HARTINGTON — When historians look back at 2020, they will see that people across the United States and across the globe were living in a very tumultuous time.
Typically, national news doesn’t lead the list of the biggest news stories in Cedar County. This year was different, though, very different.
The COVID-19 virus dominated everyone’s lives in 2020.
The virus first got international attention Dec. 31, 2019, when cases of an unexplained illness were reported in Wuhan, China.
By March, the United States and the rest of the world were in a full-on pandemic.
As of this writing, 334,130 U.S. citizens have died from COVID-19. On a more local note, as of Monday, 707 Cedar County residents have contracted the disease and eight residents have died from it.
The presidential election of 2020 was also a huge event. While presidential elections were already known for dragging on for far too long, as debates started in June 2019, this year’s election drug on for even longer, as President Donald Trump and his allies refused to acknowledge their defeat to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Here is a week-by-week look at the news of Cedar County in 2020 and how national and international news weaved its way into our daily lives here.
Jan. 8, 2020
HARTINGTON — The Cedar County News named the top stories of 2019. The top story of the 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 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.
The next biggest story of the year took place July 2 in Fordyce when law enforcement was called to a home in Fordyce, where a stabbing had been committed.
A day-long manhunt for Kevin Haug then took place. The search eventually ended that evening when Haug was spotted in a U-Haul 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.
The third biggest story of the year involved community leaders working to get the community recognized for its historic value.
Jan. 8, 2020
HARTINGTON — Weather was the biggest news of the year here in 2019. The March 13 floods caused millions of dollars in damage to Cedar County and to the state.
Besides the flooding, the year was marked with several stretches of wet weather and a long stretch of hot weather. From May 17-29 there was measurable precipitation here every day except two. During that stretch 6.78 inches of rain was recorded. An inch or more of rain fell here on 10 different days during the year.
Jan. 15, 2020
HARTINGTON — A new face with a familiar name is now occupying a desk at the Cedar County News.
Kellyn Dump, 26, has joined the Cedar County News as an advertising and marketing specialist.
Dump is the son of Cedar County News and Northeast Nebraska News Company publishers Rob Dump and Peggy Year.
He joins the newspaper staff after working with Christensen Well in Hartington the past two years.
After graduating from Cedar Catholic High School in 2012 and attending school at Wayne State College and then the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dump joined the work force, working for Enterprise Car Rentals and VVS of Lincoln before moving back to Hartington to work for Christensen Well.
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Dump will work with advertising clients for all five of the Northeast Nebraska News Company publications and the NE Nebraska Rocket, as well as the company’s three websites — www. hartington.net, newsfirstne.com and www.northeastnebraskanews.us.
Jan. 15, 2020
HARTINGTON — Design plans are well underway for the new Hartington Area Veterans Memo- rial to be located in downtown Hartington across from the Historic Hartington Hotel, with the entrance of the memorial to be located on the west end of the memorial off of Broadway Aveenue.
The main attraction of the memo- rial will be up to six granite monu- ments placed in the center of the memorial with the veteran’s names engraved and listed in alphabetical order on the monuments.
Since the process of gathering veteran names for the monuments will be lengthy, the goal now is to get a head start on the process and begin acquiring the veteran names now.
Jan. 22, 2020
HARTINGTON — After months of filming, editing and production work, area residents finally got to see the first airing Sunday of a new nationally syndicated Har- tington-based TV show.
‘Heartland Docs, DVM,” will have its first national airing on the NatGeo Wild channel this Saturday night at 9 p.m. The series is slated to run in this time slot for at least the next six weeks.
The show features Hartington veterinarians Ben and Erin Schroeder as they go about their daily lives at the Cedar County Vet Clinic.
Several familiar sites around Hartington and Cedar County are featured in the TV show, which follows Ben and Erin as they trot across the region making house calls on their farm customers.
The March flooding, which washed out many roads, bridges, fields and pastures was also prominently featured in a couple of the shows.
NatGeo Wild officials and the head of the production company which created the show were also on hand at Sunday’s premier.
Nancy Glass is the CEO of Glass Entertainment, the production company that decided to build a reality TV series around the Schroeder’s veterinarian practice.
