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Articles from the November 17, 2022 edition


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  • Feral Cats Return After Trip

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 17, 2022

    After a weekend trip to Fort Collins, 25 Kimball cats and kittens have been returned to their colony. The cats were trapped on Saturday evening. Sunday is clinic day in Fort Collins, where they were spayed/neutered and vaccinated by four volunteer veterinarians and a host of other volunteers. Monday morning, the cats were returned to Kimball – all with volunteer labor. Trapping in Nebraska was a first for the Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals. Hannah Knox and Katie Evans, both volunteers, spen...

  • School Board, Student Settle

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 17, 2022

    The Kimball School Board met in regular session on Nov. 15, and under discussion items, a notice of settlement claim was read regarding injuries that student Derek Kauffman sustained. The notice reads as follows: “Kimberly Kauffman and Steve Kauffman individually and on behalf Derek Kauffman asserted a claim for damages arising from injuries Derek Kauffman sustained from an accident that occurred on April 22, 2021, while Derek Kauffman was a student at Kimball Public Schools and a settlement was reached. A full release of liability has been e...

  • Veterans Get Their Day, Hear From Retired Army Colonel

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 17, 2022

    The senior civics class and the Kimball community treated Kimball area veterans to a special Veterans Day. Master of Ceremonies Charolette Hargreaves and Emma Patterson introduced the participants to the Nov. 11 event in the high school auditorium. Mary Lynch, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders sang the Armed Forces Salute, followed by the New Dimension group singing "The Glory," and Jayden Paxton played "Taps." Keynote Speaker Tony Baker, a retired Army colonel who was deployed overseas...

  • Investigation Ends At Site Of Family Dollar

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 17, 2022

    According to the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, the site of 511 W. 3rd Street in Kimball passed a Tier 1 investigation. This appears to remove an environmental obstacle to the long delayed opening there of the Family Dollar/Dollar Tree store. Owen Lasswell, a public information officer, told the Observer that “NDEE issued no further action letters, and the department’s investigation has been closed.” Meanwhile, Kimball store #13191 at 511 3rd Street shows no signs of obtaining inventory or opening at the moment. Efforts were...

  • Thankful Elections Over, But Thankful We Can Vote

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Nov 17, 2022

    Good morning, here is hoping that your week is going well. With Veterans Day behind us, we are looking toward Thanksgiving. But until then ....today, November 17th. there is a “Veteran’s Hiring Event” taking place from 1-3 p.m. at the Healthy Blue Office in Scottsbluff. This is located at 2621 5th Avenue and if you are in need of more information, e-mail [email protected]. The annual EWC Dog Wash will be held on the 17th also, between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The students at the school involved will have a table set up in the north...

  • STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

    Nov 17, 2022

    Here are the latest students of the month, for September, at Banner County School. Keira Bolander, a 10th-grader, is a member of One Act and the BCS band. At school, she likes to learn about history, forensic science, music, singing and English. Keira describes herself and quiet, polite and kind. Keira is grateful to be selected as Student of the Month. Quincy Boettcher, a fifth-grader, participates in YMCA Flag football and Banner County MatCats wrestling. His favorite subjects in school are...

  • Write-In Candidates Had The Write Stuff

    Daria Anderson-Faden, Observer|Nov 17, 2022

    In an unprecedented election in Banner County, write-in candidates determined the outcome of the election. Both incumbent Banner County commissioners lost their bid for re-election to write-in candidates Robin Darnall and Laif Anderson. Anderson had 254 votes and Darnall had 221, while Commissioners Sandberg and Post had 113 and 108, respectively. All totals are unofficial until the canvassing board meets. County Assessor Bernice Huffman lost to Kacy Krakow, 80-292. County Clerk Lisa Cross lost her position to Katie West, 138-230. Recently...

  • Florance E. Haug

    Nov 17, 2022

    Florance E. Haug, 91, of Torrington, Wyoming, died on Saturday, November 12, 2022. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at the Kimball Presbyterian Church with Pastor Alan Foutz officiating. Burial will be held in the Kimball Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Florance's Tribute Wall to leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in h...

  • Air Force Updates Commissioners About Missile Project

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 17, 2022

    Temporary construction easements, new permanent easements for utility corridors, and fee acquisitions for towers sites were the topics of discussion when Lt. Col. Eric Green from the U.S. Air Force was before the Kimball County Commissioners at their regular meeting on Nov. 15. In January, landowners should be aware that the Army Corps of Engineers will begin negotiations, appraisals and surveying for the missile project. Currently, the Air Force has a 16½ feet easement for utility lines, but they may need up to 100 feet for temporary...

  • BRAYLON and HIS BUCK

    Nov 17, 2022

    Braylon Miller, 16 shot this 5x5 buck north of Dix on Monday evening. Attention hunters: The Observer welcomes your hunting photos this deer season to run in the paper....

  • ALL CONFERENCE LONGHORNS

    The Observer|Nov 17, 2022

    Kimball High School has three representatives on the Western Trails Conference 2022 all-conference teams for 8-man football and volleyball, plus four honorable mention selections. For the Longhorns football team, junior quarterback/defensive back Brandon Paxton and senior tight end/defensive end James McGinnis made the all conference team. Receiving honorable mention were sophomore offensive lineman/defensive lineman Conner Deboodt and junior fullback/defensive end Derek Kauffman. Here are the...

  • Grant Money Helps State Patrol Bust Kimball County Speeders

    Nov 17, 2022

    Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol are working overtime to keep motorists and road crews safe through localized enforcement efforts in multiple parts of the state, including Kimball County, according to a Nov. 15 news release from the patrol. This effort includes specific enforcement operations in the Nebraska Panhandle and other areas of western Nebraska. In October, troopers in Troop E focused specifically on excessive speeding in Kimball County. During the operation, troopers issued more than 250 citations or warnings for speeding in...

  • HOSPITAL STEEL WORK BEGINS

    Nov 17, 2022

    Steel installation is underway at the new Kimball hospital construction site. Several loads of steel arrived last week along with a large crane, which will be used for installation. KHS contracted steel nearly a year ago to assure it would be available when needed for the project. Pouring of the concrete slab continues, with an additional 11,000-plus square feet done last week. The masons also have nearly completed block work for the ambulance garage and de-contamination room in the northeast...

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