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Mayor-Elect Talks Growth Issues

The City of Kimball Mayor-elect John Morrison will take the mayoral reins on Dec. 6 at the next City Council meeting. Morrison said, "I want to see Kimball prosper, and it is going to take everyone... Full story


Police Seeking Storage Thief

In an ongoing investigation into a rash of storage unit thefts, Kimball police would like to identify a male suspect caught on a security camera. Police told the Observer that the individual drove a... Full story


Rules Changes For Subdivisions Part Of New Ordinance

The Kimball City Council met in a special session at the council chambers on Monday, Nov. 21, to continue the discussion on subdivision Ordinance #812. The Planning Commission recommended the ordinance, and it was approved by the council in a 4-0...


Search Warrant Issued In Drone Case

A joint search warrant from Kimball and Sidney police was issued on a residence in Sidney. On Nov. 8, the Kimball Police were dispatched to 608 South Washington in Kimball. The victim reported the theft of a drone and accessories, including remote... Full story


Subdivison Rule Changes Get Look

Kimball City Council’s vote to approve Ordinance #812 – which includes amendments to the city’s Subdivision Regulations Section of Chapter 11: Zoning Regulations – was delayed at the Nov. 15 council meeting because councilmen Matt Bright and...


County Looking At Vans For KCTS

On Nov. 15, the Kimball County Commissioners returned in the afternoon after the morning portion of their meeting for a session with the Kimball County Transit Service. An update from administrator Christy Warner reported that KCTS has had 175 phone...


Hospital Repeats As Food Pantry Challenge Champion

The second annual food pantry contest between the employees of Kimball Health Services and Kimball High School will benefit local families. Kimball Health Services won the previous year and the...



After 28 years at Panhandle Coop and Main Street Market, Jeri Rutledge is moving on. Jeri has worked in many departments, including meat, deli and produce, but primarily in the grocery department....



"Ferals cats are responsible for most of the cats that end up in the shelters because most people get their domestic cats fixed. Feral cats do not and just reproduce by the gazillions. Knowing they...


Feral Cats Return After Trip

After a weekend trip to Fort Collins, 25 Kimball cats and kittens have been returned to their colony. The cats were trapped on Saturday evening. Sunday is clinic day in Fort Collins, where they were s... Full story


School Board, Student Settle

The Kimball School Board met in regular session on Nov. 15, and under discussion items, a notice of settlement claim was read regarding injuries that student Derek Kauffman sustained. The notice reads as follows: “Kimberly Kauffman and Steve...


Veterans Get Their Day, Hear From Retired Army Colonel

The senior civics class and the Kimball community treated Kimball area veterans to a special Veterans Day. Master of Ceremonies Charolette Hargreaves and Emma Patterson introduced the participants to...


Investigation Ends At Site Of Family Dollar

According to the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, the site of 511 W. 3rd Street in Kimball passed a Tier 1 investigation. This appears to remove an environmental obstacle to the long delayed opening there of the Family Dollar/Dollar...


Write-In Candidates Had The Write Stuff

In an unprecedented election in Banner County, write-in candidates determined the outcome of the election. Both incumbent Banner County commissioners lost their bid for re-election to write-in candidates Robin Darnall and Laif Anderson. Anderson had...


Air Force Updates Commissioners About Missile Project

Temporary construction easements, new permanent easements for utility corridors, and fee acquisitions for towers sites were the topics of discussion when Lt. Col. Eric Green from the U.S. Air Force was before the Kimball County Commissioners at...


Morrison In; Engstrom Out

The ballots have been counted, the election results are in and the local races – in Kimball County – have been decided.But until Nov. 16 when the county canvassing board meets, all results are... Full story


New Housing Remains Key Issue

The Nov. 1 Kimball City Council meeting opened with a postponement of a public hearing and a postponement of a vote on Ordinance No. 807 – for the proposed annexation of the Warner/Substation Property south of Horseshoe Hill area. The ordinance is...


Veterans Day Speaker Brings Vast Army Experience

Retired Col. Tony Baker is this year's keynote speaker for the 21st annual Kimball Jr/Sr. High School Civics Class Veterans Day program. In 2000, Baker completed a deployment to the Bosnia and Kosovo...


30 Feral Cats In Kimball Could Be Fixed In One Weekend

The feral cat problem was once again on the Kimball City Council agenda. Tiffany LaBeau, the founder of Kimball's Trap Neuter Release, said the City of Kimball approved her fund request to help 30... Full story



At 1 p.m. Friday, the Kimball Dispatch Center went from using paper and pencil to recording calls into the 21st Century using a web-based computer program. With Kimball County now into the 21st...


Housing Hub Gets County's Support

The Kimball County Commissioners approved and signed a letter of support Tuesday for the Kimball Housing Hub for the GBSD (Ground Based Strategic Deterrent) Deployment and Minuteman III Decommissioning project. The prepared letter stated: “As...


Seasons To Build Upon

Here's a look back at the Fall 2022 seasons to build on for the Longhorns football, volleyball and cross country teams. Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Jeri Ferguson said if she could change anything... Full story


Council Cracks Down On Dogs

The Kimball City Council heard the first and only reading of Ordinance No. 809 – Barking Dogs and Chasing Dogs – at the Oct. 18 meeting. The ordinance states that an individual will be fined no greater than $250 for the first offense of a loud... Full story


1922 Tractor Makes Its Case

The Banner County Museum's 1922 Case steam engine tractor is 100 years old this year and remains operational. The Case 65 H.P. steam engine tractor in Harrisburg is one of only a few in the area that... Full story


Legion Hall In Dix Getting A Makeover

By the Spring of 2023, the Legion Hall in Dix will be restored and available for public events, according to Joe Bayura, Jr., who purchased the building in June 2022. After the purchase, Bayura and...


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