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Dave Wallis, Published December 20 2010

Portraits: Florent Lungi

“This is the first time I’ve seen snow,” says Florent Lungi. “We learned about snow at school from pictures and movies,” says the native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Through Lutheran Social Services, Lungi came to Fargo in June from a refugee camp in Tanzania where he lived for seven years. “The first time we saw it, it was very nice to look at,” he says. He came to Fargo with his wife, three children and two nephews and two nieces. “It’s already very, very too cold,” he comments.

“In Congo, we only have two seasons. It’s warm for seven months and cooler for five months,” he tells. “The snow is a real challenge to drive on. I have to be very, very careful,” he says about getting to his job at the Northport Hornbacher’s grocery store. One place where he does want to do some sliding around on the snow is Fargo’s big sledding area, Dike West. “That looks very interesting, and I plan to bring my nephew to that. He likes to play on the big piles of snow,” he says adding, “I like Fargo.”