Centerville...where YOU make the difference!

Welcome to the community page for the city of Centerville, South Dakota.  On this page you can find all the information on Centerville news, events, businesses, recreational opportunities and more.  We are proud of our little city on the prairie and we invite you to exlore this website and find out why.  Centerville...where YOU make a difference!

Whats Happening in the Community

Centerville Conducting Housing Study


Whether you are originally from Centerville, currently live in Centerville, or may some day consider living in Centerville, we encourage you to take this survey! It will greatly help us out. - Your feedback is important!

This survey is designed to better assist the Centerville Development Corporation with future decisions on housing and the direction for future housing projects in Centerville.

It is our hope that this survey will give us a better understanding for what current housing needs are in Centerville.

No names or personal information will be kept or shared from this survey.

Centerville Runner-Up in Water Taste Test

By Troy Larson, Executive Director

Lewis & Clark Regional Water System


Centerville received the Runner-Up Award at the annual Water Taste Test last Thursday at the South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems’ Annual Technical Conference in Pierre. There were sixteen entries from across the state. Accepting the award was Brad Preheim, who represents the city on the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System’s Board of Directors.

Centerville has been receiving 100 percent of its water from Lewis & Clark since July 2012. “We are very fortunate to have a safe, reliable water source in our community and to know it tastes great is an added bonus. We’d like to extend our thanks to the Lewis & Clark staff and all the predecessors in Centerville that believed in the vision of Lewis & Clark many years ago,” said Preheim.

Executive Director Troy Larson added, “We’re proud to be a partner with Centerville and offer our hearty congratulations to the community on this recognition. For those who have lived in town for a while, I’m sure they would readily agree that Centerville has come a long way in terms of its water quality ever since Lewis & Clark water arrived.”

This year’s water taste test winner was the Mid-Dakota Rural Water System headquartered in Miller. The winner in 2018 was the City of Harrisburg, which receives 100 percent Lewis & Clark water. In 2017 the winner was the Lincoln County Rural Water System, which receives 100 percent Lewis & Clark water. The winner in 2016 was the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. “This is the fourth year in a row that water produced by Lewis & Clark has been either first or second in the water taste test. Our operations team strives mightily to provide the highest quality and most dependable water possible. The recognition received by Centerville is a testament to their efforts,” said Larson.

PHOTO: Brad Preheim (left) receives the Water Taste Test Runner-Up Award from Ron Gillen, President of the South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems.

Centerville Holds First "Celebrate Centerville" Gala Event


Community leaders in Centerville gathered for the first annual Celebrate Centerville Community Gala Event. Here is a follow up article that ran in the Centerville Journal covering the nights events.

Dedication of Local Citizens, Businesses, and Organizations is Why Centerville was Awarded the “Innovative Community of the Year”

“Celebrate Centerville”, a Community Celebration and Gala Event was hosted by the Centerville Development Corporation on Friday, December 14th. The event was held to commemorate the years accomplishments and recognize outstanding individuals and businesses in the community. Other event sponsors were MidAmerican Energy Company, South Dakota Community Foundation and Xcel Energy.

The evening began...continue reading (click here)

Centerville Tornado Days 2019

To Be Held

July 3rd through July 7th


More Details To Come!!! – 

Centerville Development Corporation Selected by Bush Foundation as

Member of Second Community Creativity Cohort


(Centerville, SD – 9/19, 2018) – The Centerville Development Corporation has been selected as a member of the Bush Foundation’s second Community Creativity Cohort. “We are excited to support the amazing work of the Centerville Development Corporation to help make our region better for everyone” said Bush Foundation Community Creativity Portfolio Director Erik Takeshita.


The Centerville Development Corporation is one of 40 organizations from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and the 23 Native nations that share the geography selected by the Foundation for its commitment to making art and culture central to problem solving. All participating organizations are either led by and serving people of color or Indigenous people, and/or are led by and serving people from rural communities or non-metropolitan cities or towns with populations of less than 50,000 people.


“We are thrilled to be a part of the Bush Foundation’s second Community Creativity Cohort and this amazing opportunity. We believe this experience will be invaluable and we can’t wait to see the lasting impact and the benefits it will have on both our organization and our town as we work to further integrate the Arts into our community”, said Jared Hybertson, Centerville’s Community & Economic Development Coordinator.


Each member of the cohort will receive a general operating support grant of $100,000 over a three-year period and access to other funds to help them improve their work and strengthen their organizations. Cohort members were selected from a pool of over 100 applicants from across the region. The program will officially kick off in November 2018 in the Twin Cities at the first annual convening of the Cohort. More information on Community Creativity Cohort 2 and its members can be found at

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The Centerville Development Corporation is the main economic development engine for Centerville South Dakota. The Development Corp. is a 501(c)3 non-profit operated by an 8-member executive board and its Executive Director. The Mission of the Centerville Development Corporation is: To create a friendly, family-oriented community built on traditional values, providing youth with a high-quality education, promoting and supporting local businesses and providing a high quality of life in Centerville.


The Bush Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth. Today, the Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the geography. The Foundation works to inspire and support creative problem solving – within and across sectors – to make the region better for everyone. 

Centerville Gets New Welcome Signs


Two new welcome signs have gone up in Centerville. The first on the side of the historic sale barn near the west entrance into town. The second utilized an unused pole and sign frame in front of STAR Energy in town.


Two more new welcome sign projects are also scheduled to take place this year at the northeast entrance of town by the track and football complex and along the beach road before the bridge.

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City of Centerville
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Centerville, SD 57014

Phone: 605-563-2302


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