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Lee H. Berget, Published May 15 2010

Volunteers are the real heroes

This May marks the 20th anniversary of Minnesota’s Adopt a Highway program. In west-central Minnesota, 126 groups have been a part of the program since 1990, including:

Moorhead Midday-Central Lions Club, Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Psi Chi Psychology Club, Dilworth Boy Scouts and Glyndon Lutheran Youth Group.

I would like to offer a sincere thank-you to every one of our volunteers – they are the real heroes of public service. Every year they pick up tons of litter from state highways. The work is hard, never-ending and frequently thankless. MnDOT is very proud of your dedication and commitment to keeping our roadsides clean. The next time you pass a group of volunteers picking up litter, give them a thumbs-up.

So far in 2010, 15 new groups have adopted state highway segments in west- central Minnesota. I encourage you to consider this rewarding opportunity and organize a group of volunteers to adopt a segment of your own.

For more information about adopting a state highway segment in west-central Minnesota, contact Marleen Anderson at (320) 208-7002.

Berget is the Detroit Lakes/Morris district engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.