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Highway 23 Coalition lobbies for completing two-lane gaps

Aaron Backman of Willmar and members of the Highway 23 Coalition met Wednesday with State Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, and Minnesota Department of Transportation Commisioner Charlie Zelle to discuss the important of closing the two two-lane gaps on Minnesota Highway 23. Backman is the executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. Tribune photo / Steve Ammermann

The Highway 23 Coalition is participating today in the Minnesota Transportation Alliance Safety Awareness at the State Capital in St. Paul.

The Transportation Alliance message is calling for a state investment in transportation infrastructure by Minnesota to improve safety across the state. April is Distracted Drivine Awareness Month and also features National Work Zone Awareness Week.

Members of the Highway 23 Coalition are also discussing the need for better safety as a critical need for completing the four-lane projects for the remaining two-lane segments on the state trunk highway between Willmar and Interstate 94.

The Highway 23 Coalition also met with Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle to discuss Highway 23 investment needs.

Read more on the Transportation Alliance Rally in Thursday's print edition.

Kelly Boldan

Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.

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