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A Father's Mission—a Family’s Commitment

A Father's Mission—a Family’s Commitment

Marlys and Wes Kuntz are touching young lives through their support of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.…

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A Heart of Gold

A Heart of Gold

When Gerry Gerntholz met his future wife, Marian, in college at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, she already loved Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. “The Ranch touched Marian’s heart, even back then."…

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The Gift of Today

The Gift of Today

The following is the opening prayer prayed at the Arizona Donor Appreciation Luncheons by Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch board member, Dick Shorma. Thank you for praying alongside us today.…

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A Family Legacy of Giving

A Family Legacy of Giving

Through their recent and ongoing gifts to the Ranch, Leonard and Marie are committed to continuing the family legacy of giving by teaching their children and grandchildren about philanthropy. They want to show their family how giving not only benefits the charity but the donor.…

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Celebrating the Dedication of Our Donors

Celebrating the Dedication of Our Donors

Wow! Attending the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Valentines Luncheon in Arizona this past Thursday was such a blessing! Being out of the snow and bitter cold for a short time was wonderful, of course, but the real blessing was the event itself and the people who attended.…

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Caring for Others Brings Great Joy

Caring for Others Brings Great Joy

Herb and Jan Hegstad find joy in many places. They like to dance, play cards, and have friends over to visit. They enjoy wintering in Arizona where tennis, shuffleboard, Bocce ball, Bible study, and church services are all just a short walk away. And, they find joy in spending time with their children and grandchildren. But, their greatest joy is found in the Lord, and in caring for others.…

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A life well lived – Dr. Norman Luebkeman

A life well lived – Dr. Norman Luebkeman

When Norman Luebkeman died in 2015, he left the majority of his estate, in excess of $2,000,000, to charity—with over $216,000 going to the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. Through his gift, Norman will live on through the many precious children who find hope and healing at the Ranch.…

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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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Living Life in the Spotlight

Living Life in the Spotlight

In 1974, Art and Grace first became acquainted with Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. Their interest in the state, and in children, led to their ongoing support of the Ranch. They made their first cash gift in 1974, and continued their support throughout the rest of Art’s life. Grace continues to support the Ranch today.…

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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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God moments at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

God moments at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

God moments happen all around us. It’s especially easy to see God’s presence in the spring, as dormant bulbs break through the ground, and trees begin to bud and leaf out. In North Dakota, it has been an especially cold and long winter, so we are just beginning to see the new life of spring. Fortunately for us, God moments happen at the Ranch regardless of the weather!…

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Donating IRA Assets to Charity: What You Need to Know

Donating IRA Assets to Charity: What You Need to Know

If you plan to include charitable gifts in your estate plans, consider leaving your cash and other investment assets to your heirs; with retirement plan assets going to a charity like Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. Why? Your heirs will pay significant taxes on any retirement assets, while tax-exempt charities will not. Other assets, like your home and stocks, can be sold by your heirs with little or no tax due.…

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