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Articles from the August 5, 2021 edition

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During the time she studied for her Early Childhood Education Endorsement, Potter-Dix kindergarten teacher Chari Mohr made some startling discoveries. "A kindergarten student who has not been read to... Full story


New Hospital Gets Its Funding

Plans for building a new hospital in Kimball took a big step forward this week. At its meeting Monday, the Kimball Health Services Board of Trustees announced receiving approval of a $23.4 million direct loan through the US Department of...


Flood Effects Remain

Local business owners continue to feel the effects of the Chestnut Street water main break in downtown Kimball, which occurred two weeks ago. Hometown Hardware owners said they are waiting on...


Special Meeting For School Board

The Kimball School Board tended to some general housekeeping issues in a special meeting Monday, July 26. Mary Lynch Parent-Student, High School Parent-Student, and Staff Handbooks for 2021-22 were approved. Those handbooks had been previously tabled...


Farmers Want Bindweed To Be Noxious Weed

Topping the Aug.3 Kimball County Commissioners meeting agenda were farmers and landowners trying to get bindweed added as a noxious weed. Everyone agreed that it would cost more in taxes to control it...


School Bells Will Ring After Harvest And County Fairs Wrap Up

Good morning Banner County, friends near and far. Hot, hot, and more hot around here as of late. We are finishing up on the wheat harvest and county fairs, and before you know it school bells will be ringing. Speaking of school; due to COVID last...


Glenda M. Elwood

Glenda M. Elwood, 83 of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Saturday, July 31, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in... Full story


William Eugene Hanway

William Eugene Hanway was born Sept. 9, 1931, in Broadwater, NE to Robert and Beryl (Paxton) Hanway. He passed away on July 26, 2021, at home in Loveland, CO at the age of 89. He attended Bridgeport... Full story


Timothy Dale Lukassen

Timothy Dale Lukassen of Dix, Nebraska passed away October 26, 2020 from complications of COVID-19. Family and friends are invited to share a time of fellowship and a celebration of Timothy’s life a... Full story


James (Jim) Nelson

James (Jim) Nelson, a long-time resident of Kimball County, died unexpectedly from natural causes in his home on May 30, 2021 at the age of 64. He was born in Sidney, Ne on September 20, 1956, to... Full story


Death Notice

Mary Gerner, born October 9, 1934, passed away on May 7, 2021. Mary’s graveside memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, at the Pine Bluffs Cemetery. Immediately following, a reception will be at the Crossroads Community Church... Full story



Standing underneath the Canadian choke cherry tree and awarded Yard of the Week is Colin Moul, center. Heather Entingh, left, and Nate Entingh present Colin with the award. Colin's yard has a...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    August 5, 2021


Longhorns football coach Ben Aarestad and his players, shown here during practice last year, will strive to show more progress after the 2020 rebuilding campaign that unfolded during the pandemic.... Full story

 By Jim Orr    Sports    August 5, 2021

Here Comes Another Classic

One of the bigger golf tournaments of the season goes down this Saturday at Four Winds Golf Course. The Kimball Hospital Foundation Golf Classic is back with its 30th annual edition. A record field...


Let There Be Light At Gotte

The Oregon Trail Community Foundation has presented the City of Kimball with a $1,500 grant for the purchase and installation of lighting for the recently upgraded pickleball and basketball courts at Gotte Park. It can be said that the grant, well,...


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