Our schools, churches, libraries, arts, senior services and other organizations provide a sense of community in Ellendale.


Ellendale strongly believes in the arts’ contribution to economic development. Our Ellendale Area Arts Council has joined the efforts of the economic development and tourism office, the public school, Trinity Bible College and NDSU extension to get Ellendale moving in this direction. All of these groups recognize the value of encouraging art development in our area and to share our works with anyone who visits one of our many events. We invite artists to visit Ellendale and share your works with us.

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Ellendale Area Arts Council

The Ellendale Area Arts Council (EAAC) was formed during the spring of 2008.  The council sponsors many successful events including the World Art Show, the Roddy MacInnes Jim River exhibit,  Mothers’ Love art show,  Jim Dow Marking the land Exhibit, Snow Country Prison and two Smithsonian exhibitions: Key Ingredients and Journey Stories.

The purpose of this Arts Council shall be to encourage growth, to inspire, to acknowledge the arts, and to bring together those people interested in the arts in Ellendale, North Dakota, and areas adjacent thereto. The Officers of the Ellendale Area Arts Council (EAAC) are Ken Smith, President; Tom Davis, Vice President;  Lana Schlecht, Treasurer; and Robin Smith, Secretary. Board members include  Roberta Johnson, Carol Wadholm, Jami Eberle, Summer Steinwand and Deb Elhard.

For more information on the EAAC, contact Ken Smith at 701-320-2794 or any board member. Email them at 


The Ellendale Opera House had it’s grand opening in 1909. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Ellendale Opera House celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. 

This beautiful building was the site of a wide variety of events, beginning with traveling theater productions at the turn of the century. One of Ellendale’s oldest attractions, the Opera House is located on West Main Street. The 3-story brick structure was built in 1908 when local businessmen decided to plan for the future of their town. The building’s future looked dim until a non-profit organization, O.P.E.R.A., Inc., took ownership from the city and began the restoration project. Since 2002 they have put on a new roof, rebuilt the back wall, and renovated a section of the Main Street business space for a theater for the performing arts, and exhibit hall for artists and a community room. This room is called the Opera House Gallery & Lobby because it will become the lobby for the auditorium once restored. 

O.P.E.R.A.’s goal is to bring the Main Street landmark back to full use by the community.  Since the lobby has been completed, hundreds of events have been held in the building. 


Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Justin Meidinger, Executive Director, at 701-535-0347.
Ellendale City Skyline

Westberry Dance Studios

Westberry Dance Studio was opened in Ellendale in 2006.  Located at the Ellendale Public School, it features dancers from Ellendale and surrounding communities ages preschool to grade 12.  An annual recital is held every year at the end of May.  Rachel Peterson of Aberdeen is the instructor.

Ellendale Cemetery

The Ellendale Cemetery is located east of the city. Cemetery records are available at City Hall

Located NE of 1st St N and 90th Ave SE



Memorial items may be placed on graves beginning May 19, and must be removed by June 9.  The items that have not been removed by that date will be removed and disposed of by the City.  Planting of trees and shrubs is not allowed.

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Cemetery lots may be purchased for $1,000 per lot which contains 2 graves.   This cost includes the maintenance fee. A $250 maintenance fee will be charged to those people who owned a cemetery plot prior to October 1, 2010. A $50 monument fee will be charged for any monument erected after October 1, 2010.

Cemetery Map



Existing graves where soil has settled will be filled in by cemetery caretaker.  Planting grass is the responsibility of the family of the deceased.

Real plants should not be planted as there is a danger of them being mowed off during summer cemetery maintenance.  No new trees or shrubs should be planted.



