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    Apr 11, 2024

    Ken, left, and Bob Vincent soak up the partial solar eclipse in Kimball on Monday about midday. The duo, equipped with solar glasses, throughly enjoyed the experience. Both had experience as solar eclipse watchers as they also took in the 2017 eclipse near Scottsbluff. The image of the sun partially eclipsed by the moon, at right, was taken near the Kimball County Courthouse....

  • A Work IN Progress

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 11, 2024

    Thirty-year-old Stevn Graupensperger was confined to the Kimball County Jail in December of last year. He was twice arrested for possession of methamphetamine in four weeks. His life was out of control, and he knew it. Using meth was his excuse to cope with losses, heartbreaks and difficulties. Graupensperger mentality was "pity-poor me," or "I just wanted to escape because I didn't feel comfortable in my skin." He was "fair-warned before any ingestion" of the power of meth, "but I thought I...


    The Observer|Apr 11, 2024

    The weekend storm that hit the Kimball area shut down I-80 and Highway 71, forcing double lines of trucks to wait for the roads to reopen. Winds in the area topped out at 70 mph, and then the snow created blizzard conditions. Hundreds of power poles went down. Especially hard hit were the Kimball, Banner County and Potter areas. By Monday most snow had melted in Kimball, but some people remained snowed in around the Harrisburg area. Banner County and Potter-Dix schools were closed Monday, while...

  • All-Class Reunion Finally To Return

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 11, 2024

    The Tuesday, April 2, the Kimball City Council meeting began with Kim Baliman providing an update on the 2025 Kimball High School All-Class Reunion. The last All-Class Reunion was held in 2015. The 2025 event is scheduled for July 4, 5 and 6. The organizers’ goal is to have 500 people in attendance for a parade, wine tasting, a craft and car show in the park, and various other events. The 2025 reunion is in honor of Karen Robinson and Harry McNees. In other business, the UNL traffic follow-up study was again on the agenda. The street d...

  • Sheriff Reports On Service Calls

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 11, 2024

    Sheriff Dave Hottell met with the Kimball County Commissioners to report on the first quarter 2024. He reported that 911 calls have decreased from 442 to 284 this quarter, although service calls for the sheriff’s office have increased from 370 in the first quarter of 2023 to 504 this quarter. Arrests increased from 38 in the first quarter of last year to 44 in the first quarter of 2024. Meanwhile, VIN inspections have almost tripled from 450 in the first quarter of last year to 1,230 in the first quarter of this year. Hottell introduced his s...

  • April Showers Bring Snow Plowers

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Apr 11, 2024

    Good morning, and as my daughter said last week, something she picked up ... April showers bring snow plowers, or whatever. Yep, near 70 degrees one day and a blizzard the next, actually clear blue skies and almost 50, then clouds, high winds, and blizzard by morning. Some folks are still without electricity as I write this and I know they are working around the clock to repair all of the damage and downed poles. Hopefully that is the last one for this spring. Many schools were closed Monday, including ours. Good call, people. The book sale at...

  • Banner Students Go To DC, NYC

    Apr 11, 2024

    From March 17-24, six Banner County students as well as their government teacher Mrs. Hilbert traveled to D.C. and N.Y.C. to participate in the Close-Up program. Students who attended were Grace Fankhauser, Andie West, Karleigh Leslie, Brendyn Onstott, Nate McGowan and Isaac Olsen. Student D.C. workshop topics were as follows: environmental issues, food security, college affordability, homelessness, and immigration. They participated in a mock session of Congress. Walking workshops brought them...

  • Barbara Sue Thompson

    Apr 11, 2024

    Barbara Sue Thompson, 77 of Harrisburg, Nebraska passed away Monday, April 1, 2024 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. At her request, cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time. Memorials may be given to the Banner County Volunteer Fire & Rescue or Banner County Museum. Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.dugankramer.com. Dugan Kramer Funeral Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Barbara was born on October 26, 1946, in Elgin,... Full story

  • Margaret E. Case

    Apr 11, 2024

    Margaret E. Case, 102, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Vonnie Brown presiding. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to view her tribute wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in her name to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or M... Full story


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 11, 2024

    For the past two years the Kimball FFA Food Science team has been disappointed, but the disappointment disappeared this year as they brought home the state championship. The team consists of seniors Grace Anderson, Carlee Murdoch, Hayden Sours and Julia Winstrom. Julia expressed their two-year disappointment with, "The past two years, we have come up short on this championship. We worked hard and gave it our all last year, and unfortunately, we came up short by 7 points. It was heartbreaking."...


    Apr 11, 2024

    Chance Johnson, 10, son of Tiffany and Ryan Johnson of Kimball, competed at the Nebraska USA State meet in Grand Island on March 13. He placed sixth with a record of 4-3 in the 10 and under grouping to bring home a medal. Chance wrestled folkstyle in the 105-pound division. Afterward he stood at the awards podium, hands on hips, and looking at the camera when this photo was taken. He's second from the right....

  • Kimball Track On To WTC

    Apr 11, 2024

    Kimball track teams will be in Mitchell on Saturday, April 13, to compete in the WTC. The past week the teams saw action at the Mitchell Invitation and the Tri-State Meet at Creek Valley in Chappel. Mitchell Invite Competing against 15 schools, the Kimball boys and girls track teams went to the Mitchell Invitational and proved successful. Finishing 10th or above in the mens varsity results were Noe Trevino, 9th in the 100 Meters, Braxton Miller, and 4th in the 1,600 Meters. Taking 8th in the 3,200 Meters was Conrad Kaminski, and Braylon Miller...

  • Lusche Horns' Links Leader

    Apr 11, 2024

    Kimball’s Kyler Lusche finished second at the Sidney Invite on April 3 with a four over par 76. He was the only Longhorn to finish in the top 10. The Kimball team placed seventh with a 116. Scottsbluff’s Tommy Dredla shot a 72 and nabbed first place. Lusche shot an 80, followed by Connor Deboodt with an 89. Landon Norberg was at 97, Branson Kiefer 102 and Ryker Behrend 128. Lusche's 80 made him the 10th place medal finisher....


    Apr 11, 2024

    Sargent Drilling from Broken Bow began drilling the new water well for Four Winds Golf Course. They went 260 feet deep and are waiting on the cement for the top. The drilling is done, but the electricians will need to wire everything up, according to course superintendent Jeremy Williams....