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Gronseth not chosen for Winona job

Bill Gronseth

Duluth schools superintendent Bill Gronseth was not picked to lead the Winona school district in southeastern Minnesota.

One of three finalists, the Winona School Board Monday night chose Richard Dahman of the Medford (Minn.) school district.

Winona — with about 3,100 students — makes the third time in recent weeks Gronseth was publicly considered for another school leadership job. He was also interviewed by the Elk River and White Bear Lake school districts.

Gronseth was a candidate for two superintendent posts last school year in other parts of the country and one the year prior in southern Minnesota. He has led the Duluth school district since 2012 and has been with the district for about 20 years as an educator and an administrator.

Gronseth has said he is exploring other options, partly based on feedback from some Duluth School Board members during contract negotiations this past fall. The board voted in December to increase his salary of $168,000 to about $174,000 by year three of his new three-year contract. Gronseth's time as superintendent in Duluth has been marked by an often sharply divided and contentious School Board, that in 2014 investigated one of its own members for allegedly shoving Gronseth at a high school graduation.

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