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Published June 24 2012

North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame hires new director

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame has named Ray Morrell of Mandan as its new executive director.

Morrell is a charter member of the board of directors and has stepped down from the board to assume his new role. He replaces Darrell Dorgan, who retired last fall.

“To be part of such a great organization is humbling,” Morrell said in a press release. “The North Dakota cowboy, rancher and Native people of yes-terday don’t seek recognition, but it is the mission of this organization to preserve and present their accomplishments for others to know and understand.”

The organization maintains a corporate office in Bismarck as well as the Center of Western Heritage & Cultures: Native American, Ranching and Rodeo in Medora.

“We still owe $1.2 million for the construction of this magnificent center. Job No. 1 is to get this debt retired, retain financial sustainability for future operations and continue to build our endowment,” Morrell said.

The site is the premier interpretive center for showcasing the history of Native Americans, ranching, rodeo and the western lifestyle of the Plains and Badlands. More information can be found at www.northdakotacowboy.com.