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Polly Fassinger, Fargo, Published February 24 2013

Letter: Kindness saved our church heating system

In the midst of a sometimes brutal winter, it is heartwarming to know there are very good reasons to celebrate this community. One such reason stems from an experience with our church’s ancient heating system, which has been repaired and repaired, and which we were hoping would last one more year.

Recently, huge amounts of steam started rolling from our chimney and holes were discovered in our heater. We could not afford to replace our heating system and were dismayed to realize that if it could not be fixed (which we were told was doubtful), we were going to be forced to relocate immediately.

Emergency help came to us in the form of Cliff from Northwest Iron Fireman, who diagnosed our problems and kept our system running temporarily. Then Mitch and Mike from Burnn Boiler and Mechanical spent many days working tirelessly to help ensure that our rusted, atrophied boiler would be viable for the winter – and to help us curb the enormous heating bill we were racking up. We were delighted by the miracles these men performed with our deteriorated heater and were humbled by their generosity when they donated some of their labor to our church.

For our small, financially strapped congregation, this was a tremendous gift. Thanks to these wonderful men, we have one more example of how the phrase “How Fargo of You” encapsulates the unique and special spirit of this place.

We may be freezing at times of the year, but who notices the weather when kindness and generosity surround you?


Fassinger is a member of the Council of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Fargo. Other members signing this letter: Elna Solvang, Stan Franek, Jane Radig, Shirley O’Rourke, Jay Johnson, Ginny Connell, Nathan Stottler,

Pastor Mark Strobel.