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City of Hartington

Hartington is governed by a mayor-council form of government. Mr. Mark Becker is currently the Mayor of Hartington. City Council members are Chris Bartling, Cody Christensen, Brad Peitz, and Roman Sudbeck. The City of Hartington provides sewer, street repair, water, and waste management which includes the operation of a recycling center.

For more information, please contact the City of Hartington at 107 West State Street, PO Box 427, Hartington, NE 68739-0427or phone: 402-254-6353. Natalie Schaecher is the City Clerk.


The municipal sewer system is an extended aeration activated sludge waste water treatment facility. The system contains aeration tanks, lift station, clarifiers, and an aerobic digester. The system is designed for waste water flow from the city consisting of 195,000 gallons/day.

Waste Management

Municipal owned and operated waste service is available. The system includes residential and commercial curb-side pickup, volunteer recycling program and recovery site. The transfer station/recycling center is housed in a 80'x100' steel building. Five docks are utilized by the recycling trailers. An electromechanical scale provides an accurate weight system used to tabulate charges at the facility.

Transfer Station/Recycling Center Schedule

Day Open Close
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 3:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Friday 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. 12:00 Noon

Hartington has 15.6 miles of streets: 13.5 miles are hard-surfaced with concrete. Street maintenance includes sweeping, snow removal, grading, patching, and crack sealing.

In 2013 the Downtown Revitalization project repaved and replaced infrastructure for a three block area in the downtown district (from Main Street to Franklin Street). This also included new sidewalks and new historical lighting. In 2014 side streets that connected with Broadway had asphalt resurfacing completed in a one-block area on both sides of Broadway Avenue.



The municipal water system is supplied by four wells which have an average depth of 75 feet. The system has a combined pumping capacity of 375 gallons per minute and an overhead capacity of 500,000 gallons. The average daily demand is 550,000 gallons and the historic peak daily demand is 1,200,000 gallons. The system has a maximum capacity of 1,090,000 gallons per day. The static pressure is 75 pounds and the residential pressure is 70 pounds. Groundwater is available for industrial uses. A 75-foot well will produce 650 gallons of water per minute. The quality of water in Hartington does not necessitate treatment.


Cedar Knox Public Power District

The Cedar-Knox Public Power District, a wholesale customer of Nebraska Public Power District, serves the rural areas adjacent to Hartington. For information regarding electric rates and service in the Cedar-Knox Public Power District service area, contact General Manager Mike Lammers at 56272 West Highway 84, Hartington, Nebraska, (402) 254-6291.

Nebraska Public Power District

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) retails electricity to the city of Hartington. Service is supplied from a local substation at 69,000 volts. The substation, with a 5,000 KVA capacity, is served from Hartington, NE, and alternate sources are available from Bloomfield & Belden, NE. These lines are connected to NPPD's statewide 115,000 volt grid system with a tie to the Western Area Power Administration's (WAPA) facilities at Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota. Electricity is distributed in the community by a 12,500 volt wye system. For information on services and energy prices, call 877-275-6773 or visit their website.

Black Hills Energy

Black Hills Energy supplies natural gas to Hartington, through a four-inch transmission pipeline with an operating pressure of approximately 800 pounds per square inch.

County Government:

Hartington is the county seat of Cedar County. Cedar County has 21 precincts and is governed by three county commissioners. Cedar County belongs to the Northeast Economic Development District along with 17 other counties. The 2017-2018 actual budget for the county is $19,739,678.. The county has had zoning in place since 2000.

Cedar County Courthouse

Tax Structure for Cedar County

Values for Tax Levy Purposes--Cedar County
Actual Valuation
  2015 2016 2017
Real Estate $ 2,430,809,430 $ 2,478,052,259 $ 2,421,783,985
Personal Property $ 232,774,699 $ 213,025,622 $ 196,261,420
Special (railroad & utilities) Included in PP Included in PP Included in PP
Motor Vehicle No longer applies No longer applies No longer applies
Total $ 2,663,584,129 $2,691,077,881 $2,618,045,405

Tax Rates for Hartington

Dollars and Cents per $100 of Actual Value
  2015 2016 2017
City .579879 .606289 .698002
County .181111 .184529 .200968
School District .420174 .425074 .437742
Community College .095345 .09132 .090925
Educational Service Unit .015000 .01500 .015
Natural Resource District .021187 .022969 .02342
Agricultural Society .004791 .004415 .004538
Airport .035000 .034895 .035
Total 1.312696 1.384491 1.505595

The tax rate at the industrial site outside the city limits is $.790046 (2017) per $100 of actual value.

