Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

How Grateful Are We?

How Grateful Are We?

Donors to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch literally save lives. And change lives. And create success. And help kids laugh, pray, learn, and feel worthwhile.…

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A Ranch Wedding

A Ranch Wedding

When Steven*, a former resident at the Ranch, was planning his wedding, he contacted Pastor Rick Jones to see if he could be married in the Chapel on the Minot Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch campus.…

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Double Blessings: Stock Transfer Blesses Ranch Kids as Well as Donors

Double Blessings: Stock Transfer Blesses Ranch Kids as Well as Donors

Ron and Shirley Hankel’s faith inspires them to financially support the Ranch—where they are helping to share Christ’s love and forgiveness with kids at the Ranch.…

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What does autism have to do with trauma?

What does autism have to do with trauma?

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch psychologist Dr. Meryl Willert, answers the question, "I keep hearing about autism and the 'spectrum.' What does that really mean and what does autism have to do with trauma?"…

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First Aid for the Brain

First Aid for the Brain

First Aid is no longer just for cuts and bruises that can be seen on the outside of the body. Researchers are now recognizing the importance of Mental Health First Aid. Thanks to a grant from the North Dakota Community Foundation, the Ranch can use the Mental Health First Aid curriculum to train all of its employees.…

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Not Just a Swing

Not Just a Swing

It looked like just a swing. But for Kassidy* it was an opening. She had sat in many offices with adults who tried to get her to “open up” about her trauma.…

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"The Lord Gave Me Blessings Galore"

"The Lord Gave Me Blessings Galore"

Ed Pohland is a slight man, with an easy smile, hands that belong to an artist, and a deep faith in God.…

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Young Woman Writes Story of Healing and Accomplishment

Young Woman Writes Story of Healing and Accomplishment

Writing can be a powerful tool to help kids heal.…

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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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The Ranch Receives Grant for Fargo Youth Home Appliances

The Ranch Receives Grant for Fargo Youth Home Appliances

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch received $5,000 from the Cass County Electric Cooperative Foundation. The grant funds will be used to purchase appliances for the Fargo Youth Home, as a part of a renovation project with the Home Builders Association of Fargo Moorhead (HBA-FM). The HBA-FM, with the help of the Home Builders Care Fund, is donating time and materials for the rest of the kitchen remodeling project.…

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Minnesota Power Foundation Awards $3,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Minot

Minnesota Power Foundation Awards $3,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Minot

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch received a $3,500 grant from Minnesota Power Foundation. The Ranch will use the funds towards the renovation of a bathroom in one of the five children’s cottages on the Minot campus.…

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Farm Credit Services Awards $5,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Minot

Farm Credit Services of North Dakota is proud to announce it has awarded the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation $5,000 as a recipient of the Pat-NOW Community Fund (PNCF). The grant funds will help fund the Ranch’s Minot campus greenhouse project.…

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D.J.'s Story

D.J.'s Story

As Vice President of Communications for the Ranch, part of my job is to bring the stories of Ranch children to the donors who support our work. I don’t work directly with the kids at the Ranch, but I see them every day. They look and sound like typical kids. As I see and hear them smile, talk, laugh, and listen to music on their iPods, it’s easy to forget the reality of what these kids have been through. But then, occasionally, I have the incredible honor of having one of these children trust me with their story. Like D.J.…

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Dakota Family Services Hires New Clinic Coordinator

Dakota Family Services, an outpatient counseling clinic founded by Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, recently promoted Kayla Falcon to DFS Clinic Coordinator. Her promotion was another step in the clinic’s expansion of services and clinicians to better meet the needs of children, adolescents, adults, and families in the Minot area.…

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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Receives Grant from Great River Energy

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Receives Grant from Great River Energy

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from Great River Energy to support the Ranch’s Greenhouse/Gardening Program in Bismarck. Grant dollars will be used to purchase seeds, bulbs, potting soil, and other supplies for the Ranch’s greenhouse/gardening program in Bismarck.…

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Dakota Family Services and Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Expand Clinical Team

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch and Dakota Family Services recently expanded their clinical teams to better meet the needs of children, adolescents, adults, and families in the Minot area. Joan Zander,…

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Ranch Meets Fiscal Year-End Fundraising Goal

Through matching gifts and the increased generosity of our many donors, we were able to meet our fiscal year-end fundraising goal. Thank you so much for giving our kids a place to sleep, learn, heal, and find hope. Your donations to our year-end campaign allow us to end the year on solid footing.…

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LCMS Foundation Grant

LCMS Foundation Grant

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch received a $15,000 grant from The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) to enhance the Ranch’s evidence-based trauma-informed care approaches to treatment.…

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The Sights and Sounds of Learning

The Sights and Sounds of Learning

If you were to walk the halls of Dakota Memorial School, you would notice the presence of the sights and sounds of learning. The sounds of student/teacher discussions regarding math problems, historical events, and the themes of classic literature flood through the building. The sight of students bent over their projects in science lab, and curled up in bean bag chairs reading books, dot the landscape. If you don’t know our kids, you may not realize what a miracle this is.…

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Tips for parents of kids with autism

Tips for parents of kids with autism

At Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, we understand that working with kids who are on the autism spectrum is not a one-size-fits-all approach. While many kids have things in common, it doesn’t make sense to assume the same approach will work with all children. It is called autism “spectrum” disorder because the symptoms vary from mild to severe, indicating the level of impairment and need for intervention. The awesome thing about this? Even though autism can make it difficult for children to navigate their social environment, it also brings strengths these kids can identify and build on—strengths you or I could only dream of having.…

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Why Early Bedtimes Don't Work at the Ranch

Why Early Bedtimes Don't Work at the Ranch

At Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, we have learned that early bedtimes are not effective. The reasons for this are both simple and complex. The simple reason is there is no natural consequence or connection between most misbehaviors and going to bed early, nor do early bedtimes teach a new skill.…

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Children Express Pain, Healing, and Hope Through Music

Children Express Pain, Healing, and Hope Through Music

Through an Artist-in-Resident grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, we were able to bring Dr. Monte Selby to our Fargo campus to work with Ranch kids on writing their own songs. Selby, a musician, songwriter, author and educator, spent a week at Dakota Memorial School (the on-campus school of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch), working with the students to write their own lyrics and put them to music. In their songs, our kids shared their stories, their pain, and their healing.…

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The Healing Magic of Songwriting

The Healing Magic of Songwriting

Through an Artist-in-Resident grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, Dr. Monte Selby spent a week at Dakota Memorial School, Fargo. Selby gives students the opportunity to express their emotions and future aspirations through songwriting. Writing their own music provides a bridge for many of our kids to be creative and expressive with their voices in the world.…

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