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 By Tonia Copeland    News    June 21, 2018 

Couches are not compostable

Couches are not compostable. The City of Kimball provides dumpsters to all Kimball residents, both brown from household waste and green for compostable items. Neither of these dumpsters are to be used for flooring, couches, wood or other large...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    June 21, 2018 

KPD urges citizens to be alert

Safeguard your property and don’t hesitate to call the police if something seems suspicious. This from Kimball Police Chief Andy Bremer as his department just closed one stolen vehicle investigation and opened a second. This first, a stolen...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    June 14, 2018

School Foundation grants local students a Challenge Day

Challenge Day is coming to Kimball. Imagine a school where everyone feels safe, loved and celebrated. Imagine enemies finding common ground and making peace; friends healing past hurts and making...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    June 14, 2018

Prairie Dogs wreak havoc on pasture land

What caused more than $60,000 in losses since July 1, 2017 throughout Kimball County? USDA Wildlife Specialist, Matt Anderson reported at the June 5 meeting of the Kimball Board of Commissioners that vermin did. Anderson presented a 2017/18 summary...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    May 31, 2018

A tribute to the fallen

Tribute. Remembrance. Honor. More than 100 gathered at the Kimball Cemetery in remembrance of fallen heroes. Each year, as the event grows, coordinators, singers, speakers and presentations are added...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    May 31, 2018

Kimball students place top ten in math contest

Nearly two dozen Kimball students placed top ten at the recent West River Math Contest at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, according to teacher Danielle Reader. As part of the Pride in Excellence, the students, along with Reader,...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    May 24, 2018

WWII and Korean Veterans Honor Flight 2018

Honor Flight veterans were pleased with Kimball's reception and patriotism as their convoy made its way through the streets and past hundreds of citizens offering their respect and gratitude. Dozens o...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    May 24, 2018

Friends and Neighbors:

One of his first jobs as an adult paid him $5 each week and the second job was even better. He was saving for a 1936 Chevrolet with a rumble seat, but he never saved quite enough. "I carried home $47... Full story

 By Tonia Copeland    News    May 24, 2018

Disappointing turnout statewide for Primary Election - Kimball County logged 33 percent

The 2018 Primary election results are in and Kimball County counted 921 votes of 2,773 registered voters, for a turnout of 33 percent. According to the Secretary of State, John Gale’s, office, voter turnout statewide was less than hoped for...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    May 24, 2018

Honoring their ultimate sacrifice

In memory of those who offered up the ultimate sacrifice protecting the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, members of VFW Post #2243 and the Kimball County Veteran’s Service Office invite everyone to join them for the 2018 Memorial Day Service. Schedu...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    May 17, 2018

Upgrades planned for Kimball parks

Kimball City Council discussed the March 30 meeting of the Park Planning Group. A number of improvements were considered and a plan was made to complete them in the next few months. Two local companies have been contacted to replace the wooden post...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    May 10, 2018

A tribute to Moms

The day before Mother's Day, one Kimball mom will be handing her graduating son his diploma. As a member of the local board of education Carrie Tabor will present her oldest child, Nicholas, with his...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    May 3, 2018

Council considers pros and cons of accepting Longhorn

After approval by the Planning Commission, the matter of a dog kennel license was discussed at the April 19 regular City Council meeting. Kathy Chapman addressed the board to ensure they understood that she was not seeking a commercial kennel...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    April 26, 2018

Where are they now? Cristina Moore-Urrutia

Editor's note: We are reprinting a past story this week, as Cristina Moore-Urrutia is in charge of an Air Force band, and this week the Offutt Brass Ensemble will perform in Kimball. Former Kimball...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    April 12, 2018

Board of Ed purchases new math program and communications system

The Kimball School board met in regular session on Monday, April 9, to approve a new math series for the district and review and prioritize capital projects needed for the safety and security of the schools. Following months of assessment by a group...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    April 12, 2018

MVC joins Kimball Veterans Resource Fair

The Casper Mobile Vet Center (MVC) will be in Kimball for the upcoming Veteran’s Resource Fair. They can provide any veteran, current service member, service provider or veteran family member with information on a variety of services, programs and...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    April 5, 2018

Kimball Event Center is strong community asset

Kimball City Council heard they were doing a good job keeping costs down at the March 20 City Council meeting. Michael Hoback of Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway and Luth, CPA, presented the audit report for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Hoback reviewed the...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    April 5, 2018

Cub Scout Pack 31 and Boy Scout Troop 100 are recruiting new adventurers.

Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to learn more about Cub Scouts at the local recruitment night, Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. in Kimball’s City Park. In case of rain, the recruitment night will take place across the street...


Small but mighty Wildcats are ready to compete

The Banner County tracksters have started their 2018 Spring season under the guidance of head Coach, Kari Gifford, returning for her eighth year with the assistance of Bill Gifford and Priscilla...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    March 22, 2018

Mary Lynch students demonstrate leadership and drive to school board

Mary Lynch Elementary students were the highlight of the recent Kimball School Board meeting, with presentations from the PBiS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) Leadership group and the...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    March 22, 2018

Park projects to be prioritized

Following up on a January meeting to gather ideas for park improvements, the City of Kimball has planned a meeting to review cost estimates for some suggestions. According to a recent press release, many great ideas were received and the City needs...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    March 22, 2018

Region 1 offers support during transition of services

With the region’s largest mental health provider closing doors throughout the Panhandle, Region 1 Behavioral Health has begun preparing for the transition. Region 1 has partnered with Panhandle Health Group and have scheduled three Consumer Focus...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    March 15, 2018

ACE return earmarked to honor local veterans

What will an additional $4,000 do for the community of Kimball? This is a question facing the Kimball City Council as the Public Alliance for Community Energy (ACE) board has approved a disbursement to Kimball totaling $4,281.98 through ACE’s...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    March 8, 2018

BPW considers windfarm land lease

As the new Kimball Wind Farm nears completion, the Board of Public Works reviewed a land lease contract for the wind farm substation, to be placed adjacent to the City of Kimball’s south substation. The land, a one-acre parcel, was paid for by...

 By Tonia Copeland    News    March 8, 2018

Sibal urges voters to vote in May's primary

With the filing deadlines past, and several last minute filings, Kimball has several races that will be presented in the primary election in May. Five non-incumbents filed following last week’s story, each for a different office. Stephanie...


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