A Hot Pink Pool Float & Other Highway Debris Cleared from Highway 71 After NTC Cleanup Day

On Sept. 29, Northwest Technical College students and members of student senate participated in a highway cleanup project led by Heather Sutherland, early childhood education faculty, and Tyler Peterson, director of the student success center.

The cleanup project is part of the adopt-a-highway program, of which NTC has been a member since 2018. Each semester participating students, faculty and staff work to gather trash and other debris from the roadway along Highway 71, reducing hazards to drivers and risks to local wildlife.

Students also held a competition for the most unique finds. This year’s winner was an intact hot pink pool float.




MN State logoNorthwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit ntcmn.edu.