Lake Area Townhouses open for rent in Madison

            Madison’s newest housing option was open for viewing during an open house on Wednesday afternoon.  The Lake Area Townhouses are located at the intersection of Southwest 8th Street and Union Avenue in Madison.  One building with 14 different townhouses is completed, and a second building of 14-units is expected to

Political debates today at SD State Fair

The South Dakota State Fair continues today in Huron.  Those visiting the Fair today can listen in on a couple of political debates.  At 10:00 this morning, the candidates for governor in the state will take the stage in a debate sponsored by the South Dakota Farmers Union.  That will be held on the Northwestern Energy Freedom stage on the fairgrounds.  At 12:30 today, the

Trees from statehood project going out to counties

            Trees growing in soil collected from all 66 counties in the state are being delivered to historic sites in each county over the next couple of weeks. 
            The “Grow: 66/125” project was developed by Altman Studeny, a Plankinton teacher and founding

Legislative interns sought for 2015 legislative session

            The South Dakota legislature is now looking for college or university students to serve as legislative interns for the 2015 legislative session.  The internship positions are open to all college and university students.  Applications for the intern positions must be filed with the Legislative Research Council in Pierre

SD State Fair opens today

     The South Dakota State Fair opens today in Huron. 
     This year’s State Fair will see a shuffling of 4-H exhibits and activities because of the transition from Clover Hall to the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community.
     This year, most 4-H static exhibits will be found in the National Guard Armory, with

SD lawmakers explore highway funding, user fees

A committee of South Dakota lawmakers is exploring ways the state can generate more revenue for its state and local highways that are becoming costly to keep up.
     The Highway Needs and Financing Committee met this week at the state Capitol. Committee members discussed ideas for potential legislation like increasing some user fees.

New business expanding to Brookings

            A Fargo-based business is expanding to Brookings. Discovery Benefits plans
to locate in the Research Park at South Dakota State University, initially using space in the Innovation Center, with plans to expand with a permanent location within the Research Park.

Congresswoman Noem holds roundtable discussion in Madison

            The Madison and Lake County area is progressive and growing at a slow and steady rate.  That was the message given to US Representative Kristi Noem on Tuesday when she sat down with several city and county officials and business leaders at the Madison Depot.  Noem held a roundtable session with representatives from the

Democrats asking four men to testify about EB-5

Two Democratic lawmakers are asking the governor and three other men to testify under oath and in person about an investment-for-green-card program.
     Sen. Larry Lucas and Rep. Bernie Hunhoff on Tuesday called for testimony at the Sept. 24 Government Operations & Audit Committee meeting.
     The EB-5 visa program is under scrutiny over

City hears update on pavement management research

            Madison City Commissioners received an update on research being done on the city’s pavement management system during their regular meeting on Monday.  The research project is a three-year project in partnership with South Dakota State University in Brookings where students conduct research on a pavement management

New townhouses in Madison holding open house Wednesday

            One of Madison’s newest housing options will be open for the public to view later today.  The Lake Area Townhouses on Southwest 8th Street in Madison will hold an open house today from 4:00 until 6:00.  There will be 28 total one, two, and three-bedroom units when they are all completed.  Fourteen of the

Young pheasant tally shows birds to increase

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department says this year's tally of young pheasants is a good sign bird numbers in the state are expected to increase a year after one of its lowest roadside counts in three decades.
     The department released its annual brood count Tuesday. Officials found an average of 2.68 pheasants per mile, a 76 percent increase from

City denies sidewalk waiver for school bus garage

            The Madison City Commission has denied a request to waive the sidewalk requirement for a building project for the Madison Central School District.  Gary Zay of designArc, the architect for the school district’s new bus garage project, told commissioners Monday evening that there are a couple of reasons for the waiver

Madison City Commission approves resolutions for sidewalk assessments

            The Madison City Commission approved resolutions containing the assessment rolls for properties involved in sidewalk and sidewalk improvement projects in 2013 and 2014.  During their regular meeting last evening, commissioners heard about the assessment rolls from City Engineer Chad

Lake Co. Sheriff's Office investigates theft at Prairie Village

            With large crowds of people and heavier traffic in the Madison area in connection with the Steam Threshing Jamboree at Prairie Village this past weekend, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was busy helping direct traffic in and out of the grounds.  Sheriff Tim Walburg said the Sheriff’s Office only responded to some

Sheriff's Office responds to rollover accident

            The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident last week in the eastern part of the county.  Last Tuesday evening, just after 6:30, the accident was reported on 233rd Street near the intersection with 464th Avenue.  Sheriff’s reports say 18-year-old Lynn Angle was driving east

Spencer man dies in McCook County accident

            A Spencer man died in a one-vehicle accident in McCook County on Sunday.  21-year-old Austin Jacob Miller of Spencer was driving a pick-up truck three miles south of Canova when he entered the west ditch of the road and drove approximately 250 feet until he hit an approach, which sent the vehicle airborne.  The Highway

School starts in Howard, Madison, and Dell Rapids this week

            Several more school districts get started with classes this week.  Students in Howard head back to school today, with Madison Central students starting classes on Tuesday, and Dell Rapids students on Wednesday. 
            Madison Central students will go through

Madison City Commission meets today

            The Madison City Commission is holding its regular meeting later today.  Commissioners will acknowledge the quarterly progress report from Pavement Management System, and hold hearing on an application for the sale of alcoholic beverages and approve a package liquor license application for the Madison Brewing Company,

Steam Threshing Jamboree underway at Prairie Village

There will be a lot of activity in and around the Madison area this weekend as the annual Steam Threshing Jamboree gets underway at Prairie Village, just west of Madison.  This year is the 52nd annual Jamboree and features the Hart-Parr Oliver Collectors Association National Show. 
            Three full days of parades,
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