From it’s humble beginnings of wild hay production, Emmet, NE remains a small community with a big heart.
Emmet was founded in 1882 on the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad. It was named after Irish nationalist Robert Emmet. Currently, the population is 48 and is described as a town with good people, good land, and good clean air — three reasons people choose to live here.
Like much of Holt County, the Emmet area is well suited for production of wild hay. Early settlers cut it as a cash crop. In the 1920’s, the Emmet-Elkhorn Valley Hay Company was founded. It’s name was later abbreviated to the Emmet Hay Company. The community describes itself as the “Biggest Little Haytown in the World”.
These community services are located in O’Neill, 8 miles away, and Atkinson, 10 miles away. There is an active Chamber of Commerce in both of these towns.
Machine shops in city: 5
Electric motor repair services in city: 2
Type of newspaper in city: Weekly
Local radio station(s): 3
Number of TV channels received without cable: 1
Cable antenna television serves city: Yes
Number of banks in city: 6
Number of protestant churches: 20
Number of catholic churches: 3
Number of motels and hotels in city: 6
Total number of rooms available: 185
Chamber of Commerce: No
Chamber executive is full-time: No
Health Facilities in the Community
|Number of Hospitals in Community||2|
|Number of Beds in Hospital(s)||43|
|Number of Outpatient Clinics||28|
Medical Personnel in the Community
|Medical Doctors / Physician Assistants||16|
|Dentists / Orthodontists||6|
|Nurses (registered or practical)||97|
|Optometrists / Ophthalmologists||4|
Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital is in O’Neill, 8 miles away. West Holt Memorial Hospital is in Atkinson, 10 miles away. Both hospitals have up-to-date facilities with a variety of clinics available, surgery, cardiac care, physical therapy, respiratory therapy and an intensive care unit. There is also a nursing home and assisted living in each town. Valley Hope, a 75 bed drug and alcohol treatment center, is located in O’Neill.
|Rank||Business Name||Service Sector||Product / Service||Number Employed||Unions|
|2||St. Anthony's Hospital||Health Services||Hospital/Clinic||280||No|
|1||Christensen Farms||Hog Operation Feedlot||Feedlot||185||No|
|3||O'Neill Public Schools||Education||School||125||Yes|
|4||Holt County||Government||County Government||100||No|
|5||Elkhorn River Farms||Other Services||Potato Plant||95||No|
|6||West Holt Memorial Hospital||Health Services||Hospital||84||No|
|7||Good Samaritan Society||Health Services||Nursing Home / Assisted Living||75||No|
|8||Golden Living Center||Health Services||Nursing Home / Assisted Living||70||No|
|10||West Holt Public Schools||Education||School||63||Yes|
|Type of Government||Village Board|
|Comprehensive City Plan||No|
|City Zoning Ordinance in Effect||No|
|County Zoning Ordinance in Effect||Yes|
|Garbage Service Provider||Private|
|Public Library in City||No|
|Percent of Streets Paved||96%|
|Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel||39|
|Fire Insurance Class||Inside City: 5, Outside City: 8-9|
Emmet is 8 miles from O’Neill, the county seat of Holt County. The O’Neill Public Library in O’Neill contains 37,574 volumes and has an average annual circulation of 101,919. The library is part of the Nebraska Interlibrary Book Loan Program. Books and records for the blind are provided and six computers are available to library patrons. Story hour is held during the summer months and other special times during the year.
The Atkinson Public Library, 10 miles away, contains 45,800 volumes and has an average annual circulation of 32,113. The library resources include 16 wireless network computers, green wireless Internet access/WiFi, online database, online circulation, die cut machine/dies, continuing education meeting room, LCN projector and screen, overhead projector, scanner, fax machine, interlibrary loan services, wireless color/gray scale printer, wireless copy machine, microfilm reader/printer, and big screen TV/DVD. Library activities include author book signings, book talks, humanities programs, summer story time, computer classes, sewing and quilting classes, book packet delivery to nine local daycares, school visits, National Library Week, Bub Blake Memorial Photo Show, Friends of the Library Art Show, annual fun run, annual holiday silent auction, biannual garden walk, and dinner theatre.
