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DL school bond referendum fails

The voters in the Detroit Lakes School District have spoken, and they said 'no', failing the $59 million school bond referendum that was up for vote today.  Although the absentee ballots are still out as of 9:20 p.m., they would not be able to make up the difference as the margin was significant - 1,703 votes for no, 1239 yes. Superintendent Doug Froke says while the outcome is disappointing to many in the community that have worked so hard on the plan, he says "the voters have spoken; they told us they did not like the plan we put forward, but on the flip side that doesn’t change what the district has in terms of issues before them," he said, "so if that proposal was not accepted - and with that margin clearly not accepted - we have to look at other solutions and maybve some folks have ideas.

Paula Quam, Detroit Lakes Tribune

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