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Lake County Sheriff’s Office involved in pursuit and arrest

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a pursuit Thursday night that later resulted in the arrest of the individual involved on Friday morning. Sheriff Tim Walburg said that just before 11:00 Thursday night, the Sheriff’s Office was advised of a pursuit that originated in Miner County and was headed east into Lake County. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was able to spike the tires of the vehicle being chased by the Miner County Sheriff’s Office. The driver then pulled over and took off running after three of the four tires on the vehicle went flat. Walburg said law enforcement searched for him during the evening and were not able to locate him. He said they learned that the man was involved in an assault in Mitchell earlier and took off in a car that he didn’t own.
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Three COVID-19 deaths reported in state

The state Department of Health reported three more COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, bringing the state’s overall total to 2026. Around 20 new positive cases were reported yesterday. Active coronavirus cases increased slightly to 230 statewide, and hospitalizations decreased to 35. Lake County reported one more recovered COVID-19 case, with no...
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Active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations decrease

The state Department of Health reported little change in COVID-19 numbers in the state on Wednesday. With just twelve new positive cases reported, the number of active cases and people hospitalized both decreased. The state reported just more than 200 active cases of COVID-19 at this time. No new virus-related deaths were reported Wednesday.
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Commissioners will attend public auction

Lake County commissioners will conclude their meeting on Tuesday by attending the surplus public auction at the Lake County Highway Department at noon. The item was included on the agenda because a quorum might be present as the county auctions off items which have been declared surplus at recent meetings.
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Thursday pursuit leads to Friday arrest

Area law-enforcement agencies dealt with a vehicle and on-foot pursuit of a male suspect on Thursday night that led to the person's arrest Friday morning. Personnel with the Lake County Sheriff's Office received information at about 11 p.m. Thursday that law enforcement officers in Miner County were involved in a vehicle pursuit that had started in Miner County. The vehicles involved in the pursuit were traveling east from Miner County into Lake County.

Gaylen's Gourmet Popcorn plans move to Madison

In recent days, the windows on the front of the building at 118 E. Center St. were decorated with popped popcorn kernel designs that foreshadow the intentions of the business owners who plan to make the Madison location a new home for Gaylen's Gourmet Popcorn. Gaylen and Tyler Backus have...

Madison firefighters respond to two emergency calls

Madison firefighters were called out twice on Monday to rural areas in Lake County to provide assistance with fire emergencies. Fire Chief Randy Minnaert reported that the first call was received at 7:35 a.m., and one fire truck was sent to a Lake Madison campground. Minnaert said that at the time of the call, a towed camper had already burned at 6437 Evergreen Acres and was a total loss. The fire had caused damage to other campers at the scene.
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MadMan draws over 100 participants

The annual MadMan Triathlon was held at Lake Herman State Park on Saturday morning for the first time in more than 15 years. More than 100 participants competed in the four individual classes -- kids, long course, traditional and Average Joes. There were two teams competing in the relay competition and two teams in the Corporate Course Cup.
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Lake Area Technical College 2021 area graduates

Bellingham - *Garion Mulder. Boyd - Tanner Ryan Johnson. Canby - Riley J Kockelman, *Noah J Steffen, *Jason E Epple, ^Rebecca A Kallhoff, ^Toby August Thompson, ^Cody M Fairchild, Justin A Wernisch, ^Matthew J Groen, ^Matthew J Groen, ^Reid D Hansen, Dylan W Bach, ^Troy M Denelsbeck, ^Alyssa Beckius, *Brook B Bauman-Staab, Mia E Greenman..

One COVID-19 death reported Thursday; active cases and hospitalizations decrease

One additional COVID-19 death was reported in the state Thursday, putting the state’s overall total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic at 2020. The state Department of Health reported fifteen new positive COVID-19 cases Thursday. Active cases in the state dropped below 300, and the number of people hospitalized because of the virus dropped to 34.

County takes action on highway department items

The Lake County Commission has passed a resolution establishing restricted truck traffic on a portion of a county road in the northeast area of the county. Commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution proposed by Highway Superintendent Nels Nelson restricting truck traffic on 220th Street from 463rd to 464th Avenues until the road can be built back up. Nelson said that trucks with heavier loads traveling on the road has done damage to it.
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County approves first reading of temporary ordinance on medical marijuana regulations

The Lake County Commission and the county’s Planning Commission held a joint public hearing Tuesday on the first reading of a temporary ordinance regarding the issuance of local medical cannabis establishment permits and/or licenses. No one presented any testimony during the hearing. The Planning Commission then voted to approve a resolution recommending approval of the temporary ordinance to the county commission.

Four COVID-19 deaths reported in state Monday

The state Department of Health reported four more COVID-19 deaths on Monday. The state reported around 30 new positive coronavirus cases yesterday, with a total of just under 400 active cases statewide and 44 people currently hospitalized because of the virus. There was no change in Lake County’s COVID-19 numbers,...
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County eyes new resurfacing process for SD-34 bypass

Lake County Commissioners joked on Tuesday morning they needed popcorn when Lake County Highway Superintendent Nels Nelson introduced a new method for resurfacing roadways by showing a video. In looking at next year's budget, Nelson is considering the possibility of resurfacing the SD-34 bypass using a method currently used by...

Baltic man sentenced on drug charges in Lake County

A Baltic man has been sentenced on two drug related charges in Lake County. 26-year-old Jared Opland was sentenced last week in Lake County Circuit Court on felony counts of Distribution of One Ounce or Less of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Circuit Judge Pat Pardy sentenced Opland to serve three years in the state penitentiary on the possession charge. The judge suspended the penitentiary sentence based on several conditions, some of which include that he pay fine and costs of more than 11-hundred dollars. On the Distribution charge, Opland was sentenced to serve six months in the state penitentiary and pay fine and costs of more than 11-hundred dollars. Judge Pardy ordered that the two sentences run consecutively.
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Lake County Commission meeting Tuesday

The Lake County Commission is holding its regular meeting on Tuesday morning. On the agenda for commissioners are Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Dave Hare with a revised quote from Guarantee Roofing for the Public Safety Building roof project, and Highway Superintendent Nels Nelson to discuss several items. A public hearing on a temporary special malt beverage license application for the Madison Fire Department will be held at 9:20 tomorrow morning, and Zoning Officer Mandi Anderson will meet with commissioners at 10:00 for a public hearing and second reading of an ordinance amending the official zoning map of Lake County by rezoning certain property.

Active COVID-19 cases stay steady statewide Thursday

Active COVID-19 case numbers remained fairly steady in daily updated information from the state Department of Health Thursday. Active cases statewide decreased some to just more than 400, and the number of hospitalizations remained at just less than 50. The state reported 34 new positive COVID-19 cases yesterday, and no new virus-related deaths.
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Despite rainfall, dry conditions persist

Despite the spring rains that have fallen recently in Lake County and the region, researchers with the U.S. Drought Monitor have reported the expansion of abnormally-dry and moderate-drought conditions in eastern South Dakota counties. The researchers working at the monitoring agency based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln reported the High...