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No 2021 Kimball Football

Kimball High School’s football season appears to have ended before it started. The Longhorns were forced to forfeit their scheduled opener at Hitchcock County last Friday due to a lack of players. And now this. “We only have nine players out for...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    August 19, 2021

Fall Sports Arrive Next Week For Longhorns

The Kimball Longhorns 2021 fall sports seasons gets underway next Tuesday, Aug. 24, when medal winning Payton Wise and the Kimball girls golf team tee off at Sidney in their first competition since... Full story

 By Jim Orr    Sports    August 5, 2021


Longhorns football coach Ben Aarestad and his players, shown here during practice last year, will strive to show more progress after the 2020 rebuilding campaign that unfolded during the pandemic.... Full story

 By Jim Orr    Sports    August 5, 2021

Here Comes Another Classic

One of the bigger golf tournaments of the season goes down this Saturday at Four Winds Golf Course. The Kimball Hospital Foundation Golf Classic is back with its 30th annual edition. A record field...

 By Jim Orr    News    July 7, 2021

Clean Harbors Thinking Big

Clean Harbors is looking into a major expansion at its facility south of Kimball that would involve construction of a second incinerator and could create about 100 jobs. The company released this statement to the Observer on Tuesday from Clean...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    July 7, 2021

Dead Eyes 18th At Rushmore National

When the going gets hot, Kimball's Dead Eye Shooters get going. Dead Eye Shooters 4-H Club members weathered a heatwave at the Rushmore National Invitational last weekend to turn in some of their... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    June 24, 2021

Observer Awarded 1st Place In Excellence

The Western Nebraska Observer, an award-winning powerhouse decades ago, has rejoined the state’s elite weekly newspapers. The Observer won seven awards – including first place statewide for General Excellence in its class – in the Nebraska... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    June 24, 2021


The annual Potter CarBowl returns this weekend with a loaded “Friday Night Rev Up” lineup and nonstop, morning-to-evening events on the big Saturday schedule. CarBowl spokesman Drew Enevoldsen...

 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


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