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Articles from the May 11, 2023 edition

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    Keegan Eeretmoed, For the Observer|May 11, 2023

    One of Kimball High School's newest programs, the Kimball Kings eSports team, made it to State. In the program's first year, their League of Legends team ranked fourth in the state. They left for Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska on April 27 and competed on the 28th. The roster for the state team was senior Keegan Eeretmoed, senior Gaberiel Bartles, senior Trey Schindler, senior Matthew Johnson, junior Aaspyn Tyan and junior Daniel Hernandez. "I believe our team has a very good chance at... Full story

  • Serrano Faces Decades In Prison

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 11, 2023

    William Serrano was sentenced May 2 on four charges, including involuntary manslaughter, two counts of terrorist threats, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. In March, a Kimball County jury of five women and seven men found Serrano guilty of the shooting death of his girlfriend, Tessa Ghering. The shooting occurred at their Kimball home on Jan. 3, 2022. The manslaughter conviction resulted in the sentence of “not more than 20 years and not less than 20 years” – a sentence of 20 years, in other words. The sente...

  • Pederson Resigns From Board

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 11, 2023

    Kimball School Board member Chauncey Pederson submitted his letter of resignation to the board and Superintendent Trevor Anderson on Monday evening at the regular board meeting. Pederson’s resignation will be effective May 31. His letter stated, “I will be moving out of the district and will no longer be able to fulfill my position on the Board of Education.” Pederson continued, “I am very proud to have been part of all the positive changes at Kimball Public Schools and feel confident that the district will continue in a positive directi... Full story

  • Former Kimball Restaurant Owner Jailed After 140 mph Chase

    May 11, 2023

    Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol said they have arrested a Kimball woman, Rebecca Brown, 46, former owner of Java Blend in Kimball, following a pursuit on Interstate 80 Thursday evening. At approximately 9:10 p.m. Thursday, a trooper reported seeing a westbound Infiniti G37 traveling at 117 mph on I-80 near mile marker 264. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the driver refused to yield and accelerated. The trooper initiated a pursuit. The suspect vehicle reached speeds above 140 mph as it fled westbound. Another trooper was able... Full story

  • Hospital About Halfway Done

    May 11, 2023

    Construction workers are taking advantage of recent ideal weather conditions for building Kimball's new hospital, but nationwide supply chain issues are likely to delay completion of the $43 million project. A giant construction crane capable of reaching across the entire building hoisted air handling units, chillers and condenser units on the newly completed roof last week. The crane operated by K.p Squared of Pierce, Colo., lifted and placed six units of up to 3,000 pounds, while a smaller... Full story


    May 11, 2023

    Kimball High students helped out in the Observer office’s basement organizing years of bound copies of the Observer from the early 1900s to early 2000s. They organized by taking all the books off the shelves onto the floor in front of them, then sorting them by decades and reorganizing them on the shelves. A sincere thanks from the Observer to these hardworking people. They are, from left, Aubrey Culek, Andrea Christensen, Hannah Kilgore, Deanna Solis, Sydney Schmidt, Spencer Shields, Keegan E... Full story


    Elizabeth Bohac, For the Observer|May 11, 2023

    Banner County High School musicians performed their Spring Concert on Thursday evening. From left in the front row are Amanda Montelongo, Conrad Kaminski, Travis Onstott, Isaac Olsen, Brendyn Onstott, Band Director Sandy Wounded Arrow, Grace Fankhauser, Accompanist Pam Olsen, Wyatt Onstott and Logan Mason. Back row: Jozlynn Randall, Abby Jones, Shawnie Mason, Lydia Grant, Jackson Onstott, Jaelynn Yetter and Noah Yetter.... Full story

  • Days Of Rain, Mother's Day And Graduation

    Barb Cross, The Observer|May 11, 2023

    Good morning, beautiful May! We are so thankful for the recent rainfall. More is predicted over the next few days, so hopefully there will be more. This week is filled with school graduations and Mom’s Day. In honor of those moms, the Midwest Theater will be showing the movie “Mamma Mia!” over three days this weekend. Friday the 12th at 6:45 p.m., the 13th at 5:45 p.m. and on Sunday at 12:45 p.m. This is rated PG and a great movie. Also on the 13th, which is Saturday, the National Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive will be takin...

