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Hmong youth group helps clean Mississippi River

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The mighty Mississippi is a main focal point for La Crosse. From recreation to industry, the river offers vast potential to our area. Keeping the river, and its surrounding shorelines, clean is a tough task.

Volunteers spent part of their day Saturday cleaning up the areas around the river as part of the annual Mississippi River Clean Up Day.

The clean up focused on Pool the part of the river from Dresbach to Genoa. Members of the youth group at the Hmong Faith Alliance Church in La Crosse cleaned up the area near the Clinton Street back as a way to give back. From cigarette butts, to bottles, to tire rims, 250 volunteers in total picked up all kinds of trash and debris in and around the water.

Leng Yeng, Youth Pastor for the Hmong Faith Alliance Church, said, "They learn to serve and how to be an example for others."

Anthony Larson, Media Coordinator for the clean up said, "It sets a standard for other people that use the river" and hopefully, Larson added it might entice other people to want to clean up as well.

This is the 22nd year of the Mississippi River Clean Up. Last year volunteers picked up more than 3,000 pounds of trash and debris.

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