FUN Fundraising

If you want to help support community mediations there are several ways you can do that:

Show your support for Southern Minnesota Alternative Dispute Resolution – RCDRP by using Goodshop for all your online purchases. While you help raise money, you can save money at the same time on items for your home, car, closet, or pantry with more than 100,000 online deals, like <a href=ʺ ʺ> Old Navy promos</a>, <a href=ʺ ʺ> Gap coupons </a>, and <a href=ʺ ʺ> Target savings</a>. Feel good knowing that you are doing more with your online shopping!

Use the link below and shop at Amazon Smiles – a portion of your purchase will go to support this non-profit.  Ensure you identify you want to support Southern Minnesota/Rice County Dispute Resolution Program.

You can always make a monetary donation directly to SM/RCDRP and mail the check or money order to SM/RCDRP, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, HS #125, Northfield, MN  55057.  If your donation is over $250 a letter of receipt will be furnished to you for tax purposes.

Uses our mediation/facilitative services for disputes that you have with family, friends, businesses, neighbors, cities, county or townships.

Attend a conflict resolution workshop offered within your community.

Refer a family member, friend or even an acquaintance to our office.

FREE Confidential Consultations are always available.



Bethel Ridge Church has partnered with Southern Minnesota /Rice County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (SM/RCDRP) to collect CLEAN cloth, clothes, bedding, blankets, shoes, boots anything made of cloth.  The items DO NOT have to be serviceable, but they must be CLEAN.  Any items “non-reusable” mark the bag as such.

The fabric items will be weighed and the funds received will be used to continue providing support to SM/RCDRP.  All items will be recycled back into the community.  The non-reusable items will be shredded and recycled.

If your group or organization is willing to support this event please contact Debra Petersen, at 507.664.3522 or 507.332.0294 or send an email to to discuss options.

Drop off dates and times for this event at Bethel Ridge Church, 1401 Bethel Court, Faribault are:  Thursday, May 28th, 3 – 7 p.m.  Friday and Saturday, May 29 – 30th, 8 – 5 p.m. each day during the church rummage sale.    NOTE:  If you are unable to drop off your items on these dates or times, contact Debra Petersen for drop off arrangements. 


Partner Sale – Fundraising Activity

BETHEL RIDGE CHURCH a partner with SOUTHERN MINNESOTA / RICE COUNTY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROGRAM is having a huge Church Rummage Sale and Textile Drive in May and selling Food at the Fareway Food Shack.  PLEASE support these activities, so the church can continue to support our program.  Thank You.

If you have any items you would like to donate please contact Debra Petersen at 507.664.3522 or 507.332.0294 or email

Thursday, May 28th, 3 – 7 p.m.

Friday, May 29th, 8 – 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 30th, 8 – 2 p.m.

Location: Bethel Ridge Church, 1401 Bethel Court, Faribault – Just north of 20th St., across the pond in the north part of Faribault

Fareway Food Shack

Thursday, June 25 – Saturday June 27th



Up Coming Northfield Classes – Community Ed



Happy Children

Don’t let disagreements between your children cause you frustration, come learn some easy and simple techniques that will help your children deal with conflict.  If you want Happy Children, teaching them how to deal with what bothers them is the starting place.

Monday, May 18th

Wednesday, June 3rd.

Same program both days.

Fun Parenting

You loved the little quirks of the person that you made your children with, now these seems to drive you nuts.  Come learn how to enjoy those little quirks, eliminate them or make positive changes for your children.  This workshop will give you techniques that you will be able to demonstrate and share with your children to help them develop into the person you want them to be.

Wednesday, May 20th

Thursday, June 4th.

Same Program both days.

Register through: website:


Support Requested

If you are looking for a cause to support, please consider donating monies to support this non-profit.  Your monetary donation is tax-deductible.  A receipt is provided for any donations over $250.

If you are looking for an organization to donate your time, and  or want some valuable training, please contact Debra Petersen, at 507.664.3522 or 507.332.0294 or email to find out how you can receive training and or become a volunteer with Southern Minnesota / Rice County Dispute Resolution Program.

2015 GOALS

Southern Minnesota/Rice County Dispute Resolution Program has one main goal and several smaller goals for 2015.

The main goal is for the community to come to the trainings; free informational talks and to support the program by using the trained volunteers to help them resolve disputes.

The smaller goals are to get a Conflict Resolution class in the local community college; get an Attendance Mediation Program in the Faribault School District; and to train more community minded individuals that want to become volunteer mediators.

If you have questions about the program or want to help the program reach the goals, then contact the Executive Director, Debra Petersen, LPC with your questions or desire to become part of a wonderful non-profit.

2015 Community Education Classes

Debra Petersen, Executive Director is offering a variety of Dispute Resolution classes through the Faribault Community Education Dept.

Sibling Rivalry:  Jan 27th @ 7 p.m. and Jan 31st @ 9:30 a.m.

Parenting Conflict:  Feb 3rd @ 7 p.m.  and   Feb 21st @ 9:30 a.m. and Feb 24th @ 7 p.m.

Adolescent Growing Pains:  Mar 3rd @ 7 p.m. and Mar 7th @ 9:30 a.m.

Cost: $8 per class

Go to   for more information on the classes and to register.   NOTE:  There is an error on the website, but the community education booklet has the correct dates and locations.

2014 Year End Notes

Thanks to everyone that used our services in 2014 or made a referral to our organization.

Thank you for making financial donations to SM / RCDRP.  PLEASE continue making those tax deductible donations.  Your financial supports helps provide services to those individuals that are unable to afford traditional legal services.  Checks can be made out to SM / RCDRP and sent to 1651 Jefferson Parkway, HS 125, Northfield, MN 55057.  If the amount is over $250 a tax donation receipt will be sent to you.

Remember SM /RCDRP has FREE confidential consultation.  So call 507.664.3522 or email: with your question or request of information.

Who is the Southern Minnesota / Rice County Dispute Resolution Program Director?

Debra Petersen, LPC, was a volunteer mediator with the SM /RCDRP for almost 8 years before she was asked to take over as Director of the program in November 2011.  Debra is a Qualified Neutral, which means she is listed on the Minnesota state roster.  Debra received her initial basic skills in mediation in 1995 while living in Colorado. In 1996, she was trained in Divorce and Child Custody Mediation.  After moving to Minnesota, and in order to volunteer with the SM /RCDRP, she went through the required 30 hour General Mediation Training to become a Qualified Neutral with the state of Minnesota,  Debra has obtained additional training in Minnesota Family Mediations and Elder Mediations and is listed on the Minnesota state roster.  Debra holds two Master Degrees; has trained military and DOD civilian personnel in conflict resolution and is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the state of Wisconsin.

2015 Business Training

If you have EMPLOYEES  you are bound to have some conflict among them at one time or another.  Your business does not have to be large, conflict is not discriminatory it will affect everyone at some time in their life.

If you are a large business and would like some conflict resolution training conducted with your employees or just want more information about how mediation can help your organization, please contact Debra Petersen, Executive Director at or 507.664.3522.

Half Day and Full Day trainings are available.