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Highway 19 to re-open on Thursday


            Just in time for Thanksgiving, Highway 19 will be open from Madison to Humboldt.  On Thursday, the state will open Highway 19 from the junction of Highway-34 near Madison to Highway 38 at Humboldt.
            A temporary gravel surfacing will be in place from the

Regents to appoint DSU presidential search committee


          The South Dakota Board of Regents is meeting next week and during that meeting is scheduled to appoint a presidential search committee for Dakota State University in Madison.  The Regents meeting, set for next Wednesday and Thursday, is being held at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid

Howard Elementary celebrates national Blue Ribbon award


            Howard Elementary School students and staff took time Tuesday to celebrate receiving a national award.  On Tuesday afternoon, all of the Howard Elementary students and staff were treated to a special program and cake at the Howard Armory in celebration of being named a national Blue Ribbon School for

Police warn of IRS phone scam


            The Madison Police Department is warning area residents about another phone scam involving the Internal Revenue Service (or IRS).  In this scam, callers claim to be employees of the IRS, using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers.  They also can alter the caller ID to make it look like it is actually the

Contractor to pay damages for not completing sidewalk work in city of Madison


            A Sioux Falls company will pay liquidated damages for not completing its work on the city of Madison’s sidewalk project in 2014.  During their regular meeting last evening, Madison City Commissioners approved a change order to Big Al’s Contracting’s contract that will assess liquidated damage charges to the

City acknowledges 2015 sidewalk improvement properties


            The Madison City Commission acknowledged a proposed resolution declaring the necessity for sidewalk improvements in the city for 2015 during its Monday meeting.  City Engineer Chad Comes said that the proposed resolution included the legal description for the areas discussed during an earlier commission meeting.  The

City approves 2015 utility rate ordinances


            Madison City Commissioners have approved second reading of three ordinances increasing the rates for water, electric, and sewer services for city residents in 2015.  During their meeting Monday evening, commissioners approved an ordinance for water rates that would increase the base charge by two-percent.  Commissioners

City approves hiring of Aquatics Coordinator and Police Officer


            Two new employees were approved by the Madison City Commission during its meeting last evening.  Commissioners approved the hiring of Laurie Bunker as the city’s Aquatics Coordinator, effective December 1st.  Bunker takes over the position vacated by Carol Shaver, who resigned as of October

Reisch to join Madison Community Hospital staff


A new Family Nurse Practitioner will be joining the Madison Community Hospital and Clinic next month.  Meggan Reisch, a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, will begin practice at the Madison Hospital and Clinic on December 22nd.  Reisch has more than six years of nursing experience, including work with adult critical care, pediatric medical/surgical care, pediatric intensive

Travelers urged to use caution this Thanksgiving holiday


            Governor Dennis Daugaard is asking Thanksgiving holiday travelers to make safe, smart choices on the highways.
            Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of a long holiday season. The governor says the holidays are a time to be with family and friends, but that

Howard School District to celebrate Blue Ribbon School designation


            The Howard Elementary School is one of four in the state who earned national recognition this fall from the U.S. Department of Education – being named a Blue Ribbon School.  The Howard Elementary School received notice of the Blue Ribbon School designation in September, and representatives from the school went to

Madison City Commission meeting Monday


            The Madison City Commission has several items on its agenda for its regular meeting later today.  Commissioners will hold second reading of ordinances establishing the city’s water, electric, and sewer rates for 2015.  They will also acknowledge a proposed resolution declaring the necessity for sidewalk

DSU alumni are target of phone scam


            Dakota State University in Madison is warning alumni of a phone scam.  The caller asks DSU alumni to pay off debt with the University.  A call was reported to DSU and local law enforcement this week in which a caller said he was hired by DSU to do collections and that the alumnus owed money.  The caller then pushed

Senator-elect Rounds discusses election and transition


            Former governor Mike Rounds held his first conference call with reporters Thursday as the state’s new Senator-Elect.  Rounds was elected earlier this month to fill the seat being vacated by democratic Senator Tim Johnson…an election he said was hard-fought amongst the four

Tribe sues over tax dispute with South Dakota


      A long-simmering tax dispute between the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the state of South Dakota is threatening to shut down alcohol sales at the Royal River Casino and Hotel.
 
     The tribe has refused to pay the state's use tax since 2009, saying its status as a sovereign nation exempts its patrons from state taxation. The state has

Arlington to receive state road improvement grant


            The state Transportation Commission has awarded grants for road improvements in several smaller communities in the state.  The Community Access grant program funds are awarded to improve roads leading to schools, main business areas, hospitals, grain elevators, and other economic areas in the communities.  The city of

Open house & ribbon cutting today at new downtown Madison business


            A new business in Madison is holding an open house later today.  Bei Capelli Salon, Spa and Boutique is located at 211 North Egan Avenue in Madison.  Owner Lacey Reuman is holding an open house and ribbon cutting at Bei Capelli this afternoon starting at 4:00.  A Madison Chamber ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4:30

MACLC celebrating 30th anniversary open house today in Madison


            For 30 years there has been a place in Madison helping educate and train adults in skills to help them in their careers and daily lives.  The Madison Area Career Learning Center, a non-profit organization, has held many different classes over the years, and now is focused on two main areas – helping people with their

DSU to start offering new doctoral degree in Cyber Security


            Dakota State University in Madison will soon start offering it newest doctoral degree.  The Doctor of Science in Cyber Security will be available to students starting in the spring of 2015.  The doctoral degree will be firmly grounded in computer science and emphasize applied research in cyber security.  Graduates

Angel Tree project underway in Madison


          The Lake County Food Pantry has started its Angel Tree project.  This is the 30th year of the Angel Tree gift collection in Madison.  Trees with angels listing a child’s age and Christmas gift ideas are located at three different locations in Madison.  Angel trees can be found at Montgomery’s Furniture, Gary’s
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