It's National Economic Development Week - May 8 - 13, 2017

Economic Development Week is being celebrated May 8-13 as a way to draw attention to the role economic development plays in making our communities better places to live and work. The Lake Area Improvement Corporation along with the REED fund at East River Electric Power Cooperative and the HELP fund at Heartland Consumers Power District would like to thank the businesses and residents of Madison and Lake County for your continued support. We want to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of the area and facilitate the development and retention of quality jobs. One of the ways we accomplish this is through support and funding from our loan programs. Madison and all of South Dakota are t

The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2017

SMITHSONIAN.COM MAY 2, 2017 1:00PM Your favorite small town probably doesn’t look quite like how Norman Rockwell drew it. Small towns may be united by their modest population sizes, but they’re remarkable for their diversity of character. And so for the sixth-annual round of's America’s Best Small Towns, we set out on a quest to find 20 great slice-of-life (and if you’re Rockland, Maine, also award-winning slice-of-pie) small towns full of unique flavor. To help us on our task, we once again consulted geographical information company Esri (which sorts towns with a population under 20,000) to identify tiny towns chock full of local culture, history and natural beauty. We then

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