FM Bank Makes $50,000 gift commitment to Frost Fire

The opening of Frost Fire Park’s Outdoor Recreation Programs is moving closer to reality thanks to Farmers & Merchants State Bank’s $50,000 gift and partnership commitment to the “Fire up Frost Fire” capital campaign through the Pembina Gorge Foundation.

Posted 11/29/18





“From the beginning, Farmers and Merchants State Bank has been extremely excited and supportive of us and committed to the Foundation’s work to purchase Frost Fire and raise funds to bring it back up to par, “said Kristi Wilfahrt, Interim Director, Pembina Gorge Foundation. “When you have partners and people – like the staff and board of directors of Farmers & Merchants – who constantly encourage and remind us that Frost Fire’s recreation programs and summer theatre are so important for community well-being, you’re able to find success and keep working to make a difference in the quality of life for people who live in the region. We know Frost Fire will benefit the lives of so many kids and their families, our seniors, tourists and guests. In addition, it’s good for the economy.”

“We’re proud to partner with the Pembina Gorge Foundation on the Frost Fire Park Project. We feel Frost Fire Park is vitally important for tourism in our local area, as well as northeastern North Dakota and the entire state,” commented Chalmer Dettler, President of Farmers and Merchants.


The mission of the Pembina Gorge Foundation is to preserve and enhance the experience of the Pembina Gorge while connecting people to positive, life changing experiences. The Foundation develops and supports historical, cultural, education, natural, interpretive and recreational opportunities in the Gorge.

Pembina Gorge Foundation incorporated as a nonprofit in the State of North Dakota in January 2017, immediately launching the quiet phase of a capital campaign to raise resources for the purchase and restoration to “Fire up Frost Fire”. The Mountain Outdoor Recreation goal is $2.3 million, of which $900,000 has been generously committed through local individuals and business.

From the very beginning the Foundation has been on a capital campaign. The “Fire Up Frost Fire” campaign features the outside work that needs to be done as well as some work on the lodge. Accommodations are also a key feature. The goal is 1.7 million for these projects. To date the campaign has generated 1.5 million.

The outdoor recreation also includes the chair lift, which was just under $1.3 million, and a new ski fleet, which was around $75,000. The FM donation will be put towards the snow maker for refurbishment, which will be around $100,000.

“All these components add up,” Wilfarht said. “Once we get these funds raised, it will put us into operational sustain ability.”

The Foundation was started in order to save Frost Fire and keep what many consider a well-kept secret of a local treasure. The infrastructure that was in place is old and in need of updating and replacement.

“This is a Hallmark movie in the making-just the passion these people have to save Frost Fire and keep it open for recreation for kids. We want to make sure that its open and available for everybody.” said Wilfahrt.

To help by making a gift, please contact Frost Fire at 549-3600 or Kristi Wilfahrt at 701-317-6729. Gifts can be mailed to Frost Fire, PO Box 888, Walhalla, ND, 58282. Ask us about our naming and dedication opportunities, including our “Sponsor a Chair” program! Gifts $5 – $5,000 will be matched up to $50,000.

Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Langdon is your locally owned and operated, independent, community bank dedicated to serving the residents and businesses of Langdon, Cavalier County and surrounding area of Northeast North Dakota.