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Nunda woman injured in accident Friday


A Nunda woman was injured in a one-vehicle accident Friday morning east of Nunda.  Just before 11:00 Friday morning, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident on 223rd Street and 465th Avenue.  The Sheriff’s Office says 75-year-old Shirley Hanson of Nunda was driving west on 223rd Street, when she fell asleep, went into the south ditch, struck a light pole

South Dakota State Fair exceeds attendance goal


Officials say attendance at the South Dakota State Fair topped 200,000 people.
 
     The five-day fair was held Aug. 28 through Sept. 1 in Huron. The final attendance tally was 210,465, which was up 15 percent from last year's event.
 
     Fair officials say the number of campers was up 20 percent and the sale of grandstand tickets was

Madison Central School Board to hold retreat on Saturday


The Madison Central School Board is holding a special meeting on Saturday.  The meeting will serve as a retreat for the school board.  The retreat starts at 8:00 on Saturday and will include a work session to discuss short, mid, and long-term topics.  The school board retreat will be held in the board room – room 400 in Madison High School. 
 

Jongeling honored with Patriot Award


The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense operational committee, this week honored Steve Jongeling of Gehl Company of Madison with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of their employee serving in the South Dakota Guard and Reserve.

Steve Jongeling was nominated for being highly supportive of the Army National Guard by his Reserve

Flags at half-staff today in remembrance of 9-11


The governor has ordered flags flown at half-staff Thursday, the anniversary of the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.
 
     Governor Dennis Daugaard asks that the flags remain at half-staff until sunset Thursday. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the attacks.
 
     September 11th has been designated as

State officials bracing for rare children's virus


Public health officials say a rare virus believed to be the cause of a severe respiratory illness that has affected children in at least 10 states may have already made its way to South Dakota.
 
     The suspected germ is enterovirus 68. It's an uncommon strain of a common family of viruses that typically hit from summertime through

Tree planting ceremony to be held Saturday in Madison


            As the state celebrates its 125th anniversary of statehood, the city of Madison will have a special tree planted.  KJAM News told you last month about Altman Studeny of Plankinton who traveled to all 66 counties in the state to collect soil and mix it together to plant trees in.  Those trees, Bur Oak trees, are now being

Grant program available for rural organizations


            Grant funding is now available through the state Agriculture Department’s Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities grant program.
            Grants are open to 4-H clubs, FFA chapters and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (or FCCLA) chapters. The grants

Crop expert says cold temps could hurt soybeans


A crop expert says the cold overnight lows in the forecast this week could hurt some of South Dakota's soybean harvest.
 
     Agronomy field specialist David Karki with South Dakota Extension says freezing temperatures can cause up to a 5 to 15 percent yield loss if the plant hasn't reached maturity.
 
     He says the maturity of

Pheasant habitat group encourages investment in conservation


            A work group formed by Governor Dennis Daugaard announced its recommendations for enhancing pheasant habitat in South Dakota during a press conference Tuesday at the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls.
            Daugaard formed the work group following the Pheasant Habitat

Madison City Commission holds 1st reading of 2015 budget ordinance


            The Madison City Commission held first reading of the city’s proposed 2015 budget during its regular meeting on Monday night.  The city’s 2015 budget totals just more than 22-point-one-million dollars.  The largest overall fund for the city is the electric fund, which has a total for 2015 of close to

New fitness center opens in Madison


            A new fitness center has opened in Madison.  The Edge, a 24-hour fitness center, is located on the north end of the Washington Plaza on South Washington Avenue.  The Edge has new equipment for many types of workouts.  Memberships will be available at different levels for those who want to utilize the new

Madison man faces drug charges


            A Madison man will be sentenced later this month on a couple of drug charges.  48-year-old Eugene Larsen of Madison pleaded guilty in Lake County Circuit Court on Monday to felony charges of possession and ingestion of a controlled drug or substance.  Larsen was charged in April after State’s Attorney Chris Giles

City of Madison to pursue wheeling option for water


The Madison City Commission has decided to pursue an option for bringing more water to the city.  City Engineer Chad Comes told commissioners during their regular meeting on Monday that the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has proposed a wheeling option for Madison, the Big Sioux Community Water System, and the Minnehaha Community Water Corporation. 
 
 

Madison Central bus garage project to go out to bids


            Progress is being made on the new bus garage project for the Madison Central School District.  The Madison Central School Board on Monday evening heard an update on the project from Superintendent Vince Schaefer.  Schaefer said the bus garage project should go out to bids by later this month.  He said they are

MHS and CHS homecoming royalty crowned


            Madison High School crowned its homecoming royalty during coronation ceremonies held last night at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse in Madison.  Voted homecoming queen this year for Madison is Maddie Nipe, and king is Jacob Callahan.  Before the king and queen were crowned, several Madison High School students took part in a

Education groups to propose teacher salary bill


     Representatives from three statewide education organizations say they have a bill that would increase funding for teacher salaries.
 
     Rob Monson is the executive director of the School Administrators of South Dakota. Monson says he and two other education officials will present a draft of the bill Monday at the Legislative Planning

Madison, Chester, & Tri-Valley celebrating homecoming this week


            Three area high schools are celebrating homecoming this week.  Madison Central, Chester Area High School, and Tri-Valley High School are all holding different activities throughout the week, including coronation of homecoming royalty tonight.  At Madison, a talent show and coronation will start at 7:00 at the Dakota

Madison Central School Board meeting Monday


            The Madison Central School Board meets later today.  The board is scheduled to take action on several personnel requests, along with hearing a report on the district’s report card from Paula Kingery.  An update on the school district’s bus garage project will be given, along with information about the Madison

Madison City Commission meeting Monday


            The Madison City Commission holds its regular meeting later today.  On the agenda for commissioners is the 1st reading of the city’s budget and appropriations for 2015.  The commission is also scheduled to authorize the mayor to sign a multi-party joint responsibilities agreement for the Field of Dreams, and
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