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Published December 10, 2012, 05:45 PM

Dilworth, Moorhead share odd school district boundaries

Dilworth, MN (WDAY TV) - It's one of the more bizarre school district boundaries in the state of Minnesota. And it's in our own backyard.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Dilworth, MN (WDAY TV) - It's one of the more bizarre school district boundaries in the state of Minnesota. And it's in our own backyard.

Years ago, Dilworth offered land all around the city to the Moorhead School District. It kept Dilworth out of the busing business.

But now, as Dilworth expands and new families move in, the boundaries look more like a loosely put together jigsaw puzzle. And now Dilworth wants some of its students back.

Dilworth City Planner Stan Thurlow remembers when he came to town in the late 70's.

Stan Thurlow, Dilworth City Planner: “This is what the Glyndon school district looked like and here was Dilworth. That is amazing. How small this was.”

The smallest school district, because even though many families lived in the city of Dilworth, their children went to the Moorhead School District.

It has been a complication for the city for growth, almost all of the growth area is in the Moorhead School district land, but in the city of Dilworth.

It has been an issue for years. Now, as development takes off on Dilworth's NE side, the city is making an offer to Moorhead School officials. Give this Dilworth residential area back.

Both Glyndon and Dilworth are growing rapidly, and there is going to be needs for a school and where that school will be located has to do with the land.

In exchange, Moorhead Schools would get this agriculture land, in purple.

Wayne Kazmierczak, Moorhead Schools Asst. Supt.: “As far as the Moorhead perspective I am not sure we are comfortable with the proposal with where it is at.”

In fact here in the Woodridge development, 29 percent of the children go to Moorhead, 71 percent to DGF. It becomes an issue for the city of Dilworth during referendum and school board elections.

Thurlow: “I think it is confusing for people who live in Dilworth who vote in the Moorhead school election and vice versa.”

Right now it doesn't appear the DGF and Moorhead school districts are doing the tango on the issue right now but even if they do agree, the state of Minnesota would have to approve this.

Moorhead school officials say despite a possible land swap involving several acres of land south of the Interstate, the school district would still a financial loss.

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