12600 Pelican Beach Road, Merrifiled, MN (218) 851-1937

Welcome to Homestead Ranch blog, where we share advice and information with others to help improve their daily life. This blog is operated by True North Ranch Ministries, where we strive to bring healing, hope, empowerment, peace, and more to others. 

True North Ranch Ministries Program

The foundation of the program of TNR is unique in that it pairs one child, one horse and one mentor for each session. No child is ever left behind or lost in a crowd. Our 'one on one' learning environment is dedicated to restoring the heart, soul, mind, and strength of our kids. Each child is unique and separate, coming to the ranch for his or her own time of healing. Those individual needs are identified by the staff and a tailored activity is created.

  • Lee Shelstad
Lee Shelstad


Co-Founder and Chief Communications Officer of True North Ranch Lee, and her horse Bokoda have a passion to reach out to hurting kids and their families. Since 2008, they have loved on kids together, by demonstrating how to build a relationship with one another through many different activities. Lee has seen over and over again how a hours can give a child so much and the child receives healing by just playing with an animal twice their size. A safe and peaceful place was created as the foundation where broken children and families could find hope and healing.

Dan Shelstad


Dan, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and better half, husband of Lee, and the hard workin man around the ranch. He recently has become more and more involved in being a horseman and learning how to apply his knowledge to help out with kids as well. Dan’s talents of technology during the day can bring him the peace of a whole new feel when on the ranch on the weekends. He especially LOVES doing chores and picking up all the manure!

  • Dan Shelstad
  • Mackinzey Shelstad
Mackinzey Shelstad

Mackinzey is Dan and Lee’s daughter. She graduated from Liberty University and is presently attending Police Academy in Richmond, VA. Through being a Police Officer, she hopes by serving as an officer she will do more than just keep the peace, but be a witness to the True Prince of Peace. Mackinzey has been the soul trainer for both horses, and continues to use her gifts of horsemanship when she can be at the ranch. She has a great sense of humor and kids love her!

Mitch Shelstad

Mitch is the son of Dan and Lee and as much as he loves horses, he enjoys the activities much more! He enjoys being creative with the programs and giving many ideas to make it more interesting. Mitch is our Volunteer Coordinator working with visitors to give tours, as well as arranging for others to come and help at the ranch. He loves to serve where ever he can, and his love of Jesus shines with all who encounter him. Bokoda and Nugget join him in this picture.

  • Mitch Shelstad


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