2023 Osakis Public School Bond Referendum

With the goals of Improving Safety, Expanding our Career and Technical Curriculum, Retaining Efficient Curriculum Spaces, and Increasing the Use of our Community Spaces; the Osakis School Board approved a Special Election to occur on November 7, 2023 and consider two Ballot Questions - Ballot Question 1 - $29,900,000 and Ballot Question 2 - $5,500,000. This page holds all information explaining the reasons for this Special Election and the impact this decision will have on the future of our School and Community.

Recent updates on this project are below:

10/27/2023 - The Referendum Factsheet, Project Design Handout, and the School Newsletter were included in this week's edition of the Osakis Anchor (delivered to all homes in the 56360 ZIP code and available at the Post Office and District Office for FREE.

10/11/2023 - Meeting Materials from the October 11, Community Meeting are posted in the Documents section below.

10/4/2023 - Meeting Materials from the September 20, Community Meeting are posted in the Documents section below.

9/20/23 - Message from Superintendent Dahlheimer

8/31/23 - View the Referendum Update that was sent out in an August issue of the Osakis Anchor

Upcoming Meetings

Coffee in the Community with Board Chair, Dr. Michael Collins and Superintendent Justin Dahlheimer at 8:00am on Friday, November 3rd at Abundant Life Cafe

Please reach out to Superintendent Dahlheimer if you have questions!


Contact Superintendent Dahlheimer - jdahlheimer@osakis.k12.mn.us

Where/When to Vote

Osakis Public School - ISD 213 will be conducting a special election on November 7, 2023.

Absentee Voting Information

Location : Osakis Public School, 500 East First Avenue, Osakis Minnesota, 56360 - Use East Parking and Enter District Office.

Date/Times Available to Vote: September 22 - November 6, 2023 - Monday - Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm

Voting by mail - You can download an application for absentee ballot HERE. Please fill out this application and mail it to our District Office at:

Osakis Public School

Attn: Lisa Lien

PO Box X

Osakis MN, 56360

You will be mailed an absentee ballot that you will use to vote per the instructions included in that ballot.

November 7th Voting Information:

Location: Ed Pollard Community Center, 20 West Nokomis Street, Osakis, Minnesota 56360

Time: 7:00am to 8:00pm

referendum fact sheet 1

Referendum Fact Sheet 2

The Design

Handout on the project design can be viewed HERE.

Intererior Design Map

Exterior Design Map

Building our future, thank you!


Ballot Question #1

Parking and Safety Improvements Addressing Known Issues

Career and Technical Instruction/Pathways to the Trades:

Music and Auditorium Improvements:

Special Education Spaces

Ballot Question #2

Wrestling Room/Multipurpose Room Expansion

Athletic Complex Overview - Space Demands

Track and Field - Unsafe, Inadequate for Competition

Fall/Spring - Space Needs, Benefits of Synthetic Turf





Last Referendum


Facilities Planning


Bus Garage/Tennis Courts Project

September 2022

Staff Facilities Survey

November 2022

Community Listening Session

January 2023-February 2023

Facilities Planning Team Formation

March 2023 - April 2023

Data Gathering

April 2023

Presentation of Findings to School Board

April 2023

Discussion of Options and Costs

May 2023

Staff Facilities Worksession

June 2023

Community Worksession 1

June 2023

Community Work Session 2

June 2023

Community Worksession 3

June 2023

Community Worksession 4

June 2023

Submission of Project for State Review and Comment

August 2023

School Board Approval to Go to Referendum

August 2023

Favorable Opinion from State on Referendum Proposal

September 2023

Community Meeting on Referendum

October 2023

Community Meeting on Referendum

October 2023

Coffee in the Community Meetings