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Articles from the September 21, 2023 edition

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  • Gravel Work Proceeds On Missile Roads

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 21, 2023

    Pine Bluffs Gravel and Excavating is doing a resurfacing project for the Minuteman Missile access roads. Heavy truck traffic is expected to continue south of Kimball, although the work will only take place during daylight hours. More than 40 gravel trucks are hauling gravel from the gravel pits just west of Kimball to the missile base roads in Laramie County, Wyoming, at the present time. Sites in Weld County have been completed, and they will start on the missile roads in Kimball County by the...

  • County Budget In Focus

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 21, 2023

    The Kimball County Commissioners went into two executive sessions Tuesday, Sept. 19, regarding deployment of security personnel and devices and the purpose of discussing confidential employee and personnel matters. On Tuesday evening, the commissioners held a joint public hearing regarding the increase in the tax request, and on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 9:15 a.m. the commissioners will hold the 2023-24 county budget hearing. For more information about the county’s proposed budget and its notice of budget hearing and budget summary, see the public...

  • Organizers Release Farmers Day Schedule

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 21, 2023

    A full Farmers Day is in store for the Kimball area on the weekend of Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. Highlighting the events will be the parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by the first-ever “Pie A City Guy” event at 2 p.m. at the downtown stage in Kimball. Tickets for “Pie A City Guy” can be purchased at the Kimball Public Library. Various city officials have volunteered to be the pie target, including Mayor John Morrison, City Administrator Annette Brower, library Director Amber Sweetland and many more. The Friends of the Kimball Library are sponsor...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 21, 2023

    Banner County's Andie West participated in the Area 1 Range Judging Contest on Tuesday, when more than 150 FFA students from 14 different Panhandle schools visited Kimball County to participate in the event. Site 1, shown above, was at Oliver Reservoir. The students had to identify 24 range plants, provide information about them and determine if they were grasses, forbs or shrubs. Students scored three ecological sites, looking at what kind of conditions they were in and what soils they were...

  • Here Comes Kimball's Concert Season

    Sep 21, 2023

    The Kimball Concert Association has announced the kickoff of its membership campaign for the 2023-24 concert season. The association has also released schedule of concerts for the season. Last year for the first time, the association made student memberships free, and they will continue this for the 2023-24 season. The action encourages youth to attend the four concerts and be exposed to various music and performances. Concert tickets can be purchased at the Kimball Public Library as well as from individuals. To purchase tickets, contact Donna...

  • Fall Is In The Air, Farmers Busy

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Sep 21, 2023

    Good morning this beautiful fall morning in Nebraska! Hope we have this kind of weather for the next 90 days, and then spring! Everyone is still pretty busy and farmers are still trying to get wheat planted while beans, corn and beet harvest is still ahead. Whew! For this upcoming week, Thursday, September 21st, there will be a home volleyball game at 1 p.m. verses Community Christian. Football on tap for this week is here at home as the Wildcats celebrate Homecoming. Game time Friday is 5 p.m. for volleyball and 7 p.m. for the football game....

  • Kimball-Banner County Entrants Show Well At State Fair

    Sep 21, 2023

    Entrants from Kimball and Banner counties fared well with many ribbons, special recognition and a reserve champion at the Nebraska State Fair. Here are the results: Bodee Carruthers: 4-H Breeding Gilt-Blue, Int. Swine Showmanship-Purple, Crossbred Market Barrow-Blue. Hadley Carruthers: 4-H Breeding Gilt Crossbred-Purple, Int. Swine Showmanship-Blue, 4-H Market Crossbred Swine-Blue. Karsyn Chesley: Water Filtration and Purification display-Purple/Special recognition, Best Buy for Your Buck Ages...

  • Dewayne 'Dewey' McCloud

    Sep 21, 2023

    Dewayne “Dewey” McCloud, 60, of Kimball, passed away unexpectedly in Kimball on Thursday, September 7, 2023. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, September 22, 2023, at the Cantrell Funeral Home with Pastor Tyson Lambertson officiating. The family asks everyone to wear Husker Red in honor of Dewey’s love of Nebraska Football. A lunch will follow the service at the Eagles. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Friends may call the funeral home... Full story

  • Jeannette E. Hayden

    Sep 21, 2023

    Jeannette E. Hayden, 100, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2023 at the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball with Pastor Randy Bohac officiating. Burial followed in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends called at the funeral home on Sunday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friends can also visit www.cantrellfh.com to view her Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials... Full story

  • Lyle E. Hilkemeier

    Sep 21, 2023

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lyle E. Hilkemeier (age 84) on September 1, 2023. Yet it is with happy souls to know he is reunited with his wife, Anita, in Heaven with the Lord. Lyle was born on June 3, 1939 to Fred W. Hilkemeier and Dorothy (Schroder) Hilkemeier in Stuart, NE. He served in the Marine Corps prior to marrying Anita Jackson on March 3, 1963 in Kimball, NE. He is survived by their 3 sons: Lesten (Jennifer), Larry, Lonnie (Teresa) and his sister Margery... Full story

  • Kimball XC Takes 3rd In Run At The Rocks

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 21, 2023

    The Kimball boys cross country team placed third at the Run at the Rocks-Bridgeport Invite after the Kimball Invite. The team was just 2 points out of first place. Following that nice showing, Kimball XC has a meet today (Thursday) at Ogallala, then next week at Gothenburg, and Oct. 12 at the D-6 district meet. In Bridgeport, Braxton Miller ran to seventh place, followed by Braylon Miller in 17th and freshman Trey Cook in 19th place. Eddie Duran captured 23rd and Conrad Kaminski was 26th. Other...

  • Longhorns Volleyball Enters Season's Final Month

    The Observer|Sep 21, 2023

    A month remains of the regular 2023 volleyball season for the Kimball team that on Monday evening enjoyed a taste of victory as the Kimball JV won over the Banner County varsity in a close 3-2 match. It was great way to open homecoming week. Kimball has five home games between now and the end of the season. On Tuesday, Kimball played against Hershey. Next up, Kimball's varsity (0-8) will play Hay Springs and Leyton at Dalton, and then Creek Valley on Monday, September 25. Future home games...

  • It's Morrill On Friday Night For Kimball Homecoming

    The Observer|Sep 21, 2023

    The Kimball Longhorns look to rebound this Friday in a homecoming matchup with the visiting Morrill Lions in a D1 District 11 contest. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. The Horns are working this week to make it a happy homecoming. The Leyton Warriors could be a good indicator of how this game might turn out. The Longhorns dominated Leyton, 40-10, in their lone victory so far this season, while Morrill lost, 60-8, to that same rebuilding Warriors team. Kimball is 1-3 this season after a 55-0 loss at Perkins...

  • New Pastor Brings A Bit Of Alaska To St. John's Lutheran

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 21, 2023

    From Alaska to Nebraska, Pastor Ellery Steffensen of St. John's Lutheran Church is settling into life in Kimball. He was ordained and installed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor two months ago. Pastor Steffensen said, "It has been a joyous two months." Excited to finally do what he has been trained to do and what he always knew he wanted to do, Pastor Steffensen said, "So you spend all this time at seminary cramming lots of knowledge into your head. Are you going to be able to share that with...


    Sep 21, 2023

    Some of more than 150 visiting FFA members wind through Oliver Reservoir land Tuesday during the FFA Area 1 Range Judging Contest. A report on their visit is on Page A1....