Dilworth boys learn more than lawn care by mowing lawns for others

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DILWORTH, Minn. — For some, mowing the lawn is a chore, maybe even a hobby. But for two Dilworth brothers, every finished yard has grown to mean something that's being appreciated by many, who aren't able to do it themselves.

These boys aren't mowing lawns for money, Saige and Lyric Cogger are a part of the Raising Men Lawn Care Service's 50-yard Challenge. The challenge is a program meant to help young men discover their value in society, by helping veterans, elderly and those who need it.

People like Julia Kramershe and her husband who are living with and taking care of two elderly women suffering from dementia. The boys' act of kindness means they have one less thing they have to worry about.

"To have these young gentlemen take that off our plate, it's just really helpful, and it's really sweet," Kramershe said.

So far, the two boys a few yards already under their belts. Lyric has completed nine yards, and Saige has done seven. But, they've never had to mow a lawn before in their lives.


"I just kind of jumped in and I just tried to make the lines as straight as I could," Lyric said.

"I just watched movies and hopefully do it right and if I didn't, I'd just learn on the way," said Saige.

If they complete the challenge, they will get a new lawnmower, weed eater and leaf blower. But for them, that just means a better and more efficient way, to do their part.

"After that, I realized, yeah there's more to giving, giving back to the community than just the rewards at the end," Lyric said.

The two said when the summer ends, they'll shovel and snow blow driveways in the winter. Perhaps they will even make it part of their regular routine.

"I kind of want to start my own business, trying to get into this, because it's not like it's going to go away, I realize it's a big opportunity and once I get new equipment, I can just expand from there and keep going," Lyric said.

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