On Wednesday, the Minnesota Senate approved legislation to designate a portion of state Highway 23 in Kandiyohi County as ‘Ryane Clark Memorial Highway’. The bill, authored by Senator Andrew Lang (R-Olivia), passed with unanimous support.

Army SPC Ryane Clark, a native of New London, was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. Clark was a 2007 graduate of New London-Spicer High School, where he participated in wrestling and was an Eagle Scout with Troop 228. He studied law enforcement at Alexandria Technical and Community College before joining the military.

A flag flown over the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul was presented to SPC Clark’s family, who were watching in the gallery as the Senate passed the legislation. The bill awaits action by the House of Representatives.

Senator Lang stated, “Designating this stretch of Highway 23 in SPC Clark’s memory makes sure his legacy is an ongoing part of our community. I know I will take a sense of solace and pride when I drive past the signs along the highway and think of him and others that have given us the gift of freedom.”