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.
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 email@example.com
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. Inc. is determined to bring the magnificent structure back to its grandeur and make it a meaningful part of the community. Money has been raised for a new facade on the old Randall’s (grocery) part of the building. It is awaiting approval from the N.D. State Historic Society. The restoration is being done by a group of dedicated volunteers, with the help of grants, donations and fund-raising events.
Since the lobby has been completed, hundreds of events have been held in the building.
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.
Located NE of 1st St N and 90th Ave SE
Memorial items may be placed on graves 1 week before Memorial Day and must be removed 2 weeks after Memorial Day. The items that have not been removed by that date will be removed and disposed of by the City. Pots with real plants should also be removed 2 weeks after Memorial Day.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
AA & AL ANON
Tuesday evening at 8:00 pm
Zion Lutheran Church
The American Legion Auxiliary meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm.
Commuity 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.
Ellendale Lions Club
We meet on the third Tuesday at 6:00 pm, at the Fireside. 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.
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.
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 Matt Herman at Ellendale School – 349-3232
The VFW Auxiliary meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at the Senior Center at 2 pm.
Ellendale Senior Center
Phone: 701-349-4513 (Ellendale), 701-742-3509 (Oakes)
Address: 67 1st Ave S, Ellendale ND
Congregate and home-delivered meals are provided to persons 60 years of age and older, their spouses and other eligible persons on a voluntary contribution basis. To receive a home-delivered meals, additional criteria must be met.
Meals are served Monday through Friday in Dickey County:
- Oakes – Senior Citizen Center
- Ellendale – Senior Citizen Center
- Fullerton – The Ranch House
Meal Contribution Suggestion: $3.50 The food supplement Ensure is also available in 8 ounce cans at the cost of $1.25 per can. Please note: No one will be denied a meal who chooses not to donate the suggested amount. EBT benefits may also be used to donate for meals.
A staff member will come to a senior citizens’ home to provide information about all services that are available for an elderly person to access.
Dickey County offers a transportation service in both the Oakes and Ellendale area. The bus will pick an individual up at their home and also return the individual to their home. If a senior citizen is in need of a ride, please contact the Oakes or Ellendale Senior Centers the day before you need a ride.
We are always looking for people who would be interested in helping out with our services. If you would be interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities, please give us a call!
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
Education & Day Care
Ellendale Cooperative Preschool
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.
Location: 75 3rd Ave N, Ellendale
The primary purpose of Giggles-N-Grins Child Care Center and Preschool is to provide a safe, secure environment for children. The activities are of an educational and recreational nature and involve aspects of social, emotional, physical and intellectual development.
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
Address: 75 1st Ave S, Ellendale ND 58436
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!
Area Camping Options
Location: 5th Ave & 7th St N
WEST SIDE MOBILE COURT
Location: HWY 11 W
Out of town CAMPING options
- Location: Approximately 16 miles southwest of Ellendale
- Location: Approximately 25 miles west of Ellendale on Hwy 11
- Location: 16 miles west of Ellendale on Hwy 11, 3 miles south, 1 mile west, 1 mile north, 1 mile west (approx.)
- Location: 13 miles west of Ellendale on Hwy 11, 6 miles south, 5 miles west on state line (approx.)
- Location: 13 miles W of Ellendale on Hwy 11, 10 miles N, 1 mile E, 1/4 mile N