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School referendums fail in Ellsworth and Plum City

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Red Wing, 55066
Red Wing Minnesota 2760 North Service Drive / P.O. Box 15 55066

School referendums in Ellsworth and Plum City were defeated, highlighting the election results within the county yesterday.

The Ellsworth referendum, which was asking for $950,000 a year, starting in 2008-2009 and ending in 2013-14, was defeated by a 877-595 vote.

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Meanwhile, Plum City, who was asking for $350,000 a year, starting next year and ending in 2010-2011 was defeated by a 747-98 vote. In a surprise, both Plum City school board incumbents, Mark Sweeney and Shirley Gilles were defeated. Challenger Kurt Henn led with 587 votes, while write-in candidate Andy Wieser had 578. Gilles had 184 as Sweeney earned 145.

Other local election results of note include Nikki Shonoiki defeating Mike Larson for the District 6 seat on the Pierce County Board. Shonoiki is a 20-year-old student at Wisconsin-River Falls, while Larson had served on the County Board since 2000. Bruce Hartung won the open seat on the Elmwood village board, Jeff Riess was elected to the Elmwood school board and challengers Jim Green and Terry Miller were both elected to the Spring Valley school board.

Statewide elections showed that Burnett County Circuit Judge Michael Gableman defeated incumbent Louis Butler to earn a seat on the State Supreme Court. Gableman became the first challenger to knock an incumbent state Supreme Court justice in more than 40 years.

Voters across the state also overwhelmingly voted to limit the line item veto power of the governor passing the so-called "Frankenstein Veto."

The measure passed with 71 percent of voters supporting the amendment which would prohibit the governor from crossing out words to create whole new sentences in a bill.

For more please read the April 9 print version of the Herald.

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