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1980: Area residents take part in Nebraska 2000 project

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Nov. 26, 1980

HARTINGTON — The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) board of directors Thursday approved new electric rates for the District’s wholesale rate reflects an average increase of approximately 11.3 percent.

Wholesale rates are normally increased once every two years, but a $14.2 million deficiency in the District’s wholesale revenue for 1981 required that adjustments be made so that revenues are sufficient to meet all expenses of providing electric service. NPPD wholesale rates were increased 185 percent last year.

NPPD provides total or partial power and energy requirements for 53 municipalities and 26 rural and other power districts and cooperatives in the state at wholesale. In addition, the District supplies partial requirements through interconnections to 22 other municipalities.

Nov. 26, 1980

HARTINGTON — A few area residents took advantage of a chance to voice their ideas about the course the state should take in coming years, Wednesday, Nov. 19, at a Town Hall type meeting at the Hartington City Auditorium.

Nebraska 2000 drew about 30 people, who discussed the course they think the state should follow as it approaches the next century.

The meeting was one of several being held around the state as a part of Gov. Charles Thone’s long range planning project.

Ritch Miller of Hartington, coordinator of the meeting, said another meeting has been scheduled for Jan. 6, 1981.

He said Wednesday’s attendance apparently was hindered by several other activities on the same night, and that the January meeting hopefully would draw more participants.

Alan Cramer, publisher of the Wayne Herald and co-chairman of Nebraska 2000, told participants that the meetings are “the governor’s attempt to bring government to the people of Nebraska.”

Cramer said that following the statewide meetings, the Nebraska 2000 committee will compile the information discussed and publish a document with specific recommendations of the people to the legislature and the governor as to where the state should be going.

A list of 14 goal categories was discussed at the meeting. Small groups developed goals in each of the categories, and then discussed their recommendations with the entire group.

Nov. 26, 1980

HARTINGTON — Counter checks are on their way out in Nebraska, following the passage of LB 1969. As of January 1, 1981, banks will no longer be allowed to offer the checks to their customers, although existing supplies may be used up and the checks will be honored.

V.E. Rossiter, president of the Bank of Hartington, says the move to halt the use of blank counter checks was backed by banks and merchants in cities.

“They want to do business with people, but not with counter checks,” Rossiter said.

He said large banks prefer personalized checks because reader/sorter machines will not process counter checks because they are sometimes accepted with an illegible name and no account number.

Rossiter said misunderstandings about the bill have been the biggest problem.

“People thought it was going to be different right at the first of the year,” he said. “But it will not be that sudden. People who still have counter checks should use them. As stores run out of checks, we probably will not pass out more.”

Rossiter said the change is being accepted quite well here.

“We have had super reception,” he said. “Everyone knows that it is coming, and there has been more acceptance among merchants than I had expected.”

Nov. 29, 2000

HARTINGTON — If South Yankton residents want to keep 911 service, they will have to pay for it.

When the 911 system was originally set up here in 1996, all Cedar County residents, except South Yankton residents with a 402-667 telephone prefix were assessed a $1 surcharge per telephone line.

Nov. 29, 2000

HARTINGTON — A new property tax form will make it easier for land owners to find out how their taxes have changed from year to year, but putting the form into use has made work a little more difficult for county employees.

Nov. 29, 2000

HARTINGTON — When Adam Kantrovich attended classes at Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City in the late 1980s, he probably never dreamed his career path might lead him back to this region. He was recently hired as the new University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension Educator for Cedar County.

Nov. 29, 2000

HARTINGTON — With the success of last season still fresh in many people’s minds, the start of basketball season has been long anticipated in these parts. The new season begins this week.

Nov. 29, 2000

HARTINGTON — If you want to know the score of the latest Indiana Pacers’ basketball game, just ask Alice and Jerome (Gyp) Schulte. Their grandson, Austin Croshere, is big number 44 and starting short forward for the team.

Nov. 23, 2005

HARTINGTON — It looked a lot like Christmas here Friday.

The mild weather, along with the fun and excitement, drew people from the community as well as those from around the state and region to the fifth annual Candellight Christmas celebration.

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