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Education

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 Consolidated School 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 William Kuester, Superintendent, at P.O. Box 159, Howells, Nebr. 68641, phone 402-986-1621, e-mail jblum@esu7.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:

Howells Community Catholic School (HCCS)

Elementary Grades 1-6

In school near SS Peter & Paul Church
114 N 6th Street
Phone: (402) 986-1689
E-mail: hccssspp@qwestoffice.net

Pre-School

The Howells/Dodge Consolidated School has pre-school available. Contact them for more information.

College

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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Library

The Howells Public Library contains 9,200 items, with an average monthly checkout of 450 items. The library offers a five-week children's story hour in the summer. 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 Noon.

The library also has valuable equipment such as a micro-film reader/printer with the Howells Journal Archives.  Also have a laminator, Colored copier and FAX.  The library has eight computers for public use, eight with internet access. The library has a  projector with computer connections.

The 2014 library staff is Director Vickie Vacha and Assistant Director Paula Tichota. Board members and local teachers volunteer their services when needed. Summer story hour for pre-school through third grade students is held each Wednesday during June.  A Summer Reading Program is also offered for fourth through sixth 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 Sudbeck, PO Box 337, Howells, NE 68641, (402) 986-1210 or E-mail: howellspubliclibrary@yahoo.com

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Recreation

There are two parks in Howells covering 27 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 School’s Fun Fest in March -
    For more information contact Darryl Hegemann at (402) 986-1526
  • Maple Creek Days - For more information contact Kathy Heard at (402) 986-1142

  • 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 tables.
            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.
  • Howells Ballroom

    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 receptions.

    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 bauele@qwestoffice.net.

    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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    Clubs

    The following clubs are active in the Howells area:

    • Howells Hustlers 4-H Club
        - Russ Pinkhinke, Leader
    • FCE Crafty Kitchenettes
    • Howells Community Club
         - Meets 3rd Monday of the month. 
            E-mail Dorothy Mejstrik
    • 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
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      Contact Vera Wieman
    • Howells Ballroom Foundation
    • PO Box 97, Howells NE 68641
      - Contact Tom Kulhanek
    • FCSLA-HowellsBranch
      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) 986-1610.

    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.

    Dance Studio

    DANCIN' ON 2nd STREET is a recreational dance studio with classes from September to June. The studio is run by Jamie Blum and Susie & Ashley Pokorny. If interested in tap, jazz, or ballet lessons, call (402) 986-1387.

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