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Newman Grove, Nebraska              

Date generated: 7/22/2018

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Newman Grove, Nebraska

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  Newman Grove is located in the southwest corner of Madison County and partially in the northwest corner of Platte County in Northeast Nebraska. Newman Grove is 37 miles southwest of Norfolk, 41 miles northwest of Columbus, 111 miles southwest of Sioux City, Iowa, and 127 miles northwest of Omaha, Nebraska.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Newman Grove.......721720-0.1%
Madison County .......34,87635,0150.4%
Labor Market Population1.......102,293102,005-0.3%

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......... 4,869 1,245 4,269 4,474 1,371 1,094 17,322 49.5 %
Female...... 4,736 1,164 4,158 4,500 1,514 1,621 17,693 50.5 %

Total: 9,605 2,409 8,427 8,974 2,885 2,715

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 37.5 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..... 2
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $300
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $395
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $32,500

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Seventy percent of the 340 homes in Newman Grove are owner-occupied. Golden Age Apartments, a 17-unit housing project built in 1965, consists of five apartment buildings and laundry room. Eleven of the apartments are one bedroom and six are two bedroom (including two handicap accessible two bedroom units). All the apartments have a stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer, and include utilities (except cable and telephone). The community room is available for residents and may also be used by community groups. The Kennedy Apartments consist of five buildings built in 1981 and 1986. The complex includes 14 two-bedroom apartments and five one-bedroom apartments. Each apartment is furnished with all appliances, including washer, dryer, furnance, and air conditioner.

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,91318,82955,049    
Total Employment.....980,66819,35956,596    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%2.7%2.8%    

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$18.44$27.83$46.64
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$10.36$14.02$18.27
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$13.18$22.13$31.32
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$9.90$15.37$23.21
Civil Engineers$19.29$41.63$51.04
Computer Operators$9.95$17.28$27.45
Computer Programmers$14.10$28.12$44.53
Computer Systems Analysts$26.39$38.98$54.52
Customer Service Representatives$9.98$14.18$23.19
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators$12.89$16.77$23.27
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators$13.33$16.80$23.32
Data Entry Keyers$10.58$14.34$20.66
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators$9.41$19.16$24.91
Driver/Sales Workers$9.45$11.06$21.94
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$19.72$32.51$43.99
Electrical Engineers$25.94$42.16$56.97
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators$13.82$17.19$23.04
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$13.71$20.11$29.89
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$9.44$10.84$14.33
Industrial Engineers$28.80$40.75$58.32
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$15.22$20.05$29.17
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$13.05$15.63$19.90
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$10.60$14.63$19.59
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators$15.85$21.37$24.88
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$9.63$15.22$34.55
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$13.81$19.44$24.46
Mechanical Engineers$23.96$30.92$45.95
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$21.39$28.33$37.76
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators$13.95$20.61$24.28
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators$11.91$18.90$24.66
Nursing Assistants$10.46$13.19$18.21
Office Clerks, General$9.43$12.10$18.27
Packers and Packagers, Hand$9.43$11.05$15.64
Receptionists and Information Clerks$9.76$13.24$17.69
Registered Nurses$19.84$27.22$37.28
Retail Salespersons$9.15$10.14$18.07
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$10.40$14.12$19.16
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$11.63$16.31$23.10
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$9.40$10.73$16.92
Tool and Die Makers$16.95$22.64$30.20
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$13.61$17.89$23.54
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators$13.40$17.53$23.40

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

Percent of Manufacturing Labor Force Unionized............0.5%
Number of Work Stoppages in Past 5 Years ............0

Faculty at Newman Grove Public Schools are affiliated with the Nebraska State Education Association.


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....020
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 8076
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....U.S. Highway 8118

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

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Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots to:
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....127N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....123N/A1 Day
Chicago.....567N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....663N/A2-3 days
Denver.....488N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....314N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1500N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....401N/A1-2 days
New York.....1340N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....565N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Newman Grove is served by north-south Nebraska Highway 45 and east-west Nebraska Highway 91. Nelson Transportation, a local trucking firm, is an Interstate Contract Carrier that owns and operates 12 truck tractors. Koenig Trucking, a local trucking firm with three trucks daily, hauls milk to processing facilities. Arrow Stage Lines serves both Norfolk and Columbus with one bus daily.

Distance to nearest public airport.....80 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,846 feet
Length of longest runway.....7,000 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....80 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 131
Kansas City International 297
Denver International 481

Central Nebraska Regional Airport near Grand Island, 80 miles southwest, provides air freight, air express, and passenger services. Columbus Municipal Airport, 40 miles southeast, is utilized by both commercial and private aircraft. Air freight and air express services are available. Eppley Airport at Omaha and Sioux Gateway Airport at Sioux City, Iowa are located within 120 miles of Newman Grove.


