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Articles from the May 2, 2024 edition

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  • Kimball Land Swap: Deal Or No Deal?

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 2, 2024

    The Kimball City/County Parks and Recreation Executive Board members tabled the only item on their agenda Monday evening under current business. They discussed but took no action on items related to the timeline, finances and budget of the operating board pertaining to a proposed land swap. Six months are left for approval from the federal government for the trade in which involves 44 acres of what is now the four ballfields being exchanged for three acres and the Windbreak restaurant property at Four Winds Golf Course. The Park and Rec...

  • All-Class Reunion Back On Radar

    Daria Anderson-Faden|May 2, 2024

    Plans are being made for the Kimball Longhorn All-School Reunion to occur next year after a decade absence. Set aside July 4, 5 and 6 of 2025 to renew old friendships and start new relationships. Chairperson Kim Baliman is thrilled to see the diverse representation from all age groups, ensuring that everyone's voice is heard and the event is a true reflection of our community. Events that have been considered are numerous and include a 4th of July parade, car show, wine tasting, softball tourney...

  • Arbor DAY The kimball Way

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 2, 2024

  • Observer Wins 10 State Awards, 3rd In General Excellence

    The Observer|May 2, 2024

    The Western Nebraska Observer ranks among the top three newspapers of its class in general excellence statewide for the third time in four years. The Observer regained this distinction when winners were announced Saturday in Lincoln for the Nebraska Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest. The Observer won 10 awards in Division B, its highest total during a four year run of strong showings. Publisher Jim Orr and reporter/photographer Daria Anderson-Faden both received multiple awards with some firsts sprinkled in to underline the Ob...

  • School Year Winding Down, Spring Activities In Full Bloom

    Barb Cross, The Observer|May 2, 2024

    Good morning! Here we are in May and looking at about two weeks of school after the end of this one. This evening is the annual Spring Concert & Art Show at the school beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the show! At 7 p.m., the Midwest Theater will have a live performance that is billed as the greatest two person circus act, “The Great Dubois.” Starting at 8 p.m. in the Valley Event Center in Gering there will be Midget Mayhem Wrestling. You must be at least 18 years old for this one. On Friday, May 3rd, there will be...

  • The Case Of The Spray-Painted Skid Steer

    Daria Anderson-Faden|May 2, 2024

    The search for justice is often difficult, but when a legal technicality occurs, the case doesn't always go the way some people think it should. This story begins during a time when Cory Shiflett, a superintendent at Paul Reed Construction, and company workers and equipment were working on the Heartland Express south of Alliance in Morrill County. At the Heartland worksite, a yellow 2019 John Deere 325G skid steer owned by Paul Reed Construction disappeared. When new, the skid steer was worth...

  • Patricia C. Barrett

    May 2, 2024

    Patricia C. Barrett, 81, of Kimball, died at her home surrounded by family on Sunday, April 14, 2024. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to leave condolences and share stories with the family. Memorials may be given in her memory to the donor’s choice. The services for Pat have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Patricia C. Barrett was born in Kimball on December 14, 1942, the daughter of LeRoy and Beverly (Schoenemann) Halstead. She was raised on the f...

  • Estalyn E. Anderson

    May 2, 2024

    Estalyn E. Anderson, 80 of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2024 in Kimball with Pastor Warren Cico officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view her Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in memory of Estalyn to St. Jude Children's Hospital. The services for Estalyn have been entrusted to the...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 2, 2024

    Kimball's Keith Jones was surrounded by his heroes, living donor Jennifer Kaufman and pair-exchange donor Candy Rodgers, on Monday afternoon for a Donate Life program. Six months ago, Keith and his living anonymous donor and paired exchange donor were having surgery at UC Health in Aurora, Colo. On Monday, Keith met Jennifer, his living anonymous donor, for the first time. Although his paired exchange donor, Candy Rodgers Keith, knew and had previously worked with her, Candy's interest in donati...

  • Dead Eyes Shooters On Target At State

    Nicole Snyder, For the Observer|May 2, 2024

    The Kimball Dead Eyes Shooters 4-H club took home gold and silver medals at the 2024 Nebraska State 4-H BB Gun and Air Rifle Championships on April 20 and 21 in Grand Island. The Sporter Air Rifle team of Julia Winstrom, Karsyn Chesley, Ainslie Hottell and Chris Foster took first-place honors with a team score of 1,999. The BB Gun team of Joseph Toth, Jalanna Krakow, Karsyn Chesley, Tallyn Chesley and Olivia Toth won silver with a team score of 2,205. “I was so proud of the kids this year,” sai...


    May 2, 2024

    Seventh-grader Breckyn Kiefer crushed her own pole vault height at Best of the West last week. As the only seventh-grader competing against eighth-graders, Breckyn tied for second place with a vault of 7 feet, 6 inches, in the prestigious meet. This height captured the Kimball girls pole vault record. She beat here own record by a foot. Breckyn is known for her gymnastic abilities, and last month she was the state champion all-around and qualified for nationals on the double mini and...

  • Lusche Wins SPVA, Kimball To Host Invite

    The Observer|May 2, 2024

    Longhorns golfer Kyler Lusche had a good week on the links last week, rounding into form before this week’s play at Four Winds Golf Course here in Kimball. Lusche won the SPVA Golf Tournament at Sutherland, shooting 75, after carding an even par 72 that earned him second at the Scottsbluff Invite. At the SPVA meet, the Kimball golfers totaled 365 to place fourth as a team. Here are their scores: Lusche – 75. Bransyn Kiefer – 96. Connor DeBoodt – 97. Landon Norberg – 97. Ryker Behrend – 101. The Horns next host the Kimball Invitationa...


    May 2, 2024

    It's on to the Leyton Invite on May 3 and District on May 9 for Kimball track and field following April 30's Kimball Twilight Invite and last week's Best of the West meet. Trevor Fuss set a new school record and personal record going 14 feet, 6 inches at Best of the West to secure first in the pole vault and Peter Russell went 13 feet, 6 inches, to earn second. Above, they enjoy their moment on the podium. Derek Russell threw a personal best of 137 feet, 11 inches, in the discus to come in...


    May 2, 2024

    Kimball Esports teams competed in Division 4 Fortnite 2v2 Nebraska State eSports at Seward last Friday night and into the wee hours of Saturday morning. Team 1 of Jacob Wendt and Connor Deboodt, above, placed second for Longhorns Nation and Team 2 of Gio Sanchez, Abdiel Florez and Parker Deboodt placed third....

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