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    Mar 28, 2024

    Some of the new apartments for Clean Harbors Environmental Services employees have arrived and are waiting on the east side of Kimball for ground work to be completed at their final destination by Paul Reed Construction. These apartments will be located across the street from Kimball County Manor. Clean Harbors is involved with multiple developments in Kimball to accommodate employees being hired to meet its expansion needs....


    Mar 14, 2024

    Preparations are being made for the construction of apartments across the street from Kimball County Manor, top center, for employees of expanding Clean Harbors Environmental Services. The lots were leveled and infrastructure has been installed. The premanufactured units should be arriving soon, and expectations are that the 16 units will be ready for occupancy sometime in May. There are eight one-bedroom rentals, four two-bedroom units, and 4-three bedroom units planned....


    Feb 29, 2024

    New housing is taking shape in Kimball to accommodate new hires needed for the major Clean Harbors expansion. In addition to other residential growth that Clean Harbors is backing locally, the environmental services giant has contracted with a company to bring mobile homes into Kimball. Stahla's Trailer Park, above, is the sight of 25 such new mobile homes that are being set up and prepared as rentals....

  • Gov. Pillen's Other Business In Kimball

    Daria Anderson-Faden, THe Observer|Feb 29, 2024

    Gov. Pillen arrived in Kimball for the Kimball Health Services hospital ribbon cutting on Monday, Feb 26, but he also tended to other business. The governor and his entourage landed on the newly resurfaced Kimball Municipal Airport runway 10/28 and found the landing was incredible. The resurfacing project recently received a 2023 Project of the Year award from the state. Before the ribbon cutting, Pillen met with KCTS staff and toured Kimball Public Schools. Pillen and members of his Department...

  • Pillen, NDOT Boss To Visit KCTS

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 22, 2024

    Kimball County Transit Service Administrator Christy Warner informed the Kimball County Commissioners at their Tuesday meeting that Gov. Jim Pillen and the Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Vicki Kramer will visit the transit service Feb. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Statistics for KCTS also were presented by Warner. Of 33,943 rides for the calendar year 2023, 61% were from Kimball County. Other numbers showed that 8,843 rides were educational and preschool, school or college; 3,690 rides were for employment; 2,086 were deliveries f...

  • Clean Harbors Housing Site Rezoned

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 28, 2023

    After public hearings and agenda items, the Kimball City Council rezoned two properties from single family residential to multi-family residential for a planned Clean Harbors housing developent. At the public hearings, the council heard neighbors of the properties voice concerns about traffic, the number of apartments, and the stipulation that Clean Harbors open the apartments to the general public. The two rezoned tracts directly north of Kimball County Manor were re-plated to one tract. The...

  • Council Debates Gotti Upgrade

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 30, 2023

    The discussion on Gotti Park playground equipment and surfacing consumed a significant amount of time at the Kimball City Council meeting on Tuesday evening, Nov. 21. A variety of colors for the playground surfacing were discussed, but no decision was made. Concerns were raised about the heat retention and pricing of the surface. Other suggestions included matching the surface with the red, white and blue structure. A cost difference between the current funds and expenses for the playground...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 9, 2023

    Main Street Market hosted a wild and intense Supermarket Sweep on Friday, the brainchild of Kimball Jr/Sr High School Principal Danielle Reader to benefit the Kimball Food Pantry. Thirty-two students from Kimball Jr./High School raced, ran, searched and scoured the shelves for the 61 items on the shopping list. Reader explained that "Throughout the years, our school community, comprising both staff and students, has dedicated itself to various endeavors aimed at gathering essential food items...

