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Articles from the May 30, 2024 edition

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  • Selling Annex, Old Hospital In Focus

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 30, 2024

    The Kimball Board of Commissioners conducted three executive/closed-door sessions at the May 22 meeting on Wednesday afternoon. The first session required the commissioners to deal with an employee/personnel matter. The second and third executive sessions centered around the strategy and terms regarding the sale of real estate involving the former Kimball County Hospital and the strategy and disposition of real estate involving the Kimball County Annex building. When the commissioners emerged fr...

  • $62,500 Repair Job For Grader

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 30, 2024

    The Kimball County Board of Commissioners met May 22 with appointed heads of department Randy Bymer, highway superintendent; Matthew Meyers Veterans Service officer; Monica Todorov, interim building and grounds superintendent; and Christy Warner, administrator of KCTS; along with elected official Sheriff Dave Hottell. Bymer explained that while he was on vacation, an unfortunate incident occurred at the county shop. An inexperienced individual was servicing the 2018 CAT 120M long block when due to miscommunication he put all the oil into the tr...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 30, 2024

    The spring morning Monday was perfect for the local Memorial Day ceremony. John Beatty, vice commander of the Kimball VFW, opened the ceremony and Randy Bohac provided the opening and closing prayers honoring veterans. Two Kimball High School graduates, Emma Patterson and Jasmine Gawith, honored the veterans with the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner and playing of Taps. Marine Corporal Noah Thomas of Cheyenne was the speaker. Accompanied by his wife and two children, he referenced the bond...


    May 30, 2024

    Down in the deep end of Kimball's community pool, city employees remove sandblasted material from the pool Tuesday. Repairs to the pool are progressing. It has been sandblasted and soon it will have concrete holes repaired, and the entire pool will be repainted. The paint for the pool must cure for 5-7 days and requires a night time temperature of 50 degrees. A company from Ogallala is completing the work. Inside plumbing repairs on showers and faucets has been completed. The city is looking at...


    May 30, 2024

    Loretta and Gary Copeland received the first Yard of the Week for the 2024 summer. Loretta will be the first one to tell you that her mother and late father, Roxie and Melvin Sims, should receive the credit for the outstanding yard and flowers at 500 S. Myrtle. Loretta's parents worked on the yard and accessories for the past 55 years, but her mother recently moved into Vista Villa. So in January, the Copelands moved next door to their new home. The yard has lots of beautiful green grass and...

  • Kimball Ranch Rodeo Returning After 2023 Rainout

    May 30, 2024

    After being rained out last year, the 15th annual Kimball Ranch Rodeo will see action again on Saturday, June 1 beginning at 5:30. Seventeen brave bronc riders will step aboard the Barnhart Rodeo Company broncs and eight ranch rodeo teams will give the crowd something to cheer for. Team events include trailer loading, roping and doctoring, team tying and wild cow milking. Food, vendors and a beer garden will highlight the experience. The Kimbal trap team is running concessions (burgers and hotdogs) from 4 to 9 pm. The event will conclude in...

  • Feeling Like Summer With Weather & Events

    Barb Cross, The Observer|May 30, 2024

    Here is assuming you made it through Memorial Day, finishing out May and looking into the face of June, already! Beautiful weather here this week, feeling every bit like summer. This evening, May 30th the Western Nebraska Arts Center will host the opening shows of Ginny Butcher and Karen Henneck with the topic ‘ “Captivated by the Landscape” from 5-7 p.m. These ladies are from Wyoming and have works created with pastels, oils and gouache. This is Free and open to the public. On Friday, May 31st, this is the first day of a three day celeb...

  • Larry John Brower

    May 30, 2024

    Larry John Brower, 82, of Rogers, Arkansas, a former longtime resident of Kimball, Nebraska, sadly passed away on January 22,2024. On Saturday, June 1, at 11 a.m. there will be a burial of the ashes for family and friends at Kimball Cemetery. Immediately following from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. family and friends will gather at The Sagebrush Restaurant in Kimball to share food and memories. Larry was born on January 27, 1941, in Arnold, Nebraska, to Gerrit and Miriam Brower. He lived to serve his community and family. He was a Nebraska State... Full story

  • Ruth Phillips

    May 30, 2024

    Ruth Phillips, 93, of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Monday, May 20, 2024. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kimball with Father Robert Karnish officiating. Burial followed in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends called at the funeral home Friday from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m.. Christian Wake service was held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday following visitation at the funeral home. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to s... Full story


    May 30, 2024

    Kimball's Breckyn Kiefer has already had a great summer as she competed in the USA Gymnastic 1 and 2 Regionals in Salt Lake City, Utah, from May 16-20. Competing against all levels and all ages, Breckyn, 13, had two passes on the double mini tramp and killed it. She placed first in double mini tramp, fourth in floor (her personal favorite), and seventh in trampoline. Breckyn will be doing her thing at Nationals in Minneapolis from June 20-24....

  • Lusche 7th, Longhorns 11th At State Golf

    Jim Orr, The Observer|May 30, 2024

    Longhorn Kyler Lusche shot 76 in the NSAA Class D Boys Golf Championship's second and final round, improving four strokes on his first round score to tie for seventh and medal. As a team, Kimball placed 11th in the field of 15 with a two round total of 729 last week at Lake Mahoney Golf Club in North Platte. Two-day scores for Kimball golfers were 80-76 (156) for Lusche, 88-98 (186) for Landon Norberg, 95-101 (196) for Bransyn Kiefer, 101-98 (199) for Connor Deboodt, and 111-122 (133) for Ryker...


    May 30, 2024

    Massive crowds descended on Oliver Lake west of Kimball over the Memorial Day weekend. South Platte Natural Resource Districts general manager Galen Wittrock did not have the latest data on numbers at Oliver Lake, but he said they have 47 campsites and generally have 80-90 campers or tents on high volume weekends like Memorial Day and July 4th....