North Dakota

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Montana District Grants $2,100 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Montana District Grants $2,100 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch will receive $2,100 from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Montana District during the 2020-2022 biennium to underwrite the costs of updating the salad bar on our Bismarck Campus. Funds received will be used as part of an overall transformation of the Nutrition Center on our Bismarck campus. The purchased equipment will allow us to offer additional healthy items during meals.…

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The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Wyoming District Grants $3,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Wyoming District Grants $3,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch will receive $3,000 from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Wyoming District during the 2020-2022 biennium to support its Spiritual Life programming. Funds will be used specifically to purchase new chapel furnishing on our Bismarck campus.…

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Ranch Kids Head Back to School

Ranch Kids Head Back to School

I was recently reading through the Spring 2019 issue of Ranch Voice (click here to read more), and was reminded why we, and our kids, love our educators! As you read these snippets, you'll realize why our educators are so special.…

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The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Iowa East District Grants $7,036 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Iowa East District Grants $7,036 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch will receive $7,036 from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Iowa East District during the 2020-2022 biennium. Funds will be used to underwrite the cost of purchasing steam tables for the nutrition center on our Minot, ND campus.…

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The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Oklahoma District Grants $5,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Oklahoma District Grants $5,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch will receive $5,000 from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Oklahoma District during the 2020-2022 biennium to support its Spiritual Life programming. Funds will be used specifically to renovate the bathrooms in the Chapel on our Minot, ND campus, which is part of an overall chapel renovation.…

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The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League South Dakota District Grants $3,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League South Dakota District Grants $3,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch received $3,000 from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, South Dakota District to support its Spiritual Life programming. Funds will be used specifically to purchase audio equipment for the Chapel on our Minot, ND campus, which is part of an overall chapel renovation.…

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Keeping Ranch Kids Busy During a Pandemic

Keeping Ranch Kids Busy During a Pandemic

Life has been different for the precious boys and girls at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch this summer. Fortunately, the quality of care and the amount of attention they receive hasn't changed. I asked our amazing Wellness Coordinators how they are keeping the kids engaged physically and mentally this summer—despite the challenges created by COVID-19.…

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Sam’s Club—Bismarck Grants $1,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Sam’s Club—Bismarck Grants $1,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Sam’s Club—Bismarck granted $1,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to underwrite the cost of materials for the students at Dakota Memorial School. The granted funds, donated through Sam’s Club’s Community Grant Program, will be used to purchase textbooks and school supplies for the upcoming school year.…

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Cass County Electric Cooperative Grants $2,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Cass County Electric Cooperative Grants $2,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Cass County Electric Cooperative granted $2,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch toward the completion of an innovative remodel of Dakota Memorial School—Fargo, the on-campus school of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. Dakota Memorial School is a fully accredited school designed to provide best-in-class trauma-sensitive education for at-risk children. The population includes the children in our psychiatric residential treatment facilities, as well as Day Students from public schools in the surrounding area.…

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Your Story Is Important

Your Story Is Important

A big part of my job is thanking some amazing people who care deeply for the precious kids we serve at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. When I call or visit to thank them for their prayers and/or financial support, I have the incredible honor of hearing their stories and learning why they support the Ranch.…

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The Rupert Dunklau Foundation Supports the Spiritual Life Program at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

The Rupert Dunklau Foundation Supports the Spiritual Life Program at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch will receive $15,000 in matching funds from the Rupert Dunklau Foundation to support the Spiritual Life Program on our campuses in Minot, Bismarck, and Fargo, ND…

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Congratulations to Our Ranch Graduates!

Congratulations to Our Ranch Graduates!

One year ago, six amazing young people graduated from Dakota Memorial School. These young people received their diplomas amidst pomp and circumstance, with lots of family and friends surrounding them.…

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Verendrye Electric Awards $1,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Verendrye Electric Awards $1,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Verendrye Electric Cooperative awarded $1,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to replace cottage appliances on our Minot campus.…

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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Receives Funding from First Lutheran Church Foundation

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Receives Funding from First Lutheran Church Foundation

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Fargo, ND, was the recipient of a $3,200 grant from the First Lutheran Church Foundation in Fargo, ND. The funds received will be used as part of an innovative remodel of Dakota Memorial School—Fargo, the on-campus school of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. The remodel will allow for an increase in enrollment to meet the growing needs of the community, as well as better serve the students we currently have. Specifically, funds from the Foundation will be used to underwrite the costs of Interactive Technology for our new classrooms.…

