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Twice a week during the Medora Musical season, children are allowed to attend the show for free—and during the performance, they are even invited onto the stage, to get a taste of what it is like under the spotlight. A number of the performers in the musical's current cast started that way—just one of a gaggle of bright-eyed kids gathered on Medora's iconic stage. Many North Dakotans get their first Medora experience as children, and Don Clement is no different.
Near Fryburg, Terry Logan's land is largely a sea of grassland and some gentle hills, interspersed by fences—and in places conspicuous patches of rust-colored earth where nothing grows.
On the dawn of the final day of Dickinson's Herbergers clothing store, customers were still sifting through shoeboxes and clothes racks on the hunt for good deals; associates still helped ring up cosmetics and direct visitors to the various departments. In many ways was just like any other day. Yet there was a weight to the air, an impending sense of finality—store manager Anne Marie Martinson compared it to the feeling of watching a sick relative pass. "It's like a death. It's like a terminal illness," Martinson said. "It hasn't been easy."
The last weeks of summer seem certain to be celebrated in force by the good people of Dickinson, judging by the tremendous turnout at this year's Chalk Walk. Families of all sizes came to the Memorial Bandshell to make memories and masterpieces under cerulean skies. "We love it, to be honest," Nick Leany, who brought his young family along, said at the event. "Dickinson has a lot of winter months so it's hard to get out, but in the summer it's real nice. It's great the city puts on shows like this."
The Dickinson-area Cub Scouts of America will be showing off their skills and teaching younger children the ins-and-outs of science, survival and a lot more at their Fall Fun Day, coming to Patterson Lake Sept. 8. "It is open to the public for any kids who would have interest in what the Boy Scouts is all about," Beth Ann Pulley, district executive for the Roughrider District of the Boy Scouts of America, said in a phone interview. "The boy scouts will be there to teach the Cub Scouts."
Dickinson got a taste of the Southwest at their local Cash Wise store the past couple of weekends. They apparently found the taste to their liking with sales of Hatch Green Chile exceeding initial expectations and ensuring this year's "Hatchapalooza" won't be the last. "It's been over 6,000 pounds in the two weeks," Cash Wise Store Director Matt Sellers said of the event, noting he had initially only ordered 1,000 pounds of the chiles. They sold 1,500 pounds on the first day alone.
This year's Pooch Pool Party proved an outstanding success, drawing in dozens of dog owners and their canine companions to enjoy one last splash of summer fun at the West River Community Center water park. "I think every year we grow it more and more," Alissa Karsky, programs supervisor with Dickinson Parks and Recreation, said of the event, which is her brainchild. "Those animal owners in town love to have something for their four-legged family."
Dickinson can look forward to getting a real taste of the great American Southwest next weekend as the local CashWise store presents "Hatchapalooza"—a celebration of green chiles and southwestern cuisine to benefit the local United Way. "We're going to have demos in the store of all the different foods with chile in them," Matt Sellers, store director at Cash Wise, said of the event. "Obviously we're going to be roasting Hatch peppers out front. You can buy them in store and take them out front and we'll roast them."
When Eastern Cattle filed for bankruptcy in 2010, it left hundreds of businesses and individuals high and dry. At the time, it was among the largest cattle dealers in the nation. Its owners were convicted for fraud in federal court years later, but the damage was already done.
With the decision now made to focus efforts on bringing the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library to the Medora area, the board of trustees for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation, along with Gov. Doug Burgum, met Friday morning in Medora to discuss the next chapter in the story of the creation of a presidential library and museum for America's 26th president.