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Articles from the June 13, 2024 edition

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    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 13, 2024

    In 1966 and 1967, Australian foreign exchange student Ewan Vickery called Kimball his home, and it appears that after almost 60 years Kimball is still very much home to Ewan. "The people were lovely, and the town was just a fantastic place," he recalled. "I was a novelty in the town." Ewan made quite an impression on Kimball and vice versa. During his visit last week, he estimated that this was his 12th or 13th return trip to Kimball to see friends and attend many class reunions. On Friday,...

  • City Takes On Sewer Projects

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 13, 2024

    A construction bid from Anderson-Shaw Construction totaling $473,569 for two sewer extension projects on Nadine Street (a duplex) and 7th Street (Clean Harbors apartments) was denied by the City Council due to concerns about the cost at the June 4 Kimball City Council meeting. Olson Engineering, the city’s engineering firm, recommended that the council deny the bid for the sewer extensions. It was decided that the City of Kimball could handle the project internally at a much lower cost. Estimates of the costs for doing it internally were e...

  • Monica Wasielewski Jenson Hired To Teach Ag Education

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 13, 2024

    Kimball’s first-year agricultural education teacher’s resignation letter was accepted at the June 10 Kimball School Board meeting. After accepting Emily Sowards’s resignation, the following action item was the approval of Monica Jenson’s contract as the agricultural education teacher for the 2024-25 school year. Jenson, formerly Monica Wasielewski, is a Kimball Public Schools graduate. With finances always a concern, it was noted that they saw an increase in receipts from the courthouse, SPED money and state aid that helped the June budget...

  • After Kimball Comes Rest Of State For National Eucharistic Procession

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 13, 2024

    After visiting St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kimball on Wednesday this week, the National Eucharistic Procession planned to travel through Nebraska. On Thursday, June 13, the procession will stop in Sidney at St. Patrick’s Church for Mass at 10 a.m. From Sidney, they will stop in Colton, then Ogallala, and move on to North Platte. As part of the procession’s western route, the pilgrimage stopped at St. Joseph’s Church in Kimball from 6-7 p.m. June 12 for a procession followed by a potluck supper. The journey began on May 17 and will end July...


    Jun 13, 2024

    The Crossman house at 713 S. Myrtle St. has seen a dramatic transition since the corner lot was purchased. When Royce and Shirley purchased the lot, there was a basement house there. Then they put up a modular house next to the basement house and finally built a bedroom on top of the basement house. The lot is large with many young and old trees. Not too many years ago, they toned down the size of the lawn by putting in tons of river rock that accent the beautiful green grass. They have a...


    Jun 13, 2024

    Nancy Olsen of Banner County's famous Lawnmower Ladies puts the pedal to the metal during this month's Banner County Historical Day parade. The annual event is a highlight of the big day of family fun in Harrisburg that features games, meals and other activities....

  • Summer Fun Breaking Out All Over; VBS To Start

    Barb Cross|Jun 13, 2024

    Good morning! Here are upcoming events bringing us through the middle of June, already! Swimming lessons are starting up now and soon all over the area and so are sessions of VBS. The Harrisburg Community Church will hold VBS beginning the 24th of this month. Several posters are planted around town and invitations are being sent out to those who were involved in Kids Club but everyone is welcome! Today, Thursday, June 13th, the group from Omaha, the Frontier Strings, will be performing a free concert in Centennial Park in Scottsbluff. This...

  • John Royle Biggs

    Jun 13, 2024

    John Royle Biggs of Overton, Nevada, passed away on Saturday, May 25, in Las Vegas, Nevada. John Biggs was born on November 20, 1947, in Denver, Colorado, to Robert and Grace Biggs. John grew up on his parents' ranch on the remote High Plains of northeast Colorado, near New Raymer. He attended high school in Grover and New Raymer Colorado. He joined the army in 1967 and served two tours in Vietnam with the 118th Bandits, operating as a Bell UH-1 Huey gunship helicopter crew chief stationed in Bi... Full story

  • Paul Gerald Vigil

    Jun 13, 2024

    An angel gained his wings and is now with the Heavenly Father. Paul Gerald Vigil, age 59 passed away on May 22, 2024. Paul Gerald Vigil was born February 7, 1965 to Delores Rodriguez Vigil and Arthur Ernest Vigil in Kimball, Nebraska. He attended Kimball County High School, graduating in 1983. Paul worked many jobs in his lifetime to include oilfield and pipe fitting. He was employed at TLC at the time of his death. On December 16, 1988, he married the love of his life, Theresa Walker Hickox. They were married 35 years. Paul loved life and had... Full story

  • Kimball's Charvat Wins Wyoming Bowling Title

    Patty Yanaga, The Observer|Jun 13, 2024

    Some bowling news to pique your interest! Quite a few bowlers from Kimball have completed the 2023-24 season at Pine Bowl in Pine Bluffs and are looking forward to the next season starting in September. Signing up for a league at Pine Bowl qualifies you for the Wyoming State Bowling Tournament each year. This year, on May 11-12, the state bowling tournament was hosted at Camelanes in Gillette. Kudos to Kimball's Codel Charvat for winning the Wyoming State Men's Scratch Singles with an...

  • Red/White Classic Raises $40,000 For Kimball Sports

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 13, 2024

    The second annual Red/White Classic Golf Tournament on Saturday June 8 raised more than $40,000 for the Kimball Longhorns athletic programs. Of the 25 teams, first place went to Kimball Auto Parts with a 51 total score, Team Tolstedt came in 2nd with a 55. Third place went to Kimball Insurance with a 56. A variety of games add to the fun at the Classic. The games include closest to the basketball, closest to track shoes, hit ball off the water bottle, wearing football helmet, and Kyler Lusche...

  • Anderson, Hottell Win Firsts At State Trap

    The Observer|Jun 13, 2024

    Kimball trap team members made their mark at the Nebraska state meet in Doniphan on Saturday, June 8. Kimball placed second as a team at 442, while Blair took first at 473. In varsity trap high gun, numerous Longhorns fared well individually. Here's the rundown. Grace Anderson was first among females and tied for sixth overall with a total score of 91, Cainin Sours and Nolan Hook tied for eighth at 90, Kolt Hottell was 11th at 86, Trenton Hottell tied for 13th at 85, Lane Cook tied for 17th at...