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Local and state officials and others met to coordinate planning to meet infrastructure and other needs that will come from increased visitorship to Medora when the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library opens in 2026.
Sunflowers, long grown by U.S. farmers for oil and confectionery uses, have increased in popularity among the general public during the past few years because of their bright and cheery appearance.
Sunflowers, long grown by U.S. farmers for oil and confectionery uses, have increased in popularity among the general public during the past few years because of their bright and cheery appearance.
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.
Since a high water mark of attendance in 2015, attendance at the rally, a key driver of summer tourism in South Dakota, has stagnated around a half-million total attendees. Sturgis's city manager says attracting more first-time attendees is a major focus of the city's rally and events department.
Tariq was presented with a corn-bassadorship by Gov. Kristi Noem's office, while the City of Mitchell proclaimed Saturday as Tariq 'Corn Kid' Day.

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Tariq took the internet by storm this month after a popular TikTok account, Recess Therapy, interviewed Tariq about an ear of corn he was eating. “For me, I really like corn,” Tariq said in a video. “Ever since I was told that corn was real, it tasted really good, but when I tried it with butter, everything changed.”
Friends of the Lake Country Scenic Byway and other conservation groups say concessions by MnDOT to cut down fewer trees along Highway 34 aren't enough.
The event begins Thursday, Aug. 4, and ends Sunday, Aug. 7.

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