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Published September 28, 2011, 10:10 PM

Young Fargo entrepreneur profits off pumpkins

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When most 6th graders get home from school in the afternoon, they likely grab their Xbox or play ball outside. But tonight, meet one of Fargo's youngest entrepreneurs who spends his free time selling trailers full of pumpkins.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

When most 6th graders get home from school in the afternoon, they likely grab their Xbox or play ball outside. But tonight, meet one of Fargo's youngest entrepreneurs who spends his free time selling trailers full of pumpkins.

Winding his way through a South Fargo neighborhood, Kain Carlson is all business. With help from his Grandpa Fran, Kain is turning a successful pumpkin harvest into an 11year-old's dream; Cold Cash.

That's right. A thousand bucks so far this year. Driving through the cozy, comfortable neighborhoods, Kain has become a bit of a celebrity. He walks door to door, and sells the pumpkins direct from the trailer. There is no middle man. No wholesale warehouse. Kain helped his grandpa plant, prune and pick the pumpkins. Now he is selling them.

Fran Roers – Kain’s Grandpa: “I think the best thing he learns is how to do that, a good salesman has to do that one time or another.”

But Kain recently learned a valuable lesson at his church. He visited Churches United in Moorhead. What he saw there, homeless kids, made him want to share some of his profits.

Kain Carlson – Pumpkin Seller: “I am donating $150 to churches united, spending some, and then college.”

His Grandpa could not be prouder.

Fran Roers: “You can't spend it all on toys, you have to help others too.”

Sure the pumpkin selling cuts into afternoon football and playtime, but the successful salesman is learning some valuable life lessons. Hard work gets results, and sharing the wealth sure feels good.

And Kain will be busy selling his pumpkins in the Pelican Rapids area this weekend. That is where he picks them, and he knows a lot of people will be around Maplewood State Park to look at the fall colors. Now that is called: Knowing your customer!!

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