ST. CLOUD -- A plan that has been in the works for years to extend the Lake Wobegon Trail into Waite Park has cleared a final hurdle. Stearns County Commissioners have approved the low bid to extend the trail 3.2-miles from St. Joseph into Waite Park.

County Parks Director Peter Theismann says they hope to begin work this month and have the pavement down before winter. But, he says the bridge over the Sauk River probably won't be completed until next spring.

The total cost of the project is estimated at approximately $4,300,000 with the construction costs at just over $2,000,000 of that amount.