Psychiatric Residential Treatment

Where the Coolest Kids in the World Hang Out

Where the Coolest Kids in the World Hang Out

It's summer and kids are out of school! At the Ranch, just like anywhere else, kids relish the beginning of summer break! Of course, Ranch kids take part in summer programming and many scheduled activities, but still, summer is summer. One of the first indications the kids are out of school is all the chalk art on the Ranch sidewalks! It makes me smile to walk to my office through all the flowers and rainbows and hopscotch and "welcomes"...and all kids of Ranch child wisdom. Some of the words are happy, some profound, some grieving...…

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Live Long and Prosper

Live Long and Prosper

I truly love the Ranch kids. They surprise me every day with their courage, resilience, desire to be their best selves. This morning as I walked through the dining room at breakfast time, several of the girls stopped me to teach them how to do the Star Trek “live long and prosper” sign with my hands. Much giggling and goofing later, we settled for them making the peace sign. For many of the children, their journey also includes their first real consideration of God and His role in their healing. Tara, whose story follows, was a child who opened her heart to the work of treatment and the word of the Lord. These children are remarkable.…

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Finding Your Way Without a Map or Compass

Finding Your Way Without a Map or Compass

If you took away my map and my compass, I wouldn’t be able to find my way out of a paper bag, let alone navigate the places we hunt; so I was enthralled by the stories in the book. The author’s premise is that simply looking at the details others miss enables a person to successfully navigate even the most desolate terrain. No doubt it was pretty amazing, even awe-inspiring stuff. But, I still believe if you threw ME into the middle of the wilderness to find my way without a map or a compass, you would be asking the impossible!…

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The Many Roles of a Ranch Nurse

The Many Roles of a Ranch Nurse

Nursing care at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is unlike any other nursing job. I am often asked, “What do the nurses do at the Ranch?” and I am never quite sure how to answer. One day, nursing staff can be found scheduling appointments and managing medications. The next day, we might be out playing a softball game with the kids. No two days are ever the same!…

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Feeling Healthy Again

Feeling Healthy Again

When I don't feel well, I am more emotional, less sensitive to others, and less able to focus on my tasks. This last week has been one of those "not feeling well" weeks. As I pushed through the days, I started thinking about our Ranch kids and the days they push through.…

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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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Understanding Our Kids

Understanding Our Kids

Have you ever heard the old saying, “When you look good, you feel good?” In many cases, the inverted version of that sentence is also true, “When you feel good, you look good.” Sometimes, the kids at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch don’t feel good OR look good. The reasons vary by child, but commonly fall into a few different categories.…

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It truly is a small world

Last week, I traveled across Missouri to visit friends and churches who support the children at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. They all have such love and compassion for these precious children—children they’ve never met. My first stop on Sunday morning was to Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in St. Louis. In his sermon, the pastor reminded us that every one of us is doing important work for God, no matter their title or job. I was inspired by his sermon and thought of our kids—I am so glad they have a chance to hear this message while they are at Ranch.…

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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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God’s Promises for Turbulent Times

God’s Promises for Turbulent Times

Have you ever flown through a turbulent storm, surrounded by dark clouds and lightning? It can be alarming to realize you’re completely at the mercy of the pilot and elements. But that’s exactly why pilots are trained to use instrumentation. If a pilot flew by instinct or simply what “felt right,” the situation could quickly go from bad to worse.…

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Ranch Receives Grant from Sanford Health

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch received a $5,000 grant from Sanford Health to fund the Health and Wellness programs at Dakota Memorial School (DMS), the on-campus school of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.…

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A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

Galatians 4:4-74 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you…

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What is Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a residential treatment and educational center for children and their families. We help the most troubled, complicated, and amazing kids by providing best-in-class psychiatric therapy and trauma-informed care, where we look kids in the eye, walk with them, and help them become their best selves.…

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