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Albert Lea Community Wide Clean-up

Posted at: 04/27/2013 10:43 PM
Updated at: 04/28/2013 12:07 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- Picking up trash and raking leaves sounds like a chore, but many people didn't seem to mind today as long as they got the chance to enjoy the outdoors.

On a day like today, many people were happy to bask in the spring sunshine. Even if it meant spending the day picking up trash.

"I am so thankful that mother nature is on our side and this year is one of the most beautiful weather days that we've had," said Laura Lunde, organizer of lake clean-up.  

Every year, community members take part in the “Albert Lea Lake Clean-Up”. Organizers say now that the snow is gone, it's always a surprise as to what they'll find.

"Over the years we've pulled out 1,200 car tires. We've pulled out water heater, appliances, bed frames, bicycles frames, shoes, garbage tine cans," said Lunde.  

"There's bags and bags and bags full of stuff," said Don Sorensen of Albert Lea.

Don Sorensen has lived in Albert Lea all his life and says he cares about keeping it clean.

"It's something that the city itself can't do. The people of the area have to have the pride to take care of what it is," said Sorensen.  

Spring cleaning reached further than the lake shoreline, today was also “Home Town Pride Clean-Up Day”.

"Just trying to blow the leaves out of the crevices and cracks where ever they are," said Jerry Kruckeberg of Albert Lea.

Homeowners across the community were doing their part to clean up after the long winter.

"You want to live in a town that's nice looking and everything," said Kruckeberg.  

Garbage came in by the truck loads to the city transfer station. The community wide clean-up meant brush and garbage was free to get rid of and you could toss bigger items for a cheaper rate.

The more waste that ends up here, means a cleaner community for everyone.

"It doesn't have to be an annual lake clean-up to get out with your family and go walk the shoreline, pick up a few things as you go," said Lunde.