LP-A, Pelican voters reject funding proposals
Voters in two west central Minnesota school districts rejected new funding proposals Tuesday, and voters across the region selected representatives to their respective boards.
In Lake Park-Audubon, residents rejected a school building bond for the fifth time in roughly three years. Following a couple of extremely narrow votes, 55 percent of voters turned down the proposal for $19.5 million to build a new high school on donated land and make pressing repairs at Audubon elementary. The bond would have raised taxes on a $100,000 home by an estimated $162 a year.
For the district's school board, Incumbent Dale Binde, a project supporter, was re-elected after collecting 18 percent of votes. Darrel Pederson and Bryan Anderson also were elected. Both received 16 percent of votes.
Candidates who failed to win board seats were George Kohn (14 percent), Dan Hughes (14 percent), Monica LaPoint (10 percent) and Carmen Walter (11 percent).
In Pelican Rapids, residents rejected a $1,100-per-student levy. Nearly 52 percent of voters in the district voted against the levy, which aimed to raise taxes on a $100,000 home by an estimated $216 per year. School officials, who trimmed $500,000 from the budget this spring, said the financial boost would ward off another round of painful cuts.
In complete but unofficial results, voters defeated the levy by a 2,076 to 1,932 margin. Supporters garnered 48 percent of the vote.
In Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, incumbent Sandy Kvidt-Hawk and challengers Keith Kennedy and David Brown, all scored seats on the seven-member School Board. Kennedy collected 29 percent of votes, while Kvidt-Hawk gained about 27 percent and Brown 24 percent. Jamie Otte earned about 21 percent of the vote.
In complete but unofficial results for the Hawley School Board, voters elected Mark Sellin (24 percent), Wayne Jorgenson (22 percent), Todd Heiberg (20 percent) and Lisa Bortenem-Wiser (18 percent) to the School Board. Steve Stafki came in fifth with 15 percent.
The Forum story reporting results in Wednesday's edition for these races was incorrect. It relied on vote totals in Clay County and didn't account for ballots cast in other counties for the Pelican Rapids and Lake Park-Audubon school districts.