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  • Should School Employees Carry Firearms?

    Daria Anderson-Faden|Jul 11, 2024

    The Kimball School Board began tackling a sensitive issue or, as board President Travis Cook put it, "a heavy topic" at its July 8 meeting – whether school employees should carry firearms. With state Sen. Brian Hardin in attendance, Hardin explained that the Unicameral passed legislation allowing school employees to carry a firearm, either concealed or open carry. The discussion addressed Board Policy 702.11 as it pertains to firearms in schools. The board, along with local law enforcement, d...

  • Kimball Adds 2nd Police Dog

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 11, 2024

    The Kimball City Council voted unanimously to add a second K-9 unit to the Kimball Police Department at the council meeting on Tuesday, July 2. The unit’s dog, a Belgian Malinois named Trudy, will cost $7,000, significantly less than the going rate of $25,000, Police Chief Jose Ruiz said. Trudy will be trained along with the city’s other police dog, Lucy, at Ragnar Defense in Casper, Wyoming. Trudy will be trained as a dual purpose dog, detecting narcotics and performing apprehension or bite work. A loan has been secured from a local bank to...

  • Replacing Four Winds Sprinklers Gets Close Attention

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 11, 2024

    The Kimball City/County Park and Recreation Executive Board met on July 1 with one item to discuss – 200 new sprinklers for the Four Winds Golf Course. Chairman of the Park and Recreation Operating Board Henry Heeg and course Superintendent Jeremy Williams explained the problem. The current sprinklers are 25 years old and at the end of their life and still working, but parts are difficult or impossible to find for them. Last summer when the big water well went down, gravel and rocks were p...

  • Kimball 12 & Under Baseball Team Wins Title

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 11, 2024

    It was all smiles for Kimball's 12 and under baseball team members as they won their league championship last week. They put up 31 runs in two games. In Game 1, they played Mitchell and racked up 15 runs opposed to 9 for Mitchell. In Game 2, the bats were on fire again as Kimball scored 16 runs against 7 for Gering. Leading the team in hits was Kasyn Snyder, who went 5 for 6 at the plate. Knox Hottell went 4 for 4, Barrett Brown went 4 for 5 and Nash Burback and Blayden Serrano both went 3 for...

  • Julia Winstrom On 4-H National Shooting Champions

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 11, 2024

    Julia Winstrom of Kimball is a team member of the 4-H National Shooting Sports Champions for Air Rifle. She also put up top 10 performances in multiple individual categories. She was selected as one of four Nebraska youth to participate in the 4-H National Shooting Sports Championship at Grand Island. The competition was held the last week of June. Competing against 21 teams, the Nebraska team became the national champions. Julia placed fourth in the 3-position sporters, seventh in all standing...

  • Kuhns Kids On The Ball

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 11, 2024

    Two Kimball youths are competing in national and international pool tournaments and a special event thanks to their sponsor, McDermott Pool Ques. Able Kuhns, 10, and Ashlynn Kuhns, 16, will play in the Junior National Tourney in Quincy, Illinois, from July 8 to 13, then travel to be spoiled by McDermott Pool Ques. The brother and sister will have a photo shoot, experience time with the design team, and attend a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game in Wisconsin. After that, Able and Ashlynn will play...

  • NOT AN EASY DECISION

    Daria Anderson-Faden|Jul 4, 2024

    Carla Gorenson and Greg Robinson know the impact and understand the legacy of Larsen's Jewelry Store and its 98-year history in Kimball. Carla and Greg are the great-grandchildren of store founder O.C. Larsen. They are emotional and reflective about the end of the 98-year-old business. This coming Christmas will be the first time in a long time that either Carla or Greg have been able to do much of anything as far as Christmas with their families. Greg said, "It will be difficult because they wi...

  • Free Rides This Summer At KCTS Bus Stops In Kimball

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 4, 2024

    KCTS and the City of Kimball have joined forces to provide rides throughout town for the summer months. There are 10 bus stops that will be serviced on a 30-minute loop and five stops used on request. The stops run from 7 am to 5 pm. KCTS Administrator Christy Warner said, "We will still pick people up at their door if they have a situation that doesn't allow them to get to a stop, such as age or disability." Warner stressed that KCTS still does reservation rides in town before 7 a.m. and after...

