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Onamia referendum fails, but Menahga gets $14 million

Onamia's school referendum did not gain the support of voters, with 63.6 percent voting no, while Menahga's referendum gained mixed results with two of three questions approved by voters.

Onamia's school referendum did not gain the support of voters, with 63.6 percent voting no, while Menahga's referendum gained mixed results with two of three questions approved by voters.

The Menahga School District gained support to authorize $14 million in bonds for new school infrastructure.

The third question on Menahga voters' ballots would have authorized a further $5 million to build features from a robotics classroom space to an adaptive gymnasium, but it failed by less than a 7 percent margin.

Also in the Menahga district, Katie Howard gained a spot on the school board with nearly 58 percent of the vote.

Onamia's referendum failed, denying the district's proposal to increase revenue authorizations to $426 per pupil. Voters did choose two school board members, Brian J. Barnett and Ben Husom.

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In Isle, two school board candidates won unopposed elections: Amanda Strecker and Kate Van Buskirk.

Isle School District 473

Aitkin, Mille Lacs and Kanabec counties

Special election for school board member

Amanda Strecker- 49 votes, 100 percent.

(Write-in)-0 votes, 0 percent.

Special election for School Board Member

Kate Van Buskirk-49 votes, 100 percent.

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(Write-in)-0 votes, 0 percent .

Onamia School District 480

Crow Wing, Mille Lacs and Morrison counties

Special election for school board member (pick two)

Brian J. Barnett-432 votes, 36.52 percent.

Peter Nayquonabe-182 votes, 15.38 percent.

Ben Husom- 548 votes, 46.32 percent.

(Write-in)-21 votes, 1.78 percent.

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School District Question 1

The Board of Independent School District No. 480, Onamia, has proposed to increase its referendum revenue authorization to $426 per pupil. The proposed referendum revenue authorization would be effective for taxes payable in 2018 and would be applicable for 10 years unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law. Shall the increase in the revenue proposed by the Board of Independent School District No. 480 be approved?

YES-297 votes, 36.40 percent.

NO-519 votes, 63.60 percent.

Menahga School District 821

Wadena, Becker and Hubbard counties

Special Election for School Board Member

Anna Faye Skaro-321 votes, 28.18 percent.

Bob Smith-155 votes, 13.61 percent.

Katie Howard-659 votes, 57.86 percent.

(Write in)-4 votes, .35 percent.

School District Question 1

Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 821 (Menahga) be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $9,900,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of an addition to the high school facility, that includes 10 additional classrooms and shop areas, a new kitchen and lunchroom, and replacing the existing multi-purpose room with a one-station gymnasium, locker rooms and toilet facilities?

YES-710 votes, 58.53 percent.

NO-503 votes, 41.47 percent.

School District Question 2

If School District Question 1 is approved, shall the school board of Independent School District No. 821 (Menahga) also be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in the amount not to exceed $4,100,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of a second floor 12 (twelve) classroom addition to the addition to the high school facility described in School District Question 1?

YES-623 votes, 52.18 percent.

NO-571 votes, 47.82 percent.

School District Question 3

If School District Question 1 and School District Question 2 are approved, shall the school board of Independent School District No. 821 (Menahga) also be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in the amount not to exceed $5,000,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of an expansion to the first and second floor additions to the high school facility specified in School District Question 1 and School District Question 2, that includes accessible space for adaptive physical education, expanded gymnasium/performance space, a clean lab for school robotics and laser engraving, a fitness and weight room, and a high school office.

YES-559 votes, 46.94 percent.

NO-632 votes, 53.06 percent.

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