A $26 Million dollar school bond was approved by voters in the Benson District yesterday. Roughly 69 of the voters approved the bond, totaling 1356 votes unofficially, to 620 against it. Work will include adding on, and remodeling. New additions will include a performing arts center and new classrooms, a cafeteria and day care space. Work is expected to begin in 2019.

The MACCRAY school board voted unanimously to place general bond issues of  $56,130,000.00 on the November ballot. If passed, work would include adding a middle school and auditorium in Clara City and renovation work Raymond and Maynard at the elementary schools. Voters will cast ballots on three bonding requests.

Around 780,000 of Minnesota’s registered voters went to the polls yesterday, nearly 25 of the state 3.2 million eligible to vote. That number is the highest in 24 years according to officials in St. Paul. Back in 1994, just over 900,000 voters went to the polls in the primary
election.

22 year old Rufugio Schorn of Willmar was in court yesterday in Willmar and was sentenced on a felony charge of making threats of violence against police. He was also sentenced on probation violation and on threatening to kill someone in an apartment in Willmar. Schorn got 23 months in prison on the first charge, 18 months on the 2nd and 21 months on the 3rd. Sentences will run concurrently.

Police are asking people to be on the look out for counterfeit twenty dollar bills. A bogus bill was passed at a sweet corn stand on Monday according to reports

Voters went to the polls in yesterday’s primary election and in Willmar, Mayor Marv Calvin collected 2153 votes to Steve Peppin’s 627. Zeke Dahl was third with 172.

In the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s race, Greg Steen was first with 3160 and Eric Holeen 2nd with 2034. Daniel Burns was third with 1909 and Todd Newman 4th with 424. In district one of the Kandiyohi County commissioners race, Corky Berg had 592 votes and Dale L. Anderson 425. Third was Stephen Iverson with 311. District commissioner’s race in Kandiyohi County saw incumbent Rollie Nissen with 846 votes and Bruce Shuck 2nd with 418, 3rd was Dale H. Anderson with 388 and then Duane Hultgren with 379. The top two candidates in each race will be on the November ballot.

The Minnesota D.O.T. closed parts of Highway 12 west and highway 29 south in Benson yesterday due to a ruptured underground gas line. Repair work was done and the roads were reopened later in the day.

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