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Articles from the February 23, 2023 edition

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  • Drones To Inspect Kimball Area

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 23, 2023

    High West Energy confirmed that it will be using a drone for inspection purposes in Kimball County in the next few weeks. A pilot on the ground uses drones to inspect lines, insulators, poles, wire breaks and insulator wraps. They visually inspect the lines in the field and take photos of the structures for further review and documentation. Drones are invaluable for hard-to-reach areas where the roads are muddy and provide an overhead view of the utility structure. High West Energy drones fly only in the daytime, and the pilot, according to the...

  • Mayor Explains His Time Away

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 23, 2023

    Kimball Mayor John Morrison explained his absence from Kimball in a recent email. On Nov. 9, John Morrison was elected the new mayor of Kimball. He took office on Dec. 6 at the Kimball City Council meeting. Council meetings were either canceled due to no agenda items or lack of quorum until the Feb. 7 meeting. In reference to his time in Texas, a concern of some residents, Morrison said, “We had this planned before I was elected.” For the Feb. 7 meeting, he said, “I took two days to go back for the council meeting and represented the...

  • School Calendar Reset Due To Weather

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 23, 2023

    At the February Kimball School Board meeting, the board approved the calendar changes due to early dismissals and snow days. From March 1 to the end of school, Wednesdays will now be a full day of school with no early dismissal for professional development. This calendar change will give back about 30 hours of classroom time. Superintendent Trevor Anderson explained that in the fall, Kimball Schools had four early dismissals due to heat. This winter, they have had six snow days as of Tuesday and two late starts. Furthermore, March 1 is an FFA...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 23, 2023

    The final two spellers at the Kimball Spelling Bee, Andrew Hawthorne and Aundrea Christiansen, battled back and forth with words such as "homeopathic," "ballast," "hematology" and "mercenaries." Finally, seventh grader Andrew spelled "conjugate" correctly to achieve his dream since 4th grade, winning the spelling bee. The odds for either a Hawthorne or a Cook to win the spelling bee were favorable as the spelling bee was a family affair. Before the contest, Andrew admitted he was "kind of... Full story

  • Public Hearing Set For County's Next Road Plan

    Daria Anderson-FAden, The Observer|Feb 23, 2023

    The public hearing for the 1/6 Year Road Plan for Kimball County road department was set at the Kimball County Commissioners meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21. The public hearing has been set for March 21 at 9:15 a.m. The plan will be available at the road department or the clerk’s office by Thursday, Feb. 23. One item that could potentially be on the 1/6 Year Plan is the repair or replacement of seven miles of oil road south of Dix. The plan, according to Randy Bymer, Kimball County highway superintendent, is to grind the oil road up to a depth o...

  • FFA Week Petting Zoo, Feb. 24, Always A Hit

    Barb Cross|Feb 23, 2023

    Good morning and here we are pulling out of another deep freeze. What else is there to say? The weekend weather looks good, or at least better. Over the hill the Midwest Theater will be showing “A Man Called Otto.” This is rated PG and sounds interesting. Show times the 24th & 25th are at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday the 26th it’s at 1:30 p.m. Saturday the 25th is a busy day as the Morrill American Legion will host a fund raiser with a Chili Feed between 5-8 p.m. for young Brayden Branham. There will be a live auction, silent auction and a... Full story

  • Board Salutes Banner FFA Teams Going To State

    Feb 23, 2023

    • Banner County School FFA Teams going to State on March 29 were recognized at the Feb. 13 Banner County School Board meeting. They include: • Welding Team – 2nd at Districts (Scottsbluff) - Jacob Parsons, Adam Knaub, Brendyn Onstott and Wyatt Reichenberg • Livestock Management Team – 5th at Districts (Scottsbluff) – Isaac Olsen, Logan Mason, Andie West, Marie Hein and Micah Dittbenner    • Ag Mechanics Team – 3rd at Districts (Gordon) - Adam Knaub, Wyatt Reichenberg, Jacob Parsons,and Nathan Clement . In addition, Banner...

  • Individuals, Teams Measure The Success Of Kimball FFA

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 23, 2023

    On March 4 at 5 p.m., the Kimball FFA and supporters will have their annual Labor Auction, Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed, or chicken strip dinner. Other FFA dates to remember are the FFA Convention on March 28-31 in Lincoln and the Chapter Banquet on April 21. Various state-qualifying individuals and teams measure the success of the FFA in Kimball. Mallory Hottell placed 1st in the District 12 Creed Speaking contest and qualified for state, Grace Anderson took honors in TIG Welding, and her...

  • Potter-Dix FFA Begins New Tradition, Feeding Farmers At Elevators

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The OBserver|Feb 23, 2023

    Potter-Dix FFA began the new school year with a new advisor, Miss Monica Wasielewski. The Officer team began a new tradition of feeding the local farmers at the Kimball and Potter elevators. This is just one method the chapter has done to give back to the community. In the fall of 2022, the Potter-Dix FFA went to Westco's FFA Field Day and Husker Harvest Day. Both events had a variety of activities and demonstrations. Eight Potter-Dix FFA members made a special trip to the National FFA Conventio...

  • John H. Burback

    Feb 23, 2023

    John H. Burback, 59, of Kimball, died at Regional West Medical Center on Sunday, February 19, 2023. Cremation has been held and a Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 24, 2023 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kimball with Father C.P. Varghese officiating. Christian Wake Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until service time to sign the register book and leave condolences for the... Full story


    Feb 23, 2023

    Now here are some winning smiles The Kimball High Cheer team, which always brings it on at State, won the Class D Championship for Non-tumbling last weekend and was the Class D runner-up for Game Day....

  • Wrestlers Bring Home State Medals

    Cory McManigal, Longhorns Wrestling Coach|Feb 23, 2023

    The Kimball Longhorn Wrestling Team brought three state qualifiers to the NSAA State Wrestling Tournament Thursday through Saturday in Omaha. When the dust settled, they finished with three state medalists. Senior Matthew Johnson finished his career with a fifth place medal at 106. Senior James McGinnis finished his career with a third place medal at 132. Trey Schindler finished his career with a 4th place medal at 152. All three seniors finished their careers as three-time state qualifiers and now state medalists. This is the first time since... Full story

  • Longhorns Advance To Subdistrict Final

    The Observer|Feb 23, 2023

    It's on to the C12 Subdistrict final Thursday in Gordon, weather permitting, for the Kimball Longhorns boys basketball team after its 53-45 win over Bayard on Monday in the first round. The Horns went into Subdistricts after holding on for a 53-52 victory last Friday at Mitchell. They go into the final looking for their fourth straight win. Here's Kimball head coach Chad Miller's take on the Mitchell game and how his team is looking as the season winds down – and heats up. "Mitchell's game thi...

  • C1 Team Chadron Too Much For P-D

    Mike Motz, The OBserver|Feb 23, 2023

    Potter-Dix's Coyote boys basketball team, with a solid 17 wins on the season, moved up in class and faced the C1 Chadron Cardinals on the road Friday, February 17, and fell victim to a bad third quarter The Coyotes knew they had a big challenge going up against the C1 Cardinals with a 10-12 record, and they started the game with a good plan. The Coyotes were able to handle the Cardinals' defense with their sharp passing and athleticism, while Potter-Dix's defense did a great job limiting... Full story