7th Annual RW Kinship’s “HOLIDAY SHOP AT HOME”

The time is here again.  For the 7th time, Richland Wilkin Kinship will host this fabulous event.  All proceeds go to support matching youth in Richland and Wilkin Counties with mentors.

Come shop for your Christmas gifts now, with all these great vendors under one roof.  There will also be many items available in the silent auction.  Come early so you can get one of the prizes for the first 100.shop_at_home_2014

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Monthly report made simpler!

Great news!

We have taken a step to make the reporting process easier for mentors.  A simple web form will replace the existing manual method of letting us know how things are doing.  Once a month the mentor will go to http://www.rwkinship.org/mentor-report/ and fill in the required blocks and submit.  That’s it.

I hope this will be an improvement,  but we would love your feedback.  You can comment to the post, to the form itself, or send us an email.  Thanks for all you do to make Kinship great!

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Great fun had by all at the 2014 Kinship’s Amazing Race!

It was fun to hear an 8 year veteran of the race state to her mom that “I think this was the best race yet!”  By changing the route and the challenges each year, our goal is to keep things fresh and exciting and I think this is a great testimony that it doesn’t really ever get old! I know my own kids don’t want to miss it and the stories keep coming over the year of “Kinship’s Amazing Race experiences” they have had!

June 6, 2014 dawned a little chilly and with rain off and on all week and mud plentiful, it always makes for a little anxiety with an outdoor event, but we were thankful to have a nice weather window of opportunity to complete the race!

2014 gave us 23 teams registered; 13 in competitive and 10 in Family each in their own colorful team t-shirts creating a race rainbow look that is unique to Kinship’s race. We loved seeing local businesses and churches sponsoring teams and lots of 4H groups seizing the opportunity to do something fun that also supports youth mentoring! Of course many of the teams have veteran “race team” members that come back every year as well as our own Kinship teams! After team photos were done by the Strands and team intros by Perry Miller we were ready to roll with the competitive division going first followed 15 minutes later by the family teams….

The race opened with the Cargill sponsored corn challenge where one team member had to find a small bead in a kid swimming pool half filled with corn….not an easy task but a perfect challenge to start with a bit of a stagger….success sent teams off to the next Kinship sponsored Buddy Walker challenge in which 2 team members had to use team work to cross part of the park football field on “buddy walkers” together and 2 other team members had to do the return trip…left, right….I said right…!!! J On to the “Save the Ducks” challenge in the park duck pond where canoers were given a butterfly net to “rescue” 4 rubber duckies floating in the pond before returning to shore. Teams continued North to the Chahinkapa Zoo challengewhere zoo staff generously allowed (ok, required) a team member to keep a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach on their face for 10 seconds or take a 5 minute delay… did I say ew…! Kathy never disappoints…..Most people are pretty happy to pick up their bikes at this point and finish the race on wheels! The next challenge at the Ox Cart Trail Park was a Breckenridge Police Department sponsored Climbing Wall challenge where a nimble team member had to climb the wall and shout the names of his team from the top before descending….on to the Com Del challenge at Rotary Park…an amazing Box Maze that required the entire team to crawl thru, one member completing the whipped cream bubble gum challenge half way through. (Find bubble gum on a plate full of whip cream using only your face and blow a bubble before moving on). The maze was dark with dead ends and things like silly string and squirt guns shooting you out of nowhere…definitely a favorite with the kids on the teams! When the whole team got thru you were sent on to the Breckenridge Bremer Bank Challenge where one person from your team had to count a jar of coins and get the correct total or go to the back of the line…easier said than done under pressure!! On to the Thrifty Horizon Challenge where one team member had to match 5 pairs of shoes out of a HUGE shoe pile and wearing one pair, go to the formal dress rack and find a dress to wear….that they would finish the race in!! Oh the lovely gowns that came biking over the finish line on guys or gals were priceless! The last challenge was a Breckenridge Fire Department challenge. One person was required to put on Bunker gear, unroll a hose 50 feet, spray a basketball off of a cone, roll the hose back up and leave the Bunker gear ready for the next team….finally teams were off to the finish line…to medals, laughter, photos, prizes and finally a post race picnic to enjoy with team members and anyone who followed the team with cameras and encouragements!

The 2014 Challenge Sponsors are always amazing and create a never the same unique course that the teams did great with! Thank you for the fun and brilliant challenges! The Kinship Board does an amazing job manning the different areas and all the coordination that takes! Kinship is so blessed by its board of directors!

We are thankful to our 2014 T-shirt and Medal sponsors that are sported on the backs of the t-shirts: Ag Assembly Services, Bremer Bank, Cargill, Minn-Kota Ag Products, Ottertail Power and Youth and Community Prevention Coalition

Top 3 teams in the competitive division were: Team Rothsay, Bank of the West and the Gladiators.

Top 3 teams in the family division were: Team Bremer, the Funner Runners and the Blue Gills.

All teams are winners however, and were such great sports. Each received medals and thanks to our generous prize sponsor this year were able to all go home with a prize to split between the team.  The biggest winner is Kinship however, which raised NEARLY $8,000 for youth mentoring thru the teams working to raise entry fees for the race! All year kids are able to have mentors and benefit greatly from that relationship as a result of every person who participated in some way in Kinship’s Amazing Race!!

We hope you will join us next year for Kinship’s 9th Annual Amazing Race on June 5, 2014 starting at the Hughes Shelter in Chahinkapa Park!

