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Articles from the October 15, 2020 edition

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Grassfires Scorch Area

A grassfire burned about 20 to 30 acres on Horse Shoe Hill, south of 9th Street on Wednesday, Oct. 7, according to Kimball Fire Chief Andrew Bohac. A worker was in the area of County Road 43 and was... Full story


Area Now In COVID High-Risk Category

The COVID-19 Risk Dial has inched its way into the orange or high spread category for the week of Oct. 12 to 19 for an additional six counties in the Panhandle, including Kimball County. Five counties remain in the yellow zone. Box Butte County had...

 By Jim Orr    News    October 15, 2020

Observer COVID Announcement

In an abundance of caution due to close contact with an infected individual, the Observer office will be closed to the public for a time to be determined. The Observer plans to continue publishing, but office doors will be closed and business mainly... Full story


Lynn Vogel Steps Down From School Board

Long time Kimball School Board member Lynn Vogel submitted her letter of resignation at the regular board meeting on Monday, Oct. 12. Vogel and her husband will be moving out of the area. Vogel stated in her letter: “I am proud of our collective...



This article includes responses to an Observer questionnaire from the six candidates seeking four seats, including that of departing Lynn Vogel, on the Kimball School Board in the Nov. 3 general election. The order of their responses is presented... Full story


Dix Site Wins 'Small Towns Matter' Contest

While working in the kitchen at the Potter-Dix Elementary School, cook Shirley Skaja heard about the Small Towns Matter contest. She and her associate Teresa Loghry both filled out nomination forms....

 By The Observer    News    October 15, 2020


Two vehicles parked in front of Mary James' home in Dix on Oct. 3 do not belong to neighbors involved in reported conflicts with her over the years, as indicated in an Observer article Oct. 8....



The Kimball Volunteer Fire Department Annual Open House was Oct. 7 at the Kimball Fire Hall. The department worked with all the COVID-19 rules, had a drive-thru lane and seating was spaced out...

 By Barb Cross    News    October 15, 2020

Wind Blows Through, Life Carries On In Banner County

Good Morning and Happy Fall y’all! I have had my doubts as to what season we were in here this past month or so, but it blew in this past weekend for sure. Wow, the wind we had here this past Sunday was outrageous. Needless to say the horseshoe...


Mildred Alice (Jacobs) Tobler

Sept. 4, 1928-Aug. 29, 2020 Mildred (Millie to her many friends), was born in Whitney, NE to Marcellus and Ellen (Anderson) Jacobs. She was the youngest in her family with 3 brothers and 5 sisters.... Full story


Wise Finishes Sixth At State

Another outstanding finish for Kimball junior Payton Wise as she wound up 6th in the final standings of the 2020 Class C Nebraska State Golf Tournament at Elks Country Club in Columbus. Payton... Full story


Jock Talk

The feature spotlight on Kimball High athletic events this week is of course the girls state golf tournament of which Kimball qualified for by placing 3rd at the District Tournament reported last week. The Kimball team departed from Kimball High Scho...


Kimball Boys Third At SPVA Meet

A tough test for the Kimball High Cross Country Teams this past week as they competed in conference competitions on back-to-back days. The Longhorns were at Grant on Thursday to run in the SPVA...

 By Mike Motz    Sports    October 15, 2020

Football Coyotes Keep On Chugging

Potter-Dix’s Coyote Football team continued its undefeated season with a decisive 50-26 road victory over the Hay Springs Hawks on Friday night. The Coyotes’ big play offense and aggressive defense were too much for the Hawks to handle, and the P...

 By Mike Motz    Sports    October 15, 2020

Volleyball Action: Kimball & Potter-Dix

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Potter-Dix Lady Coyotes hosted a Triangular against Bayard and Kimball, and were able to manage a split against the two teams. The Lady Coyotes first matched up against Bayard, and although the Coyotes played well, the Lady...

 By Mike Motz    Sports    October 15, 2020

Missed Opportunity For Kimball Football

Kimball’s Longhorn football team had chances to earn its first win of the season on the road against Hyannis, but mistakes and penalties sent Kimball to their six straight defeat, 16-12. Kimball finally had an opponent that has had similar struggle...


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