Ramona, SD

Dems withdraw from District 7 House race

Some changes in the District 7 State House race. The two Republican candidates were determined at the June 7th primary — they are Melissa Heermann and Roger DeGroot. The two Democratic candidates were Mary Perpich and Lisa Johnsen. Both of them have withdrawn from the race. Candidates had until...
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Sheriff’s Office responds to two-vehicle crash Tuesday

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on US Highway 81 at its intersection with 220th Street on Tuesday morning. The report was at 7:15 Tuesday morning. Sheriff Tim Walburg said that a 15-year-old from Arlington was driving east on 220th Street, stopped for the stop sign, attempted to make a left turn onto the highway, and pulled out in front of another vehicle. That vehicle was driven by 57-year-old Brian Briggs of Watertown, who was traveling south on Highway 81.
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Madison Central students will have free meals first two weeks of school

Students in the Madison Central School District will not have to pay for meals for the first couple of weeks of the new school year. Madison Central School Board members on Monday approved a recommendation from Business Manager Mitchell Brooks to provide free student meals from the first day of classes on August 23rd through September 2nd. Brooks said there are a couple of reasons he recommended the school board approve this.
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Madison's BankWest grows as it approaches two years

The community of Madison boasts seven banks or credit unions within its borders. One of the newest in town is BankWest, located on the south side of Madison on the bypass. BankWest has had customers in the Madison area for well over 10 years, but it didn’t start operations here until 2019, when it established a lending office. On Aug. 24, 2020, the South Dakota Division of Banking director Bret Afdahl signed the Madison branch’s certificate of authority, allowing BankWest to operate as a full branch bank. After a few months of preparation, BankWest opened as a full service branch on Nov. 4, 2020.

Legion recognizes Purple Heart recipients

To commemorate South Dakota’s Purple Heart Recognition Day, De Smet’s American Legion Post 138 hosted a ceremony in the theater of the De Smet Event and Wellness Center on Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. A good turnout of local residents came to pay their respects to those from our nation’s military who have earned this medal.

Pochop creates lifelong memories through quilts

Oldham community members are gearing up for a Potato Day weekend Aug. 12–14. Various activities start on Friday including a bean bag tournament and karaoke. On Saturday at 1:30, there will be a parade, along with various activities in the park. The museum will also be open from 1-4 p.m. At 10:30 on Sunday, worship in the Park with Pastor Wanda Biel will be held. Bring a lawn chair.

It was a perfect night for Smoke Out in the Park

Kingsbury Journal hosted the second annual Smoke Out in the Park in Lake Preston Thorsnes Park on Saturday night. What was looking like a rainy day turned out to be a perfect night to enjoy some BBQ ribs with people throughout the whole county and beyond coming to enjoy. A...

Madison Central prepares for start of school year amid ongoing city street projects

Madison Central School District staff and teachers are getting ready for students to return for the 2022-23 school year. Superintendent Joel Jorgenson said that there is an Inservice for new teachers on Thursday, and Inservice for all teachers next Monday through Wednesday. Open houses for students will be held next Thursday and Friday, the 18th and 19th, before students return for the first day of classes on Tuesday, August 23rd.
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Gevo To Start Building South Dakota SAF Plant in September

Boeing and Gevo customer Alaska Airlines have been flight testing SAF. [Courtesy: Boeing/Paul Weatherman]. Colorado-based Gevo (NASDAQ: GEVO) plans to break ground this September on a new facility in Lake Preston, South Dakota, that will produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other low-carbon fuels. “It’s going to show the world...
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Good turnout at Madison community blood drive

Madison hosted the Community Blood Bank for South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa on Monday and Tuesday. Community members gathered in line outside the two buses to donate blood that could be the key to a stranger’s survival. The drive had 79 donors on Monday and 56 on Tuesday for...

Madison Central schools need more substitute teachers for 2022-23 school year

The Madison Central School Board approved a number of items as part of the district’s personnel action during its meeting on Monday. Among the new hires approved by the board are two Elementary school teachers for the 2022-23 school year – BreeAna Klekas and Berin Johns, along with a part-time office professional for the Elementary School – Maria Brown. The school board also approved the hiring of a custodian, and one middle, one elementary, and two high school paraprofessionals, along with several other coaching positions. During his administrator’s report, Superintendent Joel Jorgenson outlined the positions still available in the school district at this time.
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Dakota Cinema prepares for more renovations

Kelli Brown always liked movies, but not to the point that she thought she would someday own her own movie theater. For the past couple of years, she has been a co-owner at Dakota Cinema, Madison’s local theater. Brown is a native of Carthage and a high school graduate...

Back to School Plan approved for Madison Central School District

The Madison Central School Board approved the district’s Back to School Plan for the 2022-23 school year during its regular meeting on Monday. The Back to School Plan is a document that the district is required to have in place regarding its plans for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and is reviewed by a committee.
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Local P.E.O. chapter hands out scholarships

The P.E.O. was founded in Iowa in 1869 as the Philanthropic Educational Organization with the goal of promoting educational opportunities for women. The organization then spread into South Dakota and into Madison. Today, Madison has three P.E.O. chapters in town. One of those chapters is Chapter CP. While the national...