  • Banner County FFA Raises $24,000

    The Observer|May 11, 2023

    The Banner County FFA Silent Auction had a "fantastic turnout, and we had great support from area businesses and the people of our community and surrounding communities," FFA Advisor Bill Gifford said. Gifford said the chapter was "Overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who contributed to the auction. With 300 people attending the event, the FFA raised almost $24,000. There were 65 buyers and 128 silent and live-action donors. Del Ray Kraupie auctioned off the live items. Games of... Full story


    May 11, 2023

    Mark Daum of Kimball shot a hole in one Wednesday night, May 3, on the third hole at Four Winds Golf Course. His 7 iron was his club of choice.... Full story

  • Longhorns Winding Up Track Season Nicely

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 11, 2023

    Mitchell's Cael Peters won the Kimball Invite on Thursday with a solid game of 35/35=70 at Four Winds Golf Course. Jace Nelson from Gordon-Rushville shot a 35/36 for a 71 to take second. Third place went to Zaybreon Hanson from Perkins County with a 35/40=75. Sixty-four golfers in all hit the Four Winds course for the annual Invite. The Mitchell team also took first-place honors with a 328. Topping the area athletes was Potter-Dix's Trevor Williams with a 46/38=84, just one stroke out of... Full story

  • Horns, Coyotes Make All-State

    Jim Orr, The Observer|May 11, 2023

    A dozen students from Kimball and Potter-Dix high schools made the grade this spring on a statewide list for excelling in academics and activities. The Nebraska School Activities Association released the names of students who received the Spring 2023 Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association Academic All-State Awards. Here they are: Kimball Boys Golf – Kyler Lusche, Landon Norberg. Music – Charlotte Hargreaves, Emma Patterson. Boys Track & Field – Justin Klosterman, Xavier Thomas Lewis. Girls Track & Field – Grace Anderson, Julia Winstro...

  • Kimball Off To District After Leyton Invite

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 11, 2023

    On Thursday, May 11, the Longhorn track team will travel to Grant for district competition. The state track meet is May 18-20 in Omaha and two Longhorns already have a ticket to go as Emma Patterson and Jayden Paxton will be singing the national anthem on Thursday, May 18, at 7:55 a.m. mountain time. In recent track results, the Best of the West qualifiers in the pole vault were Trevor Fuss placing 4th and vaulting 12-06.00, Peter Russell placed 9th and James McGinnis placed 10th. Addy Olson...

  • The Great Glittersby Dinner Theater

    May 11, 2023

    Cast members of "The Great Glittersby Murder" included, from left, Deb Nolting, Bill Baldwin, Ethan Koehn, Amber Childers, Bonny Stendahl, Barbi Koehn, Daisy Sweetland, Bonnie Kopp, Shawn Koehn and Chuck Villarreal. Back table: Jacob Butler, Davina Butler, Bill Butler (detective) and Tracy Butler. Lower photo: Attending the tea and dressed for the occasion were Eva Shada from Kearney, left, and Kimball Library employee Amelia Shada. Their sister, Olivia Shada from Orleans, also...

  • The Great Glittersby Tea

    May 11, 2023

    Attending the tea and dressed for the occasion were Eva Shada from Kearney, left, and Kimball Library employee Amelia Shada. Their sister, (right) Olivia Shada from Orleans, also attended.... Full story

  • Beth Alden Smith

    May 11, 2023

    Beth Alden Smith, 91, of Blair, Nebraska, and formerly of Kimball, Nebraska, passed away at Carter Place in Blair on April 26, 2023. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Kimball NE, with lunch to follow. Interment following service at the Kimball Cemetery. Born to Frances (Lovitt) and Ralph Alden on May 26, 1931, in Kimball, Nebraska, Beth lived nearly her entire life there, graduating from Kimball High School in 1949. She earned a degree... Full story

  • Sue Ann Wallesen

    May 11, 2023

    Sue Ann Wallesen 81, of Kimball, passed away at her home in Kimball on December 18, 2022 following a stroke. Cremation was held and graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on May 19, 2023 at the Kimball Cemetery with Randy Bohac officiating. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to share condolences and stories with the family. Memorials may be given in Sue’s memory to the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball. The services for Sue have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Sue Ann was born in Denver, Colorado on August 28, 1...

  • Time To Git-R-Done

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 11, 2023

    Emotions and tears are standard for many seniors on graduation day, but the immediate future is “all coming together” for one Kimball senior. KHS senior Justin Klosterman is “ready to go” and “excited” for the next chapter in his life. In fall, he will attend Chadron State College to pursue a wildlife management degree to become a game warden, something he has planned for the last 10 years. Shortly after graduation, Justin and fellow senior James McGinnis will gain some practical experience...