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NDPC members have the opportunity to learn and connect through a variety of national, state and local workshops and social events throughout the year. Watch for details about upcoming professional development.

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, June 26, 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • Tuesday, June 28, 2022
    • 5:30 PM
    Registration is closed

    Post-Conference Tour of North Dakota 
    June 26–28, 2022

    Cost: $525
    Registration Deadline: Saturday, April 30, 2022

    DAY 1 - SUNDAY 6/26:

    8 a.m. — Depart Radisson Blu in Fargo
    Travel west via I-94 to Jamestown (100 miles).


    FRONTIER VILLAGE & WORLD’S LARGEST BUFFALO: Get a picture with the big buffalo, Dakota Thunder, and catch a glimpse of the albino buffalos.

    Travel west from Jamestown via I-94 to BISMARCK/MANDAN (1 hr 40 minutes or 102 miles).


    Lunch (restaurant TBD)


    STATE MUSEUM at the NORTH DAKOTA HERITAGE CENTER: Take a tour of the state's largest museum expansion with newly opened galleries. 

    FORT ABRAHAM LINCOLN STATE PARK: Park covering 977-acres located on the Missouri River’s banks south of Mandan.  The history goes back over 300 years when it was home to the Mandan Indians. Site of a military garrison in the mid-to late 1800s. Exhibits relate to the life of the Mandan Indians and the military history of the fort.

    Located in the Fort Lincoln State Park is ON-A-SLANT INDIAN VILLAGE, this village was once home to a thriving Mandan Indian population. Reconstructed earth lodges of the Mandan Indians at On-A-Slant Indian Village.  THE CUSTER HOUSE, tour the home of General George & Libbie Custer. Reconstructed commissary storehouse, granary, barracks, and stables.  This was the last home and command of General George Armstrong Custer. It was from here that Custer and his 7th Cavalry rode to meet their fate at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.  FORT MCKEEN BLOCKHOUSES, infantry blockhouses set high on the bluffs over-looking the Missouri River. Same vantage point early cavalry soldiers had as they viewed the wide expanse of the Missouri River.

    Check in at Bismarck hotel (TBD)


    5:30 p.m. — Dinner in downtown Bismarck (restaurant TBD)  

    8-9:30 p.m. — Sunset cruise on LEWIS AND CLARK RIVERBOAT. The explorers never had it so easy, but you can take a relaxing riverboat cruise on the Missouri River.

    DAY 2 – MONDAY 6/27:

    7:30 a.m. — Depart Bismarck
    Travel west via I-94 to Medora (2 hrs or 130 miles).

    *If time allows, stop and take a pic with Salem Sue on the way! (35 minutes or 30 miles from Bismarck)

    ENCHANTED HIGHWAY – The Enchanted Highway is populated with amazingly large metal sculptures of a family, grasshoppers, pheasants and more. The “folk art” figures are spaced along a stretch of highway from the I-94 south to Regent.


    10 a.m. — *Note the time changes to MST time zone in Dickinson.
    Travel west from Dickinson via I-94 to MEDORA (35 minutes or 35 miles)

    Painted Canyon Visitor Center located at Exit 32 on I-94. Panoramic views, visitor center, picnic area and restroom.


    Explore Medora Area: Medora is the gateway to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  This authentic Old West cow-town was founded in 1883 by the Marquis de Mores and named for his wife. Where to eat in Medora? Casual to up-scale and home cooking!


    THEORDORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK – SOUTH UNIT: North Dakota Badlands provide the scenic backdrop to this park.  Named for the 26th President, it memorializes his contribution to conservation.  The loop drive could provide a view of buffalo, deer, elk, big-horn sheep, wild horses, mule deer and prairie dog towns.


    Evening: PITCHFORK FONDUE: A unique western steak meal served at the Tjaden Center on the bluffs overlooking Medora.

    MEDORA MUSICAL: Broadway-style musical show in spectacular Burning Hills Amphitheatre. The surrounding hills resound with music and laughter at this fast-paced, song-and-dance professional extravaganza. 

    Head to Dickinson after the Musical. Travel east via I-94 to Dickinson (30 minutes or 30 miles).

    Check in at Dickinson hotel (TBD)

    DAY 3 – TUESDAY 6/28:

    Breakfast at Brew Coffee, located in Teddy Roosevelt’s former church.

    PRAIRIE OUTPOST PARK & BADLANDS DINOSAUR MUSEUM: Several historic buildings, including a general store, post office, church. Germans from Russia stone house, Norwegian stabbur and veteran’s chapel. The nearby Badlands Dinosaur Museum features an evolving exhibit of fossils and minerals, a public preparation lab, and a vibrant research and fieldwork program.

    UKRAINIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE: Preserving, promoting and displaying Ukrainian culture in North Dakota.


    FLUFFY FIELDS VINEYARD & WINERY: Winery with daily lunch and dessert specials, along with a lite bite food menu.

    Travel east on I-94 to Fargo (290 miles or 4 hours)

Past events

Thursday, June 23, 2022 2022 NDPC Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 NFPW Pre-Conference Tour of Fargo-Moorhead
Thursday, April 28, 2022 MAPC Workshop: The Snack You Didn’t Know You Needed
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 Prairie Communicators: Social Media beyond Facebook
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 The Anatomy of a Successful Podcast
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 Prairie Communicators Meeting: ND News Cooperative Introduction
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 Valley MarComm Virtual Meeting
Thursday, February 17, 2022 NDPC Winter Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 08, 2022 Prairie Communicators Meeting: Simple Video Production
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 Taking Control with Project Management Software
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 Prairie Communicators Meeting: Website Design and Tech Trends
Thursday, November 04, 2021 MAPC Webinar: Let’s Get Engaged
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 NDPC Fall Board Meeting
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 Launching in January: NDPIO Association
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 NDPC Webinar: All you need to know about NDPC this year
Thursday, July 22, 2021 NDPC Summer Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 05, 2021 MAPC Webinar: Avoid Crash Landing in a Crisis: Communication Takeaways and Lessons Learned from the Airline Industry
Thursday, April 22, 2021 NDPC Spring Board Meeting
Thursday, April 22, 2021 NDPC Spring Conference: The Changing Face of Media
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Prairie Communicators April 13, 2021 Meeting: Hey You! Stop Scrolling, Start Connecting
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 Prairie Communicators, Feb. 2021 Meeting, Lessons Learned: Pandemic Social Media Management
Thursday, January 28, 2021 MAPC January 2021 Meeting: Remote work in the new normal (and what it means to communicate in the world of Commerce)
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 Prairie Communicators December 2020 Meeting: Grassroots Communications
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 FMPC November 2020 Meeting: Pandemic fatigue, preferences and … why was that again?
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 MAPC October 2020 Meeting: Branding and Positioning in an Uncertain World
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Prairie Communicators October 2020 Meeting: Event Planning and Management

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