If no industrial site, the tax rate at the industrially zoned land outside the city limits is $.820882 per $100 of actual value.

CITY SALES TAX Voters in the City of Hartington passed a 1 percent city sales tax which went into effect October 1, 2007. The tax is used for economic development (35%), city (65%), and bond reduction (5%).

Cedar County Agricultural Service Offices:

The Farm Service Agency (P.O. Box 277) and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (P.O. Box 46) offices are located at 102 East Elm, Hartington, Nebraska 68739. Cedar County has 419,206 acres of land and 1,040 farms in the county. Phone: (402) 254-6855.


Hartington has three churches representing Catholic, Congregational, and Evangelical Lutheran Church of America denominations.

  • First Congregational UCC
  • 301 W. Franklin
    P.O. Box 847
    Hartington, Nebraska 68739
    Contact Rev. Gary Kimm at (605) 664-5310
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Church
    404 S. Broadway
    P.O. Box 278
    Hartington, Nebraska 68739
    Contact Fr. Owen Korte at (402) 254-6559
  • Trinity Lutheran Church 106 W. Centre
    P.O. Box 156
    Hartington, Nebraska 68739
    Contact Pastor Amanda Jertson (402) 254-6606

Fire Protection:

Fire protection is provided in Hartington by a 30-member Volunteer Fire Department made up of city volunteers. A new 16,000 sq ft building opened in January 2015 and is located on East Franklin Street (Highway 84) and is the home of the Hartington Volunteer Fire Department and Hartington Ambulance Squad. Questions regarding the facility can be addressed to the City Office at (402) 254-6353. The building houses a 750 gallons/minute pumper tanker, a 1,250 gallons/minute pumper tanker truck equipped with a jaws of life, a 2,000 gallon tanker truck, and an equipment van. In 2008 the city and rural fire departments acquired a 2007 Freightliner Pumper truck (1250 GPM). Hartington has 98 fire hydrants. The fire insurance classification inside the corporate limits is 6; outside it is 9. Contact Randy Kathol, Hartington Fire Chief.

Fire Hall

Hartington Municipal Airport:
Hartington Municipal Airport, located one mile southeast of Hartington, has a 3,960' by 60' concrete surfaced runway with taxiways and a parking ramp. The airport is equipped with medium and high intensity lights. The airport was recognized by the state of Nebraska with a National Lighting Award in 1996. The airport has a new administration building. A new shop hanger was completed in 1999. Hanger space is available. Gas service is available and it is attended. For more information, contact Tom Becker at (402) 254-7317.


Hartington Public Library:
Hartington Public Library located at 106 South Broadway Avenue, west of the Cedar County Courthouse. Its historic Carnegie building was build in 1915 and 3,900 sq ft handicapped accessible addition was completed in the fall of 1996. Hartington and the surrounding communities and Cedar County have free access to the library which houses a collection of over 20,000 items and has an annual circulation of 45,000. Materials for check out include books, magazines, books on tape, and videos. The library has a computer lab with Internet access and WIFI services. It provides regular story times sessions, summer reading program, home delivery, interlibrary loan, genealogy services, and a public copy machine. The library offers continuing educational programs, a public meeting room and hosts a monthly book club group.


The Arlo and Anne Wirth Gallery, opened in 2002 and is located in the upper level of the library. This beautiful gallery displays local and regional art talent on a bi-monthly schedule and is open during regular library hours. For more information about library hours and services, contact Tami Anderson, Library Director at (402) 254-6245 or email Hartington Public Library.

