Adopt-A-Highway volunteers recognizes

The Washington County Board of Commissioners recognized 10- and 20-year Adopt-A-Highway program volunteers at its meeting Tuesday.

Five area businesses and families in Commissioner Gary Kriesel’s District 3 were recognized for 10 years service and four area businesses were recognized for 20 years of service.

The 10-year volunteers are Building Services and PRTS, Afton Tree Works, Krueger’s Sprucegate Farm, the Sego family and Kris and John Miller.

The 20-year volunteers are Youth Service Bureau, First United Methodist Church, St. Johns Masonic Lodge and Lake Elmo Lions Club.

YSB, represented by Amber Marko, adopted County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 11, or Otchipwe Avenue North, between CSAH 5 and Minnesota 96.

First United Methodist Church, represented by Bruce Lundeen, adopted CSAH 12, or 75th Street, between CSAH 15 and Brick Street.

St. Johns Masonic Lodge, represented by Greg Lane, adopted County Road 55, or Norell Avenue, between CSAH 7 and County Road 61.

Lake Elmo Lions Club, represented by Steve Madsen, adopted CSAH 15, Manning Avenue, between Minnesota 5 and Manning Trail North.

The county’s Adopt-A-Highway program began in 1991 with 36 original groups adopting 78 miles of county highway. Today, there are 119 groups adopting 252 miles of county highway. There is one segment available for adoption.

In 2012, volunteers collected more than 800 bags of trash and litter, and other items such as TVs, tires and furniture were removed from ditches. Volunteers donate more than $80,000 worth of time annually, a cost that would otherwise fall on the county.