Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Eight Ways to Make a Tax-deductible Gift to Your Favorite Charity

Eight Ways to Make a Tax-deductible Gift to Your Favorite Charity

By making a gift to the Ranch or your favorite charity, you can pay less in taxes, avoid capital gains tax, and direct your treasures to where you want them to go.…

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Three Ways to Pass On Assets Outside of Your Will

Three Ways to Pass On Assets Outside of Your Will

While everyone should talk to an attorney about a formal plan, you can pass on some of your assets outside of a will. To make sure your loved ones are cared for after you are gone, you can...…

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Looking for an Easy Way to Help Ranch Kids This Year

Looking for an Easy Way to Help Ranch Kids This Year

An IRA Rollover is a simple and easy way to provide hope and healing for the troubled, complicated, and amazing kids at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.…

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Passing Down Your Family Values

Passing Down Your Family Values

In his book, “30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans,” Karl Pillemer interviewed more than 1,200 people, most ages 70 and up, and said most saw transmitting their values and core principles as their most important legacy. Our heirs prefer shared values over material items too.…

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Bringing Light to Dark Places

Bringing Light to Dark Places

"We are present in order to create moments of illumination. Not enlightenment moments necessarily, though those may occur. Not constant "aha" moments since that is difficult to sustain. But illumination. Light. Clarity. We bring light to dark places and situations through our presence. We also bring Christ's presence which brings the ultimate Light.…

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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

It's hard to think about dying. I do know I will eventually die—we all will. But knowing that doesn't make it easier to think about. If we are hesitant to even think about our death, it makes sense that we also put off the planning that goes along with it. I recently stumbled on a little book titled, "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning," by Margareta Magnuson. Margareta's words turned my thoughts towards the responsibilities I have to get my affairs in order so my death is easier on my loved on—at least regarding the distribution of my belongings and assets. Her words even helped me find a measure of delight in the process. Really.…

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A Moment of Prayer

A Moment of Prayer

On September 25, the students on the Ranch's Dakota Memorial School campuses gathered around the flagpole for the annual See You At The Pole event. This is a gathering and encouragement of our nation's schools and leadership through prayer. The idea is that before school, all across our country, students and faculty meet around their flagpoles for a few moments of prayer.…

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Do Not Grow Weary of Well-Doing

Do Not Grow Weary of Well-Doing

That is what we are here to do..."To help at-risk kids and their families succeed in the name of Christ." And, when we see that mission fulfilled in even one child, we are energized for the next and the next. We continue the "well-doing," and we never grow weary of seeing the beauty of a child becoming their best self.…

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Making the World a Better Place

Making the World a Better Place

When I visit with people who work at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch with me, I am always heartened to find that Ranchers know, regardless of their role, that they too can make a difference in the lives of the kids we serve. One person can make a tremendous impact on a child's life...but we never know which person and which moment might make the connection that changes everything. We are all in this together!…

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He is Risen!

He is Risen!

"Jesus Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed! Hallelujah!" .…

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A Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life

One young man at the Ranch is celebrating Easter with a very creative and symbolic haircut!…

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Cass County Electric Cooperative Grants $5,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Thrift Stores

Cass County Electric Cooperative Grants $5,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Thrift Stores

Cass County Electric Cooperative granted $5,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to underwrite a portion of the purchase of a delivery truck to be used by Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Thrift Stores across the state.…

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North Dakota Community Foundation Funds Mental Health First Aid Training for Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

North Dakota Community Foundation Funds Mental Health First Aid Training for Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) granted $3,200 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to underwrite the cost of sending one Ranch staff to become a certified instructor of Mental Health First Aid.…

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Kiwanis Club of Fargo Funds Purchase of Mattresses for Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Kiwanis Club of Fargo Funds Purchase of Mattresses for Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Kiwanis Club of Fargo granted $4,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to underwrite the purchase of mattresses, waterproof mattress pads, and bedding for the Al and Johnne Bierdeman Center for Hope and Healing.…

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Spammers using Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Phone Numbers to “Spoof” Local Residents

Spammers using Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Phone Numbers to “Spoof” Local Residents

Beware of "spoofing" calls coming from Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch toll free numbers.…

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Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder Need Caregiver Engagement in Treatment

Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder Need Caregiver Engagement in Treatment

Many Ranch children suffer from Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). In our extensive work with children and adolescents, we have learned that engaging a child’s caretakers is especially important when treating children with RAD. Our work with caregivers focuses on educating them about RAD, and helping them build patterns of positive communication and interactions with their child.…

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Hello? Can you hear me?

Hello? Can you hear me?

Thanks to a grant from the Midco Foundation, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch was able to purchase an audiometer for the Bismarck campus. The new audiometer allows the Bismarck nurses to complete hearing tests at the Ranch, rather than having to take kids out of school to undergo hearing tests off campus.…

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Dakota Family Services Expands Clinical Team

Dakota Family Services Expands Clinical Team

Kelly Readel, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor is joining Dakota Family Services, Fargo, as a therapist. Beginning July 1, Readel will provide outpatient counseling services to adolescents and young adults, ages 14 to 25 years old, and their families.…

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National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer

Rev. Rick Jones, Chaplain, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, not only ministers to our children, but to all 500 Ranch staff. He emails a daily staff devotion with the purpose of lifting us up, acknowledging the difficulty of our work, and reminding us of the Ranch's Gospel-focused care philosophy. Today's devotion seemed appropriate to share, as we all celebrate the National Day of Prayer.…

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Provide a Ranch child with support and hope for the future

Provide a Ranch child with support and hope for the future

In just a few weeks, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch will celebrate the graduation of 10 high school seniors! That may not seem like a large class. And for a regular public school, it wouldn’t be. But, for a school the size of the Ranch, with kids who have worked so hard and battled great odds, ten graduates is a really big deal!…

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