About Yankton

Yankton South Dakota

The Start of South Dakota’s Story

Yankton may be South Dakota’s most historic town, but the river that it created is timeless.

Life in Yankton has always revolved around the Missouri River. Native Americans followed the river’s flow to their destinations centuries ago. They named the land E-Hank-Ton-Wan, which means “people of the end village.”

Without the Missouri, Yankton might not exist. The river brought steamboats and their captains to Yankton. Steamboats brought not only color and expansion to the budding town; they also brought technology and skilled people.

Now, the river provides recreation to hundreds of thousands of people who walk its shores every year. Visit and see what the Missouri means to you.

Contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about our great city – Yankton, South Dakota and the surrounding area.

Yankton Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau’s mission is to increase the economic impact and facilitate the continued development of the visitor industry in Yankton. Its staff is dedicated to promoting tourism in Yankton and helping all businesses benefit from the economic impact of visitor spending.


Kasi Haberman, Director

Kasi is the Director of Visit Yankton, and thinks that she has one of the most rewarding jobs in the Yankton area.

Kasi is tasked with promoting and marketing Yankton as the BEST tourism destination in the Midwest. Collaborating with members of the local tourism industry, she utilizes a multitude of channels to push Yankton’s tourism message above other destinations to increase the economic impact for the benefit of the entire area.

Prior to assuming the role as Director of Visit Yankton, Kasi held the position of Marketing Manager for General Growth Properties, overseeing the marketing functions for both the Westroads and Oak View shopping malls located in Omaha, NE.

Kasi’s favorite pastime is with family and friends at Lewis & Clark Lake or the Missouri National Recreational River, which is one of the main reasons she and her family chose to move “home”, away from the hustle and bustle of Omaha.

Growing up in Crofton, Nebraska, just a short 10-minute jaunt down Hwy 81, it is no surprise that she is an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan and is proud to say that she makes the BEST homemade Runzas. (She says, “If you don’t know what a Runza is, you haven’t been to a Nebraska Cornhusker Football Game.”)  #GBR! ❤?

Yankton CVB Advisory Council

The Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Advisory Council is made up of individuals from throughout the Yankton area that cross-represent visitor industry related businesses. The Council serves in an advisory capacity to the CVB Director.

Ann Riley – Holiday Inn Express, General Manager
Mason Schramm – Meridian District, Board Member
Karla Zeutenhorst – United States Corps of Engineers, Park Ranger
Jeff VanMeeteren – Lewis & Clark Recreation Area – Regional Park Manager
Michael Grave – Lewis and Clark Resort – Owner/Operator
Todd Larson – City of Yankton, Director Parks and Recreation
Brittany LaCroix – City of Yankton, Events & Promotions Coordinator
Brittany Salonen – National Field Archery Association, Marketing & Trade Show Manager
Dugan Smith – National Park Service, Interpretive Park Ranger
Heidi Marsh – Fresh Produce, Account Executive
Michelle Donner – 6th Meridian Hop Farm/Counterfeit Catering, Owner/Operator
Crystal Nelson – Dakota Territorial Museum, Director
Matt & Kelsey Hunhoff –  Czecker’s Sports Bar & Grill, Owner/Operator
Micki Schievelbein – Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, Advertising Director
Bridget Benson – City of Yankton, Commissioner



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