St. Cloud Times: What Highway 23 improvements mean for you

EXCERPT: “Two extra lanes for safety and commerce. That’s what a recently funded project promises for stretches of Minnesota Highway 23 around Paynesville. Local businesses and governments joined together and lobbied hard for the upgrade in the last year. Lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton granted bonding money to the project in May . . . ‘This is an important corridor. We need to finish it. It’s 72 percent done. It’s time to finish it,’ said Aaron Backman, secretary/treasurer of the coalition and executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission . . . The corridor is important to many businesses that cross greater Minnesota, including industries from wind energy and turkey processing to tourism, he said.” FULLSTORY: