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 By Dawn Fossand    News    October 6, 2016

Local scouting organization hosted award ceremony and graduation

One Tuesday, Sept. 13, Cub Scout Troop #31 recognized local scouts, their parents and leaders among other family members and friends, with an awards ceremony and dinner. The ceremony began with an...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    October 6, 2016

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Kimball leaders, focused on substance abuse prevention, met on Tuesday, Sept. 13 to devise a 3-5 year vision for prevention efforts in Kimball County. The group's most recent meeting saw 18 members of...


Where are they now: Mark Schnell

Previously a Kimball student, Mark Schnell recently coordinated the world's largest movement of F-35s to date – and loosely compared it to scheduling a trip to watch the Huskers play. Following his...


Potter-Dix focus on wellness

Health conscious members of the Potter Cross-Fit club sought continued use of the Potter High School from board members during the Sept. 12 Board of Education meeting. Potter resident Amy Jones addressed the board requesting that the school be kept...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    September 8, 2016

Kimball's newest centenarian, Maxine James

The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world, marijuana was sold in pharmacies and doctors prescribed heroin, women were not yet guaranteed the right to vote and the population of Las...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    September 8, 2016

"It's all about the bling," celebrating the 85th Annual Potter Days

The community of Potter celebrated the 85th Annual Potter Days event last weekend - "It's All About the Bling" in the close knit and proud village. The event began on Friday with games, such as "hungr...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    September 1, 2016

TeamMates celebrates 25 years

With the 25th Anniversary of the program nearing, the local TeamMates chapter hosted a bowling party to kick off the new year last Saturday, Aug. 27. The group hopes to add 25 new mentors to the...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    August 18, 2016

Fischer joins Kimballites for coffee and conversation

"My job is to look at policy," stated United States Senator Deb Fischer to a group of nearly 20 Kimball citizens at an informal get-together at the Java Blend on Monday of this week. "How does this...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    August 4, 2016

The Chamber focuses on promoting local businesses

What does a Chamber of Commerce do? Every chamber’s missions may vary, according to the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, but they all tend to focus to some degree on five primary goals: building communities; promoting those communities; striving to...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    July 28, 2016

A supreme visit to Kimball County

The Honorable Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Michael G. Heavican met with Kimball County officials at the Kimball County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 19 for refreshments and conversation...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    July 21, 2016

Board of Equalization to finalize decisions July 25

Kimball County Zoning Administrator Sheila Newell questioned the validity of assessments made on several Kimball County properties when the Kimball County Board of Equalization heard tax valuation protests. A total of 18 protests were heard, many...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    July 21, 2016

Friends and Neighbors: Cadence Temple

A love for books goes beyond a career for Kimball's newest librarian, as when she has a day off from the Kimball Public Library, Cadence Temple will wander around books stores "just to be around...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    July 21, 2016

Incoming KPS staff is excited for 2016-17

Kimball students may not yet be ready for the beginning of the school year, but Kimball Public Schools is already preparing, having hired eight new teachers and a new school nurse with a great mix of familiar and new faces. The one non-teaching...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    July 21, 2016

Local VFW post struggles to remain operational

Waning interest in the local Veteran’s of Foreign War (VFW) Chapter has officials questioning whether it should remain open. Post 2243 Commander, Joe Hernandez, an 86 year old Korean War veteran, informed the Nebraska State VFW Quartermaster, John...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    July 21, 2016

KCSO deputy completes training, now certified

There’s a new sheriff in town, or rather, a new Certified Deputy Investigator. Anthony Osborn began working for the Kimball Sheriff’s Department in August of 2015. He attended the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island from...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    July 21, 2016

Riding bikes and changing lives, one home at a time

For eight years the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure organization has gathered hundreds of people throughout the country in groups of volunteers who come to ride bikes together and help change lives... Full story

 By Dawn Fossand    News    July 14, 2016

Vandals damage public and private properties

Vandals spent some time in the early morning hours on Tuesday, July 5, spray painting vulgarity on public and personal property, according to Kimball Police Captain Andy Bremer. The villain(s) left...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    July 14, 2016

Friends and Neighbors: Drew Enevoldsen

Drew Enevoldsen has a face nearly as familiar in Kimball as it is in his hometown of Potter, unless he is in full make-up, that is. Currently the Assistant Vice President of the Potter State Bank,...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    July 14, 2016

Nebraska awarded $280,000 grant for MEDS

Bemis Drug, owned and operated by Mike Bemis, is once again participating in the Nebraska Statewide Pharmaceutical Disposal Project, as it has since the inception of the project in 2012, according to pharmacist Jordan Autrey. According to a recent...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    July 14, 2016

Overtime ruling may cost Kimball County employers

Updated overtime regulations are meant to make the rules easy enough for everyone to understand and the final rule, announced on May 18, aims to put more money in the pockets of middle class workers or give them more free time. These new rules will...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    July 7, 2016

Kimball County questions diversion

“If you happen see the C.E.O. (John Mentgen) of Regional West,” Kimball County Commissioner, Daria Faden said during last week’s commissioners meeting, “you might ask him, why are you (RWMC) on diversion?” As a commissioner, Faden serves on...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    July 7, 2016

Where are they now: Cristina Moore

Editor's note: This new weekly feature, titled 'Where are they now?,' will serve as a weekly look at the current lives of former residents of the area who have moved on. From the halls of Kimball...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    June 30, 2016

Burgled and vandalized

Burglars and vandals have broken into at least two Kimball businesses this past week. "This is a very sensitive case and we are not at a point to comment in detail at this time," Kimball Chief of...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    June 30, 2016

County board balks at appraisal costs

Kimball County Assessor Sherry Winstrom again proposed a county-wide third-party reassessment of all Kimball County properties to the Board of Equalization on Tuesday, June 21. At a previous BOE meeting Winstrom noted that as she worked on the...

 By Dawn Fossand    News    June 23, 2016

Kimball board reviews tiny houses

Tiny houses are a trend sweeping the nation, according to thetinylife.com, this is a social movement where people choose to downsize the space they live in, often for the obvious long-term financial benefits, but also due to the freedom gained by...


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