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Articles from the June 6, 2013 edition

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  • LorRon Department Store nearing fifty years in business

    Daniel Thompson, Reporter|Jun 6, 2013

    Over the past five decades, generations of Kimball residents have passed LorRon Department Store while driving down East 2nd Street. Many have probably peered into its windows at the quaint antiques stored inside. However, fewer residents may know that the store has been around for nearly half a century. The business was first opened by Ames Hartung, Chuck Joplin, and Waldamar Muehlberger in 1960 under the name Hartung’s Department Store. The store at that time was stocked with a full line of m... Full story

  • Longtime Kimball Superintendent Troy Unzicker reflects as he departs

    Daniel Thompson, Reporter|Jun 6, 2013

    After serving seven years as the Superintendent of Kimball Public Schools, Troy Unzicker will be leaving his office in the Kimball Junior/Senior High School after a long day of work for the final time at the end of the month. Unzicker will be taking over the superintendent position for the public school system in Alliance, Nebraska July 1. “Sometimes I wonder, ‘Why am I leaving? It’s such a good position and I like what I’m doing here,’ but Alliance just was a good opportunity for me,” Unzicker said. Looking back on his seven years working for... Full story

  • Hundreds of cyclists begin trek eastward from Kimball for 2013 Bike Ride Across Nebraska event

    Daniel Thompson, Reporter|Jun 6, 2013

    Kimball served as the first host city for the 33rd annual Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska (BRAN) trip across the state this past weekend. Riders began pouring into the city of Kimball in the early afternoon of Saturday, June 1, on their way to the high school where they set up tents and took in a mandatory meeting in the High School auditorium. By the end of the day, the practice field at the Kimball Junior/Senior High School was filled with a sea of tents as nearly 650 BRAN participants hunkered...

  • "A Salute to Broadway" - Big city talent, small town feel

    Jacob Misener, Editor & Reporter|Jun 6, 2013

    The bright lights of New York City may be thousands of miles away, but this weekend, anyone who attended “A Salute to Broadway” would have never known. Entering the room, there were hardly seats to be found - in fact, I stood at the back of the room for most of the performance, in order to make room for the countless young volunteers, who although were not on stage, played an integral role - serving dinners, getting drinks and accomodating guests. The ornate ceiling flowed across the room bef... Full story

  • Observer editorial: Local VFW an often overlooked treasure of Kimball

    Jun 6, 2013

    Every year, in late May, Memorial Day comes around. Sometimes, we forget just why we have that three-day weekend, and focus instead on the cookouts, ball games and free time that we get. Well, if not for the men and women who served and defended the United States, we wouldn’t have that three-day weekend. We wouldn’t have the softball league that starts on Friday. And we certainly would not be able to go to the fairgrounds and watch the Ranch Rodeo this weekend, either. From the globe-engulfing World War II to the Korean Conflict and the dec...