Sweet N' Stickey in Dickey

Cooking Up Something Sweet for Hospice in Dickey, N.D.

The 45 or so community members of Dickey, N.D., aren’t just neighbors, they are an extended family. “Everyone cares for everyone,” Chrissy Kartes, Dickey resident, explained. So when one of their own struggles, the whole community shows up to help, in whatever way they can. Dennis Kuska, a well-known and loved resident, experienced this firsthand …

Heirlooms Thrift & Gift celebrates 15 years

Heirlooms Thrift & Gift Celebrates 15 Years of Supporting Hospice of the Red River Valley!

In 2002, leaders of Hospice of the Red River Valley had a bold idea. They imagined an additional revenue source to support the organization—an upscale, resale store. Months later, after countless hours of planning, uncertainty and anxiety, their dream was born. Heirlooms officially opened its doors in September 2003. Today, 10 years later, Heirlooms is flourishing as a sophisticated...

Ole Barten

Larger than Life: Vergas Community Honors Beloved Resident through Memorial Ride

Described by many as “larger than life” both in stature and spirit, Richard ‘Ole’ Barten was straight-forward, soft-hearted and full of integrity. He reveled in nature and outdoor spaces; he enjoyed traditional Minnesota pastimes like bow hunting and motorcycle riding. His life was steeped in Native American traditions, faith, a decades-long career with the railroad, …

Naytahwaush Nightriders Snowmobile Club

A Reason to Ride: Northern Minnesota Community Supports Hospice Through Annual Snowmobile Ride

Nestled among evergreens and winding roads in eastern Mahnomen County, Naytahwaush, Minn., is a quaint town whose residents hold Hospice of the Red River Valley especially close to heart. For the past 13 years, community members have combined their love of Minnesota winters with supporting their friends and neighbors by participating in the Hospice Ride, an annual snowmobile ride...

Gifted Gratitude: A Family Member’s Choice to Support Hospice

[caption id="attachment_2090" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Mary with photographs of her mother and husband.[/caption] “I knew if I needed them, all I had to do was pick up the phone and they’d be there. I could not have done this [cared for loved ones], twice, without Hospice.” Imagine, for a moment, facing the news that two of your closest loved ones are terminally...

A Labor of Love Becomes a Form of Healing

“A hug is a blanket of kindness.” – unknown author Greeted by a hug and a warm smile, any guest to Joan’s home is considered an instant friend. It’s no surprise Joan is a “hugger.” For the past several months, her fingers have carefully weaved vibrant, colorful strings of yarn this way and that, creating the material embodiment of a...

Comfort and Care When We Needed it Most: My Hospice Story

by Diane Samuelson Hospice is comfort. Hospice is support on a very long and sometimes very lonely journey. My Dad was terrified of dying and wanted to be at home. He was born in 1908, and grew up during a time when nursing homes and hospitals were very different than the facilities of today. Dad got sick in the spring of 1984....

Why We Give: Kirk & Stephanie’s Story

Dear friends, When Kirk, my husband of almost 43 years, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in January 2012, we were stunned. Kirk hadn’t been in the hospital since he was a teenager and when we met the surgeon that evening in the emergency room, he told us he was afraid, since Kirk had been so healthy and had annual...

Becky Rantanen and Gladys English

Why We Support Hospice: Becky Rantanen’s Story

My father had one request of his children before he passed away in 1996: “Take care of your mother.” Dad spent his final days in a hospital, uncomfortable and homesick. We did not know about Hospice at the time. We vowed it would be different for Mom. My mother, Gladys English, was a remarkable woman. …

Continuing a Philanthropic Legacy by Giving to Hospice

Editor's Note: At Hospice of the Red River Valley, we are blessed with ardent supporters and community friends. This letter was written by Erv and Linda Inniger. Please join them in giving your gift to Hospice of the Red River Valley this year. Dear friends, Over the years, we have heard about hospice care, talked about it, and even supported it. But...