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A groundbreaking ceremony for the Highway 23 bypass was held Saturday, with Bob Dols, chairman of the Highway 23 Task Force from Willmar, left, and Paynesville Mayor Jeff Thompson, on hand. The $32 million project is expected to be completed in August of 2012. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Low-key event puts stamp on years of efforts to get bypass on Highway 23

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PAYNESVILLE -- Since he began working on the project nearly 14 years ago, Paynesville Mayor Jeff Thompson has been waiting for the day when ground would be broken on the state Highway 23 bypass around his town.

During a ceremonial groundbreaking Saturday in a soybean stubble field where an exit will be located, Thompson said now he can't wait for the ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the end of the project. It will be another long wait.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750
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