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 By Jacob Misener    News    October 10, 2013

Winter Storm Atlas takes aim, but misses Kimball County

Near the middle of last week, residents in the Nebraska Panhandle prepared for expected snowfalls of at least six inches, with many residents expecting closer to a foot, in wake of the approaching...

 By Jacob Misener    News    October 10, 2013

Census data paints a clearer picture concerning the needs for reinvigorating Kimball County

More often than not, when people talk about Kimball County, they refer to the ‘good ole’ days’. They speak of the oil boom that helped a local economy thrive and the missile boom that followed in its wake. What lies in store for Kimball County... Full story

 By Jacob Misener    News    October 3, 2013

Monsanto utilizes biotechnology in hopes of shaping agriculture

This is the final installment in a three-part series on genetically-modified crops and their place in Nebraska agriculture. It focuses on a tour of a Monsanto facility located in the central part of...


Wildcats fall to Arthur County

On a chilly Friday afternoon, the Banner County Wildcats hosted the Arthur County Wolves for a non-league contest. The hosting Wildcats came up short in front of the home faithful, dropping the...


Kimball volleyball head coach Vicki Mitchell emphasizing the importance of teamwork in season's second half

Second-year Kimball volleyball head coach Vicki Mitchell is looking ahead to the season’s second half coming off one of the team’s most challenging weeks. “We’re looking at this as the second half of the season now, and the first half was us... Full story


Longhorns volleyball continues to build

After nearly a month of long bus trips across the state, the Kimball Longhorns volleyball team returned home on Tuesday night for its first home match since September 5. What the team accomplished on... Full story


Single-vehicle rollover accident leads to woman being airlifted from scene

A single-vehicle accident on County Road 59 approximately three miles north of Dix shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night led to a local woman being airlifted; first to Scottsbluff Regional West... Full story


Contrary to earlier media reports, nearby Oliver Reservoir to remain open

An agreement between the South Platte Natural Resources District and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will spare the nearby Oliver Reservoir from being closed as part of a cost-cutting measure b...


Fischer, Smith offer their stances on intervention following Syrian chemical weapons attacks

Last weekend, the United States and Russia reached a deal on dismantling Syria’s chemical arms in the aftermath of a series of attacks that left some 1,400 Syrian civilians dead, including several... Full story


"This is going to be one of the worst days of my lifetime."

12 years later, Klark Byrd still remembers the feeling of shock he felt on the morning of September 11, 2001. The former Kimball resident can still smell the smoke, the burnt foliage and airplane... Full story


Advocacy groups urge caution concerning GMOs

This is the second segment of a three-part feature on genetically modified organisms. The third, and final, portion of the series will be centered on a tour of the Monsanto facility in Gothenburg,... Full story


Man quits his job, walks across U.S. - all for his beloved country

Some men and women honor their nation by serving in the military. Others live their lives in fashion of the ‘American Dream,’ working day-to-day and raising a family, in hopes the next generation...


United States Postal Service carrier incidents reported throughout City of Kimball

Late last week, reports of a United States Postal Service mail carrier using his issued pepper spray surfaced in Kimball on social media outlets, prompting outrage amongst local residents. Although several unconfirmed reports of incidents surfaced,...

 By Jacob Misener    News    August 29, 2013

Conservative, rural Nebraskan Carlson seeks shot at the highest office in the state

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Carlson is a man of principles. And those principles, according to the Nebraska State Senator, are what guide him in everything he does. "I believe in the Bible...


Seeing red: First-year Kimball head football coach expects success

In his first year at the helm of things for the Kimball Longhorns football team, Nick Kuxhausen is learning as he goes, while relying on the experience he gained last year as an assistant coach at Kim... Full story

 By Jacob Misener    News    August 22, 2013

Shaske family shares touching story at Relay for Life

“Anyone affected by cancer has suffered a loss. But they have also gained something, as well.” These words were spoken to a crowd assembled under the pavilion at Gotte Park Friday night by... Full story

 By Jacob Misener    News    August 8, 2013

Are genetically modified crops the way of the future?

This is the first part of a two-part feature focusing on the role of genetically-modified crops. There will be a second segment in an issue of the Observer later this month. “Improving agriculture.... Full story

 By Jacob Misener    News    August 1, 2013

The Forgotten War

36,940 fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. That is the cost of the Korean Conflict in American lives. Last Saturday marked the 60th anniversary of the end of the conflict, which... Full story

 By Jacob Misener    News    August 1, 2013

Five Nebraska counties test positive for West Nile in mosquitoes

Five Nebraska counties have reported cases of the West Nile virus in the past two weeks, including Scotts Bluff, Dawson, Garden, Sheridan and Webster Counties. All of these positive tests were found...

 By Jacob Misener    Sports    August 1, 2013

Daum tallies 12 three-pointers in Vegas tournament showing last week

Big men aren’t supposed to be able to shoot. Someone forgot to tell Mike Daum. In the third game of the Las Vegas Classic Bigfoot Tournament last week, Daum hit 12-of-16 three-point attempts, en...

 By Jacob Misener    News    July 25, 2013

Accident at Nadine Street and Route 30 in Kimball between pickup and bicycle leads to boy's hospitalization

A young boy was struck by a pickup truck at the intersection of Route 30 and Nadine Street in Kimball last week stopping traffic for over half an hour, as first responders treated the victim. The...

 By Jacob Misener    Sports    July 25, 2013

Daum going the extra mile prior to his senior season

Many athletes think their regular in-season schedule is rough. Classes, social calendar, practices and games all amount to a pretty tenuous schedule. That being said, some choose to go the extra mile... Full story

 By Jacob Misener    News    July 18, 2013

Many citizens outraged at the removal of items from grave sites at Kimball Cemetery

Several local residents are outraged at what they believe is a lack of care being given to the Kimball Cemetery, after an array of plots in the eastern portion of the cemetery were defaced, including... Full story

 By Jacob Misener    News    July 18, 2013

Clean Harbors reports minor waste spill at Kimball facility last Wednesday

A tip alerted the Western Nebraska Observer to a spill at Clean Harbors’ Kimball location last Wednesday, when a container overturned in the north yard of the facility, spilling some 3,000 - 5,000... Full story

 By Jacob Misener    News    July 18, 2013

Congressman Adrian Smith votes for new-look federal farm legislation

Last week, the Republican-controlled United States House of Representatives forced through a vote on a vastly different Farm Bill than seen in the last four decades – one with no funding for food...


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