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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

Highway Department - Road Closing
Monday, April 25, 2016

We will be closing 441st Street, from US Hwy 81 thru 441st Avenue.

EMS Week - 2016 Water Safety
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Educating on the importance of water safety Click to read more

EMS - AED Checkup
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Yankton County EMS AED Checkup
Thursday May 19, 2016 from 10am-2pm
805 Capitol Street
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Yankton County Highway - Road Closed
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

We will be closing 451st Avenue, between 309th & north into Volin SD for bridge repair. #68-230-162

Weed Dept - Noxious Weed
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Noxious Weeds MUST be controlled. Inspections will begin on May 1, 2016.
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Highway Department Hours
Monday, April 4, 2016

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

EMS Week - May 15 thru 21, 2016
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

More information to follow

Highway Department Quote Listing
Thursday, March 3, 2016

If you are interested in being on the Highway Department's Quote List for Projects under $50,000 (per SDCL-5-15A-14), please Contact Us.

2016 Calendar
Friday, January 1, 2016
Observed Holidays
Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following day, Christmas Day

Commission Meetings

Meeting of May 3, 2016

Date: May 3, 2016
Time: 4:00
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Executive Session

Date: April 28, 2016
Time: 1:00
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Meeting of April 26, 2016

Date: April 26, 2016
Time: 4:00
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Meeting of April 5, 2016

Date: April 5, 2016
Time: 4:00
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Meeting of March 14, 2016

Date: March 14, 2016
Time: 4:00
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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