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Articles from the May 18, 2023 edition

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  • Super Saturday

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 18, 2023

    A capacity crowd gathered in the Longhorn gym on Saturday, May 13, to watch the Kimball graduating class of 2023 receive its diplomas. Recognized as the top 10 percent of their class were valedictorian Charlotte Hargreaves and salutatorian Emma Patterson. Other academic acknowledgments included members of the National Honor Society and seniors graduating with honors – Taylor Bernt, Madison Ebeling, Hargreaves, Angel Helms, Justin Klosterman, Keara O'Brien, Patterson, Jayden Paxton and Xavier...

  • Welcome Center's Future In Focus

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 18, 2023

    The Kimball County Commissioners’ first item of business on Tuesday, May 16, was to enter into an executive session. The subject of the session focused on real estate negotiations related to the High Point Welcome Center property. No decision was made after the session. The recent rains have nearly washed some country roads out, according to Kimball County Highway Superintendent Randy Bymer, but no one is complaining about the much-needed moisture. The road department is fixing the washouts, most in the area north of Dix. There was a...

  • Potter-Dix Graduation

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 18, 2023

    Potter-Dix School graduated 15 seniors at a commencement that began at 2 p.m. and was conducted in front of a large crowd of family, relatives, and friends. After introductions and singing the national anthem, the seniors were awarded their scholarships by guidance counselor Sarah Deeds. Then speeches followed. Salutatorian Luke Kasten's speech found humor and many lessons from receiving "second place" in events throughout the year. Co-valedictorians Zach Rotert and Jayden Shoemaker relived...

  • Banner County High School

    Grace Frankhauser, For the Observer|May 18, 2023

    Summer is just right around the corner, but first, there must be graduation. This year's Banner County School commencement ceremony was held on May 13. The graduating class was composed of seven seniors: Ariel Acosta, Madison Nowlin-Lee, Travis Onstott, Wyatt Onstott, Jozlynn Randall, Makayla Woolington, and Noah Yetter.  The ceremony began with a slideshow that was a testament to how much these students have grown. As the band started to play "Pomp and Circumstance," the graduates took the...

  • The Good, Bad & Ugly Of All That Rain

    Barb County, The Observer|May 18, 2023

    Good morning, little soggy out there. Although the rain was greatly needed and appreciated by many, so much all at once has caused quite a lot of damage to some of our roads. Water over the roads and creating ditches and lakes where there are not any. I had a lot of hail that tore the trees up badly, but the grass sure does look nice! This is the last week of school and the weather has created some schedule changes. Patron’s Day was supposed to be Monday and because the track was a puddle, it has been moved to Thursday, TODAY! That is still...

  • Mark A. Slama

    May 18, 2023

    Mark A. Slama, age 67, of Potter, NE passed away in Potter, NE on Friday, May 5, 2023. A combined Memorial Service with Ruth Slama will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at Prairie West Church in Potter, NE with Hal Enevoldsen officiating. A private family inurnment is planned. Cremation has taken place. Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website. Memorials may be made in care of the family for a later... Full story

  • A Special Moment

    May 18, 2023

    During the Presentation of Roses at Kimball High School's commencement ceremony, salutatorian Emma Patterson shares a special moment with her mom. More Kimball, Potter-Dix and Banner County graduation coverage is on Page A1 and A8.... Full story

  • Kimball Golfer Lusche Qualifies For State

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 18, 2023

    On Monday, Kyler Lusche placed ninth at the C5 district golf tournament in Kimball on May 15 at the Four Winds Golf Course. After missing most of the season with a back injury, Lusche shot a 39/42 for an 81 to earn a trip to the state meet in Columbus on May 23 and 24. The Four Winds was in tip-top shape, and the cool morning turned into a perfect afternoon of golf. The Kimball community was in full force to welcome golfers and volunteer as scorers. Mitchell's Cael Peters shot a 35/37 to win... Full story


    May 18, 2023

    Shot putter and freshman Aubrey Culek, left, will get another chance at districts in the years to come. The district track meet was one for the books as it started in Grant with Perkins County hosting, but was moved halfway through the meet to Ogallala. After five hours of delays due to lightning and rain, the meet and final events were finished by 9:30 p.m. The coaches stress that the athletes worked "hard through all the adversity that was thrown at them." Many individuals had personal... Full story

  • Junior High Tracksters Show Well At State

    May 18, 2023

    Kimball Junior High had a great track season with about 60 kids out for the season. On Saturday, the season ended with the Nebraska Championship Meet in Gothenburg. Qualifying for the meet were eighth graders Derek Russell in discus and Trey Cook, Clarika Hottell, and Carly Norberg in pole vault. Seventh grader JaLeigh Bohac qualified for the meet in the discus. All the qualifiers recorded their personal bests at the state meet. In the all class meet, Derek Russel threw for 147-11 and placed... Full story