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The community of Estelline, named after the daughter of a Federal judge, was incorporated in 1882. Estelline, which means “Little Star” is located on U.S. Hwy. 28, seven miles west of Interstate 29. Like many Midwest communities, the early days of Estelline were based on the arrival of the railroad. The entrepreneurial spirit of this community was alive in the early 1900’s as a creamery was built to meet the needs of the growing community. Progressive minded farmers took advantage of the opportunity by selling cream locally in an effort to maintain a more prosperous outlet for their products.

One of the landmarks for the community has been the gazebo at the south end of Main Street. Originally constructed in 1928 by volunteers, the gazebo has weathered the times of Estelline and stands as the proud entrance to the community.

Today, Estelline hosts a bit of the past, the present, and the future. New business ventures can be found amongst landmarks like Ward’s Shopping Center (early 1950s).

Estelline is a community full of life and character, from the historic Gazebo off Main Street to the Estelline High School, Home of the Redhawks. As the residents and city officials continue to make efforts to improve their already cherished community, they welcome you so that you might call Estelline home as well.


Event Calendar/Notices:

NOTICE: If you have pictures, events, or information you would like to see posted on this web site, please e-mail the city. Contact Information for the Electric Sign: or call 605-873-2388.

March 4: The Estelline American Legion Auxiliary Unit 184 will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Legion Hall.

March 5: The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SD-DOT) will hold a virtual public meeting until March 5 to inform and obtain comments from area residents on the proposed project to reconstruct Highway 28 from Estelline to Highway 15. Project information will be posted on the department’s website at Area residents, business owners, and daily commuters are encouraged to participate in the virtual public meeting. Comments and questions on the virtual public meeting will be accepted until March 5, 2021.Members of the public may submit questions or provide comments by completing an online form on the site, or by calling 605-367-5680. Any individuals with disabilities who will require a reasonable accommodation to access the information on the website may submit a request to the department’s ADA Coordinator at 605-773-3540 or 1-800-877-1113 (Telecommunication Relay Services for the Deaf). For further information regarding this project, contact Paul Nikolas, road design engineer at 605-367-5680 or by email at

March 7: Rough Riders 4-H Club meeting will be at the Wittnebel home at 5 p.m.

March 17: Estelline Community Oil Company Annual Meeting will be held at the Estelline Legion Hall at 10 a.m.

March 17: Estelline Coop Grain Co. Annual Meeting will be held at the Estelline Legion Hall at 1 p.m.

March 28: Rough Riders 4-H Club horse safety meeting

April 13: Estelline School Election

April 23: Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is offering Ladies Night Out as a free event for women wanting to socialize, learn about health and wellness, and have fun. In 2021 join us for a an online event this year. Stay tuned for more details on how to RSVP for the free virtual event.

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Landfill Regulations

Recycle Days: First and Third Monday of every month. if a holiday falls on Monday, the service will be delayed one day.

Rural School Museum Open - Museum can be open any time by calling 873-2563.

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