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RL-B, W-WG have school referendums approved; Pipestone Area voters deny request for increase

Two general operating referendums for southwest Minnesota school districts won lopsided victories Tuesday night, while another school district's referendum was defeated.

Two general operating referendums for southwest Minnesota school districts won lopsided victories Tuesday night, while another school district’s referendum was defeated.
The Round Lake-Brewster school district was seeking a new 10-year referendum with no increase in its current $764-per-pupil unit levy. Unofficial totals has 93.4 percent, or 242 votes, in the “yes” column, compared to 17 no votes.
In the Westbrook-Walnut Grove school district, results tallied Tuesday evening indicated a total of 341 yes and 36 no - a roughly 90 percent to 10 percent margin. W-WG was seeking a 10-year referendum with a $312 increase to $760 per pupil unit.
Pipestone Area schools, meanwhile, saw voters decline approval of a new 10-year referendum that represented a $699 increase to $1,475 per pupil unit. Unofficial results Tuesday night had 984 voting no and 889 voting yes.
Results from the Mountain Lake school district’s referendum vote were unavailable Tuesday night. The district was seeking a 10-year referendum with no increase to its $1,300 per-pupil-unit levy.

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