Don't forget to vote Tuesday.
Brainerd School District residents will head to the polls Tuesday to vote among 10 candidates for four school board seats.
Staples-Motley School District voters also will cast ballots for seven candidates running for three open seats, and Staples city residents will vote for mayoral and city council races. Voters in the Aitkin and Wadena-Deer Creek school districts will vote on operating levy referendums.
In the Brainerd School District, the polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Voters will be asked to elect three school board members for three four-year terms and one board member for a special two-year term. Four-year candidates include Howard Brewer, Nancy Cross, Todd Froemming, Tom Haglin, incumbent Ruth Nelson and Chris Robinson. Two-year candidates include James Hunt, Theresa Knierim, incumbent Bob Nystrom and Tom Peterson.
Brainerd School District polling sites are as follows:
Lord of Life Church: Baxter city Precincts 1 East and 1 West.
Heritage Assembly of God Church: Baxter city Precincts 2 East and 2 West.
Trinity Lutheran Church: Brainerd city Ward 1.
Riverside School: Brainerd city Ward 2.
Lowell School: Brainerd city Ward 3.
Harrison School: Brainerd city Ward 4.
Crow Wing Town Hall: All of Crow Wing Township.
Nokay Lake Town Hall: Portions of Bay Lake and Nokay Lake townships within the school district.
Daggett Brook Town Hall: Daggett Brook Township.
Fort Ripley Town Hall: City of Fort Ripley and Fort Ripley Township.
Garrison Town Hall: Portions of city of Garrison and Garrison Township within the school district.
Long Lake Town Hall: Long Lake Township.
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Maple Grove Town Hall: Maple Grove Township.
Roosevelt Town Hall: Portions of Platte Lake and Roosevelt townships within the school district.
St. Mathias Community Center: St. Mathias Township and the portion of Morrison County within the school district.
Oak Long Town Hall: Oak Lawn Township.
Crow Wing Power: Unorganized Territory, Red and White Precincts.
Church on the Wise Road: Unorganized Territory, Blue Precinct.
East Gull Lake City Hall: Portion of city of East Gull Lake within the school district.
Lake Edward Town Hall: Portions of Center and Lake Edward townships within the school district.
Nisswa City Hall: Portions of the cities of Nisswa and Lake Shore within the school district and Sections 1-12 and 13 of Home Brook Township.
Voters in the Staples-Motley School District and in the city of Staples may vote between noon to 8 p.m. at several combined polling sites Tuesday. Seven school board candidates are running for three four-year terms. Candidates include Brad Anderson, Carrie Beachy, Frank Odell, Brian Smith and incumbents Roy DiGiovanni, Mary Freeman and Barb Schmitt. Staples mayoral candidates for the two-year term include incumbent Chris Etzler and Terry Minnick. There are four candidates for three open Staples City Council four-year seats: Mike Isenberg and incumbents Roy Miles, Joel Quance and Rob Schmieg.
Staples-Motley polling sites are as follows:
Staples Motley High School Centennial Auditorium Lobby: Todd County townships, including Villard, Bartlett, Staples, Fawn Lake, Germania, Moran, Turtle Lake and Ward; and Wadena County townships, including Thomastown, Aldrich, Bullard and Lyons; and the village of Aldrich.
Motley Elementary and Motley Staples Middle School old gym: Cass County townships, including May I, May II, Becker, Moose Lake, Byron, Meadow Brook and Poplar; Morrison County townships, including Motley, Cushing and Scandia Valley; and the city of Motley in both Morrison and Cass counties.
Staples Community Center: City of Staples in both Todd and Wadena counties.
Wadena-Deer Creek School District residents are asked to vote for two operating levy referendum questions from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Wadena-Deer Creek High School Memorial Auditorium. The first question asks to revoke the existing $101.17 per pupil levy, which expires in 2011, replacing it with a $650 operating levy to be used to fund the "basics" - math, reading and science curriculum. The second question asks for an additional $150 per pupil for technology to support curriculum covered by passage of the first question. The first question must pass in order for the second question to pass.
Aitkin School District residents will head to the polls from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday to vote on renewing a 6-cent operating levy. Polling sites include Aitkin High School, Palisade School and Glen-Kimberly Town Hall. The operating levy would remain in effect for another 10 years. The levy allows the district to access additional equity revenue through its levy using the state funding formula to generate $110,000 a year - or about $81 per student.
JODIE TWEED may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5858.
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