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Flood, attempted murder case were the top stories in 2019

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HARTINGTON — The top story in Hartington this year turned out to be the top story in the state, as well. A powerful rain and snow storm hit Nebraska on March 12 and 13. The results of that storm can still be felt 10 months later. The storm — labeled as a bomb cyclone — dropped several inches of snow in western Nebraska and several inches of rain in eastern Nebraska. The storm came from a powerful Colorado Low that produced up to two feet of snow on the Plains. Rapid snowmelt following the storm caused historic flooding, wiping out several bridges, buildings, dams and roads that got in the way. The Cedar County Fairgrounds lost a livestock building and had several other buildings damaged by the floods. Several Cedar County roads and bridges were also washed out or severely damaged. Cedar County Commissioners are expecting federal aid to help make the repairs. The Commissioners took out a loan to cover costs while they wait for the federal assistance to come in. The next biggest story of the year took place July 2 in Fordyce. Law enforcement was called to a home in Fordyce, where a stabbing had been committed. A day-long man-hunt for Kevin Haug then took place. The search eventually ended that evening when Haug was spotted in a UHaul heading across the Missouri River bridge back into Nebraska. A chase ensued and Haug was eventually apprehended after the vehicle he was driving was stopped in an accident. Haug was later charged with two seperate attempted murder charges. He is charged with allegedly stabbing James Olson in Fordyce. The third biggest story of the year is still a developing story. Community leaders worked in 2019 to get the community recognized for its historic value. The statewide Nebraska History organization met here in the early summer. In July, it was announced that the National Register had listed downtown Hartington as a historic district because of its contribution to Nebraska history from 1900-1969, and because its buildings have retained their original look, feel and integrity. Hartington’s original Carnegie Library also earned the designation. This designation opens up the possibility for the revitalization of this area. The Hartington Downtown Historic District comprises 30 contributing resources, all of which are now potentially eligible for federal and state historic tax credits. Hartington residents also saw quite a bit of a film crew in 2019. Local veterinarians Dr.Ben and Dr. Erin were featured in a new TV show that will air on the NatGeo Wild channel beginning in late January.