Short Takes

Back to the drawing board for district

THUMBS SIDEWAYS:

The voters have spoken and the Marshall Public Schools District will have to go back to the drawing board.

The $39.415 million general obligation school building bonds referendum was voted down in a special election Tuesday 2,419-1,495. The startling figure here is the margin of defeat for the referendum — 924 votes.

A big difference from last year’s referendum defeat by just 224 votes. However, only 3,246 votes were cast in 2016. On Tuesday, 668 more voters casted ballots. And apparently Superintendent Scott Monson heard the message from voters.

“We need to figure out what our community will support and move that forward in the future,” he said Tuesday night after the final results were posted.

ATV park would be good for county

THUMBS UP:

Lyon County commissioners on Wednesday heard a proposal by staff to partner with a landowner outside Russell to offer a five-mile public ATV park. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers a grant-in-aid cost sharing program that helps maintain off-road vehicle trails.

Participating in the program would involve the county, or city or township, partnering with a recreational group or club. The proposed trails would not have a fee for use, but the state does have an off-road vehicle permit fee. Commissioners offered some positive feedback and appeared open to the idea. But they are holding off on acting on the proposal until local city and township government could also weigh in on it. Another recreational option would be welcomed by county residents.

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