November 19, 2019

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Madison utility fees, rates will increase

The mayor and city commissioners continued their opposing views on Monday about raising certain fees and rates for Madison-provided utilities with split votes regarding the increases related to water, wastewater and electricity services.

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Tuesday 11/19/2019
New road markings

A PAVEMENT MARKING crew with Dakota Traffic Services sets up on S. Washington Ave. in Madison early Tuesday afternoon. The company, based in Tea and Lawton, Iowa, will mark the new pavement -- for the portion of SD-34 through Madison -- in preparation for the end of the 2019 construction season. Construction crews will finish the street construction project next year.

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Monday 11/18/2019
City approves utility-rate increases with split votes

The Madison City Commission passed certain rate increases with 3-2 votes on Monday for the city’s water, wastewater and electric utilities.

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Watch for turkeys

WILD TURKEYS, eight birds in this flock, are caught on camera Friday afternoon next to SD-34 west of Madison. The turkeys had just crossed the highway at a more leisurely pace than their top-trotting speed of 25 mph. Nearly extinct during the 1930s, wild turkeys have made a comeback with more than 7 million birds living throughout North America. Wild turkeys can see in color and have excellent daytime vision.

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Madison Central above state levels on latest Report Card

Officials with the Madison Central School District express some satisfaction that Madison public school students who took the online Smarter Balance exams during the 2018-19 school year performed on average at higher levels than South Dakota students as a whole. They will continue to study the standardized test results to better understand how to improve teaching.

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Friday 11/15/2019
MES musical

JACKIE FOLAND, Alishia Severson and Caitlyne Kearin perform as the lead singers for "Money, Money, Money," a song that's part of "Tom Sawyer," a musical adaptation of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Madison Elementary students held a dress rehearsal on Friday morning for the musical that will have a performance at 6 p.m. in the Madison High School auditorium.

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East Dakota offers funds to assist Corps of Engineers study

Madison officials this week approved a memorandum of understanding between the city and a water development district that provides funds to the city to help pay for a flood-risk assessment.

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City to hear second readings for 2020 utility rates

The Madison City Commission will consider hearing the second readings of changes to municipal utility rates for 2020 when it meets at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at City Hall.

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County Commission to meet Tuesday

Lake County Commissioners will be looking at a wide range of issues on Tuesday when they meet in the commission meeting room of the Lake County Courthouse at 9 a.m.

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Friday 11/15/2019
Lunch Menus

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Thursday 11/14/2019
New retail coming

CONSTRUCTION CREWS work on a new commercial retail building on S. Washington Ave in front of Montgomery's Furniture, in spite of cold fall weather. The building's owners, the Sinclair family who operate Montgomery's, have already leased space to a new coffee house and a new meat market, which will open after construction is complete.

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Wednesday 11/13/2019
Commissioners balk at 50-50 split for asphalt

WORK CREWS have installed temporary asphalt (above) at several street crossings along Washington Ave. in Madison, and the construction contractor plans to complete more patches as temporary fixes to the unfinished street reconstruction project. The temporary asphalt would stay in place until construction work resumes next spring.

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Tuesday 11/12/2019
City approves 2019 sidewalk improvements

The Madison City Commission approved on Monday providing a certificate of substantial completion for sidewalk-improvement work performed for the city during 2019 by a Madison contractor.

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Madison School Board accepts resignations

The Madison School Board approved the resignations of two staff members along with the termination of employment for a third staff member during Monday's meeting.

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Monday 11/11/2019
Madison School Board adds resignations to agenda

The members of the Madison School Board added two resignations to the personnel items that they would review and approve during Monday’s school board meeting.

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Belfast photo shows Madison GIs serving during World War II

For the Madison guardsmen who served in the 34th Infantry Division during World War II, a black and white picture shot by an unrecorded photographer of their arrival in Northern Ireland provides their iconic image of military service in the European war.

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City to review duplex zoning ordinance changes

The Madison City Commission will consider hearing the first reading of an amended zoning ordinance concerning duplex regulations when it meets at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at City Hall.

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Friday 11/08/2019
Lunch Menus

MADISON 60S PLUS

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Rutland School Board meets Monday

The Rutland School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in the board room of the Rutland School.

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Chester School Board meets Monday

The Chester Area School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in the high school library.

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