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Erika Berg, left, participates in a therapeutic horsemanship course with students held at Shipley Horse Farm as part of the North Dakota State University equine studies program. The NDSU assistant professor of equine studies is collecting data at Home on the Range near Sentinel Butte, N.D., to see if it can help modify the behavior of children with troubled backgrounds. SUBMITTED PHOTO

North Dakota State professor uses equine therapy to help kids

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North Dakota State University professor is using horses to help modify the behavior of children with troubled backgrounds, and it seems to be working.


Erika Berg, an assistant professor for NDSU’s equine studies program, has teamed up with the child care facility, Home on the Range, near Sentinel Butte. She has collected data since 2008 that could provide evidence that equine-assisted therapy can help children better than traditional therapy, according to a release.

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April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined The Dickinson Press as the assistant editor in January 2014 and was named news editor in October 2014. She helps lead a team of top-notch news reporters and plays a role in coordinating design for western North Dakota's award-winning newspaper. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican, where she helped the two newspapers win numerous awards.   
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