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Rep. George Santos is a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing New York’s Third Congressional District. He was elected on a platform of lies. This isn’t political rhetoric; the lies were discovered and he has admitted to them.

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The South Dakota Senate has approved a bill to distribute $200 million of state and federal funds for loans and grants for use by communities for infrastructure related to construction of workforce housing. The bill passed on a 29-2 vote Friday and heads to the House of Representatives and t…

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Gov. Kristi Noem presented her State of the State address Tuesday afternoon, and we heard plenty that would involve Madison and Lake County. There are other rumblings among legislators that are specific to our community, as well.

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The FY23 appropriations bill that was signed into law by President Joe Biden on Dec. 29 includes money to bring Lewis & Clark water to Madison. We’re eager to see the final touches on the long-awaited project.

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Madison has a resource that needs to be used more: the recycling center. The city’s recycling program is a necessity, yes, but it’s also a great setup that could be more effective, and we should take steps to go in that direction.

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Madison’s city Electric Department issued a Winter Weather Advisory alert this week, noting that extremely cold temperatures this week will cause the city to buy extra electricity at higher rates. The city then asked consumers to be conservative with their electricity usage this week to help…

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In the next couple of weeks, a small 16-word section of the military authorization bill will likely cause more United States Service academy graduates to live up to the commitment they made. It’s a good provision, and we hope it stays in the bill.

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Billions of dollars have been lost by investors, speculators and gamblers who bought crypto currencies. The most high-profile collapse recently – FTX cryptocurrency exchange – appears to show $8 billion missing.

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South Dakota’s Nov. 8 ballots included 44 circuit court elections in every corner of the state. Forty-one of those elections included just one candidate, who each won 100% of the vote in their circuit.

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I dreamed about playing football on Trojan Field while I was in high school. Whenever the Trojans played a home game, I tried to be in the stands watching and just thinking, ‘I want to be on that field someday.’

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The state Legislature’s study committee on jails and correctional plans approved its final recommendations Tuesday, and they are good. But the real action can only come when the full Legislature meets in January.

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Dakota State University’s second History and Ethics Forum will be held in Madison later this week, and the keynote speaker is a person we’ve admired for a long while.

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Eight South Dakota legislators are calling for a special session of the state Legislature in November to repeal the state sales tax on groceries. We think a hastily called special session is the wrong thing to do.

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Lake County Sheriff Tim Walburg will retire early next year, and the Lake County Commission is tasked with appointing a new sheriff for the final two years remaining on Walburg’s term. His retirement date is set for Jan. 8, 2023, and the election for the new term will be in November 2024.

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As the “baby boomer” generation retires or drops out of the work force, there is still one more important task: pass on knowledge they’ve gained over decades of work experience to those who need it today.

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The South Dakota Retirement System, which helps more than 60,000 active and retired public employees with retirement funding, finished the 2022 fiscal year on June 30 with a net loss on investments of 0.6%. That doesn’t sound good, until it’s put in the context of the investing world.

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The Madison Police Department has installed license plate reading cameras around the city (see Tuesday’s Daily Leader) in an effort to catch more lawbreakers, and perhaps discourage others from breaking the law.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Tuesday that Dakota State University in Madison will receive nearly $1 million in new funding to help small businesses develop their cybersecurity infrastructure.

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Inflation (as measured by the consumer price index) over the last 12 months has been 8.5%, among the highest rates in decades. From 2015-20, inflation averaged only about 1.5% per year.

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One of the three legislative groups working on corrections this summer has started to prioritize its ambitions. And that may help the other groups, which include a study of regional jails and juvenile corrections.

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