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Articles from the December 29, 2022 edition

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  • Mayor 'Reading As Much As Possible'

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 29, 2022

    At the Kimball City Council meeting Dec. 20, Mayor John Morrison reported that he is trying to learn and "read as much as possible." He said the city had been run well over the past years, and he stressed that an excellent job was done clearing the streets after the first blizzard this past month. The council approved the renewal of the liquor license for the Panhandle Cooperative Association/Main Street market in a 2-1-1 vote. Council members Gabe Ingram and Christy Warner voted aye to approve... Full story


    Dec 29, 2022

    The home of Drew and Sheryl Biesecker at 210 W. 9th St., above, placed first among homes in the 2022 edition of the Santa's Helpers Kimball Christmas Lighting Contest. Second place went to Charlie and Cheryl Paul at 316. S. Chestnut St., and third went to Bob and Helen Donner at 706 S. Elm St. The winner of the contest for businesses was Shavonne Singleton's Farm Bureau Financial Services at 215 S. Chestnut. See other photo on Page A2.... Full story

  • Brother-Sister Duo Busted On I-80

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 29, 2022

    The Nebraska State Patrol arrested a brother/sister duo Dec. 18 on I-80 at mile marker 20. The two, Brett A. Donohue and Diamond A. Donohue, have been charged with three felonies: Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana (more than 1 pound), and No Drug Tax Stamp. The affidavit by a Nebraska state trooper observed a black 2021 Jeep with Texas plates traveling 82 mph in a 75 mph zone at mile marker 18. When the vehicle was stopped, the driver, Brett A.... Full story

  • Opening Near For New Kimball Retailer

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 29, 2022

    The new, long-awaited Dollar Tree/Family Dollar combo store in Kimball plans a soft opening Jan. 5 with a grand opening to follow. The new manager, Michelle Renter, said trucks with products will begin arriving this week at the store along Highway 30. Renter said at this time time some employees have been hired, but the company is always looking for more. She said the employees have been working and gaining experience at other stores and are pretty excited about "finally" get the Kimball store...


    Dec 29, 2022

    The winner among businesses in the 2022 Santa's Helpers Kimball Christmas Lighting Contest is Shavonne Singleton's Farm Bureau Financial Services at 215 S. Chestnut....

  • Weathering The Storm

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 29, 2022

    While most Kimballites were hunkered down in their houses during the recent weather events, ranchers were out in the elements trying to feed, water and take care of their livestock. Each individual rancher has their story – some were fortunate to have moved their stock home to their corrals, while others were in the pasture or out on cornstalks. "It was tough," local producer Doug Lukassen said in reference to the recent blizzard, then the extreme cold snap and raging winds of last week. L...


    Dec 29, 2022

    The Banner Country School Christmas Program was postponed due to the blizzard but finally performed on Dec. 20 under the direction of Vocal and Instrumental Director Sandy Wounded Arrow. Members of the third grade, fourth grade and fifth grade sang a variety of Christmas songs....

  • New Commissioners Take Office Jan. 5

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Dec 29, 2022

    Good morning, saying Goodbye to 2022 and Welcoming 2023. Wishing a Happy New Year to your house from me. This past year has seemed to fly by, especially the past three months. I have spoken with several people who feel this same way. Maybe this year life will settle down a little bit and calm down. That would be OK with me. However, at this point who knows? For all of you who wanted a white Christmas, we sure had that! I still am driving through a tunnel of snow in order to get to the house. During Christmas break one of the kids was riding a... Full story

  • Ellen M. Vrtatko

    Dec 29, 2022

    Ellen M. Vrtatko, 89, of Dix, died at Kimball Health Services on Monday, December 19, 2022. Rosary Service was planned for 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 with the Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kimball with Father C.P. Varghese officiating. Burial will be in the Dix Cemetery. Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to view her Tribute Wall and leave c... Full story

  • Sueann Wallesen

    Dec 29, 2022

    Sueann Wallesen, 79, of Kimball, died at her home on Sunday, December 18, 2022. Cremation has been held and services will be held at a later date. A complete obituary will be published prior to the service. The services have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.... Full story

  • Longhorns, Coyotes, Wildcats Ready To Return In 2023

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Dec 29, 2022

    The 2023 portions of the high school and junior high winter sports and activity seasons open next week. That means the Kimball, Potter-Dix and Banner County basketball players, wrestlers and cheerleaders are getting back at it. And let’s not forget about students in speech, band and FFA. Here’s a look at sports and activity schedules through January for the Longhorns, Coyotes and Wildcats. Kimball Longhorns Jan. 4, 3 p.m., HS BB @ South Platte Jan. 7, 4 p.m., HS BB vs Banner County Jan. 8, 2 p.m., HS BB vs Chase County Jan. 8, 9 a.m., HS WR...

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