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Cool weather for trick-or-treating this year


Trick-or-treaters will need to dress warm as they venture out for Halloween tonight.
     Highs are expected to be in the upper 30's to lower 40's in our area.
Madison Chamber businesses will be open later this afternoon for trick-or-treaters.  Many of the businesses will be handing out treats from 4:00 until 5:30 today.  Golden Living Center will be open

Rounds campaigns in Madison Thursday


Candidates are hitting the road and the airwaves a lot as they head into the final stretch before next Tuesday’s general election.  U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds spoke with KJAM Radio Thursday about his campaign, and, as a former Governor, how different this campaign has been compared to running for a state

Area HS students in All-State Chorus and Orchestra this weekend


Many area high schools have students representing them in this weekend’s All-State Chorus and Orchestra in Sioux Falls.  More than one-thousand high school vocal and instrumental musicians are in Sioux Falls today and tomorrow for the 62nd Annual state All-State Chorus and Orchestra event.  This year’s All-State Chorus includes 956 singers representing 151 high schools in

Missing Brookings man found dead in grain bin


     Authorities say a missing man who was last seen nearly a week ago has been found dead in a grain bin full of corn at a Brookings elevator.
 
     Police Chief Jeff Miller said Brookings Fire and Rescue found the body of 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger on Wednesday at about 1:30 p.m. He says grain removal continued until crews could safely remove the

Candidate forum Friday at Madison High School


            The days are counting down until the general election on Tuesday, and voters in District 8 have one last opportunity to hear from their state Senate and House candidates in a forum setting.  The Madison High School Senior Government class is hosting a candidate forum on Friday at the Madison High School Auditorium.  The

Howard FFA members busy at National FFA Convention


            Many high school students from all over the state are some of the thousands taking part in this week’s National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.  One of those FFA members is Hannah Noonan of the Howard FFA Chapter.  Noonan is a junior at Howard High School and is attending her first National FFA

Madison businesses and organizations ready for trick-or-treaters


            Tomorrow is Halloween and kids will be out and about trick-or-treating later tomorrow afternoon and evening.  There are several opportunities for kids to do so in Madison, including the Madison Chamber’s Trick-or-Treat event, with many Chamber businesses handing out treats from 4:00 until 5:30 Friday

Brookings authorities searching for man in grain bin


Authorities emptied a grain bin full of corn at a Brookings elevator as part of the search for a man who was last seen nearly a week ago.
 
     Police Chief Jeff Miller says that there is no evidence of foul play in the disappearance of 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger. He was last seen leaving a bar early on October 23rd.
 
     Authorities

City hears report on street testing


The Madison City Commission recently heard a report from a Sioux Falls engineering company regarding testing it had done on some of the city’s streets.  On Monday night, two engineers from Geotek Engineering and Testing Services presented their findings from testing they did on 20 blocks of city streets this summer.  City Engineer Chad Comes said that the city approved an

Madison man indicted on drug and sexual contact charges


            A rural Madison man has been indicted on several drug and sexual contact charges.  22-year-old Lance Decker appeared in Lake County Circuit Court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges of 4th degree rape and sexual contact with a child under sixteen, along with two charges of possession of a controlled substance, and two

Two people injured in accident east of Madison Monday night


            Two young women were injured in an accident east of Madison on Monday night.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident at the intersection of 457th Avenue and 233rd Street (or old Highway-34) just before 10:30 Monday night.  A 17-year-old girl from Colman was driving a 2007 Ford Focus south on

Chester teen rolls vehicle Tuesday morning


            A Chester teen received minor injuries in a rollover accident near Chester Tuesday morning.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 8:20 Tuesday morning, a 17-year-old Chester boy was driving east on 240th Street, east of 463rd Avenue, when he noticed a dog in the roadway as he went over a hill. 

Madison Fire Dept. responds to power pole fire; Two accidents reported in county


          The Madison Fire Department responded to a report of a fire on a power pole in Madison just after 10:00 last (Monday) night.  Madison Fire Chief Randy Minnaert said that the pole, located near Southeast 4th Street and Washington Avenue, was on fire on top of the pole.  Because of the fire, the power to the pole had to be turned off

Diesel thefts in Minnehaha Co.; Lake Co. residents warned to watch equipment


Authorities say more than 1,300 gallons of diesel fuel have been stolen in northeast Minnehaha County.
 
     The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Department says reports indicate the fuel was taken from farm machinery or fuel storage tanks.
 
     Authorities say they believe the suspects are using some type of mechanical pump to siphon the

Montana man sentenced for stealing car in Madison


            A Montana man is going to spend time in the state penitentiary after stealing a car in Madison this past summer.  27-year-old James Tucker of Helena, Montana was sentenced on Monday in Lake County Circuit Court to serve three years in the state penitentiary on a grand theft charge.  Tucker stole a car that was parked

Madison man sentenced on drug charge


            A Madison man will serve jail time on a felony drug charge.  22-year-old Patrick Berwyn was sentenced Monday in Lake County Circuit Court on one charge of possession of a controlled substance.  Circuit Judge Tim Tucker gave Berwyn a suspended imposition of sentence based on several conditions, including that he serve 30

City commission discusses compactor purchase


            The Madison City Commission discussed the purchase of a landfill compactor during its meeting last evening.  Public Works Director Fred Snoderly requested using the city’s general fund capital replacement reserve to fund the purchase of the 1998 compactor.  Snoderly said the compactor had been leased by the city

City commissioners add to emergency snow routes


            The Madison City Commission added a couple of areas to its emergency snow routes during its regular meeting last night.  The areas were added to accommodate the traffic flow in the area around the high school.  In the ordinance approved last evening, two more blocks of Division Avenue were added, so the emergency snow

Hartford teen run over, killed by truck driven by brother


     A 14-year-old Hartford girl died when she was run over by a pickup truck driven by her 16-year-old brother.
 
     Authorities say the girl and two other girls were chasing the pickup in a parking lot on Saturday afternoon, hoping to catch a ride. The 14-year-old girl jumped onto the truck's running board, slipped off and was run over. She

Local elections to be decided in next week's general election


            The general election is one week from tomorrow.  If you aren’t able to make it to the polls on Tuesday, November 4th, you have one week to get your voting done early.  Early voting can be done in or through your local county auditor’s office through the Monday before the election.  So far in Lake County,
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