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Articles from the June 6, 2024 edition


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  • Dave Wilson Stepping Down

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 6, 2024

    The imminent resignation of long-time Kimball County Attorney Dave Wilson surprised many June 4 at the regular county commissioners meeting. His resignation will become effective July 31. Wilson has served as Kimball County attorney for 37½ years – and according to one of his sons’ calculations, Wilson has served as county attorney for 27% of the time that the county has existed. Wilson said he would like to slow down and move closer to family, and “that it had been an honor to serve.” He said has met a lot of great people. He advised the commi...

  • City, County Talk Growth

    Jun 6, 2024

    Officials at the Kimball city-county joint meeting Tuesday voted to move forward with plans to form a committee to study and research countywide economic development. The discussion focused on learning from Keith and Dawes counties. The future of the Windbreak restaurant property at Four Winds Golf Course was the other item up for discussion. No decision was made whether to purchase the Windbreak for use as a golf pro shop, as has been discussed as a possibility, but a committee was formed to investigate purchasing the property. Mayor John...

  • THEIR LONG & WINDING ROAD

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 6, 2024

    From Germany to Argentina and then north to Alaska. Two German college students, Antonia Staacke and Laura Moller, have shown remarkable resilience on their journey from Germany to Argentina and then north to Alaska. They embarked on their bicycle trek in Patagonia, traveling through South America and Central America, and now they are biking through North America. This journey that has spanned almost eight months since October 2023. Antonia Staacke, 27, and Laura Moller, 28, have demonstrated...

  • Bremer Pretrial Aug. 14

    Jun 6, 2024

    A pretrial is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in Kimball County Court in a legal case involving former Kimball Police Chief Andrew Bremer. On May 24, Bremer was arraigned in County Court on four misdemeanor charges of official misconduct. A plead of not guilty was entered by the Court and the amended complaint was not read out loud. Bremer’s attorney entered a Motion to Quash – which means “putting an end to” – but Judge Aaron Conn denied the motion and Bremer was arraigned. Bremer is represented by North Platte attorney Terrance Waite, an...

  • NEW HOUSING IN PLACE

    Jun 6, 2024

    Work began May 30 to set Clean Harbors apartments on their foundations across from Kimball County Manor in Kimball. Manor residents anxiously watched the progress and provided a variety of opinions on the process and method. Clean Harbors sponsored an ice cream social for their neighbors at the manor as the new apartments were put in place....

  • YARD OF THE WEEK

    Jun 6, 2024

    Jason Lockwood, center, received Yard of the Week for the first week of June. He has lived at 306 Myrtle for a short time but has made the lush grass come back. His house belonged to his grandfather, Paul Heidemann. Built in 1900 and later bricked, the planter boxes are Jason's favorite part outside of the house. He has planted roses in one side and perennials in the other side of the planter boxes. Perennials include creeping flocks and a small flower that looks like a cigar. Pictured with...

  • It's Not Official, But Summer Is Here

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Jun 6, 2024

    Good morning! Great weather, a little rain and some very unwanted hail. Guess although summer is not officially here, it is here. To begin this week here is a reminder that the hiking path Saddle Rock Trail at the Scotts Bluff National Monument will be closed between sunrise and 10 a.m. on June 6th & 7th due to herbicide application in the area. Today, Thursday, June 6th, the 101 Dalmations will play at 1:30 p.m. at the Midwest Theater as part of the summer series children’s movie program. And at noon there will be a virtual training program t...

  • A BANNER PARADE

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 6, 2024

    Pulling up the rear of the parade on Banner County Historical Day last Saturday is the hit of the parade, Banner County's famous Lawnmower Ladies. Linda Barret started the group more than 10 years ago to add a little spice to the parade. The group is open to anyone and everyone with a riding lawnmower and a Hawaiian shirt....

  • KIMBALL RANCH RODEO

    Jun 6, 2024

    Two teams race to the east side of the Kimball fairgrounds arena to find their numbered steers in the team-tying event Saturday during the Kimball Ranch Rodeo. Each team must rope the head and feet of both steers. Three teams accomplished the feat in under a minute. See story and more photos on pages B1 and B8....

  • Kathleen (Heigis) Wolff

    Jun 6, 2024

    Kathleen (Heigis) Wolff, 68, passed away on May 25th, 2024 after a hard fought battle with cancer. She was born on March 22, 1956 in Rapid City, SD. Kathy married Dan Schnell and together they had one daughter, Dallas Schnell. She later married Allen Wolff and spent her remaining years in Burns, WY where she enjoyed baking, sewing, gardening and crafting. Kathy worked harder than most and always with a smile on her face. She was first to lend a helping hand and had a special way of making those...

  • Delbert Evans Sr.

    Jun 6, 2024

    Delbert Evans Sr., age 78, of Sun City, Arizona passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2024. He was born on August 3, 1945, to Carl and Jessie Evans in Ovid, Colorado. He attended school in Chappell, Nebraska and graduated from Bushnell High School in 1965. On April 24, 1971, he married the love of his life, Joyce Cox in Kimball, Nebraska. Together, they resided in Fort Morgan for more than 30 years before moving to Arizona in 2018. They were active members of Calvary Baptist Church in Fort Morgan,...

  • Evelyn J. Lewison

    Jun 6, 2024

    Evelyn J. Lewison, 67, of Kimball, died at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Monday, May 27, 2024. Plans are for memorial services to be held at a later date in July. A full obituary will be published in the Western Nebraska Observer a week prior to the memorial service. The arrangements have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball....

  • Library Program

    Jun 6, 2024

    Mackenzie Ingram, 5, checks with her mom as she enjoys the Kimball Public Library magic show Thursday at Kimball Jr/Sr High School. The show kicked off the library summer reading program....

  • Awards Come In For Kimball Trap Team

    The Observer|Jun 6, 2024

    A number of Kimball Longhorns trap team members will compete at the state meet in Doniphan on Saturday, June 8, after a regular season in which a number of shooters won awards. The awards, which came out this past week, recognized the Kimball team for placing second in Class 1A / Conference 2 with 1,062.5 total points over the five-week season. Blair High School was first with 1,254.5 points. Here’s a look at Kimball’s individual awards. On the boys side, Teague Mazza ranked No. 5 in the conference with a 22.5 season average and Nolan Cook was...

  • BACK IN THE SADDLE

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 6, 2024

    The weather cooperated for a great Saturday evening for the 15th annual Kimball Ranch Rodeo. The rodeo, which returned after being rained out last year, started with wild bronc riding. Sixteen riders tried their hand at staying atop the broncos with 10 individuals staying on until the buzzer. Ty Fenster won the contest with an 86, followed by Wes Aragon in second with an 82 and Beau Lake in third with a 79. Eight ranch rodeo teams competed in four timed events, from trailer loading to wild cow...

  • FUSS FIRST AT NIGHT OF STARS

    Jun 6, 2024

    Kimball had two pole vaulters compete at the Midwest Night of Stars meet at Nebraska Wesleyan. Coach Tiffany Johnson said this "gave them the opportunity to vault against some new and tough competitors." Trevor Fuss, above, vaulted 14 feet, 1 inch to earn first place. Johnson said Peter Russell looked great during warmups but struggled to get going again after sitting until the height he came in at....

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