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Howard, Wisconsin
Nickname(s): Duck Creek
Motto: Rising to New Heights
Location of Howard, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 44°33′47″N 88°4′55″W / 44.56306°N 88.08194°W / 44.56306; -88.08194Coordinates: 44°33′47″N 88°4′55″W / 44.56306°N 88.08194°W / 44.56306; -88.08194
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
Counties Brown, Outagamie
Government
 - Type Board/Administrator
 - President Burt R. McIntyre
 - Administrator Joshua A. Smith
Area
 - Total 22.9 sq mi (59.4 km2)
 - Land 18.0 sq mi (46.6 km2)
 - Water 5.0 sq mi (12.9 km2)
Elevation [1] 614 ft (187 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 13,546
 Density 753.7/sq mi (291.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 55-35950[2]
GNIS feature ID 1566765[1]
Website [1]

Howard is a village in Brown and Outagamie counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 13,546 at the 2000 census. Recent estimates show Howard's population to be 16,412.[citation needed] It is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The village is mostly within Brown County; a small portion extends west into Outagamie County. It is bordered to the east by Green Bay, a sub-basin of Lake Michigan. Prior to being incorporated as the Village of Howard, the Town of Howard was commonly referred to as "Duck Creek" because of the Duck Creek waterway winding its way through the village.

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History

The Green Bay area was first explored by Europeans in 1634, when Jean Nicolet, a French voyager, arrived in the area. The Town of Howard was established in 1835 and slowly developed along the Duck Creek as a center for mail delivery, farming, quarrying and lumbering. By 1856, a school was operating and the Town of Howard became known for its Duck Creek stone quarries.

Painting of Jean Nicolet landing in Green Bay in 1634

By 1959, the population had grown and the Town of Howard became incorporated as the Village of Howard. Residential, commercial and industrial growth has continued steadily since that time, creating a suburban community on Green Bay's northwest side.[3]

Geography

Howard is located at 44°33′47″N 88°4′55″W / 44.56306°N 88.08194°W / 44.56306; -88.08194 (44.563091, -88.081856)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 22.9 square miles (59.4 km²), of which, 18.0 square miles (46.5 km²) of it is land and 5.0 square miles (12.9 km²) of it (21.67%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 13,546 people, 5,236 households, and 3,691 families residing in the village. The population density was 753.7 people per square mile (291.0/km²). There were 5,350 housing units at an average density of 297.7/sq mi (114.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.16% White, 0.73% African American, 0.90% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 5,236 households out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the village the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 34.8% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $51,974, and the median income for a family was $56,579. Males had a median income of $40,081 versus $25,900 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,688. About 3.2% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Law and government

Howard Town Hall in 1834

The Village of Howard has a Village President, a Board of Trustees, and a Village Administrator. The Village President and Board of Trustees establish policies for the Village, while the Village Administrator oversees the day to day operations of the government. The Village Board meets twice monthly (the second & fourth Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall, located at 2456 Glendale Avenue).

The Village President is responsible for making appointments to boards and commissions and for chairing the Village Board meetings. The Village Board is responsible for establishing the tax rate, approving the budget, setting village policies, and establishing the strategic direction of the village.

Village Board of Howard, Wisconsin
Village President Burt R. McIntyre
Trustee Wards 1 & 2 Ronald R. Bredael
Trustee Wards 3 & 4 Jim Widiger
Trustee Wards 5 & 6 Catherine Hughes
Trustee Wards 7 & 8 George Speaker
Trustee Wards 9 & 10 Jim Lemorande
Trustee Wards 11 & 12 Kelly Crouch
Trustee Wards 13 & 14 David Steffen
Trustee Wards 15 & 16 Dan Deppeler

Education

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Public education

The village is served by the Howard-Suamico School District. There are also parochial Roman Catholic schools within the village.

Parks

Hole #5 at Village Green

The Village of Howard has 21 parks, totaling several hundred acres. Howard’s Memorial Park is the trail head of the Mountain Bay Trail, an 83-mile-long trail that runs through three counties in northeastern Wisconsin.

Akzo Nobel Park contains four softball diamonds, ten soccer fields and an 18-hole disc golf course.

Akzo Nobel Park

Meadowbrook Park is a 92.25 acre outdoor recreation area consisting of gently sloping open areas, wooded lowlands, wetlands and hills, and a paved 1.25 mile trail. The park also contains a lighted sledding hill, a fully-fenced baseball diamond, an open air shelter with grill, a full-size basketball court, and restrooms.

The Village of Howard also operates Village Green, a nine-hole, par 36 golf course that is fully irrigated.

Public safety

Police department

The Village of Howard contracts its law enforcement services from the Brown County Sheriffs Department. The Village's main patrol station is located at Village Hall, in conjunction with the fire department.

Fire department

The Village of Howard has an award-winning[citation needed] paid on-call fire department, with a full-time fire chief(Ed Janke), and two assistant fire chiefs. The village contracts for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with a private emergency medical services company.

Howard Fire Department

Transportation

The village has seen substantial growth in recent years because of its location at the intersection of Interstate 43, U.S. Highway 41 & State Highway 29. Interstate 43, which provides direct access to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, terminates in Howard. U.S. Highway 41 will be reclassified as an Interstate Highway as early as 2011.[citation needed] The Department of Transportation is considering reclassifying U.S. 41 to Interstate 55 (I-55), which would connect the area to Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is reconstructing U.S. Highway 41 from Oshkosh to Howard. In Howard, this $1 billion project begins in earnest in 2010. Howard's location (contiguous to Green Bay and in close proximity to the Fox Valley), in conjunction with the U.S. 41 reconstruction project, has attracted several national development companies.[citation needed]

Howard is the largest community in Brown County without transit service.

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