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Articles from the June 30, 2016 edition


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  • Fun in the Sun

    Jun 30, 2016

    It's time for Fourth of July celebrations – fireworks, a backyard barbecue, maybe a trip to the lake. Whatever people have planned, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services wants them to enjoy their holiday but make sure it's as safe as it is fun. Fireworks Safety Fireworks are festive, beautiful and a big part of many Nebraskans' Fourth of July get-togethers. Unfortunately, they can also be dangerous. According to the Nebraska State Fire Marshal's Office, 176 people visited the emer...

  • Funny Money: Counterfeits no laughing matter

    Tonia Copeland|Jun 30, 2016

    Counterfeit money is being circulated in Kimball according to a recent news release from Kimball Police chief Darren Huff. Initially, Huff said Points West Bank identified phony bills on several occasions and contacted the police to report them. However, FirsTier Bank in Kimball has also reported counterfeit money and Huff said that, to date, fake $5, $10, $20 and $100 denominations have been collected. These bills have been passed and returned from business deposits this year, and many of the local businesses have no way to determine when they...

  • Burgled and vandalized

    Dawn Fossand|Jun 30, 2016

    Burglars and vandals have broken into at least two Kimball businesses this past week. "This is a very sensitive case and we are not at a point to comment in detail at this time," Kimball Chief of Police, Darren Huff said. "However, I can tell you there were two businesses that were burglarized either late Monday (June 20) or early Tuesday (June 21) morning. The Kimball Police Department is presently investigating leads and processing evidence to bring the individual(s) responsible to justice."...

  • County board balks at appraisal costs

    Dawn Fossand|Jun 30, 2016

    Kimball County Assessor Sherry Winstrom again proposed a county-wide third-party reassessment of all Kimball County properties to the Board of Equalization on Tuesday, June 21. At a previous BOE meeting Winstrom noted that as she worked on the market depreciation for the new cost tables she found that the market depreciation was “off-the-wall with all of the homes that were in town.” Following the first request for the revaluation, and citing that she was under a deadline to complete the new cost tables for Kimball County, the board req...

  • Council reviews long overdue update

    Tonia Copeland|Jun 30, 2016

    The Kimball City Council received and reviewed the updated Comprehensive Plan from Hanna:Keelan and Associates, along with amended zoning maps and a housing study at their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 21. “Our last comprehensive plan was updated in 2001 if I am not mistaken,” Kimball City Administrator Daniel Ortiz said. “There are a couple of changes incorporated with the comprehensive plan including the energy elements but we also combined the housing study as part of this comprehensive plan and it has been updated to conform to new l...

  • Abatements continue and an agreement reached

    Tonia Copeland|Jun 30, 2016

    Kimball City Council discussed, and ultimately approved, in open meeting on Tuesday, June 23, a nuisance abatement agreement with Mike Schadegg for properties located on south Oak Street and west First Street. "The attorneys entered into an agreement because Schadegg made several references to when he could clean up that property, of course the court realized it was going to take a little time to do," City Attorney Kent Hadefeldt said. "So we drafted an agreement and submitted it to the court...

  • Minnie L. Lebruska

    Jun 30, 2016

    Minnie L. Lebruska, 106, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Carla Gunn officiating. Burial will be in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. Visit www.cantrell fh.com to view Minnie’s Tribute Wall and leave condolences for the family. Memorials have been established to the Kimball County Manor or the charity of the donor’s cho...

  • P.E.O. Chapter hosts 3rd Annual Kimball Garden Walk

    Tonia Copeland|Jun 30, 2016

    Kimball’s P.E.O. members invite the public to attend the third annual Kimball Garden Walk for a refreshing change of scenery, as well as refreshments, a chance for door prizes and most importantly, to raise funds used to further women’s education and well-being. The P.E.O. Chapter GN is hosting the third annual Kimball Garden Walk on Saturday, July 9, 2016, from 8 to 11 a.m. More than 75 participated in the inaugural event and 85 enjoyed the second annual Garden Walk. Four unique gardens will be on the tour again this year, according to eve...

  • Campers asked to register at ORRA

    Tonia Copeland|Jun 30, 2016

    Galen Wittrock, assistant manager of the South Platte Natural Resources District, hopes to point out new SPNRD signage at Oliver Reservoir Recreation Area west of Kimball. Signs have been erected at the main entrance and the west entrance of the recreation area requiring campers to register as is done is many campsites across the nation. Since we took over the maintenance of Oliver, we have had to come up with our own rules," Wittrock said. "We set up rules and regulations through the advisory...

  • Missoula Children's Theatre offers youth theatrical opportunity

    Staff Report|Jun 30, 2016

    From a break down in Montana to the bright stage lights in Kimball, the Missoula Children’s Theater has come a long way. In the summer of 1970 unemployed actor, Jim Caron was traveling from Chicago to Oregon for a friend’s wedding when his vehicle broke down. While waiting for the repairs at the nearest service station, in Missoula Mont., Caron auditioned for a part in Man of La Mancha, and was given the role of “Sancho”. Caron along with Don Collins, the actor portraying Don Quixote, organized a troupe to perform for children in the area in...

  • Veterans History Project

    Larry Nelson|Jun 30, 2016

    The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Just before graduating from high school, Erwin Lee Kuling (Lee) and other seniors took a week off from school and likely did some things they weren’t supposed to do. It significantly irritated the administrators of the school who told Lee and group that they would have to go through their senior y...

  • 13th Annual Ribs and More cookoff winners

    Jun 30, 2016

    RIBS - First: Mitch Brown, Second: Mike Sellers, Third: Jowain Sherman PIES - First: Penny Merryfield, Second: Penny Merryfield, Third: Johanna Hottell CORNBREAD - First: Fatima Lafoya, Second: Penny Merryfield, Third: Johanna Hottell BAKED BEANS - First: Mike Sellers, Second: Mitch Brown, Third: Dave Klinkhammer Prizes were provided by Hometown Hardware, AW Laser Art, Main Street Market and Aramark. Pepsi provided refreshments which were sold by the Kimball Federation Wrestling Club. Bemis...

  • TeamMates golf tourney winners

    Jun 30, 2016

  • Kimball golfers take first and second at Morrill Open Golf Tournament

    Jun 30, 2016

  • 10th Annual Andy Shaw Memorial Co-ed Softball Tournament

    Jun 30, 2016

  • 3rd Annual Oliver Reservoir 5k run/1K walk

    Jun 30, 2016

  • Jock Talk

    Tom Southard|Jun 30, 2016

    A huge weekend for the Kimball Recreation Area! With the Andy Shaw 10th Annual Co-ed Softball Tournament going on both Saturday and Sunday, and the annual TeamMates Golf Tournament taking place onSaturday, the area was alive with activity. It was so gratifying to see all of the cars, the campers, the tents, the sun shields, the music, and the good food being served up. Lots of out-of-town vehicles in the parking lots, and lots and lots of people! The softball tournament attracted 13 teams, the same as last year, according to chairman Kevin...

  • Potter Car Bowl's mini bull riding competition winners announced

    Jun 30, 2016

  • Second Annual Potter Car Bowl events

    Jun 30, 2016

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