March 30, 2020

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City to hold hearing on new mowing fees, discuss moratorium on utility-bill penalties

The Madison City Commission has scheduled hearing the second reading of an ordinance amendment that would increase the city’s fees for mowing unkempt, private-property lawns when it meets at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at City Hall.

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Friday 03/27/2020
More street work

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS for D&G Concrete Construction smooth out ready-mix concrete on Thursday afternoon at their work site located at S. 4th St. and Washington Ave. in Madison. D&G Concrete workers had removed the section of old pavement on Monday. Winter Inc. of Madison delivered the ready-mix concrete to the work site.

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Madison expands Chromebook distribution, continues free lunch

To help younger Madison Central students who will need to stay away from their classrooms at least until May 1, Madison Elementary School will distribute Chromebook computers and Kindle e-book readers on Friday to boys and girls in junior kindergarten through the fourth grade.

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Thursday 03/26/2020
Local restaurants adjust to virus social-distancing

Closed dining rooms, curbside food deliveries and ordering via smartphone -- the majority of the dining and eating establishments serving Madison-area customers have adjusted to the social-distancing advice that health experts have given to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Wednesday 03/25/2020
Kite flying

A WINDY AFTERNOON on Tuesday provided the setting for kite flyers on Madison's west side to put their kites into the sky. Thea Bobtail Bear (left), Gillian Mette, Latrisha Jenkins and Kristalyn Mette tested their kite-flying talents in the parking lot next to The Bunkhouse apartments located on the south side of SD-34

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Slaughter files petition for county commission

Incumbent Dennis Slaughter, Republican, has filed a petition for a seat on the Lake County Commission, according to Lake County Auditor Bobbi Janke.

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Tuesday 03/24/2020
Madison transit buses, recycling center shut down

East Dakota Transit officials announced via Facebook messaging on Monday that the Madison-based, bus transportation service would suspend its operations at the end of the day.

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Washington Ave. work

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS set up traffic-control signs and guideposts on Monday morning on S. Washington Ave. in Madison at the street's railroad crossing. State transportation officials announced earlier this month that crews would start working on completing the Washington Ave.-SD-24 reconstruction project which will include finishing approaches, installing curb and gutter, and building sidewalks.

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Monday 03/23/2020
Two Madison businesses recognized for excellence

Two Madison businesses are among nine organizations which were to have been honored on Tuesday at an Acts of Excellence celebration in Watertown.

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Saturday 03/21/2020
The Community Center closes Sunday

Officials with The Community Center, Madison's wellness facility, announced late Friday that they will close the facility to the public, starting Sunday, March 22.

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Friday 03/20/2020
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Kids' Pantry backpack program suspended

Officials with the Lake County Food Pantry and Madison's public schools have suspended a children's weekend food program due to COVID-19-related school closures.

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TRACES OF SNOW fell in Madison on Thursday, making a winter scene at the Gerry Maloney Nature Area. The vernal equinox, a day of roughly equal daytime and nighttime, occurred on Thursday, making March 19 the first day of spring 2020. The last time that spring arrived on March 19 was 124 years ago.

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Thursday 03/19/2020
Wohlers seeks seat on Lake County Commission

Lake County Auditor Bobbi Janke announced on Wednesday afternoon that Philip Wohlers, Republican, has filed a petition for a seat on the Lake County Commission.

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Wednesday 03/18/2020
Geese on the water

CANADA GEESE migrating across the region can find some open water in the Lake County area at this point in March. The two geese in the foreground and other waterfowl in the background were able to make a stop in a pond in the Sunset Boulevard neighborhood of Lake Madison near SD-19. Although lake ice still needs to melt, water is flowing in area creeks.

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Madison prepares for extended school closures

The staff at Madison Central School District are currently adjusting classroom lesson plans for an additional week of South Dakota school closures.

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Tuesday 03/17/2020
Student learning remains priority for educators

Student learning is at the forefront of educators' minds this week as school districts across the state close their doors in response to a request from Gov. Kristi Noem last Friday.

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Free school lunch

The only question asked as students and parents dropped by to pick up lunches at the Madison Public Library distribution site on Monday morning was whether they wanted white or chocolate milk. Overall, the Madison Central School District distributed 275 meals at five sites. The lunches are free to all children whether they are school-age or not, according to Michael Ricke, activities director. Mackenzie Payless (left) and Jack Wise were among those who picked up lunches from Ricke and school board member Rob Honomichl outside the library.

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Monday 03/16/2020
City closes downtown armory, municipal library until April 1

City officials decided on Monday during the Madison City Commission meeting to close the downtown city Armory to gatherings, including Madison’s recreation programs, and public access to the Madison Public Library building until April 1.

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