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Howie Nelson

Howie Nelson graduated from River Falls High School in 1949.  He attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

While in High School Howie participated in track, football, baseball, boxing, and Future Farmers of America.  He also participated in American Legion Baseball in 1948 and 1949.

Howie enlisted in United States Air Force and served with headquarters 5th Air Force in Korea receiving his discharge in November 1953.

He coached the American Legion Baseball team and also umpired many games.  He organized and established the River Falls Youth Hockey program in 1967, the first Youth Hockey team in western Wisconsin.  Howie also coached in the Hockey program.  He also credits Bob McCutcheon who at that time was about the only person with hockey experience to help coach.  Howie also served on the board of Directors for the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association.

Nelson organized the River Falls Youth Baseball in 1968, he also coached teams and umpired almost every night of the week.  He also organized and coached the Stars of Tomorrow Tournament Baseball Teams in Lacrosse, WI, made up of players ages 12 & under and also 14 & under.  The Stars of Tomorrow Tournament comprised of teams from all around the Mid-West.  In the early stages of the Tournament approximately 80 to 100 teams participated.  Some of the Coaches from the River Falls Youth League assisted in the tournament games.  The teams had great success in the tournament having won 3 championships, 1 second place, 1 tie for 3rd and 2 fourth place finishes and may other trophies including Sportsmanship trophies.

Howie has served the American Legion as Post Commander of Post 121 for 6 years, 10th District Vice Commander for 6 years, 10th District Commander for 2 years.  State Vice Commander 1 year, and is currently serving his 6th year as 10th District Chaplain.

Howie ran the clock for High School football games for a number of years.  He also ran clock for UWRF football for about 15 years and was the first clock operator for UWRF Hockey.

Nelson served on the River Falls City Council for 10 years, He retired from the 3M Company in 1990 after 25 years.  He has been president of Greenwood Cemetery for the last 13 years.

Howie and his wife Arlene have been married for 60 years and have 6 children Jeff, Scott, Craig, Gary Brian, and Jennifer O’Malley.  They have 19 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.