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 By Dawn Fossand    News    March 24, 2016

Local family raises autism awareness

Kimball's Light it up BLUE Autism Awareness Run/Walk is Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m. in Gotte Park, organized and put together by some of the members of the Brent Klassen family. Klassen, son of...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    March 17, 2016

Citizens once again are given a Choice

Residents in our community are asked to choose their natural gas provider during the selection period, which begins on Friday, April 15, 2016 and ends on Thursday, April 28, 2016 for the Nebraska Choice Gas program. The program began in 1998 when a...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    March 17, 2016

Friends and Neighbors: Becky Mannon

"I was invited to go to London", exclaimed Kimball's newest author, "well, not me personally – but, my little bear book." Mannon's creation, "IF ONLY BEARS COULD TALK: Teddy Bear Tales from the...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    March 10, 2016

Transitioning home is difficult for vets

“What can we as community members do to thank your community’s veterans?” This is the question asked by Kimball County Commissioner, Daria Anderson Faden. Learning more about military culture and becoming better prepared to serve the veterans...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    March 10, 2016

KHS students study diversity and cultural unity

Four Kimball High Students attended the annual Nebraska Cultural Unity conference at the University of Nebraska Kearney on Feb. 26 along with Spanish instructor, Pat Sulu. Multicultural Affairs at...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    March 10, 2016

Kimball hosts district FFA competitions

The Kimball High School FFA members spent their "day off" from school, Wed., Mar. 3 – working hard at a Career Development Event (CDE) held at the Kimball Banner County fairgrounds and at the high...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    March 10, 2016

Friends and Neighbors: The Porters

After arriving in Kimball in 2009, Sonny and Kathy Porter proved their commitment to community growth and development through their service to Kimball and their local business. They both admit that th...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    March 10, 2016

March is colon cancer awareness month

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month according to Sara Hoover, C.F.O. and Accreditation Coordinator of the Nebraska Panhandle Public Health District located in Scottsbluff. The Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program and Panhandle Public Health Dist...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    March 3, 2016

Nothing runs like Pinewood

Kimball Cub Scout Pack #31 gathered together with leaders, family and friends to compete with their one of kind derby cars, at the Trinity United Methodist Church on Sunday, Feb. 28. Each scout is...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    March 3, 2016

Open seats on school, city and county boards

Filing deadline for non-incumbent elected offices, was Monday, Mar. 1. Several persons filed to continue on the Kimball County School Board including Lynn Vogel requesting a two year term limit. Heather Norberg, Carrie Tabor and Clinton Cornils are...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    March 3, 2016

Friends and Neighbors: Wacey Schmid

The Kimball area welcomes our newest law enforcement officer and his family to the community. Kimball Police Officer, Wacey Schmid, graduated from Garden County High School in Hay Springs, in 2011....

 By Dawn Fossand    News    March 3, 2016

FFA Labor and silent auction planned

Each year Kimball FFA chapter members step up on a platform to earn big money for their local chapter by auctioning their labor. The Annual Kimball FFA Chapter Labor Auction and Alumni Silent...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    February 25, 2016

Increased incidents prompt a serious reminder

Pay attention or pay the price. Passing stopped school buses is unlawful in every community, in every state, but it has always been an issue, according to Gregg Fossand, Transportation Director of...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    February 25, 2016

Friends and Neighbors: Sierra Starr

Like her name, ten year old Potter-Dix Elementary fifth grade student, Sierra Starr, is somewhat of a "star" these days. In addition to being named Potter-Dix's February student of the month, on Feb....

 By Dawn Fossand    News    February 25, 2016

County denies tax exemption for daycare

Kimball’s commissioners, acting as the Board of Equalization, voted to deny the Kimball Child Care Center tax “exempt” status during their Feb. 16 board meeting. The Kimball County Commissioners, along with Kimball County Treasurer, Sherry...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    February 25, 2016

FFA Alumni supports personal growth

Dedication to the youth is what the FFA Alumni is all about. The members garner support from entire communities and uses that support to provide for the Kimball FFA Chapter. The Alumni remains very active in the community, alongside the students of...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    February 25, 2016

He had me at "I was in FFA."

Her passion for FFA was a large part of her four years of high school, and that passion continues on for Krystal Wilke. Wilke, the daughter of Byron and Amber Wilke, graduated from Kimball High School...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    February 25, 2016

This family's blood runs blue and gold

Byron Wilke was born and raised in Kimball and has a rich family history in the agricultural and livestock industry – in which Wilke is of the third generation – his own children, Dustin and Krystal, the fourth. After graduating Kimball High,...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    February 18, 2016

FFA offers more for everyone, no farm or ranch required

FFA is not exclusively for farmers and ranchers, according to Kimball High School agriculture instructor and FFA advisor, Sally Wheeler. Wheeler, who grew up with an agricultural background added that the FFA mission is to make a positive difference...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    February 18, 2016

Friends and Neighbors: The Lukassens

The interest, involvement and passion shown for FFA, is a generational for Doug and Sandy Lukassen. The Lukassens have been married for 33 years now, and met at a State FFA Convention, as Sandy's...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    February 18, 2016

Kimball hosts speech invitational

The Kimball High School Speech team competed on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the high school, along with fourteen other schools. It was Kimball's first invitational. "Our kids were spectacular with setting up...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    February 11, 2016

Reverse 911 system soon replaced

The local emergency alert system will soon be replaced following an address to the Kimball County Commissioners from Sheriff Harry Gillway last week, regarding the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) program. The program, launched in...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    February 11, 2016

Friends and Neighbors: Henry Heeg

Henry Heeg, Sr., comes from a long line of community "doers" in Kimball, and he is no different. Heeg, his family and extended families host the annual Vince's Corner Golf Tournament, one of...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    February 11, 2016

Locals receive fraudulent calls

Last Friday, Feb. 5, Kimball resident Jody Childress Hardin received a call that registered as Washington, D.C., on her caller I.D. The caller left a message on Hardin’s answering machine, requesting her to return a call to them. When the woman...


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