At the Miner County Commissioner meeting on Tuesday, March 17, the Commissioners decided to close the Courthouse to the public, effective at 12:00 (noon) until further notice.  Governor Noem of South Dakota has given a directive that non-essential state personnel will stay home; and considering Miner County is a political sub-division of South Dakota, the Commissioners have decided all non-essential personnel will stay home until further notice.  All departments, with the exception of emergency services, law enforcement and highway workers, will operate primarily through department heads, with the least amount of personnel necessary to discharge essential functions.

Essential services will remain open.  However, the public is strongly encouraged to do as much business as possible online, by email or by phone.  You can find the emails and telephone numbers of each department on their department page on the Miner County website.    

Thank you all for your patience as we work through this difficult and unique situation.  The health and safety of our customers, our community and the Miner County employees is our upmost concern.  Please do your best to stay away from public places as much as possible, STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK, and practice good hygiene until we get through this pandemic.  Together, we can keep each other healthy and safe!



was created in 1873 and organized in 1880. It was named for Captain Nelson Miner of Vermillion and Ephriam Miner of Yankton, both of whom were members of the Territorial Legislature in 1873. Captain Miner is credited with assembling the first company of Dakota Territory Militia on January 27, 1862 in Yankton after the US troops stationed here were pulled out to fight in the Civil War.  In 1880 Territorial Governor Ordway named three Commissioners. Forestburg and Howard were contending for the county seat. Howard's victory was said to be due to the large number of graders from out of state working on the railroad. Following a legal battle with citizens from Forestburg, the records were delivered to Howard.

Area: 570 sq. mi. 
Population: 2,389 
Seat: Howard

Commissioners: Roger Wentland, Alex Protsch, Lavonne Durant, Garrett Gassman, Tom Reisch
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Physical Address: 

Miner County Courthouse

Park Ave. & Main St

401 N. Main St.

Howard, SD 57349

2nd Floor


Office Hours: 

8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-5:00pm

Monday - Friday



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