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Having a Snow Day

Having a Snow Day

As the great-granddaughter of North Dakota homesteaders, a winter blizzard is par for the course. I recall fond memories of snow days. Staying home from school and work with family, baking and cooking to add extra warmth to the house...unless the power goes out and you camp out in the living room. Oh, the fun!…

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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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Celebrating Love with a Thankful Heart

Celebrating Love with a Thankful Heart

"And now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and "Love." But the greatest of these is "Love." - 1 Corinthians 13:13 The month of February is a celebration of love, and at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, we go all out in our celebration of Valentine's Day. Our kids make heart-shaped crafts, eat heart-shaped cookies (and sometimes pancakes), write about love, and discuss the power of love and friendship in their classes and groups.…

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Together We Help So Many Kids

Together We Help So Many Kids

The supporters of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch are so gracious and well informed about our ministry. I have learned so much of our history from those I am blessed to visit with. Please know that we appreciate you very much.…

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Breaking Bread Together

Breaking Bread Together

Lunch is one of my favorite times at the Ranch. We are all gathered together--kids who have just joined us, kids about to discharge, teachers, counselors, fundraisers, direct care staff, and more. We gather together to break bread and talk about the topic on people's minds that day. Just like we do around the dinner table at home.…

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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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I trust you, Jesus

I trust you, Jesus

In her devotional book, Jesus Calling, Sarah Young challenged readers on January 4th to make a new habit of responding to any difficult situation with the words, "I trust you, Jesus." ... Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is an amazing place. We help some of the most troubled, complicated and special children find a better way to live their lives. They heal from the pain in their past and learn skills to better navigate the ups and downs that come with being human. We can help them to also see that they too can know and say, "I trust you, Jesus."…

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From Defeat and Depression to Dreams Come True

From Defeat and Depression to Dreams Come True

On the outside, Haysel looked like she had it all together. Inside, however, Haysel was suffering from severe emotional pain caused by depression and anxiety.…

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Bringing Your Best

Bringing Your Best

At the Ranch, we help the most troubled, complicated and amazing children by providing best-in-class therapy and trauma-informed care where we look kids in the eye, walk with them and help them become their best selves in this world and in Christ. In short, we help these kids find and become who they really are.…

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Should old acquaintance be forgot and never cross your mind?

Should old acquaintance be forgot and never cross your mind?

Should old acquaintance be forgot and never cross your mind? This question is repeated at New Year's celebrations across the world as people ring in the New Year with the familiar song, "Auld Land Syne."…

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A "Heart for Human Care"

A "Heart for Human Care"

Pastor Rick shows Christ’s love to the children at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch through his compassion, gentleness, and listening.…

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May Your Christmas Tree Fall Over

May Your Christmas Tree Fall Over

When Janet Zinke asked me to be the “guest writer” for this week’s edition of her sharing, my first thought was “What can I bring to a Christmas Greeting that hasn’t been said a hundred times?” And then I thought, “My wish for them is that their Christmas tree falls over!”…

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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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Stewardship at the Ranch

Stewardship at the Ranch

Thank you for believing in the ministry of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. We help troubled children recover from the pain of their past and find ways to overcome their struggles. As 2018 draws to a close, many supporters of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch begin to look at their year-end giving. Folks have called and written in requesting our Federal Tax ID, IRS 990 forms and other questions about how we are set up.…

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The Present Moment

The Present Moment

"Take a deep breath and pause to experience the present moment.” When you read that, what do you think? What does that statement mean to you?…

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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 Season of Hope

A Season of Hope

O Holy Night continues to be my favorite Christmas hymn. The song’s beautiful refrain echoes in my mind … O holy night the stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth…

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Deaconess Diary: Kindness and Resilience

Deaconess Diary: Kindness and Resilience

As I write this I am starting my fifth month at the Ranch! I’ve been here for a quarter of a year! Wow! The time has been filled with a whole range of experiences—from hearing heartbreaking and tough stories, to seeing our kids wrestle with trauma and the effects it has on them, to seeing our kids behave with kindness and resilience.…

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Much to be Thankful For

Much to be Thankful For

Good organizations require many components. Good leadership, a committed staff, a strong and compelling mission, and people like you who believe in the important work we do. Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is blessed to have all of these—and because of our combined efforts, hurting children find their way. I am so thankful.…

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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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The Power of Perspective

The Power of Perspective

One day last summer I was reading a book and came across a line that spoke with me. In her book, "The Tenth Island," Diana Marcum wrote, "It had been a tumultuous week, and it occurred to me that in all levels of crisis, it is a good idea to lie down outside and look up."…

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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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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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