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Articles from the September 29, 2022 edition

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    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 29, 2022

    It takes volunteers who make Farmers Day happen every year, and 2022 was no exception. Many of the volunteers are individualswho have served the community for decades. With over 30 years of experience organizing the hamburger feed, Bob Abramson has enlisted committed individuals to get the burgers into the serving lines. The Kimball cheerleaders helped serve the food, and Abramson was thrilled with the help of the football team to set up. Abramson quickly mentioned all his volunteers, including... Full story

  • The Farmers Day Meeting

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 29, 2022

    Farmers Day weekend began with a Kimball City Council meeting to address agenda items that were postponed from the council meeting on Tuesday. The council dealt with an annexation, consideration of a future annexation, and set the property tax request. The public hearing for Ordinance No. 806, the annexation of the Community Walking Trail, the dog park and Janicek Damn, was opened and closed in less than one minute. With no public comments, the three city council members who were present went on to conduct the first reading for the annexation...

  • 2020 Law Enables Council To Meet Without A Traditional Quorum

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 29, 2022

    On Tuesday, with only two Kimball City Council members present along with the mayor, a law enacted in 2020 was used for the council to conduct an official meeting, according to city attorney Matt Turman. Turman explained how and why a meeting could still be conducted even though two members were absent and a quorum technically did not exist. In 2020, LB1003 changed the quorum requirements for second-class cities. The League of Municipalities lobbied the Unicameral for the new statute because a town in the eastern part of the state had two...

  • THE CLASS OF 1972

    Sep 29, 2022

    The Kimball County High School Class of 1972 reunited during the Farmer's Day celebration. Here's everyone who attended. Sitting, from left: Patty Hake Schumacher, Amorilys Johnson, Patty Niemann, Kristy Lockwood, Monica Seay, Becky Mathews Winne, Jan Fennel Lanxon, Becky Bohac Bowser and Buddy Robbins. Second row: Vicki Sisson Stahla, Ed Avila, Diana Shandera Engstrom, Connie Henderson Hunter, Jan Voyles Davis, Carol Bowman, Karen Kellner, Theresa Volkmer Ward, Cindy Thacker, Pam Branham, Dar... Full story

  • Doctor Returning To Kimball

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 29, 2022

    Dr. James Broomfield, formerly of Kimball Health Services, says he will be returning to town as the primary care physician and medical director at Arrow Medical Center. The center will be opening an office in Kimball in four to six weeks, he said. Broomfield said he currently is practicing with Arrow Medical in Sidney, and the new offices on East 3rd St. in Kimball are being remodeled. Broomfield said since he has been gone, “There hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I haven’t gotten texts, calls, emails or a messages” from patient... Full story

  • The Antelope Stampede

    Sep 29, 2022

    Jax Anderson, in top photo, appears to be re-thinking his decision to enter into the pie eating contest during this month's 2nd Annual Antelope Stampede Bike Race in Kimball. Jax won the kid's pie eating contest while Amanda Hargreaves demolished the competition in the adult contest. Both winners received a homemade pie made by Steve Pinkerton. The pie eating competition was one of the many events during the Antelope Stampede Bike Race. In the lower photo, organizer Jon Heidemann, right, talks... Full story


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 29, 2022

    Doug and Sandy Lukassen of Kimball County were recognized Saturday as Outstanding Farmer for the Farmer's Day Parade in Kimball. The Lukassens have been long-time supporters of 4-H and FFA programs as well as state agriculture boards. Sandy, not visible in this image, sits to the left of Doug in the pickup bed during the parade....

  • U.S. Rep. Smith Visiting Banner County Oct. 3, Will Take Questions

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Sep 29, 2022

    Good morning, and happy fall to you all, as the saying goes. This past weekend gave us some perfect fall days that were absolutely beautiful., great for all of the action for Farmer’s Day or to visit the Adams Family Pumpkin Patch. This week is fairly busy too with FFA Judging – Today! – September 29th and cross country at Bayard beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Hay Fort is open at the Riverside Discovery Center and so is the Splash Pad as long as the warm weather holds. Before long the Spooktacular will be open. Guess the splash pad will close...

