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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 - 301st Street
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Work has began on 301st Street. Phase 1, Step 1 started on May 22, 2018. Click here for more detail

County Offices - CLOSED
Monday, May 21, 2018

County Offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018.

EMS - AED Checkup Event
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

There will be an AED Checkup Event on Friday, May 25, 2018 from 10am to 2pm. At 805 Capitol Street, call 668-9033 for more information

Highway Department - Road Closed
Monday, May 14, 2018

We will be closing 294th Street between 450th & 449th Avenue for bridge replacement (68-217-030) starting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. This road will be closed potentially for (4) weeks dependent on the weather.

Yankton County Weed Dept - Noxious Weeds MUST Be Controlled
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Weed Department announces that they will be begin inspections on May 1, 2018 for noxious weeds.

Highway Department Hours
Monday, April 30, 2018

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

Auditor's Office -
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Absentee voting for the June 5, 2018 primary will start on April 20, 2018.

Highway Department - 2018 Projects
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

We now have an interactive map located under the Highway Department's Quick Links showing 2018 Projects for both the County and the City.

Highway Department - Rolling Hills Bridge
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Work has begun on the replacement of the bridge in Rolling Hills. Click here for project plan map

Highway Department - Signage Project
Monday, March 19, 2018

Replacement of E911 Address signs will begin approximately March 28th. This project is SD DOT Grant Funded and contractor appointed. The contractor states they will begin on the west half of Yankton County.

2018 Calendar
Monday, January 1, 2018
EMS - CPR Classes
Monday, January 1, 2018
Yankton County Emergency Management
Monday, January 1, 2018

You can text YCOEM to 85511 to receive up to date emergency information.

Yankton County Commission Meeting Policy & Form
Thursday, November 23, 2017

Upcoming Meetings

Canvass/Commission Meeting

Date: June 7, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Commissioner's Meeting Room

Special Commission Meeting

Date: June 11, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM
Place: Commissioner's Meeting Room

2019 Budget

Planning Commission Meeting

Date: June 12, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Commissioner's Meeting Room

Commission Meeting

Date: June 19, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Commissioner's Meeting Room

Drainage Commission Meeting

Date: June 26, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Commissioner's Meeting Room

Commission Meeting

Date: July 3, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Commissioner's Meeting Room

Planning Commission

Date: July 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Commissioner's Meeting Room

Commission Meeting

Date: July 17, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Commissioner's Meeting Room

Drainage Commission Meeting

Date: July 24, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Commissioner's Meeting Room

Commission Meeting

Date: August 7, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Commissioner's Meeting Room

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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