A total of 15 school districts in the KNUJ area had referendum issues on the ballot on Tuesday, and 12 of them saw their levies approved by voters. Districts that had their existing levies renewed by voters on Tuesday included: BOLD, Cedar Mountain, Glencoe-Siver Lake, Nicollet, which also added another $300 per pupil levy, Redwood Area, which also added a $400 per pupil levy, Sibley East, and Truman. School districts that had voters approve increases in their tax levies included: GFW, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, Le Sueur-Henderson, St. Peter and Waseca. Districts that saw their referendum issues defeated included: Madelia, New Ulm, and Sleepy Eye. The Glencoe-Silver Lake School District also had a bond issue on the ballot for needed updates at the district’s high school, but that measure was defeated as well.
There were a few elections on ballots in the local area on Tuesday other than school referendum issues. St. Peter had municipal elections. St. Peter Mayor Tim Strand won re-election after running unopposed. The winner of the St. Peter City Council Ward 1 seat was Jeff Brand with 75-percent of the vote, and the 2 winners of the Ward 2 council election were incumbent John Kvamme and Chuck Zieman, both with 31-percent of the vote. There were also school board elections held for the St. Peter, Belle Plaine, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart and Central School Districts. St. Peter had 4 candidates running for 4 open seats. In Belle Plaine there were 3 open seats and 4 candidates. The winners there are Mike Ludvik, Matt Lenz, and Matt Bigaouette. Gary Steinhagen ran unopposed in a Belle Plaine School Board special election as well. Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart had 5 candidates running for 3 open seats, and the winners were Lisa Taylor, Laura Girodat, and Allen Schmidt. Norwood Young America’s Central School District had 6 candidates running for 4 open seats. The top vote-getters there were Dean Lind, James Spille, Craig Pexa, and Scott Knight.