  • Gasseling: Kimball Health Services CEO

    Oct 12, 2023

    The incoming chief executive officer of Kimball Health Services said she not only recognizes the challenges of being in charge of Kimball's new $43 million hospital, she's ready to meet them head-on. "I am elated for the opportunity the Board of Directors has given me at KHS," said Cassie Gasseling, who takes over as CEO Jan. 17. "We have a great team here who puts patient care first and I look forward to continuing to work with them in a leadership role." A Kansas State University graduate,...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 12, 2023

    At the "topping" ceremony for Clean Harbors' Kimball expansion, company CEO Eric Gerstenberg said Tuesday that the construction phase of the new Kimball incinerator will be completed by 2024 and the incinerator operational by early 2025. "With the addition of this new incinerator and the jobs it brings, our commitment to Kimball and Western Nebraska will only deepen," he said. "Today is not just about acknowledging a milestone; it is about instituting a brighter and more prosperous future in...

  • Kimball Welcomes Gov. Pillen

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 28, 2023

    Gov. Jim Pillen addressed a group of Kimball County residents on Monday afternoon during a town hall meeting at KCTS headquarters. Pillen said he wants to be the governor of everyone in Nebraska, all Nebraskans. He stressed that Nebraskans all have to live within their means, and a high priority for the state is to be more financially responsible. Pillen explained that four things are what he has focused on throughout his life and continues to focus on as governor: kids, taxes, agriculture and...

  • Korby D. Swantkoski

    Aug 31, 2023

    Korby D. Swantkoski, 57, of Bushnell, died in Kimball on Friday, August 18, 2023. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday September 16, 2023 at the Sagebrush in Kimball. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, September 15, 2023 from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. to sign the register book and leave condolences for the family. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to view his tribute wall and share stories with the family. Memorials may be given in memory of Korby to the family...

  • Hospital CEO Ken Hunter Retiring

    Aug 24, 2023

    Kimball Health Services CEO Ken Hunter, RN-BSN, plans to retire in January, KHS announced Monday. Hunter, who turned 74 on Aug. 19, has served as CEO at the Kimball hospital and rural health clinic since January of 2011. He served two years as director of nursing at KHS after joining the staff as a night nurse in 2006. Hunter received the prestigious Nebraska Hospital Association's "Caring Kind" award in 2013. The award honors outstanding health care employees who have demonstrated compassion...

  • Visitor Center Site Sold To Big D Oil

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Aug 3, 2023

    After months of negotiations and executive sessions, on Tuesday, Aug. 1, the Kimball County Commissioners voted to sell the High Point Welcome Center of Western Nebraska property located at 204 South Kimball Boulevard and the adjacent land to Big D Oil Co. of Rapid City, S.D. The selling price was $500,000. Big D Oil’s possible plan is to operate a truck stop at the site. It is a family owned business with 39 retail stores in western South Dakota, eastern Wyoming and northern Colorado. As for the welcome center’s future, it was not dis...

  • Missile Project Key Dates Discussed

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 27, 2023

    At the Kimball City Council meeting on July 18, City Administrator Annette Brower addressed key issues regarding the missile project. Brower said the Pioneer Camp will be in place in 2024 and the Housing Hub for hundreds of project workers at a time will be built and operational in 2025. The Pioneer Camp will house workers who will construct the hub. In another matter, Mayor John Morrison commented on a story on July 13 front page of the Observer about Hometown Hardware. Referring to a water main break that affected the business, Morrison said...


    Jul 6, 2023

    Here's a portion of the 150 acres that the City of Kimball annexed on the west side of Highway 71 on the south end of the city. Clean Harbors has acquired a 60-acre, 120-lot section of the land for housing to help accommodate new employees as it expands....

  • Kimball Annexes Land For Housing

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 29, 2023

    Over three days –Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of last week – the Kimball City Council annexed and rezoned 150 acres of land contiguous to the City of Kimball to the south. The council conducted all three readings of the ordinance within the week. On Tuesday evening, the council met for its regular meeting. The first item on the agenda was a public hearing on Ordinance No. 821, the annexation. With no comment from anyone, the council approved the first reading of the ordinance. The planning commission previously approved the annexation. Add...

