Gina & Scott Dahlen Plead Guilty

January 24, 2017

Gina Dahlen and Scott Dahlen, the owners of White Horse Ranch in Hermann, Minnesota plead guilty to one count of depravation of parental rights for their role in the Teenager Family Abduction of the Rucki girls

Both of the Dahlens admitted in court that they knew the teenagers’ father had been awarded custody of all five of his children in November 2013. The girls were held for 942 days. The Dahlens admitted they knew he had custody and failed to contact the father or law enforcement. The Dahlens had been charged with six felony counts.

It is unclear of the Dahlens were charged with a Felony. They testified against both Sandra Rucki and Dede Evavold.

Gina and Doug Dahlen will be sentenced on April 3, 2017 at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, Minnesota.

The horse did not plead guilty.



Breaking: Charges Filed Against Dede Evavold, Gina & Doug Dahlen in Teenager Family Abduction

December 12, 2015
Dede Evavold

Dede Evavold – Protective Parent Network

Gina Dahlen

Gina Dahlen – Protective Parent Network

Doug Dahlen

Doug Dahlen – Protective Parent Network

In a historic Teenager Family Abduction Case in Minnesota, charges have been filed against Dede Evavold (Deirdre Elise Evavold) 51, Gina Dahlen (Gina Schmit Dahlen, 47) and Doug Dahlen (Douglas Craig Dahlen) 53. The Dahlens are the owners of White Horse Ranch in Herman, Minestoa. This is one of the few times that third party conspirators in parental kidnapping cases and the alleged members of the protective parent movement are being charged. In most Family Abduction cases, the third party conspirators are in other states or countries so prosectors have a difficult time prosecuting them. In the Rucki girls case, the children were found in the same state. Dede Evavold and the Dahlens have been charged with 2 counts of parental deprivation for their alleged role in hiding the girls.

“Concealing children and keeping them from a parent for over two and half years in violation of a court order is unconscionable,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said.

Investigators believe Dede Evavold and Sandra Rucki brought the sisters to the ranch 2 1/2 years ago. Dede Evavold is the former campaign manager for Michelle MacDonald in her unsuccessful candidacy for Judge. Evvaold is a writer for Red Herring Alert and was a leader in the local Minnesota Protective Parent Network. Her profile was recently removed at Police used Gina Dahlen’s Facebook page to confirm the photos found on Evavold’s phone were taken at White Horse Ranch.

The Rucki sisters, now 16 and 17, were sent to an out-of-state reunification therapy program earlier this month. Their father, David Rucki, declined to comment. His attorney, Lisa Elliott, said reunification therapy “is going very well.”


Ranch owners, woman charged in hiding of Rucki sisters by Brandon Stahl (Star Tribune, 12-11-2015)

Dakota County Criminal  Complaints (Dede Evavold, Gina Dahlen | Doug Dahlen) – Read the Criminal Complaints

Editor’s Note: We applaud the efforts of Dakota County in prosecuting these third party conspirators in this Family Abduction Crime. Inasmuch as this network of Family Court Critics / protective parents have their criticism of our Nation’s Family Court System, committing civil disobedience is not the solution. Sandra Rucki and her attorney Michelle MacDonald had plenty of other legal alternatives before playing Judge, Jury and Executioner in this custody case. Any initiative to create an underground network for non-custodial parents to kidnap children is Minnesota, any other state in the United States or the World is morally wrong. It is also disrespectful to those in our child protection and family law communities.

A protest for Sandra Rucki sponsored by two protective parent organizations Safe Kids International and The Women’s Coalition is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15th at Sandra Rucki’s next hearing. These protective parent groups have a right to protest, but we feel that any group encouraging a teenager to stay in hiding such as they did on their Facebook page is a horrible act against a minor. These groups have some extremist views in encouraging vulternable custodial-embattled mothers to commit acts of civil disobedience. There are better alternatives than kidnapping your children or encouraging Teenagager Family Abductions.

Finally, the Horse at White Horse Ranch as well as Sandra Rucki’s Attorney Michelle MacDonald were not charged.

