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September 20, 2013

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Published for the Red River Valley and Scott and Renee Rossow of Wahpeton, N.D. SCAM: Officials warn people to COWGIRLS: Try to hold onto their season run against D-G-F. A5 beware of fake Vikings tickets. A2 Annie Dohman VOL. 133, NO. 036 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 • WAHPETON, ND • BRECKENRIDGE, MN WWW.WAHPETONDAILYNEWS.COM 75 CENTS Issues at the schools are not going away School district officials continue push to educate area taxpayers Superintendent asks voters to be fully educated on referendum BY MATTHEW LIEDKE • DAILY NEWS mattl@wahpetondailynews.com BY MATTHEW LIEDKE • DAILY NEWS mattl@wahpetondailynews.com The Wahpeton Public School District continued its push to educate taxpayers Wednesday night on what the upcoming referendum is asking of citizens. The meeting included a power point presentation and allowed Superintendent Rick Jacobson, Central Elementary School Principal Steve Hockert and Business Manager Laura Dokken to explain the various points of the project to the audience. Jacobson opened the meeting with how the idea of a school renovation project got started. The superintendent explained that much of it originated with discussion on issues at Central. From there, Jacobson said officials felt the time was right to pursue a referendum when looking at finances and what was going on at the state legislature. A timeline of events was presented, starting with when school administrators partnered with DLR Group and T.L. Stroh. It then described how a committee, made up of various community members, met in the spring to give feedback on assessments, school efficiency, available options and deficiencies at the school. In his address, Hockert described the solutions to bring the district up-to-date. He explained that Central Elementary would be decommissioned and went over how the scope school buildings. "This project can benefit students, stakeholders and the community." Jon Stelton, a parent of a kindergarten student in the Wahpeton School The date for the special election on whether to approve Wahpeton School District's plan for a renovation project continues to get closer and Superintendent Rick Jacobson wants citizens to be fully educated on the matter, whichever way they want to vote. "People want to know what they are going to get as far as their property tax relief," Jacobson said. "We knew it wouldn't cost any more, but we also told everyone that this is not for free. People have to decide whether they feel it's worth it." According to recent calculations by Wahpeton City Assessor Carla Broadland, homeowners would see property taxes decrease, with or without the referendum, with a differential in the amount. In 2012, on a $100,000 home, a citizen would pay $1,815.15 in property taxes. The calculations showed that with no referendum passed, that number would be $1,371.70, which is a decrease of $443.55 in property tax relief. Comparably, with the referendum, a citizen would pay $1,597.42, providing $217.83 in property tax relief. Broadland explained that citizens would see a 12 percent decrease if the referendum passes, instead of a 24.43 percent decrease in property taxes. If the referendum indeed came to pass, SEE MEETING, PAGE A3 SEE REFERENDUM, PAGE A3 SUBMITTED When Wahpeton School officials explain their reasons for asking for a referendum, Central Elementary problems are at the top of their list. Superintendent Rick Jacobson offered a picture of one issue at Central, above, at the south tunnel entrance, where plumbing for the kitchen and water fountains needs to be updated, which could be a huge undertaking. Left: Wahpeton Public Schools Superintendent Rick Jacobson explains the importance of the referendum that will be put to vote Oct. 1. During a public meeting held Wednesday, Jacobson explained the reasoning and timeline of events to the audience. Above: Is the official ballot voters will see Oct. 1 asking for a 'yes' vote to approve the referendum. of the project would create a new addition, connecting the elementary to Wahpeton Middle School. Hockert also discussed the many benefits of constructing and upgrading the schools, including how it will help the stu- dents compete better in the world, and keep the district current with technology. "We are using the property tax relief to help pay for this project," Dokken said, addressing the financial side of the district's proposal. She added that citizens' taxes wouldn't increase unless a person's valuation was to change. "It would be a missed opportunity," Dokken said, citing funding that would no longer be available and the continued deterioration of the Wahpeton woman sentenced on multiple drug charges BY MATTHEW LIEDKE • DAILY NEWS mattl@wahpetondailynews.com A Wahpeton woman was sentenced Tuesday, Sept. 17 on charges of delivering a controlled substance. Mary Lenora Leighton, 35, was sentenced on four counts of delivery with a controlled substance. Each count came with a sentence of three years at GOT HAIL? We do: • Roofing • Siding • Gutters • Windows HAAGTM Certified Roof Inspectors For Hail/Wind CALL FOR A FREE HOME INSPECTION OR ESTIMATE the North Dakota Department of Corrections, to be served concurrently. T h e sentence included credit for eight days already served and a supervised Leighton probation period of five years after her release. The charges came after an investigation by the Southeast Multi-County Agency that occurred early in fall of 2012. According to a criminal complaint from the Richland County State's At- Coming MN Lic: #BC594693 218-824-1455 www.jnsbuilders.com torney's office, Leighton willfully delivered 3.5 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant on Aug. 23, 2012. Leighton repeated the process three times at later dates. On Aug. 31, 2012 Leighton delivered 3 grams of methamphetamine to the informant, on Sept. 4 she delivered 7 grams and on Sept. 7 she delivered 14 grams. A warrant of arrest CARRIE MCDERMOTT •DAILY NEWS was issued Jan. 9, 2013 and was served Jan. 11, 2013. Richland County State's Attorney Ron McBeth said the sentence was common for what Country and classic rock band Raw Sugar, from Lisbon, N.D., played at the Twin Town GardenLeighton was charged er's' Market in Wahpeton Thursday afternoon while shoppers picked up locally-grown produce, baked goods and handcrafted items. with. Music at the market l Greenquist Academy celebrates 30th anniversary with huge demonstration and testing Sunday Inside TWIN TOWNS AREA A3 DEAR ABBY OBITUARIES A3 WONDERWORD OPINION A4 CLASSIFIEDS SPORTS A5-6 WORLD/NATION COMICS A7 WEATHER CROSSWORD A7 l Outside A7 A7 A8-9 A10 A10 l Tonight: Clear High: 61 Low: 41 Tomorrow: Sunny High in 60s A10

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