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Here’s What’s Next in Medora: Point To Point Park

Originally Published in the 2019 Spring Newsletter

We’ve been looking at that big open space beside the Badlands Motel, as you first arrive in Medora, for many years, wondering “What would be the best use of that land?”

Finally, we’ve settled on an answer to that question: Welcome to Point to Point Park!

Named for Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite game, we’re creating a brand new place for families to enjoy the Badlands together—a perfect downtown Medora destination for adventurers of all ages.

The Park will have a combination of free and ticketed attractions, including all-new mini golf, Medora’s own “slant house,” a zero-entry pool and 400 foot long lazy river, a community splash pad, a kid-friendly “jump pillow,” and shade structures. And, what is sure to become one of Medora’s main attractions, a Badlands Zipline Ride.

We’ve been talking about a Medora Zipline ever since a few of the participants in our 2007 TRMF sponsored Panama Canal cruise tried one, on one of our cruise stops. We thought the North Dakota Badlands would be a perfect place for such an attraction. So here we go! The Zipline will run up and down the big butte behind the Badlands Motel.

The Point to Point Park will tuck in between the motel and the existing Children’s Park, as well as in the big vacant space beside the motel. It will be the first thing families see when they arrive in town, and for many it will be the first stop on their Medora adventure.

It’s the newest in a series of major investments in Medora to enhance and expand the experience our visitors and guests have.

The idea and concept is driven in large part by the longheld awareness of the need to create attractions and attractors for what we have come to call the “missing middle,” young people in their teens and their families. The new park is just the attraction young families and grandparents have been waiting for.

This park will also encourage the “more adventurous” members of the family to experience the picturesque buttes by taking a marked climbing route to the top of the Badlands overlooking Historic Medora, where they’ll find native geology and vegetation, and the park may one day showcase the remarkable personalities of Medora through statues or other historic preservation ideas.

It will also offer the community and its visitors nearly 100 new paved parking spaces. Although geared toward a younger crowd, the entire experience will be enjoyed and utilized by young and old.

It will be a place to socialize, to relax, to exercise and simply play together, surrounded by the beauty of the Badlands and the history of Medora.

As with our other major projects, we’re seeking sponsors for this new attraction. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Joslyn Tooz, our Major Gifts Officer at: 701-223-4800, or e-mail her at joslynt@medora.com

To read the rest of the Spring 2019 Newsletter follow this link.

Bill Sorensen’s Final Ride

Long-time Medora entertainer to co-host the Medora Musical for a final time

(MEDORA, ND) Bill Sorensen is a household name around Medora, and this summer, you’ll get to see him on stage at the Medora Musical one last time, co-hosting for his final season alongside a star-studded cast.

“Medora has been a place of great importance to me. I watched my daughters grow up here, I myself have grown in this place with these people, and whether I’m performing for five people of 2,000 people I am always grateful for the experience,” remarks Bill.

Bill first stepped on stage as co-host in 2013 with Queen of the West, Emily Walter. One of his favorite memories of co-hosting came from him sharing the stage with Emily. One hot night they were performing a scene in which Emily shot his pants off and come to find out he had forgotten to wear his long johns underneath that night – he says he has never seen Emily laugh that hard while on stage.

Bill began a battle with cancer which removed him from the stage for the 2016 season but in 2017 he returned guns a blazin with a new co-host, Chet Wollan. He and Chet have a natural on stage chemistry that is the perfect mix of humorous and playful.

“Sometimes Chet gets this little glimmer in his eye and it reminds me of when he was a little kid and I just think to myself, here we go, we’re going off script,” Bill recalls.

While this is his last season in the Medora Musical, he plans to still be around this awesome little place in different roles. In 2015 he started the hit Magical Medora Christmas show that tours during the holiday season and this summer, he is opening a brand new attraction, “Perception: a Magical Slant House” for kids and families in Medora. Bill’s partner in this attraction is “High Diving Fool”, Don Otto. The two met many years ago when Don was a featured variety act in Medora and they have had the idea for this addition since.

