Grain elevator collapse closes Highway 34 near Egan

     The collapse of a grain elevator has resulted in the closure of a small section of Highway 34 east of Egan.
     State transportation officials say grain spilled onto the roadway after the elevator collapsed. Drivers are being detoured through the town of Egan.
      Officials say the highway will remain closed until the

Semi-trailer tips on Highway 34

            Highway 34 east of Madison was blocked for a while Wednesday morning after a semi-trailer disconnected from the tractor that was pulling it and blocked both the east and westbound lanes on the highway.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said it happened just before 10:00 Wednesday morning at the intersection of 464th

Lake Co. Commission authorizes help with joint ditch project

            The Lake County Commission took action during its meeting on Tuesday to authorize the County Highway Department to help where needed with the clean out of Lake-Moody County Joint Ditch Number one (or Bull Ditch).  Lake County Commissioners met jointly with Moody County commissioners a couple of weeks ago and agreed to form a

Power restored to Sioux Valley Energy customers

Power has now been restored to all of Sioux Valley Energy’s customers after some residents were without power for two days.  An ice and snow storm on Monday knocked out power to as many as 3000 customers or more at times.  A combination of ice and windy conditions is to blame for the outages. 
            As the

U.S. Board on Geographic Names approves creek names

         The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has approved new names for two geographic features. 
         The creek in Moody County originally named “Squaw Creek” has been renamed to “Isanti Creek” and the unnamed creek in Minnehaha County has been named “Annie Anderson

Crews work to restore power after Monday storm

          Sioux Valley Energy crews are back at it this morning, trying to restore power to the remaining close to 200 customers out of power since Monday.  Many of the customers have been without power since Monday afternoon, when ice and snow caused problems with power lines.  The residences still out are located mainly in Brookings and

New employees hired in Lake Co. Sheriff's Office

The Lake County Commission has approved the hiring of a couple of new employees for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  During their meeting Tuesday, commissioners approved the hiring of Micah Hofman as a Deputy Sheriff and Crystal Pooler as a part-time jailer.  Hofman currently works as a correction officer for the Sheriff’s Office and will start his position as deputy

Lake Co. Commission approves city's multi-use trail plans

            The Lake County Commission approved plans for a multi-use trail to be built along the south Madison bypass.  Madison City Engineer Chad Comes presented the plans to county commissioners on Tuesday, as a follow-up to an earlier meeting he had with them regarding the trail.  Comes said that the proposed trail will be

Lake Co. man pleads to felony charges

A rural Madison man entered pleas to two felony charges in Lake County Circuit Court this week.  22-year-old Lance Decker pleaded to one felony charge of sexual exploitation of a minor, and a felony charge of unauthorized distribution of a controlled substance.  Each of the charges occurred in August of this year.  Decker is scheduled to be sentenced in January.  Decker had

City of Madison's snow alert is lifted

The snow alert for the city of Madison has been lifted.  The snow alert had been in effect since midnight this (Tuesday) morning. 

Two snow removal vehicles collide near Madison

Two snowplows were involved in an accident east of Madison this (Tuesday) morning.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Madison Police Department responded to the accident between the two snowplows at around 6:15 this morning.  Chief Deputy Sheriff Sarina Talich said that 25-year-old Chad VanDenHemel of Madison was driving a 2007 snowplow, attempting to cross Highway 34

Many still without power after Monday's ice and snow storm

            Close to one-thousand customers are still without power in the Sioux Valley Energy coverage area.  Residents spread throughout Brookings, Moody, Lake, Minnehaha, and Kingsbury counties are still experiencing outages this morning. 
            Monday’s winter

City residents question Madison City Commission on sidewalk project

            The Madison City Commission approved a resolution for the city’s sidewalk improvement project for 2015 during its meeting last evening.  Commissioners held a hearing on the proposed resolution and 8 residents included in the resolution attended to have their questions about the sidewalk project answered by commissioners

Sioux Falls man sentenced in Lake County burglary

            A Sioux Falls man was sentenced to serve some time in jail for his part in a Lake County burglary.  18-year-old Chase Fetters was sentenced Monday in Lake County Circuit Court on a felony third-degree burglary charge.  Fetters earlier pleaded guilty to the charge as part of a plea agreement, in which other charges filed

Sioux Falls man sentenced on drug charge

            A Sioux Falls man was sentenced Monday on a felony drug charge.  31-year-old Cornelius Clay had pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized ingestion of a controlled drug or substance.  In Lake County Circuit Court Monday, Judge Tim Tucker gave Clay a suspended execution of sentence.  The judge suspended a two year

Snow Alert issued in the City of Madison

The City of Madison has issued a Snow Alert.  The Snow Alert goes into effect at midnight (Tuesday morning).  All vehicles must be removed from city streets until they are plowed from curb to curb.  For more information on the Snow Alert, go to the City of Madison's Public Works website.

East River Electric Power Cooperative experiences weather-related outages

   Starting at around noon today (Monday), East River Electric Power Cooperative began experiencing power outages on parts of its electric transmission system due to ice on the lines and high winds. The main areas of trouble are between Huron and Marshall, Minn., and from Highway 34 north to Highway 212.

The area affected includes the East River Electric member systems of Dakota

Power restored to some Sioux Valley Energy customers

Sioux Valley Energy members in the Brookings, Madison, and Oldham areas are experience power outages due to ice build-up on the lines.  We currently have just under 1,000 members out of power.  To monitor outages, go to the Sioux Valley Energy outage map:


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Lewis & Clark Executive Director reacts to federal funding

            Congress has passed the appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015, which includes two-point-four-million dollars specifically for the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System.  It also includes an additional 31-million dollars for ongoing rural water projects, which will be allocated by the Bureau of Reclamation.  But Lewis

Lake County Commission meets Tuesday

            The Lake County Commission meeting is Tuesday.  Commissioners have several appointments on their agenda for tomorrow’s meeting.  At 9:10, Sheriff Tim Walburg is on the agenda to discuss personnel, and at 9:15, Emergency Management and Veterans Service Officer Doug Huntrods will give his monthly report. 
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