Glass, a former weekend anchor for “Inside Edition,” said she knew right away Ben and Erin Schroeder possessed something special. Something national TV audiences should enjoy.
“You can just see right away, they are honest, car- ing people — their integrity and compassion just show through,” she said. “And they are great communicators.”
Glass founded the produc- tion company in 2003. Her company has produced over 2,000 hours of programming for various networks includ- ing: A&E, E!, TLC, National Geographic, Animal Planet, Travel, HGTV,CNN, and Oxygen.
Jan. 22, 2020
HARTINGTON — Two up and coming new country music acts will headline this year’s Cedar County Fair.
Lanco will perform at the Cedar County Fairgrounds Friday, July 17.
Jimmie Allen has been signed to perform here Saturday, July 18.
Allen released his first official single, “Best Shot,” in early 2018.
The week of its release, it was the second most-added song to country music radio playlists. The song has made the Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, and Billboard Hot 100 charts and was made it into a music video.
His debut album, Mercury Lane, was issued in October 2018.
Allen’s music has had over 130 million plays on Spotify through 2019.
Jan. 22, 2020
HARTINGTON — A small-town girl growing up, Kara Lippert found her way back to familiar environs when she settled into Hartington as the new pharmacist at Steffen Drug late last year.
Wife to Hartington native, Zach Lippert, Kara began working in town, leaving her job in Vermillion, S.D., where she spent the past four-plus years at the Medical Clinic Pharmacy and before that in a similar capacity at K-Mart.
Now, she is where she wants to be as her future moves into the present.
“I wanted to be in the medical field, but I saw an op- portunity to be a medical provider without being a doctor per se,” Lippert said.
Jan. 29, 2020
HARTINGTON — Carla Schmidt was in total disbelief.
When the floods bubbled and boiled across Nebraska last March, she was stranded at a state conference in Kearney.
Once she finally made it back to Cedar County and onto some of the county roads, Cedar County’s Road Dept. Superintendent couldn’t believe what she was seeing.
In many places, where a once smooth county road had stood, a pot-hole riddled cattle trail now existed.
In some other places, the road ditch had been widened or washed away, eating into the road bed itself.
Approaches to bridges were gone. Some bridges and culverts were totally washed away.
“You would go out and look at the roads, and all that stuff and just scratch your head. How in the world did it do this,” she said. “I thought, my God, we’ll never get all this fixed.”
When the flood waters finally receded some farmers in the St. James area found two to three foot mounds of sand where some of their fields and pastures had stood.
When county officials began looking at the damage, they counted 37 different reconstruction projects on the 2,000-mile stretch of county roads. At least five bridges either had to be repaired or replaced, as well.
Jan. 29, 2020
HARTINGTON — Two Hartington streets could see some major improvements next year under a proposal currently being considered by the Hartington City Council.
Nathan Boone, a senior project manager with JEO consulting, Lincoln, met with the City Council Monday to share ideas about how to fix some current drainage problems along Madison Avenue from Main Street to Capitol Street.
Work to repair similar problems on south Broadway from Franklin to Court streets was also discussed.
Boone was here in August and looked at Madison Avenue from Main Street to Capitol Street.
This would be similar to the downtown revitalization project untertaken a few years ago on Broadway in that the street, and infrastructure under it would be updated.
The project could include new eight-inch concrete, new storm sewer, updated water mains, sewer lines, new storm sewers, new sidewalks and new lighting.
Feb. 5, 2020
HARTINGTON — The 2019 Nebraska State Historic Preservation Award has been presented to a Hartington couple.
It was recently announced the award was given to Dr. Ben and Dr. Erin Schroeder for their preservation work in Hartington.
The local veterinarians began their historic preservation work when they purchased the 118 year-old Globe Clothing building and renovated it a few years ago.
It now houses an apartment on the top floor where they reside. The main floor has been turned into a general store, which sells crafts and souvenirs.
Feb. 5, 2020
HARTINGTON — A local group is set to observe a huge milestone this week.
Members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Hartington #457, and their families and friends will celebrate the 100th anniversary
of the CD of A in Hartington Feb. 9. at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington.
