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Madison CTE Program pushes manufacturing industry


(From the Governor's Office of Economic Development - This is the third in a series spotlighting South Dakota’s manufacturing industry during the 2nd annual SD Manufacturing Week)
It’s no secret that South Dakota’s manufacturing sector continues to grow. In fact, from 2012 to 2013, South Dakota manufacturers alone added 343 jobs to our economy. That number is expected to

Howard Elementary School named Blue Ribbon School


            The Howard Elementary School is one of four in the state to earn national recognition from the U-S Department of Education for gains in academic achievement.
            Howard Elementary School is one of South Dakota’s Blue Ribbon schools, along with Medary Elementary

Lewis & Clark continues work with Madison on wheeling opti


            The city of Madison may be at the end of the line for the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System, but officials are working on a way to get more water to the city sooner.  Lewis and Clark Executive Director Troy Larson updated members of the Madison Rotary Club on the project during their meeting Monday.  Federal funding

SD gets $3.6M to make college more accessible


            South Dakota has received a three-point-six-million-dollar federal grant to make college more accessible to Native American students and reduce the time it takes them to complete their degree. 
            South Dakota State University in Brookings, in partnership with

City applying for grant for recreation trail


            The city of Madison is applying for a grant to help in the construction of a recreation trail along the south Madison bypass.  During their meeting Monday, commissioners authorized the Mayor to apply for a state transportation department Transportation Alternatives Program (or TAP) grant.  City Engineer Chad Comes said

Madison Central School Board holding special meeting today


            The Madison Central School Board is holding a special meeting later today.  The meeting is a school board retreat, and is scheduled to start at 5:30 this afternoon.  The only item on the agenda is a work session on short, mid, and long-term topics.  The special board meeting will be held in the board room in Madison

Oldham-Ramona and Rutland crown homecoming royalty


            Homecoming royalty was crowned in two area schools last night. 
At Oldham-Ramona, homecoming queen is Ashley McClatchey and king is Dawson Beyer.  In Rutland, the homecoming queen crowned last night is Karee Wicks and king is Skyelar DeVaney. 
           

Highway Patrol planning sobriety checkpoints next month


     The South Dakota Highway Patrol says it is targeting 17 counties with sobriety checkpoints in October.
 
     The Patrol announced the checkpoints on Monday.
 
     The counties scheduled for sobriety checkpoints in October are: Brookings, Brown, Clay, Codington, Davison, Hamlin, Hughes, Lawrence, Lincoln, Meade,

Tickets available now for MCSEF Philanthropy Dinner


          People will have a chance to help out the Madison Central School Educational Foundation at the annual philanthropy dinner coming up on November 1st.  This year is the 5th annual philanthropy dinner, and it is being held at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse in Madison.  Madison Central Educational Foundation Director Beth Knuths says

SD National Guard members return from Afghanistan


South Dakota Army National Guard soldiers have returned to the U.S. after a nearly nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.
 
     The soldiers are members of the Guard's 1742nd Transportation Company that is based in Sioux Falls and Flandreau. The soldiers are at Fort Hood, Texas, where they will spend up to two weeks before returning to South

Homecoming week in Rutland and Oldham-Ramona Schools


            It’s homecoming week at a couple of area schools. 
Rutland High School will crown its homecoming royalty tonight.  Candidates for king and queen at Rutland are Skyelar DeVaney, Tucker Kerkhove, Tiana Holmes, Marissa Malisch, and Karee Wicks.  Coronation is tonight at 7:00 in the Rutland gym. 
Along with

Madison City Commission meeting Monday


            The Madison City Commission holds its regular meeting later today.  Commissioners are scheduled to acknowledge an application for a temporary alcohol license for the Madison Knights of Columbus and set a hearing date.  Commissioners will also consider a resolution authorizing the mayor to apply for a state Department of

Manufacturing tours & showcase in Madison next week


            Manufacturing facilities employ a large number of people in the Madison area and next week those businesses will be highlighted as part of Manufacturing Week.  The Lake Area Improvement Corporation and the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce have put together a two-day celebration of the manufacturing industries in

Lewis & Clark awards pipeline contract for Luverne, MN connection


The Board of Directors of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System on Thursday awarded a $16.5 million pipeline contract to Carstensen Contracting of Pipestone, Minnesota.  This is the first pipeline contract Lewis & Clark has awarded since June 2012.  The contract includes 18 miles of primarily 24” pipe that runs from the Minnesota/Iowa border to Luverne.  When completed

SD State Fair manager leaving position


The fairgrounds manager of the South Dakota State Fair is headed to Alaska to oversee its fair.
 
   The Alaska State Fair announced South Dakota's Jerome Hertel will become general manager in Palmer, Alaska, in December. Hertel has overseen the South Dakota fair for almost seven years and helped it reach over 200,000 attendees this past year. He will replace the Alaska

Rocco joins Lake County Sheriff's Office


            The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has a new crime investigation tool thanks to a couple of grants – a grant through the state Attorney General’s office and Deputy Grant Lanning.  Rocco, a K-9 dog, is a 10-month-old Dutch Shepherd/Malinois mix, who joined Lanning and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office this

Lake County Commission approves 2015 budget


The Lake County Commission approved the county’s 2015 budget during its regular meeting this week.  The total county budget for 2015 is just more than 8-million dollars.  Of that total, the general fund is at more than four-point-four-million dollars, followed by the road and bridges fund at close to two-point-seven-million

County approves personnel items


            Lake County commissioners took action on a couple of personnel items during their meeting earlier this week.
            Auditor Bobbi Janke told commissioners that Peggy Young, who currently works part-time in the county health nurse and WIC office position, is resigning

Local FFA chapters receive project grants


The Madison and Howard FFA Chapters are each receiving grants for their local chapter service learning projects.  The South Dakota FFA Foundation awards grants up to five-hundred dollars each for service projects in the chapters’ local communities.  The Madison FFA Chapter is receiving state FFA Foundation funds this fall for its farm safety camp for area children, while the

DSU enrollment down slightly this fall


Enrollment at South Dakota's six public universities has remained stable this fall.
 
     The South Dakota Board of Regents says the headcount enrollment was up by 167 students to 36,532, an increase of about half a percent over last year.
 
     The number of full-time equivalent students decreased by 45 to 26,736, a drop of about
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