Wentworth, 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 Both of them have withdrawn from the race.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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New church in Arlington holds first service

Last Sunday, Aug. 7, saw the first official service for a new church in Kingsbury County. Arlington Baptist Church held its inaugural public service in their new building, located at 106 S. Main Street, which used to house a dog grooming business. The church’s pastor, Robbie McClelland, also serves as...
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Working on a Lake Poinsett Improvement Plan

The East Dakota Water Development District based in Brookings is working with residents around Lake Poinsett. East Dakota Manager Jay Gilbertson says they have been working on a plan for a while….. Gilbertson says the lake has had high water for a while…. Gilbertson says finding consensus on...

Madison Girl’s Tennis This Weekend

The first match for Madison Girl’s tennis was this past Saturday in Spearfish, where they started out slow, but improved as they morning went on. The Madison girls won tie breaks in five matches to pull out a 5-4 team victory over Spearfish. They had one match with two set tie breaks, and four matches with third set super tie breaks.

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.

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.

Serving up a win

The entire team at Mad Mary’s Steakhouse in Flandreau is waiting patiently this week to learn whether they’ve been selected by Celebrity Chef Justin Warner and selected ranchers, as the top steakhouse in South Dakota in a competition deemed the Sturgis Beef Throwdown. They know, however, that they...

Who’s in the Dunk Tank next Tuesday

Put the new Flandreau Flier Booster Club Falls Sports Rally on your calendar for next Tuesday, August 16. It will be a night of food, games, fun and gathering just before the fall sporting events begin. It all happens at the Moody County Fairgrounds just west of the Flier Booster...

Was it enough?

Will recent rains be enough for area farmers to guarantee a healthy harvest this fall? The question is one many are still asking after Mother Nature dropped anywhere from half inch to more than three inches of precipitation across the county this past weekend. The U.S. Drought Watch late last...

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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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.

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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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...

AUDIO: Jacks offense returns a wealth of talent

BROOKINGS, S.D. ( – South Dakota State football was picked second overall in the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason coaches poll and will be returning a wealth of talent on the offensive side of the ball. Running back Isaiah Davis, wide receiver Jaxon Janke and tight end Tucker Kraft...

Mudcats Advance to Quarterfinals, Cubs Fall Short

Last night, two more Cornbelt teams had the chance to move on to the quarterfinals in the Class B Amateur Baseball State Tournament, with the Dell Rapids Mudcats advancing. The Salem Cubs played the Dimock/Emery Raptors with a trip to the quarterfinals on the line, and both teams kept it close heading into the bottom of the sixth after the Cubs tied it up at 2-2. In the bottom of the sixth though, the Raptors scored five runs in the inning, seemingly breaking away from the Cubs.

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.