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 By Jim Orr    News    May 12, 2022


Street repairs that began last week required the roadway to be narrowed to one lane at First and Chestnut streets on the south side of Kimball's underpass. Residents were urged to use caution when... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    May 5, 2022


Semis forced off of the closed Interstate 80 on Monday morning clogged Kimball roadways, included this stretch of 3rd Street in front of the Kimball County Courthouse. The powerful spring storm... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    May 5, 2022

Kimball's Observer Wins 8 Awards

KEARNEY – The Observer won eight statewide awards Saturday at the Nebraska Press Association's 2022 Better Newspaper Contest Awards Presentation at Younes Conference North/Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kearney. The honors included third place for overall... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    April 14, 2022


Vehicles navigate the corner of Third and Chestnut streets in Kimball during the power outage Monday, April 11. Stop signs replaced traffic lights at Kimball's busiest intersection, which Western...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    March 17, 2022

Football Longhorns To Return Vs. Hyannis

The local high school sports calendar soon turns to spring sports – girls and boys track, boys golf and trap shooting – but it's never too early to talk some football. And there's some football... Full story

 By Jim Orr    Sports    March 10, 2022

2 Horns All-WTC, 8 MORE honored

Two Kimball High School winter athletes were announced this week as members of the Western Trails Conference 2022 All-Conference teams – and another eight Longhorns earned honorable mention recognition. All-Conference honors went to senior Chantel... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    December 23, 2021

County Cracks Small Biz Top 10

A new study from a financial planning organization lists Kimball County among the Top 10 counties in Nebraska with the strongest small business presence. To be precise, Kimball County checks in at No. 8. The study measures IRS data on the number of...

 By Jim Orr    News    December 9, 2021

Windmill Workers' Donation Energizes Food Pantry

Employees of RES, who work on windmills in the Kimball area, have donated truckloads of food to Kimball Food Pantry – a record donation to the charitable organization that helps those in need. Not...

 By Jim Orr    News    December 2, 2021

KCTS Wins National Transit Award

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration presented Kimball County Transit Service with the 2021 Connecting Rural Communities Award during the recent national transit conference. KCTS administrator Christy Warner told...

 By Jim Orr    News    November 25, 2021

Here Comes 'Christmas in Kimball'

The local Christmas season arrives officially Saturday, Nov. 27, with a lineup of festivities four full weeks before the holiday. Some changes are in store, such as “Christmas in Kimball” events...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    November 25, 2021

It's Time For 2021-22 Winter Sports

The winter sports seasons are just about here for area high school basketball teams and wrestlers. Here are the opening week schedules for the Kimball Longhorns, Banner County Wildcats and Potter-Dix... Full story

 By Jim Orr    Sports    November 25, 2021

Kimball Junior High Wrestlers Showing Promise

Kimball Junior High wrestlers put in some competitive performances back-to-back in tournaments at Hemingford on Nov. 12 and Morrill on Nov. 27. A number of young Longhorns earned first place. Here...

 By Jim Orr    News    November 4, 2021


When Mountain Standard Time returns 2 a.m Sunday, it’s time to turn back clocks one hour that aren’t on digital devices that do it automatically. As for the vintage Larsen’s Jewelry clock above, it most certainly requires human hands to turn...


Payton Wise 3rd, Katie Heeg 22nd At State

That's a wrap for Kimball Lady Longhorns golfers Payton Wise and Katie Heeg. The senior duo closed out their high school golf careers in fine fashion – together on the course during the NSAA State... Full story

 By Jim Orr    Sports    October 7, 2021

Wise, Heeg Return To State

Payton Wise and Katie Heeg are taking Longhorn Nation back to State. Wise qualified by winning her third straight District C-5 individual championship Monday with a round of 80 at Four Winds Golf... Full story


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...


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