Recreation Museums and Memorabilia
School District 59 in Colfax County is accredited
by the State of Nebraska and the North Central Association. It is a Class
3, Type K-12 facility. The Howells-Dodge
district covers approximately 113 square miles in Colfax, Stanton, and
Cuming counties. The district provides K-12 education and is fully
accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education. At the beginning
of the 2010-2011 school year enrollment was 146 students. The teacher/pupil
ratio is approximately 1:8. Howells
Dodge Consolidated School offers both general and college preparatory endorsements
for its diploma. Vocational offerings include family and consumer
sciences, industrial technology, and vocational agriculture. Howells
Dodge Consolidated School is served by Educational
Service Unit No. 7, headquartered in Columbus, which provides contracted
Special Education services including a program for pre-school handicapped
children. The agency offers social services for adults and children
and vocational services/training for adults.
Howells Public Schools completed major construction and
renovation of 26,000-square foot secondary classroom addition in 1998-99
and a 7,300 square foot elementary classroom addition in 1999-2000.
A tax-exempt foundation, the Howells Public Schools Bobcat
Fund, offers an opportunity for patrons and alumni to contribute
for both a scholarship endowment and building projects.
Howells-Dodge Consolidated School has an east campus in
Dodge and west campus in Howells. Further
information about Howells-Dodge Consolidated School is available from Jeff
Walburn, Superintendent, at P.O. Box 159, Howells, Nebr. 68641,
phone 402-986-1621, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The school offers a speech program through Educational Service
Unit No. 7, located in Columbus. Recreation programs include
baseball, softball, swimming and volleyball as well as youth dance and
ballroom dancing. A local wildlife refuge including an arboretum, a butterfly
garden, and a mile-long walking trail was completed in 1996.
Howells Community Catholic School (HCCS)
is a parochial school for those who live in the Howells community.
Tuition is paid by the parents and one-half is picked up by their parish.
The 2013-2014 enrollment is 55 students and the teacher/pupil ratio is
approximately 1:11. Further information about HCCS is available from:
Community Catholic School (HCCS)
Elementary Grades 1-6
|In school near SS Peter & Paul Church
114 N 6th Street
Phone: (402) 986-1689
The Howells/Dodge Consolidated School has
pre-school available. Contact them for more information.
Credit and non-credit classes are offered to the Howells
area through Central Community College - Platte Campus. Credit
courses are also available on an individualized basis at the Howells/Dodge
Learning Center located at Howells High School.
Other area colleges offering on and off campus courses within
a 45-mile radius of Howells are:
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The Howells Public Library contains 9,200 items,
with an average monthly checkout of 450 items. The
library staff and board attend area meetings and activities to stay abreast
of changes in library services.
HOURS of Public Library: Monday - 2 to 6:30 pm;
Wednesday 9 am - 2 pm and 4 - 9 pm;
Friday 2 - 5:30 pm;
Saturday 9 to
The library also has valuable equipment such as a micro-film
reader/printer with the Howells Journal Archives. Also have a
copier and FAX. The library has eight computers for public
use, eight with internet access. The library has a projector
with computer connections. The library now offers overdrive and Freegal
music and movies.
The 2015 library staff is Director Vickie Vacha and Assistant
Director Paula Tichota. Board members and local teachers volunteer
their services when needed. We also offer a summer reading program for
children aged preK through 6th grade. The Howells Public Library Foundation, Inc. is now accepting donations.
School art is displayed on a large bulletin board
purchased by the Library Foundation during the school year. People
may display their collections or crafts in a locked display case.
The Howells Public Library is a member of the Colfax
County Library Association.
For more information contact Library Trustee Cheryl
PO Box 337, Howells, NE 68641, (402) 986-1210 or E-mail: email@example.com
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There are two parks in Howells covering 27 ½ acres.
The first park, City Park, has undergone many transformations since
children planted trees there in 1888. In 1919, the American Legion set
up a monument bearing the names of the area World War I veterans.
Later, playground equipment and a shelter were added. Now, on Memorial
Day, City Park becomes an Avenue of Flags.
In 1938, the village purchased 18 acres for
the second park, Community Park. Volunteers planted trees and built
a tennis court. By 1961 Community Park contained a lighted football field,
softball field, picnic shelter, horseshoe court, and playground equipment.
Other facilities at the two parks include swimming pool,
tennis courts, horseshoe pits, ball diamond, horse arena, multi-purpose
field, sand volleyball court and three picnic shelters. Five playgrounds
throughout the town contain playground equipment. Organized baseball and
softball programs are available for boys and girls through age 12.
