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'I have always loved Medora': 96-year-old Medora shop owner is nuts about her hometown

Medora has become a go-to destination for people wanting to see where history lives. The western North Dakota town, with the Badlands as a backdrop, has quickly become a summer tourist hot spot, and one reason that small town is so popular is 96-year-old Norma Myers and her business on main street called Chateau Nuts.

Norma Myers in her Medora Store, Chateau Nuts.
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MEDORA, N.D. — Of course, people come for the Medora Musical and the incredible scenery of the West, but in the heart of Medora is Chateau Nuts, and its 96-year-old owner, Norma Myers, who grew up in Medora. On a ranch, of course.

"I went to school all 12 years here in Medora," Myers said. "I started 91 years ago (in) first grade.

"We had calves to feed and cows to milk; my dad was a dairyman," she said. "We milked 25 cows morning and night."

Myers graduated from high school in 1943. During World War II, she worked for the FBI, but she would later return to the home she loved.

"I love Medora. I have always loved Medora. It just has a special aura about it," she said.


Myers opened Chateau Nuts decades ago. She sells nuts to tourists from all over the world.

"The people who come to Medora, I think they are charmed by Medora. It is quiet," she said.

At 96, Myers admits she is slowing down, but people love her, and now, she is getting generational business.

"Now, I have young people coming in with children. Either the father or mother will say, 'I have been coming to the store since I was 4, and I remember the first time I came to your store, I was holding my mother's hand,'" Myers said.

Medora continues to be a gem of the West, and Myers has no plans of leaving.

"I am really glad I came back to Medora," she said.

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