MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Over the weekend we reached the upper 70s and low 80s. Plenty of people took advantage of the great weather. But there’s an ugly side to spring now that the snow has melted: trash.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation actually has a term for what they see, this time of year. They call it “litter bloom.” This past weekend was the first time volunteers were able to get out and start cleaning up the roads.

We caught up with 18 volunteers from the Edina Morningside Rotary Club along Highway 100 just north of the Highway 62. They’re among the 450 Adopt-A-Highway crews in the area and MnDOT relies on them to do a lot of clean-up that its crews just can’t get to.

“Just a couple of hours out here can make a difference, gives you a different mindset for how you think about the community,” said Charlie Weigel with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club.

Along with these crews were Sentence to Serve crews on the city side of 35W. Those are people who are working instead of doing jail time or paying fines.


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