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Faith in Action Mercy Conference in Fargo

Faith in Action Mercy Conference in Fargo

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Faith in Action Mercy Conference on October 27 in Fargo. This one-day event, held at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, 7151 15th St. S., Fargo, will bring Lutherans together to re-imagine the work of the mercy in the church.…

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The Power of Mindfulness

The Power of Mindfulness

“Our kids are unable to pay attention to the positive things in the world around them,” says Dr. Wayne Martinsen, psychiatrist at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. “Instead they are mindful to the awful things—the tone of voice when someone is angry and is going to hurt them, the leer from someone before they sexually abuse them.” The more they practice noticing and paying attention to the positive things they are experiencing in the moment, the more positive experiences they’ll have to reflect upon in the future.…

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How Do Kids Get to the Ranch?

How Do Kids Get to the Ranch?

We talk to people every day who have questions about the Ranch and our kids. This is the first installment of a series, “Frequently Asked Questions about the Ranch.”…

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Children are back to school at the Ranch

Children are back to school at the Ranch

We excitedly celebrated the first day of school last week. As you know, Dakota Memorial School is its own school district with educational facilities on the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch’s Bismarck, Fargo, and Minot campuses. Our School Superintendent, Marcia Bartok, answers a few questions about Dakota Memorial School.…

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It Only Takes a Spark

It Only Takes a Spark

I love the energy of the new school year. But, I realized going back to school is not so exciting for everyone when I shared a lunch table with one of our kids (I will call him Allan) on the 4th day of school. He was talking about his school experience, which was filled with negativity. Allan told me school was a waste of time because people in his family don’t graduate. When I asked why he would say that, Allan said, “That’s just the way it is.”…

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The Gentle Art of Decluttering

The Gentle Art of Decluttering

I am thankful a leaky window flooded my basement earlier this summer. It forced me to go through boxes of “treasures” I’d carried with me over 20 years. I reminisced, laughed, and even cried as I pulled things piece by piece from the boxes. After a day of mostly throwing, I felt lighter somehow—like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.…

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Here, I can let my intelligence reign free!

Here, I can let my intelligence reign free!

I am thankful a leaky window flooded my basement earlier this summer. It forced me to go through boxes of “treasures” I’d carried with me over 20 years. I reminisced, laughed, and even cried as I pulled things piece by piece from the boxes. After a day of mostly throwing, I felt lighter somehow—like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.…

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Her future is not defined by her past

Her future is not defined by her past

When I first started at the Ranch, one of the girls living here really touched my heart. On the outside she was outspoken and funny. On the inside she was battling depression and anger issues that led to suicidal thoughts and feeling like she was very alone. At one point, I heard her say, “What do you expect of me? I was born into this, my Mom was an addict, her boyfriends were jerks…that’s my life.”…

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Connecting Children to Faith

Connecting Children to Faith

“The fact that the Ranch weds spiritual life and healing is what gets me to North Dakota in December when it’s 18 below,” says Rev. William Simmons (Pastor Bill). Pastor Bill, a member of the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation board of directors, comes to Ranch board meetings from St. Louis, MO—where he enjoys a much warmer climate, is recently retired from his position as the administrative pastor at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, and enjoys family time with his wife, Gail, their four children, and four grandchildren.…

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The Sweet Reward of God's Word and Watermelon

The Sweet Reward of God's Word and Watermelon

Nothing says summer like Vacation Bible School. Kids at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Fargo, focused on Genesis 1-11 and this year’s Vacation Bible School experience. They learned about creation, the fall, the flood, and the tower of Babel—then talked about why it’s all so important.…

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