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Articles from the June 20, 2024 edition

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    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    While a world-wide pandemic raged in 2020, towns, cities and countries were shut down and borders were closed. Yet a simple comment on a Facebook photography group from a young woman in Argentina – "I'm bored" – would eventually lead to a connection across continents, an online marriage and her eventual relocation from Argentina to a rural Nebraska community. It was July 2020 and Argentina was experiencing its longest pandemic shutdown, 10 months. At 1 in the morning, Daiana Congett was sim...

  • Old Hospital's Appraisal $395,000

    Daria Anderson-Faden, THe Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    The appraisal for the former Kimball Health Services hospital building was accepted at the June 18 county commissioners meeting. Brandt Appraisal Co. determined that the former hospital building and parking lot adjacent to the property should be appraised at $395,000. The commissioners held a public hearing to allow comments from any interested parties to speak for or against the sale of the former hospital at 505 South Burg St. Sheriff Dave Hottell talked about the possibility of the county keeping the generator that is located at the former...

  • National Eucharistic Pilgrimage Carries On After Kimball

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    For the next week, the first National Eucharistic Pilgrimage in 83 years will travel through Nebraska on the way to meet up with three other pilgrimage routes in Indianapolis for the National Eucharistic Congress. The St. Junipero Serra Route, which passed through Kimball and St. Joseph's Catholic Church last week, began in San Francisco on Pentecost Sunday. When those on the journey reach Indianapolis, they will have traveled for 60 days spreading the word of the Eucharist. The route from the...


    Jun 20, 2024

    Yellow is the dominant theme of the Morrison home at 510 Webster. The Morrisons have lived in the corner lot since 1995 and have continued to improve the lot with yellow iris, flowers baskets in front of the dining room windows, and front porch. Yellow lilac and orange tiger lilies accent the front yard. They continue to work on the yard and had to remove a 90 year-old Thornless Honey Locust. The Morrisons replanted the same variety of tree. The perfect front lawn also has Thornless Honey...

  • Joey Perry Learns About Insurance At UN-L Summer Program

    Jun 20, 2024

    Kimball High School junior Joey Perry had the great opportunity to discover actuarial science, which has to do with insurance, and visit the University of Nebraska's Lincoln campus. Joey spent June 10-12 meeting industry professionals and touring their workplaces. The program encouraged competition to create solutions to a business problem. According to Joey, "An actuary is someone who prices the rates on products in the insurance industry." She did admit that she did not have a huge interest...

  • Community Garage Sale Saturday At Museum

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    Good morning, here is hoping all of you dads had a Happy Father’s Day! We have had a little rain, downpours in a few places with a couple of cooler days this week, and we are thankful for that. Here in Harrisburg, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, you are invited to participate in a Community Garage Sale at the Banner County Museum. Anyone is welcome to come sell their treasures. Please bring your own table (or tables) and lunch will be provided by the vendors. More information is available by calling Sharon Sandberg at 308-631-2424 o...

  • Progress Show A Winner For Kimball FFA Alumni

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    The Kimball County Fairgrounds was a destination spot last weekend for families and youth on the progress show circuit. People from all over the Panhandle, Colorado and Wyoming converged on Kimball for the 21st annual Father's Days Progress Show. A small but mighty group of Kimball FFA Alumni run the show, which has grown to become a major stop on the traveling youth progress shows. The FFA Alumni have the details down and the show runs like clockwork. Amber Wilke said they strive to make it...

  • Donely D. Brunner

    Jun 20, 2024

    Donely D. Brunner, 76, of 15 Lakeview Heights, Brule, Nebraska, 69127 passed away on June 9, 2024, at his home. Don was born January 23, 1948, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, the son of Edward Victor and Laura Irene (Carlson) Brunner. Don proudly served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Following his service, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines in 1974. He was also a member of the Theta Tau fraternity. Don married Mary K.... Full story

  • Paul Gerald Vigil

    Jun 20, 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.... Full story

  • Dick Van Pelt

    Jun 20, 2024

    Dick Van Pelt ... A REAL COWBOY. Born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska June 14, 1945 (Flag Day) Dick began his life as a rancher, then banker, breeder of fine Blue Valentine Quarter horses, team roper, story teller, husband, father of Rick and Leanne, brother, grandfather, uncle, mentor, community volunteer, and FRIEND. He never met a stranger and always offered his massive hand in friendship to everyone. After leaving the family ranch in Harrisburg, Nebraska, he spent the next 50+ years in Laramie,... Full story

  • Patricia C. Barrett

    Jun 20, 2024

    Patricia C. Barrett, 81, of Kimball, died at her home surrounded by family on Sunday, April 14, 2024. Cremation has taken place and family arranged memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball with Pastor Randy Bohac officiating. Friends are invited to a light lunch following the memorial service. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to leave condolences and share stories with the family. Memorials may be given in her memory to the First English Lutheran Church Women's...

  • Wyatt Reichenberg Defends Title

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    Banner County's Wyatt Reichenberg is the two-time Nebraska High School Rodeo Steer Wrestling Champion. Wyatt competed at the state finals June 10-12 in Burwell. The Harrisburg cowboy had a total of 132 points. State finals was two rounds and a short go. Wyatt had a time of 6.07 in Round 1, but broke the barrier in the second round with a 14.03. In the short go, Wyatt won the round with a 4.42. All the points from the top 15 rodeos of the season and the state points earned him his championship....

  • Greenwoods Again Win Father's Day Tournament

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    The Men's Thursday Night Golf League had a great turnout, great scores, and beautiful weather at the annual Father's Day golf tournament. League president Randy Bohac announced prizes and winners. Kenny, Jordan and Jeff Greenwood won the championship division with a 113. The Greenwoods are not new to winning the tournament. According to their calculations, they have won seven of the last 10. Both Greenwood boys played high school golf in Kimball and went on to play in college, Jordan resides in...


    Jun 20, 2024

    Kimball High School freshmen Noley Brower, left, and Charotte Bremer practiced parking and other essential driving skills under the watchful eye of driver education instructor Arlen Mekelburg during the return of driver education for students at the school. The class is offered through the University of Nebraska at Kearney Nebraska Safety Center. Nine Kimball students completed 24 hours of classroom instruction, three hours behind the wheel, and a final test to obtain a waiver to receive their...

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