Thank you to our 2014 Prize Sponsors;

Ace Hardware, Action Realtors, Ag Country Farm Credit Services, Bois de Sioux Golf Club, Breckenridge Dairy Queen, Buds, Blossoms & Blessings, Chahinkapa Zoo, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Cinema 6 Theater, Corner Drug, Dairy Delight, Dekalb-Asgrow Seeds (J. Christensen), Domino’s Pizza, El Toro Mexican Restaurant, Farmer’s Union Oil of Southern Valley, Fargo Air Museum, Fargo Force, F-M Red hawks, Giant Snacks, Hairetage Hallmark, Hu Hot Mongolian Grill, Le Mar Photography , Lovin- Nutrition, Minnesota Twins, NDSCS Alumni Foundation, NDSCS Athletic Department, OSPTI, Pebble Lake Golf Club, Pizza Hut, Red River Valley & Western Railroad, Red River Valley Fair Board, Jill Roisom, Sam’s Club, Sanford Health, Smith Motors, Snap Fitness, State Farm Insurance – Durlyn Herman, Subway, Terrace Lanes, Thrifty White Drug, Thunder Road, Trollwood Performing Arts School, Wahpeton Drug & Gift, Wahpeton Floral, Wahpeton Parks & Recreation – Wayne Beyer, Walmart

Go to our rwkinship facebook page and like us to see team pictures and challenge pics from our 2014 Amazing Race!!


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Merry Christmas 2013

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Kinship was able to take 11 kids and 3 adults to the C4 Challenge ropes course near Park Rapids MN. The kids did amazing and thru team building exercises, high ropes course, zip line and flying squirrel learned that they can overcome obstacles in life! We are so proud of these kids and thankful to Dave Sayler for driving and the WCCC for the grant to make this a reality!

Tierra on Zip Line!Tierra made it up! Breanna right behind.Team anchors the flying squirrelMilena is ready!Madi made it...Milena is next!Maya crosses the 2nd rope bridgeMaddie is up!Here goes Maddie!Group instructionElrich, Dave, Ed & Alex half way!Ellric is flying!Edmund makes the climb (1)Dave is in the clouds!Dave & Ed will always remember this!Commit 2 Change!Brianna & Alisabeth watch Beth on Zip lineBeth on 1st rope bridgeAlizabeth on zip lineAlisabeth 3rd bridge!Alex ready to pull!Alex in the sky!Alex crosses the 4th rope bridge

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Amazing Race 2013 Team pictures


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Kinship’s Amazing Race 2013

All 22 of our Awesome Kinship Amazing Race Teams!

All 22 of our Awesome Kinship Amazing Race Teams!

Obstacle course or....run the gauntlet....

Obstacle course or….run the gauntlet….

on the line

Zip Line, Burma Bridge or the Wall!

Cargill Tech Team comin in!soccer challengePaintball challengeThe runCanoe Challengecatching eggs

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Amazing Race is Tonight!

Are you ready?  After months of preparation and planning, the day is finally here.  And Mother Nature has decided to be very nice to us this year.  Race-time temp is supposed to be 71 degrees and partly cloudy with just a slight breeze.  In other words– PERFECT!

Teams will gather at the Hughes Shelter in anticipation of the challenges that are waiting ahead.  Although the exact challenges are not known to the contestants, those who have been in the race previously know that you must be ready for anything…  But mostly, be ready for fun.

The after-race party is always a special time of socialization and story telling, and of course, eating.  There should be some awesome stories to tell.  I can’t wait to hear them all.

Most importantly, this is our biggest fund raiser of the year and our race sponsors and teams have not disappointed.  We should be on track to hit our goal.  We would love to thank all of our sponsors and teams.



Prize and Challenge Sponsors:

  • Wahpeton Parks and Recreation
  • Wahpeton Zoo
  • Creative Stitches
  • YMCA 
  • Christensen Dekalb/ Asgrow Seed 
  • Minn-Dak Farmers Coop 
  • Action Realtors 
  • Bois De Sioux Golf Club
  • Farmers Union Oil of Southern Valley
  • The Frame Shop
  • Giant Snacks 
  • Pebble L ake Golf Club
  • Red Riv er Valley Fair
  • Seeds 2000 * Smith Motors
  • Thunder Road * Fargo Theater
  • Hornstein Chiropractic 
  • Circle of Nations
  • City Of Breckenridge
  • Space Aliens * Snap Fitness
  • State Farm insurance
  • F-M Red Hawks
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theater
  • Sanford Health
  • Dairy Delight


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Amazing Race Brochure

2013 Race Brochure Updated 4-30-2013

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Girls Night 2013

Fabulous Up do!Girls Night is always a special night to let our Kinship girls feel pampered and hear just how special they are. We had a fabulous Makeover night with help from many individuals.

Sharon Olson donated and cooked a wonderful lasangne supper for us Deb Schouweiler spoke to the girls about presenting our best selves. The girls were encouraged in their inner and outer beauty.

3 lucky girls were chosen for full makeovers with a generous donor taking them shopping at Maurices and Tangled Salon doing hair and makeup. The rest of the girls recieved mini makeovers moving from hair to makeup to manicure stations thru ought the night. Thank you to Cargill for doing makeovers and for all who pitched in to do hair and makeup! I think you’ll see from the pictures, the girls simply glowed by the end of the night!

Maddi getting hi- lites at Tangled Salon!

Maddi getting hi- lites at Tangled Salon!

Cheyenne getting hair done!Mentor and Mentee!

girls night 125 Stephanie's makeover!3 makeovers

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