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"It's a dragonfish!"

"It's a dragonfish!"

“I never thought I’d really be able to tell the stories that are in my imagination.” That was the excitedly delivered message from one of our high school art students as he presented his work to a group of Ranch employees.…

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God's Provision

God's Provision

God’s provision for the Ranch and our cherished boys and girls comes in many forms.…

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Walmart—Minot Grants $1,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Walmart—Minot Grants $1,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch was the recipient of a $1,000 grant from Walmart—Minot. The funds will be used to create a safer living environment for children at the Ranch as they heal from trauma.…

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Blessings for the caretakers of the mind

Blessings for the caretakers of the mind

Many of the children who come to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch have not lived with both their biological parents, or either of them, for many years. The children have been in foster care, with relatives, in an adoptive home, or with a single parent. They have been removed from the situation and/or people that caused them trauma. The behaviors and mental illness created by the trauma are now left for the child and their caregivers to navigate.…

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Pondering Holy Week

Pondering Holy Week

Sometimes, as we go through our somewhat sanitized lives, we forget what Jesus went through to get to that remarkable day of Resurrection! We want to jump to the good part… where the good guy, Jesus, wins. We want to celebrate that… with bunnies and chocolates and big meals. But, that undermines the whole Easter story, which, as Olmstead said, truly begins with a baby’s birth in a muck-filled barn.…

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

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

Great River Energy awarded $1,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to do safety upgrades on its Bismarck campus. Specifically, funds will be used to update the fire alarm system.…

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Really Good Healers

Really Good Healers

I firmly believe that Christ is at the center of all healing that happens at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. I am also a firm believer that good science is one of God’s gifts to us. At the Ranch, Faith and Science work hand in hand to meet the needs of the hurting children.…

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YOU make a difference!

YOU make a difference!

Each child that arrives at the Ranch is stepping into the best opportunity in their young lives for a chance at a better life and future. Many of the children who come to the Ranch have been abused and traumatized. They need our help. Your faithfulness to these kids gives them the opportunity for healing and hope.…

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Budding Leader

Budding Leader

"I remember being clueless about mental health and not knowing it was an actual problem but looking back on those times and having experience of mental health issues just got me thinking. Why do we look at mental health negatively?”…

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Capital Electric Cooperative Awards $2,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Capital Electric Cooperative Awards $2,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Capital Electric Cooperative granted $2,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to purchase LED lightbulbs for its Bismarck campus. The grant will help the Ranch convert the interior fluorescent ceilings lights to energy-saving LEDs.…

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Overdrawn Accounts

Overdrawn Accounts

The kids who come to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch have come from situations where everyone’s accounts are overdrawn. The trauma, neglect, insults, and abuse have depleted any deposits made along the way. They also don’t know how to make honest emotional deposits. They have learned to strike out to protect themselves, or be manipulative to get what they need.…

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Healing Through Art

Healing Through Art

At a recent team meeting, we were blessed by several of our students who are taking an art class from our Dakota Memorial School* art teacher, Alana Wentland. After Alana introduced the students, they showed us the things they are creating—watercolor paintings, award-winning photography, sculptures, and soap carvings.…

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These Hands

These Hands

“We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach.” Gloria Steinem Many of the kids at the Ranch have disrupted families. Sometimes parents are in prison. One of our children has weathered the death of both parents and a loving aunt in the last seven months. Some are torn apart by addiction or domestic violence.…

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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is “Twice-Blessed” by Grant from St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is “Twice-Blessed” by Grant from St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation

St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation (SJCHF) distributed $30,480 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch for CPR training supplies and safety upgrades on its Minot campus. Through the SJCHF’s Twice Blessed program, $20,480 was raised in addition to the SJCHF match grant of $10,000, to underwrite the entire project.…

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Typos that Delight Me

Typos that Delight Me

Just before Christmas, I received an envelope carefully addressed by one of our residents to “President Joy.” Inside was a folded piece of red construction paper. On the front of the card, a child had written, "Merry Christmas," and surrounded it with stickers of a Christmas tree and several Christmas stockings.…

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"Two jobs and doing well"

"Two jobs and doing well"

I received a simple email from Cory Taylor, one of our many great Youth Care Workers on the Western Plains Campus in Bismarck.  “‘L’ called and said she is doing well. She couldn’t talk long but she said she has two jobs and is doing well at both. She said to tell everyone she is meaning to stop by when she has the time.”…

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Budding Empathy

Budding Empathy

"Empathy is from the German word, Eingühlung, which means to ‘feel at one with.’ When you empathize with someone, you enter into that person’s emotional or physical pain. You see whatever happened from that person’s perspective.”…

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Aspiring. Future-oriented. Hopeful.

Aspiring. Future-oriented. Hopeful.

Our kids, who have endured so much, have learned to live in the here and now. We work with them to build a new worldview so they can become aspiring future-oriented and hopeful.…

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So Much to Pray For...

So Much to Pray For...

We have so much to pray about. Please keep our staff and kids in your prayers. You are in ours.…

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Cass County Electric Cooperative Grants $2,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Cass County Electric Cooperative Grants $2,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Cass County Electric Cooperative granted $2,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to upgrade the lighted signs on the Fargo campus. The new lighting will cut down on maintenance and energy costs, allowing more budgeted funds to be used for programming for the kids served at the Ranch.…

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Learning Real Life Skills

Learning Real Life Skills

Roanna Parker, our Life Skills teacher on the Minot campus, recently shared these photos of things our kids made during the sewing and cooking sections of her class. It encourages me to see our cherished kids learning life skills—skills they will carry with them their entire lives. And, on top of all they learn, our kids experience the love and care of their teachers and staff.…

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Heart For Kids

Heart For Kids

Rev. Keith and Denise Less were drawn to the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch ministry because of the similarity between Keith’s background and that of many of the Ranch kids.…

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One Man's Search for Meaning

One Man's Search for Meaning

“The people there [at the Ranch] on the ground, the people investing their lives in the lives of the young people—they’re the ones doing the work. I can’t be one of those people, but I can plant some energy in the effort," Smith said.…

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Joyful Lives of Service

Joyful Lives of Service

Jim's heart for the Ranch is very personal. "When I was the age of Ranch kids, I would probably have been one of them... One reason I support the Ranch is because no child should have to go through a situation like that."…

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The Healing Power of Nature

The Healing Power of Nature

At Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, we spend a lot of time getting the kids outside and into nature. That is intentional—because spending time in nature is healing, leading to higher levels of happiness and well-being.…

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