Wollmann wins 'Top gun' award in Legislative shooting contest

     Freshman legislator Mathew Wollmann has unseated House Speaker Dean Wink as the South Dakota Legislature's "Top gun."
     The Madison representative scored two perfect rounds on Thursday at a legislative shooting contest hosted by the attorney general's office and the Division of Criminal
District 8 Rep. Mathew Wollmann on the House floor

Wollmann adjusting to new role as state legislator

            As one of the youngest members of this year’s state legislature, Mathew Wollmann of Madison knew he had his work cut out for him when he was elected to represent District 8 in the state House of Representatives last fall.  Now just a few weeks into the legislative session, Wollmann tells KJAM News that he has learned a

DSU retains top position at National Cyber League

            For the second year in a row, the Dakota State University cyber security team, Tr0janHorse, secured the top position in the National Cyber League (NCL) competition, beating out 85 other teams. The N-C-L provides a cyber security training environment that requires students to solve real problems with actual deadlines under time,

Committee to hear bill to attract teachers to rural schools

     A legislative panel is expected to take up a measure aimed at addressing South Dakota's rural teacher shortage by covering college tuition for professionals already working in such schools.
     The House Appropriations Committee on Friday is expected to review a proposal that would offer tuition assistance to certain school employees to

Daktronics to be featured on TV show ahead of Super Bowl

     A South Dakota company will be featured on national TV Sunday hours before its products show up on Super Bowl coverage.
     "CBS Sunday Morning" plans to run a story on video display maker Daktronics Inc.
     A CBS crew spent three days in Brookings in November documenting the company's story and
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels addresses Madison delegation in Pierre on Tuesday

Lawmakers to consider two highway funding proposals

            Improving the state’s roads will be a large topic of discussion in this year’s legislative session.  Governor Dennis Daugaard has presented a highway funding proposal for 2015 that would bring in around 50-million dollars in funding, while members of a legislative summer study committee have proposed legislation

District 8 Senator Parsley makes transition to Senate

            District 8 Senator Scott Parsley of Madison made the move from the state House to the state Senate this year.  Parsley told KJAM News this week that the Senate seems to be a more calm atmosphere with less Senators than there are Representatives, but he says the biggest change is in the committee he’s serving on –

Hofer pleads guilty to sexual contact charge

            A 26-year-old former Lake County resident has pleaded guilty to a sexual contact charge.  Joshua Hofer, now of North Dakota, entered his plea to one count of Sexual Contact with a Child under 16 this week in Lake County Circuit Court.  With his plea to the charge, all other charges against Hofer were dismissed per a plea

Miner County man pleads guilty to drug charge

            A Miner County man pleaded guilty to a drug charge in Lake County Circuit Court this week.  37-year-old Shane Muth of Howard pleaded guilty to ingesting a controlled drug or substance – methamphetamine – in September of 2014.  Lake County State’s Attorney Chris Giles said Muth was serving jail time in

Large delegation attends Madison/DSU Hosts Legislature event Tuesday in Pierre

            A large delegation of Madison area residents made the annual trip to Pierre Tuesday as part of the Madison/Dakota State University Hosts the Legislature event.  Tuesday’s trip included a number of activities for the participants, including legislative committee meetings, sessions of the state House of Representatives

District 8 legislators address Madison delegation in Pierre Tuesday

            Participants in the Madison/DSU Hosts the Legislature Day in Pierre on Tuesday took part in a luncheon where they had an opportunity to hear about the legislative session so far from District 8 legislators.  District 8 Senator Scott Parsley, and Representatives Leslie Heinemann and Mathew Wollmann all spoke to and answered

MHS students attend Madison/DSU Hosts Legislature event

            Eleven Madison High School students were part of the delegation of Madison area residents in Pierre Tuesday for the Madison/DSU Hosts the Legislature Event.  The students' trip was sponsored by the Madison Central School Educational Foundation.  The students were accompanied by MHS English teacher Dana Gonyo, who

Bicycle safety legislation again stalls in House committee

     A South Dakota legislative panel has stalled in coming up with a solution to improve bicycle safety in the state.
     The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday again was unable to reach consensus on how to improve safety for cyclists when vehicles pass them on the road.
     The state Department of

Lake Co. Sheriff's Office investigates accidents

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to three different accidents and incidents on Sunday in which the drivers of the vehicles were arrested for Driving Under the Influence.
            The first was reported just before 1:00 Sunday morning.  A vehicle had rolled in the ditch on Highway 19, south of 236th Street.  The

City Approves Resolution for Highway Lighting East of Madison

            The Madison City Commission has approved a resolution regarding the lighting along Highway 34 east between Madison and Highway 19.  City Engineer Chad Comes (KO’-mes) told city

City Commission Petitions can Start Circulating Friday

Petitions for any Madison resident interested in running for a seat on the Madison City Commission can start being circulated on Friday.  City Finance Officer Jennifer Eimers (EYE’-mers) told Madison City Commissioners during their meeting Mond

Madison Commission Approves Bid Date for Sidewalk Improvement

Madison City Commissioners approved the specifications and set the bid date for the city’s sidewalk improvement project for 2015 during their regular meeting on Monday.  City Engineer Chad Comes (KO’-mes) said the annual sidewalk project

Madison Community Hospital/Clinic signs three new doctors

     Madison Community Hospital/Clinic has announced the signing of three new doctors to medical staff positions at the hospital and clinic. 
     Dr. Benjamin Liscano graduated from the University of South Dakota Medical School and is currently in the residency program through the Center for Family Medicine in Sioux Falls.  Dr. Liscano will

Lawmakers to discuss child abuse, disease outbreaks and roads

     Lawmakers this week will consider measures to join states calling for a constitutional convention to require a balanced federal budget, make child abuse allegations clearer and strengthen the state's ability to react to deadly disease outbreaks.
     The third week in South Dakota's 39-day legislative session begins on

Madison City Commission meeting Monday

            The Madison City Commission meets for its regular weekly meeting later today.  On the agenda for commissioners is a resolution outlining prior agreements and future intentions related to a combined lighting system along state Highway 34, and approve the specifications and set the bid date for the city’s sidewalk
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