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Articles from the June 29, 2023 edition

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  • Tornado, Hail, Severe Storm Hit Area

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 29, 2023

    The Bushnell and Oliver Lake areas were hit especially hard by the severe storm Monday night that pounded the Kimball area. A visitor to Oliver from New Mexico described her experience. Still shaken from the experience the previous night, the visitor, who identified herself as Kaitlynn, said, "It was scary." Road-tripping from New Mexico to Idaho, they stopped at Oliver just minutes before the hail began. She recalled saying, "That looks like a pretty bad thunderstorm. Hopefully, it goes the oth... Full story

  • Kimball Annexes Land For Housing

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 29, 2023

    Over three days –Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of last week – the Kimball City Council annexed and rezoned 150 acres of land contiguous to the City of Kimball to the south. The council conducted all three readings of the ordinance within the week. On Tuesday evening, the council met for its regular meeting. The first item on the agenda was a public hearing on Ordinance No. 821, the annexation. With no comment from anyone, the council approved the first reading of the ordinance. The planning commission previously approved the annexation. Add...

  • County OKs Lease Plan For Transit Vehicles

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 29, 2023

    The Kimball County Commissioners split the vote on the final agenda item on June 20's Kimball County Commissioners meeting, which was to discuss and consider any action to enter into a lease for additional garage parking space for KCTS transit vehicles. Commissioners Elyse Lukassen and Carl Stander approved the contract, while Commissioner Flores voted no and refused to pen his name on the lease agreement as chairman of the board. The commissioners, in the 2-1 vote, approved a five-year lease...


    Jun 29, 2023

    As a prelude to the Fourth of July, the Big Boy No. 4014 will stop in Kimball at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, July 3. After a trip to the College World Series in Omaha, the "Home Run Express Tour" is returning to Cheyenne, the home of the Big Boy No. 4014. Locally, on July 4, Kimball Gotte Park will be the location for the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department fire truck rides from 10 a.m. until noon on the fourth of July. (See Big Boy photo on Page A4.) On Tuesday night, the Fourth, a fireworks display on... Full story

  • Enjoy The Holiday, Family & Freedom

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Jun 29, 2023

    Good morning Banner County, friends near and far! As we all are aware, our weather situation has been pretty violent with destructive rain, wind hail and tornadoes. Several times all at once. According to the weather forecast as of right now (Monday, June 26) we are clear until tonight and Friday. Time will tell, right? (Editor's note: As it turned out, parts of this area endured a tornado watch and hail Monday night.) There are a lot of things in the works for Thursday, June 29th, so lets hope...

  • Vietnam Vet Gary Barker Honored In Washington

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 29, 2023

    Kimball veteran Gary Barker's name was read at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., along with 565 other individuals who died as a result of their injuries during the Vietnam War. It was an emotional few days as Barb Barker and her family traveled to Washington. Nearly 50 years after Gary Barker's death, Barb submitted all the documentation to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and received word that he met the qualifications to be honored. Seventeen other Nebraska names were read... Full story


    Jun 29, 2023

    A large crowd gathered for Sunday's Praise in the Park at Gotte Park. Breakfast by the Methodist Men's Group was served at 9 a.m. and the nondenominational service began at 10. Praise in the Park is sponsored by Kimball Ministerial Association. Two additional services will be July 30 and Aug. 27....


    Jun 29, 2023

    Kasten Anderson, 6, of Kimball gives it his best shot during the Father's Day Golf Classic at Four Winds Golf Course. He played with his dad, Kyle, as part of the Anderson team. The perenially popular tournament drew more than 100 golfers from six states.... Full story


    Jun 29, 2023

    What a difference one day made for some campers at Oliver Reservoir. Wicked winds during Monday night's severe storm turned over the camper in the photo at left. At right, this camp site appears calm on Tuesday morning – but campers had to endure hail, rain, wind and fear of tornadoes the night before....