  • Upgrades Continue At County Courthouse

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 22, 2023

    Improvements and upgrades to the Kimball County Courthouse continue as the county commissioners’ previous approval for the purchase and installation of the chiller and boiler are currently happening. Last summer, the chiller quit and the boiler had reached the end of life for such equipment. The commissioners voted on Tuesday, June 20, at their regular meeting to move the ADA handicap-accessible ramp from the north entrance of the courthouse to the east entrance. Estimates have been provided for the move. In addition to the ramp, new parking s...

  • Annexation On City's Front Burner Next Week

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Jun 15, 2023

    The Kimball City Council has two special meetings scheduled for next week to address and possibly approve the annexation of land along Highway 71 south of the city where Clean Harbors proposes a 60-acre, 120-lot housing development to help accommodate added workers due to its expansion. The first meeting is scheduled to begin 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at the City Council Chambers. The main item on the agenda is the second reading of Ordinance 821 to annex the land. A public comment period also is on the agenda, but any comments would be for... Full story


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 27, 2023

    At Tuesday's Kimball City Council meeting, Mayor John Morrison shared with the council and the public his thoughts on possible future acquisitions for the City of Kimball. Morrison expressed interest in acquiring the Evertson Well Service building east of Kimball with the intention of making it the Street Department building and shop. Currently, the street department shop is on the north side of Kimball on Main and Elm Streets. According to Morrison, the street department "is pretty sad. It is t...

  • Residents Get Chance To Talk Growth At Town Hall Meetings

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 27, 2023

    The City of Kimball’s Town Hall meetings on Wednesday and Thursday of last week began the public involvement in the update for the city’s existing Comprehensive Plan. Marvin Planning, the company hired for the project, explained that a Comprehensive Plan is like a Business Plan for a Community. On Thursday, about 40 residents participated in the update at the KCTS building. In groups, residents discussed and listed their thoughts on five questions about Kimball, and then each group was able to report on their ideas. Question 1 – How would... Full story

  • Cynthia D. Thacker

    Apr 20, 2023

    Cynthia D. Thacker, 69, of Kimball, died in Aurora, Colorado on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. Cremation has been held and Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2023 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball with Pastor Lorri Kentner officiating. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view her Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in her memory to the family, t... Full story

  • Here's The Program For Sen. Ricketts' April 5 Visit To Kimball

    Apr 13, 2023

    The Observer obtained the following program and list of scheduled attendees and speakers for the visit of U.S. Sen. Pete Ricketts in Kimball on Wednesday, April 5. U.S. Senator Pete Ricketts’ Visit Wednesday April 5, 2023 2:00 P.M.– 4:00 P.M. Kimball County Transit 233 S Chestnut Street, Kimball, NE Welcome to Kimball Mayor Morrison – USAF Sentinel Projects and its effects on the community. Presentation from Clean Harbors Environmental Services on expansion and future growth: Brad Reader – Plant Facility Manager Lezah Saunders – Facility... Full story

  • Council OKs $36,000 In Business Grants

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 30, 2023

    The Kimball City Council approved over $36,000 in grant money March 21 to local businesses through the Business Improvement Grant program. Lil Bit of Country, Joe Mejia Insurance, and Ondori Ramen & Sushi were businesses receiving grants. An LB 840 loan was approved to the Friends of the Goodhand Theater for $25,000 to purchase 300 black/red leather reclining/rocking theater chairs. Interviews are being conducted for the open position of the city clerk, and Creg Pike was appointed to serve on the interview committee. Interviews were planned...

  • Clean Harbors Pitches Plans For Subdivision

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 23, 2023

    Mayor John Morrison explained to the Observer the plans that Clean Harbors Inc. has to create a subdivision on 60 acres of land just across Highway 71 from Kimball Ace Hardware and to the west. The division, if it gains needed approvals, would be called "Project Lighthouse" because the term lighthouse is sometime described as being the beginning of a bay. The northeast corner of the subdivision would include Howard Street. Tuesday night, Clean Harbors executive Paul Whiting showed plans for the...

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