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Articles from the November 5, 2020 edition

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The Results Are In

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... Full story


31 Active Cases In County

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...


Veterans Day Program Still On

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... Full story


Observer Expected On Time Locally

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... Full story


Did COVID Cause New Halloween Tradition?

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...


Timothy D. Lukassen

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... Full story


Robert 'Bob' Roggasch

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... Full story


First Harvest Arrives For Banner County Hemp Farmer

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 Far... Full story


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

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...

 By Barb Cross    News    November 5, 2020

Not Time Yet To Comment On Banner County Elections

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...


Gerald Lee Robbins

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... Full story


Kathleen L. Winstrom

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... Full story


Irene Dickinson

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... Full story


Council Addresses Business Initiatives

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...


Commissioner Flores

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...



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...



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...


Winter Arrives ... For Junior High Sports

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...


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