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.


(From left) Lexi Freund (Big Lake), Betsey Cornelius and Ben Cornelius (Nowthen), Gunner Dorweiler and Colton Dorweiler (Princeton), Ben Manning (Zimmerman), Bailey Dorweiller (Princeton) and Salene Krueger (Big Lake.) The county fair runs from July 16-19. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Dr. Lola Sutherland is retiring from clinical practice after 33 years in the Big Lake community. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

SMITTY’S AMATEUR FIDDLERS CONTEST drew 22 musicians to compete in Big Lake this year. They were accompanied by Gilmore Lee.

LEE GERHARDSON, 47, from New London, was found dead in Big Lake near the swimming beach in 10 feet of water Monday. Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.

Adopt-a-Road participants volunteer for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and work to clean roadsides that border and bisect refuge land. This spring, from April to June, approximately six individuals, three families, and seven groups, such as boy and girl scouts and 4-H groups, volunteered to clean countless miles of roads. (Submitted photo.)