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Articles from the April 24, 2024 edition

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  • New Housing Taking Shape, Debated

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 24, 2024

    The Kimball City Council conducted six public hearings at its Tuesday, April 16, meeting. The hearings were to subdivide and rezone three specific areas destined for new housing. The Lighthouse subdivision, owned by Clean Harbors, Inc., located west of Highway 71 and south of Kimball’s Ninth Street, was re-platted and rezoned to include a mix of single-family and multifamily districts. The only comment received was from council candidate Austin Garner. He said that “there was a missed opportunity” because a park and a walking trail shoul...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 24, 2024

    Deb Hays and David Craig of Kimball have formed a unique family bond with their two foreign exchange students, Matias Sokas from Norway and Francesco Cagnoni from Italy, both seniors at Kimball Jr./Sr. High School. Suffering from the empty nest syndrome and a tranquil household, the couple previously sponsored foreign students and decided to renew their experience. The program's rewards are plentiful, but the primary goal is "getting to know the students themselves" and their culture and traditi...

  • The History Of Kimball's Linn Hardware: And Now You Know

    Karen Bivens, The Observer|Apr 24, 2024

    Linn Hardware, a local business fixture in Kimball's early years, was founded in 1893 by Eric Gustav "Gus" Linn. He came to Kimball about 1886 to work for Hoagland Lumber Co. at 101 S. Walnut St. In 1893, he bought out the owners, adding a line of hardware and farm implements. The business moved to 104 S. Walnut St. in 1907, after the initial structure, measuring 50 feet by 80 feet, was erected. A few years later, the south addition was built for a shop. About 1917 or 1918, the brick section,...

  • Assault Suspect Sought Care Here

    Daria Anderson-Faden|Apr 24, 2024

    On Thursday, April 18, Michael Hammond, Jr., 42 from Moorcroft, Wyoming, sought treatment at the Kimball Health Services emergency room for a stab wound to the face. Medical and hospital staff are required by law to report gunshot and stab wounds to the authorities, and the Kimball County Sheriff's Office responded to the hospital after being notified. After an investigation and questioning of Hammond, it was determined that the stabbing had not occurred in Nebraska but happened in Campbell...

  • May Day! May Day! Time Marches On

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Apr 24, 2024

    Good morning on this beautiful final week of April! Unbelievable that over a fourth of the year has already come and gone. As the song says, time marches on. Today, Thursday, April 25th the Calvary Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff will serve a Grab & Go Lunch between noon and 2 p.m. if you are in the area. They are located at 17 E, 17th Street, and this is a free will offering. The kindergarten class will be taking a little field trip to Gering to the Legacy of the Plains Museum. Always exciting, and a fun place for the boys especially. The follo...

  • Betty J. Allen

    Apr 24, 2024

    Betty J. Allen, 100, of Spearfish, South Dakota, a former Kimball resident for 74 years, died in Spearfish on Friday, April 12, 2024. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at the Cantrell Funeral Home (formerly Allen Funeral Home) in Kimball with Pastor Lorri Kentner officiating. Private family burial will be held prior to the funeral. Friends may stop at the funeral home on Friday, April 26, 2024 from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. to Pay their respects to the family.... Full story

  • JaLeigh Bohac Sets Best Of West Meet Record

    Apr 24, 2024

    The Longhorns went to Pine Bluffs last week for the Kenda Roeder Invite. In the girls division, Julia Winstrom was 4th in the 100. Faith Bohac was 6th in the 200. Rachel Berger was 4th in the 400. Shannen Acheson was 1st in the 1,600 and 5th in the 800. Hannah Kilgore 3rd in the 100 Hurdles. The 4x100 relay was 3rd, consisting of Rachel Berger, Clarika Hottell, Emma Novotny and Julia Winstrom. Addy Olson was 1st in the high jump with Katie Kilgore following at 5th. Rachel Berger was 2nd in the...


    Apr 24, 2024

    The Kimball Longhorns football team held its second annual "Football Signing Night" on April 9. This event was created for current, as well as new players, to join a team with common goals but "UNCOMMON" devotion and dedication. Longhorn players signed a commitment to be part of the team and represent the school and community in a manner that demonstrates pride and good sportsmanship. Head Coach Darrell Howitt introduced being "uncommon" as the theme for the 2023-24 season and is building upon t...

  • Lusche Shoots Par, Second At Scottsbluff

    Apr 24, 2024

    Kimball Longhorn Kyler Lusche shot an even par 72 at the Scotts Bluff Country Club Invite on Monday and finished second only to Tommy Dredla of Scottsbluff, who shot a 3 under par 69. The Kimball team placed 11th against some tough competition, including Scottsbluff, Gering, Sidney, Ogallala, Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne East. The top 10 on the leaderboard were all under 80 strokes. For Kimball, Connor Deboodt shot 108, Ryker Behrend had 117, and Branson Kiefer and Landon Norberg both shot 95....