This will be followed by a reception and lunch at the Historic Hartington Hotel, the same hotel the original 41 members held their first banquet at 100 years ago.
Mollie Walz was the first Hartington
woman to guide the group as its Grand Regent, Today, LouAnn Creekmore serves as Grand Regent.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas was organized to promote and embrace the principal of faith through love in the promotion of justice, equality and advancement of human rights and human dignity of all.
It’s a mission the Hartington group takes very seriously.
The group routinely sponsors several local activities, including: White Ribbon Against Pornography Week, and holds a yearly collection for seminarians or missionaries.
They also hosts Bingo at the Assisted Living facility and lead the Rosary at the Saturday evening Holy Trinity Mass and at the Grotto In October.
Feb. 12, 2020
LAUREL — A group of veterans has come together to make sure America’s heroes are not forgotten.
There efforts prompted Gov. Pete Ricketts to sign papers Jan. 31 to formally name Nebraska’s section of U.S. Highway 20 as the “Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway.”
The signing took place on Veterans Legislative Day, an annual event at the State Capitol for veterans and veteran service organizations
to learn about veteran- and military-related legislation.
“Naming US-20 as the ‘Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway’ pays homage to our nation’s most heroic soldiers,” said Gov. Ricketts. “It’s
a fitting way for Nebraska to show respect and appreciation to our veterans for their sacrifices to keep us safe.”
The Nebraska Medal of Honor Foundation applied for the naming of US-20, which
the Nebraska Highway Commission then recommended in December.
Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Kyle Schneweis signed the recommendation before submitting the name change to the Governor for approval.
Feb. 12, 2020
NORFOLK — Cedar Catholic’s Eric Hoesing defeated Brett Tinker of Pierce in the MidState Conference 170-pound championship match on Thursday night in Battle Creek. The win gave Hoesing his second straight MidState Conference wrestling title.
Feb. 19, 2020
HARTINGTON — A Hartington family decided recently to turn a sad memory into a gift of loving remembrance.
Mary Lou Noecker passed away within the past year and her family had a medical clinic built in her name in the northern part of Chimaltenango, Guatemala.
“My brothers and sisters asked people around the community for the funds to help build the clinic,” Ron Noecker said.
His sister, Rose Koch, was one of a number of locals that made the trip from Feb. 1-8 to finish the clinic in Mary Lou’s memory.
“It unfolded into something totally amazing that none of us realized,” Koch said. “What good had been accomplished, and Ron introduced us to other organizations that are doing good there.
“I would love to go back and be a part
of another project in a couple of years. We realized how privileged we are to live in the U.S., and being a part of that in helping their place to be a better place.”
Ron Noecker’s journey from a Bow Valley farm to Guatemala followed a long, winding road, filled with faith, fulfillment and varying career decisions
After serving as a Catholic priest in Northeast Nebraska for several years, he decided it was time for a new direction in putting together good works for people.
So, just over 15 years ago, he left the Omaha ArchDiocese to move to Baltimore and enter nursing school at Johns Hopkins University following a sabbatical a year earlier in Guatemala.
“I fell in love with the country even though it has such great needs,” Noecker said.
Feb. 19, 2020
HARTINGTON — Long-time Cedar Catholic teacher and coach Mike Johnson will be taking a new job next fall.
The Hartington-Newcastle School Board Monday unanimously approved the contract to hire Johnson as its new media specialist and librarian.
Johnson replaces Marilyn Rastede who died unexpectedly last December. Former HNS English teacher Linda Kathol was hired to fill in for that position until the end of this school year.
Johnson has taught business education classes at Cedar Catholic since 1995.
The 1988 Ogallala and 1994 University of Nebraska- Kearney graduate has been an integral part of the Cedar Catholic football coaching staff since his first day at the school, mainly serving as a defensive coach and defensive coordinator.
He has also guided the Cedar Catholic boys golf team for the past 20 years, leading that team to state tournament appearances and State titles.
Feb. 26, 2020
HARTINGTON — A local business will soon breathe new life into an old building here.
