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Articles from the March 16, 2023 edition

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  • Witnesses Testify In Manslaughter Trial

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

    The trial for William Shane Serrano continues this week in the Kimball County Courthouse. Serrano is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend, Tessa Ghering, in Kimball last year. Other charges against Serrano include terroristic threats, attempted first-degree murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The Tuesday morning trial session ended with the testimony of the 10-year-old son of Serrano and Sheena Erickson. The boy appeared to be mature beyond his years, confident, well-spoken and... Full story

  • 50 More Feral Cats To Be Trapped

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

    Tiffany LaBeau, the organizer of the feral cats program in Kimball, has provided an update on the March trapping and fixing of cats. The Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals have Saturday evening, March 25, set aside to trap 50 area feral cats, and the ferals will be returned to Kimball on March 26 after being spayed or neutered in Colorado. LaBeau and the Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals are asking for people to refrain from feeding the strays for two days before the 26th. This enables the volunteers to trap the cats much more effortlessly.... Full story

  • Resolutions Approved For Special Election Ballot

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

    On Tuesday at the regular Kimball City Council meeting, the council held two public hearings and approved the special election to place Resolutions 2023-01 and 2023-07 on the special election ballot to be held on June 13. Resolution 2023-01 approved the placing of the City of Kimball Economics Development Sales and Use Tax on a special election ballot and Resolution 2023-07 places the matter of an infrastructure project local sales and use tax on the special election ballot with an increase of an additional 1/2% from the current rate of 1.5% to...

  • Ask The Observer

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

    The City of Kimball has decided to move forward with a special election for the City of Kimball Economic Development Sale and Use Tax and an additional one-half percent sales tax increase. A reader posed the question: “How much is the special election going to cost?” Only voters from Wards 1 and 2 will be allowed to participate in the special election, and Kimball County Clerk Cathy Sibal is, as always, in charge of overseeing this local election. According to Sibal, the last city special election was in 2007, and the final bill was $3,094. Sib... Full story


    Mar 16, 2023

    More than 150 guests, including parents and grandparents, attended the annual parents breakfast at Mary Lynch Elementary School on Friday, March 10. It's a Kimball tradition that's worth getting in line for....

  • Beef Donations For Kimball School Lunches Getting A Look

    Daria Anderson-FAden, The Observer|Mar 16, 2023

    The Kimball School Board met in regular session on Monday evening, March 13. During the recognition of visitors, resident Michelle Barret addressed the board about starting a local beef donation for the school lunch program. Barrett cited that Bridgeport has such a program, and they receive nine culled cows a year that are made into hamburger. The animal has to be taken to a USDA packing plant, but the program is helpful for lunch finances, and local beef is being used. Superintendent Trevor...

  • Banner County Students Qualify For State Speech Third Straight Year

    Mar 16, 2023

    On Tuesday, March 7, the Banner County Speech Team competed in Arthur at the D2 District Meet. Four students qualified to compete at State Speech in Kearney on March 17. Qualifying for State, Karleigh Leslie and Amanda Montelongo earned third place in Duet Acting. Isaac Olsen earned third place in Informative Speaking. Conrad Kaminski earned second place in Humorous Prose. Also medaling was Abby Jones in fifth place for Humorous Prose. "I'm very proud of all the speech kids," said Rick... Full story

  • An Irish Prayer And More For St. Paddy's Day

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Mar 16, 2023

    Good morning, here we are talking about the middle of March, seems unreal. Maybe at least in part because of the lingering snow. I am seeing some green grass and spots of green in the fields, so yeah!! Speaking of green, Happy St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, tomorrow, Friday. Last week in my reminder of the upcoming commissioners meeting I had the right day but the wrong date and was told about it. So just to be sure, I’ll say it again: St. Paddy’s Day is this Friday, March 17th! In celebration of that day, the Leid Public Library in Scott...

  • Banner County FFA Shows Well At District

    Mar 16, 2023

    The FFA District competition was March 1 in Kimball. In Jr. Livestock Judging, Isaac Olsen 6th place overall individually and received a blue ribbon. Micah Dittbenner placed 20th and received a white ribbon. In Sr. Livestock Judging, Andie West placed 11th and received a blue ribbon. The Banner County Meats Judging – Team was the runner-up and will compete at the state competition March 30. Individually, Adam Knaub placed 4th and was awarded a purple ribbon. Jacob Parsons was 10th and r... Full story


    Mar 16, 2023

    The FFA District competition in Kimball this month drew a large, engaged gathering of students from across the region, including Kimball's Julia Winstrom (inset photo) and Minatare team members entering the high school. For more FFA content in this Observer edition, see Page A4 for how Banner County FFA members did at District and Page A2 for the long, long list of donors, buyers and volunteers who contributed to the success of this year's Kimball FFA Alumni Feed and Silent A... Full story

  • Lois A. Lane

    Mar 16, 2023

    Lois A. Lane, 95, of Dix, died at Kimball Health Services on Monday, March 6, 2023. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 13, 2023 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Alan Foutz officiating. Burial was held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at the Wauneta Cemetery in Wauneta, Nebraska with Pastor Elias Mukindia officiating. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to leave condolences and stories for the family. Friends called at the funeral home on Sunday f... Full story


    The Observer|Mar 16, 2023

    Junior Brandon Paxton and sophomore Kyler Lusche played their way onto the 2022-23 season’s Western Trails All-Conference Boys Basketball Team. And they had a little company in Longhorn Nation. Earning honorable mention were junior Wyatt Cords and freshman Braxton Miller. Here’s a look at all of the WTC All-Conference and All-Conference Honorable Mention selections.. WTC ALL-CONFERENCE Jace Nelson (MVP) - Gordon-Rushville (12) Carter Anderson - Gordon-Rushville (12) Ellis Livingston - Gordon-Rushville (12) Trenton Marquez - Bayard (12) Eas...

  • 'Pretty Good Record Setting Performances'

    Chad Miller, Longhorns Basketball Coach|Mar 16, 2023

    This the second and last installment of Kimball basketball coach Chad Miller's review of his team's 2022-23 season. In the semifinal game against Bridgeport, turnovers and missed free throws on our end kept the game close and they were able to get the lead back down to 1 with just 45 seconds to go. However, our next possession saw us break their full court pressure as Bransyn Kiefer found Kyler Lusche on a half court pass in which Kyler was able to convert for an "and-one" layup and free throw... Full story

  • A Third Straight District Final

    Mar 16, 2023

    Potter-Dix Activities Director Cory Michelman contacted the Sidney Sun-Telegraph, a partner of the Observer, with a wrap-up of the Coyote boy’s basketball season, which we have re-printed in part for this edition. The boy’s basketball team made their third trip to the District finals in a row this season. Potter-Dix got through the sub-district rounds of the tournament with wins over Creek Valley, 75-33 and Garden County, 55-36. This year’s senior class ended their basketball career with a record of 63 wins and 29 losses, winning 68% of their g...