Herald JournalHerald Journal, Nov. 10, 2003

HLWW voters turn out to say 'no'

By Lynda Jensen

Voters turned out in droves to cast ballots at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school referendum; resoundingly voting down both the bond and levy, as well as electing five board members.

About 81 percent of registered voters cast their ballots Tuesday, commented HLWW Supt. George Ladd.

The heavy voter turnout resulted in stuffed ballot boxes and late nights for election judges, as ballots were counted until about 3 a.m.

The operating levy was rejected by a margin of two-to-one. The building bond ratio was voted down by a margin of more than four-to-one.

A majority of voters in all three communities cast ballots against both the operating levy and building bond.

In the race for 4 four-year terms, incumbents Charles Weber and Jim Raymond kept their seats, although the top vote getters were Lori Custer with a total of 2,327 votes, and Dan Schaible with 2,033 votes.

Incumbent Al Doering also kept his seat, being the only candidate for the two-year term.

LP voters approve referendum

By Ryan Gueningsman

Voters of the Lester Prairie School District approved both questions for the operating referendum.

Question one asked voters for $83,505 over 10 years to be used for such capital improvements as fixing the roof, textbooks, and technology.

The second question is a nine-year levy in the amount of $21,458 relating to staffing expenses.

There were 561 voters who turned out to vote.

For question number one, there were 337 yes votes, 223 no votes, and one left blank.

For question number two, there were 337 yes votes, 217 no votes, 5 left blank, and two spoiled ballots.

The three people who filed for three four-year seats on the Lester Prairie School Board were all elected easily.

Incumbent Bob Remer received 479 votes, Melissa Williams received 445, and Jeff Hecksel received 424.

Current board member Nancy Krull, whose term is up at the end of the year, received 10 votes, and Barry Kyllo, whose term is also up, received six votes.

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