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US Representative Noem visits Madison students & Rotary members


          U.S. Representative Kristi Noem spent time in Madison on Monday visiting Madison High School seniors and the Madison Rotary Club. 
            Noem told the seniors about her work in the House of Representatives and answered their questions on what it’s like being one

Madison City Commission takes action on Lewis & Clark items


            The Madison City Commission took action on a couple of items in relation to the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System during its regular meeting on Monday evening.  Commissioners authorized the mayor to sign a contract with the water system for water facilities use.  City Engineer Chad Comes said this contract allows

Minor injuries reported in pick-up and tractor accident


            The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to an injury accident on Friday night north of Madison.  The accident happened just before 8:00 Friday night on Highway 81, about two-and-a-half-miles north of Madison.  52-year-old Ricky Jung of rural Madison was driving a Ford tractor south on Highway 81 when he was hit

Today is last day to register to vote in general election


            The general election is coming up on November 4th, and if you want to make sure you are able to cast your ballot on election day, you need to be registered.  Today is the last day that you can get registered or make any changes to your registration at your local county auditor’s

Candidate forum in Madison on Tuesday


            With just more than two weeks to go until the general election, voters will have an opportunity to hear from some of the local candidates on the ballot in a candidate forum on Tuesday night.  The forum, sponsored by the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committee and the AAUW, will be held

DSU group's annual Haunted House open later this week


            Halloween is right around the corner, and to get people in the spirit, a Dakota State University student club is busy putting the finishing touches on its haunted house in Madison.  It’s an annual project by the DSU club called “WHO”, which stands for Working to Help

Madison City Commission meets Monday


            The Madison City Commission meets for its regular meeting later today.  Commissioners are scheduled to authorize the mayor to sign a contract with the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System for water facilities use, and consider the Lewis and Clark construction loan and capital call vote.  Also on the agenda for

Lake County Commission meets Tuesday


            The Lake County Commission has a short agenda for its meeting on Tuesday.  The commission is scheduled to meet with Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Shane Fry at 9:15 Tuesday morning for his monthly report, and Treasurer Linda Fischer at 9:30 to discuss two tax deed properties.  Welfare Director Sierra Steidl-Jenson

Lake County electronic recycling drop-off is Saturday


Lake County is holding its free electronic recycling drop-off event this Saturday in Madison.  The drop-off is from 9:00 until 3:00 Saturday at the Madison Recycling Center on Southwest 7th Street.  Numerous items are accepted at the drop-off, some of which include camcorders, cameras, cd or dvd players, hard drives, keyboards, printers, and televisions.  There are some items that

Thousands expected to converge on state for pheasant opener


Officials say they expect this weekend's annual pheasant opener to draw the usual crowd of thousands even after an unusually low harvest in 2013.
 
     Game, Fish and Parks Director Tony Leif says he's optimistic this season will bring in more hunters but says numbers for the opener are always high.
 
     The state last year saw the

Madison firefighters respond to field fire Thursday


            The Madison Fire Department responded to a grass fire on Thursday afternoon.  The fire was reported around 4:30 on Thursday, three miles west and five miles north of Madison, in a soybean field.  We will have more on this fire later today on KJAM News and online at amazingmadison.com. 
 

Some Dakotas farmers might harvest corn in spring


A climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center says some corn fields in the Dakotas might not be harvested until spring.
 
     Brian Fuchs says the cool, wet growing season has created concerns about the moisture content of the corn. He says some farmers might leave corn standing in the field through the winter so it dries

Rural electric co-ops getting federal loan guarantees


Four rural electrical cooperatives in South Dakota are getting large federal loan guarantees to help build or improve transmission and distribution lines.
 
     The money is part of $1.4 billion in U.S. Department of Agriculture loan guarantees for such projects nationwide. The agency says the goal is to improve the delivery of electric power to rural communities

Unemployment benefits scam targeting area residents


      An unemployment insurance benefit scam is targeting South Dakota residents.
 
     South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the scammer is filing online unemployment benefits with the state's Department of Labor and Regulation using accurate personal information including correct name, social security number and date of

Madison hosts Disability Employment Awareness speaker on Friday


            A musician and performer will speak to students at Madison High School on Friday as part of Disability Employment Awareness month.  Tony Memmel, a performer and speaker, will talk about the world of disability, teaching himself how to play music, his goal of obtaining a degree, and becoming an accomplished

DSU Theater performs Oliver! this weekend in Madison


          Dakota State University in Madison’s Theater Company is presenting the family musical “Oliver” this week at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse in Madison.  There will be four performances of “Oliver” starting tonight at 7:30 and continuing on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00, and a matinee performance on Sunday

MHS continues to develop CTE programs for students


            Madison High School students are getting involved in different areas of hands-on training through the district’s new Career and Technical Education (or CTE) program.  High School principal Adam Shaw updated Madison Central School Board members this week on what he has been working on with the program and grant that the

City considering LED lighting for Highway 34 reconstruction project


The City of Madison is looking into installing different lighting when the state does its reconstruction work on Highway-34, or 2nd Street, through the city in 2016.  During their meeting on Tuesday, city commissioners decided to proceed with an analysis of how much more LED lighting would cost versus the standard high-pressure sodium lights that the state Department of Transportation uses

Two accidents reported in Lake County


            No one was injured in a rollover accident on Sunday afternoon.  The accident happened around 3:40 Sunday afternoon southwest of Nunda, at the intersection of 457th Avenue and 225th Street.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Hector Gomez-Ramirez of Volga was driving south on 457th Avenue and lost

Madison Central to increase substitute teacher pay


Substitute teachers in the Madison Central School District will start getting paid more.  The Madison Central School Board last evening approved a recommendation from administration to pay both certified and non-certified substitute teachers more money, effective immediately.  Business Manager Mitchell Brooks told the board that they had surveyed several area districts and found that
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