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Published May 14, 2012, 10:16 PM

MSUM Students hit can collection jackpot

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It started as a simple challenge from a friend who thought his buddies at MSUM would never collect enough aluminum cans during the school year to make a worthwhile pay-day. Today those students proved the friend wrong. They are now planning a sweet summer vacation.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

It started as a simple challenge from a friend who thought his buddies at MSUM would never collect enough aluminum cans during the school year to make a worthwhile pay-day. Today those students proved the friend wrong. They are now planning a sweet summer vacation.

Just east of MSUM's campus, a can collection any budding business major would envy. Forming an assembly line, the MSUM students handed off more than 70 bags of cans from Coke and Pepsi to Busch Light and Bud.

Cory Asfeld – MSUM Student: “We started collecting some and a friend said we would never make any money doing it so we kind of took it to the next level.”

For the past year, they have collected and received cans from friends and family, some after a Christmas Card plea for cans.

Kevin Huot – MSUM Student; “One of our canners girlfriend’s brought a whole box wrapped in Christmas wrapping and a bow tie full of cans, of course.”

The men, many who run Track and Field and Cross Country for MSUM, would pick up cans after concerts and events here in town just to add to the count.

Kevin Huot: “Some thought it was funny, some thought it was stupid, but either way, we enjoyed it.”

Dan Sederquist – MSUM Student: “Just to have the drive to prove a friend wrong that we can make money.”

Today, the students packed up their pick-ups and headed to MinnKota recycling, where the crew was waiting. They heard 70 bags were on the way. As they waited for the final count, dreams of what to do with all the money - more than a dozen young men trying to decide where the profits from a year of collecting would go.

Cory Asfeld: “Once we are done we are going to sit down and decide and figure out what we can do and all enjoy.”

Jackson Henrich – MSUM Student: “A lot of guys and people helped out so have a great time with the money.”

Their mottos all along...."Every can counts,” or, “Yes we can" and today, it all paid off. Who ever said persistence pays off was right. After all the counting, it was time for cash – 1,546 pounds got the students $773. And, as the young men told us, the can collecting begins –again - tonight.

The group will vote on a summer destination. Right now, it could be a Minnesota Twins weekend or renting at a resort for the weekend.

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