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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!

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 »

TRMF President, Hatzenbuhler: “I am all-in for Reese”

Last summer in Medora, I told my wife, Laurie, “I am all in for Reese”.

Reese is our 4 ½-year-old grand-daughter. Laurie’s 33-year career in healthcare ended early in 2017. It was a transition for her, us – actually, it only took her 15 minutes to get used to retirement! Leading up to the summer season, the big question was whether she would spend the whole summer in Medora, or just weekends. Grand-children were a very important part of the decision. We are blessed to have our children and grandchildren living nearby. READ MORE »

Spur Your Inner Artist with Drawing & Watercolor

Experience a creative vacation in Medora this summer!

 

Join Barbara Benda Nagle, professional artist and instructor as she teaches “Spur Your Inner Artist with Drawing and Watercolor” workshop June 4 – 7.  A native of Wahpeton, ND, Barbara excels in simplifying art concepts so all levels of learners may succeed.

 

In this 4-day workshop, you will learn:

  • How to execute a variety of drawing and watercolor techniques
  • How to make sense of the color wheel and use it to your advantage
  • How to use “value” (lights and darks) to make paintings dramatic
  • How to design your painting rather than copy photographs
  • How to create strong, dynamic compositions

 

This workshop takes place in the state-of-the-art Bill and Jane Marcil Life Skills Center in Medora.  Class size is limited – the first 15 registrants will secure a spot.  Payment options vary from workshop only to the popular Stay and Paint package, which includes lodging at the historic Rough Rider Hotel.

 

For more details, please visit our event listing here or call 701-610-9529.

 

To book your spot, please call
1-800-MEDORA-1

 

For more information about Barbara’s teaching philosophy, please visit www.barbarabendanagle.com

Barbara Benda Nagle with her “Portrait of Big Pappy”

 

A Magical Medora Christmas Tour Dates and Times

(This announcement was for the 2017 tour of A Magical Medora Christmas. See 2018 Tour Dates and Information here.)

Four past and present Medora performers will entertain audiences during 28 shows, in 22 communities, across 4 states this Nov. & Dec.

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is pleased to announce that A Magical Medora Christmas variety show will tour this holiday season across North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota.

 

The family-friendly Christmas show will feature the musical talents of Emily Walter, Jared Mason, and Job Christenson, as well as the comedy and magic of Bill Sorensen.

Read on to see see tour dates and times!

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Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival to Be Held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora

MEDORA, ND: Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the town of Historic Medora invite inquiring minds of all ages to attend the fifth annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17. Join park rangers, astronomers, and space enthusiasts of all types to celebrate North Dakota’s beautiful night skies.

 

“People have been marveling at the night skies for millennia,” said Chief of Interpretation Eileen Andes. “Dakota Nights celebrates the beauty and fragility of this awe-inspiring resource and makes it accessible and fun for people of all ages. READ MORE »

The Great American Folk Show with Tom Brosseau

Grand Forks, North Dakota Native Arrives in Medora for the Debut of “The Great American Folk Show with Tom Brosseau”

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is excited to announce that the hit folk music performance, The Great American Folk Show with Tom Brosseau, will show in Medora August 27 through September 6 in the newly remodeled Old Town Hall Theater at 1:30pm MDT. READ MORE »

Summer 2017 Rough Riders Review!

Here it is, our Summer 2017 Rough Riders Review!

 

Take a look! We’re excited to share it with you!

 

And if you like what you see, consider becoming a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF). Perks of joining TRMF include free Medora Musical tickets, free Bully Pulpit Golf Course passes, and our quarterly Rough Riders Review. 

Learn more and sign up here.

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