Pennington County Democrats clean highway as a way to give back

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Nearly a dozen volunteers could be spotted on the side of the highway near Stumer Road Saturday morning diligently removing litter from the grass.

The Pennington County Democratic Party says their Highway Pickup is an initiative that has been going for nearly eight years. A candidate among the group says political parties are typically known for gaining support, raising money, arguing with the opposite parties, but says this project is all about helping the community and a priority for the state, the environment.

"Environmental issues are very important. We talk about drilling for oil and having clean water but picking up litter is also important for the environment. It's something we learned as little kids, don't be a litterbug and some of this is human-caused litter, some of it is just because of our massive South Dakota winds blowing trash around," said Susan Kelts, candidate for state house district.

The PennDems are hosting their "Bustin Out All Over" event
on June 11 at Thirsty's for networking and to promote the party outside of the business realm.