Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Moose Lake School District voters: YES!

In historic move, school district voters approve new building

 

Staff photo

This tractor sits in Moose Lake displaying signs in thanks to voters for approving a new school building.

The Moose Lake $34.7 million school bond referendum passed by a vote of 1,409 yes and 863 no. Results are unofficial until canvassed.

The Moose Lake School Board set the referendum after the Minnesota Legislature wrote a law in the 2014 session earlier in the year that school districts that had suffered damages from natural disasters not covered by insurance would receive triple equalization aid.

Only the Moose Lake School District and the Rushford-Peterson School District, both flood victims, are eligible to receive the aid, once the voters passed referendums.

For the Moose Lake School District, the state will pay $20.3 million over the 20-year bond for the new school, and the property owners in the school district will pay the other $14.4 million.

It has been estimated repairs to the current school would have equaled close to the same amount as the taxpayers will pay for a new school.

The Moose Lake School Board will consider signing contracts with architectural firm ARI and construction manager, Oscar J. Boldt Construction, at the next meeting of the board on Monday, November 10 at 6 p.m.

 

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