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Northland Steps Up: ‘Trash Challenge’ serves as cabin fever cure

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DULUTH, MN -- What to do while spending day after day at home?

Read a book, watch Netflix, pick up trash.

That last one might not be on the list for a lot of people, but a Twin Ports company wants it to be, and they are working hard for free to make it happen.

"That's green glass! That's crazy!" shouted Brandon Monson. "Oh wow! That's like an old-school beer bottle."

It is amazing what becomes exciting after weeks spent stuck at home.

Wednesday afternoon, Brandon and Leah Monson are out for a "garbage walk" with their six-week-old daughter Mazie.

"It's like a treasure hunt, but instead of gold you find trash," said Brandon Monson.

The couple was surprised and disturbed by what was laying around their Duluth neighborhood near the mall.

"Alcohol paraphernalia and other paraphernalia. We live in a safe neighborhood so it's kind of scary what's out there," said Monson.

The Monson's were already taking frequent walks to get out of the house, but started their unique treasure hunts to answer a call they saw online.

"I'd just like to put a challenge out to anyone in Duluth, Superior or surrounding areas," said Twin Ports Trailer Trash owner Bernard McCarthy.

McCarthy's garbage removal service is not exactly booming during the pandemic, so he's filling his time and trucks for free.

He posted on Facebook that if people use their quarantine time to safely get out and clean up their communities, he will haul away their filled garbage bags for free.

"Two stops today and we're hoping once we get the word out it will pick up over the course of the next couple weeks," said McCarthy.

It is a service McCarthy plans to keep going for as long social distancing remains a necessity.

"If we're not busy doing jobs we're normally doing, we're going to find jobs we can do to help in the community," said McCarthy.

It's a cleanup project that proves one man's trash is another man's cabin fever cure.

"One of the greatest joys you can have is serving others," said Monson.

McCarthy is very clear on one thing in particular.

If you're going to get out there and clean, wear gloves.

Preferably nitrate gloves.

Do not ever touch anything that looks questionable, and use your best judgment.

If you would like to answer his challenge, you can call Twin Ports Trailer Trash or message them on Facebook.

Below is a link to their Facebook page.

Dan Wolfe

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