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Published September 28, 2010, 12:00 AM

COVER STORY


Ranch woman Jessica Bullinger (left) has helped the town of Powers Lake, N.D., population of about 350, develop the Lil' Ranchers Community Child Care, directed by Sarah Schultes. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)

  • Ranch woman Jessica Bullinger (left) has helped the town of Powers Lake, N.D., population of about 350, develop the Lil' Ranchers Community Child Care, directed by Sarah Schultes. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Powers Lake, N.D., has a population of nearly 350, and is growing as young families return for agriculture opportunities and for the proximity to oil development, among other things. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Lil' Ranchers Community Child Care on Main Street in Powers Lake agribusiness theme and the high school mascot - The Ranchers. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Jeremy and Jessica Bullinger, their children Jaden, 5, and Avah, 2, and her parents, Mark and Kathy Barenthsen, live within a mile of each other and together  operate a cattle and grain farm. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Lil' Ranchers Community Child Care currently has 20 children enrolled, so far ages 1-8, operating from a building that was converted from a defunct dental office. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Jeremy and Jessica Bullinger have joined with her parents to form Barenthsen-Bullinger Red Angus Ranch, a purebred and commercial operation, as well as grain farm. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • A defunct dental office in Powers Lake stood empty for more than three  years before young families recently started converting it into the Lil' Ranchers Community Child Care, and eventually a preschool. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • The Barenthsen-Bullinger Red Angus Ranch headquarters is a picture, about five miles northeast of Powers Lake, N.D. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Powers Lake, N.D., population about 350, is expanding its child care and preschool options through the help of various state departments, non-profits Child Care Resource & Referral, and simple drive of young leaders. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • The Lil' Ranchers Community Child Care gives young ranchers, oil and other workers in Powers Lake, N.D., an opportunity for full- and part-time employment, while knowing their children are getting a social and educational boost.