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Summer camps for children are almost always great experiences: youngsters step away from their normal routines, see new things, make new friends and build confidence by doing things they hadn’t considered before.

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We wrote an editorial in September,2020 about a great academic study in Brookings concerning green methods to manage storm water to reduce runoff. We suggested Madison take some of the elements of the completed study to help our city with flood control.

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Amendment C was wholeheartedly rejected by South Dakota’s voters on Tuesday by a margin of 67% to 33%. Some observers consider it a rout, especially since it dealt with limiting taxes and spending, which typically appeals to South Dakotan voters.

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A thorough review of the Lake County siren system is being undertaken after letdowns during recent storms. Blue Valley Public Safety will inspect and repair all sirens in the county, with cooperation from city and county officials.

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We’re not excited about low water levels in Lake County’s lakes and streams, but we are trying to find a silver lining. It might be the opportunity to complete important construction work.

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Madison, once known in brochures as “The City of Lakes and Parks,” provides lots of opportunities for outdoor activities. Let’s get outside this spring, summer and fall to take advantage of them. Parks and open spaces to enjoy are a great municipal benefit, and our city has plenty of amenities:

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A great tradition – established relatively recently – is for the General Beadle Honors Programs at Dakota State University to select a retiring professor to present one last lecture, open to any student, faculty, staff or the public to listen.

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An annual rite of spring, with the school semester winding down, is the search by high school and college students for summer jobs. The year 2022 may be the best opportunity ever for students wanting to boost their future.

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We’ve written about the imminent construction of the Lewis & Clark pipeline to Madison, completing a journey that our city has been on for nearly 30 years, thanks to the long-awaited final portion of money necessary for completion.

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Dakota State University has announced its latest inductees into its Academic Hall of Fame (see Tuesday’s Daily Leader), and they continue a trend of being highly deserving of the honor.

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A unique financing method just may be a solution to upgrading the bypass on the south and west edges of Madison, and Lake County commissioners should explore the idea to its fullest.

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One of the best outdoor recreation areas in South Dakota will soon be full of activity. It’s time we started planning our own time there.

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On Thursday, Gov. Kristi Noem signed House Bill 1092, which was passed by the Legislature, into law. It appropriates $1.25 million to the Board of Regents to create a precision agriculture cybersecurity partnership between Dakota State University in Madison and South Dakota State University …

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How’s this for a roller coaster?

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The city of Madison will update the electronic operating system for the computer controls at its generator plant. The original operating system has stopped working and is no longer supported by the developer.

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We’re glad to see the Lake Area Improvement Corporation work again to financially assist downtown businesses in improving the appearance of their buildings. There are several reasons why this is a good program.

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Load limits were the topic last week at the Lake County Commission meeting as commissioners heard from Highway Department staff and users of the important roadway (see the Feb. 16 Daily Leader).

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Let’s mark 2022 as the year when pool swimming came back to life in Madison.

The Madison Central School Board will consider the resignation of Madison High School head football coach Max Hodgen tonight (Monday). The published agenda for the meeting indicates it will be considered with other personnel changes.

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We wrote in December about a massive housing infrastructure initiative proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem and the need for details in passing and executing the plan.

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We read about a childcare crisis occurring in South Dakota, with plenty of recognition about the problem, but not many solutions in clear sight.

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We support efforts to raise K-12 teacher pay in South Dakota. A bill to help assure that increased state aid to public schools is used primarily to boost teacher pay is working its way through the Legislature.

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Roughly $975 million is coming from the federal government to South Dakota as part of the federal coronavirus relief funding. Decisions on how to spend the money are now pending before the Legislature.

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Some Madison residents have been out of fresh water in two parts of town in recent days, owing to water main breaks due to cold temperatures.

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Two large basketball tournaments will be held in Madison on upcoming weekends, and the events will be a great midwinter boost to our city.

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South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven Jensen is asking the state Legislature for a one-time $5 million appropriation for grants to improve security in county courthouses.

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The Madison Community Center has hired former Dakota State University athletic director Gene Wockenfuss to be the next director, effective Monday. We think the move has great potential for the future of the Community Center.

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We never want to minimize the vast amount of work that the South Dakota Legislature has to accomplish in 35 or 40 days each winter. There are hundreds of bills to consider, a budget to balance and difficult decisions to make on dozens of important topics.

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Pandemic stress, labor shortages and increasing prices are all local concerns as we enter the new year. They deserve our attention, as well as that of elected leaders at the state and local levels.

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The relationship between Madison and Dakota State University has been strong for their entire histories.

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A select committee of nine South Dakota House of Representatives members will meet Tuesday and Wednesday to develop a recommendation to the full House on whether it should impeach Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.

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We wrote in early August about the need for the city of Madison to embark on a substantial tree planting program. Now that winter has arrived, we’re encouraging it even more strongly.

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The Madison City Commission is considering changing when it meets and how often, but first wants input from staff, department heads and various community leaders, according to a story in the Daily Leader last week.

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