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Storm Belts Kimball Area

Last weekend's severe post-Thanksgiving weather that brought widespread power outages presented challenges for many residents and the departments of the city and county of Kimball that serve them.... Full story

 

A New Era For Kimball Bakery

Kimball Bakery is under new ownership. "What a great fit, and the timing was perfect," new owner Mary Sue Gates said. She said her "goal this week is to learn and then to slowly implement change."...

 

Opening Near For Karen's Kitchen

Dreams do come true, and for Karen Hewitt her Karen's Kitchen "is that dream." "I always had this dream, I always knew that someday I would have my own restaurant," she said. Karen Hewitt and her...

 

Carol's Nut List Ends Long Run

Carol's Nut List is in the history books. It is the end of an era of nuts and candy in Kimball. Owner JoAnn Mueller made her last sales of nuts and candies on the 21st and 22nd of November. On those... Full story

 

Pineapple Express Finds Part-Time Home In Kimball

The Pineapple Express has and will return weekly to Kimball, weather permitting, according to Bill Grubbs, owner of the Pineapple Express food truck. The food truck goes to Alliance, Gering,...

 

City Avoids Tax Increase Under New Budget

In seven minutes, the Kimball City Council held two public hearings last week for the 2019-20 Fiscal Year Budget and 2019-20 Set Final Property Tax Request. “The mill levy was up but the valuation was down. We didn’t raise taxes,” ” Mayor...

 

NOT FORGOTTEN

The story of Kenneth Lee Lockwood started and concluded in Kimball as he was laid to rest in the Kimball Cemetery in December 1944. But a new chapter is unfolding as a museum is researching the World... Full story

 

Blaze Ravages Kimball Home

A fire consumed a Kimball house owned by Terry Jefferson and rented by Luis (Beeb) Larez about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.The location of the fire was 308 ½ South Washington. Larez said the fire marshal...

 

Bikers Git-R-Done: Horseshoe Pits Ready For Farmer's Day

A local motorcycle club has opted for volunteer work in the evening instead of riding their motorcycles. The club is in the process of restoring the horseshoe pits at Gotte Park just in time for...

 

Wheat Harvest Over, But County Producers Keep Chugging Along

While wheat harvest has concluded for 2019, ag producers have not slowed down one bit. They still have wheat to seed, crops to tend to, and bean, beet, millet and corn harvest. Farming primarily in the northwestern and southern part of Kimball...

 

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Although the outside of the Plains Historical Museum (the old high school) might look the same as it did in the 1960s or '70s, the inside is beginning to take shape. According to Jowain Sherman, Plain... Full story

 

Bicyclist Bob Motors On

What goes around comes around. Bob Mueller is back on his bike – but not the motorized one he made when he was 13 years old. At 84, Mueller rides nine miles every other day in order to keep himself...

 

Operating Budget Up Slightly For Kimball School District

The Kimball School Board held its annual budget hearing Tuesday to set the final tax request, and it was approved with little discussion. The 2019-20 property tax request is $6,078,260.73. Of that amount, $150,000.00 is for a Special Building Fund....

 

Bull Rider Mossberg Aims To 'Go Big'

Most kids at 15 years of age don't really know what they want to do, but River Mossberg absolutely knows. "I want to go big," he said. River, the son of Kim Freeman of Cheyenne and Brandon Mossberg...

 

103 AND COUNTING

Looking back on her life, Maxine James put it simply, "I have enjoyed life, no complaints. I have my health; you've got a lot if you have your health." Maxine will hit the 1-0-3 mark on Sept. 11. She... Full story

 

Old Kimball Motel Gets New Life

Known as the Western Motel, built in 1962 along Highway 30 in the midst of Kimball's oil and missile boom, this 57-year old-motel has seen and heard probably everything that Kimball could offer. A few...

 

Dix Woman Found Guilty Of Perjury

Four men and eight women found Jean Childs of Dix guilty of the crime of perjury on Friday, Aug. 30, in Kimball District Court. The jury took just over an hour to determine her guilt. Jean Childs was represented by public defender Lindsay Snyder,...

 

Military Vehicle Convoy Overnights At Gotte Park

Kimball rolled out the red carpet for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association convoy on their 38 day, 3,200 mile trek across the country. The convoy, between 40-50 vehicles, overnighted at...

 

THE HARVEST FIRE

The day began like a normal harvest day for the Wasielewski family. The farm family has always worked together to harvest their own wheat. Brandie Wasielewski was driving the combine while daughter... Full story

 

Expressway A Long And Winding Road

U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., attended the annual meeting this month for the Heartland Expressway at Windbreak Bar and Grill in Kimball. Smith addressed the entire group of about 30 people about...

 

ENCORE, ENCORE

The artists have been selected and the shows will go on – that is, the four Community Concert Association shows. In 1975, Kimballites decided they needed entertainment and so the long standing...

 

Pattie K Takes The Day In Championship Play

Nine women competed in the League Championship on Saturday at the Four Winds Golf Course. In the championship flight, Pattie Klinginsmith won with a 92 while Phyllis Greenwood took second with a 101.... Full story

 

BACK TO SCHOOL

Kimball Public Schools began its 2019-20 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 21, and according to Kimball Superintendent Elizabeth Owens, several new programs will be implemented. More classroom time will... Full story

 

Man's Death An Apparent Overdose

An open case exists regarding the unintended death of a 21 year-old male in Kimball on Aug. 11 due to what police are calling an apparent drug overdose. The Kimball Police Department said it continues to investigate the apparent overdose. An autopsy...

 

Farmer Klent Schnell Gives $2,500 To Bushnell Johnson Fire District

Kimball County farmer Klent Schnell recently was awarded an America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation of $2,500 and gave it to a local nonprofit organization – the Bushnell Johnson Rural Fire District. It’s a story that began last summer....

 

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