Author Archives: InternKayla

About InternKayla

I am the 2010 summer intern with the ND Tourism Dept. I am a proud North Dakota native and a proud NDSU Bison! On my way to becoming Legendary.

Where is the largest pumpkin in North Dakota?

That’s Right, its back! Come see North Dakota’s largest pumpkin at the Seventh Annual Giant Pumpkin Festival in Walhalla this Saturday. This event is complete with a giant pumpkin contest, farmers’ market, games and pumpkin carving. Experience the spirit of North Dakota’s beautiful fall season with your family at this exciting fall kick off festival.

Can you find the biggest pumpkin before Halloween? North Dakota Tourism challenges you to find it, once you do, take a picture and tell us where you found it  on our Facebook Fan Page – Travel North Dakota or share your giant pumpkin journey at RU Maybe you can even find one as big as the giant pumpkin in Walhalla!


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Happy 65th Birthday to Phil Jackson!

Wildly considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NBA, Legendary Phil Jackson turns 65 today! Before his professional career took off, Jackson grew up and attended high school in Williston, North Dakota and proceeded to play basketball at the University of North Dakota.

Now, head coach of the Lakers, Jackson earned his 11th NBA championship (as coach) when the Lakers overtook the Boston Celtics this year in the 2010 NBA championship. He will continue to coach the Lakers for the 2010-11 season which begins in late October.

Experience North Dakota’s own professional D- league team, the Dakota Wizards! They jump-start their season on November 19 against the Iowa Energy at the Bismarck Civic Center. This will be a year not to miss out!


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Playoff Tickets Still Available!

Congratulations to the defending champions, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks! The excitement is building through out the day as they begin their first playoff game tonight (Wednesday Sept 8 ) at 7 p.m. against Gary South Shore Railcats. Tickets are still available for tonight and tomorrows game (2 p.m.) at Newman Outdoor Field. Get your tickets at

Newman Outdoor Field is also running a playoff special, “Dollar Dogs.” Hotdogs will be only $1 at the concession stands throughout the game.

Good Luck Legendary RedHawks! Go get um!


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Last Minute Labor Day

Are you geared up and ready to go this weekend? With plenty of fun outdoor activities to enjoy in North Dakota, I thought I would key you in on some tidbits about this festive weekend.


If you have not been out to Medora this summer yet, now is the absolute time! The ‘Best Show In The West,’ the Medora Musical puts on their final performance of the summer on Sept. 5. A musical tribute to the late Wade Westin will  also be held September 5 at 2 p.m., MDT at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre . The event features various artists, including Clyde Bauman, Jessie Veeder and cast members of the Medora Musical. Greg Hager will perform on the Chateau de Mores Interpretive Center patio during the afternoon on September 4.


Getting out to Medora also means a great weekend of scenery and recreation at the beautiful Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Since it sounds like it will be a weekend full of wonderful weather, hiking, biking, canoeing, or whatever your favorite recreational activity might be, North Dakota has you covered! Whether you want to stay close to home or take a great road trip North Dakota has many great state and national parks located across the state with fantastic trails and rivers.

Great Entertainment?

Friday Night Races is happening tonight in Grand Forks, if you haven’t gone yet, you dont’ want to miss out on this excitement!

Motor Magic is out at the North Dakota State Fair Grounds through the whole weekend, and one weekend only! They will kick off the motor mayhem along with enduro race, demolition derby, motorcycle poker run, auto cross and an auto classic car display.

-These are just a few events that are happening in North Dakota this Labor Day weekend, so if you are in need of some last minute planning  our website is your key for activities, attractions, accommodations and events!


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“Wow”- Enough Said

I had the great pleasure of spending time in Medora this weekend. Being an eastern North Dakota gal, I was a little timid when entering this “western Disney land,” but within an hour I was ready to strap some boots on and buy myself a cowboy hat! I had the best time immersing myself into the incredible history of Medora and walking through this small town full of excitement and wonder. Bright, smiling faces as you pass through and stop into shops was what made my day while strolling through with my grandmother. The one thing I had to do was go check out the newly renovated Rough Rider Hotel. My jaw instantly dropped as I enter the beautiful lobby that is contemporary with a twist of history and a whole wall of books for guests to enjoy. I start chatting with the front desk wonderful individuals that have had the greatest compliments since they opened at the beginning of the summer. Although they were completely booked up because there was a wedding reception taking place that night, my grandmother and I got a quick sneak peek into one of the rooms. The “ahhs” and “wows” were endless from us, the smell of everything brand new and colors that were so comforting. The best came last as I entered the bathroom and saw the huge tiled shower with the biggest shower head I’ve ever seen. I still cannot keep saying “wow,” we were so very impressed with the entire atmosphere. Interesting enough, when I was talking with the front desk staff they had said that most of the time what they hear from guests is “wow,” and now I realize why. Find your “wow”  in Medora.

The Rough Rider will be open all year-long, so book a night or hold an event at any time in this gorgeous new facility and enjoy the beauty of the Badlands backdrop in Medora.


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Kellan Lutz talks ND and hockey

In an interview posted on August 12, North Dakota native Kellan Lutz talks about heading back to film more of the Twilight Saga and his roots with North Dakota hockey! “I’m from North Dakota, so I’m big on hockey,” he states. North Dakota is big on hockey (we are also big fans of Kellan Lutz), it won’t be long until the great excitement of hockey season begins! Get ready, the University of North Dakota kicks off their season with the women’s team on September 25 and a men’s exhibition game on October 3. The first official game will be on October 29 all at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Urban Plains center will be invaded by fans on October 1 when the Fargo Force face off. The Bismarck Bobcats waste no time as they kick off their season on Sept 24 at the VFW Sports Center. It won’t be long before it begins, so drop the gloves and put your hands up, let’s get ready for some North Dakota hockey!


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North Dakota Bois…. they are quite comical!

There was none stop laughter Friday morning here in the tourism division when we all huttled around to check out the hot Youtube video of “North Dakota Bois” This fun remake of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” came out last Thursday and at this moment has had 175,826 views! They are “Midwest Representing” some great tourist attractions including the State Capital, North Dakota Heritage Center, Missouri River, and some of North Dakota’s greatest roadside attractions! So who is this clever young fellow who has blessed us with many laughs over the week? He is Ammon Miller from Bismarck, ND who “ya know, ya know” wants to show is appreciation and gratefulness to the state where he has grown up before he heads off to college to study film.  We appreciate the humor! We encourage you to create your own IAM Legendary video! Show us your favorite spots in North Dakota and check out others at


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