The old Tooties Restaurant building on the north edge of Hartington is being purchased by Creamer Auction Company. The building, which has been closed for several years now, will soon be transformed into an auction hall.
The Hartington CityCouncil Monday accepted the recommendation of the Revolving Loan Committee and approved a $50,000 business loan to Creamer to help update and revitalize the building.
City Attorney Steve Pier is a member of that committee. He said the group felt this would be a great investment in the community.
“The committee felt this was a good use of a building that has been sitting empty for several years,” he said. “It should also bring some people to town, which should also help other businesses.”
The 15-year, zero interest loan will be the ninth revolving loan the Committee has on the books.
Mayor Mark Becker credits former City Council member Gary Kruse for making the loan program an important part of the city’s economic development toolbox.
Feb. 26, 2020
HARTINGTON — The Cedar County Ag Society is launching a fundraising campaign.
The campaign is designed to help the group both rebuild from the 2019 flooding and improve the fairgrounds.
On March 13, 2019, northeast Nebraska was struck with one of the worst floods in over 50 years. The Cedar County Fairgrounds took on the most damage ever received in its 100-plus year history. For two days the grounds were under water damaging buildings, wiping out roads and fences, and destroying a 56-stall livestock building.
The Cedar County Ag Society is working with the Hartington-Newcastle nd Laurel-Concord-Coleridge FFA chapters to launch a “Raising the Barn” fundraising campaign to help get the livestock barn rebuilt.
Current plans call for a new livestock facility. and improved and enlarged show arena. The Ag Society began seeking bids earlier this year for construction of the new facility, which will connect several livestock buildings together with the show arena.
March 4, 2020
HARTINGTON — John Thelen, Randolph, has filed to run against Cedar County Dist. 2 County Commissioner Craig Bartels.
Bartels is finishing his first term in office after unseating 28-year veteran Marlen Kraemer in 2016.
Both Bartels and Thelen are Republicans, so they will compete in the May Primary election.
Thelen is best known for his court cases with Cedar County over right-of-way complaints against him.
The deadline for filing for this year’s city, school, state and county elections was Monday.
Anyone interested in seeking an elective office for one of these governmental entities must now file as a write-in candidate in order to do so.
Cedar County Clerk Dave Dowling said state statute requires that in order to have a person’s name counted as a write-in they must first file an affidavit with his office prior to May 1.
The deadline to file for an election for village boards, regional public power districts and NRDs is July 15 for an incumbent and Aug. 1 for a non-incumbent.
Cedar County is again using the vote-by-mail method for casting ballots.
All ballots will be sent out April 20 and must be back to the County Clerk’s office before the election polls close May 12.
March 4, 2020
LINCOLN — Jim and Jan Miller were inducted into the Nebraska Pork Producer’s Check-off Hall of Fame during the Ribs and Bibs Salute to State Senators dinner in February.
The Millers have a farrow-to-finish operation in Belden. They also raise corn and soybeans.
Jan is a major contributor to the pork industry and Jim has been an instrumental part of the Soybean Association.
Jan was first elected to the NPPA board of directors in 2008, serving as president-elect and then as president in 2014.
Prior to serving on NPPA’s board, Jan participated in the DuPont’s Young Leader Program in 1999 and the 2004 Pork Leadership Academy.
March 11, 2020
The Wynot girls basketball team claimed yet another State title at last week’s State Tournament in Lincoln. The Wynot bench cheered on team members during the final hurdle to the state champion- ship trophy at the Pinnacle Bank Arena early Saturday evening. This is the Lady Blue Devils’ seventh state title in the last nine years. The team celebrated as they claimed the trophy, repeating as the Class D2 state champions.
March 11, 2020
HARTINGTON — As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads, area schools, churches, nursing homes and hospitals are making sure they do what they can to keep the virus from spreading here.
The first case of Coronavirus was reported in Nebraska on Friday.
An Omaha woman contracted the disease while traveling in the United Kingdom with her father. Since then, the woman’s father and one other family member have also been diagnosed with the virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus could now spread within communities among people who have not traveled to China, Italy and other sites.
