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Park Rapids school levy extension passes; Nevis levy fails

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n Fifty-four percent of Park Rapids School District voters approved continuing the operating levy of $600 per student per year for the next five years, with 2,937 voting in favor, 2,464 opposed.

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Superintendent Glenn Chiodo expressed "a huge thank you" for renewing the $1.1 million referendum. "So many people were part of communicating information," he said, citing parents as the "critical piece."

Historically, the Park Rapids schools have had a partnership with the community, he said. "This is a positive statement for Park Rapids," Chiodo said of the voters approving a "consistent source of revenue," independent of legislative decisions on school funding.

"The operating levy funds have been an integral part of the district's financial situation since 2006," he said. "They are not fluff."

n In the uncontested Park Rapids School District elections, Stephanie Carlson earned 3,873 votes, Dennis Dodge claimed 3,764 and Karol Savage 3,505 votes.

n Paul Schroeder will serve as the next Nevis mayor, the uncontested candidate earning 158 votes, with two write-ins.

Candidates for the two council seats, John Plumley and Thomas Haag, won 120 and 75 votes, respectively. Vern Wolff's name appeared on the ballot, earning 73 votes, but he withdrew because of health concerns.

There were seven write-in ballots cast.

n Nevis School District voters said no to the proposed $475 per pupil operating levy by a 63 to 37 percent margin; 455 voted yes, 790 were opposed.

n Andrew Lindow earned 983 votes in his bid for the Nevis School Board. Incumbents Gary Stennes and Marv Vredenburg will return as members with 669 and 620 votes, respectively. Kindra Walker Kuklock received 478 votes. There were 207 write-ins.

n Jennifer Mitchell will complete the two-year Akeley mayor's term. There were 30 write-in ballots cast.

The three Akeley council seats will be assumed by Heather Moore, who earned 106 votes, and incumbents Brian Hitchcock, 98, and Terry Chalich, with 56 votes.

Cliff Johnson, who withdrew from the election but whose name appeared on the ballot, received 64 votes. Forty-one write-in ballots were cast for council positions.

n Menahga mayor Tom Larson was defeated Tuesday in a three-way race by Patrick Foss. Foss had 211 votes, while Larson had 197 and Jody Bjornson had 129.

Alden Yliniemi and Roger Henstorf won council seats with 300 votes and 368 votes, respectively.

n In the Menahga School Board race, which had eight candidates, the top three vote-getters were Mel Lockhart, Ernest Huhta Jr., and Jon Kangas. Lockhart had 711 votes, Huhta had 699 votes and Kangas had 634 votes.

n The Park Rapids City Council race was uncontested and mayor Nancy Carroll will return with 1,118 votes. Patrick Mikesh garnered 851 votes and Paul Utke had 1,056 votes to remain on the council.

n Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School District voters rejected a $500 per pupil operating levy by a 56 percent margin with 1,615 saying yes, 2,464 no.

Voters elected Terry Freeman, Barb Sherman and Steven Day to the WHA School Board.

n In Laporte, no one filed for mayor but Craig Mackey earned 31 write-in votes. Joe Shuster and Audrey Johnson were elected to the council.

n Laporte School District voters elected George Taylor Jr., Steven Ware and Joe Jorland to the school board.

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