FARGO Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch was congratulated by the N.D. Department of Health for its efforts toward helping at-risk children in its program facilities during an unannounced licensing survey, which took place Aug. 31, in Fargo.
"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and your staff on your efforts to proactively address the quality of life issues for the residents in your facility," wrote Lucille Torpen, program manager, Division of Health Facilities with the N.D. Department of Health. "The outcome of this survey indicates that your efforts were worthwhile and the residents have benefited."
The certification commended the Ranch to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, specifically for its requirements for Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF).
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christian, non-profit agency with a mission to help at-risk children and their families succeed in the name of Christ. It has three campus locations in Minot, Fargo and Bismarck with six programs.
The Ranch will celebrate 60 years of service to children and families in 2012.
Learn more at (www.dakotaranch.org) or call (800) 344-0957.
David Hogue elected chairman
FARGO David Hogue, Minot, was elected chairman of the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation Board. The board serves as the fundraising arm for Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch programs.
Hogue will lead the board during its crucial capital campaign for developing a site in south Fargo, which will consolidate its three programs onto one campus there; and in future plans for the Minot Community Youth Home, which was destroyed in the 2011 flood.
Hogue has been an attorney with Pringle & Herigstad, PC, since 1989. He served as law clerk to Chief Justice Ralph Erickstand, N.D. Supreme Court, in 1988.
Hogue also is president of the YMCA Board of directors, and serves with the N.D. Uniform Law Commission. He served on the City of Minot's Economic Development Fund-the "MAGICFund" as chairman from 2003-08. Hogue received the Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan in 2005.
Vetter promoted at Boys & Girls Ranch
Jim Vetter, Bismarck, has been promoted to vice president of programs for the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch agency.
The position oversees all aspects of programming on the three Ranch campuses located in Bismarck, Minot and Fargo.
Vetter has worked at the Ranch since December 1988. He most recently served as Vice President of Ancillary Services. Vetter received his bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University, and a Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant.