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Minden, Nebraska              

Date generated: 7/19/2018

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Minden, Nebraska

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  Minden is an easy 13 miles south of Interstate 80 in the south central part of Nebraska. Minden is located on the intersection of U.S. Highways 6 & 34 and State Highway 10.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Kearney County .......6,4896,5521.0%
Labor Market Population1.......162,210168,6804.0%

1) Labor market population is the county population plus the contiguous county population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, March 2017. City populations estimated to be released July 2017.

County Age Distribution (2016) :
Age: 0-19 20-24 25-44 45-64 65+ 85+ Total % Split
Male......... 891 193 731 894 308 243 3,260 49.8 %
Female...... 838 152 727 887 322 366 3,292 50.2 %

Total: 1,729 345 1,458 1,781 630 609

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 40.8 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released June 2017.
State Data. U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 10
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $150
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $575
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $500
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $85,100

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Minden offers a wide variety of housing available from $30,000 and above. Check out one of our housing under "Life In Minden" at

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9133,75787,011    
Total Employment.....980,6683,84289,779    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%2.2%3.2%    

1) Area labor force and employment data are for the county plus the contiguous counties.
For further information regarding underemployment in the area, please contact NPPD at (877) 275-6773.
Source: Year end 2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Online Data, Released 6/2016.

Wages: Sample of hourly wage rates in manufacturing occupations (production and/or clerical).
Job Title 10th
Median 90th
Accountants and Auditors$19.48$27.37$45.92
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$10.49$15.88$20.54
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$9.87$17.75$24.50
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$9.78$15.46$23.10
Civil Engineers$29.01$36.71$60.29
Computer Operators$15.75$21.79$27.86
Computer Programmers$10.68$26.09$43.96
Computer Systems Analysts$20.25$31.49$47.20
Customer Service Representatives$9.64$14.14$19.80
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators$12.89$16.77$23.27
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators$12.13$16.96$20.36
Data Entry Keyers$9.90$14.20$30.06
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators$9.41$19.16$24.91
Driver/Sales Workers$9.45$10.01$24.24
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$23.07$35.37$45.45
Electrical Engineers$29.90$40.93$49.76
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators$10.96$14.17$18.76
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$13.88$19.34$30.94
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$9.41$10.73$12.45
Industrial Engineers$26.12$35.67$47.76
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$15.79$22.71$32.13
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$13.18$15.73$19.51
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$9.96$14.01$19.79
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators$15.85$21.37$24.88
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$9.42$9.97$21.90
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$15.00$19.97$24.69
Mechanical Engineers$20.19$33.02$45.78
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$21.46$29.47$38.66
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators$13.95$20.61$24.28
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators$11.26$19.38$24.33
Nursing Assistants$10.29$12.11$15.98
Office Clerks, General$9.40$12.05$18.68
Packers and Packagers, Hand$9.51$11.15$17.69
Receptionists and Information Clerks$9.78$12.64$17.07
Registered Nurses$21.12$28.61$37.57
Retail Salespersons$9.16$10.41$18.92
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$10.99$16.27$19.95
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$9.91$15.83$22.36
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$9.53$11.98$19.01
Tool and Die Makers$18.26$24.65$30.66
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$13.09$17.56$23.54
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators$12.94$16.33$19.23

Source: Nebraska Workforce Development, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Second Quarter 2017.

Percent of Manufacturing Labor Force Unionized............0%
Number of Work Stoppages in Past 5 Years ............0


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....21
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 8013
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....

Motor Freight Carriers:
  More than 13,500 licensed motor carriers with worldwide connections are based in Nebraska and serve businesses throughout North America.

Nebraska Right in the Middle!

Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots to:
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....1901-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....1361-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....6541-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....6763-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....3771-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....3261-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....13914-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....5641-3 days1-2 days
New York.....14294-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....5791-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Fed-X and UPS readily available. Other local trucking companies as close as 25 minutes. Barrier-free access from Highway 10 to Interstate 80.

Distance to nearest public airport.....1 minute(s)
Elevation.....2,160 feet
Length of longest runway.....3,900 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....No
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....22 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 193
Kansas City International 311
Denver International 372

Pioneer Village Field is Minden's local municipal airport. More detailed information about the airport is available at

Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 1 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....14
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: BNSF Railway Company

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: City of Minden
  phone - (308) 832-1820
  website -
  email -

Wholesale Supplier: Nebraska Public Power District
  phone - Econ Dev: (402) 563-5534 or 24-Hours: 877-275-6773
  website -
  comments -
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), the state's largest electric utility, has a diverse mix of generation, including nuclear, coal, hydro, gas and oil, and wind. NPPD delivers power to approximately 1 million Nebraskans and has ample capacity to meet the needs of new loads. Nebraska's electric costs are among the lowest in the nation. NPPD's professional Economic Development Team is available to assist with expansion and retention of existing business and new business locations. Contact the Economic Development Team by emailing or by calling (402) 563-5534. Further information can be found online @ Utility information can be found @

Additional Comments: The City of Minden owns and operates the electrical and water distribution systems, and the sanitary sewer and municipal solid waste collection system. Call the City of Minden at 308.832.1820 to help you establish service.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....SourceGas, ACE or Oneok

The City of Minden owns and operates the electrical and water distribution systems, and the sanitary sewer and municipal solid waste collection system. Call the City of Minden at 308.832.1820 to help you establish service.

Provider.....City of Minden
Major Source.....4 ground water wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....160 feet
Rated Capacity.....2.000 mgd
Average Capacity.....0.500 mgd
Peak Demand.....1.600 mgd
Storage Capacity.....2,050,000 gallons
Hardness.....25 ppm
Temperature Range.....54 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The City of Minden owns and operates the electrical and water distribution systems, and the sanitary sewer and municipal solid waste collection system. Call the City of Minden at 308.832.1820 to help you establish service.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Minden
Type of Service.....collection/treatment
Rated Capacity.....2.000 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....0.230 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....0.500 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

The City of Minden owns and operates the electrical and water distribution systems, and the sanitary sewer and municipal solid waste collection system. Call the City of Minden at 308.832.1820 to help you establish service.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Several Options- See comments below.
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....3

Telecommunications Options: Charter Communications, Kearney at 308-234-6428; ALLO Communications, Imperial at 866-481-2556; Verizon Wireless, Minden 308-832-0302. DSL Options: Glenwood Telecommunications, Blue Hill at 866-756-4746; Charter Communications, Kearney at 308-234-6428; KDSI Internet, Grand Island 888-382-5670.

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Actual Valuation of City: $161,085,363 (year 2014)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2014
Total Real Property.......$1.6245260

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2014
General Obligation.........$2,125,000.00

Type of Government..... Mayor/Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2012 (year)
City Manager..... Yes
City Engineer..... No
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... City
Public Library in City..... Yes
Percent of Streets Paved..... 90 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 40
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 5
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 4Y7

The City of Minden offers a variety of facilities and services that enhance the community’s quality of life. The people who live here invigorate the community with new businesses, which in turn spark a community spirit and unbridled optimism about its future. With our low crime rate, affordable housing, accredited schools, community activities, and a close proximity to a larger metropolis, Minden is an attractive place to live.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 12371:19
Middle / Jr. High 12991:18
Senior High 12211:9

The Minden Public Schools, District R-3, encompass approximately 300-square-miles in south central Nebraska. Our district consists of four schools: Minden Preschool; East Elementary, Grades K-3; C. L. Jones Middle School, Grades 4-8; and Minden High School, Grades 9-12. The Minden Public Schools strive to develop productive and responsible citizens. To meet this goal, we help students master basic academic skills, to understand themselves and their society, to respect others, to lead healthful lives, and to be creative and expressive. Our district includes four buildings: a preschool, East Elementary (K-3), C.L. Jones Middle School (5-8), and Minden High School (9-12). The School has 784 students from Kearney, Franklin, and Adams counties. An estimated 70-80 percent of these students pursue a postsecondary education. Over 50 percent of our teachers have master's degrees and average 19 years of teaching experience.

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Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....1
Public Tennis Court(s).....1
Public Swimming Pool(s).....1
Public Park(s).....4
Public Camp Ground(s).....2
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....47 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

Minden believes in community wellness and provides the community with recreational facilities for many activities. Activities include a wonderful nine-hole golf course, frisbee golf, swimming, tennis, hunting, bowling, theatre-going, performing arts, baseball, softball, soccer, wellness walks, and area attractions.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....25
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....5
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....6
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....2
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....16
Optometrist(s) / Ophthalmologist(s).....2

Kearney County Health Services (KCHS),, provides for the healthcare needs of Kearney County and the surrounding communities. Its facilities consist of a 10-bed critical access hospital, a state of the art medical clinic, a 34-bed nursing home, and a 20-room assisted living facility, all on a shared campus. KCHS offers a 24-hour emergency room, operating room, in-house laboratory, radiology, skilled swing bed, and outpatient services. Rehabilitation services are contracted with partners and those services include physical, occupational, speech therapy, and restorative care. KCHS is Medicare and Medicaid certified. The Minden Medical Clinic,, is a certified rural health facility providing primary healthcare services for the residents of Kearney County and the surrounding communities. This state-of-the-art facility was built in 2003 on the shared campus of the hospital, nursing home, and assisted living facility. It accommodates eight modern medical exam rooms, an outpatient procedure suite, and physician offices. Specialty clinics are available in cardiology, orthopedics, urology, podiatry, gynecology, and wound care.

