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Articles from the July 27, 2017 edition


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  • Prepare for County Fair

    Jul 27, 2017

  • Council considers Event Center's future, $1.6 M landfill cell

    Tonia Copeland|Jul 27, 2017

    The Kimball City Council met on July 11 to discuss, among other things, the future of the Kimball Event Center as the municipality enters the 2017-2018 budget planning period. During the budgeting process last year, with much input from the public, the City chose to continue subsidizing the event center for another year, though at a decreased amount. Special Projects Coordinator Amy Sapp presented a fiscal report to the board highlighting the Event Center’s growth with subsidies from the local Keno Grant, the Board of Public Works, as well a...

  • Mountain Lion sighting confirmed at Oliver Reservoir

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 27, 2017

    Attention all campers, and lake goers, please pay close attention to what you are doing and where you are at Oliver Reservoir. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is investigating a report of a mountain lion spotted at the lake. Local law enforcement as well as the Nebraska Game and Parks has planned on setting up trail cams to try to snap a few photos of this big kitty and what she could have with her from all of the tracks in the area and a Facebook post earlier last week thoughts are she has at least one cub. According to Kimball...

  • County board to hire weed assistant

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 27, 2017

    Never ending weeds here in Kimball County, Rick Wangler, County Weed Superintendent, addressed the board at the Commissioners meeting Tuesday, July 18. Wangler stated he feels like he’s taking one step forward and two steps back trying to keep up with spraying as well as inspections this summer. With all of the work Wangler continues to do throughout the county, he also takes care of some work within city limits. Wangler added that he is working his days off to try to compensate and attempting to get ahead. The County Commissioners took all t...

  • Raising the academic bar

    Tonia Copeland|Jul 27, 2017

    A few teachers represented a concerned and proactive group of Kimball educators at the recent Board of Education meeting following a discussion last month about increasing academic standards. Cynthe Staehr addressed the board regarding the desire to increase scholastic expectations. “Conversations began at the end of school with an unusual amount of uneasiness being voiced on several issues,” she said. “We felt an urgency to take action and move forward with our conversations.” Teachers at both schools met to discuss concerns and followe...

  • New daycare to open in Kimball

    Desyree Nelson|Jul 27, 2017

    Kimball welcomes a new business that is in the business of caring for and teaching young children. The Alphabet Academy has made its way to Kimball and is ready to care for local children aged 6 weeks and older. Director Lindsey Lynch spoke to the Kimball City Council on Tuesday, July 18 and said she had become aware that more childcare was needed in Kimball. “We are excited to provide quality child care in a learning environment,” she said. Because the facility is not only a day care, but a preschool as well, all staff are required to tak...

  • Abigale Howard

    Jul 27, 2017

    Abigale M. Howard, 26, of Bushnell, died on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the Kimball Cemetery with Brian Gray officiating. There will be no visitation. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view the obituary and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given to the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department. The services for Abigale have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Abigale Marie Howard was born...

  • Elvera B. Rasmussen

    Jul 27, 2017

    Elvera Blonien Rasmussen of Hay Springs, NE passed away at Pioneer Manor in Hay Springs on July 18, 2017 at the age of 88. A Vigil will be held on Monday July 24, 2017 at 7 p.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Hay Springs. Mass of Christian burial for Elvera will be held Tuesday July 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Catholic church in Hay Springs. A memorial has been established to the Hay Springs Ambulance Fund. Elvera was born on April 12, 1929 to Erwin and Esther (Peters) Blonien in Moon, Wis. She and her older brother, Gerald, attended a...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jul 27, 2017

    Money was scarce, and times were hard, but when things got tough, we did without and cut back on our lifestyles. We didn’t look to the government to make up the difference. People with food stamps weren’t buying junk food or trading them for cash to buy cigarettes and beer. Churches administered help to those in need and the homeless were taken care of by relatives. School children learned because it was expected of them. They didn’t have their education sugarcoated or made “fun.” Teachers were respected, not insulted and beaten up. The cours...

  • Roughing It

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 27, 2017

    Believe it or not there is a black market for horse hair, actually a very large one at that. The clippings of mane and tails are used for many different things, including jewelry, belts, horse tack, pottery, and even hair extensions for show horses. A tail is very important to a horse, their tail is their number one defense against flies and pesky summer bugs, and also horses take pride in their tails-have you ever seen a happy horse running through the pasture with their head held high? Notice their tail too, how pretty it looks, it has the...

  • Yard of the Week: 13 Dowd Ct.

    Jul 27, 2017

    This week's Pride of Kimball, Yard of the Week, goes to Pat Quillen at 13 Dowd Court. Pat's home features several gorgeous mature trees surrounded by hostas and other shade-loving perennials in a neatly landscaped lawn. The front and side yards have a hardy vining plant that climbs the brick home next to colorful and lively hollyhock. "When my husband and I bought our new home in Kimball, years ago, the first thing we did – after settling in, was to plant some trees and flowers. The years h...

  • Veteran's History Project

    Larry Nelson|Jul 27, 2017

    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. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Richard Hughes (Dick) and his family relocated to Laramie, Wyoming. By the time he was sixteen years old, he had graduated from high school. Dick went on and took some classes at the University of Wyoming. He wanted to...

  • CAPWN offers youth support in Kimball and neighboring counties

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 27, 2017

    Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska (CAPWN) is dedicated to encouraging and sponsoring innovative youth programs. CAPWN has youth programs to offer the 11 counties of the Nebraska Panhandle, including Youth Shelter and Group Home, Rural Host Home Transitional Housing, Youth Leadership, Teen Outreach Program, and Supportive Housing both transitional and permanent. The Panhandle Youth Shelter has served Kimball County since 1984. Throughout the past four years, CAPWN Youth Programs have served 16 youth from Kimball County, and has...

  • Area couple hopes to expand Gymkhana

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 27, 2017

    Another hot, dusty, and fun-filled summer day at the Whartman Arena rolled around once more this summer, this past Sunday July 23. Adults and children of all ages, horses, trailers, the arena just east of Potter, the day started off at 11 a.m. with five events of the day Barrel Racing, with the PeeWee age group (four and under) up first, Able K. placed first in the barrels last weekend followed by Payslee W. in second, Allie R. in third then Makayla L. took fourth. Next up in the Barrel Race was...

  • Cross Country walker rests at Kimball's Brookside Farm

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 27, 2017

    Another walk across the country, Erin Parete is making her way east to west across America. From her starting point in Rhode Island on March 25, 2017, Erin Parete is more than half way done with her cross country trek. Her plan is to follow I-80 up through Wyoming and into Utah, just before reaching Salt Lake City, Utah, she will head north into Idaho, then will walk west to her final destination outside of Portland Oregon. On average Erin walks 30 miles a day, "My longest was 40 miles in one da...

  • Jock Talk

    Tom Southard|Jul 27, 2017

    A field of golfers turned out for the Ladies Panhandle Senior Golf Tournament Monday at the Four Winds Golf Course. The format of the day was a 4-person scramble and some of our local Kimball ladies fared well. Alene Schilz was a member of the winning team that shot a handicap score of 56.98. Jean Barrett and Judy Brighton were both on the second place team that shot 60.50. Dee Buddecke was on the 3rd place team that shot 60.70 and Shirley Crossman was on the 4th place team that had a 61.60 final tally. I might mention that there were some...

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