ST. CLOUD -- Plans to extend the Lake Wobegon Trail 3.3-miles from St. Joseph into Waite Park are moving along.

Stearns County Parks Director Peter Theismann says the engineering is done, they've raised $3,500,000 of the $4,600,00 cost, and have received approval from the railroad to buy the trail easement on their land. He adds, that five of the seven landowners have agreed to sell right-of-way and they're continuing negotiations with the remaining two landowners.

Theismann says they are applying for another Legacy Amendment grant and have a fund set up at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation for private donors who want to contribute.

He says construction likely wouldn't begin until 2018.

If you'd like to donate to the project, we've set up a link to the Central MN Community Foundation.