P.O. Box 131
Calumet, Iowa 51009
Phone: (712) 446-2490
A charming, quiet community tucked into the southeastern corner of O'Brien County, Iowa. Our shady streets and friendly people offer opportunity as a safe and wonderful place to live and work.
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Calumet, Iowa is located on Highway 59, 15 miles north of Cherokee, Iowa and 75 miles northwest of Sioux City, Iowa.
It’s a David and Goliath kind of story. The basketball team from Calumet became known as THE GIANT KILLERS when the team from this tiny O'Brien County community went up against the likes of Ames and Davenport, Iowa in 1961. Calumet’s team had the entire region cheering as it defeated both powerhouses before losing to Marshalltown in the championship game. Calumet’s rich history as a basketball town is reflected in their participation in the state tournaments in 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961.
We use this story to illustrate the typical Calumet way of thinking - nothing is impossible and anything is probable in our town.
RECREATION AND TOURISM:
Calumet has a lovely city park with playground and picnicking. Camping, fishing, hunting and canoeing can be found near the town. Calumet’s residents play host to school alumni every five years at a grand all-school reunion. The Community Club sponsors a summertime family picnic and a local church hosts a turkey dinner in November. In February Calumet’s volunteer fire department hosts a delicious soup or pancake supper for the public.
Your student will get excellent attention from teachers in the South O'Brien School District with an average teacher to student ratio of 1 : 12. K-6th Graders attend the Primghar facility; 7th through 12th grades are schooled in Paullina. Paullina is also home to a transitional kindergarten program. The school district provides busing of students to its various facilities.
Certified EMTs and First Responders Ambulance service from Sutherland -12 minutes to nearest hospital
Quality daycare is available in neighboring communities.
Churches representing a wide variety of denominations can be found in neighboring communities
UTILITIES AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS:
Local Supplier: Mid-American
Electrical Source: Port Neal generating plant
Primary Voltage: 13,800
Average residential rate: Available upon request
Average commercial rate: Available upon request
Average industrial rate: Available upon request
Water Operator: Tyler Sechler (712) 446-2269
Supplier: City of Calumet
Source of city water: well
Elevated storage capacity: all underground
Capacity of water plant: n/a
Average consumption: 272,666 gpd
Peak consumption: 42,904,290 gpd
Name of local distributor: Mid-American Energy
Type sewage treatment plant: lagoon
Percent of community served 100%
West Iowa Telecom with dial-up service
Internet: ISDN /DSL/T1-DS1
Cable TV: Yes
MUNICIPAL / GOVERNMENT INFORMATION:
Type of Government:
Mayor and 5 member city council. Mayor is elected every 2 years and Council members every 4 years on a staggered basis.
Mayor: Michael Jensen (712) 446-2086
Management: City Administrator
Hours: Wednesdays, 7 - 11 AM at Community Building
Public Works Director
Fire Department: member volunteer fire department
Classification: 7 inside city limits, 10 outside city limits
Police Protection: O'Brien County Sheriff’s Department
Industrial Waste Pickup: Yes
TYPES OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY:
COMMENTS FROM BUSINESS OWNERS:
"Calumet is a great place to locate a business. We have a labor-friendly workforce, low taxes and virtually no crime." - Steve Loshman, CS Agrow
Assessed Value of property in city: $3,335,786
Tax rate per $1000 assessed value 24.476
Bonding capacity: $1,667,893
Future indebtedness plans -0-
Calumet is willing to work with any business in fulfilling their needs.
Available upon request.
Air Service: 15 minutes to local airport with 4,000 ft. concrete runway, Unicom radio, non-directional beacon. 30 minutes to nearest regional airport in Sheldon featuring a 4,199 foot concrete runway with VOR, Unicom, non-directional beacon. Charter service available.
Served by Highway 59.
Interstate: 55 minutes from I-90 and 60 minutes from I-29
Basically there isn't any in Calumet. Iowa is a very safe place to live and work, when compared to other states. According to the Uniform Crime Report, Iowa ranks 41st in the country with regard to violent crimes, with 39 states as having higher crimes rates. Statistics show violent crimes and property crimes have consistently gone down in Iowa over the past few years.
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