209 N Main St
PO Box 587
605-397-8422
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History

Groton is a city in northeastern South Dakota.  First organized in 1881 as a railroad stop, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad continues to provide major freight service through the southern side of the city.  The city also is now located at the junction of two major highways (US Highway 12 and SD Highway 37). With a growing population of 1,458 people in the 2010 census and home of the Groton Area School consolidated district, there is always activity in this family friendly community.  Sometimes listed as a bedroom to the larger city of Aberdeen (just 18 west of Groton),  Groton has a small, but healthy business district along Highway 12 and downtown, and offers a large range of recreation activities.  The new swimming pool, 9 hole golf course, baseball/softball complex, new ice skating rink, tennis courts, basketball court, walking path in the city park, as well as playgrounds, and nearby hunting and fishing opportunities, all, invite a wholesome, active, outdoor  lifestyle.  School functions, social groups, the library, and a locally owned telecommunication  (telephone, internet, and cable television systems) company provide more sedimentary activities.

PAST MAYORS
1888    Ceo. L. M. Erwin
1889    John Farquhar
1891    John A. Bowler
1893    D. B. Johns
1896    J. D. Reeves
1898    F. E. Campbell              
1900    F. H. Smith
1901    E. L. McDonald
1902    R. A. Mather
1906    V. Rathbun
1908    J. C. Wolfe
1909    R. E. Reynolds (Acting)
1910    J. D. Reeves
1914    F. E. Campbell
1917    R. A. Mather
1920    J. E. Dunn
1923    V. E. Rathbun (Acting)
1924    A. T. Amsden
1926    T. W. Ronan
1928    V. Rathbun
1930    H. R. Bowden
1934    Theodore Funk
1942    Robert S. Hart
1945    E. F. Paeth (Acting)
1946    Guy Herron
1948    Fred Frommel
1952    Louis Eske
1956    Otho Rix
1958    Omer A. Nelson
1962    Art Werth
1964    Omer A. Nelson
1970    Otho A. Rix
1972    Frank Gravatt
1973    Edwin Nehls
1978    Charles Raap (Acting)
1978    Omer A. Nelson
1984    Ervin Locke Jr.
1990    Gerald L. Rix
2008    Roy L. Olson
2013    Scott Hanlon