Posts tagged Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation

Behind the Scenes of the Medora Musical–Photo shoot

With the summer season right around the corner, everyone here in Medora is working tirelessly to prepare our favorite people in the world… you, our guests!

And this is especially true for the Medora Musical Cast! Why, just yesterday they had an afternoon photo shoot. Take a look!

The Medora Musical Cast welcomes you!

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Emily Wolter- My First Day as a Medora Intern

Hi! My name is Emily Wolter,

and I’m the Marketing Intern with the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. I know what some of you are thinking, “Do you mean, Emily Walter? The Emily Walter?”

No. Alas, I am not the “Queen of the West,” but I did spend my first day in Medora being introduced to many people — all of whom went through a series of confusion, shock, and amusement when they heard my name. READ MORE »

Theodore Roosevelt To Perform At Edgewood Vista, Touchmark Locations

Theodore Roosevelt To Perform At Edgewood Vista, Touchmark Locations
Performances provided at no charge through partnership with TR Medora Foundation and Assisted Living Facilities

 

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation is excited to announce an update to its annual “TR Tour” that includes donated performances to residents of senior living locations around the state.

The annual tour by “Medora’s Thedore Roosevelt,” has taken place each spring for the last four years and has included stops at locations ranging from numerous elementary schools, to the training facility of “America’s Big Stick,” Minot Air Force Base’s 91st Missile Wing — aptly named after Roosevelt’s U.S. Army Unit, the Rough Riders.

Joe Wiegand at Minot Air Force Base, 2015

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Bill Sorensen Returns to Medora Musical, 5 Additional North Dakotans Make the Cast

Brand new talent joins seasoned professionals for 2017 show

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, in conjunction with StageWest Entertainment, is excited to announce the cast of the 2017 Medora Musical.

Former Bismarck Mayor and long-time performer, Bill Sorensen, will make his return to the Medora Musical this June, to perform alongside the new host of the show, Chet Wollan, and a cast full of talent from across the country – including five other North Dakotans from Dickinson, Bismarck, and Fargo, and Grand Forks.

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The Best Summer of My Life

The Best Summer of My Life

People come from all over the world to work in Medora. And why wouldn’t they? The scenery is breathtaking, the Medora Musical creates a perpetual buzz about town, and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation operates as if it were one big family.

Working here is an all together different experience. A summer in Medora is a rite of passage for some, and an unforgettable experience for all. Many call it, “The best summer of my life!”

But don’t take our word for it. Read on, and find out what previous employees’ have to say about working in Medora.

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Randy Hatzenbuhler Interview with the Journal of Accountancy

Randy Hatzenbuhler Interview with the Journal of Accountancy

This article was first published by the Journal of Accountancy and was written by Sheon Ladson Wilson.

Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation President, Randy Hatzenbuhler, was recently featured in the January issue of the Journal of Accountancy. Read on to see what Randy has to say about his early years in Medora, our thriving Medora Volunteer Program, and more.

Randy

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Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Delanie Wiedrich

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Delanie Wiedrich

This blog was written by Burning Hill Singer Delanie Wiedich. It is her first blog in a series of blogs from North Dakota Burning Hills Singers.

delanie wiedrich - 2014 Burning Hills Singer

It is a beautiful May morning when I wake up in a hotel bed in Plymouth, Minnesota. I lay there for just a moment, trying to wrap my head around what is happening.

Within the past 24 hours my world has been flipped upside down; I have turned 18, left my hometown, said goodbye to my friends and family, not quite completed high school, and am starting my first professional job as a Burning Hills Singer in the Medora Musical. Panic is about to set in when I rip myself from the comfort of my bed and dress myself for the day. READ MORE »

Medora Nightlife

Medora Nightlife

Medora is a swingin’ town.  During the day, you can go on trail rides and buggy rides, visit the museums, or enjoy the Family Fun Center. You can hike, go mini golfing, or enjoy the different day shows.  One would think that things slow down toward the evening; but the fun really kicks up in Medora when the sky starts to dim. READ MORE »

Introducing: “Explore it. Adore it. Medora.”

Introducing: “Explore it. Adore it. Medora.”

TRMF launches new Medora marketing campaign; debuts new user-friendly website; announces change to Medora Musical starting time

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) unveiled its new marketing campaign for Medora today; it is the first new campaign in many years for North Dakota’s number one vacation destination. The new campaign’s theme is: “Explore It. Adore It. Medora.” It replaces the previous campaign, created several years ago, that urged visitors to “Spend a Day in Medora.”

“Our old campaign was successful but was created to meet our needs at that time,” says TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuhler. “Medora has changed.  Our new campaign reflects Medora’s evolution. There is so much to see and explore that we don’t want people to just spend a day in Medora, we want them to at least spend the night, and ideally, spend a few days.”

Adding that more and more people are discovering Medora each year, and thousands more make an annual visit to the community, Hatzenbuhler said the new campaign was created to capitalize on the complete Medora experience, whether it is the region’s history, the family-friendly entertainment, the rugged beauty of the North Dakota Badlands or world-class golf at the Bully Pulpit golf course.

