Howard is a city in Miner County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 848 at the 2020 census. It is the county seat and most populous city in Miner County.
The city of Howard was established in 1881, shortly after the Southern Minnesota Railway was extended to that point. The city was named for Howard Farmer, the son of the townsite owner, J. D. Farmer. In 1883, when Miner and Sanborn counties were organized, the town was named the county seat of Miner County.
One of the first known photographs of a tornado is an image of the 1884 Howard, South Dakota tornado.
The first public library in Dakota Territory was the Howard Public Library, chartered in 1886.
Howard became the first municipality in South Dakota to own and operate its own wind turbines in 2001.
Since 2001, over 200 new jobs have been created in the community. From 1996 to 2008, the city's sales tax revenues increased 123%.
Howard is located southea