  • Four Winds Golf Pro Resigning

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 4, 2024

    Four Winds Golf Course pro Edward Tamsett has given 30 days notice of his resignation, the Observer learned Monday. Kimball Park and Recreation Board Chairman Henry Heeg on Monday confirmed that Tamsett resigned. Tamsett, a professional golfer in his native Australia before arriving at the Kimball golf course, was in the second year of his contract with the Park and Rec Board....

  • Kids 'Zipping' Around New-Look School Playground

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 4, 2024

    Matthew Brown, director of building and grounds for Kimball Public Schools, said he is pleased with the progress on the Mary Lynch Elementary School playground – where students have received some welcome additions. Construction was completed on June 22 for the new structures, and the kids could not be more excited. As noted by Kimball Public Schools Superintendent Trevor Anderson, "It is a much needed update for our students at Mary Lynch Elementary. We are happy to see the finished product a...

  • Bull Rider Brinkman Heading To Nationals

    Daria Anderson-Faden|Jul 4, 2024

    High School bull rider Cody Brinkman is headed to the National High School Rodeo finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming, from July 12-21. Cody's third place finish in the Nebraska State Rodeo finals qualified him to ride at the national event. For the second year in a row, Cody has qualified for nationals, and last year he placed fourth at state. Going into his senior year at Kimball High School, Cody has one more year of high school rodeo. He will participate in the fall and spring seasons. Cody's...

  • New City Strategic Plan Put In Place

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 27, 2024

    After two public hearings, the Kimball City Council voted to approve and adopt the new zoning ordinance and the new comprehensive plan at the June 18 meeting. John Shepherd from Marvin Planning said they had been working with the City of Kimball and the planning commission for over a year, updating the comprehensive plan and zoning regulations. Marvin Planning held a town hall meeting, conducted surveys and got people’s opinions to develop the plans. According to Shepherd, the comprehensive plan is the strategic plan for the city, and it is the...

  • Roadwork Begins Near Clean Harbors Apartments, Other Areas

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 27, 2024

    Two bids were accepted by the Kimball City Council on June 18 for a chip seal project and concrete repair projects. Areas affected include the site of the new Clean Harbors apartments. The chip seal project includes parts of High School, Marion and Cedar streets, while the concrete repair projects include the 7th and Vista intersection, 6th Street pavement repair near Chestnut, and Evergreen pavement repairs near 8th Street. Timing was perfect for the 7th and Vista intersection project because the sewer and water lines for the Clean Harbor...

  • Karen's Kitchen Sold To Family From Colorado

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 27, 2024

    Karen Hewitt achieved her dream when she opened Karen’s Kitchen in September 2019, but her husband’s health motivated her to sell her restaurant and take care of him. “I was not ready to give it up, but, you know, I have to,” she said. Now the business is sold. The new owners, all family members from Colorado, will begin making some changes as soon as this week, she said. Reflecting on her time at the restaurant, Karen said, “I loved my time here, I loved all my people, I loved all my customers. The main reason I opened the restauran...

  • Mountain Lion Hunting At Wildcat Hills? Yes

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 27, 2024

    On Friday, June 21, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission met in Ogallala and agreed to approve the staff recommendations for a 2025 mountain lion hunting season. The commission endorsed a first time hunting season in the Wildcat Hills. The commissioner created the Wildcat Hills Unit joining the existing Pine Ridge Unit and Niobrara Unit. The Wildcat Hills Unit will include parts of Scotts Bluff, Morrill, Cheyenne, Garden, Kimball and Banner counties. An additional change was the Niobrara Unit...

  • Addy Olsen Injured, Out 6-8 Months

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 27, 2024

    Tough news for the girls basketball and volleyball teams for next year as Addison Olsen tore her ACL while playing basketball in Texas a few weeks ago. The Longhorn standout had surgery on Tuesday in Fort Collins, Colo., and her estimated time of recovery is six to eight months. Good news, according to Addison, is that this won’t be her senior years, and the injured foot isn’t the one that she high jumps off of. She will miss the volleyball and basketball seasons for sure, but she will be rooting for the team from the bench....

  • PANDEMIC LOVE

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    While a world-wide pandemic raged in 2020, towns, cities and countries were shut down and borders were closed. Yet a simple comment on a Facebook photography group from a young woman in Argentina – "I'm bored" – would eventually lead to a connection across continents, an online marriage and her eventual relocation from Argentina to a rural Nebraska community. It was July 2020 and Argentina was experiencing its longest pandemic shutdown, 10 months. At 1 in the morning, Daiana Congett was sim...

