For many years, an informal Highway 23 Coalition has been seeking state funding to complete the two four-lane gaps between Willmar and I-94. The Coalition has now formally organized to unite communities and businesses from Rock County to Kanabec County — encompassing Marshall, Willmar, and St. Cloud — to promote highway improvements along the corridor.


Highway 23 is the second longest state route in Minnesota traveling from the South Dakota border to Duluth and, yet, the majority of the route remains a two-lane highway.The Highway 23 Coalition focused on the corridor from Marshall to I-94, advocating for a four-lane connection from Willmar to I-94. The Coalition believes this improvement is essential to West Central Minnesota’s economy and workforce. In this six-county region alone, more than 1,138 transportation-related businesses with 30,000 employees will directly benefit from this highway modification. Accessibility is required to attract and retain manufacturing jobs, businesses and skilled employees.


Yet the Coalition's quest for highway improvements does not end here. On the Coalition's radar are a four-lane feasibility study in Milaca, a j-turn in Waite Park, and several other projects that can be viewed in the 2020 Priorities Projects pdf under the Member Materials section below.


Annually the Coalition adopts a budget with the majority of the revenues coming from membership dues from units of government, businesses, and organizations.  For businesses and organizations, there are four levels of membership:




$ 500


$ 250


$ 100

And for government units, there are five membership levels based on population size:

Counties with Population >35,000

Supporter: $2,000        Advocate: $3,000

Counties with Population <35,000

Supporter: $1,000        Advocate: $1,500

Cities with Population >7,500

Supporter: $2,000        Advocate: $3,000

Cities with Population 500 - 7,500

Supporter: $1,000        Advocate: $1,500

Cities with Population <500

Supporter: $200        Advocate: $300

Townships (Any Size) 

Supporter: $200        Advocate: $300