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Articles from the February 16, 2023 edition

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  • Fund Would Help Kimball With Growth

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 16, 2023

    LB 712, known as Create the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Deployment Fund, was introduced by Sen. Brian Hardin of 48th District that includes the Kimball area. Sen. Steve Erdman from the 47th District, along with six other senators, have signed onto the bill that would benefit Kimball and the Panhandle during the missile project. LB 712 was read for the first time on Jan. 18 in the 108th Legislative First Session, and a hearing will be held on Feb. 23. At the Kimball City Council meeting on Tuesday, Suzanne Brodine from Olsson presented a... Full story

  • No Vaping, Tobacco For Those Under 21

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 16, 2023

    John Heidemann and Jim Shoup were awarded the 2022 Community Environmental Impact Award from the South Platte Natural Resources District. The Kimball City Council approved the placement of the award on the wall of the park shop/bathroom building in Gotte Park at the meeting on Tuesday. Another placement sign thanking the groups, businesses, and individuals for upgrading the horseshoe pits in Gotte Park was approved and will be mounted. Ordinances, updates, special elections and public hearings dominated the meeting. Ordinance No. 813 was...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 16, 2023

    The City of Kimball and Keep Kimball Beautiful received more than $172,000 in grants to combat waste and litter reduction and help with recycling and scrap tire cleanups. Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy announced $7 million in grants to 140 different projects throughout the state. Spud Rowley from Kimball Recycling and Keep Kimball Beautiful said that the recycling, public education and waste reduction were "fully funded" this year for $117,000; all three of those areas play a... Full story


    Feb 16, 2023

    Kimball County Manor received hundreds of balloons Tuesday for its residents on Valentine's Day. Family Dollar/Dollar Tree gave customers an opportunity to purchase balloons for the manor, and the results were overwhelming. Pictured in front of two of the many balloon bouquets are, from left, residents Shirley Havice, Leola Bohac, Mary Ann Horst, Ray Buescher and Bonnie McNees.... Full story

  • A Look At Golf Pro Chad Wise's Career

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 16, 2023

    As a junior in high school at Lincoln East, Chad Wise was offered a full-ride scholarship to play golf at the University of Nebraska. On his way to the signing at the university, Wise was involved in a 34-car pile-up on 70th Street in Lincoln. Wise received injuries to his back and left knee. After his recovery, Wise played his senior year at Lincoln East but could not play collegiate golf after the car accident. Eventually, Wise attended and graduated from the Professional Golf Management program at New Mexico State in 1999. While at New Mexic... Full story

  • Golf Course Changes Getting A Look

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 16, 2023

    The Kimball City/County Park & Recreation Executive Board met on Feb. 7 with the main item on the agenda to approve or amend the Management of (Four Winds) Golf Course Contract as presented by the City/County Park and Recreation Board. The current contract with Chad Wise (CW Management, LLC) is set to expire on May 6. When the agenda item for the contract agreement came up, Mayor John Morrison explained that Chad Wise would not be signing a contract extension, which would have ended Dec. 31. Some associated with the golf course believe that...

  • Blue Skies And Spring Is In The Air

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 16, 2023

    Good morning Banner County! Blue skies and spring in the air, every few days anyway. Hopefully melting some of this snow. This past week ended with the Super Bowl – yeah Chiefs! – and the potluck and annual meeting at the Harrisburg Community Church. Both local events were well attended with a lot of great food and conversation. This week hopefully the Ignite youth group will meet on Wednesday, at 6 p.m., weather permitting. The school week will be a short one, but still active. Today, February 16th school will be dismissed at 1 p.m. to all... Full story


    Feb 16, 2023

    Central Banner 4-H Club members Isaac Olsen, 15, and Luke Olsen, 12, medaled at the State 4-H Indoor Archery Shoot held in Columbus from Jan. 27-29. Isaac placed first in the Young Adult Freestyle Limited Recurve division, and Luke placed third in the Cub Basic Bow division. Both Olsen brothers shoot recurve bows.... Full story

  • Anderson Releases Annual School Report

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 16, 2023

    Superintendent Trevor Anderson’s annual report released at the school board meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, revealed successful NSCAS Performance Data for the 2021-22 school year. Based on proficiency percentages, the English scores for Kimball students in grades 3-8 and 11 were significantly better than the Nebraska state average in five out of the seven grades. Meanwhile, Kimball students’ percentage scores were better than the Nebraska state average in mathematics in four out of the seven grades. Science testing was recorded in 8th grade and 11g...

  • Rita Wagner

    Feb 16, 2023

    Rita Wagner, age 79, died Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at her winter home in Overton, Nevada. She was born August 18, 1943 in Sidney, Nebraska to Frank Andrew and Kathryn G. Petersen Rasmussen. On November 4, 1962 she married Wayne William Wagner in Kimball, Nebraska. Rita grew up in Kimball, but lived most of her adult life in Saratoga, Wyoming. She loved to be mother and devoted her life to her family. She enjoyed handicrafts, sewing and crocheting. In her later years she found great joy in trave... Full story

  • Edward J. Killham

    Feb 16, 2023

    Edward J. Killham, 97, of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Thursday, February 9, 2023. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2023 at the Cantrell Funeral Home with Pastor Lorri Kentner officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Ed's Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in Ed's memory to the Potter Fire and Rescue. The... Full story

  • ON TO STATE: Johnson, McGinnis, Schindler

    Cory McManigal, Longhorns Wrestling Coach|Feb 16, 2023

    The Longhorn Wrestlers competed at their district tournament on Friday and Saturday. Feb. 10-11, in Sutherland. After the dust cleared Kimball finished with 3 state qualifiers. Senior Matthew Johnson was the first to qualify for the state tournament with a dominant 11-0 major decision win in the semifinals. Matthew lost to the wrestler from St. Pats last week at the conference tournament. Matthew then faced the number 2 wrestler from Sutherland in the finals and was tied 4-4 going into the... Full story

  • Horns Basketball Up For The Challenge

    Chad Miller, Kimball Boys Basketball Coach|Feb 16, 2023

    Hemingford – Friday’s game in Hemingford was one of those games that in a way you want to just forget about and move on from but we all know you can learn some of your greatest lessons from your most difficult defeats. It was the first game without leading scorer Brandon Paxton on the floor and we started the game as though we were lost without his services. Too many errors early on put us in a deficit we would struggle to overcome all game long. That, along with struggles making shots and Braxton Miller’s foul troubles early on made for an up...


    KHS BROADCASTING CLASS, For the Observer|Feb 16, 2023

    The Kimball Longhorns girls basketball team hosted their final home game of the season last Tuesday against the Pine Bluffs Hornets. The Longhorns second half shooting drought led the Hornets to victory with a final score of 46-34. The team holds a record of 1-18 and is currently 0-3 in district play. The team is rebuilding stage with the majority of the athletes consisting of underclassman. The Longhorns graduated all five starting members from last season. The team’s inexperience is the contributing factor to their record this year. T... Full story

  • Coyotes Looking Strong

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Feb 16, 2023

    Potter-Dix's Coyote boys basketball team is winding down their regular season in strong fashion, with wins against Peetz, Arthur County, and a two-point victory over Arthur County. They have one more matchup in the regular season, against a tough C1 team in Chadron, before they start Subdistrict play. On Feb. 7, the Coyotes hosted Peetz, and the game started as a tight battle with both teams matching their scoring, and Peetz taking a 14-12 lead after the first period. Potter-Dix picked up the...