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Articles from the March 9, 2023 edition

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  • Late 2023 Completion Still Expected

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Mar 9, 2023

    Kimball Health Services still expects its new $43.5 million hospital to be completed in late 2023, but this winter's severe weather has slowed construction work that's now past the halfway point, KHS told the Observer. "Due to extreme cold and snow, construction crews were unable to work for seven to 10 days in the last few months, said Troy Kurz, KHS facilities director and project manager. The new structure fills much of the city block that was home to West Elementary School for so many...


    Patty Yanaga, The Observer|Mar 9, 2023

    After all these years, more than 50, the Kimball Ministerial Association Food Pantry still provides much-needed support to Kimball County residents in need of food and non-food items. The first official food bank in the United States was established in 1967 by John van Hengel, when he observed a mother of 10 children trying to provide food after her husband was sentenced to death row. Because she had nowhere to store the food that others were willing to waste, he had the idea to create a...

  • Two Jailed Here After I-80 Drug Bust

    Mar 9, 2023

    Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested two men after locating more than 100 pounds of suspected marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Kimball County, the patrol said. The incident report states that at approximately 1:25 p.m. March 2, a trooper performed a traffic stop on an eastbound Chrysler 300 for speeding on I-80 near mile marker 18. During the traffic stop, the trooper said he detected the odor of marijuana. As the trooper was preparing to search the vehicle, the driver attempted to flee on foot. The trooper pursued on...

  • Hearing March 21 For County Road Plans

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 9, 2023

    The public hearing for the Kimball County's One- and Six-Year Plan, Highway or Street Improvement Project, is scheduled for March 21 to "hear support, opposition, criticism, suggestions, or observation" on the proposed plan. The One Year Plan has four projects – with the largest located on the asphalt road south of Dix and County Road 24. According to Project C53-279 (Priority #4) is going south of Dix four miles, and the start of the project is located approximately seven miles south to the e... Full story

  • Banner County Historical Society Seeking Help For Historical Days

    Barb Cross|Mar 9, 2023

    Good morning, still feeling the chill. About the time the snow and ice are pretty much melted, here comes more snow. Some places are total mud holes and others ( like my driveway ) are completely snowed in. Still waiting on the county plows. Tomorrow, March 10th there will be NO School! However, the annual Bandana Benefit Ball will take place at the Gering Civic Center on that date, beginning at 5 p.m. If you would like more information please call the Legacy of the Plains Museum at 436-1989. Also beginning on the 10th at the Midwest Theater... Full story

  • Junior Livestock Team Shows Well

    Mar 9, 2023

    The Kimball Junior Livestock team competed at the FFA CDE in Kimball – and they did it well. The team included Aubrey Culek and Dakota Vrbas, who earned third place individual, and Wyatt Cook and Trey Cook, who each earned red ribbons. According to the event rules, only members in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete. Because two members are in the eighth grade, the team was not eligible to compete for team awards. Had they been eligible, the team would have taken fourth place in the district, a...

  • Diana C. Engstrom

    Mar 9, 2023

    Diana C. Engstrom, 68, of Kimball, died at SRMC in Sidney on Thursday, March 2, 2023. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball with Pastor Marilyn Engstrom officiating. Burial will be held in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. Memorial may be given in Diana's memory to the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to... Full story

  • Betty Barrett Hamzy

    Mar 9, 2023

    Betty Barrett Hamzy passed away February 20,2023, in Clovis, CA with her family by her side. A celebration of life will be held in Sacramento, CA on April 1, 2023. Burial will be on June 30 in Kimball, NE. Betty Joyce Barrett was born in Kimball, NE on November 18, 1942 to Glenn and Erma (Frerichs) Barrett. She was joined in 1944 by Judy Ann, in 1945 by Robert Glenn and in 1954 by Glenda Christine. She went to Kimball schools from kindergarten and graduated from Kimball County High School in... Full story

  • Douglas L. Griffith

    Mar 9, 2023

    Douglas L. Griffith, 72, of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Friday, March 3, 2023. Cremation has been held. A complete obituary will be published when available. The services have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home....


    Mar 9, 2023

    On a wintry late February Friday, it was that time of year once again for FFA enthusiasts to drive tractors to Kimball High School. Nolan Cook brought the family Case/Steiger into town....


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 9, 2023

    A Collective Gathering in Potter is celebrating 19 years in business and the folks there are excited to begin their 20th year. The unique business venture opened April 1, 2004. The sprawling 2,500 square footage building on Chestnut Street that holds the flea market has 30 booths and 22 different vendors. The flea market is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The business model includes a management team of two and eight volunteers to help work the store every day, all women.... Full story

  • A Season Of Growth & Learning

    Chad Miller, Longhorns Basketball Coach|Mar 9, 2023

    This 2022-2023 boys basketball season was one of growth and learning of what it takes to play at a higher level. We knew coming in that the potential talent was going to make for an exciting year, however, players were going to need to buy into a culture that embraced higher standards and take on roles that may push them out of their comfort zones for the betterment of the team as a whole. Raising the bar started with preseason benchmarks and a "Longhorn 150 Challenge" that involves each player... Full story

  • Coyotes Fall To Falls City, Season Ends

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Mar 9, 2023

    Potter-Dix's Coyote boys basketball team had another great year, running up a 19-5 record and going through stretches of the season where they looked unbeatable. There were very few weaknesses on the team, although one proved to be their undoing in the district Final game. The Coyotes have had a tendency to have a "bad quarter," but usually they have the talent and athleticism to overcome that weakness. However, it proved that a team like Falls City Sacred Heart would not let that kind of...