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Three school referendums on ballot today in region

WORTHINGTON -- Voters throughout the region will go to the polls today to cast their ballot in school referendums, mayoral and city council posts and, in a couple of Iowa communities, to decide on a municipal swimming pool and an added hotel/motel tax.

In Nobles County, the only election taking place is in Adrian School District 511, where residents will decide whether or not to revoke a $450.92 per pupil operating levy in exchange for a $1,250 per pupil levy.

Residents of Larkin, Leota, Lismore and Wilmont townships, as well as the City of Lismore, will vote in the Lismore Fire Hall, 249 E. Second St. Little Rock, Olney and Westside townships, along with residents in Adrian, will vote at the Adrian City Hall, 209 Maine St. Polls at both locations will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. today.

Independent School District 581 in Edgerton is also requesting to revoke its existing $613.54 per pupil levy and replace it with a $1,200 per pupil levy. Residents in the district are encouraged to vote at the polls, located in the lobby of Edgerton Public School. The polls will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Voters in Southwest Star Concept (Heron Lake-Okabena) School District 330 will vote from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Heron Lake Elementary School on whether or not to revoke the existing $1,087.23 per pupil levy in exchange for a $2,087.23 per pupil levy.

Numerous elections will take place in northwest Iowa today, including mayor and/or city council campaigns in Sibley, Melvin, Ocheyedan, Harris and Ashton in Osceola County; Rock Rapids, Little Rock, Lester, Larchwood, Inwood, George, Doon and Alvord in Lyon County; Sutherland, Sanborn, Paullina, Calumet, Sheldon, Primghar, Hartley and Archer in O'Brien County; and Arnolds Park, Lake Park, Milford, Okoboji, West Okoboji, Orleans, Spirit Lake, Superior, Terril and Wahpeton in Dickinson County.

In George, Iowa, voters will also decide on Public Measure D -- whether or not to issue up to $600,000 in capital loan notes to construct, reconstruct, enlarge, improve and equip the municipal swimming pool.

Sibley, Iowa, residents will decide on Public Measure F, which pertains to authorization of an added hotel-motel tax within Sibley's city limits. The added 5 percent tax, if approved, would take effect on Jan. 1, 2010.

Proceeds from the additional hotel-motel tax would be used to construct, operate and maintain recreation, convention, cultural or entertainment facilities, or to promote and encourage tourism and convention business in Sibley and surrounding areas.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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