FARGO — It's always nice to get a little help around the house, but the guy helping Gene Fife Sunday, Sept. 27, came from pretty far away to do it.

Fife was chosen as a recipient for a free lawn-mowing from Rodney Smith of Huntsville, Ala. For the ninth year in a row, Smith has set off on a three-week tour to mow lawns for veterans in all 50 states.

Smith arrived in Fargo over the weekend looking for lawns to mow that belong to veterans, Purple Heart recipients, Gold Star families, POW/MIA families or active duty families.

He found Fife in Fargo, who was in the U.S. Army for 28 years.

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Smith runs Raising Men Lawn Care Service, which provides free lawn care to the elderly, disabled individuals, single mothers and veterans who do not have the time, resources and/or money to manicure their yards. Smith also encourages young people to do a 50 yard challenge of their own, by mowing yards for free for people who might need. it. However, they don't need to travel across the U.S., like Smith did.

After mowing Fife's yard in Fargo, Smith set off for the Twin Cities, where he mowed for a veteran in Bloomington. He then went to Wisconsin on his way to the East Coast to resume his national tour.