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Articles from the October 5, 2023 edition


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  • Farmers Day 2023 IN THE BOOKS

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 5, 2023

    Long-time residents and community minded citizens Jerry and Sharon Williams were selected as grand marshals for the 2023 Farmers Day. The Williams belong to the Methodist Church and help with church projects and Christmas events. Jerry has worked for years on the Farmers Day hamburger feed. The Farmers Day volunteer award was presented to Craig Markum for his time and effort to the community's youth. He is involved in the youth basketball, baseball, and softball programs, including coordinating...

  • Two County Positions Open Up

    Daria Anderson-Faden|Oct 5, 2023

    The Kimball County Commissioners accepted two resignations at their Tuesday meeting on October 3. The first was from Zeb Brown, assistant county buildings and ground superintendent. Brown gave his two-week notice on Sept. 27. He has performed custodian services at the courthouse since November 2022. He has accepted a position in the Kimball County Sheriff’s Office. Brown’s employment in the sheriff’s office will be as a dispatcher and jailer. The other resignation was for the recently filled veteran’s service officer position that was held by...

  • New Hospital CEO Could Be Named Soon

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 5, 2023

    Kimball Health Services CEO Ken Hunter told the Kimball County Commissioners on Tuesday that he anticipates an announcement for his replacement to happen in the next couple of weeks. Kimball Health Services representatives attended the commissioners meeting to give an update on the building and to discuss any action concerning the future of the existing county hospital building. Hunter gave an overview of hospital financials. He said two challenges are occurring, with one being the continuing inflation and the other the continuing pressure...

  • THE TOAST OF THE TOWN

    The Observer|Oct 5, 2023

    The Kimball County High School Class of 1973 was the toast of the town during its 50th reunion Farmers Day weekend. Those attending gathered for this group photograph. First row, from left: Dennis Klipp, Tom Bartels, Lyle Schadegg, Greg Hurlbut, David Cain, Mike Moehr, Leo O'Hare and Dave Lukassen. Second row: Rod Koester, Kerry Parish Jackson, Don Rose, Jody Smith Meyer, Jean Applegarth Huddleston, Mary Burback Moehr, Marsha Hanway Emmons, Susan Huggans Smiley and Sue Maxted. Third row: Dennis...

  • FIRSTIER TURNS 60

    Oct 5, 2023

    Firstier Bank in Kimball celebrated its 60th anniversary Sept. 29 with an outside brisket lunch for the community that more than 300 people attended. The Weins family has owned Firstier Bank since 1963. Pictured at the event are Joel Weins with his wife, Elena, and son, Tom....

  • It's Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas?

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Oct 5, 2023

    Good morning and Happy October! Halloween and Christmas decorations are on sale everywhere. Are you ready? I myself am trying to get into the spirit of fall, my most favorite time of the year. However, this year it seems like summer got such a late start that it is ending much too soon. But as we all know, time marches on. So, did you head to Kimball for Farmers Day this past weekend? I was there for awhile, but not as much as I have been over the years. Hope you made it to at least some of the...

  • Open House Oct. 11 At Kimball Fire Hall

    Jim Orr, The observer|Oct 5, 2023

    The Kimball Volunteer Fire Department invites the public to its annual open house celebration from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the fire hall, 200 W. 2nd St. KVFD members will provide a light supper and refreshments to show appreciation for the community's support. The event also is in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 8 to 14. Free will donations will be accepted during the open house. They also can be sent to Kimball Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Jordan...

  • LOCKWOODS NAMED FARMER OF THE YEAR

    Oct 5, 2023

    Farmers Day honors all farmers, but this year the Scott Lockwood Family received the award of Farmer of the Year. Five generations of Lockwoods have farmed in Kimball County. The Lockwood operation began in 1917, and today the Lockwoods are predominately organic wheat and millet farmers. Receiving the award are Susan and Scott Lockwood....

  • Kimball Boys XC Wins WTC Meet At Four Winds

    Oct 5, 2023

    The Kimball boys cross country team took the title at the Western Trails Conference meet at the Four Winds Golf Course on Monday. Braxton Miller placed fifth, Braylon Miller was eighth and Trey Miller was 11th. In the junior high division Connor Markum placed eighth, and in the junior high girls division MacKenzie Miller was sixth and Emmaline Tabor placed seventh. Complete team statistics were not immediately available. The Longhorns will be in action at the SPVA Cross County Meet in Grant on...

  • Longhorns Football, Hemingford To Play For 2nd Place

    The Observer|Oct 5, 2023

    The Kimball Longhorns return to Keith Staehr Field one last time this season Friday in a battle for second place in D1 District 11 with Hemingford. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. The Horns are 1-1 in the district and 2-4 overall, while Hemingford sits at 1-1 and 3-3 overall. Hemingford is coming off a 44-42 win over Bayard, while Kimball lost 68-17 last week at Bridgeport. Hemingford has an advantage in point differential in this week's game, having scored 194 points and given up 218 while Kimball is 134...

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