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Alabama man stopping in Fargo to mow lawns today

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An Alabama man is on a mission to cut lawns in all 50 states and he’s headed to Fargo on Saturday.

Originally slated to be in Grand Forks on Saturday morning, Rodney Smith Jr., the man behind the lawn cutting, said in a Facebook post that he had “no luck” finding lawns in Grand Forks, so he said he’d be heading down to Fargo instead.

Smith mows lawns for the elderly, disabled, single mothers and veterans as a public service for free and encourages kids to give back to their communities through community service.

Smith, a native of Bermuda, started cutting grass for people in Huntsville, Ala., in 2015. He initially wanted to cut 100 lawns before winter of 2015 but quickly hit that mark. He launched “Raising Men Lawn Care Service” shortly after and encourages kids to learn valuable skills by giving back.

In May 2017 Smith hit the road and mowed lawns in all 50 states and is at it yet again this year, having already traveled to 42 other states.

To nominate someone to have their lawn mowed in Fargo on Saturday message Smith on Facebook at

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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