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Fillmore Central looks at referendum options


Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

Patty Heminover from Springsted attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on May 27 to discuss possibilities for renewing a referendum.

She went over statistics showing different schools in Minnesota that have attempted to renew a referendum, and in 2013, 97 percent of them passed. If Fillmore Central goes to the voters looking for a renewal, she said, the chances of it passing are very good.

Heminover explained the district has two referendums right now, one which will expire in 2016. This referendum is for $592.15 per pupil unit. She suggested the board decide if they would like to renew that referendum, and if they would like to do it this year or next. She recommended doing it a year early in case something were to happen to the economy or there was a major drought or disaster in the country. The first year, the district can tell voters there will be no tax impact. If it doesn’t pass the first year, there will be a tax impact the second year.

Heminover explained the three options for renewing the referendum. The first option is to go to the voters and request a renewal for the entire $592.15. If approved, the referendum would renew for another 10 years. The second option is for the board to approve a referendum of $300. State legislature allows for school boards to approve up to $300 per pupil unit without an election. If this option is chosen, the district will receive a little less money than with the current referendum.

Option three is for the board to approve the $300, then ask the voters for the remaining $292.15. Heminover explained when a board passes a referendum, it only lasts five years as opposed to the normal 10 years. The third option would give the board more flexibility in the future, as they can change the amount in five years to suit the district’s needs.

Heminover also explained the Local Optional Revenue, which allows districts a certain amount of equity revenue depending on how much they receive per pupil unit. This amount is then reduced from the referendum. What this means is that tax payers will actually see a decrease in their property taxes. Heminover said it’s a good idea to go to the ballot with the referendum.

She stressed the last day to have the referendum put on the ballot is August 22, and she strongly suggests making the decision earlier than that.

Heminover said there are not a lot of other things on t .....
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Gundersen Harmony nurse wins award

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

A registered nurse at the Gundersen Harmony Clinic is one of nine nurses at Gundersen Health System to be recognized with an Excellence in Nursing Award. Cheryl Hotvedt, RN, received the Excellence in Nursing Practice – RN Award for her breadth ..... 
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David T. Flatten

Tue, Jun 3rd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

David T. Flatten age 74, of Harmony, Minn. died Friday, May 30, 2014, at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. David T. was born July 30, 1939 in Spring Grove, Minn., the son of Ole and Christine (Christianson) Flatten. He served in the ..... 
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Gunderson physician assistant receives preceptor of the year award

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

Congratulations to Diana Nelson, PA-C, Gundersen Harmony Clinic, for being chosen as the Preceptor of the Year of the UW-La Crosse/Gundersen/Mayo Physician Assistant (PA) Program. Students in the PA Program complete their clinical rotations at Gun ..... 
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Mock crash brings real emotion

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

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Welcome Kelly Solum to Harmony Insurance Group

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

The Harmony Insurance Group Welcomes Kelly Solum. Kelly graduated from Spring Grove High School in 2003 and earned her associates degree from MN State SE Technical College. Kelly started her insurance career traveling the Tri-state area offering supp ..... 
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Harmony appoints new council member

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

After Jim Bakken announced he would be leaving the Harmony City Council at the end of May, the search for a new council member began. Four people applied to finish the seven-month term: Clifford Johannessen, Kyle Morem, Jill Fishbaugher, and Steve Sa ..... 
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Harmony appoints new council member

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

After Jim Bakken announced he would be leaving the Harmony City Council at the end of May, the search for a new council member began. Four people applied to finish the seven-month term: Clifford Johannessen, Kyle Morem, Jill Fishbaugher, and Steve S ..... 
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Harmony Public Library will be temporarily closed

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

The Harmony Public Library will be CLOSED from Monday, May 19th through Saturday, May 31st 2014 as we replace our old carpet with new carpet. We will reopen on Monday, June 2, 2014 with normal hours. Please come in before this and check out enough ..... 
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