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Articles from the November 5, 2020 edition

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  • The Results Are In

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 5, 2020

    Unofficial results of the 2020 election have been tabulated and recorded by the Kimball County Canvassing Board. Locally, Kimball City Council and Kimball School Board have drawn the most attention with a variety of candidates. Winning four-year seats on the city council are newcomer Gabriel Ingram and incumbent Kim Baliman. Six individuals were vying for three school board seats. Albert Hargreaves, Chauncey Pedersen and Lanny Little were the top vote-getters for school board, with those... Full story

  • 31 Active Cases In County

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 5, 2020

    Recovering from COVID-19, Kimball County Commissioner-elect Carl Stander of Kimball said, “I was flat on my back for 12 days, sleeping 20 hours a day, getting up only to drink lots of fluids, use the bathroom and check my temperature and oxygen level.” He continued, “I have never been that sick in my life.” Prior to getting COVID-19, Stander thought he was being careful by using sanitizer, social distancing and sometime wearing a mask, but it wasn’t enough and he has no idea where he picked up the virus. Stander’s words of wisdom are: “Every...

  • Veterans Day Program Still On

    Nov 5, 2020

    The Kimball Veterans Day Program is still a go, according to organizer Jeri Ferguson. It will start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Kimball High School auditorium with attendance limited to veterans, their families, community members and seniors. Masks are recommended but not mandatory, Ferguson said.... Full story

  • Observer Expected On Time Locally

    Nov 5, 2020

    The Veterans Day holiday isn’t expected to delay the sale of the Observer in open stores next week starting on Wednesday, Nov. 11, or the delivery to local subscribers on Thursday, Nov. 12. However, the Observer will be mailed one day later than usual to out-of-town subscribers because the post office will be closed Wednesday, the usual mailing day.... Full story

  • Did COVID Cause New Halloween Tradition?

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 5, 2020

    COVID-19 took a backseat to Halloween as the first ever "Kimball Trick or Trunk" was a huge success, according to organizers Sarah Stull, Amira Moore and Dawn Hickman. With 27 individuals or groups handing out treats and goodies, hundreds of kids and parents attended the event. The outdoor event took place at the high school parking lot. Some groups had elaborate decorations, while others just passed out candy from a simple setting. Sarah Stull said, "We had a huge turnout. The Dairy Queen made...

  • Timothy D. Lukassen

    Nov 5, 2020

    Timothy D. Lukassen, 67, of Dix, died in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on Monday, October 26, 2020. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com for updated service information. The Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.... Full story

  • Robert 'Bob' Roggasch

    Nov 5, 2020

    Robert “Bob” Roggasch, 71, formerly of Dix, passed away Oct. 21, 2020, in New Braunfels, Texas. The viewing was Oct. 28 at Zoeller’s Funeral Home in New Braunfels. The funeral service was Oct. 29 at First United Methodist Church in New Braunfels.... Full story

  • First Harvest Arrives For Banner County Hemp Farmer

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 5, 2020

    In 2018, the Nebraska Unicameral passed LB657 (Nebraska Hemp Farming Act) and in 2019 Governor Rickett's signed LB 657 into law thus legalizing plant hemp as an alternative crop. The Nebraska Hemp Farming Act addressed the cultivation, handling, marketing and processing of hemp. Medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are illegal in Nebraska. Only CBD oil and other products made from hemp are legal for possession and consumption according to the Farm Bill of 2018. The finished hemp must tes... Full story

  • Halloween Goes To The Dogs (And Cats) At Animal Hospital

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 5, 2020

    Prairie Animal Hospital in Kimball saw more than 100 cats and dogs during the two days of the Halloween Vaccine Clinic. Prairie Animal Hospital has been running the Halloween Vaccine Clinic for the past seven years. The only rule to participate in the clinic was for cats and dogs to be in costume. The reward for dog owners was discount shots for their pets. Rabies shots were $10, distemper/parvo $10, and distemper/parvo/lepto $15. Cat owners also benefited from the dress-up days. Their pets...