Ashes may be spread anywhere.  If burial of the ashes is desired no vault or urn is required. A plastic box may be used or ashes may be placed directly into an 18 inch deep hole.  The City needs to mark the location before digging takes place. The family or funeral director may dig the hole.  The City charges a fee of $75 for this service.  The $250 maintenance fee still applies.  You may contact the City Auditor’s office – 701-349-3252 or e-mail at



Apostolic Lutheran Church
(State line Road)

Pastor Reino Maunu

Sunday Worship:  10:30 am
Services 2nd and 5th Sunday of the month

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Allen Eppen, Vacancy Pastor
Worship Service:  8:00 am
Sunday School:  9:00 am

Christ the King Lutheran Church

Pastor Justin Brotzel
Sunday Worship Service:  8:30 am
Sunday School:  9:45 am

Church of the Nazarene

Pastor Kelly Riggan, (701) 349-3641
Sunday Worship 9:30 & 11 am
Sunday School 11 am
Wednesday Youth Group 7:00 pm

First Baptist Church

Pastor Glen Raynor, (701) 349-5346
Sunday Worship:  10:00 am
Sunday School:  9:00 am

New Life Assembly of God

Pastor:  Kevin Libby, 701 349  5449
Sunday Worship: 10:30 am
Wednesday Night 7:00 pm  –  Family Night

Presbyterian-United Methodist

Pastor –  Dr. Chet Cataldo & Barbara Krumm
(701) 349-4007
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am
Sunday School 10:15 am

St. Helena’s Catholic Church

Father Patrick Parks, (701) 349-3297
Mass:  1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays at 8:30 am
2nd & 4th Sundays at 10:30 am
Saturdays at 5:00 pm
Thurs & Fri at 8:00 am

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

Father Patrick Parks, (701) 349-3297
Mass:  1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays at 10:30 am
2nd & 4th Sundays at 8:30 am
Thursdays at 9:00 am
1st Friday at 5:30 pm
Prince of Peace Care Center Mass held every Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

Zion Lutheran Church

Pastor- Rev. Paul O.S. Preus
Worship Service- 9:30 am
Sunday School and Bible Class- 10:45 am

Abiding Love Fellowship

Pastors Jeni & Tim Belmore, (701) 535-0377
8198  Hwy 11 Ellendale, ND
Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Ellendale Organizations

American Legion

Location: 79 Main St.
Phone: 349-3496

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The American Legion Auxiliary meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm.

Boy Scouts

Phone: 877-293-5011

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Community Health Care Auxiliary

The group coordinates 3 Blood Drives each year.  They meet on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center.   New members are welcome.

Dickey County 4-H

Located in the Court House
Phone:  701-349-3249 ext. 2

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Ellendale Area Community Foundation

Ellendale Lions Club

We meet on the fourth Monday at 5:30 pm, at Pheasant Lanes. Visitors are always welcome at the meetings.

Ellendale Historical Society

The Ellendale Historical Society is a non-profit organization with a 501 (c) 3 IRS status.

Donations are tax deductible and can be sent to Judy Bertsch, PO Box 385, Ellendale, ND 58436. 

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Masonic Temple

The Masonic Lodge meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7:30 pm, September thru May. For information contact Grant Crabtree 349-3633 or 349-4503 and Jerry Rekow 349-3014 or 535-0982.


A non-profit group that owns and operates the Opera House.
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Quarterback Club

The Ellendale Quarterback Club is a group of parents, coaches, and fans working together to promote a spirit of sportsmanship and enthusiasm amongst the student athletes and supporters of Ellendale Public School, as well as assisting in the development and enhancement of the athletic program. For more information, contact Allison Radermacher at the Ellendale School  –  349-3232

Vehicles For Veterans

VFW Auxiliary

The VFW Auxiliary meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at the Senior Center at 2 pm. 

Ellendale Senior Center

Senior Center

Phone: 701-349-4513 
Address: 67 1st Ave S, Ellendale ND
Administrative Office Hours: 8 AM – 2:30 PM, Phone: 742-3509


Congregate, take-out, and home-delivered meals are provided to persons 60 years of age and older, their spouses and other eligible persons who are properly registered. To receive home-delivered meals, additional criteria must be met.

Meals are served Monday through Friday:
Congregate (in-house) – Noon
Takeout – 11 AM
Home Delivered – Delivery begins at 11 AM

We ask for a $4.00 voluntary contribution per meal. EBT benefits may also be used.

Please call 742-3509 for more information about our meal services, including registration.



We are always looking for people who would be interested in helping us with our meals on wheels program. It takes approximately ½ hour of your time, everything is neatly packaged for you, and route addresses are provided. All you need is a smile and willingness to help. If you would be interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities, please call our administration office at 742-3509.  

Benedictine Living

Evergreen Place is a 20 bed licensed basic care facility which serves Southeast North Dakota. Five (5) assisted living apartments are also available.