Explore It. Adore It. Medora

New start time for the Medora Musical

Hatzenbuhler also announced one major change to Medora’s landmark draw, the Medora Musical. The starting time for the show has been moved up by one hour, to 7:30 PM Mountain time. Hatzenbuhler says the change was made in order to better accommodate visitors from the Central time zone and, especially, visitors with young children. “We have been sharing the new 7:30 PM start time with groups and the response has been unanimous in supporting the change,” says Hatzenbuhler.

Medora.com gets full revamp

Today’s campaign announcement coincides with the launch of the newly redesigned Medora website. According to Hatzenbuhler, the site has been revamped from top to bottom with an eye towards user-friendliness. The site is designed to be more than a “one-stop shop” for visitors looking for information on Medora; it is designed to allow users to book reservations and plan their entire Medora trip. The site features a new “My Medora” function that allows visitors to create a list of things to see and do on their trip. The function is accompanied by a Google map and also provides an updated daily schedule of events in Medora for each day. A new mobile site is also available for smart phone users and is optimized for easy use while in Medora.

New User-Friendly Medora Website

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation launches a new user-friendly website!

New print advertisements will start running within the next two weeks and new television, radio and online advertisements will debut later this spring.

“Really, our visitors created this campaign theme,” says Hatzenbuhler. “They told us Medora’s appeal is varied and that there are many ways to explore it. And they also told us they love Medora. Explore it. Adore it. Medora. We are very excited about this new campaign.”

 

CONTACT:
Suzanne Wentz, Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
(701) 223-4800 / suzannew@medora.com

Medora’s Badlands Trail Run: Six Years and Going Strong

Medora’s Badlands Trail Run: Six Years and Going Strong

If you ever asked Wade Westin, “What’s new in Medora?” you’d be answered with an enthusiastic listing of attractions, events, and local hang-outs that he was bursting to share.  Wade loved Medora and the North Dakota Badlands, and as the Marketing and PR Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, he was constantly brainstorming for fun and unique experiences that Medora could offer.

A combination of Wade’s interest in running and his love of the majestic Badlands led to the idea for a trail run along the Maah Daah Hey Trail near Medora.  Mark Zimmerman, currently the Director of the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, remembers talking about the possibilities with Wade when traveling together to various sport and tourism shows in the winter months.  At the time, Zimmerman was working as the Outdoor Recreation Specialist for North Dakota Tourism.  He loved the idea of promoting the Maah Daah Hey Trail as a place for not only horseback riding, hiking, and biking, but for running as well.

The Badlands Trail Run starts at the Tjaden Terrace, adjacent to the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora, ND

With the help of Wade, Mark, Medora Foundation staff, friends, and volunteers, the first annual Badlands Trail Run took place six years ago in the fall of 2006.  Zimmerman remembers, “The first one, we maybe weren’t as prepared as we should have been.  By golly, people kept registering and we were very busy handling the crowd.  Once the race started, I think one lady veered off the trail and ran down a cow path instead, but everything turned out all right! By the next year we had things organized to run much smoother, and Wade had a great group of volunteers who knew how it worked; it was really a lot of fun.”

Zimmerman points out that the Badlands Trail Run can be challenging to runners used to flatter surfaces.  He notes that many of the races in Bismarck-Mandan are held on pavement or well-worn trails, and that the terrain and grade of the trail on the Maah Daah Hey is tougher than a typical 5K/10K race in North Dakota.

In the summer of 2007, a road race was added to Medora’s calendar of events.  The “Bully Run”, named after Teddy Roosevelt’s trademark saying, took runners through the streets of Medora and on roads and bike paths on the edge of town.   As word of the races spread, the number of participants in each 5K walk/run and 10K run events grew from 70 to 100 to closer to 150.  Still small enough to be timed with hand timers and to have organizers shout out last-minute instructions without a mic, the races have a small town feel and a friendly atmosphere.

Wade’s co-worker Ann Riippa soon took on many of the administrative and organizational responsibilities of the races in order to help share Wade’s many responsibilities in the marketing department.  A runner as well, Ann felt the races were ideal for runners of all ages and abilities.  “The Medora races are all about enjoying being out in the Badlands and having a fun time. It’s a great place for new runners to come out and try their first race.”   (This blogger gives a review of their experience with the Badlands Trail Run.)  The events have gained a following in the running world, too: the Badlands Trail Run was recently featured in Trail Runners Magazineclick here to read the full 4-page article.

Ann Riippa, Wade Westin, and Mark Zimmerman (l-r) pose in downtown Medora following the 2008 Badlands Trail Run, Wade’s last Medora race before passing away in February 2009.

With Wade’s sudden passing in 2009, family, friends, and co-workers were looking for significant ways to honor his caring and adventurous spirit.  One clear way to do that was for the Medora Foundation to continue hosting race events, an effort still led by Ann Riippa.  The seventh annual Badlands Trail Run is schedule for August 25, 2012.  Runners and walkers receive a sweat-wicking t-shirt and buffet lunch ticket as part of registration fees.  Register ahead of time to ensure a t-shirt will be available for you the day of the race.

See you on the trail!