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Articles from the October 13, 2022 edition

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    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 13, 2022

    State, county and city candidates were represented at the 2022 Political Forum on Saturday at Kimball High School.. The evening began with Alliance's Larry Bolinger as the first speaker at the forum sponsored by the KHS Class of 2023. Bolinger from the Legal Marijuana NOW party will face off against Republican Mike Hilgers on Nov. 8 for attorney general. Hilgers was not present at the forum. In an uncontested general election race for Public Service Commissioner District 5, Kevin Stocker explain... Full story

  • e-Sports Students Ready To Play Ball

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 13, 2022

    In a well-organized and business-like presentation, a group of juniors and seniors presented the possibility of having a school-sponsored extra-curricular activity known as an e-Sports team. E-Sports continues to grow in Nebraska. There are 71 schools in Nebraska, including regionally, Bridgeport, Banner County, Hemingford and Leyton. The proposal and presentation fell under Principal Danielle Reader's report. According to the students, the benefits of the program include greater student...

  • Milestone For $180 Million Clean Harbors Expansion

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 13, 2022

    Clean Harbors' senior vice president of facility engineering, Paul Whiting, addressed the vendor partners, Clean Harbors employees, city and county officials, and citizens monitoring committee members at the Oct. 7 Milestone Recognition Event of the setting of the first steel columns for the second incinerator at the Kimball facility. The second incinerator is projected to be a $180 million investment expected to be completed by 2025 and create more than 100 permanent jobs for the area. The rota...

  • Veterans Wall 'Coming Together'

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 13, 2022

    After numerous challenges, including COVID, Brian Howard from the Kimball VFW is excited to get the bricks on the Veterans Memorial Wall in Gotte Park. By the end of this week, the 169 bricks purchased are expected to be laid by Bob and Larry Ash. Howard said, "It is finally coming together. We wanted to be patient and do it right." Howard said the VFW will be selling bricks for the project again soon and expect to have them next spring. They will be added to the wall.... Full story

  • Second Meet & Greet For Banner County Challengers On Oct. 16

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Oct 13, 2022

    Discussion at the Alliance Public Library with best selling author Tosca Lee will be on Thursday, October 13th at 6:30 p.m. Books placed in Nebraska about a pandemic are described as “ frighteningly and chillingly believable.” The books are “The Line Between” and the sequel “A Single Night.” Everyone is invited to attend. Also on the 13th at the Midwest Theater “Forever Young,” five guys who will rock your world in a good way with music that will include pop, rock, and classic country. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday the 14th from 4-6 p...

  • School Nurse Marie Parker Speaks At Convention

    Oct 13, 2022

    Marie Parker, a Banner County School Nurse and Panhandle Public Health District board member, attended the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in August. Parker’s presentation was selected among many applications and covered, “What Public Health Has Met in Remote Rural Areas.” Many any health professionals were in attendance. Kirk Van Pelt, a NALBOH national board director and Banner County School graduate, said, “It was so great to have someone representing rural Nebraska. “Throug...

  • Robert 'Bob' Moul

    Oct 13, 2022

    Robert "Bob" Moul, 73, of Kimball, died at his home in Kimball on Saturday, October 8, 2022. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at the Cantrell Funeral Home. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Bob's Tribute Wall and leave stories and condolences for the family. Memorials may be given to Disabled Veterans Fund or the ASPCA. The services for Bob have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Bob was born in Sidney... Full story

  • 'Tea at Three' A Hit At New Hope

    Susan Braden, The Observer|Oct 13, 2022

    Saturday found the youngsters, young and old, at New Hope Assembly of God Church, hosting what they hope will be an annual event. "Tea at Three" was filled with many giggles and a whole array of women volunteers being excited for the youth of New Hope to model their outfits. The women's quest was to challenge the girls to find an outfit with accessories as well as purchase a teacup for the upcoming Tea Party at New Hope. These were not just any "Ordinary" outfits! The day began with a quick...

  • 2 Colorado Cyclists, 1 Nebraskan Win Stampede

    Jon Heidemann, For the Observer|Oct 13, 2022

    The 2nd Annual Antelope Stampede Gravel Bike Adventure/Race took place on September 17 in Kimball, starting and finishing in Gotte Park. Courses of 100, 50 and 25 miles were offered and participants came to Kimball from Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Jon and Anna-Lisa Heidemann incorporated family friendly activities for spectators and local Kimball County residents with music, a BBQ and pie eating contest, kids bouncy houses and face painting, and kids bike and skate board raffles. The... Full story

  • Kimball Volleyball Nears End Of Season

    The Observer|Oct 13, 2022

    Homecoming Week for the Longhorns began with volleyball at Haxtun on Tuesday, followed by District cross country at Bridgeport on Thursday and football on Friday at home against Bayard at 6 p.m. On Saturday is the SPVA volleyball tournament in Grant. The volleyball games continue into next week beginning on Tuesday, and the team travels to Perkins County and Minatare/Hemingford on Thursday. and District volleyball is scheduled for the last week in October. Kimball hosted a triangular on Oct. 4 with Bayard and Potter-Dix. The Lady Horns lost to...

  • Lady Coyotes Continue Winning

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 13, 2022

    Potter-Dix’s Lady Coyote Volleyball team continued its outstanding season with two more wins, raising their season record to 19-3 as they ready for District Tournament play later in the month. The Lady Coyotes traveled on Tuesday, October 4, to match up with the Kimball Lady Longhorns, and the home team got the jump on the visitors, surprising the Lady Coyotes with a 25-18 first set win. The second set had the Lady Coyotes fighting back, but the Kimball squad kept up the pressure and forced extra points. Potter-Dix was able to outlast K...


    Oct 13, 2022

    The Longhorns return home 6 p.m. this Friday to close out the season against Bayard in a matchup of D1 District 11 squads. Kimball, 1-6 overall, is in fourth place in the division at 1-2 in the after losing 74-14 at Heminford last week. Bayard sits in second place in the division and is 2-5 for the year. Above, the Horns line up against Perkins County this season....

  • Potter-Dix's Football Storm Blows Into Creek Valley

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 13, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote football team continued their undefeated season on Friday night, traveling to Chappell and shutting out the struggling Creek Valley Storm team in a lopsided 79-to-0 contest. The win moves the Coyotes to 6--0 on the year, while Creek Valley remains winless at 0--7. As usual, Potter-Dix opened fast and put up 34 points in the first quarter while shutting down the Creek Valley offense completely. The Coyotes added another 26 points in the second half to initiate the running...


    Oct 13, 2022

    Farmers Day Parade Grand Marshal Rose Marie Anderson waves to the crowd lining East 2nd Street during this year's parade. Stuart Tritt drove Her Royal Highnesss while granddaughter Becca Norris and great-granddaughter Maya Norris rode along.... Full story

  • Council OKs Water And Sewer Study

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 13, 2022

    On October 4, the Kimball City Council returned to the two-meeting-per-month format. In the first action of the evening, the Board of Public Works recommended approval of the Water and Sewer Study. According to city administrator Annette Brower, “This would be a full study of the water and sewer collection systems.” Brower continued, “They will basically tag manholes, everything. And build a working model for the city.” The Water and Sewer study was passed. The council approved the hiring of a secondary counsel from the Omaha area to assist...