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Due to the recent change in Lake County's coronavirus status to substantial spread and to protect the safety of patients and team members, Madison Regional Health System will again be restricting visitors until further notice.

The Madison City Commission will consider authorizing the mayor to sign a labor agreement with some municipal employees when it meets at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at City Hall.

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The Brookings real estate company that is currently constructing multi-residential housing near the Dakota State University campus plans to have one of its duplexes completed in December and to accept tenants at the start of 2021.

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The Madison School Board will consider designating Gerry Kaufman, an official with the Associated School Boards of South Dakota, as the school district’s grievance hearing officer when it meets at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in the cafeteria at the middle school-high school complex.

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Inspired by friendship and a shared interest in creating beautiful items for the home, four local women are taking advantage of an open storefront on N. Egan Avenue to offer their repurposed furniture and home decor items for sale.

Madison Central school officials sent out announcements to families of students on Thursday, informing them that a seventh-grader has tested positive for coronavirus.

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

The board of education for the Oldham-Ramona School District will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday in the district's multi-purpose room.

For those with family on the West Coast, the news is bleak. Wildfires are raging from Washington to California, burning not only homes but whole neighborhoods and turning the sky orange, even in communities not immediately affected.

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City commissioners on Tuesday approved hiring DGR Engineering of Rock Rapids, Iowa, to perform an update to the Madison's long-range plan regarding the city's electric system.

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"The impact agriculture makes on the state of South Dakota is huge, and we look forward every year to the opportunity to recognize those involved in this industry," said Jeff Dittman, athletic director at Dakota State University.

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The fieldstone clubhouse just off Territorial Road has stood the test of time. Constructed in 1934, less than a decade after Chapter 16 of the Izaak Walton League was organized, it has survived everything Mother Nature has thrown at it -- including two floods in less than 30 years.

The Madison City Commission will consider authorizing the mayor to sign an agreement with First Premier Bank when it meets at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at City Hall.

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The following are area lunch menus for next week:

The Small Business Administration reports that lenders in South Dakota processed 23,494 Paycheck Protection Program loans through Aug. 8, when the program closed. The loans are part of the CARES Act and may be forgiven if used to keep employees on the payroll and to cover other approved expenses.

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COVID-19 is not like cancer, an illness which can be ignored by all except the individual diagnosed with the disease and those who share emotional bonds with that individual. Nearly everyone is affected directly or indirectly by the pandemic.

Personnel with the Lake County Sheriff's Department responded to a semi-SUV accident that occurred on Friday afternoon about one mile southeast of Wentworth.

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A downtown Madison business has a new name and new owners. It will soon have a new look and new options.

The Madison City Commission will look at bids submitted for the construction of a new water tower in the city when it meets at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at City Hall.

The county budget and roads will once again be under consideration when the Lake County Commission meets at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the commission meeting room of the Lake County Courthouse.

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Lewis & Clark officials plan to spend the remainder of 2020 meeting with their member communities to discuss proposals for expanding the regional water system's output from its current 45 million gallons per day to 60 million gallons per day.

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Madison native Paula Barrick was sworn in as Lake County auditor on Tuesday morning. She was appointed by the Lake County Commission in May after Auditor Bobbi Janke announced her retirement. Janke's final day was Friday.

Sarah Hock, community service worker at Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership, is watching fund balances drop more quickly this year than in previous years, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with several different funds from which to draw -- an ICAP fund, a Salvation Army fund an…

A Madison contractor received approval from city commissioners on Monday to lay down a concrete pad in Memorial Park that will serve as the first stage in installing new playground equipment.

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Several times a year, local dentist Troy Keyes heads for Charlotte, N.C., where he focuses on helping other dentists acquire skills which are an integral part of his Madison practice. As a faculty member at the Engel Institute, he teaches colleagues implant dentistry.

Madison Central officials are planning to have filtering systems installed for the school district's three school buildings that are expected to improve indoor air quality and reduce the possible spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Madison City Commission will review bids submitted for the construction of a new water tower when it meets at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at City Hall.