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About New England

You will find New England located in southwestern North Dakota at the junction of State Highways 22 and 21, 25 twenty-five miles south of area regional center Dickinson, North Dakota.  

New England defines the “Spirit of Volunteerism….Catch the Fever”

New England is a small, friendly community in the heart of golden wheat fields, shadowed by the raw beauty of the Rainy Buttes. One always feels at home when the Rainy Buttes appear in view.  The fertile ground which once attracted settlers from Vermont still provide New England with its economic engine.

New England is protected by an outstanding volunteer fire department and ambulance emergency services.  These services are housed in a state-of-the-art emergency services building. The city sponsored City Library is also staffed with volunteers providing groups of all ages with insights into the world of literature. 

Located in New England are three organized churches serving the spiritual needs for our residents.  New England has a spirit of volunteerism unsurpassed by any measureable standard. Service clubs such as Lions, Commercial Club and Women’s Club to name just a few, provide ample and excellent opportunities to enhance this “Spirit of Volunteerism”.  

New England’s 600 residents share many outstanding activities with the surrounding area residents.  These activities include “Hamburgers in the Park” every Tuesday evening in the summer. Southwestern car clubs and motorcycle groups use this venue for their summer rides.  Nursing home residents also are frequent visitors for a burger on the beautiful summer evenings. We have our annual “Wheat Harvest” festival celebrating the bounties of harvest.  Theater groups provide a cultural enhancement with dinner theater productions. The famous “Christmas in New England” musical production draws audiences from hundreds of miles away to listen to the music talents of our residents.  It goes without saying, there is something for everyone in New England.

Many new and renovated buildings embrace our wonderful main street.  Included as one of these buildings and businesses is the “New England Community Store”, again a volunteer sponsored organization.  Volunteers felt a need, and filled it. Every Tuesday volunteers line up to unload the grocery truck, stocking the shelves for the week.   

Continuing with the “Spirit of Volunteerism” is our outstanding swimming pool facilities.  Built by our residents. Our beautiful Memorial Hall in the heart of New England has been completely renovated by the residents of New England.  This memorial hall houses a huge array of activities for our residents. The downtown park and picnic facilities are state of the art, even with full kitchen facilities.  Again, you guessed it…built by volunteerism.

Second to none New England offers excellent educational opportunities for pre-school through grades twelve.   Our students excel in state musical, speech, athletics and education based competitions. Our graduates go on to excel in higher education due to the outstanding educational basis established at New England Public School.

One might have noticed a theme in this introduction.  “Spirit of Volunteerism….Catch the Fever”.   New England is a great place to visit, and an even better place to live and raise your family.  Hope to see you “Catch the Fever”.   


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