Barge Service is available at 19 terminals on the Missouri River in Nebraska. The Omaha river port is 120 miles southeast of Newman Grove. These river ports are navigable approximately eight months per year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains a 9-foot deep, 300-foot wide channel for 735 navigable miles from Sioux City to the mouth of the Missouri River. Commodities transported by towing ingredients are alfalfa pellets, cement, concrete forms, distiller's dried grain, feed ingredients, fertilizer, grain, machinery, molasses, newsprint, nitrogen fertilizer solution, propylene glycol, rock aggregate, salt, steel, and twine.

Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 15 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....0
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No

Two major railroads--Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe--serve the state on approximately 4,100 miles of rail. A number of short-line railroads serve many Nebraska communities and hand rail traffic to a major carrier. The Union Pacific maintains headquarters in Omaha, one of the nation's major rail centers.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: Loup Public Power District
  phone - (402) 564-3171
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Loup Power District, a wholesale power customer of Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), is a full-service, public power electric utility in eastern-central Nebraska. Headquartered in Columbus, Neb., Loup's service area covers approximately 2,028 square miles. The District maintains 780 miles of transmission and distribution lines and has been generating electric power since March 5, 1937. Total population within Loup's service area is approximately 50,000. Loup purchases, sells and delivers approximately 1.2 billion kilowatt hours of electric power annually to wholesale and retail customers across a service area that spans four counties entirely and parts of three others. Loup promotes the economic and industrial development of its service area. For further specifics on your project needs, please contact David Bell, Vice President of Development-Marketing, by calling 402-564-3171 ext. 257.

Wholesale Supplier: Loup Public Power District
Additional Comments: The power source for Newman Grove is a 34,500 volt transmission line supplied from Loup's 115kV substation located at Albion, 16 miles southwest. A back-up 34,500 volt transmission line is supplied from Loup's Genoa 115kV substation 12 miles south. Primary distribution has recently been converted to 7.2/12.5kV. Loup's 115kV substations are part of a statewide transmission grid system operated by Nebraska Public Power District.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....Black Hills Energy

Black Hills Energy is the retail supplier of natural gas in Newman Grove. The community is served by 4-inch lines at 50 pounds of pressure. Kinder Morgan, Inc. is the pipeline company. Natural gas with an average value of 1,000 BTU per cubic foot is available for residential, commercial, and industrial customers for base and peak use on a firm basis. Interruptible service is available for customers with alternate fuel capability. Annual curtailment of interruptible customers varies with the type of service selected by the customer.

Provider.....City of Newman Grove
Major Source.....well
If Wells, Average Depth.....116 feet
Average Capacity.....119,800.000 mgd
Peak Demand.....487,000.000 mgd
Storage Capacity.....250,000 gallons
Hardness.....26 ppm
Temperature Range.....54 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The city of Newman Grove has completed construction of a 250,000 water storage reservoir and transmission main to connect with the existing water system and replaced specified mains according to priority.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Newman Grove
Type of Service.....sanitary sewarage system and storm sewer system
Rated Capacity.....60,000.000 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....42,000.000 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....50,000.000 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

The city of Newman Grove has a municipal sanitary sewerage system and a storm sewer system. Currently in use is an aerated lagoon system. The sewerage treatment plant (mechanical, rotating biological contactor, and clarifiers), designed to handle a population of more than 1,000, was built in 1977 is in reserve.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Frontier
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....30

Frontier provides telecommunications services in the Newman Grove area with a digital central office served by seven miles of fiber. Equal access is available. Local Internet access is available through Community Internet System at (800) 852-6707, ask for Community Internet, Cable Nebraska at (877) 234-0102, and Frontier at (800) 921-8101.

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Actual Valuation of City: $14,457,460 (year 2006-2007)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2006-2007
Total Real Property.......$1.9218540

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2006-2007
General Obligation.........$1,105,932.00

The city sales tax in Newman Grove is 1.5 percent effective January 2000.