Hartington VFW:

The Hartington VFW is a 4,000 sq ft air conditioned facility built in 1995 located at 206 E. Main Street. The facility rents to the public for weddings, anniversaries, funeral luncheons, meetings, etc.. It has seating capacity of 200 people. Meals are served on Saturday evenings to the public with a bar room available. For more information call Duane Arens at (402) 254-6505.

Law Enforcement:

Law enforcement for the City of Hartington is provided by the Cedar County Sheriff's Department, located at 101 East Broadway in Hartington, employs four sworn officers and seven support staff. A 911 center is located in the Sheriff's department. For information, contact Sheriff Larry Koranda at (402) 254-6884.

Regular patrol by the police and sheriff's departments provides protection to existing industries. The Nebraska State Patrol Troop B is stationed at Norfolk, 50 minutes from Hartington. Two Nebraska State Patrol officers are stationed in Hartington.

Lewis and Clark Natural Resource District:

The Lewis and Clark Natural Resource District office, located on North Highway 15 in Hartington, focuses on conserving natural resources. The Lewis and Clark Natural Resource District has watershed dams which are also used for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation. The district offers cost-incentive programs for rural areas and communities. These programs focus on conservation practices but also include tree planting and other community improvement opportunities. Water service is being provided to rural homes and businesses outside the city of Hartington by the Cedar-Knox Rural Water Project. Requests for water hookup are subject to a connection fee, engineering, and district approval prior to service. For more information, contact the district office at (402) 254-6758.


Avera Sacred Heart Medical Clinic, located at 405 West Darlene in Hartington, is owned by Sacred Heart Hospital. The Avera Sacred Heart Medical Clinic is staffed by one full-time physician, a nurse practitioner, and a Physician's Assistant. The physician is Dr. Connie Micek, M.D., and the nurse practitioner is Tonya Joachimsen, and Adam Schapmann is Physician Assistant. (402) 254-3935.

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, located at 501 Summit in Yankton, South Dakota, is 25 minutes north of Hartington. The hospital has 144 acute care beds and 113 long-term care beds. Facilities include a rehabilitation center, dialysis unit, 24-hour emergency center, intensive care nursery, fixed base MRI, one defibrillator, and radiology treatment facility. For more information, call (605) 668-8000.

Hartington also has the following medical services: Filips Eye Clinic, offers complete family eye care as well as a glaucoma specialty clinic. Dr. Filips is also on call for eye emergencies (phone 402 254-2020). Other medical services include Dr. James Litel Dentistry; Olson Chiropractic Center; and a pharmacy - Steffen Drug, which is staffed with registered pharmacists.

Hartington has 12 certified Emergency Medical Technicians who are on 24-hour call. This is a volunteer group funded by the rural fire district and city boards. There are two ambulances fully equipped with automatic defibrillator, MAST trousers, pulse-oximeter and automatic blood pressure monitors. Squad skills include intubation with lighted stylet.

As of May 1998 the Hartington VFW in conjunction with the Hartington Ambulance have been conducting blood drives every other month. These are conducted by LifeServe Blood Center.

Nursing Home:

Hartington Care & Rehabilitation Center, located at 401 West Darlene. This facility was built in 1966, is licensed as a 47-bed skilled care facility by the State of Nebraska. Services include 24-hour nursing care, rehabilitation therapy, activities, and social services. With 14 beds dedicated to Alzheimer's Care. Also providing Outpatient therapy services. For more information contact Amy Dickes, Executive Director at (402) 254-3905.

Assisted Living:
Hartington Care & Rehabilitation Center, built in 2002, consists of 18 apartments. The facility is Medicaid certified and provides meals, nursing supervision, and social activities, medication assistance.

Senior Citizen Center:

The Senior Citizen Center, located at 112 West Main in Hartington, was established in 1969. Activities include cards, bingo, meals, handicrafts and occasional tours. The senior center provides meals-on wheels. The senior center is also open Monday-Friday where meals are served on-site. For more information, call Katie Winkelbauer at (402) 254-6698.



