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History of Yankton County

Bordered on the south by the Missouri River, Yankton County has played an integral part in South Dakota history.

1861 heralded the first territorial government, with the City of Yankton being designated the capital of Dakota Territory. Steamboat trade flourished and in 1873 the first railroad line connected Yankton and Sioux City, Iowa.

The County was named for the Yankton band of the Sioux Indians. History suggests that Meriwether Lewis and George Rogers Clark were the first white men to set foot on Yankton County soil. Pelagie LaBarge is the first known white woman to journey to Yankton County, arriving in 1847 with her husband, a steamboat captain. Joseph R. Hanson was the first settler in 1859. 1861 also witnessed the first official newspaper, “The Weekly Dakotan”, being published.

The first school, held in the home of Dr. Abram Van Osdel, opened in December of 1862. Governor Howard selected Yankton County as the site for the state insane hospital in September of 1878. Yankton City and County lost the fight to retain the status of Territorial Capital in 1883 and the capital was moved to Bismark, ND.

The rich history of the County is preserved through many landmark buildings, historical sites and the written word.

Announcements

Yankton County - Office CLOSED
Monday, June 26, 2017

Yankton County Offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th.

Yankton County Emergency Management
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

You can text YCOEM to 898211 to receive up to date emergency information.

Highway Department - Notice to Irrigators
Monday, June 12, 2017

We will be enforcing irrigators that are overspraying so please make sure you are checking your center pivots and only spraying on land authorized for irrigation.

Weed & Pest Department - Nuisance (Spring Time) vs Vector (Summer) Mosquitos
Monday, May 15, 2017
Yankton County Weed Dept - Noxious Weeds MUST Be Controlled
Monday, April 10, 2017

Weed Department announces that they will be begin inspections on May 1, 2017 for noxious weeds. Read More

Yankton County Weed Dept - No Spray Program
Monday, April 10, 2017

Weed Department requests if property owners do NOT want their property sprayed for noxious weeds, please complete this form. No Spray Request Form

Highway Department Hours
Monday, April 10, 2017

We are currently in our Summer Hours, which are 6:30am thru 5:00pm Monday thru Thursday.

YC Observer March 31, 2017 article - Yankton Co spends less per person than similar counties
Monday, April 3, 2017
Highway Department - NAPA Junction
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Planning and Zoning - 2017 Calendar
Thursday, February 9, 2017
2017 Calendar
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Yankton County EMS 2017 CPR Class Schedule
Monday, November 21, 2016

Upcoming Meetings

Commission Meeting

Date: July 5, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Planning Commission Meeting

Date: July 11, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Commission Meeting

Date: July 18, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Planning Commission Meeting

Date: July 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Commission Meeting

Date: August 1, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Planning Commission Meeting

Date: August 8, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Commission Meeting

Date: August 15, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Planning Commission Meeting

Date: August 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Commission Meeting

Date: September 5, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Planning Commission Meeting

Date: September 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Main Phone:
605.260.4400

Address:
321 West 3rd Street, Suite 100 Yankton, SD 57078

Office Hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm CST, Monday-Friday
Closed on Holidays, Saturdays, & Sunday

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