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,

Mork & Minnaert skydive as part of Madison DQ celebration

Madison Dairy Queen owner DeLon Mork and Madison Fire Chief Randy Minnaert followed through Thursday night on their promise to skydive if the Madison Dairy Queen met its goal of selling more than 42-thousand blizzards on Miracle Treat Day last week.  Mork and his staff sold that and more – surpassing the 47-thousand mark this year.  Because of the community’s support of

Families can take advantage of school lunch programs

With school back in session or getting ready to start in many local and area districts, the state Department of Education wants families to know about the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs.
            These federally funded programs help to ensure that students from families whose income meets certain

Search for School Resource Officer for Madison Schools begins

            The search will start now for a new school resource officer for the Madison Central School District.  The Madison Central School Board held a special meeting Thursday morning to approve the agreement between the school district, the city of Madison, and Lake County to begin the School Resource Officer (or SRO) program in the

Lawsuit over Lake County jail inmate's death dismissed

A lawsuit against Lake County, brought by the mother of an inmate who committed suicide in the Lake County Jail almost five years ago, has been dismissed.  State’s Attorney Chris Giles told Lake County Commissioners during their meeting on Tuesday that the lawsuit regarding 20-year-old Christopher Alberty’s death in the Lake County jail in 2009 was dismissed because it was found

Lake Co. discusses property appraisal with developer

Lake County commissioners shared an appraisal for property including the county’s gravel pit and lake access area with a developer who inquired about the property earlier this summer during their meeting on Tuesday.  Commission Chair Scott Pedersen told commissioners and developer Dan Lemme of Madison that the appraisal on the property was 500-thousand dollars.  Lemme had met with

Madison area educators honored at annual Chamber reception

            Madison educators were honored and recognized during the Madison Chamber of Commerce’s annual Educator Reception last evening at Nicky’s in Madison.  The Chamber’s Education committee puts on the event, which provides an opportunity for area administrators and representatives from the different Madison

Madison DQ skydiving celebration is Thursday

            After surpassing his goal and selling more than 47-thousand blizzards on Miracle Treat Day, Madison Dairy Queen owner DeLon Mork is taking to the skies to skydive once again.  This time, he’s taking Madison Fire Chief Randy Minnaert with him to make the jump.  Mork and Minnaert, along with others, will skydive

Lake County approves School Resource Officer agreement

             The second of three entities has now approved an agreement to start a School Resource Officer program in the Madison Central School District.  After much discussion during their meeting Tuesday, Lake County commissioners approved the agreement with the City of Madison and the school district for the program.  The

Lake Co. Commission approves TID for Madison housing project

            Lake County Commissioners have approved a plan for a tax incremental financing district (or TID) to be created in Madison for a second housing project.  Brenda Thompson of BBJ Madison Properties East, LLC presented the proposal to commissioners to their regular meeting Tuesday.  Thompson is proposing to build 14

State releases schools' report card

South Dakota's Department of Education has put out this year's report card on school performance.
     It found that 90 percent of eligible students finished high school, with just under 83 percent doing so in four years. Both of those figures are about the same as last year.
     The report also found that just over 67 percent of

Madison City Commission approves School Resource Officer agreement

The Madison City Commission has approved an agreement with the Madison Central School District and Lake County for the School Resource Officer program in the Madison Central School District.  Commissioners discussed the agreement during their meeting last evening.  Madison Central School Board president Tom Farrell said representatives from the three different entities have been meeting

New cable provider taking over current provider in Madison

City of Madison residents will see a new cable provider in the next few months.  Clarity Telecom is buying the cable systems from WOW, and Clarity’s Chief Operating Officer Larry Eby told Madison City Commissioners during their meeting last evening that they are expected to close on the purchase around October 1st. 
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