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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

It’s go-time for voters in the Detroit Lakes School District, as polls open Tuesday for a special school building bond referendum.

The $59 million plan will provide for a new K-3 elementary school, as well as a lengthy list of district-wide building improvements.

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Polls will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in two different locations — the High School and the Middle School.

So where do you vote? It depends on where you live.

The High School

1301 Roosevelt Ave. is the place to vote for residents who live in wards 2 and 3 of the City of Detroit Lakes and the townships of:

  • Burlington (Becker)
  • Lake Eunice (Becker)
  • Lakeview (Becker)
  • Candor (Otter Tail)
  • Dunn (Otter Tail)

The Middle School

Detroit Lakes City residents living in Ward 1 and all Callaway residents will vote at the Middle School located at 500 11th Ave., as will those who live in these townships:

  • Audubon
  • Callaway
  • Detroit
  • Eagle View
  • Erie
  • Hamden
  • Height of Land
  • Holmesville
  • Maple Grove
  • Riceville
  • Richwood
  • Round Lake
  • Sugar Bush

This is the only issue on the ballot, and it will be decided by a simple majority.

A voter must be registered to vote, and if they are not, registration forms will be available at the polling sites while they are open Tuesday.

Residents can also vote early at the Becker County Courthouse Monday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., inside the Auditor’s Office.

People who have applied for an absentee ballot must have their ballots mailed in and received by Tuesday at 3 p.m. in order to be counted.

All other votes Tuesday must be cast in person at the polling locations.

Once the polls close at 8 p.m. and the last ballot is cast Tuesday night, the counting begins immediately.

“But it takes some time,” said Colleen Schmit, the election judge for the Detroit Lakes School District.

“The ballots are machine counted, so as they count them, they’ll call it in to us.”

Schmit estimates the results to be available around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, at which time Superintendent Doug Froke will be called at the Administration Building with the results.

Those results will be posted on the dl-online website, as well as on the newspaper’s Facebook page as soon as they’re available.

For more information on voting, call the Becker County Auditor’s office at 846-7311 or Colleen Schmit at 847-9271.

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