ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

PHOTOS: Highway 23 gaps project kicks off

Eleanor Braun, 1, holds a golden shovel during the Minnesota Highway 23 The Gaps Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday, May 6, 2022, in Roscoe.
Eleanor Braun, 1, holds a golden shovel during the Minnesota Highway 23 The Gaps Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday, May 6, 2022, in Roscoe.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
We are part of The Trust Project.
People gather in the Roadside Tavern Banquet Hall in Roscoe for the Highway 23 The Gaps Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday, May 6, 2022.
People gather in the Roadside Tavern Banquet Hall in Roscoe for the Highway 23 The Gaps Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday, May 6, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
Members Only
While construction has already begun on the north gap of the Highway 23 four-lane project, supporters gathered Friday in Roscoe to officially celebrate the start of the long-planned and wished-for project. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Roadside Tavern Banquet Hall, with various state, county, city and township dignitaries from along Minnesota Highway 23 in attendance.

Highway 23 Coalition Chair Donna Boonstra speaks during the Highway 23 The Gaps Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday, May 6, 2022, in Roscoe.
Highway 23 Coalition Chair Donna Boonstra speaks during the Highway 23 The Gaps Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday, May 6, 2022, in Roscoe.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
Buttons for the Highway 23 Coalition sit out on a table for people to pick up while attending the groundbreaking ceremony at Roadside Tavern Banquet Hall in Roscoe on Friday, May 6, 2022.
Buttons for the Highway 23 Coalition sit out on a table for people to pick up while attending the groundbreaking ceremony at Roadside Tavern Banquet Hall in Roscoe on Friday, May 6, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
MnDOT District Engineer Jon Huseby acts as the Master of Ceremonies during the Highway 23 The Gaps Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday, May 6, 2022, at the Roadside Tavern Banquet Hall in Roscoe .
MnDOT District Engineer Jon Huseby acts as the Master of Ceremonies during the Highway 23 The Gaps Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday, May 6, 2022, at the Roadside Tavern Banquet Hall in Roscoe.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
Fishing guide Kelly Morrell, center, shakes hands with Kandiyohi County Commission Chair Corky Berg, at left, while Aaron Backman, who serves as the executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, at right, looks on during the Highway 23 The Gaps Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday, May 6, 2022, in Roscoe.
Fishing guide Kelly Morrell, center, shakes hands with Kandiyohi County Commission Chair Corky Berg, at left, while Aaron Backman, who serves as the executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, at right, looks on during the Highway 23 The Gaps Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday, May 6, 2022, in Roscoe.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
MnDOT Interim Commissioner Nancy Daubenberger speaks to the audience at Roadside Tavern Banquet Hall during the Highway 23 The Gaps Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday, May 6, 2022, in Roscoe.
MnDOT Interim Commissioner Nancy Daubenberger speaks to the audience at Roadside Tavern Banquet Hall during the Highway 23 The Gaps Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday, May 6, 2022, in Roscoe.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
A classic car cruises southbound along Minnesota Highway 23 outside the Roadside Tavern in Roscoe during Highway 23 The Gaps Groundbreaking Ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2022.
A classic car cruises southbound along Minnesota Highway 23 outside the Roadside Tavern in Roscoe during Highway 23 The Gaps Groundbreaking Ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Macy Moore is an award-winning photojournalist at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.
She can be reached via email: mmoore@wctrib.com or phone: 320.214.4338.
What to read next
Area funerals scheduled through Aug. 25, 2022
Residents on Second Street Southeast in Willmar and surrounding areas will be able to voice their opinions on whether or not the street should be a one-way once reconstruction is complete. A special meeting is scheduled 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, to take comments.
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.
Tutors are still needed for the coming school year. The tutors would work for education divisions of the federal AmeriCorps program.