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 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 7, 2019

Commissioners Approve Mining Request

Apex Sand and Gravel, along with Paul Reed Construction, will continue to work in the Kimball County area this year. Apex received an approval for a conditional use permit application at the Kimball County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Feb. 5. The...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 7, 2019

Hats Off To The King

The hearts of young children, enormous in size and just as kind, are eager to please the ones the respect the most. Between the many students at Mary Lynch Elementary, along with the teachers and...


K-Town Takedown Draws 220 Wrestlers

The K-Town Takedown wrapped up this past Sunday afternoon after a long eventful day. Kimball hosted their home meet with 200 wrestlers from the surrounding areas. Out of the 22 teams in attendance. Ki...


Potter-Dix Boys, Kimball Girls 2nd In P-D JV Tourney

Potter-Dix hosted a JV tournament last week. The tournament included girls teams from Burns, South Platte, Kimball and Creek Valley. The boys teams in the tournament were Burns, South Platte,...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 31, 2019

Airport Gets New Lights, Beacon

When flying into Kimball, pilots will be navigated by new LED lighting along with some new systems put in place. A lighting project was completed at the Kimball Municipal Airport in December. All...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 31, 2019

Shutdown Ends, FSA Extends Ag Deadlines

The USDA-Farm Service Agency is back at work following the government shutdown. According to the Nebraska state office, the FSA has been hard at work since returning and extending deadlines for agricultural programs. The office also stated in an...


Local Grapplers Show Well At River Valley Ruckus Tourney

It was another long weekend for the local wrestlers as they made the trip to North Platte this past weekend for the River Valley Ruckus Tournament. Four of Kimball's wrestlers were picked for dual tea...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 24, 2019

Hand Grenade Found In Kimball Attic

When cleaning out your attic what do you expect to find? Possibly some family history, some possessions from your childhood. What about a real hand grenade from World War II? It happened in Kimball....


Kimball Rallies For Amy Sapp

A big rally benefit for motorcycle crash victim Amy Sapp, the Kimball economic developer and special projects coordinator, is set for 4:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Kimball Event Center. And...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 24, 2019

Merged Ambulance Service Saving Kimball Some Cash

Since Kimball ambulance service paired with Regional West’s ambulance service, Kimball County has saved money. Ken Hunter, Kimball Health Services CEO, and Chief Nursing Officer Cheryl Delaplane met with the county commissioners at their regular...


Wild Horse Rights And The Story Of Frank Robbins

For nearly a century, the U.S. Government, American Wild Horse Campaign, and many others have fought for and against the rights of wild horses roaming the Red Desert of Wyoming. A Wyoming Federal Cour... Full story

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 24, 2019

Schools Close, Start Late Due To Winter Weather

As a cold front rolled through Monday evening, Jan. 21, school and office closures or late starts were announced for many in the Nebraska Panhandle on Tuesday morning. Closures included Banner County schools, Creek Valley, ESU 13 Head Start/Kimball...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 24, 2019

Mountain Lion Tracks Reported Near Reservoir

Once again we have a “big kitty” in our area. What appears to be mountain lion tracks at Oliver Reservoir were found after a snowstorm earlier this month. No reports of a mountain lions have been made this year, but the tracks don’t lie....

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 17, 2019


The 2019 Annual Kimball-Banner County Chamber of Commerce banquet took place this Monday, Jan. 14, with the featured presentation's topic expanding upon how the future missile base project could... Full story

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 17, 2019

The Name Is Marine Pvt. Pedersen

Garrett Pedersen, a 2018 Kimball High School graduate, has a newly achieved goal he aimed to achieve for many years. As of last week, he is officially a Marine, Pvt. Pedersen. "Honestly, I have...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 17, 2019

Stop Sign Violation Leads To Meth Bust

A stop sign violation led to methamphetamine charges involving 10 to 27 grams for two Scottsbluff residents. According to the arrest affidavit, on Dec. 27 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Nebraska State Trooper I. Jaramillo was stationary observing the...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 17, 2019

Kimball Men Face Sentencing

A Kimball man, Shane Serrano, has been scheduled for sentencing for terroristic threats made against Kimball police officers in July 2018. Judge Derek Weimer on Jan. 8 scheduled the sentencing in Kimball County District Court. The sentencing is...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 17, 2019

A Good Step Forward

A truck stopped in Kimball at the Beer and Loathing bar Friday, Jan. 11, to pick up donated shoes for Funds2Orgs. According to owner Heather Entingh, there were a total of 44 bags this time around...


Kimball Wrestling Club 6th At Battle In The Bluffs

Kimball Wrestling Club, Tri-State Grapplers and the Banner County MatCats were at it again last weekend before a huge crowd in Scottsbluff at the Battle in the Bluffs Wrestling Tournament. Kimball... Full story


Potter-Dix Boys Lose To Leyton, Improve Vs. Hay Springs

The Potter-Dix Coyotes continue to struggle on offense, but Coach Ryan Mumm is starting to see some improvements as the season continues. Potter-Dix played the Leyton Warriors last Friday, Jan. 11, and came up short in the away game, 58-15. Anthony T...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 10, 2019

City Repairs Wind Damage ON its own

Tens of thousands of dollars have been saved by the city of Kimball due to efforts of the city line crew and the power plant, Mayor Keith Prunty said. After abnormal early morning high winds on Dec....

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 10, 2019


Kimball County Transit Services could oversee transit services in Chappell and Deuel County in the near future. KCTS administrator Christy Warner approached the Kimball County Commissioners at their...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 10, 2019

County Officials Sworn Into Office To Ring In 2019

Helping ring in the new year for the Kimball County Board of Commissioners are one re-elected member, Chairman Larry Engstrom, and newly elected Brandon Mossberg. Engstrom, Mossberg and Commissioner...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 10, 2019

Jan. 11 Shoe Drive To Benefit Kimball Parks

The group Funds2Org will make yet another stop in Kimball to pick up lightly worn shoes tomorrow – Friday, Jan. 11 – at Beer and Loathing, 206 S. Chestnut St. Funds raised through the shoe collection will benefit Gotte Park. In 2017, 135 bags of...


Weekend Results For Area Wrestling Clubs

A weekend of wrestling came to a close Sunday afternoon in at the Bulldog Brawl Tournament in Gering after Saturday’s tournament held in Mitchell. Kimball Wrestling Club finished 11th at Mitchell with 3,758 points. Tri-State Grapplers were tight...


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