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2012 London Olympics


As the week comes to a close, our eyes turn to the 2012 London Olympic Games. Although there are no athletes originally from North Dakota competing in the games, there are several college alumni to root for! Athletes include former North Dakota State University standout Amanda (Thieschafer) Smock and Dickinson State University’s Ramon Miller, Derrick Atkins and Trevor Barry.

Smock, originally from Melrose, Minn., attended NDSU from 2001-2004 and was a three-time NCAA Division II national champion and 13-time All-American. Smock holds the NDSU outdoor triple jump record of 43 feet, ½ inch and indoor triple jump record of 42 feet, 4½ inches. She qualified for the Olympic triple jump in June, booking her trip to London with a winning 45-9 at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Women’s triple jump preliminaries will be August 3 at 4:25 a.m., CDT.

A pair of Bahamian sprinters and a jumper formerly at Dickinson State also will be competing in track and field.

Miller, a 15-time NAIA All-American, will represent the Bahamas in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dash. Miller set the DSU school record of 45.42 in the 400 in 2009. The first round of the men’s 200-meter dash is August 7 at 5:50 a.m. and the first round of the men’s 400-meter will be August 4 at 4:35 a.m.

Former Blue Hawk Derrick Atkins will be competing in the men’s 100-meter dash and Trevor Barry will be competing in the men’s high jump. Atkins set the DSU school record of 20.81 in the 200-meter dash in 2005. The men’s 100-meter preliminaries start August 4 at 4 a.m.

Barry, who in 2006 set DSU records in the long jump with a leap of 25 feet, 8 inches and the high jump with a 7-3 inches, will be begin high jump prelims on August 5 at 1:05 p.m.

If these Olympians inspire you, North Dakota has several competitions coming up. The Bismarck Marathon is September 15 and offers a full or half marathon, full marathon relay, 10-K or 5-K run. The Maah Daah Hey 100 mountain bike race though the Badlands August 18 concludes in Medora.

For more events and races around North Dakota, check out our website at


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Why don’t you take a hike

We really mean that as an invitation and a suggestion: Take a hike!  April is the perfect time to talk about exploring the great outdoors in a serene, environmentally-friendly and truly “green-ing” kind of way.  It’s spring in North Dakota and we’ve got trails just waiting for you.

Some of the state’s most popular trails are those found in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and many of the state parks.  The Maah Daah Hey Trail is a 96-mile trail system that has received international recognition for its scenery and challenges.

There’s a new book by Susan Wefald called, “Spectacular North Dakota Hikes” which highlights 50 great day hikes in North Dakota. This is a wonderful companion to a trip around North Dakota – almost like having a hiking guide!

About two years ago, we brought our niece and nephews to North Dakota for a week of “Fun with Auntie and Uncle” and during that time enjoyed a trip to the South Unit of TRNP.  Even though we had been to a waterpark, state fair midway and lots of other cool stuff that week, the kids still say that the highlight of their trip was hiking in the National Park and seeing the wildlife. We’re all anxious to do it again!


Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Biking & Hiking, Outdoor Adventure


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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And the least laziest state goes to… North Dakota!

North Dakota was named the least laziest state in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek on yesterday. This has been a five-year study (2005-2008) using data from BLS American Time Use Survey.

So what makes a state lazy (was my first thought)? They were very clear that they did not mean lack of work ethic or engagement, but it was measured by leisure time spent doing sedentary activities compared with activities that require more physical effort, such as exercising and even working. In North Dakota, the least inactive state, people sleep 8 hours, 4 minutes; watch 2 hours, 19 minutes of television; socialize for 40 minutes; and relax for 22 minutes. The average time North Dakotans spend working is just over 5 hours. The average for the U.S. population: 8 hours, 35 minutes sleeping; 2 hours, 38 minutes watching television; 44 minutes socializing; 18 minutes relaxing; and 3 hours, 23 minutes working.

I think this study reinforces why North Dakota is so Legendary. When I think of the passion of this state, I think how important  recreation and being active is. Hunting and fishing, hiking and biking, canoeing and kayaking, golfing and birding, it seems endless. Recreation is important to many travelers and ND has the scenery and the space to keep ya movin’.

The summers are breathtaking, full of everything green, fresh and the happiness of people to just be outside all day, which many travelers are aware of. I think many are surprised, however that this is still a very active state all year-long. Fall is starting to become one of my favorite months, with temperatures in the mid 70’s, it is perfect weather for all outdoor recreation. Winter is not far behind with my latest favorite activity being cross-country skiing (there is something about working up a good sweat in the snow). Finally, spring… ohh how I do love our springs here! Fresh leaves, flowers, smells, golf courses starting to open and I am back at running season. It’s too hard for me to pick my favorite season, I guess that’s why having 4 seasons makes North Dakota Legendary!

