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Articles from the November 26, 2020 edition

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  • 3 Deaths, 38 Active Cases

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 26, 2020

    Panhandle Public Health District has reported three COVID-19 deaths in Kimball County. PPHD informed the public that a male in his 90s, male in his 60s and woman in her 90s all succumbed to deaths related to COVID-19. Often people confuse the PPHD total positive cases with the active cases, so here is the breakdown for those cases according to the latest released figures. On Monday, Kimball County had 154 confirmed cases and 113 of those have recovered. The remaining 38 were active cases. The Ne... Full story

  • Top Job Still Open At City Hall

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 26, 2020

    The naming of a new Kimball City administrator is still in limbo as Mayor Keith Prunty informed the Observer on Monday that he has been “in contact with candidate and hopes to have it finalized by this week.” In other news from the November Kimball City Council meeting, all members were in attendance for two public hearing at the top of the agenda. Public hearings on a dog kennel license at 600 Jefferson and the rezoning at 905 E. 3rd Street (Cottage Garden) took just minutes and neither public hearing had anyone speak in opposition, alt...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 26, 2020

    At least two organizations are providing a Thanksgiving meal to shut-ins and others in need of a great meal. The Red Knights Motorcycle Club NE Chapter 4 is providing Thanksgiving Day meals to families "that could use a little pick-me-up this year," according to Austin Garner of the Red Knights. Orders for meals from the Red Knights have to be confirmed by Tuesday, Nov. 24, so those who want meals should get a hold of Austin or other Red Knights and tell them how many meals they need. Although...

  • Kimball Art Walk A Photo Celebration

    For the Observer|Nov 26, 2020

    Kimball Art Walk, a new group, is providing community events that celebrate the diversity and culture for lovers of art and future art lovers. The group's first community event is a downtown Kimball Art Walk from Nov. 13 through Dec. 20. Photographers will display their work in downtown business windows. Community members and families can enjoy a stroll down "main street" during this free, self-guided tour featuring 17 local youth and adult photographers. Many photographers' work will be for...

  • Potter-Dix Wins MAC

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Nov 26, 2020

    Potter-Dix High School's talented student actors have brought home yet another Minuteman Activities Conference championship for play production. Their devoted hours of daily practice paid off during the MAC competition Nov. 17 at Leyton High School with their commanding performance of playwright Don Zolidis' "A Christmas Scarol." Two of the three judges gave the Coyote thespians perfect scores and all three judges placed them first. Potter-Dix also shined in terms of individual performances.... Full story

  • Big Fine For Killing Big Horn Sheep

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Nov 26, 2020

    Good morning. Here is hoping that you all will be stuffed with turkey and all sorts of goodies over the Thanksgiving weekend! The weather is decent and thankfully we still are able to move about at a fairly normal pace. More and more restrictions are being put into place and I am wondering how this year is going to end. Still no officially elected President. However, we will hang in there! Many area schools have gone ahead and closed school for all of this week, giving two more days for recuperation for those in need. Our churches here are...

  • Mary E. Andrews

    Nov 26, 2020

    Mary E. Andrews, 69, of Kimball, died at her home in Kimball on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view the full obituary and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given to the family. The services for Mary have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Mary Elizabeth Andrews was born in Scottsbluff on June 19, 1951, the daughter of Edmund and Elizabeth... Full story

  • JoAnne Marie (Goranson) Burke

    Nov 26, 2020

    JoAnne Marie (Goranson) Burke died in the presence of her family on November 10, 2020, at the age of 89. She was born October 21, 1931, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. JoAnne was the youngest of 4 children of Robert and Jennie Goranson. JoAnne attended Humboldt High School in Minnesota and graduated in 1949. She then went on to the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics Education and a minor in General Science. Being very active within the college c... Full story

  • Daniel Patrick Cortney

    Nov 26, 2020

    On November 15, 2020, at 1:03 p.m., the world lost a great man and an even better father. Services for Daniel Patrick Cortney will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 5, 2020, at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Kimball, Nebraska. A graveside service at the Kimball Cemetery will follow. Online condolences may be made by viewing Daniel's memorial page at www.bridgmanfuneralhome.com. Bridgman Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Scottsbluff are entrusted with arrangements. Daniel Patrick... Full story

  • Edward F. Ebel

    Nov 26, 2020

    Edward F. Ebel, 95, of Kimball, died at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2020. Following his wishes, cremation was held and no services are planned. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view the obituary and leave condolences and stories for family. Memorials may be given in his memory to Kimball Hospital Foundation. Services for Edward have been entrusted to Cantrell Funeral Home. Edward Frank Ebel was born in Kimball on Feb. 23, 1925, the son of Adam and Kath... Full story

  • Donald 'Jack' Thompson

    Nov 26, 2020

    Donald "Jack" Thompson, 90, of Denver, died on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Private family graveside services were held and memorial services will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Jack's Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for family. Memorials have been established to the Donor's Choice. The services for Jack have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Donald Jack Thompson was born in Banner County, Nebraska, on April 28, 1930, the son of Harry... Full story

  • Margaret Wynne

    Nov 26, 2020

    Margaret M. Wynne, 92, of Kimball, died Oct. 1, 2020, at her home. Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Father Mike McDermott officiating. Inurnment will be in Kimball Cemetery. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view her Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories. Memorials may be given to Kimball Volunteer Fire Dept. Services are entrusted to Cantrell Funeral Home.... Full story

  • Winter Sports Get Going, Carefully

    Tom Southard, The Observer|Nov 26, 2020

    Despite COVID-19, local winter sports are ongoing with the Kimball Junior High wrestling and girls basketball underway, and the Nebraska High Schools were allowed to start winter sports practices this past Monday as well. Kimball Junior High Wrestling Kimball hosted its junior high wrestling tournament that we told you about in last week's Observer with a much smaller turnout, and as also reported, I have some individual results from that tournament for you readers this week. Tig Woolington had... Full story

  • New Roles, New Challenges For ADs

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Nov 26, 2020

    Over the past year, two area High Schools welcomed new Activities Directors, and both have faced unique challenges along with managing and implementing state-mandated COVID-19 policies. A High School Activities Director's day is already loaded with a multitude of tasks to ensure the many sport teams, clubs, theater and dance programs are scheduled, equipped and performed as efficiently as possible. Add the policies and requirements needed to perform all of these activities within the state's...