When the spring semester ended three months ago, school administrators were hoping COVID-19 would continue to decline sharply during the summer and pose few problems in the fall. But they remained alert to the possibility that it would increase again.
More progress is being made on one of Madison's largest infrastructure projects in its history. A multi-year, multi-phase water project affecting several parts of the city started in 2020 and includes substantial underground piping as well as a new water tower.
The surprising decision of gymnastics star Simone Biles to withdraw from Olympic competition this week brings another high-profile story to the discussion of mental health.
In a world that has experienced a myriad of change over the past 16 months, Madison, S.D., has kept pace. From masking up to social distancing to new vaccinations, every business, every household has made changes necessary to stay healthy and plan for the long term.
We've been reading about wildfires in California, Oregon and Colorado, all states far away. But the idea of wildfires in South Dakota shouldn't be far from our minds.
Effective July 5, the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) changed its reporting of COVID-19 numbers from a daily basis to weekly. We believe the change should be reversed and that data should be reported every morning again.
The world awaits the XXXII Olympiad, postponed from a year ago due to COVID-19. Opening ceremonies in Tokyo, Japan, will be Friday and closing ceremonies are scheduled for Aug. 8.
It's hard to believe that in America in 2021 there are people who are hungry. We are a nation of plenty and yet we have populations of adults and children who are nutritionally challenged. In most communities, and certainly in Madison, there is an avenue for individuals to receive food parce…
Gov. Kristi Noem late Tuesday suspended the state Secretary of Corrections and the warden at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls, following a briefing from the Bureau of Human Resources about an anonymous complaint. Thursday, she took the further steps of terminating the warden and deputy …
Repairs to the Madison Aquatic Center should be complete by the end of this year. A broken ventilation system caused chemical fumes to damage the facility's electrical system and corroded other metal equipment. The damage was discovered earlier this year -- before the traditional summer swim…
July starts the South Dakota peak season for West Nile Virus infections in the state. The City of Madison applied for and received a $5,000 grant from the South Dakota Department of Health for WNV prevention. However, the total amount budgeted for mosquito control is $15,500 and is an expend…
It's hard to keep track of all the federal funds that are flowing out of Washington, D.C., to states, local governments, businesses, schools and individuals. But a recent tranche of funding intended for South Dakota schools should help in tangible ways.
We're heading into the 4th of July weekend, a celebration of the freedoms that generations of Americans have fought for and are privileged to enjoy. And as we celebrate the red, white and blue, it's also a great time to think about the sacrifices made by members of our military.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided funding for a number of relief and mitigation projects for Madison over recent decades, and the city is better off for it.
Good leadership is something every business, organization and company looks for and values. And while it can be driven to some degree by an individual's personality, integrity and common sense, there are a lot of tools and philosophies that can be learned to enhance and drive those skillsets.
South Dakota attorney general Jason Ravnsborg is going on trial as a defendant in late August. A recent court document filed on his behalf objects to cameras or audio recordings during the trial.
A matching grant program intended to improve the appearance of downtown Madison is off to a great start, and we'd like to see the effort continued for a second phase.
Last year at this time, our softball and baseball diamonds were empty. If kids enjoyed water play, it was in their back yard or with family at the lake. Tourist attractions were closed and staycations took the place of vacations.
We're excited to see all the summer activity at Dakota State University this month. Not all summers are busy on campus, and the 2020 season was completely shut down due to COVID-19.
A federal loan forgiveness program has been temporarily halted to consider the racial discrimination implications. But this story may be a bit different than you're used to reading.
"`Future Farmers of America' was founded by a group of young farmers in 1928. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They taught us that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting -- it's a science, it's a business and it's a…
Our hats are off to the Madison Fire Department for organizing a schedule of splash zones during June and early July (see last Wednesday's Daily Leader). We think the idea is one of the best we've heard this year.
Madison's stone-walled Memorial Creek is a gem of the city. It enters on the north edge of town, winds through residential areas and parks and flows past churches and commercial property. It eventually pairs up with Silver Creek, which runs through the city from the west, and exits the city …
Great cities are walking cities. That expression is often used for large metropolitan cities like New York, Boston or San Francisco. But the same holds true for small cities like Madison.
One of the signature elements of a successful community or area is activity based on vision and geared towards growth. The vision piece is driven by engaged community citizens and business leaders that know the strengths and weaknesses of their geography and infrastructure and work toward br…
Gov. Kristi Noem announced she has asked the South Dakota Board of Regents to set policies that preserve certain educational curriculum in the state's universities. It comes as a response to a push by some to redefine some elements of American history.
There's a car accident and a family member requires a blood transfusion. Or a loved one has a medical condition that requires regular blood transfusions. Most people expect that area hospitals and medical centers will have the blood when needed, but that's not always the case.
Good conditions have allowed local farmers to get into fields to plant corn and soybeans. With the price of corn about double what it was a year ago, and soybeans up about 90%, the prospects are good for a strong season.
As state residents, we want everyone to have what they need to live happily and successfully. No one wants their neighbors or family members to be hungry or cold or hot, depending on the season.
While a cyberattack on an East Coast pipeline company may seem distant to us in Lake County, it does give us a stark example of something that could happen here.
Gov. Kristi Noem told South Dakota's tourism industry on Monday to prepare for a strong rebound this summer, following effects of the coronavirus pandemic on nationwide travel (see story in Tuesday's Daily Leader).
A Canadian company would like to mine uranium in southwest South Dakota and is seeking appropriate permits from the state. While that process is necessary, we believe the project should be rejected just based on common environmental sense.
COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on our community, our nation and the world. Families have experienced the loss of loved ones, businesses have closed or experienced severe cutbacks and, as a nation, we've been shut-ins.
As reported in the Daily Leader, the Madison Aquatic Center suffered damage over the winter when the ventilation system failed, leading to corrosion of important components of the mechanical systems.
The Lake County Road and Bridge Advisory Committee has begun reaching out to community groups. Created in August to make recommendations to the Lake County Commission, the concept of the advisory committee has merit and should provide valuable input; however, we would like to see the meeting…
Former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday on three counts related to the killing of George Floyd in 2020. We did not watch the entire trial and, therefore, can make no conclusions about the verdicts.
The Madison City Commission merged the recreation trail committee into the overall Park Board last month, but that shouldn't mean our city's interest in expanding recreational trails is ending.
Two weeks back, we wrote about the academic research success of South Dakota's public universities. Now, we follow up with a recommendation: use that research to improve health, business, justice and many other parts of our lives.
We'll admit skepticism when former Gov. Mike Rounds proposed nearly two decades ago the state's public universities dramatically step up their research efforts.
South Dakota is accustomed to large-scale projects. The Oahe Dam near Pierre is composed of 92 million cubic yards of earth fill and creates the fourth largest reservoir in the United States. Crazy Horse memorial between Custer and Hill City, when finished, will be the second largest sculptu…
The South Dakota Legislature approved a $5.1 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. Conservative budgeting will likely provide plenty of leftover funds a year from now.
The South Dakota Legislature has appropriated an additional $75 million investment in broadband internet capacity in the state. Gov. Kristi Noem proposed the investment in her December budget address.