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Articles from the February 2, 2023 edition

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  • Air Forces Visits To Talk Real Estate

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 2, 2023

    About 150 area people attended the Sentinel Real Estate Town Hall meeting at the Sagebrush in Kimball last week. The Air Force will upgrade the Minuteman III missile system in four to five years. The system comprises 150 launch facilities, 15 missile alert facilities, existing utility corridors, and new lines for communications, including communication towers. The U.S. Air Force and Army Corps of Engineers met with local landowners to further explain the Sentinel project and the acquisition of...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 2, 2023

    As Kimballites struggle through the winter weather, there is no escaping the snow and ice. The winter weather conditions make getting out of the house difficult. Patches of ice hide beneath the snowfalls, and then warmer conditions melt the snow, and it re-freezes overnight. For another month or two, ice will continue to be an issue as it builds up on streets, sidewalks, and pathways. Fortunately, according to the Emergency Department, ambulance personnel and paramedics from Kimball Health Services, there has been no increase in falls during th...

  • Dar To Join Hall For RVs, Manufactured Homes

    Feb 2, 2023

    After 50 years in the manufactured home business, Dar Gardener of Kimball will be inducted into the RV/Manufactured Home Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana. After the first of the year, Dar received confirmation of her induction. The induction ceremony will be on August 21, when Dar will receive a a traditional Green Jacket. Elkhart, Indiana, is the home of the RV Manufactured Home Museum. Their stated “mission is to recognize, preserve, and honor the history, pioneers, and individuals who have been instrumental in making the Recreational V...


    Feb 2, 2023

    On Saturday, Jan. 21, James Eatmon Masonic Lodge #294 in Kimball conducted its installation of officers for 2023. Bottom row, from left, are John Rahl (senior warden), Tommy Yung (master), Josh Gillming (junior warden) and Dustin Kasserloer. Top row: John Ferguson, Grand Senior Warden of the Grand Lodge of A. F. and A. M., Dillion Hatfield, Kevin Wynne, Kevin Sherman and Blake Bourdreaux.... Full story


    Feb 2, 2023

    The Observer here presents an “On the Bobsled” column by former Observer publisher Bob Pinkerton, who passed away Jan. 22. This one is a family favorite. “On the Bobsled” won many awards over the years. I don’t know how many of you out there in readerland have ever had the occasion to take a photograph of three children at once but it’s like posing a bowl of gold fish. Two of our children don’t understand, and the third gets a great deal of pleasure out of understanding and doing the opposite. “Smile.” She frowns. “Laugh.” She stic...

  • Banner County High School Musicians Receive Statewide Notice

    Dr. Evelyn Browne|Feb 2, 2023

    The music program at Banner County School brings our entire community together twice a year for the Christmas and Spring concerts. Our band and choir students also enrich programs such as our Veterans Day program, Commencement, Homecoming, and Pep Rallies! With the return of our varsity sports, our Pep Band helped warm the chilly night air at our home football games! Sandy Wounded Arrow has directed the Banner County School Band and Chorus since 2005. In addition to the regular music classes in...

  • Man, Did We Get Some Snow ... And The Cold!

    Barb Cross, The OBserver|Feb 2, 2023

    Good morning and man do we have the snow. And the COLD, and hopefully some moisture! It is February in Nebraska after all. With two years of really nice winters the cold and snow are welcome reminders for the most part, the snow anyway! This evening, February 2nd, the third season episodes 7 and 8 of the series “Chosen” will be shown at the Midwest Theater at 7 p.m. and again the following day at 1 p.m. Also on February 2nd, there will be an open house at the Western Nebraska Arts Center for the new showing titled “Images 2023 Photo Exhib...

  • FSA Youth Loans

    Feb 2, 2023

    For the past seven years, 17-year-old Emily Miller has taken advantage of a unique government program that enables her to take out an ag-related loan and operate her own income-producing project. The FSA Youth Loan program is available for kids ages 10-20 in all areas, including Kimball and Banner counties. Emily, from Sidney, is just what the Farm Service Agency Youth Loan program was looking for when the program was designed. Through the program, she said she has "learned how to manage money b... Full story

  • Mariann B. Kleinholz

    Feb 2, 2023

    Mariann B. Kleinholz, 90, of Carpenter, died at Cheyenne Medical Center on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. Cremation has been held and graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2023 at the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may visit www.cantrallfh.com to leave condolences and stories for the family. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Panhandle Humane Society. The services for Mariann have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Mariann Bohac Kleinholz was born in Schuyler, Nebraska. on January 5, 1933, the... Full story

  • Johnson Pins 3 To Win 106 Championship

    Cory McManigal, Longhorn Wrestling Coach|Feb 2, 2023

    Again mother nature has impacted the Longhorn Wrestling schedule. The Longhorns were supposed to travel across the state to compete in Northeast Nebraska at the Plainview Invite. With a pending winter storm in Northeast Nebraska the tournament was cancelled. The Longhorns were able to compete in Mitchell on Friday afternoon instead. The day was lead by returning senior 106 pound Matthew Johnson with a dominate performance. He had 3 pins on the day and the 106-pound championship. Seniors James Mc...

  • Longhorns Top Sutherland, Fall To St. Pat's

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 2, 2023

    The Longhorns travelled to Sutherland for a rematch with the Sailors on Thursday. The Horns had played Sutherland in the SPVA Tournament and downed the 0-9 Sailors, 72-50. After a win against Chappell, the Sailors are now 1-11 on the season. But on Thursday, at Sutherland, Kimball once again handily beat Sutherland, 68-43. Junior Brandon Paxton dumped in 24 points to lead all players, followed by Kyler Lusche with 15 points. Rounding out the scoring for Kimball was Ryker Behred with 10,Wyatt Cords and Trevor Fuss both tossed in 6 points,...

  • P-D Boys Win Twice; Girls Lose 2

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Feb 2, 2023

    Potter-Dix’s Coyote Boys Basketball team rebounded from a loss against rival Leyton in the MAC Tournament finals on January 21 with two big wins over Prairie and Caliche over the past week. The wins push the Coyotes’ record to 11-3, and position them well for the final stretch of games in the regular season. On Tuesday, January 24, the Coyotes hosted the Prairie Mustangs out of New Raymer, Co. Potter-Dix used their speed and fast-break offense to quickly build a lead, and took a 45-13 advantage into the halftime break. It was all Pot...