“We both love illusions and tricking the brain and that is exactly what this experience will be. Showing people that their perception is the difference between the truth and what their mind is believing will make this attraction in Medora so much different than anything that already exists there,” says Bill.

Beyond his work in Medora, Bill has held some unique jobs such as his time spent managing boxing champion, Virgil Hill and working with folks like Don King. He founded the Bismarck Wizards Basketball team; and was the Mayor of Bismarck for 12 years.

Bill is excited for his final season as a co-host of the Medora Musical and looks forward to the ways he will continue impacting Medora in the future.

The full cast, band, and featured variety acts of the Medora Musical will be released next week.

Sheriff Bear Leaves Medora

Breaking News

In a twist of unforeseen events Sheriff Bear has announced his resignation from the Medora Musical. Sheriff Bear has been with the show since the early 2000 and is the longest recurring cast member to date.

Sheriff Bear being poked fun at by current Medora Musical host Chet Wollen.


Official Sheriff Bear translator, Ken Quiricone says that Sheriff Bear says, “After being passed up over and over for host of the Medora Musical and as a member of the clog I have decided to follow my dreams elsewhere.”

Sheriff Bear is heading to New York City to pursue his dreams of performing ballet and continuing his sheriff background as a horse mounted officer in Central Park.

Published April 1st – the most foolish day of them all!

Interview with TRMF Business Member, Railway Credit Union

We sat down with Railway Credit Union President, Paul Brucker to get his thoughts on what Medora has done for his company, creating a workplace people want to work at, and what he learned from his parents.

Paul Brucker, President of Railway Credit Union


Paul, why join the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Business Membership Program?

Being a patriotic ND based business, Railway Credit Union (RCU) initially joined the TR Medora Foundation because it seemed like the right thing to do.

It was not until later that we realized the benefits that the membership provided to our credit union members, staff, and volunteers.

It has been a great benefit to be able to send four folks to the musical every night throughout the season.  We have also used the golf passes as a thank you to our credit union volunteers who enjoy golf. 

How was the program received by your employees and customers?

Our employees, volunteers and members have all enjoyed the opportunity to attend the Medora Musical as a benefit of being a part of our credit union family as RCU is a member of the Foundation. 

We have also hosted bus trips for our Senior Express Club at the credit union. It is always one of our most popular destinations and a great goodwill experience for being a part of our credit union’s Senior Express Club. 

Any noticeable benefits?

Visiting Medora and attending the many wonderful events is like stepping back in time while getting back out in nature amidst the badlands.  It is always a patriotic, refreshing and rewarding experience that everyone looks forward to while recharging their work & life batteries.

Railway Credit Union teammates enjoying a day of fun!


Now for a little more about Railway Credit Union. What should people know about RCU that they can’t find out on your website?

We are a financial family striving to build individual solutions for all of our members to lead them to achieve financial success while enriching their lives.

From what I’ve seen and heard, you have a great company culture. Why prioritize this?

At RCU we work hard and we play hard.  We are always looking forward to some fun team-building activities to blow off a little steam and have some fun.  We did hold a staff “goofy” Olympic competition that we had broadcast over our web site. It was awesome and drew a huge audience.

We gotta hear a little about you personally. What’s the best lesson your parents taught you?

Honesty, Integrity, and hard work can carry you a long way in life.

Is there a set back in your life that set you up for your future success?

I had an issue with my hip that landed me in a wheelchair and on crutches for a year around 1st grade. 

This threw me head first into adversity and social challenges, as I had to figure out how to deal with that and still try to be a normal kid.  Fortunately, my hip healed over time, and I learned a lot about life through those lessons during the process.

What was it like to lead the merger with Genie-Watt Credit Union?

A business merger is like a marriage, you need a lot of upfront honesty, transparency, and hard work to make it work successfully.  If things digress and you end up with an us vs them situation, trouble will soon follow. 