As a precaution the Arbor Care nursing home facility
is telling family members of nursing home residents that family visitations are being limited.
Fr. Owen Korte told parishioners at Holy
Trinity and St. Micheal’s Catholic churches over the weekend that area residents need to take extra caution because of the coronavirus.
The Catholic Mass usually involves shaking hands while giving “the sign of peace.”
Fr. Korte asked parishioners to forgo that tradition and instead give
a little wave instead of a handshake. “We’re calling it the Corona Wave,” he said.
Huge jugs of hand sanitizer have also been placed in
the church entry way so parishioners can use them before entering the church.
HNS Supt. A.J. Johnson said school administrators are now in the process of putting together an information sheet for students to take home to their parents.
“We are currently working on a worse case scenario,” Johnson said. “We will be sending some information home with students about what we might do.”
The Hartington Avera Medical Clinic is also making sure patients are aware of the Coronavirus.
March 18, 2020
HARTINGTON — The arrival of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Nebraska has caused school and business closures in Cedar County and across the state.
Schools, churches, businesses and government offices have all announced major changes in an effort to stop from spreading the contagion.
Gov. Pete Ricketts announced in a Monday press conference that he is recommending people follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations, which suggest public gatherings be limited to 10 or fewer people.
After the announcement came out, the Omaha Archdiocese immediately canceled all Masses and communal celebrations of the sacraments.
The Governor’s announcement also prompted all northeast Nebraska schools to begin making plans to shut down this week.
Hartington-Newcastle, Wynot and Cedar Catholic were all closed the last three days of last week.
Both Hartington schools re- opened Monday, but announced plans late in the day to shut down for at least two weeks beginning on Tuesday.
“Given the Governor’s recommendations, I just took a look around at lunch time and saw 100 kids crammed into the lunch room and just thought, ‘this can’t be good,’” Supt. A.J. Johnson said. “I think the message we need to send to people is that they should all take social distancing as seriously as possible.”
The Hartington-Newcastle School Board met Monday night and discussed the COVID-19 virus at length.
The shutdown will close schools for two weeks. The situation will be re-evaluated in the meantime, HNS Supt. A.J. Johnson said.
March 18, 2020
HARTINGTON — The coronavirus shutdown not only affects the education of local students, but could also affect the income of many of the people employed to support and educate them.
In the wake of the coronavirus shut down, the Hartington-Newcastle School Board Monday voted to alter current policy on paid leave for teachers and to grant Supt. A.J. Johnson more authority to restructure the work schedules and duties of hourly staff in order to help insure they can continue to work and receive a paycheck even though school won’t be in session for at least two weeks.
The cooks will stay busy preparing meals and other employees will stay busy delivering those meals to students.
“One of our concerns during our closure is helping to make sure that kids still get proper nutrition, especially in a time of such uncertainty,” Supt. A.J. Johnson said. “We will be continuing our school lunch program during our closure.”
He said a form has been posted on the school website for details on how to order a lunch. Orders for meals are due at noon the day before the meals will be delivered. Meals will then be delivered between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The meal service will begin on Thursday, March 19.
Johnson said since the school has 150 Chromebooks, all 1-12 grade students went home from school with a Chromebook in hand.
It is expected that they will do at-home lessons on the Chromebooks and turn them into the teachers for grading, he said.
“We will need the parents support to help make this work, though,” said HNS Elementary School Principal Sara Edwards.
The kindergarteners and pre-schoolers are the only HNS students without Chromebooks.
Johnson said he is also considering having teachers set up a regular schedule for office hours, so they can better communicate with students.
March 25, 2020
HARTINGTON — The Hartington City Council Monday declared a State of Emergency, opening the door for state and federal assistance should it be needed.
The action was called for by Mayor Mark Becker who met with Cedar County Emergency Management Coordinator Kevin Garvin last week to discuss the issue.
