- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota county that includes the former capital city of Dakota Territory is asking voters to set aside some money to preserve its historic nature.

Voters in Yankton County will be asked on Election Day whether to create a historic preservation ordinance with a special property levy. The Yankton Press and Dakotan reports the ordinance wouldn’t raise taxes but divert an estimated $70,000 in funds away from money that’s already collected.

Yankton was the capital of Dakota Territory from 1861 until 1883.

Director of the Dakota Territorial Museum Crystal Nelson says historic structures like the Mead Building need to be protected. A former treatment center for the mentally ill, preservationists have been working to restore the Mead Building for years.

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/

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