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Voters approve many school district's existing levies but turn down new requests

MPR reports voters across Minnesota approved about 7 out of 10 school referenda. Voters approved renewals almost unanimously, but districts didn't fare quite as well with requests for new money.
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MPR reports voters across Minnesota approved about 7 out of 10 school referenda. Voters approved renewals almost unanimously, but districts didn't fare quite as well with requests for new money.

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