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HAYWARD, Minn. (KTTC) -

Hayward, Minnesota is a small town nestled in between Albert Lea and Austin. It's small, with a population of just 250 people, but the peaceful nature of the town is what draws people in.

Since 1995, the people of Hayward yearned for a state trail. And in 2005, the state funding for one was approved.

"It was frustrating to listen to why it took so long to do it," said Hayward Mayor Mike Hanson.

The proposed project promised to extend the Blazing Star State Trail from Myre-Big Island State Park to Hayward.

You would think it would be smooth sailing from there, but some other things took importance over Hayward, and the trail wasn't completed until the Fall of 2015.

So now that it's here people of all ages are enjoying it. It gives them a way to surround themselves in the serene community they call home.

Hanson said, "The city park is one of the jewels of the city, and we see people taking advantage of it and the trail just adds to it."

On Wednesday the trail got a bike repair station.

Now the people of Hayward are waiting for the final piece of the project- a bridge over the lake to connect them to Albert Lea.  So far the trail is a little more than 1.5 miles long. Once it's connected to Albert Lea, they'll get an extra nine miles. However, that part of the project is on hold until money for it in a new state bonding bill is approved by the State Legislature.
 

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