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 By Jim Orr    News    February 13, 2020

Keep Kimball Beautiful Effort Looking Pretty

Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy Director Jim Macy last week announced $6 million in grants to support 161 environmentally themed projects across the state. The Kimball area received a significant $102,334 chunk of those grants for Keep...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 30, 2020

Golden Waves LLC Expands

A Kimball agricultural business has expanded with the purchase of a mobile grain cleaner truck from a Colorado operation. The local company, Golden Waves LLC of 600 S. Burg St., purchased the truck from Greenbank Inc., a wheat and seed mobile...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 30, 2020

Transit Building A Work In Progress

Restoration work carries on at the new Kimball County Transit Service building – a $1.16 million project at Chestnut and 3rd streets hoped to give downtown a needed pick-me-up once it opens this spring. Transit service administrator Christy Warner...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 16, 2020

Engstrom Back At The Helm

The Kimball County Board of Commissioners at their Jan. 7 annual reorganizational meeting moved unanimously to keep the 2020 structure of county government status quo with 2019. Ryan Stearns of the architectural firm Joseph R. Hewgley and Associates...

 By Jim Orr    News    November 21, 2019

Work To Begin On Transit Building

Now it's not a question of if, but when, Kimball County Transit Service moves into its new home at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut streets in downtown Kimball. The county commissioners voted, 3-0, on... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    November 14, 2019

Kimball Salutes Veterans

The Veterans Day ceremony at Harry McNees Auditorium in Kimball is a wholehearted display of respect for America and the soldiers who serve it. For many, it is unconditional. Kimball Mayor Keith... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    November 14, 2019

Time Is Now To Help Operation Christmas Child

The Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child effort, which provides shoeboxes filled with toys and other fun items for needy children around the world, is underway at Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball. If you’d like to help out, the...

 By Jim Orr    News    November 7, 2019

Downtown Building Project Takes A Step

Plans are moving forward to revitalize one of downtown Kimball's busiest intersections and give a new home to growing Kimball County Transit Service. The county commissioners on Tuesday accepted the...

 By Jim Orr    News    October 31, 2019

The Bus Stops Here

A significant moment in plans to give the growing Kimball County Transit Service a bigger, better home and downtown Kimball a shot in the arm arrives Tuesday, Nov. 5. Sealed construction bids for the... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 31, 2019

More Than 200 Attend Health Fair

More than 200 people took a shot last weekend to avoid the flu or just stay healthy this winter. They attended the Kimball Community Health Fair and Flu Clinic at the Kimball Health Services north...

 By Jim Orr    News    October 31, 2019

Back To Standard Time

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

 By Jim Orr    News    October 17, 2019

Storm Whips Through

The Farmers' Almanac might be onto something with its forecast for a frigid and snowy winter in these parts. It already started. The first winter-like storm of the season, which blasted the Panhandle... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 10, 2019

The Seeds Have Been Sown

The theme for the 2019 Kimball Farmer's Day celebration was "Sowing Seeds of Success." That phrase may apply to the event itself. Some new events this year, such as the bike race and cornhole tourname... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 10, 2019

Winter Blast Expected To Grip Area Till Friday

Kimball County’s early blast of winter-like weather this week was expected to bring 3 to 4 inches of snow, icy roads and hazardous travel conditions through Friday morning, the National Weather Service in Cheyenne warned. All of which followed a te...

 By Jim Orr    News    October 3, 2019

The Farmer's Day Marshal Plan

For 2019 Farmer's Day grand marshals Susan and Dave Haack, their big day turned out to be 45 years in the making. They were married 45 years to the day – on a long-ago Farmer's Day – before... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 3, 2019


Daria Anderson-Faden, the Kimball County Commissioner and Observer staff writer, continues recovering from serious injuries suffered during her Sept. 23 head-on collision in Banner County with a...

 By Jim Orr    News    October 3, 2019

It's KHS vs. KPS In The Kimball Food Challenge

The winner of the inaugural Kimball Fill the Food Pantry Cart Challenge is Kimball Health Services. The final score was KHS 490, Kimball Public Public Schools 201. That's how many food items each...

 By Jim Orr    News    September 26, 2019

Anderson-Faden Injured In Crash

Daria Anderson-Faden, a Kimball County commissioner and Western Nebraska Observer staff writer, was among four people injured in a two-vehicle Monday morning accident in Banner County. She was listed... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    September 12, 2019

County Makes Cuts, But Taxes Inch Up

Spending is down a bit and the tax rate up nearly 2 cents for every $100 of property valuation under the $32.45 million Kimball County budget that the board of commissioners approved Sept. 4. For the owner of a $100,000 home, annual county property...

 By Jim Orr    News    August 29, 2019

Kimball Area Recylcling Gets Boost From State

Kimball has received a $10,212 slice of Nebraska's funding pie for recycling and waste reduction. The grant money will go to the "Keep Kimball Beautiful" campaign. Some funds will be for increasing...

 By Jim Orr    News    August 22, 2019

Manor Appeals Probation Notice

Kimball County Manor is appealing a disciplinary action notice by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services following the May 30 death of manor resident Marllene Goodon due to an accident...

 By Jim Orr    News    August 15, 2019

Girl Scouts Troop 18412 A Reality In Kimball

A newly formed Girl Scouts troop has bloomed in Kimball, and they're off to a good start. Say hello to Troop 18412. "Throughout the year, these girls have chosen to learn about topics including...

 By Jim Orr    News    June 13, 2019

Anderson-Faden Back At It As Commissioner

Daria Anderson-Faden has returned to the Kimball County Board of Commissioners. She was sworn into office May 21. She filled the vacancy that opened with the resignation of former Commissioner...

 By Jim Orr    News    May 23, 2019

Weather Or Not, Service Set For Monday

Nothing like some late May snowfall to delay preparations for the annual Kimball County Memorial Day Service at Kimball Cemetery. But organizers hope to have everything in order for the star-spangled ceremony next Monday, May 27. Kimball Mayor Keith...

 By Jim Orr    News    March 21, 2019

Shopko To Close All Remaining Stores

Reasons for the demise of Kimball’s Shopko Hometown store extend far beyond the local store’s business performance alone. “It’s a company issue,” Kimball City Administrator Dan Dean told the Observer on Tuesday. It most certainly is....


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