The Horse at White Horse Ranch

The Horse at White Horse Ranch

Michelle MacDonald Protective Parent Attorney

Michelle MacDonald, Protective Parent Attorney

Don’t Arrest the Horse, Just Gina and Doug Dahlen

December 2, 2015

Gina Dahlen, Protective Parent Network (Photo: Fergus Falls Journal)

Gina Dahlen and Doug Dahlen are clearly using the “Animal Rights“, “Child Protection” and “Religion” as defenses or excuses as to why they helped Sandra Rucki hide the Rucki girls. They are undoubtfully claiming that if law enforcement arrests and charges them, they will be effectively shutting down their ranch for children.

But Gina and Doug Dahlen of White Horse Ranch in Herman, Minesota should have contacted the District Attorney’s Office when they realized they were sheltering children from the court system. Their non-profit should not be an infrastrure for an underground or the protective parent network. Like Domestic Violence Shelters, they should have a process for working with local law enforcement.

In addition, engaging in criminal conduct or an illegal activity such as felony deprivation of child custody would be a violation of their tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3). It would also be a violation and reportable offense as Minnesota Non-profit. (Minnesota Attorney General’s Office – Nonprofit/Charity Complaint Form)

The Dahlens were intentionally hding the Rucki girls for more 944 days. During that time, the father, the children’s siblings, family members, their friends and law enforcement had no idea where the children were. The Dahlens were also directly violating a judge’s cusotdy court order. Even if Sandra Rucki gave them a copy of an old court order, they should have at the very least tried to find out their was a new Custody Order.They did not which led to thousands of dollars of investigative time and resources. That is irresponsible and ignorant for these educated inviduals.

Gina Dahlen also conincidently spent some time in horse training classes in Oregon, just miles from the infamous Curtis Compond in Dexter, Oregon. James and Mary Curtis are long-time protective parent network supporters. Their daughter April and her daughter Amanda both went underground with Faye Yager’s Children of the Underground in the ’80s and ’90s. The daughter as a teen went underground like the Rucki girls. We certainly wonder if Gina Dahlen made a visit to Dexter during her trip to Oregon.

The Dahlen’s use of equine therapy as a treatment program used by kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard is disparaging to those organizations using equine therapy that are not commiting criminal conduct. There is no reason the Dahlens should NOT have been able to setup a legitmate equine therapy organization for children without comitting these acts of civil disobedience.

Again, don’t arrest the Horse, but arrest and prosecute Gina and Doug Dahlen.

The Editor


IGC: Gina Dahlen’s Vision Question (Fergus Falls Journal, 02-20-15)

White Horse Ranch – Gina Dahlen

November 19, 2015

When Samantha and Gianni Rucki were found on White Horse Ranch in Herman, Minnesota, their website and Facebook Account were immediately taken down.


Gina Dahlen – Protective Parent Supporter?

Gina Dahlen, a former pharmaceutical sales rep and founder of White Horse Ranch (Destiny Equine Intervention) will probably say that she had to no idea that the Rucki girls were kidnapped children or that she was just trying to help out the girls as a protective parent movement supporter.

With all the publicity the case has been receiving, it would have been impossible for Gina Dahlen or her husband Doug to not have known that the Rucki girls were in hiding. So through subpoena of Dahlen’s phone records, email messages and bank accounts, law enforcement should be able to re-construct how she assisted the Rucki girls.

Gina Dahlen’s organization filed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2013. On her initial filing she did not show any assets or income. But she has solicited for donations and held fund raisers in the past 2 years. We do not see any subsequent filing online. Law Enforcement will no doubt be looking at those records and it will be interesting to see if the paper trail leads to money received from Sandra Rucki.

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Gina Dahlen at White Horse Ranch (in the middle with the white visor)

In addition, as is the case with many domestic violence shelters funding, many protective parent groups receive funding through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Gina Dahlen’s organization may also have received funds related to the rehabilitation of animals. We certainly hope that this organization did not receive any federal funding to assist in hiding the Rucki girls.

More importantly when Gina Dahlen or members of her organization took down the website, we wondered if White Horse Ranch had any other missing children that were hidden on their premises. There are numerous photos of children in some of the pictures on their website at

Law enforcement will need to interview the Rucki girls to find out where they have been in the last 2 years and who aided and abetted these minors. We really hope that this will be the case that exposes this protective parent movement and their supporters.