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Articles from the December 21, 2023 edition

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    Jim Orr, The Observer|Dec 21, 2023

    Edith Dee Hall's gravestone at Kimball Cemetery is inscribed, simply, with 1897-1971. What's important, though, is not the birth and death years on one's grave marker. It's that dash between the years. It's how a person lived during the dash – and Edith Dee Hall lived quite the dash. She might be the most accomplished Kimball native that Kimball doesn't know much, if anything, about. "It's not every day that a little girl from Kimball, Nebraska, helps change the way surgery is done around the... Full story

  • Courthouse Condition In Focus

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 21, 2023

    At Tuesday’s Kimball County Commissioners meeting, the structure of the courthouse was a topic that building and grounds superintendent Steve Warner reported on. Warner told the commissioners that he contacted Jacob Hurla from Community Solutions, and Hurla obtained a structural engineer to look at the foundation. Warner said that the structural engineer found that the grade on the foundation of the courthouse needed to be raised. Warner said, “In 1988, the grade was lowered, but it should have been raised.” The next step is to get an...

  • Merry Christmas!

    Dec 21, 2023

    Pre-K My name is Kyler I am 4 years old This year I have been a nice. One thing that I have done extra nice been good for my sister Here is my wish list: new Buzz Lightgear lightening, McQueen, milk Your friend, Kyler My name is Ashton I am 5 years old This year I have been a nice. One thing that I have done extra nice Shared with my friends Here is my wish list: A dinosaur that talks and moves and can go in the bath. Your friend, Ashton My name is Nova I am 4 years old This year I have been a...


    The Observer|Dec 21, 2023

    Josh Thompson was named Kimball Volunteer Fire Department Fireman of the Year at KVFD's recent banquet. Josh, who joined in January 2020, said the "best part of being on the fire department is the friends and family you gain from being involved in the community." Here are the KVFD election results: Chief Andrew Bohac, 1st assistant chief Mark Whetham and 2nd assistant chief Taylor Brown. Other officers are President Tim Culek, Vice President Tyson Culek and Secretary/treasurer Jordan Autrey....

  • City Council Holds Reorganizational Meeting

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 21, 2023

    Reorganization was the main objective of the Dec. 14 meeting of the Kimball City Council but the council entered executive session to discuss selling of city properties and pending claims and imminent litigation involving Hometown Hardware, Inc. The city had a long list of appointments and approvals for their reorganization meeting. The council approved Mayor John Morrison’s appointments of Annette Brower for City Administrator, Paula Tarnago for city clerk, Jean Klassen for treasurer, and Jose Ruiz for chief of police. The active members of...

  • Anne E. Andersen

    Dec 21, 2023

    Anne E. Andersen, 91, of Kimball, Nebraska, then Anthem, Arizona, passed away in her home on Sunday, December 10, 2023. A memorial has been established to Trinity United Methodist Church, Kimball,Nebraska. Anne Elizabeth Hammons was born in Meridian, Mississippi on January 9, 1932. After graduating from high school, she attended Meridian Junior College. Anne's first adventure away from her beloved Mississippi was as an airline stewardess with Delta airlines at age 21. A few years later she met,... Full story

  • Larry Dale Halstead

    Dec 21, 2023

    Larry Dale Halstead, 70, of Johnstown Colorado, passed away on December 17, 2023. He was born on January 9, 1953 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and graduated from Kimball High School in 1971. He went on to serve in the U.S. Navy from 1971-1975 as a GMG3 Gunners Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class and earned a Bronze Star among other commendations while serving in Vietnam. Larry, or "Echo" as he was known by so many, worked in the oilfields upon exiting the military and spent 5 years at Evertson Well... Full story

  • Linda Rae Pahl Buono

    Dec 21, 2023

    Linda Rae Pahl Buono 70, died December 9, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. Linda was born near Kansas City, Missouri. And at 1 month of age was adopted by Robert and Dorothy Pahl of Banner County, Nebraska. Linda graduated from Banner County High School (Harrisburg High) in 1971 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. She made her home in Phoenix, graduated with a degree in dental hygiene from Phoenix University, and was employed as a dental hygienist for a number of years. She married John Buono and together had 2 daughters, Sarah and Alysha. Linda was... Full story

  • Arleen Sakelaris

    Dec 21, 2023

    It is with great sadness that her loving family shares that Arleen Sakelaris passed away November 23rd, 2023, in Albuquerque, NM, after an illness at the age of 84. Arleen was born August 27th, 1939, at New Ulm, Minn. She and her family moved to South Dakota in 1944, where she and her family worked and lived on a ranch. In 1957, she attended West Nebraska General Hospital School of Nursing. Throughout her 40+ year career as a nurse, Arleen put others first. During her career, she worked in all... Full story

  • Harold E. Weisbrook

    Dec 21, 2023

    Harold E. Weisbrook, 95, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Friday, December 15, 2023. Harold Emil Weisbrook was born in Fort Morgan, Colorado on September 30, 1928. He began his journey amidst the vast landscape of northeast Colorado. In his early years he was dedicated to his family's farm, cultivating a connection with the land, a dedication that would follow him throughout his life. In 1951, duty called, leading Harold to enlist in the Army. However, fate intervened when his... Full story

  • Longhorns Sitting At 4-2 During Break

    Chad Miller, Longhorn Basketball Coach|Dec 21, 2023

    The Longhorns boys basketball tram is sitting at 4-2 during its winter break after a 54-46 loss at Hershey. Next up for Kimball High basketball is South Platte, which comes to K-Town on Jan. 3. JV play starts at 4 p.m. Friday's game vs. Hershey was a very back and forth game all night. We discussed and executed a new offense well the day before in practice and were very hopeful that we would be able to continue that execution come game time. The start of the game went very well as we were...

  • Coyote Boys & Girls Split Against Caliche, Banner County

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 21, 2023

    Potter-Dix’s basketball teams each went 1-1 over the past week, with both teams dropping their contests against Caliche, and then both winning their games against Banner County. On December 14, the Caliche Buffalo teams came up from Colorado, and the action started with the girls game. The Lady Buffs were tough on defense, allowing very few good looks for the Lady Coyotes to start off the game. After Caliche built a 15-4 lead in the first quarter, Potter-Dix roared back in the second quarter, putting up 13 points in the period. But the Lady...

  • Wishing You All The Very Best This Christmas

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Dec 21, 2023

    Good Morning! Here we are and it is your Last weekend to shop for Christmas! Some local churches will have regular Sunday services on the 24th and special services on that evening, Christmas Eve 2023. The Harrisburg Community Church invites you to join them at 6 p.m. The last day of school at Banner was yesterday Dec. 20 and until early January of the new year, No School. However, there are two ball games today. Both are at home vs. Cody-Kilgore, with the girls varsity game at 2 p.m. and the boys varsity at 3:30 p.m. No more sports until the 29...


    Dec 21, 2023

    Pre-K My name is Khloe I am 4 years old This year I have been nice One thing that I have done extra nice Play with my brother and sister very nice Here is my wish list: Barbie car, Barbie, a new mermaid, one more necklace, a white board to play music on, “It’s ok to be different” book, a toy penguin. Your friend, Khloe My name is Breck I am 4 years old This year I have been a little of both, naughty and nice One thing that I have done extra nice Here is my wish list: Rider’s car from Paw Patrol, Ninja Turtle book, A thing that tells me... Full story

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