Emmet has approximately 2.5 miles of streets; 2 miles are hard-surfaced with black top. Twenty percent of the streets have sidewalks. Street maintenance includes grading, oiling streets, and mowing the edges. Fire protection for Emmet is provided by the Atkinson Volunteer Fire Department with 23 EMT certified and 5 certified paramedics. The department has up-to-date equipment including 3 ambulances. Contemplated changes in the department include updating equipment in order to accommodate the addition of industrial and residential areas.
General Population Stats
|Area||Census Year: 2010||Census Year: 2014||% Change|
|Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, July 2014|
County Age Distribution (2014)
|Median Age (2014): 45.2|
|Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released July 2014.|
Actual Valuation of City: $1,458,505 (Year 2015)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value)
|City||County||School||Other||Total Real Property|
All real property is subject to tax at market value. Agricultural land is valued at 72 percent of its market value. Personal property that is used in a trade or business and is depreciable is subject to tax at its “net book value. All other personal property is exempt from taxation.
Number & Type of Roads Serving Community
|Type of Road||Federal||State||County|
|Limited Access, Four-Lane Highways|
|Improved Two-Lane Highways||1|
|Miles to Nearest Interstate Highway||Interstate 80||115|
|Miles to Nearest Four-Lane Highway||US Highway 281 near Grand Island||100|
Motor Freight Carriers
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Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots
|Destination||Distance by Highway Miles||Days by Railroad||Days by Motor Freight|
|Kansas City||384||N/A||1-2 Days|
|Los Angeles||1497||N/A||2-3 Days|
|New York||1433||N/A||3-5 Days|
|St. Louis||635||N/A||2-3 Days|
|Distance to nearest public airport||10 minutes|
|Length of longest runway||4,400 feet|
|Private aircraft storage available||Yes|
|Private aircraft maintenance available||Yes|
|Distance to nearest commercial air transportation||121 minutes|
Distance to Nearest International Airport
|Name of Airport||Miles to Airport
|Omaha Eppley International||205|
|Kansas City International||367|
John L Baker Field, facility, 10 miles away, includes 2 runways, 100 low lead fuel, beacon, VOR, overnight hangar storage, overnight lodging, next day air freight, wind sock, wind tee, major and minor repair, tie down, terminal, and automated weather service.
|Community served by railroad?||No|
|Distance to Nearest Railroad||8 Miles|
|Functional Piggyback Ramp Available||No|
|Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service||83 miles|
|State electric power deregulated?||No|
|Wholesale Supplier||Nebraska Public Power District|
Electric System Operator
Nebraska Public Power District
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (800) 282-6773. Further information can be found online at www.nppd.com. Utility information can be found at www.nppd.com.
Emmet is provided electric service by NPPD’s 12.5 kV substation with one incoming feed at 12.5 kV and one outgoing feed at a voltage of 4.16kV. Three 150 kVA transformers supply the community. These substations are tied into the statewide grid system.
|Natural Gas Service Available||Yes|
|Supplier in Community||Black Hills Energy|
Municipal water systems are not available in Emmet. Individual wells provide water to residents.
Sanitation / Waste Water
|Name of Provider||Village of Emmet|
|Type of Service||Lagoon|
Emmet has a municipal sanitary sewerage system with a two-cell lagoon system.
|Name of Local Service Provider||CenturyLink|
Emmet’s telecommunications services are provided by CenturyLink with Local Exchange Service, DSL, Telecommunications Services including, but not limited to, business lines, long distance, frame relay, MPLS, private line, Internet, Voice & Date Equipment, and professional services. Technicians and networking personnel reside in O’Neill, providing 24-hour on -call service.