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Articles from the March 31, 2022 edition


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  • Competition Is Good, Says Rich Patterson

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 31, 2022

    Rich Patterson from Hometown Hardware says he sees the new Kimball Ace Hardware store as a benefit to everyone – including his business. "Competition is good," Patterson said. "There is nothing wrong with competition. It will be beneficial for both of us and the community. It will keep people in town. "They are going to have things that I don't have, and I will have things that they won't have." As for the future, Patterson indicated that they "may diversify back into major appliances," and h...

  • Goodbye Dairy Queen, Hello Sugar Shack

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 31, 2022

    "We will be opening, it will be new and exciting," said Deb Fiehtner, owner of the new Sugar Shack in Kimball. The Sugar Shack will open in mid-April with much of the same menu, she said, as the old Dairy Queen. Fiehtner wanted to assure everyone that they will have the same shakes, sundaes, cakes, hamburgers, hot dogs, the famous Hickory Burger, and chocolate jimmies. A "Blizzard" just won't be called a "Blizzard." Get used to saying, "I'll have a Reese's Pieces Sugar Storm." Fiehtner...

  • MARCH MADNESS

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 31, 2022

    With all seriousness and total concentration, Mark Nelson from the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department team shoots for two during Donkey Basketball on Monday evening at the Kimball High School gym. As for just about everyone in the crowd, the whole night was a laughing matter. See story, other photo on Page B6....

  • Sheriff Candidates Say Their Piece

    The Observer|Mar 31, 2022

    The statewide primary election is Tuesday, May 10, and polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Kimball. In the primary, voters registered as Republicans vote for the Republican candidates and registered Democrats vote for the Democratic candidates. In Kimball County, two individuals are running as Republicans in the sheriff's race, and only one will advance past the primary to the November election. The two candidates are incumbent Harry Gillway and challenger David Hottell. No Democrats seek...

  • Sheriff Candidates Say Their Piece

    Mar 31, 2022

    The statewide primary election is Tuesday, May 10, and polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Kimball. In the primary, voters registered as Republicans vote for the Republican candidates and registered Democrats vote for the Democratic candidates. In Kimball County, two individuals are running as Republicans in the sheriff's race, and only one will advance past the primary to the November election. The two candidates are incumbent Harry Gillway and challenger David Hottell. No Democrats seek...

  • Going, Going, Gone! Area Supports FFA Labor Auction

    Mar 31, 2022

    A great crowd came out to support the Kimball FFA Chapter at its Labor Auction and Alumni Feed on Friday, March 25. Twenty-one FFA students were auctioned off as well, as their adviser. Student prices ranged from a few hundred dollars for eight hours of work to over $1,000. Each student introduced themselves and shared what skills they possessed. Then area auctioneer Royce McConnell sold the students to the highest bidder. After the sale was complete, the student handed the buyer a business...

  • Donkey Ball: That's Entertainment, But Banner Misses Finals

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Mar 31, 2022

    Good morning, Banner County. Here we are on the last day of March, and where did it go? Heaven sure knows that the time is flying, but I for one am not having that much fun. However, life marches on. Pardon the pun. I don't know if any of you were able to attend the Dairyland Donkey Ball game last Monday evening, but it was great entertainment and I thank the Kimball Ranch Rodeo and the participates and sponsors. The Banner County Wrecking Crew gave it their best but lost their first match so...

  • Heeg Leads Longhorns Track At Morrill

    The Observer|Mar 31, 2022

    The Kimball boys and girls track teams have a meet under their belts. The Longhorns head into this Saturday’s meet at Bayard following an outing at the Morrill Early Bird 22 meet in which senior Katie Heeg carried on her fine form from last year. The multi-sport athlete placed second in the triple jump finals (30 feet, 2.75 inches), third in the 100-meter hurdles finals (18.08 seconds) and second in the 100-meter hurdles prelims (18.31). The Kimball girls finished 11th in the 13-team field with...

  • Coyotes Sixth At Early Bird

    The Observer|Mar 31, 2022

    The Potter-Dix Coyotes boys and girls track teams traveled on Saturday to compete at the annual Morrill Early Bird meet. The boys squad placed sixth with 44 points and the girls team placed 12th with 7 points. Mitchell won the boys competition with 95 points, while Crawford won the girls title with 84 points. Potter-Dix's Luke Kasten won the 100 meters with a time of 11.78 seconds and the 200 meters with a time of 23.98. Senior Thomas Muldoon won the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 10 inches. He...

  • Cats Open Season

    The Observer|Mar 31, 2022

    The Banner County Wildcats opened their track season last Saturday at the Morrill Early Bird 22 meet. On the boys side, freshman Kristian Clure kept busy. He finished 16th in the 100 meters in 12.89 seconds, 15th in the 200 meters in 26.02 and 25th in the long jump with 12 feet, 5 inches. For the Lady Wildcats, several team members competed. Here are the top finishers for them in each of their events: 100 meters prelim: 22, Montelongo Amanda, 17.79 200 meters prelim: 23, Karleigh Leslie, 33.59 1600 meters: 13, Makyla Mason, 7:09.52 3200...

  • DONKEY BASKETBALL

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 31, 2022

    The Kimball Jr/Sr High School gym was full of basketball fans Monday night as Donkey Basketball took center stage. Kimball Ranch Rodeo sponsored the event as a fundraiser. Four teams competed for the championship title, with Teacher's Pets crushing their opponents. The first game pitted Teacher's Pets against the Banner County Wrecking Crew. Then the Eh Ranch Rough Riders took on the Hot Shots. Finally, on their home court, the Teacher's Pets team outscored the Rough Riders in the final...

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