GREG GREEN (above), and his wife, Ketti, (not pictured), were among the volunteers helping out at clean-up day Saturday.

Cleanup Day - Another big job and well done

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Big Lake Township hosted the area’s annual clean-up day at their public works building on 166th Street Saturday.
Volunteers from the city of Big Lake, Big Lake Township and Orrock Township helped track the trash, collect fees and unload their neighbors’ unwanted items.
The final tally was 622 vehicles through the gate with items they no longer wanted. In 2013, only 561 people showed up to get rid of their trash. In 2012, 669 people participated.
‘It’s the best thing ever,” said resident Dion Bellor, who had a trailer full of junk items. “It helps keep the neighborhood nice and clean, that’s for sure.”
Wait times varied depending on the direction drivers took to reach the public works building. Some waited 15 or 20 minutes while others waited longer. 
“I should have come in from the other way,” Bellor said. “I didn’t think about it.”
Among those volunteering for the first time were Spencer and Gunnar Maas from Orrock Township.
“It’s really fun,” said Gunnar. “And it is hard work. You meet new people.”
“It has been steady all morning,” said Big Lake Township Supervisor Larry Alfords, who was counting tires and electronics and taking cash at the entry. The lines have been moving pretty quick.”
“Everyone who is out here has got this down to a fine art by now,” said Orrock Township Clerk Brenda Kimberly Maas. “They are a well-oiled machine.”
Details on the amount of trash collected will be available next week.


OFFICER JOSH PESTA is the newest member of Big Lake’s police department. He hails from Long Prairie and started on the job last week. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

TOM GEROLD of Alive! Lutheran Church of Monticello met with the Big Lake Twp. Board Wednesday to outline plans for moving their church to a Co. Rd. 11 site, just west of the former River Inn. Looking over the plans were Supervisors Bruce Aubol, Norm Leslie, Larry Alfords and Steve Pfleghaar. (Photo by Gary W. Meyer)

DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES Gordy Vosberg is excited about the expanding role of paramedics in keeping people at home in the community through the Healthy At Home follow-up care program and offering the best emergency services to those in need. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Construction of the Oak Savannah Learning Center started March 25, 2015. The new learning center is located up the hill from the Old School House site, south of Co. Rd. 9. (Submitted Photo)

WH served 2,295 meals at its 78th Annual Meeting.