Phone:  (701) 349-4550
Location: 241 Main St, Ellendale

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Prince of peace care center

53 Beds with skilled nursing, hospice care, OT, PT, Respite Care, & Memory Care.

Phone:  (701) 349-3312
Location: 201 8th St N, Ellendale

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Education & Day Care

Ellendale Public School

Phone:  (701)349-3232
Location: 321 N 1st St, Ellendale

EPS Website


Trinity Bible College


Phone: 701-349-5786
Location: 50 Sixth Ave S, Ellendale

TBC Website


Southeast Region career & Technology center

Phone: 701-742-3248 Location: 924 7th St S, Oakes

SRCTC Website

Ellendale Cooperative Preschool

Phone:  (701)349-2058
Location: 51 1st St N, Ellendale

Nursery School (3 year olds) meet every Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Preschool (4-5 year olds) meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Ellendale Library

Ellendale Library Photo

Hours: Tuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
             Thursday 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
             Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
             Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun – Closed


Phone: 701-349-3852
Address: 75 1st Ave S, Ellendale ND 58436

Newspaper & Radio

Dickey County Leader

Official newspaper of Dickey County. Published weekly on Thursdays, by Olson Press L.L.C

Phone: 349-3222
Address: 55 2nd Ave N, PO Box 9, Ellendale

Local Radio

  • 1610 AM – Ellendale, ND
  • KDDR 1220 AM – Oakes, ND
  • KSJB 600 AM Country – Jamestown, ND
  • KSDN 94.1 FM Rock – Aberdeen, SD
  • KQAA 94.9 FM Oldies – Aberdeen, SD
  • KNBZ 97.7 FM – Redfield, SD
  • KGIM 103.7 FM Country – Redfield, SD
  • KBFO 106.7 FM – Aberdeen, SD
  • KSDN 930 AM News/Talk – Aberdeen, SD
  • KOKD 1380 AM Country – Redfield, SD
  • KGIM 1420 AM Country – Aberdeen, SD
  • KKAA 1560 AM News/Talk – Aberdeen, SD

PARKS & Recreation

Whatever you’re looking to do, Ellendale has the recreational opportunities for you.  From our parks and lakes to youth recreation, you’ll find excitement in Ellendale, North Dakota!  Situated in one of the most beautiful natural environments, even a look at our amazing sunsets will make you feel at home! 

Parks & Swimming Pool

Brandenburger Park, Bjornstad Park, Oster Park, South Park & Ellendale Swimming Pool
Phone: 701-349-3252

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Ellendale Country Club
10134 US-281, Ellendale
Phone: 701-349-4292

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Pheasant Lanes Bowling

Location: 71 1St St. N, Ellendale
Phone: 701-349-3575

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Area Camping Options

Oster Park


Location: 5th St N & Railroad Ave N
Phone: 830-2027
Oster Park


Location: 5th Ave & 7th St N
Phone: 349-3252
Oster Park


Location: HWY 11 W
Phone: 970-308-5571
Out of town CAMPING options


    • Electrical
    • Location:  Approximately 16 miles southwest of Ellendale


    • Electrical
    • Location:   Approximately 25 miles west of Ellendale on Hwy 11

Johnson’s Gulch

    • Primitive
    • Location:  16 miles west of Ellendale on Hwy 11, 3 miles south, 1 mile west, 1 mile north, 1 mile west (approx.)

Weber’s Gluch

    •  Primitive
    •  Location:  13 miles west of Ellendale on Hwy 11, 6 miles south, 5 miles west on state line (approx.)

Wilson’s Dam

    • Primitive
    • Location:  13 miles W of Ellendale on Hwy 11, 10 miles N, 1 mile E, 1/4 mile N

Area Lakes

Pheasant Lake

8 Miles West, on Hwy 11

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Beach

Elm Lake Resort

Approx. 16 Miles Southwest
Phone: 701-358-8511

  • Diner & Lounge
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Bait Shop

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Wilson's Dam

13 Miles W on Hwy 11, 10 Miles N, 1 Mile E, 1/4 Mile North

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Picnic Area
  • Camping

Coldwater Lake

Approx 25 Miles W on Hwy 11

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Picnic Area
  • Camping