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  • Youth Involvement In Potter

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jun 20, 2019

    On the first day of YIP camp, five-year old Potter resident, Emeri Reeve declared "This is so much fun." Emeri and 21 other K-6th graders were picking up trash in Potter. YIP is Youth Involved in Potter, the three day camp is in it's fourth year. YIP is the brainchild of Peg Musil, along with Jennifer Thomas. Peg said she first considered the idea a few years ago and knew she needed help and grabbed Jennifer for the art aspect. Peg said the intent was to "teach them about community involvement....

  • New Teacher Hired At Mary Lynch

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jun 20, 2019

    Kimball native Kaitlin Knaub received an elementary teaching contract at the Kimball School Board meeting on June 10. Kaitlin will be teaching 5th and 6th grade reading and is thrilled to be starting her first teaching job. "I am very excited to get in the classroom and interact with students," she said. Kaitlin has a K-12 Special Education endorsement. "I've been with my two young kids for the last three and a half years so I am ready to build relationships with other children!" She continued,...

  • Kimball Welcomes Tour de Nebraska For The First Time

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jun 20, 2019

    "Howdy" to all the Tour de Nebraska bikers! Over 460 riders will arrive in Kimball on Wednesday, June 19, and exit north to Scottsbluff on Thursday morning. The ride starts in Sidney, then they travel to Kimball, Scottsbluff, Bridgeport and back to Sidney. This is the 32nd Annual Tour de Nebraska. The Tour de Nebraska was started in 1988 and this is the first time the event will extend to the western part of Nebraska. According to TDN, the "goal is to have a rest stop every 15-20 miles. TDN Assi...

  • Tough Enough Cowboys

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jun 13, 2019

    The winners of the 11th Annual Kimball Ranch Rodeo placed first in only one event and outpaced the runner-up team by just 10 seconds in total time. JDS Livestock placed overall first but only won the trailer loading event. JDS placed second in team tying and branding and doctoring but slipped to third in the wild cow milking. JDS Livestock included the following members Denum Santero, Clayton Symons, Denton Reener, and Ty Chasek. Second place overall was Flying Bit Ranch, otherwise known as the...

  • Blind 'Navigator' Steering In Right Direction

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jun 6, 2019

    Sugar Valley Rally participants Earl and Tony Johnson arrived in Kimball on Friday afternoon, May 31 for the required pit stop and needed refreshments. The Scottsbluff father/son duo were driving their 1937 Studebaker, silver with maroon fenders. When the Johnsons arrived in Kimball, Tony got separated from his dad and wandered around the parking lot at the Event Center looking for the entrance, he was having difficultly maneuvering the parking curbs. Karen Morrison, who was waiting to cheer on...

  • Jury Finds Kenneth Childs Not Guilty

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jun 6, 2019

    It took close to 90 minutes for a Kimball County jury of 6 women and 6 men to acquit Kenneth Childs of the one charge of Subornation of Perjury. Subornation of perjury is “persuading” or “convincing” someone to lie on the witness stand in an official proceeding. Kenneth Childs was accused but found not guilty of Subornation of Perjury, attempting to persuade his wife, Jean Childs, to lie on the witness stand. The jury pool began their day, Wednesday, May 29 at 8:30 a.m. The potential jurors were questioned by the Honorable Derek Weimer....

  • Community Blood Drive Needs Donors

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jun 6, 2019

    As summer approaches there is always more of a need for blood and according to Donna Linn, donations are always a little bit slower during the summer months. Donna Linn has organized the Kimball Community Blood Drive for the passed eight years. Donna said, “I got this little job from PEO.” Donna and Deb Dickerson split the five community blood drives between the two of them, they do the set-up, call past donors and set up appointments and try to get new donors. Usually around 20-23 people have appointments and others can walk in. Monday, Jun...

  • Folks, Falconer Flock To Banner Days

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jun 6, 2019

    Banner County people flocked to see and hear Richard Brown speak about his past career -- he is a retired falconer. According to Brown, "Falconry is the taking of wild game with a trained raptor. It can be a falcon, a hawk, an eagle or some other bird." Mr. Brown has worked airports, blueberry crops, and grape crops with his falcons for the past fifteen years. The falcon keeps starling and pests off the crops or off of the airport runways. But now Mr. Brown said "it has just become a passion...

