The Miner County Courthouse is now open to the public.  However, we strongly encourage you to do as much business as possible online, by email, by phone, or by utilizing the drop-box on the north side of the building.  You can find the emails and telephone numbers of each department on their department page on our 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 wear a mask, if 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!


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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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