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Articles from the October 19, 2023 edition

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    Oct 19, 2023

    Ringo, a most observant dog, checks out the view Saturday from atop a pickup as Trevor Parson's crew moves farm machinery south on Highway 71 in Banner County. Trevor said Ringo "kinda just started lounging up there when the back of the pickup got full." According to Trevor, Ringo has acquired confidence on the top of the pickup, but he returns to the bed of the pickup when cruising speeds reach more than 20 mph....


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 19, 2023

    Keith Jones said he can't stop smiling since receiving his kidney about a week ago. He feels so blessed and is so thankful for the donor. "I feel wonderful," he said. Keith's new kidney is from a live donor and, according to Keith and his doctors, it is "a very good kidney." The donor is younger than him and in excellent health. At the end of August, the Joneses returned to Kimball after Keith's wife, Melissa, had been hospitalized with guillain barre syndrome. Keith received a phone call with...

  • Kimball FFA Officers Address Commissioners

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 19, 2023

    The officers of the Kimball FFA addressed the county commissioners Tuesday in reference to applying for the National Chapter Award. According to the officers, the award was created to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the the FFA organization. This includes recognizing improving chapter operations, emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. The students' goal is to apply for the National Chapter Award. They must...

  • Scam Case Proceeds In Court

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 19, 2023

    Scam suspect Abraham Espinoza of Miami, Florida, was bound over from Kimball County Court to District Court on Friday morning after a preliminary hearing. Judge Randin Roland said that "based on the totality," a crime was committed. Espinoza faces three charges and will be arraigned in District Court on Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. The charges include theft-deception more than $5,000, conspiracy to commit a Class 2 felony, and abuse of a vulnerable adult. When Espinoza couldn't get Zoom to work for the...


    Oct 19, 2023

    A long line formed outside the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department for the fire hall's annual open house Wednesday, Oct. 11. Firefighters also celebrated Fire Prevention Week during the event. They hosted the community with a variety of soups, dips, cornbread, desserts, and drinks. See other photo, Page B6....


    Oct 19, 2023

    Karsyn Chesley, an eighth-grader at Kimball Junior High School, is ranked No. 1 in breakaway roping after the fall season of the Nebraska Junior High Rodeos. She caught all six calves while attending rodeos in Lexington, Albion and Thedford. She also is ranked No. 6 in ribbon roping with her partner, Ty Bridgman of Bayard. The spring season will start in April. State junior high rodeo finals will be in Albion on May 16 and 17....

  • Donald Kendall Atkins

    Oct 19, 2023

    Donald Kendall Atkins, 89, passed away on October 15, 2023 at Kimball Health Services, in Kimball, NE. Kendall was born October 21, 1933 to Vernon and Virginia (Stearley) Atkins of Kimball, the oldest of four children. The family farmed north of Dix, but moved to Kimball to provide access to schooling for the children, living first on Washington Street prior to purchasing Brookside Farm north of Kimball in 1947. Kendall graduated from Kimball County High School in 1951, and then attended the... Full story

  • Lenette Cecille Nelson Schwinn

    Oct 19, 2023

    Lenette Cecille Nelson Schwinn of Lakewood, Colorado passed peacefully at home on Sunday, October 1, 2023, after living bravely with breast cancer for twelve years. A celebration of her life will be Saturday, October 28th, 2:00PM MDT, at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 West 20th, Lakewood Colorado. Live streaming will be available at SOTH.net. Lenette was born on August 27, 1953 in Kimball, Nebraska to Leonard and Laura (Sutherland) Nelson. She was raised on the Bar J Lazy V... Full story

  • Horns Put Up 40 Points In Season's Last Football Game

    The Observer|Oct 19, 2023

    Kimball’s football program has shifted into 2024 mode after its season ending game last Friday at Bayard. The Longhorns put up a hefty 40 points, but Bayard scored 76 and the visiting Horns closed their season with a fourth-place 1-3 record in D1 District 11 and 2-6 overall. This game was a matchup for third place, and the Tigers claimed it with the win that put their record at 2-2 in the district and 3-5 overall. Bridgeport won the district with a 4-0 record, Hemingford was second at 3-1 and Morrill fifth at 0-4. Kimball coach Darrell H...


    Oct 19, 2023

    Kimball activity students and student-athletes will be stylin' and profilin' on I-80 and other roadways in this awesome new activity bus that arrived at Kimball Public Schools this week. The process to bring the nicely painted Longhorn mobile to Kimball took more than a year....

  • Coyote Football Stays Unbeaten

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 19, 2023

    OSHKOSH – Potter-Dix’s Coyote football team remained unbeaten with a 36-28 victory over Garden County in Oshkosh, spoiling the Eagles homecoming celebration and showing they’re still one of the best teams in D6 football. Garden County opened strong and took an early lead, but the Coyotes were able to take a lead in the third quarter and held off the Eagles for the win. Garden County put up two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions to score 16 points in the first quarter, while Potter-Dix’s offense had trouble getting on track and onl...

  • Kimball XC Finishes Fourth At District

    The Observer|Oct 19, 2023

    The Kimball cross county season came to an end at districts Wednesday of last week, but not without a strong finish. Kimball placed fourth in districts with 76 points. Seventeen teams competed. Due to the colder weather, the event was moved from Thursday to Wednesday at Pheasant Run Golf Course, Perkins County. Kimball’s lone female runner, senior Shannen Acheson, placed 28th at districts with a time of 25:32.33. With 77 runners in the boys division, Kimball guys ran strong and have a bright future. Three strong senior runners, including B...

  • Longhorn Volleyball Players Invited To Play In Hawaii

    The Observer|Oct 19, 2023

    Longhorn volleyball is on the path to sub-districts scheduled for Monday, Oct. 23, but a couple of more matches will be up for grabs before district play. The last home game for the five seniors was Tuesday against Perkins County and Thursday they will play a triangular at Minatare, along with Hemingford. Seniors include Julia Winstrom, Grace Anderson, Aspyn Kiefer, Jasmine Gawith and Katie Kilgore. In district play, the Longhorns are 0-1 and overall they have racked up 3 wins and 22 losses....