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The Beginnings of RMHC of the Red River Valley

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“We have been at the hospital for almost 12 hours and it seems like a lifetime. I just looked in on Sara and she looks so beautiful and peaceful laying in her crib. She has been so brave and good considering all of the poking, prodding and sticking with needles they have done to her. I almost feel guilty because she is braver than I am. Sometimes she just lays in her crib, eyes wide open, laying so still. What could she be thinking about? Is there a remote chance she knows what is ahead and isn’t afraid? How come I am more afraid than I have ever been in my whole life?” -Bev McAllister, December 1978 journal excerpt  Continue reading

An interview with our builder: Nor-Son, Inc.

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Ron, inside the house, giving a tour of the office area

Ron Myrvold, Vice President of Construction – Fargo Operations, giving a tour of the new house.

Nor-Son, Inc. was the construction manager for our new Ronald McDonald House. The new house is located at 4757 Agassiz Crossing Dr. S. in Fargo, ND. The team we worked with at Nor-Son has been incredibly helpful, going above and beyond to ensure a successful and beautiful space for families to find comfort after a long day. Nor-Son has worked diligently so that the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo can continue helping families stay together.  It has been a delight working with the team at Nor-Son throughout the entire building process.

We interviewed Mark Korte of Nor-Son, Inc. so you can get to know the team too!  

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Talking with Volunteer Lori Tiongson

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Lori and husband standing in formal wear at Sweetheart Ball

Chris and Lori at the 2018 Sweetheart Ball

We want to introduce you to another amazing RMHC volunteer! This is Lori Tiongson.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Lori Erickson Tiongson, born and raised in Fargo. After graduating from Concordia I moved to Iowa for graduate school, then got married and moved to Kansas City and Sioux Falls before eventually returning with my family to Fargo. My husband Chris and I have 2 kids: Emily, a junior in college, and Eric, a junior in high school. Continue reading

Talking with Volunteer Judy Greene

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Sig & Judy standing outside underneath a tree

Sig & Judy at a Volunteer Appreciation event

Judy Greene has been a weekly volunteer as a Heartwarmer here at the South Ronald McDonald House for the last 13 years. We asked her a few questions about her volunteer experience with RMHC.

What got you started volunteering here?

My friend Sig was going to volunteer here and I said, “I will too!” We started together, and I remember mostly how much sawdust there was! The house was in the final stages of remodeling in the Summer of 2005 and we were getting the kitchen ready for the families. Continue reading

An interview with our architect: Foss Architecture & Interiors

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Shelly & Shari standing outside with "crazy" hats on

Shelly & Shari at the RMHC Yard Sale

Foss Architecture & Interiors acted as our architect and interior designer for our new Ronald McDonald House. The new house is located at 4757 Agassiz Crossing Dr. S. in Fargo, ND. The team we worked with at Foss has been incredibly helpful, going above and beyond to ensure a beautiful space for families to recharge. From the overall architecture to the paint color on the walls, Foss has worked diligently so that the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo can continue helping families stay together.  It has been a delight working with the team at Foss throughout the entire planning and building process.

We interviewed Shari and Shelly of Foss so you can get to know part of the team too!

Talk briefly about your role at Foss Architecture & Interiors.

Foss’s role for this project was as a team. Shari being the design architect taking the project through design to documentation to construction administration. Shelly was the interior designer selecting finishes, designing interior details and preparing interiors documentation. But the Foss team extends past Shari and Shelly to include our project architect, specification writer, construction administrator and various others at Foss. Truly a team effort! Continue reading

Meet Resident Manager Paige!

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Let’s meet one of our RMHC Resident Managers, Paige!

Paige is currently a Resident house manager at our South location. Resident Managers work after 5pm and on nights and weekends to make sure our families have staff available 24 hours a day if they need anything.

Where is your hometown? I am from Kensington, MN.

What is your major and “dream job” after you graduate from Concordia? I am majoring in Sociology and have minors in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies. My dream job would be teaching sociology at a community college or doing something in healthcare administration.

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? I like to hang out with my friends and watch Netflix.

What do you want people to know about the Ronald McDonald House? The Ronald McDonald house does so much for the families that stay here. Staff and donors go above and beyond to create a kind and warm atmosphere. I am always amazed at the strength that families have when going through difficult times. I love being able to be a part of providing a home for families to relax and renew.

If you could go anywhere in the world to visit, where would you go and why?  I would go to Hawaii, I’ve been there before and I love the culture and the ocean.

What is your favorite season, holiday and TV show?  My favorite season is Fall, favorite holiday is Halloween and my favorite TV show is Game of Thrones.

Thank you Paige for all you do in helping take care of our RMHC families!

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