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Voters will head to the polls for a third time Tuesday, Aug. 10 to vote for a Menahga School District bond issue.

Signs scattered throughout Menahga's school district show division over the issue with "Vote No" and "Vote Yes" signs.

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After several meetings with members of the community the Menahga School Board decided to call for a special election Aug. 10 to coincide with the primary. This will be the third time within the last year voters have been asked to vote on a building bond issue since November.

The bond request has been scaled back, this time to $4.35 million. The latest referendum in April failed with 549 yes votes and 586 no votes. It was reduced to $4.95 million for that election. In November, an $8.5 million referendum failed by 56 percent of the vote.

School board members said the need has not gone away and the district needs to take advantage of zero percent interest.

The ballot will have one question: "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 $4,350,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of five elementary classrooms, a physical education classroom/ gymnasium, a weight room, women's and men's locker rooms and bathrooms, a concession area, an entry, and kitchen storage?"

This project will include work to have the school in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

According to the school's financial advisers, going forward with zero percent interest could save $2.4 million over the life of the project.

School district residents will vote in the normal polling place they vote at for the general and primary elections - not Menahga School. Absentee voting is done through the county auditor's office.

Absentee voting for the Aug. 10 election is available through August 9 at 5 p.m.

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Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
(218) 631-2561
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