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1965: Recreation Center is opened in Hartington

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June 30, 1965

HARTINGTON– Hartington Recreation Center, Hartington’s newest business, opened its doors Saturday. The Center is located in the building formerly occupied by Fred Bruening’s Leather Shop, across the street south of Self-Service Laundry.

The Recreation Center, owned by Gerald Kleinschmit, includes 2 pool tables, juke box and dancing area, and bowling machines. The Center will service sandwiches, Pizza and soft drinks.

June 30, 1965

HARTINGTON– Hartington Board of Education estimated the budget for school district No. 8 at $124,980.00 for the 1965-66 school year.

The proposed budget represents close to a $7,000.00 increase over the estimate of $118,010.00 for the 1964-65 school term. The board has advised the county commissioners that it will require $85,201.14 to be raise by taxation. This is an increase of nearly $1,200.00 over the amount requested last year. However, residents of the district will pay approximately the same mill levy as they did the past year. The levy last year was 40.25 and the previous year was 40.62.

Balance of the budget, other than from taxation, will come from license fees, court fines, free high tuition, individual tuition, state apportionment, etc.

The bulk of the budget – $88,400.00 – will be used for instruction which includes, teachers’ salaries, textbooks, library, teaching supplies, etc. The amount actually spent for instruction last year was $83,518.21.

Estimated amounts needed for other departments remained about the same as last year with slight increases in all except fixed charges. Bulk of the increased budget was in construction, with close to $4,000 of the $7,000 increase coming in this department.

Capital outlay was increased $1,500 and administration was upped $1,800.

Following is a breakdown of the proposed budget for the 1965-66 school year and also a comparison with last year’s estimate.

Proposed Budget



Administration … $ 11,300.00

$ 12,380.00

Instruction ……… 84,670.00


Other School Services . 1,600.00


Operation of Plant 8,340.00


Maintenance of Plant 3,700.00


Fixed Charges …………… 5,200.00


Capital Overlay ………….. 1,800.00


Transfers …..…………….. 1,400.00


TOTALS …………. $ 118,010.00


June 30, 1965

HARTINGTON– District Commander Merlin Evans of Hartington VFW Post 5283 was named All-State District Commander of the year and will be recommended to the National Organization for being one of eleven All-American District Commanders of the nation.

Commander Evans was presented a cream VFW dress jacket and a diamond set past district commander’s lapel pin and plaque at the State Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Lincoln.

Lawrence Obermeyer and Dwayne Cummins were named outstanding post commander and quartermaster, respectively.

Elected to office were Merlin Evans, Dept. Commander of the Past Post Commanders of Nebraska, and Mrs. Paul Dendinger, re-elected State Treasurer for the 7th term.

Hartington Post No. 5283 received a check for their membership record. Mrs. Merlin Evans, state assistant conductress, served with the ritual team for the convention. Mrs. Pierce Rohde served as a page to the department treasurer.

Attending the convention from Hartington were District Commander and Mrs. Merlin Evans, Department Commander, and Mrs. Merton Olson, Mr. and Mrs. Merlyn Weddingfeld, Mrs. Paul Hydinger, Mrs. Pierce Rohde, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dendinger. Ben Ebmeier of Laurel also was in attendance.

June 30, 1965

WAKEFIELD — Farmers should check their corn field for corn rootworm infestations immediately, urges Gene Schwartz, Agronomist at the Northeast Station.

The rootworms are hatching and severe infestation was observed near Wakefield. Most stalks dug up at the severely infested field had more than 10 worms per corn plant and in one root system more than 40 of the white larvae of the corn rootworm beetle were found.

If more than 8 to 10 worms per corn plant are found and more than 50 percent of the root system has been damaged, emergency control measures perhaps should be considered. An emergency treatment can be made now by applying granules at the base of the plants, and cultivating to throw as much soil as possible over the insecticide.

Emergency treatments will not kill all root worms present because the insecticide will not penetrate the soil. It will help reduce future injury by establishing a barrier between root worms and developing roots.

Field inspections should be made every two or three days because the worms will still be hatching for several weeks yet.