Annual celebrations include:
Catholic Schools Fun Fest in March -
For more information contact Darryl Hegemann at (402) 986-1526
Maple Creek Days - For more information contact Dan
Martin at (402) 986-1303
KC's Antique and Kiddie Tractor Pull and barbecue on a Sunday,
in August -
For more information contact Bernie Hegemann at (402) 352-5629
Craft Show held third Saturday in October. Sign up early for
For more information contact Diane Perrin (402) 986-1337
Youth Wrestling Tournament held first Sunday of March.
Contact Jason Coufal at (402) 986-0928.
American Legion Turkey Supper at Legion Club (3rd Sunday
of October 4:30-8 p.m.).
For more information contact Mary Smith (402) 986-0876.
The famous Howells Ballroom was recognized nationally
as one of the best dance halls in this part of the country in the early
part of the century. The Howells Ballroom used to average over 200 dances
per year. The Howells Ballroom is now run as a community facility. The
Ballroom has its own board of directors. This
handicap-accessible ballroom features a complete bar and hot snack shop
plus popcorn. This ballroom has wonderful facilities for wedding
Phone (402) 986-1757 or (402)649-0369 for dance information
or renting the ballroom. The Manager is Rhonda
Bartling, PO Box 44, Howells NE.
Golf Courses Close To Howells
Club 91 Golf Course (9) at Leigh (402) 487-2636
Schuyler Golf Club (9) at Schuyler (402) 352-2900
North Bend Golf Course (18) at North Bend (402) 652-3666
Indian Trails Country Club (18) at Beemer (402) 528-3404
Elkhorn Acres Golf Club (9) at Stanton (402) 439-2191
Steepleview Golf Course (9) at Humphrey (402) 923-1914
Taylor Creek Golf Course (9) at Madison (402) 454-3925
Various Courses in Norfolk & Columbus & Fremont, Nebraska
Howells Hot Shots (Band)
The Hot Shots played for many joyful occasions such as
name-sake days, conventions, holiday concerts, wedding receptions, parties,
and dances. Hot Shots has music cassettes available for sale, in 1997
they had a VHS tape made of their band which is also available for sale.
For more information contact Randy Baumert at (402) 986-1109 or e-mail
Horse Shows- Part of Howells History
The Howells Overland Riders was organized in the fall
of 1962. Club members participate in area parades and local horse shows.
A club flag was designed by the club's members and hand sewn by the
women. Since 1964, the club has held their open horse shows every year
on Father's Day, a junior show has been added. In 1968 the town gave
the Howells Overland Riders the ground east of where the swimming pool
is now located for an arena. They erected a metal building to help hold
their shows and activities. Through the years, members have competed
in area shows in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa. In 1974 the club
held the Northeast Saddle Club Round-Up with all the clubs of northeast
Nebraska attending. One hundred-fourteen members have been riders over
the years. Contact Gerald Vering, 821 Main Street, Howells, NE 68641. Club disbanded in 2010.
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The following clubs are active in the Howells area:
- Howells Hustlers 4-H Club
- Russ Pinkhinke, Leader
- American Legion, Post 155
- Contact Mary
Smith (803) 406-9175
- Knights of Columbus
- Contact Mike Rocheford
- 15-91 Young Farmers
- Contact Brian Coufal
- GFWC Howells Woman's Club
- Meets 1st Monday each month(Sept-May)
contact Bernadine Baumert
- John Wayne Columbian Squire Circle
- Lutheran Women Missionary League 2 (LWML2)
- Contact Joyce Pinkhinke
- Thrizent Financial for Lutherans
- Contact Ken Karel at (402) 892-3674
- Howells Booster Club
- Contact Dave Belina
- Busy Bees 4-H Club
- Linda Grovijohn, Leader
- Heun Ladies Guild
contact Marvine Koliha
- Meals on Wheels
- Carol Elbracht, Organizer
- American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155
- Contact Vera Wieman
- Howells Ballroom Foundation
PO Box 97, Howells NE 68641
- Contact Tom Kulhanek
Contact Ron Burenheide
- Howells Council of Catholic Women
Meets monthly on 3rd Tuesday.
- Contact Sally Ritzdorf
- Howells Wrestling Club
- Contact Jason Coufal
- Northeast Nebraska Amateur Repeater Association
- Contact Randy Baumert
Museums and Memorabilia
The Howells Historical Museum, 214 Center Street,
is open from 10am-1pm every Sunday (Father's Day through Labor Day). The
museum contains a collection of memorabilia depicting the early history
of Howells and the surrounding community. For more information call (402)
The historical museum purchases items that were in the community in the past. They refurbished the glass-phone booth that was
located near the intersection of 3rd and Center Street. They were excited
to get a pay phone that had been inside the phone booth.
A model of clothing is also on display which includes
military attire. The clothing was donated by family of those from the
Howell's Congregational Church, 4th & Center,
erected the first church building in Howells. In 1974 citizens agreed
to establish a historical museum in the building which is open to the
public upon request. Contact the Howells Historical Society, (402)
986-1610, for more information.
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