In the last week, the story of how friendships made in Medora have led to substantial help for people caught in the war between Ukraine and Russia has spread across North Dakota.
On March 25th, KFYR-TV aired a feature story on Yarema Slonevskyy and Jason Masten, two Medora employees who have connected in an incredible way:
Yarema Slonevskyy’s Medora nametag holds hundreds of memories.
“People see it says I’m from Ukraine and they ask, ‘How did you end up in Medora?’” he explained.
Every summer since 2008, he’s been leaving his home in Ukraine and coming to Medora. He is one of more than 300 seasonal employees the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation hires each summer.
Slonevskyy quickly learned that there is something special about Medora.
“It’s not about the job, it’s about the people,” he said from his home in Ukraine.
Now those people, are helping Slonevskyy as his country faces war.
“I worked with Yarema that first year,” said Jason Masten, a Florida native who spent two summers as a TRMF seasonal employee. He met his girlfriend there. He also made other lifelong friends and developed his giving nature.
“Everybody deserves help,” Masten said.
Masten is now living in Poland, where he’s collecting supplies for Slonevskyy to distribute.
“I told him what we needed, and he said, ‘I’m willing to help you out as much as possible,’” recalled Slonevskyy.
You can watch and read the full story by Jody Kerzman for KFYR-TV here.
KX News also shared Yarema’s story, detailing what sort of goods have been collected by his Medora friends:
“We loaded them with strollers, baby shoes, kids’ clothes, diapers, cans of food, formula food for different ages; huge amounts, we barely could fit it,” Slonevskyy said.
Read and watch Cameron Brewer’s story for KX News here.