Hartelco (aka Hartington Telecommunications) located at 103 West Centre St, has a digital switching office served by over 170 miles of fiber optic cable and provides telecommunication services to Hartington and the surrounding area where installation, maintenance, and office personnel are located. Hartelco provides multi-line phone systems, telephone construction and directional boring. A digital switch is equipped with the latest software available, with features like Unified Call Messaging (including voicemail), Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Screening, Conference Calling (up to 24 callers on the same call), etc. The digital switch is part of a self-healing fiber ring, meaning that calls to and from outside the Hartington service area automatically re-route in the event of a cable cut. Fiber optic cable to 100% of all homes, businesses, and farms throughout the service area was completed in 2014. Hartelco supports our local school, community organizations, events, and our employees donate their time to a variety of community projects and committees. We also contribute to local economic development by investing in infrastructure required to bring today’s leading communications technology to local families and businesses while attracting new entrepreneurs. For information regarding rates and services contact Mike Becker, General Manager, Hartington, Nebraska, (402) 254-3901. www.hartel.net

Television Service
Television service is provided by Hartelco TV via Internet Protocol (IPTV), located at 103 West Centre. Hartelco TV provides a complete line-up of satellite and off-air channels to Hartington including digital and high-definition channels. Local high school sporting events, community parades, and other events are also replayed on Hartelco TV. Hartelco TV is the provider of News Channel Nebraska for daily news reports and TV coverage in the Hartington area. For information regarding channels, rates, and services contact Mike Becker, General Manager, Hartington, Nebraska, (402) 254-3901 or visit our IPTV webpage at www.hartel.net.

Local Internet access has been provided since 1996 by a Hartelco, located at 103 West Centre. Hartelco provides high-speed broadband Internet service via fiber with download speeds of up to 100 Mbps (megabytes per second) throughout the entire service area of Hartington, including 100% of homes, businesses, and rural farms. Call (402) 254-3901 for information regarding Internet rates and services.

WildBlue Satellite Internet service is provided throughout a 50-mile radius of Hartington with speeds up to 1.5Mbps wherever you have a southern view of the sky. Call (402) 254-2000 or toll-free 866-348-1335 for information regarding WildBlue Satellite Internet rates and services.

Computer Sales & Services

Hartelco Computers, located at 103 West Centre Street, is a division of Hartelco. Hartelco Computers is a Dell Authorized Reseller of new Dell brand computers and other brands. Computer technicians are available for all PC troubleshooting including hardware repair and upgrades, wireless networking and data wiring for home or business, security systems with and without IP cameras, software service, virus removal, printer repairs, computer programming, online backup service and general computer consulting. On-site service is available. Website design and web hosting services are also available from Hartelco. For information regarding rates and services go to www.hartel.net or contact Rob Morten at (402) 254-3901 or call toll-free at (866-447-2110) or email us at computerhelp@hartel.net.


The Cedar County News, celebrated its 100 anniversary in 1998. Hartington's locally owned newspaper is the largest community newspaper in extreme Northeast Nebraska. Cedar County News publishers expanded in 1996 forming the Northeast Nebraska News Company. This company publishes the Laurel Advocate, Randolph Times and Osmond Republican community newspapers. In 1984, the company became a charter member of the Northeast Nebraska Rocket, a common advertising supplement inserted in 13 community newspapers in Northeast Nebraska and Southeast South Dakota and read by 54,000 people in the region. Besides the eight special agricultural supplements published each year, the Cedar County News also publishes a bi-monthly senior citizens publication "Leisure Times", which is distributed to 13,500 residents of Northeast Nebraska. (402) 254-3997.

The Hartington Shopper (established in 1960), a weekly shopping guide, has a circulation of approx. 7,000 readers in Northeast Nebraska. The Hartington Shopper also does all types of commercial and business printing. Call (402) 254-7471 and they will handle any advertising or commercial printing needs you may have.

Other papers delivered locally are the Omaha World-Herald, Sioux City Journal, Yankton Press and Dakotan, and the Norfolk Daily News.

Package Delivery Services

Airborne Express, Emery, Federal Express, Pony Express, Purolator, and the United Parcel Service have pick up and delivery services in Hartington. The post office in Hartington has one mail receipt and one dispatch daily. Postal Services include Express Mail, Priority Mail, First Class Mail, and Parcel Post.

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