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State Department of Social Services officials are encouraging South Dakotans who have unused and unwanted prescription drugs to dispose of them safely on Saturday during the Prescription Take-Back Day.

The educators at Madison's public schools continue to deal with emerging COVID-19 cases that have appeared sporadically among the thousands of persons attending or working in the Madison Central School District.

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On Saturday, the Domestic Violence Network will host a cruise on Egan Avenue to raise awareness of an issue which affects 33.7% of South Dakota women and 30.2% of South Dakota men -- intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking.

In lieu of the traditional Scouting for Food pantry drive, Boy Scout Troops 5, 255 and Pack 5 will be hanging yellow door hangers around Madison on Saturday to help raise money for the Lake County Food Pantry.

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The Madison Regional Health System Radiology Department recently added a new and improved diagnostic capability called the Revolution CT Scanner.

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Madison's city commissioners on Monday approved a contract to have a South Dakota engineering firm perform a sanitary sewer service-area study in northwest Madison.

Madison Central officials reported on Monday that the school district was recently notified of two COVID-19 diagnoses and two positive test results for coronavirus among students and staff members at the Madison middle and high schools.

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A South Dakota State University Extension agronomist reported on Friday that the current results from South Dakota's corn and soybean harvests indicate above-average yields this fall.

The Madison City Commission will consider approving a substantial-completion certificate for part of the new Memorial Park playground when it meets at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at City Hall.

Lewis Drug, headquartered in Sioux Falls, has made a five-year pledge of support to the Madison Regional Health Foundation in the amount of $75,000.

The following are area lunch menus for next week:

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Madison Public School libraries (high school, middle school and elementary), led by teacher-librarian Joanne Kallhoff with assistant Leigh Ann Gehrels and supported by administrators Adam Shaw, Cotton Koch and Janel Guse, was awarded the state-level 21st Century School Library Award.

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The Madison City Commission authorized on Tuesday having Mayor Marshall Dennert sign forms that would request funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the city related to last year’s flooding.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed not only the way schools are educating children but also the way they are assessing their performance. With no assessment tests administered in the spring, the annual school report cards are focusing on college and career readiness rates.

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The members of the Madison School Board approved on Monday appointing Lori Schultz as their representative to the delegate assembly of the Associated School Board of South Dakota.

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Nearly two dozen residents of Bethel Lutheran Home had the opportunity to enjoy the balmy fall afternoon on Saturday when local 4-H members organized a pet parade for their benefit. However, they weren't the only ones to benefit.

The Madison City Commission will consider adopting a resolution that will let Mayor Marshall Dennert sign documents allowing Madison to receive federal money related to coronavirus economic recovery legislation when it meets at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at City Hall.

Interlakes Area United Way (IAUW) concluded its annual WIN BIG Raffle during the DSU Ag Bowl in September. Madison resident Paula Kingery's name was drawn at halftime by members of the IAUW board.

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The following are area lunch menus for next week:

BROOKINGS -- The South Dakota Board of Regents has announced approval of a new joint degree in computer science to be offered at Dakota State University and South Dakota State University. The doctorate is the first of its kind in computer science in South Dakota.

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The South Dakota Legislature opted to keep things simple and to follow Gov. Kristi Noem's COVID-19 policy of giving people freedom when they met on Monday for a special session to determine how to use remaining Coronavirus Relief Funds.

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Madison residents were asked on Monday whether they wanted to spend additional money during the 2020s to ensure obtaining more treated water from the Missouri River for future use -- and maybe even future profits.

Lake County commissioners found themselves holding an informal public hearing on Tuesday morning when Lake County resident Danielle Kearin posed questions about the Lake County Five-Year Highway and Bridge Improvement Plan during a regular meeting.

Superintendent Joel Jorgenson reported via email on Monday that personnel with the Madison Central School District are currently dealing with an elementary school staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 and another person -- either a student or a staff member -- at the eighth-grade lev…

The Oldham-Ramona School Board will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the superintendent's office (Room 114).

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Every fall the Madison Central School Education Foundation hosts the Big Apple dinner event, the organization's only fund-raiser for the year. The dinner event was canceled to protect the health and safety of the community; however, an avid supporter, Gene Phillips, decided to build a playho…

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Officials with the National Weather Service reported on Tuesday morning that Lake County was part of a region under a Red Flag Warning until at least 7 p.m.

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The second-graders in Devon Bruna's classroom used small robots provided through a joint Madison Central-Dakota State University program to learn more about math and computer coding last week.

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Election Day, for most, means going to the polls and casting a ballot. For some, though, it means working to ensure that everyone else has an opportunity to vote. At least, that's the way poll worker Janet Sunde sees it.

An official with the South Dakota Attorney General's Office on Friday morning released the name of the suspect who was injured Wednesday in an officer-involved shooting that occurred in southeast Madison.

The Madison City Commission has scheduled a presentation from the executive director of the Lewis & Clark water pipeline project when it meets at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at City Hall.

Madison High School homecoming royalty, crowned Monday night, were Ally Drew and Oliver Jankord.

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Personnel with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating Wednesday's incident at the Classic Corner convenience store in Madison as an "officer-involved shooting," and officials with the state Attorney General's Office report that the suspect from the incident is …

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Jade Wilkens, a Madison Middle School student, was recently presented with an award from AARP South Dakota and South Dakota Retired School Personnel for an essay written about his grandfather, Jim Wilkens.