We have been fortunate to have had many successful mergers that have greatly expanded RCU’s footprint in the Bismarck – Mandan area over that past 10 years.

This summer, we’ll share this conversation with over 300 seasonal employees from all over the world — many of them on the cusp of joining the workforce. Any advice?

Find something you enjoy doing or discover what is your life’s passion.  Chase it hard through your education, then on into the work world.  Once there, realize the only way to move forward in your career path is through honesty and a driven work ethic. 

Go above and beyond the minimum requirements your job calls for. Realize there is no one there waiting to anoint you to the next coming executive. This is only achieved through what you bring to the table each and every day through hard work.

Thanks for taking the time to talk, Paul. If you want to learn more about becoming a Business Member like Railway Credit Union get ahold of Annual Giving Director, Daniel Gannarelli at danialg@medora.com or 701.223.4800

Want to learn more about Railway Credit Union, check out their website here and their Facebook Page here!

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 »

Must-Have Selfies in Medora

If you’re new to selfies or have already worn out your third selfie-stick this week the ingredients to an awesome make-your-friends jealous selfie = YOU+ A Smile + Awe-Inspiring locations.

 

We rounded up the must-have selfie locations in Medora and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park to give you a starting point. There are likely hundreds more!

 

Here’s a challenge for you –  get out and show us your favorite Medora selfie spot!

 

Hashtag #MedoraSelfie #Medora or tag @medora_nd on Instagram or @MedoraND on Twitter and you might just see yourself in this article!

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With the Wooden Cowboy at the Burning Hills Amphitheater 

Medora City Overlook in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

With Teddy Roosevelt in front of Old Town Theater

Up top the Balcony at Little Mo’s

(Tip, get to the Restaurant by 8:30pm to be seated on the Balcony. Balcony seating closes at 9pm)

At the Entrance to TRNP Sign

At the Chateau

At Painted Canyon Overlook

Atop a Badlands Hiking Trail

National Park Selfie

With a Horse of Course

With Teddy Roosevelt Himself!

With Sheriff Bear (find him at the Musical)

Amphitheater Terrace with iconic MEDORA sign

Pitchfork Steak Fondue with Beautiful Badlands behind

BONUS: With Stacy The Bison (ask around town to find her location!)

So, happy snapping! If you don’t how will anyone know that you actually experienced it?

 

Inspired Women Magazine to host Elevate Conference in Medora Sept. 6 & 7

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with 2018 Burning Hills Singer — Misti Koop

As a Grand Forks, ND native, Misti Koop is grateful and overjoyed to be returning for her sixth season as a Burning Hills Singer! We caught up with this energetic, fan-favorite hometown girl to get her thoughts on what she’s been up to and the upcoming Medora Musical season!

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Interview with 2018 Burning Hills Singer — Alyssa Scott

Fargo, ND native Alyssa Scott is thrilled to be returning to Medora for her second summer as a Burning Hills Singer. We dropped a few questions her way via email and she answered them from her Nashville, TN abode!

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Ask President Roosevelt

“Ask President Roosevelt” is a feature of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Member Newsletter, the Rough Riders Review. For five summers, veteran TR repriser, historian, and actor Joe Wiegand has brought Theodore Roosevelt to life on the matinee stage at Medora’s Old Town Hall Theater. During the off-season, Joe travels the country as TR, representing the Medora Foundation. As part of every performance, in character as TR, Wiegand takes questions from the audience.

 

Q: How did you spend your winter, Colonel Roosevelt? Any big plans for the summer ahead?

A: Like so many of you, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays spent with family were the most special occasions. Of course, I toured the country, performing for audiences from Portland, Oregon to Saranac Lake, New  York. Like many a North Dakotan, the winter found me in Florida, Arizona, and Southern California, where thousands of Medora Musical fans follow the migratory fowl.

Traveling the country and telling people about Medora and the beautiful Badlands of North Dakota is a real honor and pleasure, READ MORE »

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