“By making this declaration, it just makes it a lot easier for us to move along if something bad happens,”
The declaration states that, “the city of Hartington is in the middle of a pandemic disease outbreak affecting the United States from the coronavirus. The pandemic causes endangerment of health and safety of the citizens of the city of Hartington. Therefore the Mayor of the
city of Hartington, upon recommendation of the County Emergency Manager, has declared an emergency under Neb. Statute RRS81-829.50 on behalf of the city of Hartington and will execute for the city of Hartington, the expenditure
of emergency funds from all available sources and will cause the invoking of mutual aid agreements, and the application to the state of Nebraska for assistance from the Governor’s emergency fund and any other resources he deems necessary in the fulfillment of his duties.”
March 25, 2020
HARTINGTON — Several area schools opted earlier this week to keep their doors closed for the rest of the school year and educate their students through distance learning.
Officials at Cedar Catholic and Hartington-Newcastle planned to meet midweek to determine if they would follow suit.
Norfolk schools, Wausa, Bloomfield, Crofton, Niobrara, Creighton and many others are all following the recommendations by the Nebraska Department of Education and the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department to shutter their doors for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.
The closures are an effort to try and contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus.
Nebraska Commissioner of Education Matt Blomstedt issued a statement saying that “learning should continue in the best way that we can during this time.”
Blomstedt also reiterated that he is waiving the requirements for being “in session” or onsite a certain number of days.
March 25, 2020
Carmen Jueden carries another batch of food from the oven to other kitchen personnel at Hartington-Newcastle Public School so they can prepare more lunches. Linda Lambert (left) and Connie Kathol put the boxed lunches into containers to keep them fresh. Teresa Fischer (above) carries a container full of meals to the bus so she can make deliveries in the Newcastle area. HNS began cooking and delivering lunches for students Thursday, with 43 lunches delivered the first day the service was available. On Monday, HNS Supt. A.J. Johnson said HNS was given word from the federal government that during the school closure all students could now receive the lunches at no cost. Johnson expected the number of lunches to skyrocket because of that announcement.
March 25, 2020
HARTINGTON — The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that a Randolph area farmer had no right to put fencing in the road right-of-way.
The ruling ends a seven-year battle between John Thelen and the County Board of Commissioners.
Numerous verbal warnings and legal notices advising Thelen to remove the fence from the county ditch right-of-way were is- sued between 2013 and 2017.
The fence was pulled out of the ditch by county officials sev- eral times only to later find it had been placed back in the ditch right-of-way.
Complaints, orders, motions for continuance, affidavits, a temporary restraining order, along with numerous other legal papers have been filed in County, District Courts over the years, with the case eventually making it all the way to the Nebraska Supreme Court.
In 2015, a complaint was filed against Thelen in County Court for obstructing the roadway. During the court proceed- ings, Judge Douglas Luebe issued a fine of $25 plus court costs and ordered Thelen to keep the fence out of the right-of-way after hearing the case.
Friday’s Supreme Court ruling affirms the county was within its legal rights to have the fence removed.
March 25, 2020
HARTINGTON — The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Cedar County Board of Adjustments acted correctly when it approved a building permit for Mark and Carla Goeden to construct a home on farm ground they own southwest of Hartington.
The Supreme Court received the case after the District Court also ruled in favor of the Cedar County Board.
The case was filed on behalf of Frank Hochstein and his Bow Creek Valley LLC company, which operates a 4,500-head cattle feedlot.
According to court filings, Hochstein believed issuing the building permit went against current Cedar County Zoning regulations designed for intensive agricultural areas.
Zoning requirements have different setbacks for non-farm residences and for on-farm residences.
Hochstein argued that the Goeden residence should be considered a non-farm residence, contending the Goedens rent out the farmland surrounding the proposed residence, and don’t actually farm it themselves.
The Board considered it an on-farm residence when it issued the permit.
Both the District and Supreme Court agreed with that assessment because, according to the zoning regulations, “farm buildings and structures, including the residence of the owners,” are permitted in the A-1 intensly agricultural zoning districts.
March 25, 2020
Spring officially arrived Thursday, March 19, at 11:50 p.m. It was ushered in, not by the 60 and 70 degree days that most people think of when they think of spring, but instead by two inches of snow and temperatures in the teens. Fortu- nately, the snow didn’t last long as temperatures climbed into the 40 and 50s Sunday and Monday.
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