  • Banner County Election

    Sep 29, 2022

    The 2022 campaign season continues to be a busy one in Banner County, where lots of folks want change in local government. A lunch with the candidates is planned for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Banner County Museum. The county Republican Party also plans to meet 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the school cafeteria with special guest U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith, who will speak. Other agenda items include the selection of poll workers for the Nov. 8 election and a discussion of ideas for a Halloween youth event and a potluck thank you meal for... Full story

  • Richard A. Addleman

    Sep 29, 2022

    Richard A. Addleman, 70, of Kimball, died at his home in Kimball on Friday, September 9, 2022. Cremation has been held. The family will greet friends at 416 Madison Street in Kimball from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2022. Please “Come As You Are.” Inurnment will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Richard’s Tribute Wall to leave condolences and stories for the family. The family has entrusted Richard’s care to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Richard Alan Addleman was born in Alameda, California, on Septemb... Full story

  • Marlene Kay Weed

    Sep 29, 2022

    Marlene Kay Weed (Christensen), age 62, was born July 29, 1960, at the Kimball County Hospital in Kimball, Nebraska, to Lloyd and Gwen Christensen. She lived in the Bushnell area and attended Bushnell High School, where she graduated as class Valedictorian in 1978. She attended Doane College (University) in Crete, Nebraska, where she was a member of Cardinal Key, Omega Psi Theta sorority, the Doane Players Theatre design team, and was crowned "Duchess of Doane" at the 1981 Homecoming Game. Marle... Full story

  • Frederick John Baltensperger

    Sep 29, 2022

    Frederick John Baltensperger,74, of Gering passed away Saturday, September 17th, 2022, at his home in Gering, NE that he shared with his wife. His funeral service will be held at 1p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff, NE. Burial will follow at Kimball Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the family. Online condolences may be made by viewing Fred's memorial page at www.bridgmanfuneralhome.com. Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff is entrusted with... Full story

  • LaVerne Elizabeth Gadeken

    Sep 29, 2022

    LaVerne Elizabeth Gadeken, 77, of Scottsbluff, died unexpectedly, Friday, September 23, 2022, at her home. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 2022, at the Kimball Cemetery. Cremation has taken place. Memorials may be made to Regional West Women's Center in honor of LaVerne. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.reverencefuneralparlor.com. LaVerne was born October 25, 1944, in Kimball, Nebraska to Clyde and Grace (Bradt) Gadeken. She graduated from... Full story

  • Death Notice

    Sep 29, 2022

    Mary L. Kimzey, 91, of Cheyenne and formerly of Kimball, died at the Life Care Center in Cheyenne on Saturday, September 24, 2022. Cremation has been held and memorial services are pending at the Cantrell Funeral Home.... Full story


    Sep 29, 2022

    Kimball travelled to Morrill on Friday night to hand the Lions (0-5) a stunning defeat, 46-12. On Friday, Sept. 30, the Bridgeport Bulldogs (4-2) will come to Longhorn Country to face the now 1-4 Kimball squad. Above, Junior Derek Kauffman (30) gets the handoff from quarterback Brandon Paxton (13) at the Perkins County game in mid-September. The Longhorns now have taken another step in their comeback season – accomplishing their first victory.... Full story

  • 6 Longhorns Record Personal Records At Ogallala

    Sep 29, 2022

    On Thursday, the Kimball cross country team will travel to Gothenburg, and then they run in the Western Trail Conference meet at Hemingford on Monday. Next Thursday afternoon, the runners travel to Grant for the SPVA. Last week at Ogallala, six Longhorns recorded personal records. Those included Braylon Miller, Xavier Thomas-Lewis, Jacob Wendt, Peter Russell, Shannen Acheson and Emmaline Tabor. Placing eighth in the JV 5,000 meters run was Shannen Acheson with a time of 25:04.6. In the varsity... Full story

  • Potter-Dix Keeps Rolling Against Banner County

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Sep 29, 2022

  • Kimball Volleyball Beats Storm

    Sep 29, 2022

    With a win under their belts against the Creek Valley Storm on Monday, the Kimball Longhorns volleyball team went west to take on the Pine Bluffs Hornets on Tuesday. Thursday is the start of WTC at Morrill, where the Longhorns are seeded seventh and faces No. 2 seed Gordon-Rushville in their opening match at 11:20 a.m. in the elementary gym. Next Tuesday, Kimball returns home for a triangular with Bayard and Potter-Dix....

  • Lady Coyotes Keep On Winning

    The Observer|Sep 29, 2022

    Potter-Dix’s Lady Coyote volleyball team continued its torrid start to the season over the last week, notching five more match wins while suffering their first loss of the season. The week moves Potter-Dix to 16-1 on the season. The week’s action started on Monday with a triangular with Paxton and Wallace, and after putting away Paxton in straight sets, 25-20 and 25-17, the Lady Coyotes ran into a strong Wallace team that handed them their first loss of the season in straight sets, 25-22 and 25-15. Potter-Dix regrouped from the loss, with a t...