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Moorhead Schools Superintendent Lynne Kovash monitors results of the operating levy vote Tuesday night while Kris Thompson, chairwoman of the school board, left, and board member Bill Tomhave check the projection screen inside the Probstfield Center for Education in Moorhead. (David Samson/The Forum

Moorhead narrowly defeats school levy

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MOORHEAD -- In a breathtakingly close vote, Moorhead taxpayers defeated an $850 per-pupil operating levy that would have brought in an extra $5.25 million a year for public schools.

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After a suspenseful evening, the final tally came in 117 votes short of passing, with 50.7 percent voting "no" and 49.3 percent in favor of the levy. A total of 8,273 votes were cast.

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