What’s your favorite season, does it have to do with your favorite recreational activity?

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North Dakota has a Waterfall?

Sure doesand we are proud of it! North Dakota’s only registered waterfall is breathtaking Mineral Springs Waterfall in Sheyenne State Forest. It has been one of the best kept secrets among adventure seekers that are from or have come to North Dakota. It is one of the sacred attractions of the state and a great hiking adventure for all! There is a marked trail that will lead you to the hidden treasure, but along the way, keep your eyes open for some great wildlife. It comes from an underground spring that drops 8 feet and runs into the Sheyenne River. The Mineral Springs Falls is located about 10 miles west of Lisbon. If you would like detailed directions to the falls, contact the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway at 701-845-2251

Looking for some more hidden North Dakota Trail secrets, ND native Scott Kudelka wrote and published a terrific book called “North Dakota’s Best Hiking Trails.” There are some fresh ideas, as well as some great favorites that are not to be missed when hiking or biking.

Plan your North Dakota adventure with the help of “My Trip Planner”


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Historic Hike!

Join Chris Johnson (State Historical Society of North Dakota) at the Killdeer Mountain Battlefield State Historic site on July 31st for the 9th annual Killdeer Mountain History Hike. This free event is a guided hike starting at the base of Killdeer Mountain and ending at what is known as the Medicine Hole. Along the route, the 1864 Battle of Killdeer Mountain and the Medicine hole’s significance will be explained and discussed. For more information about the day’s events, contact Diane Rogness at (701) 328-3508 or email at

Join in on this Legendary adventure through historic North Dakota!


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ND is Buzzin’

3 North Dakota Towns (Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks) made the Top 100 “Places to Live 2010” by Money Magazine! 

Theodore Roosevelt National Park was named #7 in “Top 10 Wildlife Viewing” from for one of the best places in the country to see the great bison that were once a central fixture of life in the Great Plains. Also the wild horses, deer, elk, prairie dogs.

“Awesome Vacations in All 50 States” from Bing Travel gave the Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site top marks as it is the land that was once a major trading region where Lewis and Clark met Sacajawea. It introduces visitors to the history and heritage of the Northern Plains tribe.

We have so much to offer here in North Dakota, such a wide variety of positive attributes that makes North Dakota so great! I am so proud to be from this miraculous state, so whether you are planning a trip to do some wildlife sight seeing or to immerse yourself in historical culture we are your destination!


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Hike the trails of North Dakota on National Trails Day

  June 5th marks the 17th annual National Trails Day in the United States! National Trails Day evolved from the 1987 report of President Ronald Reagan’s President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors. The report recommended that Americans should be able to walk out their front doors and within 15 minutes, be on trails that take them through their cities or towns and bring them back without retracing any steps.

So grab your friends, a pair of hiking shoes or a bike and hit the beautiful trails of North Dakota today! There are both short and long distance trails in county’s all over the state, find one near you at the National Recreation Trail’s website Also,  this is a great day to take advantage of events and guided hiking that are being taken place in North Dakota State Parks


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It’s National Walk @ Lunch Day

Did you know that visitors to North Dakota most frequently participate in outdoor activities?  Wildlife viewing, hiking, fishing, golfing, camping and many more are some of the most popular activities.

Today is National Walk @ Lunch Day and the perfect time to remind ourselves to get outside and enjoy our surroundings while making ourselves a little healthier.  Just as vacations are known to reduce stress, improve health and happiness – daily physical activity has the same affect.  Today, take the first step toward a healthier you.  Then, log onto to plan your active vacation in North Dakota!


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SO much to do this weekend

Will Casselton set a new world’s record for the most firetrucks in one parade?  You’ll have to be at Summerfest this weekend to find out.  160 trucks were needed to set the record, and when you include lots of other floats … well … better pack a couple of pillow cases for the candy!

There are three big events happening on the west side of Fargo this weekend:  Midwest Waterfowl Fest at Scheels – the world’s largest all sports store, and Pioneer Days at Bonanzaville in West Fargo.

Feel like a workout?  The Pipestem Creek Trail Run and Gear Grinder Mountain Bike Races are this weekend too!

From motorcycling rallies to Christmas in August at Grahams Island State Park – is your connection on all the What To Do in North Dakota.  Have fun!


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