Voters in Nashwauk and Keewatin approve money for new school, wellness center

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An exciting moment for the Vote Yes committee leaders who pushed hard to pass a bond referendum for a new school and wellness center for Nashwauk and Keewatin families.

And their work paid off, with voters approving $47.7 million for the two buildings.

Now planning can begin this spring. The current buildings are both over 100 years old.

The plan is to be in the new one in the fall of 2024. It will be built on land donated by U.S. Steel, in Nashwauk.

Superintendent Rae Villebrun said in a statement, “I want to thank everyone who voted and took part in this important decision. This is an exciting next chapter for our community.”

Leaders said they are grateful for all of the partners, like Iron Range Resources, Senator David Tomassoni, Representative Julie Sandstede, Commissioner Ben DeNucci, U.S. Steel, and many others.

$18 million from IRRR was contingent on a couple of things, including the vote passing. The other is a joint powers agreement between NK and another district, which is being developed.