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
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.
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