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Articles from the February 1, 2024 edition


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  • Bushnell Gets Some YouTube Time

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Feb 1, 2024

    Little Bushnell is getting some big attention. Big Rig attention. The Kimball County village, population 115, has been a place of interest on three Big Rig Travels/YouTube videos that about 54,800 viewers watched from last Thursday through Tuesday. BigRigSteve (real name Stephen Michaels), the trucker star of Big Rig Travels for 16 years, even spent a night outside Bushnell. He had little choice. A tire on BigRigSteve's semi-trailer truck blew out heading westbound on I-80 out of Kimball that...

  • Red Letter Days Set For New Hospital

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 1, 2024

    Officials for Kimball Health Services anticipate that the new building will be fully operational and ready for patients on Feb. 19. An open house and ribbon cutting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 26 with Gov. Jim Pillen in attendance, along with other politicians, officials and the public. The hospital, clinic and emergency room will open on Feb. 19 at 255 West 4th St. if all goes according to plan. CEO and CFO Cassie Gasseling said that employees from the portable trailers at the old hospital...

  • Missile Costs Concern Air Force

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 1, 2024

    Discussions continue in Washington, D.C., on the modernization of weapon systems for the United States. The Air Force Sentinel project is destined for F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne and bases in North Dakota and Montana. The Sentinel is the ICBM replacement package for the current outdated Minuteman III missiles, and the program is often discussed by Air Force officials and think tanks in Washington, D.C. The Sentinel is the land-based leg of the United States nuclear triad on air, land and sea. Recently, when the Sentinel project came...

  • Four Candidates File For County Commissioner Seat

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 1, 2024

    Not many candidates have filed for open offices for Kimball County or the City of Kimball, County Clerk Cathy Sibal told the Observer. But as of early Tuesday, she said four individuals have filed for Kimball County commissioner on the Republican side. They are incumbent Carl Stander files and challengers Dave Hottell (former Kimball County highway superintendent), Matt Bright and Sarah Weisbrook. The winner of the primary election on May 14 will move forward to the general ballot. No Democrats have announced their intentions for the...

  • Phil's Forecast Would Be Different In Nebraska

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Feb 1, 2024

    Good morning! It’s February but feels like May! Least for awhile, and how about that Punsutawney Phil? If he were here in Nebraska I do believe his weather predictions would be quite different, but I still have high odds for more winter. Safer that way. Well, here at home on February 1st we have the annual spelling bee at the school at 12:30 p.m. and everyone is invited to go watch. Also the high school wrestling team will be competing at a MAC conference tournament in Bridgeport. That evening the Western Nebraska Art Center will host an...

  • Karen D. (Larsen) Robinson

    Feb 1, 2024

    Karen D. (Larsen) Robinson, 88, of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Wednesday, January 24, 2024. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at the Cornerstone Community Church (Kimball Presbyterian Church) with Pastor Alan Foutz officiating. Burial followed in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends stopped at the funeral home on Monday from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to share condolences and stories of Karen with the family. Memorials may be given to either Cornerstone Community... Full story

  • Larry John Brower

    Feb 1, 2024

    Larry John Brower, 82, of Rogers, Arkansas, and former longtime resident of Kimball, Nebraska, sadly passed away on January 22,2024. Cremation will be held with memorial service planned in Kimball, NE this coming Spring. He was born on January 27, 1941, in Arnold, Nebraska to Gerrit and Miriam Brower. Larry lived to serve his community and family. He was a Nebraska State Patrolman for 27 years, a Kimball County Commissioner for 20 years, ran a local Kimball, NE repair shop for over 40 years, and... Full story

  • Joseph A. (Joe) Morgan

    Feb 1, 2024

    Joseph A (Joe) Morgan, age 80, of Kimball, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Kimball. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 2, 2024 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Vonnie Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. Please visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Joe's Tribute Wall to share condolences and stories with the family. Memorials may be given in... Full story

  • Tough Going On Road For Coyotes

    Mike Motz|Feb 1, 2024

    It was a tough week for the Potter-Dix Coyote basketball teams, as they made a long trip out to New Raymer, Colo., on Tuesday, January 23, and came up empty and then hosted Crawford on Saturday afternoon only to come out on the wrong side of the ledger each time. Tuesday's matchup had the teams travel to New Raymer to take on the Prairie Mustang teams. The third-ranked 1A Central Lady Mustangs opened the girls contest hot, quickly building a lead and building an 18-5 lead at the end of the...

  • Lady Longhorns Split With Sutherland, St. Pat's

    Jaclyn Burks, Kimball Girls Basketball Coach|Feb 1, 2024

    On Thursday, we hosted Sutherland at home and had a great game again on our home court. We played hard and hustled well, even when things weren't going our way. I'm proud of the hustle the girls showed on the court. We beat Sutherland, 38-26. Kimball Game Stats Addy Olson 19 pts, 9reb, 5 stl, 3 blocks Grace Anderson 6 pts, 10 reb, 2 stl Julia Winstrom 4 pts, 3 reb, 1 stl Grace Moore 3pts, 7 reb, 2 ast Jasmine Gawith 3pts, 2 reb, 4 stl, 2 ast Joey Perry 9 reb Faith Bohac 3 pts, 3 reb In the game...

  • TOURNEY TIME

    Chad Miller, KHS Basketball Coach|Feb 1, 2024

    It's time for the WTC tourney – and some home cookin' – for the Kimball Longhorns boys basketball team. 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 game at WNCC against the victor of the contest between No. 2 Mitchell and No. 7 Gordon-Rushville. The championship game is 6:30 p.m. Saturday at WNCC. The Horns go into the tournament after splitting with Sutherland on Thursday, Jan. 25, and...