The job of firefighters seems like it would be a dirty, dangerous and thankless job. We recently lost our home to a fire. The Madison firefighters responded very quickly to contain the fire so it would not spread.

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I want to express my opinion on this election. First off it was stolen by Biden, if only you will look at it carefully. He is the Hitler of the United States, as you will see once he is in office. I know 'cause I saw what Hitler did to Germany in the early '30s and the '40s. I have served un…

Like Donald Trump, Kristi Noem is dangerous, not just to South Dakota but to America.

We want to take time to explain the decision to close. It was definitely not the lack of business. We have had several people interested in the building, and our copier leases were up, so we took the opportunity to get out of the printing business.

Like December 7th and September 11th, January 6th is a tragic date in American history.

The South Dakota Wildlife Federation Board of Directors is opposed to the merger of the S.D. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the S.D. Department of Agriculture.

We cannot let the attempted violent or political coup slide like a lot of Republicans want. After supporting Trump and his lies and violent hate-filled tweets, they now want to say that for "unity," let us just forget it all happened and move on.

In Sunday's Argus Leader, Law Professor Jonathan Turley said he believes the 2020 election was conducted fairly. Still he advises, a Federal Election Commission should be created to reduce the level of rage being felt because millions believe the election was stolen.

I would like to express my appreciation to all the Madison and surrounding area residents who generously contributed to the local 2020 Salvation Army Red Kettle drive. Your generosity resulted in setting a new local record, as $13,638 was raised.

I have a hard time thinking about this world without Jack [Mader] in it. Thank God for the wonderful memories and stories that will live on forever.

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Does Governor Noem care about the massive suffering and deaths she has caused this Christmas season? Does she care about the devastation to thousands of families that will be without a loved one because of her? Does she have any empathy or understanding of the fact that she has traded these …

Dec. 30 is the deadline for people to renew their expired South Dakota driver licenses and ID cards.

On Dec. 12, a "masked up" crew of Food Pantry volunteers provided over 6,000 pounds of food to 155 Lake County families. This Christmas food distribution was the 38th year of this important event. Along with the food, 274 children received about 600 gifts through the generosity of the many w…

Last week, some S.D. newspapers carried AP's report of a climate-change speech by the UN secretary-general. The SG's message to the world is that it's essential for the planet to reduce the fossil-fuel polluting war on nature. He said that 2020 would likely be one of history's top three hott…

As we anticipate the peaceful transfer of power on Jan. 20, 2021, we are reminded of what a critic of another strong-minded executive, Teddy Roosevelt, said back over a hundred years ago: that this president had no more use of the Constitution than a tom cat had for a marriage license.

The current Madison City Commission is considering a proposal to hire a city administrator to "oversee, operate and manage municipal services."

The final chapter of Lake County (or Interlakes) Speedway has been written with the death of Eldon "Elt" Ristesund. Elt died in Howard on Nov. 23 at the age of 94.

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GivingTuesday, a day to celebrate generosity for Bethel and more.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we will share lists of things for which we are grateful. I am grateful for Madison Regional Health System, that it is here in our community providing quality health care close to home, especially now. I am also grateful for our local businesses, who va…

As you may know, this year hasn't been short of its challenges. However, the human spirit if not anything is positive and adaptable.

I have some concerns and questions about the recent city council discussion to add a new layer of administration in the day-to-day operations of Madison.

I have a question for our governor, Kristi Noem. If someone who has the virus, but is asymptomatic so has not stayed home, sneezes in her face, will washing her hands prevent her from getting sick? Need I say more?

November 16-20 will mark the annual observance of American Education Week. The event presents all of us with the opportunity to celebrate education and honor the individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receive a quality education. It also highlights the importance of …

In a year of chaos, coronavirus, divisiveness on both sides of the political fence...

On this Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2020, we extend our appreciation and thoughts to all Americans who are fighting the war against the coronavirus; and we also wish to acknowledge the veterans of the Jones and Moskowitz families who served during major wars from the Civil War to the War On Terror.

I commend the City of Madison for installing the new playground equipment at the park on the corner of N.W. 4th and Blanche (near St. Thomas). After taking my children there three days in a row and finding the place well enjoyed by other young folk, I can say this park is a winner.

The latest from, hopefully soon to be ex-President Donald Trumpm that "If you count the legal votes, I easily win," reminds me of my friend who is a very good golfer as he only counts the good shots.

The South Dakota Supreme Court just ruled that our representatives cannot grab some of that free COVID money for themselves.

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If you ever walk the halls of the Fort Meade VA Hospital, as I have many times, you will notice that the walls are decorated with many pictures of WWII soldiers, sailors, Marines and their battlefield scenes.

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It is time for all seniors to have a checkup on their Medicare Part D plans. I would like to encourage all seniors to look at their Medicare Part D plans and make sure that what they have is the best for their needs.

Oct. 5-9 is Pediatric Nurses Week. Within the stuttering community, parents' fear that a child is beginning to stutter is well known -- and very real.

As I sit here in my winter coat outside my husband's bedroom window at Bethel, I have many opportunities to observe staff working with the residents.

One can easily draw some conclusions from the three questions asked by Dennis Nickel in the Friday, September 25, Madison Daily Leader; and I will offer a few that I immediately thought of.

In May 1998, community representatives met to create a public transit program for Madison and Lake County, governed by an 11-member board of directors. After the official documents were created and filed, it was determined that the board lacked any knowledge or expertise on operating a publi…

God bless America, the land I love. A nation is somewhat like a garden. If you do not care for it, it goes away. Our president cares for himself rather than for the nation. This is the first such liar and criminal that is commander-in-chief while calling military personnel by rotten names wh…

In the past few days, three of my colleagues had candidate yard signs go missing from their lawns here in Madison.  Presumably, the signs were stolen.

Question 1. Who pays for our governor's travel to campaign for Donald John Trump?

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My name is Colton Wicks, and this is my ninth year in the 4-H program here in Lake County. This year COVID-19 has changed how 4-H meetings have been conducted, how Achievement Days were handled in Lake County, and how 4-H is being handled at the State Fair in Huron, SD.

In this time of social distancing, many vehicles may be sitting idle for days or weeks at a time. The non-profit Car Care Council recommends starting your car at least once a week and keeping up with routine auto care to help prevent potential maintenance issues.

After Trump's rally in front of Mt. Rushmore, where he so disrespected the Great Sioux Nation and our country with his appalling performance with his hate speech, it caused me to give a lot of thought about how our government acted so wrongly in essentially stealing the Sioux's land from the…

July 4-5 is normally a time to celebrate our great nation's birthday. This year being its 244th. Like many, we spent the weekend at home. We had our United States and POW/MIA flags on their staff as usual but also placed along the walk a 13-star U.S. flag as a reminder of America's first bir…

Noem, Thune, Rounds and Johnson have joined the most racist, bigoted, sexist, hateful political party ever created since the Civil War. These South Dakota politicians have not just allowed Trump to push an agenda of hate, but they have gone out of their way to support him in this.

As Trump's Mount Rushmore rally date approaches, it is impossible to ignore some of the glaring contrasts existing between those men represented on that monument and the guy who will be ranting in front of them.

I feel it is my duty to inform my neighbors and fellow citizens of Madison, S.D., about the lack of financial accountability in our city government. The mayor and the finance commissioner have not held our finance officer accountable, at a substantial cost to the residents of Madison.