Type of Government..... Mayor-Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2003 (year)
City Manager..... No
City Engineer..... Yes
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... Private
Public Library in City..... Yes
Percent of Streets Paved..... 100 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 31
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 1
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 69

Newman Grove is a second class city. The Police Department has 24 hour officers available with up to date equipment and services. Newman Grove has seven miles of streets, all of which are paved and armor coated. Thirty percent of the streets have curbs and 75 percent have sidewalks. More curbs and gutters will be installed. Newman Grove updated a comprehensive plan in 2003. The Rescue Department operates two ambulances and the Fire Department has up-to-date equipment.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 11151:16
Senior High 11351:12

Located at 8th and Hale Avenue, Newman Grove Public School is part of Madison County's District 13 School System. Accredited by the State of Nebraska, this public K-12 school has an approximate enrollment of 250 students. Newman Grove High School began in 1998 to operate on a block schedule with four classes per semester with 240 credits needed for graduation. College courses are available in Newman Grove School in cooperation with Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska. A new 7-12 grade facility was completed in the fall of 1997 and three more classrooms were added in 2002. A Distance Learning Center equipped with a two-way audio and video communications system is linked with other communities including the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College. This technology opens educational and business conferencing opportunities for all ages.

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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).....1
Public Camp Ground(s).....1
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....50 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

Summer activities in Newman Grove include baseball, softball, teeball, swimming, sand volleyball, horseshoes, tennis, basketball, golfing, picnicking, and biking. The Senior Citizens Center in Newman Grove offers a wide range of programs throughout the year. Annual events include the Lions Club Alumni Basketball Tournament in March, Easter Egg Hunt, Newman Grove High School Alumni Banquet and UFF DA DAZE on Memorial Day weekend, Norwegian Days in August, and Newman Grove's Yuletide Fest in December. Eight indoor theaters are located within 45 miles of Newman Grove.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....0
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....0
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....1
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....2
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....1

The Newman Grove Medical Clinic, open four days each week, is staffed by two general practitioners and two physician's assistants. Outpatient clinics are scheduled monthly at the Boone County Health Center in Albion, 15 miles west of Newman Grove. The Boone County Health Center has a cardiac rehabilitation unit. Residents in Newman Grove utilize the Boone County Health Center in Albion and Faith Regional Center in Norfolk, 36 miles northeast of Newman Grove. The Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home is a 41 bed state licensed, nonprofit nursing facility owned by five area Lutheran churches and managed locally. Services include physical therapy, nursing care, medication, and dietary management, personal laundry and housekeeping, activities, and social services. The home provides "Meals on Wheels". The Newman House, an 18 bed assisted living facility is a subsidiary of the Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home, also owned by five area churches and managed locally. Services include medication assistance, housekeeping, laundry, three nutritious meals and snacks daily, activities, and transportation services. The facilty was completed in 2003.

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.......36

Number of Protestant Churches.......11
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......1
Total Number of Rooms Available.......5

Number of Banks in City.......1

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

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....1
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....1


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 70   (Male: 3   Female: 67)
Year Established:1960
Products/Service:Nursing Home
#2.Business Name:Newman Grove Public Schools
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 54   (Male: 20   Female: 34)
#3.Business Name:Farmers Co-op Oil Company
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 16   (Male: 13   Female: 3)
Year Established:1924
Products/Service:Grain handling/fuel
#4.Business Name:First National Bank
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 10   (Male: 4   Female: 6)
Year Established:1891
#5.Business Name:Barnes Mini-Mart
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 8   (Male: 3   Female: 5)
Year Established:1972
#6.Business Name:City of Newman Grove
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 10   (Male: 5   Female: 5)
Year Established:1888
Products/Service:City government
#7.Business Name:Newman Grove Medical Clinc
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 5   (Male: 2   Female: 3)
Products/Service:Health Care
#8.Business Name:Newman Grove Reporter 1882
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 3   (Male: 0   Female: 3)
Year Established:1882
Products/Service:Newspaper & commercial printing

Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......0
Spec Buildings Available.......0
Details Available Online.......No
Details Available in Print.......No

Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......2
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes

The Newman Grove Community Club and Enterprise Zone Board work with the city of Newman Grove for industrial development in the community. Newman Grove is located in an Enterprise Zone and can offer tax incentives to qualifying businesses and industry resulting in the creation of jobs and stimulation of population. Approximately 15.3 acres of land in and adjacent to the community are zoned; land ranges from $1,500 to $1,700 per acre.

Our Community: Newman Grove is a small community located within easy driving distance to all necessary services. There are an abundance of recreational, educational, social and business opportunities. The residents of Newman Grove believe this is a great place to live and raise families. Thank you for taking the time to view our profile and feel free to contact us for more information or if you have quesitons.

Suggested Sites:
The city of Newman Grove @
Northeast Community College @
Loup Power District - a full-service, public power electric utility. @
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) @
Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District @
Joan Sokol
City Clerk
PO Box 446
Newman Grove, NE 68758
Phone:(402) 447-6444
Fax:(402) 447-2264
 Thomas L. Higginbotham Jr.
Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District
111 South 1st Street
Norfolk, Nebraska 68701
Phone:(402) 379-1150
Fax:(402) 379-9207
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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