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Lake County 4-H Achievement Days in full swing this week


            Activity at the Lake County 4-H grounds on South Egan Avenue in Madison has been picking up this week as the annual 4-H Achievement Days get underway.  A dog show was held earlier this week, and the display exhibits were entered last night and will be judged tonight.  The livestock will be brought in tonight as well, and

Lake County 4-H members selling raffle tickets to benefit State Fair building


            Lake County 4-H members will be selling special raffle tickets starting this week that will benefit the new 4-H Clover Hall building project at the State Fairgrounds in Huron.  4-H Advisor Mandy Stade said the raffle is for a framed John Green print, donated by the Red Power Round-up and framed by Mark Stearns of

Pheasant Forever office opens in Brookings


National conservation group Pheasants Forever has opened up shop in South Dakota in an effort to help combat the loss of the state's pheasant population that has dwindled in recent years as more habitat is converted to cropland.
       Dave Nomsen has long served as vice president of government affairs for the nonprofit. Nomsen officially opened the group's

Prairie Village adds second weekend show


            A show coming up this weekend at Prairie Village, just west of Madison, has sold out, so a second show has been added.  Johnny Rogers’ Buddy and Beyond Review – a salute to the 50’s and 60’s – is this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the Village’s Opera House.  That show is sold out, so

Former SD economic development head was to be charged


            Attorney General Marty Jackley said he was ready to file charges and seek an indictment against the state’s former economic development director days before the man committed suicide last fall.  Jackley told a legislative committee Tuesday that an arrest warrant had been prepared for former state economic development

Avera addresses changes to SD employees benefits


Avera Health says state employees can still access some of its specialty services without being charged higher out-of-pocket costs due to recent changes to benefits.
 
     Recent changes to state benefits classify certain categories of health care as "Tier 1" with limited options for the most affordable treatment.
 
     Avera says

Brookings technology center preparing to open


Officials are preparing to open a $2 million technology center in Brookings in a few weeks.
 
     The Agriculture Technology Center for Rural Enterprise in the Telkamp Industrial Park is aimed at helping the city become a hub for both research and economic development. It was built using grants and loans from government agencies and private

Madison man sentenced for not paying fines and restitution


            A Madison man was sentenced Monday for admitting to not paying his fines and costs associated with an attempted burglary charge and sentence from 2013.  28-year-old Justin Zylstra admitted to still owing more than two-thousand dollars in fines and restitution in connection with an attempted burglary at Shopko in Madison in

Lake County man pleads guilty to drug charge


            A Wentworth man pleaded guilty Monday in Lake County Circuit Court to ingesting a controlled substance earlier this year.  25-year-old Joshua Wermerson entered the plea as part of a plea agreement in which a possession charge was dismissed.  Wermerson admitted to ingesting an amphetamine, Adderall, in March, which showed

LAIC to build new spec building in Madison


            The Lake Area Improvement Corporation presented its budget request for 2015 to Madison City Commissioners during their meeting last evening.  LAIC Executive Director Julie Gross told commissioners that the amount requested is the same as last year – 140-thousand dollars for its general budget request, along with a

Encore Family Store to hold donation drives


            The new Encore Family Store in Madison is soon going to start accepting products to be sold there.  The store is planning a series of donation drives in Madison in the next couple of months to start putting together its inventory for when the store is scheduled to open in November.  The Encore Family Store is located on

Education students get state scholarship


Nineteen South Dakota college students who have committed to work in critical teaching areas after graduation have been awarded a state scholarship.
 
     Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Monday announced the first recipients of the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Program.
 
     The winners have agreed to remain in the state and work in a

Madison man enters plea to marijuana distribution charges


            A Madison man has entered guilty pleas to a couple of drug-related charges.  21-year-old Kristopher Bosworth of Madison pleaded guilty on Monday in Lake County Circuit Court to two counts of distributing marijuana to minors.  With the guilty pleas to the two charges, more than ten other charges Bosworth faced were

No injuries in Lake County accident Sunday afternoon


The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident west of Madison on Sunday afternoon.  The Sheriff’s Office says just before 4:00 Sunday afternoon, 48-year-old Doug VanLiere of Madison was driving his 1994 Chevy Suburban west on Highway 34 behind a pick-up driven by 59-year-old Janice Maag of Madison, who was pulling a 5th wheel camper.  The Sheriff’s report

KJAM's Summer Kitchen Makeover winner chosen


            After two months of qualifying, the winner of KJAM’s Summer Kitchen Makeover was chosen on Saturday.  164 semi-finalists braved the wet weather Saturday morning to gather at Montgomery’s Furniture in Madison to see if they would be the lucky winner of the more than seven-thousand dollar prize package.  Out of

Genzlinger wins Country Showdown


            The 2014 Country Showdown winner was announced on Saturday during the Madison All School Reunion and Prairie Music Festival.  Austin Genzlinger of Winfred will move on to compete in the state competition for the Country Showdown.  The state competition is held in Beach, North Dakota later this week. 

Madison Domestic Violence Network to receive state grant


The South Dakota Housing Development Authority has granted more than $510,000 to 20 emergency and domestic violence shelters in the state.
 
     The shelters are located in 15 communities across the South Dakota, including Madison.
 
     Funds can be used for renovation or rehabilitation of emergency housing shelters, shelter operations,

Madison City Commission meeting agenda


            The Madison City Commission will hold its regular weekly meeting later today.  On the agenda for commissioners is Lake Area Improvement Corporation Executive Director Julie Gross who will give commissioners an update from her office and also present her 2015 budget request.  Commissioners are also scheduled to declare

Madison hosts Discovery Day Saturday


Saturday will be full of activity in the Madison area.  It’s the annual Discovery Day and there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy.  Retail businesses on Egan Avenue will open at 7:00 Saturday morning and on Washington Avenue will open at 8:00 Saturday morning.

Annual 'Mart in the Park' takes place Saturday in Madison


The number of vendors has grown to more than 50 for this year’s Mart in the Park in Madison.  The annual Mart in the Park will be held Saturday at Library Park in Madison.  Melissa Miller, who helps organize the annual event for the Madison Christian School, said that there are a lot of different things available this year.
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