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The Rev. Cody Schuler of Edgewood United Methodist Church in Fargo is having his congregation "carbon fast" for Lent. Schuler is planning to use his clothes dryer less. (David Samson/The Forum)

Church groups hoping congregants will conserve energy during Lent

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FARGO - Cody Schuler decided he could get along without his clothes dryer during the Lenten period of self-denial that many Christians observe.

In the storage room of his parsonage, Schuler strung a rope to hang his laundry to dry - his version of a "carbon fast," an energy conservation step to help reduce his emissions of greenhouse gases.

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