  • Not Time Yet To Comment On Banner County Elections

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Nov 5, 2020

    Good morning, beautiful this week. Quite an important week for all of us, elections! This little letter will come to you before I know any election results, so I must refrain from any comments until later. Not everyone can be happy whatever those results may be. However, I hope that we all have voted and that we persevere. We do have several cases of COVID in the school system, not necessarily in the county. It seems to be more local this time, here and surrounding counties. Halloween came and went and we had the most beautiful full moon that...

  • Gerald Lee Robbins

    Nov 5, 2020

    Gerald Lee Robbins, 83, passed away peacefully October 30, 2020 with family by his side. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 10:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball with Pastor Roger Gillming officiating. Burial will be held in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, November 9, 2020, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Trinity United Methodist Church or The Friends of Kimball Library.... Full story

  • Kathleen L. Winstrom

    Nov 5, 2020

    Kathleen L. Winstrom, 79, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Friday, October 30, 2020. Due to the COVID restriction, private family graveside services were held and Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Kimball Presbyterian Church. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view the obituary and leave condolences and stories for the family. The services for Kathleen have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Kathleen Leilani Winstrom was... Full story

  • Irene Dickinson

    Nov 5, 2020

    Irene Dickinson passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at the age of 98. Irene was a resident of Kimball County Manor and former resident of Bushnell and Dix, Nebraska. She was born Irene Gemelke into a family of four brothers and four sisters. On March 6, 1940, she married Clarence M. Dickinson, and they raised four children, sons Richard, William and Ricky, and daughter Sherry. Irene enjoyed crocheting, watching her favorite TV shows and cooking for family occasions. She treasured her... Full story

  • Council Addresses Business Initiatives

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 5, 2020

    The Longhorn Building topped the list of agenda items under current business at the Oct. 20 Kimball City Council meeting. The council approved Mayor Keith Prunty’s signature on the Quit Claim Deed and other ownership documents to SK Hays Companies LLC. Council members Kim Baliman, Creg Pike and James Shields were in attendance. Matt Bright was absent. A number of Business Facade Improvement Grants were approved, including those for Karen’s Kitchen and Kimball Fitness Center, and a Business Infrastructure Improvement Grant was approved for Sin...

  • Unofficial Kimball County Election Results

    Nov 5, 2020

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  • Commissioner Flores

    Nov 5, 2020

    Prior to the Kimball County Board of Equalization meeting Monday, Nov. 2, County Commissioner Rich Flores was sworn into office. On Monday, Flores completed his first meetings of the Board of Equalization and commissioners. The Board of Commissioners has returned to full strength....


    Nov 5, 2020

    Kimball city workers this past week began stringing up Christmas lights on downtown buildings to replace old, worn-down lights that were taken down. The goal is to get the new lights all up in time for the Christmas season, electric department Superintendent Bill Hinton told the Observer. Above: Workers put up lights on 2nd St. as part of the approximate $8,500 project....


    The Observer|Nov 5, 2020

    The streaking Potter-Dix Coyotes added another notch to their win column Friday when they defeated the visiting Wallace Wildcats, 66-34, to advance to the quarterfinals of the state Class D6 playoffs. The second round of playoffs has 9-0 Potter-Dix hosting 5-2 Cody-Kilgore at 5 p.m. Friday. Cody-Kilgore defeated Stuart, 30-0, in its playoff opener. The winner of the Potter-Dix/Cody-Kilgore game faces the winner of the McCool Junction/Paxton game. Senior Javon Coyle, the transfer from Kimball,...

  • Winter Arrives ... For Junior High Sports

    Tom Southard, Jock Talk|Nov 5, 2020

    The Winter Sports season is underway, at least for the Kimball Junior High. They participated in a junior high wrestling tournament at Harrisburg this past Saturday and I will hopefully have some results from that event by next week. Kimball was scheduled to host their own junior high wrestling tournament this past Tuesday but that got postponed to November 16th. The Shorthorn wrestlers will be at Hemingford on November 12th. Kimball Junior High Girls Basketball will also tip off today (Thursday) with the Kimball girls going to Bridgeport and...

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