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Articles from the April 28, 2022 edition

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  • All Systems Go To Start

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 28, 2022

    The 1970s-era Minuteman III Missiles will be replaced in the next few years by the Sentinel Intercontinental Ballistic Missile system, which the Air Force describes as a more cost-effective option. According to officials at the Air Force Real Estate Meetings in Kimball and Banner counties, the Minuteman III was built for 10 years of service, but it has been on alert for 50 years and is aging and cost-prohibitive to operate. The Sentinel: Officially known as LGM-35A Sentinel, it will be... Full story

  • Mobile Home Park Zoning Approved

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 28, 2022

    After the required three readings at the Kimball City Council meeting, Linda Stahla's application for rezoning of Lot 2, Lockwood Subdivision NE ½ of the SW ¼ of Section 29 (#2 Stahla Drive) in Kimball was approved and Ordinance No. 803 passed. The lot was rezoned from Residential Rural to Residential Mobile Home Park. In another public hearing, the 1 & 6-year Street Plan was approved. Under current business, the council rescinded Resolution 2017-09, which closed the Gotte Park access to Adams Street. The board reconsidered this action as a r...

  • Thank You For Being A Friend, Air Force Says

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 28, 2022

    Air Force Col. Catherine Barrington, 90th Missile Wing commander, began the missile project Real Estate meeting by thanking area departments and agencies for their response during the Humvee fire incident that closed Highway 71 for five days. An Air Force Humvee with explosive hazards caught fire as it traveled south on 71 at mile marker 23. There were no injuries. According to 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs, a team from the 90th Explosive Ordinance Disposal detonated ammunition and grenades...


    Apr 28, 2022

    Kimball's FFA food science team, from left, of Shannen Acheson, Julia Winstrom, Grace Anderson and Carlee Murdoch received second place in the state FFA contest, an outstanding accomplishment recognized this month at the Nebraska FFA Convention. Grace Anderson placed first individually in food science. In the photo at right, Kimball Public Schools activities director Ken Smith earned the FFA Cornerstone Award for his long-term support of agricultural education and FFA, and the leadership that...

  • Judith A. LaMaster

    Apr 28, 2022

    Judith A. LaMaster, 77, passed away in Pine Bluffs on April 22, 2022, surrounded by her family. A Celebration of Judith's Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the VFW Hall, 227 S. Chestnut St. in Kimball. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cantrellfh.com. Memorials may be made to the family, in care of Robin Volner. Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Judith Ann LeMaster was born in Greeley, Colorado, on November 10, 1944, to... Full story

  • Ruby Virginia Bailey

    Apr 28, 2022

    Ruby Virginia Bailey went to be with the Lord on February 7, 2021. She passed away peacefully near Bennett, Colorado, at the home of her daughter, Kathleen Kaczar and son-in-law, Daniel Kaczar. Virginia was born on September 4, 1929, at home near Fairport, in Russell County, Kansas, to parents Opal (Pierce) and Edward Oswald Jr. She grew up there with her five siblings and attended schools in Fairport and Paradise. She graduated from Paradise High School with Valedictorian honors. She married... Full story

  • Paxton, Heeg Win At Calvert Before Best In West

    The Observer|Apr 28, 2022

    Kimball's Kaitlin Heeg placed first in the 100-meter hurdles and Jayden Paxton first in the long jump April 22 at the George Calvert Invite in Mitchell. The duo competed in the Best of the West Classic on April 26 before the Longhorns set focus on SPVA competition April 29 at Perkins County. Here are Longhorns track results from the Calvert and last week's WTC competion. George Calvert Invite / Boys The boys team scored 38 points, good for 5th place 100 M 6th place Justin Klosterman 12.38 PR... Full story

  • Coyotes Track Competes At Pine Bluffs, Creek Valley

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Apr 28, 2022

    The Potter-Dix Coyote Track and Field teams had a busy week, competing at the Storm Twilight Meet at Creek Valley High School on Tuesday and the Kendra Roeder Invitational at Pine Bluffs High School. The Creek Valley Twilight Meet was rescheduled from the previous week due to high winds, and the athletes had much better conditions on Tuesday for the competition. At the end of the day, the Coyote Boy's team placed fourth with 87 points and the Coyote Girl's team placed fifth with 51 points....

  • Wildcat Track: Small But Mighty

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 28, 2022

    The Banner County Wildcats track team, which competes in the MAC meet this Saturday at Bayard, is small but mighty. Lone senior Makyla Mason runs the distance events (1600 and 3200 M run). She medaled at the Chappell Tri-State Invite. Coach Kari Gifford said the weather this season had been an issue for practices as well as school events, creating conflicts for the track team. "We are already heading into the end of our season, and it doesn't feel like we've even hardly got started," Gifford... Full story

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    Apr 28, 2022

    The Plains Historical Society presented a check for $1,000 to Ken Hunter, center, CEO of Kimball Health Services, as a donation to Kimball Hospital Foundation toward construction of the new Kimball hospital. Presenting the donation last week are PHS secretary Terri Lukassen, left, and new PHS president Rob Maurer. Maurer noted that success of the annual PHS gun raffle fundraiser prompted the board of directors to unanimously approve the donation to support the hospital project and give back to... Full story