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 By Jim Orr    News    April 29, 2021


Opening day has been pushed back tentatively to Saturday, May 1, at Mr. J's Garden Center, Kimball businessman John Morrison's new venture next to his High Point RV Park along Highway 71. Morrison...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    April 22, 2021

WTC Names Scholar Athletes

The Western Trails Conference on Monday announced its new class of scholar-athletes and scholarship recipients. Kimball High School was well-represented with a half-dozen students making the grade. The KHS scholar-athletes are seniors Sydney...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    April 8, 2021

Jax Thurin Puts Up Multiple-Title Week

What a week up-and-coming local wrestler Jax Thurin of the Tri-State Grapplers enjoyed. At the Eads, Colo., Junior Olympic Tournament on Saturday, March 27, he wrestled in the 10U division _ winning... Full story

 By Jim Orr    Sports    April 8, 2021


After a break in the action this past week, the Kimball Longhorns, Potter-Dix Coyotes and Banner County Wildcats are getting back at it. The Longhorns returned to track and field competition Tuesday... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    April 1, 2021

TGIF In Banner County

As Banner County School's four-day school week moves through the final quarter of its second year, enrollment numbers appear to be adding up in its favor. Superintendent Evelyn Browne told the...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    March 11, 2021

Spring Sports Is In The Air

Here comes the Kimball spring sports season – a year after COVID-19 wiped out the track and golf seasons and two years since the last competitions. "After taking last year off, all schools will... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    March 11, 2021

P-D Speech Team Heads Back To State

The Potter-Dix High School speech team is heading back to State. The Coyotes, five-time State champions since 2002, qualified for the D1 state competition at Kearney High School on March 19 after winn...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    January 14, 2021

McGinnis & Cluff 3rd, Schindler 4th At Garden

Kimball Longhorns wrestlers will be tested in four meets the rest of January following a Garden County Invite in which James McGinnis placed third at 126, Connor Cluff third at 132 and Trey Schindler fourth at 145. Next up for the Horns is SPVA...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    January 7, 2021

High School Schedules Get COVID Changes

Local high school sports returned this week with some basketball games rescheduled in recent days due to virus safety precautions. On Monday, the Potter-Dix basketball teams travelled to Morrill, where the boys won, 57-53, and girls lost, 62-14. See...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 7, 2021


When several inches of snow fell on the Kimball area overnight last Monday and Tuesday, city road crews were out and about clearing streets before many people woke up. In the photo, a plow clears...

 By Jim Orr    News    December 31, 2020


Kimball County Commissioner Daria Anderson-Faden, right, receives thanks and gifts during her last meeting Dec. 15 from commissioners Rich Flores, next to Faden, and Larry Engstrom. Anderson-Faden,...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    December 17, 2020

NSAA Sports In Orange Phase

Nebraska School Activities Association executive director Jay Bellar on Monday, Dec. 14, announced that the NSAA has decided to remain until Jan. 4 in the Orange Phase of safety measures regarding the coronavirus although the state has shifted to...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    December 10, 2020


Last year, back in the late summer of 2019, the Observer was in need of a sportswriter. Tom Southard, the face of Observer sports since 1964, wanted to finally retire. Or at least scale back his... Full story

 By Jim Orr    Sports    December 10, 2020

Wrestlers Show Coach Improvement; Schindler Wins

The young Kimball Longhorn wrestlers next compete Friday, Dec. 11, at North Platte St. Pats after showing improvement in their first two outings this year, coach Bob Culek told the Observer. Kimball opened the season Friday, Dec. 4, at Bayard and...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    December 10, 2020


Third- and fourth-grade Kimball boys are starting out strong in the Sidney Community Center League. They just had their first games this week and expect the season to go through January. Kimball beat...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    December 3, 2020

Ready For Some Winter Sports?

Here we go. The winter sports season opens this week under a number of coronavirus safety precautions for Kimball, Potter-Dix and Banner County high schools. For the Kimball Longhorns, it's time for...

 By Jim Orr    News    November 26, 2020

Potter-Dix Wins MAC

Potter-Dix High School's talented student actors have brought home yet another Minuteman Activities Conference championship for play production. Their devoted hours of daily practice paid off during... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    November 19, 2020

Kimball About To 'Believe In Magic of Christmas"

Christmas in Kimball 2020 activities begin Thanksgiving week, kicking off the local holiday season. This year's theme is “Believe in the Magic of Christmas.” Like just about everything else this year, COVID left its mark on the planning. For one... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 22, 2020

Oliver Lake

The wooded lake grounds don't get splashed with this much color every fall. Maybe just one of every 10 falls, some say. What caused it? What caused the leaves this year to wrap Oliver Lake in a... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 15, 2020

Observer COVID Announcement

In an abundance of caution due to close contact with an infected individual, the Observer office will be closed to the public for a time to be determined. The Observer plans to continue publishing, but office doors will be closed and business mainly... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 1, 2020

County On Fast Track To Fill That Seat

The process is in place to swiftly fill the sudden vacancy on the Kimball County Board of Commissioners. Just a few days after former Commissioner Vice Chairman Brandon Mossberg submitted his letter to resign Sept. 22 for “family reasons,” the...

 By Jim Orr    News    October 1, 2020


The Sept. 24 grand opening of Kimball Transit Service's gleaming regional headquarters building in downtown Kimball drew quite a crowd of dozens of visitors and dignitaries for the ribbon cutting,...

 By Jim Orr    News    September 24, 2020

Oh, Baby!

Millie Dee Brown, Sharleen Kaysig Graham and Graham Holz are the up-and-coming supermodels in the division for newborns to 11 months old in this year's Farmer's Day Baby Photo Contest. You can also...

 By Jim Orr    News    August 20, 2020

Community Health Fair Goes On As Scheduled

Even in a year of coronavirus challenges, the Kimball Community Health Fair went on as planned last Friday and Saturday. “Everything went very smoothly,” said Kerry Ferguson, the hospital’s director of community relations. “We had 101 partici...

 By Jim Orr    News    July 2, 2020

Nebraska Press Association Honors Tom Southard

The Nebraska Press Association has honored Tom Southard, who started writing sports for the Western Nebraska Observer in 1964, with a career achievement award. The NPA welcomed Southard on June 25...


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