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May: Ground-breaking is held for Veterans’ Memorial

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May 27, 2020

HARTINGTON – The first shovel of dirt was turned Saturday on the new Hartington Area Veterans’ Memorial.

A sparse crowd of maskcovered area residents attended Saturday’s ground-breaking event as state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions are still in place here.

The memorial will be built on land donated by Hartington veterinarians Dr. Ben and Dr. Erin Schroeder. It is located at the southeast corner of Broadway Avenue and State Street in downtown Hartington.

Fittingly, the memorial is being built atop the home of the former Hartington VFW.

“I stood right here on this spot and took my oath,” Dwayne Arens said about the day he joined the service.

Veterans’ Memorial Chairman Dan Kathol organized the event and acted as the emcee for the 40-minute program. Hartington Mayor Mark Becker, Cedar County Veterans’ Services Officer Scott Stanton, Hartington VFW Commander Dean McGregor and Dale Powers of Plainview Monuments also spoke.

Kathol gave a brief description of what the proposed monument will look like, then passed around an artist’s rendering of the completed project.

Kathol said the goal is to have new dirt in place for the memorial and raise it to street level some time this year. The hope is to have the memorial completely finished in time for Veterans’ Day of 2021, he said.

May 27, 2020

HARTINGTON — The Nebraska School Activities Association is on a roll with state bowling fans and participants.

The NSAA voted to make bowling an officially sanctioned winter sport.

Both Cedar Catholic and Hartington-Newcastle now have to determine how they will proceed in the coming months.

“It’s exciting for the kids that really enjoy bowling,” Cedar Catholic activities director Chad Cattau said.

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