of the Painted Canyon from I-94 to a fabulous top-down view of Medora at Schafer Point along the Pancratz Trail. And we know we’re not alone!

That’s one of the reasons for a unique opportunity we’re giving away this summer: a hot air balloon ride for two on the beautiful Badlands, to be given away to a lucky Rough Rider Annual Member.

It’s simple: if you’re enrolled as a Rough Rider by Friday, July 23rd, you’re automatically in the running to win the hot air balloon ride!

So if you’re a member already, thank you, and good luck! If you’re not yet a member, visit www.medora.com/members.

Being a TRMF Rough Rider means a lot more than the chance to win a hot air balloon ride. You’re also choosing to support the mission and vision of the TR Medora Foundation, and helping us preserve what makes this place special!

We’ll see you in Medora soon!

2021 Black Tie and Spurs Gala: a night of generosity and joy in Medora

2021 Black Tie and Spurs Gala: a night of generosity and joy in Medora

Our founder Harold Schafer knew that sometimes, the very best thing you can say is “Thank you.”

That’s how we feel at the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation this week—because the 2021 Black Tie and Spurs gala was even more successful than we could have imagined it would be.

On Friday, June 25th, a few hundred of Medora’s most ardent supporters gathered downtown for a social, a great meal, and a silent and live auction.

Generous partners donated a whole host of items and gift packages to be auctioned off—from an antique safe to a trip to Las Vegas and everything in between.

And our guests kept that generosity going. Even after the live auction was complete, Medora supporters raised their paddles to make cash donations to the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

When all was said and done, more than 464 thousand dollars were raised for TRMF.

Those funds will be put directly toward one of our most exciting current projects: Point to Point Park. It’s a multi-phase plan to make Medora even more welcoming to families. Some of it, like the Little Bully Pulpit Mini Golf Course and Maintou the Zip Line, are already up and running—and other pieces, like an aquatic center, are under construction as we speak.

It’s the kind of effort that simply wouldn’t be possible without the passion and support of people who see Medora the way Harold Schafer did long ago: as a special, historic place worth preserving.

To everyone who joined us at the 2021 Black Tie and Spurs gala: thank you. We can’t wait to see you again.