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North Dakota Community Foundation and Minot Community Endowment Fund Support Technology Updates at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

North Dakota Community Foundation and Minot Community Endowment Fund Support Technology Updates at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch received a total of $11,000 from the North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) COVID-19 Community and Nonprofit Response grant and the Minot Community Endowment Fund (MCEF). The funds received will be used to stabilize the IT network on our Minot campus to support the increased load of distance education and telehealth created by the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Great River Energy Awards $1,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Great River Energy Awards $1,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Great River Energy awarded $1,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to underwrite the costs of updating the salad bar on our Bismarck Campus. Funds received will be used as part of an overall transformation of the Nutrition Center on our Bismarck campus. The purchased equipment will allow us to offer additional healthy items during meals.…

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The Cornelsen Charitable Foundation Partners with Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to Complete Innovative Remodel

The Cornelsen Charitable Foundation Partners with Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to Complete Innovative Remodel

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch will receive $50,000 in matching funds from the Cornelsen Charitable Foundation to complete an innovative remodel of Dakota Memorial School—Fargo, the on-campus school of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. Dakota Memorial School is a fully accredited school designed to provide best-in-class trauma-sensitive education for at-risk children. The population includes the children in our psychiatric residential treatment facilities, as well as Day Students from public schools in the surrounding area.…

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How Can Three Simple Words Bring So Much Joy?

How Can Three Simple Words Bring So Much Joy?

Before they get to the Ranch, our kids have experienced so much trauma and pain. In many cases, they've been told they're out of options. Now, they have succeeded, and they have a place to go! They are joyful because they did the work, completed their treatment, and now have hope for a better future.…

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Dakota Medical Foundation Grants $10,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch from the DMS/Impact-COVID-19 Critical Services Fund

Dakota Medical Foundation Grants $10,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch from the DMS/Impact-COVID-19 Critical Services Fund

Dakota Medical Foundation awarded $10,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to be used to offset expenses and/or losses created by the Coronavirus pandemic.…

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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Receives Funding from Faith Community Lutheran Church

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Receives Funding from Faith Community Lutheran Church

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Minot, ND, was the recipient of a $3,000 grant from Faith Community Lutheran Church in Longmont, CO. The funds received will be used as part of an overall transformation and update of the Kruse Memorial Chapel on our Minot, ND campus. Specifically, funds will be used to purchase new audio equipment for the chapel.…

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Bismarck Gardening Project Receives Support

Bismarck Gardening Project Receives Support

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch received $3,000 from Whole Kids Foundation and $500 from KidsGardening to support the Gardening Program on its campus in Bismarck, ND. Funds will be used to purchase materials to convert our three garden plots to large-scale sub-irrigated planter boxes.…

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Emily's Story

Emily's Story

Like so many of our Ranch kids, there was a time when Emily certainly didn’t believe in herself. She did not realize her potential or the plan God had for her life. Yet today, Emily stands strong and resilient; capable and confident, a beautiful, genuine young woman…who surely has promise! Thank you for helping to make stories like Emily’s possible. You cheer our kids on with your prayers and support, believing in their POTENTIAL, helping precious children realize that they indeed have PROMISE, that their lives certainly have POSSIBILITIES and that the God who loves them, surely has a PLAN for their lives.…

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On to the Next Chapter

On to the Next Chapter

Last year, shortly before one of our young women completed her treatment and moved on, she told me a little about her life—a life full of abuse and multiple placements, both foster homes and treatment facilities. She said her time at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch was different because here she learned about Christ and began to have hope. She said she liked math and thought someday she could be a teacher, or perhaps some other work that allowed her to help kids.…

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Dakota Family Services Adds Nurse Practitioner in Minot

Dakota Family Services Adds Nurse Practitioner in Minot

Fabiola Sweet, APRN, NP-BC, recently joined Dakota Family Services, an outpatient behavioral health clinic in Minot. Sweet will diagnose and treat behavioral health conditions, manage psychiatric medication, and make treatment recommendations for clients of all ages.…

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It Takes Time

It Takes Time

Some things take a while to get used to. For example, writing the correct date this year is more difficult for me because it begins with a 2 and not a 1. My hand is conditioned to make that downward stroke. I wonder how long it will be before I finally write 2020 without hesitation.…

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