Machine Shops in City.......2
Tool & Die Services in City.......1
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......0

Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly
Local Radio Station(s).......0

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......5
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......150

Number of Protestant Churches.......7
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......1
Total Number of Rooms Available.......68

Number of Banks in City.......2Assets: $212,335,673
Number of Savings & Loan Firms.......0

Chamber of Commerce.......Yes
Chamber Executive is Full-Time.......No

Minden Chamber of Commerce, 325 N Colorado, Minden, NE 308-832-1811. Minden Economic Development, 325 N Colorado, Minden, NE 308-832-1820. Visit for more detailed information about Minden.

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....8
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....344

The City of Minden and Kearney County area have a very strong manufacturing business sector, ranging from the aerospace industry, farm and ranch equipment to an ethanol production plant. With 344 total employees, manufacturing makes up approximately 20% of the area's labor force.


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Royal Engineered Composites
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 139    
Year Established:1949
Products/Service:Manufacturers of composite parts for the aerospace industry
#2.Business Name:Minden Machine Shop
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 53    
Year Established:1984
Products/Service:Fabricators of Farm and Ranch Equipment, Tractor Augers and Grain Moving Equipment, Bulk Seed Trailers, Irrigation Pump Equipment
#3.Business Name:Grayson Tool Company
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 28    
Year Established:1965
Products/Service:Manufacturers of a wide range of capabilities to manufacture most any design of steel, stainless steel, aluminum, or brass.
#4.Business Name:Burgess Well Company
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 8    
Year Established:1953
Products/Service:Manufacturer of fiberglass pipes and flanging
#5.Business Name:KAAPA Ethanol
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 42    
Year Established:2004
Products/Service:Ethanol and Grain By-Products
#6.Business Name:Kearney County Health Service
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 135    
Year Established:2002
Products/Service:Health Care
#7.Business Name:Wardcraft Homes
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 51    
Year Established:1993
Products/Service:Modular Housing
#8.Business Name:Minden Public Schools
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 90    
Year Established:1993
#9.Business Name:Crossroads Welding
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 11    
Year Established:1990
Products/Service:Portable Buildings and Livestock Equipment
#10.Business Name:Village Cleaners, Inc.
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 17    
Year Established:2007
Products/Service:Uniform/Linen Rental

Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......0
Spec Buildings Available.......2
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Suggested links for further information on available buildings:
Buildings Available on LOIS for Minden

Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......4
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Suggested links for further information on available sites:
Sites Available on LOIS for Minden

The City of Minden has four prime industrial sites ready for development. LOIS - Location One Services provides a complete listing of all available commercial sites and buildings.

Our Community: Welcome to Minden, Nebraska, the county seat of Kearney County! We are the home of Pioneer Village, the celebrated Christmas pageant “A Light of the World,” and the state of the art Minden Opera House. You will find a low-key lifestyle and a friendly Midwestern attitude on every street corner. We invite you to experience our hospitality and enjoy our quality of life. Use this site and our home site at to find out more about us. Our community is a perfect place for you, your family, and your business. Contact us today!

Suggested Sites:
City of Minden @
Harold Warp Pioneer Village @
Minden Opera House @
Minden Economic Development @
Minden Chamber of Commerce @

City of Minden
325 N Colorado
PO Box 239
Minden, NE 68959
Phone:(308) 832-1820
Fax:(308) 832-1949
 Abbey Jordan
City of Minden
325 N Colorado
PO Box 239
Minden, NE 68959
Phone:(308) 832-1820
Fax:(308) 832-1949
State Contacts:Dave Rippe
Economic Development Director
Neb. Dept. of Economic Development
PO Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-3125 or
(800) 426-6505
 Mary Plettner, Economic Development Manager
Nebraska Public Power District
PO Box 499
1414 15th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: (402) 563-5534 or (877) 275-6773
Fax: (402) 563-5090

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