To follow up on the story my usefully gossipy readers put on the radar last November, the Madison Community Hospital says publicly it is moving to the south side of Madison. Hospital honcho Tammy Miller says no dirt moves until and unless USDA Rural Development funds the project (ah, government...), but she hopes to have a new building up and taking patients by fall 2014.

Miller says the project will cost $33 million—uff da! That ought to be a lot of local economic stimulus (again, made possible by government).

Miller offers the same assurances she did last December to keep the hospital independent, with "the same working partnerships with Avera McKennan and Sanford Health that exist today."

Elisa Sand's report in tonight's Madison Daily Leader gives no indication of what will become of the old building. Unloading it to Dakota State University (one more instance of useful government!) seems the most logical use for the building, but maybe some entrepreneurs around town have other ideas?