  • 'O'Brien Spirit Of Healthcare Award' A Reality

    Daria Andersen-Faden|May 30, 2019

    Long-time resident Jim O'Brien celebrated his 80th birthday on Saturday at the Eagles. He was caught off guard by a presentation to him from the Kimball Hospital Foundation. Jim served 18 years on the Foundation Board. The award read: "Your input as a long-time citizen, business owner and especially your many years of service on the Kimball County Ambulance Service have been especially valuable and gave a unique perspective on helping us fulfill our mission to serve the community." Jim received...

  • Local Greenhouse Ready For Business

    Daria Andersen-Faden|May 30, 2019

    Mike's Greenhouse on the corner of Burg and 2nd Street has just about any plant the weekend gardener might need or want. For the past five years, Mike Schepker along with helper Karen Munoz (his mom) has been open for locals to get their tomato, pepper, cucumbers and other bedding plants. Starting out in a little shed, Mike sold plants out of that for two years but realized he needed and wanted something bigger. Mike checked out the internet, searched how to make a greenhouse and started...

  • Kimball Gets Some Spring Cleaning

    Daria Andersen-Faden|May 30, 2019

    The City of Kimball employees have been hard at it in order to get the town shaped up for the summer season. The Street Department is "kind of the city custodians" according to Jim Shoup, Street Department Supervisor. The snow put a damper on their work but they have been busy mowing the highway right of ways, the parks and the city's empty lots. Kimball City Employees, Mark Nelson and Larry Janicek cleaned the eight planter areas in the downtown region, then put new cedar bark in the planter...

  • Mary Lynch Offers 2019 Summer Camp

    Daria Andersen-Faden|May 23, 2019

    Kimball Public School Summer Camp will be a great learning opportunity for Mary Lynch students. The new program centers on Investigation. The camp is for kindergarteners through 6th grade with a variety of different age appropriate topics and activities. K-2nd will explore the outdoors which will include investigating trees, leaves, insects and wildlife. The 3rd and 4th graders project will follow an International Junior Master Gardener Program. And the 5th and 6th graders program will focus on Entrepreneur Investigation. These students will wo...

  • From Dix To Vietnam

    Daria Andersen-Faden|May 23, 2019

    The year, 1968. The country, this country, was deep in political upheaval, assassinations, drugs and demonstrations. Lyndon B. Johnson was President, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, and the Viet Cong made a valiant attempt at defeating the Americans in the Tet Offensive. America was fighting an unpopular war, but a young man from Dix, Neb., was drafted into the Army and served his country with patriotism, valor and bravery. Stan Belgum graduated from Dix High School in...

  • Fixer-Upper, Kimball Style

    Daria Andersen-Faden|May 16, 2019

    Jim Cederburg and his wife, Donna are technically retired, but... they have spent the last twelve years buying and "fixing up" dilapidated houses throughout Kimball. The whole process started when they were in the market for a house and thought they could purchase one and fix it up as opposed to buying something already in prime shape. "When we started this endeavor I could work about five hours and was exhausted, but now, twenty-three pounds lighter" and a few years older, "I can work ten...

  • Plains Historical Museum is Looking For YOU!

    Daria Andersen-Faden|May 16, 2019

    Do you have a couple hours during the week? Do you like meeting new people? The Plains Historical Society Museum is looking for you. As summer approaches, the Plains Historical Society is making plans to open the museum downtown -- the Fraternal Hall, which is located on 2nd and Chestnut. The Fraternal Hall Museum will be open three days a week, in the afternoon but they are looking for people to help with this summertime opening. They need volunteers to work from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday,...

  • Potter-Dix School Board Hires New Principal

    Daria Andersen-Faden|May 16, 2019

    Potter-Dix School Board met in regular session on May 13. The school board unanimously agreed to approve the resignation of and settlement agreement with Principal Jane Brown, they also approved the non-renewal of the employment of Jerry Brown due to a reduction of force, and they approved the non-renewal of the employment of Nancy Bunner. The board then considered and approved the contract to hire Larry Baker as 7-12 Principal/Activities Director for the 2019-20 school year. Larry Baker will be a first year principal and he hails from Centura...

  • Harmons Praise Small Community

    Daria Andersen-Faden|May 9, 2019

    The afternoon of February 7, 2019 will replay in Sandy and Randy Harmon’s mind forever. That is the day they lost everything in a house fire, but today they are thankful and feeling blessed. Sandy’s philosophy is: “First of all, material things don’t matter as long as your loved ones are safe and you are together.” They are settled in their new “home” although it is not the home they knew, they are making it into their home. Sandy heaped praise on the community for their support and contributions. She said, “We have a great and fantastic suppo...

