ST. CLOUD -- Stearns County is asking for approximately $1,000,000 in state bonding money to extend the Lake Wobegon Trail.

County Parks Director Peter Theismann says the plan is to extend the trail approximately three miles to the east.  He says the trail would extend from its current terminus in St. Joe to River's Edge Park in Waite Park.

Theismann says they are currently negotiating with land owners on the purchase of the land needed to extend the trail.  He says they have the money to buy the necessary right-of-way, but need the bonding money to finish the project.

The cost of the project is estimated at $4,500,000 and Theismann says they have approximately $2,500,000 secured so far.

Theismann hopes they'll be able to begin construction in 2017.