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Minnesota schools to receive increased aid payments

State Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, announced last week that due to prudent fiscal management of the state’s budget, school districts across the state will receive greater than anticipated dollar amounts in school aid paybacks beginning this month.

This will help school districts across the state by speeding up payments which they were anticipating receiving over a longer time horizon.

“Surplus money at the end of the year had to be used to pay back the school aid which was shifted forward as a result of the negotiated 2011 budget. Through good fiscal management of the state’s finances over the past two years we now have an additional $1.3 billion that is going to be directed back to the schools over fiscal year 2013,” Gazelka said.

This will result in the following net increases in payments for 2013:

• Staples-Motley — $1,995,046.

• Verndale — $827,013.

• Wadena-Deer Creek — $1,637,482.

• Bertha-Hewitt — $740,037.

• Pillager — $1,193,305.

• Eagle Valley — $435,167.

• Little Falls — $3,454,919.

• Browerville — $744,899.

• Long Prairie-Grey Eagle — $1,551,733.

• Osakis — $1,206,089.

• Swanville — $464,024.

• Milaca — $2,583,708.

• Pierz — $1,652,397.

• Upsala — $591,251.

• Royalton — $1,155,151.

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