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Kenmare voters reject $14M school bond issue

KENMARE, N.D. (AP) — Voters in the northwestern North Dakota city of Kenmare have narrowly defeated a $14 million school bond issue.

The money would have paid for construction of a new classroom addition and a secondary gymnasium. The bond issue also would have raised property taxes for local residents — about $268 per year for the owner of a home valued at $100,000.

Superintendent Duane Mueller tells the Minot Daily News ( that only about half of the 425 people who voted Tuesday were in favor, when 60 percent approval was required under North Dakota law.

If the measure had been approved, grades K-12 would all have been under one roof for the first time. Elementary students currently attend classes in a building about six blocks from the high school.