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Articles from the April 7, 2022 edition

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  • New Hospital Gets Its Money

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 7, 2022

    The Kimball County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday to receive an update on Kimball Health Services. Kayla Fennell was appointed to replace M. Timothy Nolting on the Kimball Health Service Board of Trustees. Nolting recently resigned his seat on the board. Kimball Health Services CEO Ken Hunter explained an important change in the emergency room staffing method. KHS has contracted with Aligned Providers, a Wyoming company, to staff its emergency room. Aligned Providers provides ERs with specifically ER trained...

  • Banner Defendants Plead No Contest

    The Observer|Apr 7, 2022

    Two Banner County officials and one Banner County employee pleaded “no contest” Monday to an amended charge of “attempt of a Class 2 misdemeanor.” All three were found guilty of the charge and sentencing will occur in May for the individuals. The additional charge of drinking on public property or roads, which is a Class 4 misdemeanor, was dropped/dismissed. Each of the three was represented by separate counsel. The charges against Banner County Treasurer Monty Stoddard, County Assessor Bernice Huffman and county employee Caily Reece...

  • Two City Power Outages Next Week

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 7, 2022

    Mark your calendars for Monday, April 11, and Thursday, April 14. The City of Kimball has announced that the power supplier Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) will be shutting down electricity to Kimball parts of those two days. On Monday, the power will be shut down for 2 hours but Thursday, make a plan because from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the WAPA power will be shut off. The City asks businesses and residents to prepare for the two days, although the City Power Plant will operate to supply backup power. Officials caution that there will... Full story


    The Observer|Apr 7, 2022

    After delivering mail in the Potter area for 62 years, Annie Juelfs retired on March 31. The retirement party and celebration of 62 years of mail service for Annie occurred on Saturday. Annie is seated along beside one of her granddaughters, Audrey Juelfs. Her route consisted of delivering to 80 boxes and traveling over 85 miles a day in rain, sleet, snow and mud.... Full story

  • New Seats Coming To McNees Auditorium

    Daria Anderson-FAden, The Observer|Apr 7, 2022

    The Kimball School Board met for a special meeting on March 29. With all members present, a vote on the purchase and replacement of seating in the Harry McNees Auditorium was the main item on the agenda. According to Superintendent Trevor Anderson, there are now 763 seats in the auditorium. The board voted to replace the seats with 450 new larger seats with the cost not to exceed $107,199.50. The Kimball School Foundation has pledged $20,000 for the new seats. More information will be released,...

  • Colts & Fillies Learn A Bit About Bits And Bridles

    Giorgetta Varra, Colts Fillies 4-H Club News Reporter|Apr 7, 2022

    The Colts and Fillies 4-H club held its monthly meeting at the 4-H building, Sunday, March 27th. President Emily Whitney led the meeting with 12 members present. During the meeting vice president Rachel Burger gave a demonstration on different kinds of equine bits, for her Level ll testing, which corresponded with the purpose of the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to learn more about bits and bridles. Going with the theme, Mia Varra and Austin West talked about leverage in bits and how... Full story

  • Henry A. Stahla

    Apr 7, 2022

    Henry A. Stahla, 66, of Kimball, died at his home in Kimball on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Memorial services were planned for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball with Randy Bohac officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Henry's Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in his memory to Mosaic House, a home for disabled people at 1044 23rd Road,... Full story

  • Clyde W. Cox & Charlotte A. Cox

    Apr 7, 2022

    Clyde and Charlotte were both able to pass away peacefully at home surrounded by family. They were born and raised in Redding, Kansas, and started their own family there. They lived in New Mexico before moving to Kimball, where they stayed and raised their family in a community they loved. They shared their memories of Kimball and their friendships there with us often. They are survived by their son Jim (Le), daughter Charlyn (Michael), grandchildren Casey, Calen, Christina, Jennifer, and... Full story

  • Robert L. Stanfield

    Apr 7, 2022

    Robert L. Stanfield, 74, of Kimball, died at his home in Kimball on Friday, April 1, 2022. Following Robert’s wishes, cremation has been held and a private family service will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Roberts’s Tribute Wall and share stories and condolences with the family. The services for Robert have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Robert Stanfield was born on June 9, 1947, the son of Robert and Mary (Sova) Stanfield. He lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and due to ill health, he... Full story

  • After Bayard, Two Meets This Week For Horns

    The Observer|Apr 7, 2022

    The Kimball boys and girls track teams found tough competion at the Bayard CD Invite. The girls placed 13th with 25 points, while Bayard was first with 79. The boys placed 15th with 4 points, while Pine Bluffs was first with 86. They're now in a busy stretch of the season. The Longhorns returned to action on Tuesday, April 5, at Creek Valley and next compete Saturday, April 9 in Holyoke. At Bayard, senior Katie Heeg placed third in the triple jump finals (31 feet, 5 inches), fourth in the... Full story

  • Dead Eye Anna Coleman Wins 2 Firsts At State

    For the Observer|Apr 7, 2022

    The Dead Eye Shooters 4-H Club competed at the 2022 Nebraska State 4-H BB & Air Rifle Match in Mitchell last weekend. The Dead Eyes were represented by 13 BB competitors and 6 Air Rifle competitors. The kids were coached by parents and club leaders Larry and Nicole Snyder. The BB match was held on Saturday, with over 120 kids participating from across the state. The Air Riffle match was held on Sunday, with 54 sporter air rifle participants and 27 precision shooters. In the BB Gun Division,...

  • Frerichs An All-Star Coach

    Apr 7, 2022

    Coaches have been selected for the 2022 West Nebraska All-Star Football Game – among them Potter-Dix’s Dale Frerichs. This marks the 44th year for the game. It will be played 7 p.m. June 11th at Bearcat Stadium in Scottsbluff. Brent Bauer from Ogallala will lead the West team. Assisting him will be Tanner Collins (Perkins County), Frerichs (Potter-Dix) and Keegan Hoppens (Ogallala). Carlie Wells from Broken Bow will lead the East team in 2022. Assisting Coach Wells will be Mat Jageler (Arnold), Kurt Kuhlhanek (Ansley) and Ryan Wetovick...

  • Coyotes Compete In Bayard

    The Observer|Apr 7, 2022

    The Potter-Dix Coyotes track and field teams competed on Saturday at the Bayard CD Invitational. With beautiful weather and a slight breeze, the athletes had a great day for competition, and for the boys the team from Pine Bluffs, Wyo., took top honors with 86 points, and Bayard took home top honors for the girls squad with 79 points. The Potter-Dix boys placed eighth with 40 points and the Potter-Dix girls placed 15th with four points. Wins for the boys teams included Potter-Dix senior Thomas...

  • Sen. Fischer Address Gas Tax

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 7, 2022

    In the March 17 edition of the Observer, U.S. Sens. Fischer and Sasse were asked about the chance of lifting the federal gasoline tax due to help offset surging fuel costs. On March 29, Sen. Deb Fischer's office responded to the question about lifting the federal gas tax. Here is part of her response.: “Russia has used energy exports to strengthen their economic and political influence over Europe for far too long. This is why in March of 2021, nearly a year before the invasion of Ukraine, I joined a group of my Republican colleagues in...


    Apr 7, 2022

    Potter-Dix's speech team just completed a year in which they challenged for the state championship, and the school's choir is following with its own success. The Coyotes, above, took first place March 29 at the MAC competition in Leyton....

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