  • Underpass Project Starts To Take Shape

    Daria Andersen-Faden|May 9, 2019

    The underpass is showing signs of new life. Previously, the contractor had worked on the storm sewer and the pipe on both sides of the underpass on the east side of the roadway. The workers had poured the curb, corner pilasters, and the handrail end. This week, the contractor installed the V-ditch on the northeast and southeast corners of the project. The contractor is cautious when the weather is slick so therefore there were no lane closures on Tuesday and Wednesday. Traffic will continue to...

  • Yard Of The Week

    Daria Andersen-Faden|May 9, 2019

    Yard of the Week committee members, left to right, are Dakota Kuhns, Dawn Moser, Bob Kellner (recipient), Beth Huddleston and Kim Baliman. Bob Kellner received the first yard of the week for 2019. Bob lives at Park Terrace but has adopted the neighborhood, including Gotte Park. Bob was nominated by neighbor Erin Heidemann because of all his work in their neighborhood. Bob picks up trash, trims trees, and just does overall cleanup. Bob also cleans up at the Wind Break and area around...

  • Kimball Senior Civics Class Cleans Up Nicely ... In More Ways Than One

    Daria Andersen-Faden|May 2, 2019

    The Community Clean Up Day organized by the senior civics class as a "thank you" to the businesses and the community for their support over the past year was held Wednesday afternoon, April 24. Students and staff worked throughout the town cleaning, painting, sweeping and picking up around area businesses. Part II of "community" day for the civics students brought them back to the high school for an end to their fundraising efforts. The senior fundraising included selling desserts, charging...

  • USCGC Kimball In Open Waters

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Apr 18, 2019

    If you live in the city of Kimball or Kimball County, you might think that a ship named Kimball would be local attraction and perhaps cruise the open waters of Oliver Lake. But then you might be wrong. A new Coast Guard Cutter has entered the waters of the Pacific Ocean - the USCGC Kimball. The Coast Guard reported that these new cutters, like the Kimball, are "designed to be the flagships of the Coast Guard's fleet, capable of executing the most challenging national security missions." The...

  • STAYING IN HIS LANE

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Apr 18, 2019

    The Dalles, Ore., is a world away from Kimball, but professional bowler Greg McDaniel made the move from there to Kimball. In August 2015, McDaniel purchased the local bowling alley, the Kim Bowl. He has spruced up the bowling alley by re-carpeting, painting, refurbishing the lockers and updating the mechanics. "They are," he said, "still in the process of updating." The eight lanes support five nights of league bowling, while Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening are open to the public....

  • Moisture Needed In Panhandle, At Least Before Storm

    Daria Andersen-Faden, Western Nebraska Observer|Apr 11, 2019

    An estimated 60 acres of pasture burned on Sunday afternoon, April 7, near Kimball, according to Kimball Fire Chief Rick Wynne. The fire along Road 29W, which occurred before the April 10-11 storm that brought a blizzard warning, was created by a downed power line and pole. About 10 to 12 firemen responded while the wind continued to whip up the flames. Wynne explained how the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department used its two grass trucks, which hold 450 gallons of water and have nozzles on the...

  • FFA ... It's A Family Tradition For Many

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Apr 4, 2019

    The hard work for the FFA Alumni pays off when they "watch kids be successful after they graduate and leave the program." This is the reason why Sandy Lukassen, Amber Wilke and other alumni spent their Thursday afternoon and evening preparing the food, lining up the silent auction articles, and finally, cleaning up after the FFA Alumni feed. While preparing coleslaw and beans for the annual feed, both Sandy Lukassen and Amber Wilke professed a strong commitment to the Kimball FFA program. Their...

  • Liver And Onions: A Treat

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Apr 4, 2019

    Liver and onions was on the menu as Shirley Whartman stepped up to get her meal. Over 45 lunches of liver and onions were served at the Kimball Senior Citizens Center on Wednesday, March 28. Liver and onions is one of the most popular meals served by the Office of Aging of Western Nebraska, according to cooks Teresa Lockwood and Eileen Rowley. Other popular meals are chicken fried steak and pork cutlets. Liver and onions lover, Shirley Whartman said, "My husband wouldn't eat it, so I never...

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