SD Regents to consider 5.7 percent average tuition increase

     Tuition and fees for South Dakota's six public universities will increase by an average of 5.7 percent for the upcoming school year if the state Board of Regents adopts the proposed hikes during its meeting next week.  
     The board will begin meeting on Tuesday in part to discuss the hikes.
     Scarce state

Salem woman crowned SD Dairy Princess

            A Salem woman has been named this year’s South Dakota Dairy Princess.  Elizabeth Mayrose of Salem was crowned the 60th Dairy Princess this week during the Central Plains Dairy Expo.  The 20-year-old Mayrose is a junior at South Dakota State University, majoring in agricultural leadership with a minor in

Polar Plunge is Saturday in Madison

          Several Madison area residents will be freezin’ for a reason tomorrow in Madison.  It’s the 5th annual Polar Plunge Saturday at the Madison Community Center.  Registration begins at 12:30 Saturday, with the plunge kicking off at 2:00 in the afternoon.  The Polar Plunge is done to raise money for Special Olympics of

Madison MasterSingers concerts this weekend

            As we head into Holy Week next week, the Madison MasterSingers are putting on their spring concerts.  The first one is tonight at 7:30 at St. John Lutheran Church in Howard, and the second one is Sunday at 4:30 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Madison.  The Madison MasterSingers concerts feature sacred choral music for

Howard school & community rally for superintendent with kidney disease

            On Wednesday afternoon at the Howard High School gymnasium, a special rally – complete with cheerleaders and a band – was held.   Not for a sports team, but for the school’s leader.  Students, teachers, and members of the Howard community and beyond joined together on Wednesday to show their

Bethel to close New Hope Childcare Center this summer

            A Madison business is closing part of its facility.  After 15 years in operation, the Bethel Community has announced that it is closing the New Hope Childcare Center.  The daycare will close on or before June 30th of this year.  The daycare opened in 2000 in conjunction with the New Hope Adult Day program, and the

Universities making adjustments after minimum wage increase

     South Dakota's six public universities are reining in hiring and cutting back hours and services as a result of the $8.50 minimum wage that voters approved in November.
     The universities will report the effects of the minimum wage hike at the South Dakota Board of Regents meeting next week.
     The Regents

Two Madison businesses to hold open houses this week

            A couple of Madison businesses are holding open houses today and tomorrow.  Counseling Associates, a new business located in the Washington Plaza, will have an open house from 4:30 until 5:30 today, with a Madison Chamber ribbon cutting at 5:15.  Counseling Associates is a private counseling facility that includes

Large amount of marijuana and cash found in Brookings drug bust

      Authorities in Brookings say a month-long investigation led them to seize 14 pounds of marijuana and almost $30,000 in cash.
     Police arrested 30-year-old Joseph Jones and 40-year-old Walter Gaters, both of Brookings, on Thursday after they say they found three pounds of marijuana and $27,000 in cash while searching their

East River Electric annual fundraiser for LifeScape is Thursday

            For just more than 50 years, employees at a Madison business have held a fundraiser to support a charitable organization.  East River Electric of Madison’s employees are holding their 51st annual Mountain Oyster Feed on Thursday at Nicky’s in

Madison Police investigate attempted break-in

            The Madison Police Department is investigating a report of an attempted break-in at a Madison business.  Last week on Thursday, the police responded to Cottage Cuts on Southwest 1st Street after the owner of the business reported that it appeared someone had tried to break in through a window in the business.  Police

Madison SRO meets with City Commission

            Madison’s School Resource Officer has had a busy first few months on the job.  Last evening, Officer Ben Gant gave a report to Madison City Commissioners.  He said he has handled a number of different situations since starting in the position on December 15th, and has been working on helping the students get to

Madison City Commission awards bid for water main improvement project

            The Madison City Commission awarded the bid for the city’s water main improvement project for 2015 during its meeting last evening.  City Engineer Chad Comes told commissioners that there were three bidders on the water main improvement project, which is being done on Southwest 4th Street from Egan to Union

Hofer sentenced on sexual contact charge

            A 27-year-old former Lake County man has been sentenced on a sexual contact charge.  Joshua Hofer, now of North Dakota, pleaded guilty in January to one count of sexual contact with a child under the age of sixteen as part of a plea agreement with the state.  On Monday in Lake County Circuit Court, Circuit Judge Tim

Retired Daktronics CEO appointed to state Board of Regents

     Governor Dennis Daugaard is appointing retired Daktronics President and CEO Jim Morgan to the state Board of Regents.
     Morgan, of Brookings, retired in 2013 after a four-decade career at Daktronics, which makes and services video display systems for customers around the world. He led the company for 12

GFP meeting next week in Brookings

     The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission will hold their monthly meeting in Brookings next week.
     Next Wednesday and Thursday, April 1st and 2nd, the Commission will take action on the 2015 elk and mountain goat hunting seasons and a proposal to clarify the size of hunting groups. 
     Written comments on those

Lake Co. authorities rescue man near Lake Madison

     Lake County authorities responded to the Lake Madison area early Sunday morning for a report of someone yelling for help.  The call to the Sheriff’s Office came in after 12:30 Sunday morning regarding someone yelling for help in the area of Smith Drive on the southeast corner of Lake Madison.  Sheriff Tim Walburg says that after searching a large area for

Madison City Commission meets Monday

            The Madison City Commission holds its regular weekly meeting later today.  Commissioners are scheduled to hear from School Resource Officer Ben Gant, who will give them a program update.  The commission will also hold a hearing on the application for a temporary alcohol license for the Madison Fire Department, and review

Shoes of Hope Drive continues through end of March

            There’s still time for people to get rid of their old, worn shoes and help out a local organization.  A Madison Chamber Leadership Madison group is holding a “Shoes for Hope” Shoe Drive through the end of the month.  The group has several drop off locations throughout Madison where shoes can be dropped

Four people arrested on drug charges in Lake County

          Four people were arrested on drug charges on Wednesday in Lake County.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Highway Patrol executed a search warrant on Wednesday at a residence outside of Madison after gaining information regarding illegal drug use during a traffic stop.  During a search of the residence, law
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