Commissioners

Yankton County Commissioners

Cheri Loest

Chair Cheri was elected to the Yankton County Commission in January 2019. She grew up on a family farm south of Wessington, South Dakota. Her family raised cattle, hogs, sheep and horses and harvested small grain crops and alfalfa. Her parents both worked off the farm, so she and her sister did a majority of the chores. Cheri earned a chemical engineering degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and joined the ag-processing industry to produce corn sweeteners and design ethanol facilities. This experience was the basis for earning her Professional Chemical Engineering (P.E.) license. After 14 years, she returned to her first love, teaching. Next obtaining a Master of Education, she devoted three wonderful years teaching math and chemistry to students at Yankton High. At that time, she and her husband Greg decided that her becoming a stay-at-home mom would be the best for their two boys. Cheri supports their soccer love by serving as secretary/treasurer for Yankton Soccer and pursuing construction of a new soccer complex for the next generation. The balance of her time is spent tending pasture land, gardening and enjoying the four seasons of South Dakota life. The Loest family resides near Utica. Send an Email

Joe Healy

Co-Chair Joe was elected to the Yankton County Commission in January 2019. He graduated from Yankton High School and went on to get an Electrical Engineering degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He worked in design and manufacturing in Yankton for 10 years and is currently working full time on his family farm. He and his wife enjoy raising their three children in the community that they grew up in. Send an Email

Dan Klimisch

Commissioner Dan was elected to the Yankton County Commission in January 2019. He was born and raised on a small family farm near Utica, SD. His family homesteaded in Yankton County in 1886 and has been farming in this community for over 132 years. Dan is a graduate of Yankton High School and South Dakota State University. He has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The University of Mary. Dan is a retired Army Officer and decorated combat veteran who has served multiple overseas tours of duty and is very involved with local veterans groups. Additionally, Dan serves as a director for the James River Water Development District, and farms part-time with his family. Send an Email

Don Kettering

Commissioner Don was elected to the Yankton County Commission in January 2015. Send an Email

Gary Swensen

Commissioner Gary was elected to the Yankton County Commission in January 2017. He grew up on the family farm in Yankton County. 2002-2005 Non traditional full time student U.S.D. Vermillion History Ed. Criminal Justice, Mechanics/Auto Body graduate U.S.D. Springfield. He worked for 25 years at Kaneb (NuStar) Pipeline and Great Lakes Naval Station Chicago, Il..(NAVFAC). Current Class A with Heavy equipment, scheduling, fleet purchasing, maintenance and experience on reconstruction of I-29 and I-90. Former third generation farmer and is a (former) Reserve Deputy for Yankton County Sheriff Dave Hunhoff... Vietnam Era Veteran past Commander of American Legion current member of Post #193 Irene, Recently retired from TransCanada (Keystone) Crude Oil Pipeline. Send an Email

Announcements

Possible Quorum
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

There will be a possible quorum of the Yankton County Commissioners and the Yankton County Planning Commissioners on Monday, October 26, 2020 at the Yankton Archery Center for the Farm Forum Event at 7:00 pm. The public is welcome to attend.

Yankton County
Friday, October 9, 2020

There will be a Drainage Commission Meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm in the Commission Meeting Room. To learn more about this meeting and what it will be about CLICK HERE.

Press Release
Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Yankton County Office of Emergency Management has issued a press release regarding the measures that Yankton County is taking to keep the staff and public safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and due to the increasing number of cases in our community. To read the press release CLICK HERE.

Highway Department Hours
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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

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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