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Proposed referendum tops news ...

October 10, 2011 - Lee Smith
In August, the Fairmont Area School District proposed an operating referendum of $1,250 per student for 10 years. The proposal was one of the top news stories for the third quarter of 2011.

The plan would replace an existing $500 per pupil levy that expires in three years. The school board decided to put the decision in front of voters in November.

Other major local news from the third quarter included:

Area citizens dealt with a state government shutdown in July, as state lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton spent several weeks trying to work out a compromise on the budget. The shutdown created minor nuisances, for the most part, in the Fairmont area.

The city of Fairmont broke ground on its new $30 million water treatment plant. The groundbreaking coincided with the demolition of William Budd Elementary School, the site where the new plant will rise.

It was announced that post offices in Granada and Alpha will be closing.

Area cities and counties weighed budget cuts, the postponing of projects and new ways of doing things, in light of state budget cuts to local government aid.

A Waste Management recycling building west of Fairmont was destroyed by a fire.

The Fairmont movie theater re-opened under new management, following a dispute between the previous manager and the building’s owner.

Martin County Commissioner Gerald Boler resigned and entered an Alford plea in a case involving allegations of felony theft. Boler did not admit guilt, but acknowledged there was persuasive evidence against him.


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