  • Old Hospital's Appraisal $395,000

    Daria Anderson-Faden, THe Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    The appraisal for the former Kimball Health Services hospital building was accepted at the June 18 county commissioners meeting. Brandt Appraisal Co. determined that the former hospital building and parking lot adjacent to the property should be appraised at $395,000. The commissioners held a public hearing to allow comments from any interested parties to speak for or against the sale of the former hospital at 505 South Burg St. Sheriff Dave Hottell talked about the possibility of the county keeping the generator that is located at the former...

  • National Eucharistic Pilgrimage Carries On After Kimball

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    For the next week, the first National Eucharistic Pilgrimage in 83 years will travel through Nebraska on the way to meet up with three other pilgrimage routes in Indianapolis for the National Eucharistic Congress. The St. Junipero Serra Route, which passed through Kimball and St. Joseph's Catholic Church last week, began in San Francisco on Pentecost Sunday. When those on the journey reach Indianapolis, they will have traveled for 60 days spreading the word of the Eucharist. The route from the...

  • Progress Show A Winner For Kimball FFA Alumni

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    The Kimball County Fairgrounds was a destination spot last weekend for families and youth on the progress show circuit. People from all over the Panhandle, Colorado and Wyoming converged on Kimball for the 21st annual Father's Days Progress Show. A small but mighty group of Kimball FFA Alumni run the show, which has grown to become a major stop on the traveling youth progress shows. The FFA Alumni have the details down and the show runs like clockwork. Amber Wilke said they strive to make it...

  • Wyatt Reichenberg Defends Title

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    Banner County's Wyatt Reichenberg is the two-time Nebraska High School Rodeo Steer Wrestling Champion. Wyatt competed at the state finals June 10-12 in Burwell. The Harrisburg cowboy had a total of 132 points. State finals was two rounds and a short go. Wyatt had a time of 6.07 in Round 1, but broke the barrier in the second round with a 14.03. In the short go, Wyatt won the round with a 4.42. All the points from the top 15 rodeos of the season and the state points earned him his championship....

  • Greenwoods Again Win Father's Day Tournament

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    The Men's Thursday Night Golf League had a great turnout, great scores, and beautiful weather at the annual Father's Day golf tournament. League president Randy Bohac announced prizes and winners. Kenny, Jordan and Jeff Greenwood won the championship division with a 113. The Greenwoods are not new to winning the tournament. According to their calculations, they have won seven of the last 10. Both Greenwood boys played high school golf in Kimball and went on to play in college, Jordan resides in...

  • HOME AWAY FROM HOME

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 13, 2024

    In 1966 and 1967, Australian foreign exchange student Ewan Vickery called Kimball his home, and it appears that after almost 60 years Kimball is still very much home to Ewan. "The people were lovely, and the town was just a fantastic place," he recalled. "I was a novelty in the town." Ewan made quite an impression on Kimball and vice versa. During his visit last week, he estimated that this was his 12th or 13th return trip to Kimball to see friends and attend many class reunions. On Friday,...

  • City Takes On Sewer Projects

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 13, 2024

    A construction bid from Anderson-Shaw Construction totaling $473,569 for two sewer extension projects on Nadine Street (a duplex) and 7th Street (Clean Harbors apartments) was denied by the City Council due to concerns about the cost at the June 4 Kimball City Council meeting. Olson Engineering, the city’s engineering firm, recommended that the council deny the bid for the sewer extensions. It was decided that the City of Kimball could handle the project internally at a much lower cost. Estimates of the costs for doing it internally were e...

  • Monica Wasielewski Jenson Hired To Teach Ag Education

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 13, 2024

    Kimball’s first-year agricultural education teacher’s resignation letter was accepted at the June 10 Kimball School Board meeting. After accepting Emily Sowards’s resignation, the following action item was the approval of Monica Jenson’s contract as the agricultural education teacher for the 2024-25 school year. Jenson, formerly Monica Wasielewski, is a Kimball Public Schools graduate. With finances always a concern, it was noted that they saw an increase in receipts from the courthouse, SPED money and state aid that helped the June budget...

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