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Articles from the January 25, 2024 edition

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  • Old Hospital Back In County Hands

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 25, 2024

    Officials from Kimball Health Services and Kimball County Commissioner Carl Stander met on Jan. 4 to make preparations for the transition of the old hospital building back to county control. Although the county always owned the property, a quit claim deed will "wipe the slate clean" and solidify the fact that Kimball Health Services has no interest or claim on the building, officials said. The hospital property was acquired on Dec. 29, 1948, for a sum of $1,200 from the Alfred Forsling estate....

  • Report Comes In On 4-Way Stop Downtown

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 25, 2024

    Kimball City Council met for their January monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 16, and council President Don Muench conducted the meeting due to the absence of Mayor John Morrison. Others in attendance included Christy Warner and Gabe Ingram. City administrator Annette Brower was absent, as was Councilman Creg Pike. Council approved a $25,000 business grant for Patriot Carwash, LLC to be paid when the project is completed. In the big news at the meeting, the long awaited Road Safety Assessment...

  • Elderly Woman Abused, Robbed

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 25, 2024

    Sidney police have obtained an arrest warrant for a Dix man, Nathan James Robinson. The 23-year-old is being sought for the assault of an 84-year-old Sidney female. The incident happened on Jan. 17 in Sidney. According to the Sidney Police Department, Robinson has yet to be apprehended as of Monday evening, but no other information was provided. Robinson's charges include three Class 2 felonies, which include robbery, theft/shoplifting, and abuse of a vulnerable adult. In addition to the...


    Jan 25, 2024

    The good news is that average gas prices in Nebraska this week are $2.74 a gallon for regular unleaded – 17.2 cents lower than a month ago and 51.5 cents lower than a year ago, according to gasbuddy.com The bad news is that avearage prices in Kimball on Tuesday were at $2.94, 20 cents above the state average. FVC was the lowest locally at about $2.88. Diesel was selling here at an avearge of $3.67....

  • January Sports Winding Down For Wildcats During Our 'Heatwave'

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Jan 25, 2024

    Good morning! I hope you are enjoying this heat wave that we are having, nothing below zero, at least as  far we can tell for now. Personally I have never been very fond of January, partly due to the weather. After the 1st, it seems to go on forever! Even with all of that, it is hard to believe that this is the last week before February says “hello!”  However, starting this final week, tonight January 25, the Midwest Theater will host a musical comedy as the Three Redneck Tenors perform at 7 p.m. It also is Adult Anime Night for Adults...

  • Jacquelyne 'Jaci' J. Aue

    Jan 25, 2024

    Jacquelyne "Jaci" J. Aue, 86, of Mitchell, NE and formerly of Kimball and Potter, died January 15, 2024, at Regional West Medical Center. The celebration of Jaci's life will be on Saturday, February 3 at Mitchell Berean Church at 11 am. Pastor Giles Armstrong will be officiating along with Pastor Doug Keener and Pastor Jon Simpson. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to KCMI Radio, Mitchell Berean Church, SonScape Retreats or to the Robert and Jaci Aue Living Trust to be divided among the... Full story

  • Marie L. Joska

    Jan 25, 2024

    Marie L. Joska, 99, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Thursday, January 18, 2024. Funeral services for Marie will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 26, 2024 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Randy Bohac officiating. Burial will follow in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may stop at the funeral home on Thursday, January 25, 2024 from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to view her tribute wall and leave condolences and stories for the...

  • Cristina C. Nickerson

    Jan 25, 2024

    Cristina C. Nickerson, 73, of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Saturday, January 20, 2024. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2024 at the Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Lorri Kentner officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view her tribute wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. The services for Christina have been entrusted to the Cantrell...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 25, 2024

    For the first time in Kimball, 14 junior high girls are being exposed to the sport of wrestling. A special upbeat attitude existed in the wrestling room, and it was apparent that the young girls enjoyed their tough practices. The girls were hard-working yet thoroughly having fun. Girls could compete in Federation wrestling but were matched up with boys. This is the first time that girls will be wrestling girls. The consensus from the young ladies was that "wrestling gets you stronger for...

  • Longhorns Lose By Point, But Make A Point

    Chad Miller, Longhorns Boys Basketball Coach|Jan 25, 2024

    The Longhorn boys, 8-5 on the season, close out January with games against visiting Sutherland at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 25, and 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at North Platte St. Pat's. Then the Horns open the WTC tournament at home 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, as a No. 3 seed against No. 6 Bayard. The winner advances to a 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, game at WNCC against the victor of the contest between No. 2 Mitchell and No. 7 Gordon-Rushville. Here's a look at the SPVA games against Hershey and Chase Count...

  • Lady Horns Win 4th Game

    The Observer|Jan 25, 2024

    The Lady Longhorns basketball team battled to win its fourth game of the season Tuesday night at Mitchell, 44-41. Now it’s on to today’s Jan. 25 matchup at 5:30 p.m. with visiting Sutherland and a rematch 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at North Platte St. Pat’s. Then comes the WTC. Kimball is seeded No. 7 and opens tourney play Feb. 1 at No. 2 Bayard. The winner will advance to face the winner of the No. 3 Gordon-Rushville and No. 6 Hemingford game in a 3:30 p.m. contest Feb. 2 at WNCC. Kimball Coach Jaclyn Burks commented on her team’s 5...