Madison SD Chamber of Commerce

Madison Daily Leader, June 9, 1917

February 11

Robbed and Deserted, Went to Sleep on Track

This morning in Justice Sponholz’s court, James Cronin was arraigned for drunkenness and pleaded guilty. The commitment of 30 days in jail was suspended, and he was dismissed. The man was formerly known in Lake County to some extent, and is a bricklayer by trade, but wanders from place to place in search of work.

Cronin was found by Sheriff E.A. Keller on the railroad track about four miles southeast of Madison yesterday afternoon in an intoxicated condition. The train from the south had stopped on seeing a man on the track ahead, and removed him. Coming to town they had reported the circumstances, and the sheriff went out to get him. He had returned to the soft gravel between the rails, covered himself with his overcoat, removed his hat and shoes and had again gone to sleep.

The man was in a pugnacious mood when aroused by Mr. Keller, and declared that he would not go to the automobile about a half mile distant. The sheriff, who was carrying a hickory cane, slapped him on the shins to make him rise, and as he did so the man seized the sheriff’s foot to upset him. After time spent in this way the sheriff lost patience, turned the man across the rail on his face, sat on his head and spanked him roundly. Finally he got him started.

From time to time as they went down the track to the waiting automobile, progress was interrupted by the necessity to persuade Cronin to accompany him. Mr Keller said that he himself had worked up a fine perspiration. The cane was brought into frequent action on the trip.

At the automobile another difficulty occurred as the sheriff cranked the car. Cronin refused to embark. His resistance was overcome here, too, as in the other cases.

At the jail this morning when questioned by the officer he said that he came from Wentworth in company with two other men whom he did not know. They had liquor (obtained in Sioux Falls) and after some time they became somewhat intoxicated. He wanted to stop, and the others waited some time for him. He only remembers that they said they would soon return. He also says that when he left Wentworth he had $40 in his pocket. When found by the sheriff he had 60 cents, and one of his pockets was turned out.

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2009 Chamber Show & Sell Craft Expo

November 27

The largest craft show in the area is TOMORROW, November 28th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse and the DSU Fieldhouse! Admission is FREE and there are over 80 vendors showcasing some great items. Stop by and check it out!

The first drawing for the “Hot Friday” punch card promotion will also take place in the morning. The promotion continues all weekend so keep shopping in Madison for your chance to win!

October 28
This poster will be on display at participating businesses during the Retail Trick or Treat.

This poster will be on display at participating businesses during the Retail Trick or Treat.

Trick or Treat


Children of all ages are invited to the ‘Retail Trick or Treat’ on Saturday, October 31st, from 3:30-5:00 in Madison. Below is a list of participating businesses. Look for the trick or treat poster on display. This event is free and open to the public. Have a fun and safe Halloween!

2nd Street Diner

AmericInn Lodge & Suites

Ameriprise Financial

Bethel Lutheran Home

Books & More

Campbell Supply (Close at 4)

Cocktail Grill

Country Café

Dairy Queen

First Madison Insurance

Golden Living Center


Heritage Senior Living

Jones Ace Hardware

KJAM Radio


Madison Public Library

McDonald’s Restaurant

Montgomery’s Furniture Outlet

One Source/Madison Radio Shack


Pawn Shop/Surplus Store

Prostrollo All-American Auto Mall

Skipper’s Restaurant

Stan’s Men’s & Women’s Apparel

Wireless World

Madison Young Professionals Network

October 22

Attention Madison young professionals! Please join us tonight at the Madison Golf & Country Club for a fun and informative evening. Jessica Charles, from Wells Fargo Bank, will be giving a presentation on identity theft, fraud and your credit.  She has great information to share that we should all be aware of.  This will also be an excellent time to get together and socialize.

For more information, please contact the Madison Chamber of Commerce at 256-2454.

A Night of Great Food, Prizes and Fun Awaits on October 17th in Madison!

October 15

Pheasant hunting season 2009 goes full swing this weekend! We couldn’t think of a better way to spend an evening, after a long day of hunting, enjoying a nice, warm bowl of chili and winning some excellent prizes! And don’t forget about the Longest Tailfeather contest! All the fun starts at 5:30 and goes until 9:00 at the Rooster Rush Chili Feed at Nicky’s in Madison.

Come experience some of the wonderful hospitality Madison has to offer, this Saturday, October 17th at Nicky’s!

Operation Reunite the 211th UPDATE

October 8

GREAT NEWS!  Prices were negotiated with the bus company and instead of bringing two large busses to Madison they will bring one large bus and one small bus so the total cost to bring the troops to Madison is $4770.

Operation Reunite the 211th


Members of the 211th Engineer Battalion Sapper are in Wisconsin and will deploy to Afghanistan shortly.  Approximately 20 are leaving soon and there is an opportunity for the remaining 93 to come home late on October 19th and return to Wisconsin on the 23rd.  There is no funding to bring them home and the cost for two buses is approximately $7000 ($3500 each way).  An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank and donations are being accepted to bring the troops home to be with their families for a few days before they go to Afghanistan.  Anyone interested in making a donation should contact Wells Fargo and make the donation to “Operation Reunite the 211th”.

Please pass this message to your co-workers and friends.

Thank you!

September 30

Rooster Rush October 17th!


The Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with the SD Office of Tourism as they launch their Rooster Rush campaign!  The Chamber is hosting a Rooster Rush Chili Feed event on Saturday, October 17th, from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm at Nicky’s. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased in advance. Whether you hunt pheasants or not, this is an excellent opportunity to enjoy an evening out and possibly win some great prizes.

Raffle tickets are on sale now and the Grand Prize is a Browning BPS 3 ½” shotgun (value $600); 2nd prize is a 2 person/1 day pheasant hunt at the Bird’s Nest (value $350); Longest Tail Feather contest and several other drawings will be held throughout the evening.  Raffle tickets and admission tickets can be purchased at the Chamber or from any Rec & Tourney committee member.

Other non-profit organizations in Madison have joined the Chamber in promoting Rooster Rush.  Together, we are attempting to ‘paint Madison orange’ by placing signs and door clings around town.  We want pheasant hunters that live in Madison and those that have come here from out of town, to know we appreciate them.

Please read the Madison Daily Leader, tune into KJAM, visit the Chamber website (, call the Chamber office or look for posters around town to find out more about Rooster Rush 2009!