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Lake County Emergency Management to hold tornado scenario exercise


            The Lake County Emergency Management Office is planning a training exercise next Thursday.  Emergency Management Director Doug Huntrods told Lake County Commissioners during their regular meeting this week that the exercise will be a tornado scenario in Wentworth.  He said that the exercise, which will take place on

Brown enters plea to charge


            A Howard man has entered a plea to a charge in connection with a burglary at a Madison business last September.  28-year-old Jeffrey Martin Brown of Howard pleaded guilty in Lake County Circuit Court on Tuesday to one count of being an Accessory to a Felony.  Brown was arrested along with 32-year-old Joseph Benshoof of

New program available to recruit IT professionals


Applications for a new summer program in information technology (IT) are now being accepted.
            Developed by the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the South Dakota Board of Regents and several public universities across the state, the Information Technology Consultant Academy Summer Institute is an

KJAM/Lewis Drug Golden Easter Egg is found


The great golden Easter egg has been found!  On Day 4 of clues displayed at Lewis Drug in Madison, Bridgette Berry of Madison was able to find the egg worth $150.  The egg was hidden in a side outside window at the KJAM studios in downtown Madison.  Thank you to everyone who took part in the annual hunt!

Madison man dies in accident near Salem


A Madison man died in a one-vehicle crash on 252nd Street about one and one-half miles west of Salem on Tuesday just before 4:00 p.m.

60-year-old Gerald Kenneth Ottoson was westbound driving a 1995 Kenworth truck when a front tire blew out. The vehicle crossed the centerline and entered the south ditch. It struck a field approach, hit several trees and rolled. Ottoson, who was not wearing a

Lake County Commission hears objection to Lake Madison storm siren


            The Lake County commission on Tuesday acknowledged a letter from a lawyer regarding the placement of one of the storm sirens on Lake Madison.  Two weeks ago, Linda Hilde, who lives in the Woodland Marina development on Lake Madison, told county commissioners that she was opposed to having the storm siren so close to her

Lake County holds employee appreciation


            Lake County commissioners held their annual employee appreciation and recognition during their meeting on Tuesday.  Eight employees were recognized for their years of service.  Three were recognized for ten years of service to the county – including Peggy Vickmark, Robert Johnson, and Peggy Young.  Two

Sioux Valley Energy reports utility scam


Sioux Valley Energy has received a report that a utility scam is hitting its membership.  Earlier this week, a member contacted the electric cooperative to report a suspicious phone call.  According to the member’s report, the fictitious caller claimed to be an employee of the Sioux Valley Energy customer service department.  The man told the member she needed to call a

Mathison retiring as Lake Co. Highway Superintendent


Lake County will begin its search for a new Highway Superintendent.  Lake County commissioners accepted the resignation of current Highway Superintendent Scott Mathison during their regular meeting this (Tuesday) morning.  Mathison told commissioners that he is retiring, and his last day of work will be May 14th.  Commission Chair Scott Pedersen thanked Mathison for his years of

Madison City Commission approves renewal of special maintenance fee


            The Madison City Commission has approved the renewal of the special maintenance fee to go toward maintaining and repairing city streets.  Mayor Roy Lindsay said the original fee, which is one-dollar per front foot of city property owners, with a one-hundred foot maximum per lot, has to be renewed annually.  During their

Madison City election results canvassed


            The results of last week’s city commission election in Madison were made official last evening during the Madison City Commission’s regular meeting.  Commissioners canvassed the results with no changes, meaning Jeremiah Corbin and Kelly Johnson remain the top vote-getters and will be sworn in to their 3-year

Roof repairs to be done on Madison High School


The Madison Central School District will replace several sections of the roof on Madison High School.  During their regular meeting last evening, the Madison Central School Board approved a bid from Roof Systems of Brandon to replace the roof in several sections on the south side of the school.  Business Manager Mitchell Brooks told the board that the bids came in lower than expected,

MHS All-School Reunion plans discussed with Madison Central School Board


            Plans are continuing to come together for an All-School Reunion in Madison this summer.  One of the reunion organizers, Ashley Allen of Madison, met with Madison Central School Board members last evening to update them on the plans, as well as ask their permission to set up school tours and work with staff and students in

Juvenile arrested in Lake County high speed chase


A juvenile was arrested Saturday after leading local law enforcement on a high speed chase.  Lake County Sheriff Tim Walburg said the juvenile was stopped by deputies on Highway 81 north of Madison near the intersection with 225th Street for an equipment violation just before 1:00 Saturday morning.  Walburg said that when deputies approached the driver in the vehicle, they noticed the

Woman killed in Moody County accident


A Sioux Falls woman died Saturday in a two vehicle crash on Interstate 29 in Moody County Friday night, 12 miles south of Brookings. The accident happened just before midnight on Friday night.
41-year-old Stephanie Shields of Sioux Falls was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 29, and collided head on with a Kenworth Semi-Truck driven by 50-year-old

DeSmet plans $5M building project


Nearly 1,000 people and businesses are chipping in to help pay for an events center, new sports facilities and a community theater in DeSmet.
 
     878 donors are paying $3.4 million of the $5 million project. The city, school district and state are paying the rest. There will be no tax increases for the 1,100 residents of the

Madison City Commission meets Monday


            The Madison City Commission meets for its regular meeting today. Commissioners are scheduled to consider a resolution renewing a special maintenance fee, and a resolution canvassing the votes from last Tuesday’s city election.  Commissioners will also make a couple of appointments to city boards – Joe Keffeler to

Madison Central School Board meets earlier tonight


            The Madison Central School Board is holding its monthly meeting later today.  The board has on its agenda the consideration of bids for the high school roof project, and the consideration of the food service renewal for next year.  The board will also approve surplus items for the Prairie Village auction, and authorize

Lake County Commission meets Tuesday


            The Lake County Commission has several appointments on its agenda for its regular meeting on Tuesday.  The first appointment at 9:05 is Environmental and Code Enforcement Officer John Maursetter with his monthly report, followed by Weed Supervisor Robert Johnson to discuss awarding the bid for weed chemicals.  Brenda

Secure Banking Solutions announces acquisition of Arkansas-based firm


            A Madison company has announced its acquisition of another company.  Secure Banking Solutions of Madison has merged with BLU-3, an Arkansas-based Information Security firm.  Secure Banking Solutions (or SBS) provides information security services and products to community banks.  This merger recognizes the
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