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Lt. Gov. Foley Visits Kimball

Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley travelled west for a stop in Kimball on Monday. The stop included a a tour of the town and a visit to Clean Harbors, plus visits to Kimball Health Services and the... Full story


Cemetery Concerns Discussed

Usually, the Kimball Cemetery Board meets on a quarterly basis, but recent complaints from the public on the conditions at the cemetery instigated a special meeting. About a dozen citizens attended...



Cowboys and cowgirls from Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Nebraska sorted steers in Kimball for the Halligan Agency LLC Ranch Sorting. Kimball was a prelude to ranch sorting at...



Most of the projects for the girls of Sweet Stitches are ready for the Kimball-Banner County Fair. They will enter their static exhibits on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Hands down, the favorite activities for...

 News    July 29, 2021 

Here it is: your 2021 Fair Schedule

July 27 5:30 pm Archery competition (Location: Kimball Golf Course) Monday, August 2 5:00 pm Pre-Fair cleanup Tuesday, August 3 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Fashion Revue & Clothing Judging (Location: Kimball High School) 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Enter 4-H and F... Full story

 By Barb Cross    News    July 29, 2021 

Wheat Harvest A Done Deal For Some

Good morning Banner County! Wheat harvest is well under way, and mostly finished in most parts around here. Some areas are still spotty. Summer is definitely winding down. And my lawn needs mowed! Today! Thursday, July 29th folks in Chadron will...


Oliver Lake Accident Victim Taken To Hospital

Kimball County Sheriff Harry Gillway confirmed to the Observer that a Jet Ski incident resulting in an injury occurred at Oliver Lake on Sunday shortly before 7 p.m. A local individual, whose name has not been released, was taken by Life Flight to...



After two years in Orbradoiro, Spain, Kimball's Mike Daum signed a contract with Bertram Dethona in Lega Basket Series A. Tortona, in the northern part of Italy, will be home for the 25-year-old...


Heeg Warms Up For Longhorns Golf In Summer League

Just a few more weeks left of the Kimball Women’s Golf Association league play before the final events, including Battle of the Sexes, the Horserace and Solheim Cup. For Week 7 of league play, high school golfer Katie Heeg took low gross with a...



Updating work continues in Kimball Public Schools. The gym floor in the Jr./Sr. High School is undergoing a facelift and wil be named the Tom and Karen Southard Court. Other improvements include LED... Full story



Updating work continues in Kimball Public Schools. The gym floor in the Jr./Sr. High School is undergoing a facelift and wil be named the Tom and Karen Southard Court. Other improvements include LED... Full story


Health Education Standards?

Over the past seven years, the Nebraska Department of Education has developed standards in the content areas of English/language arts, mathematics and science, which are assessed statewide and require...


Bids To Go Out For Missile Roads

The Kimball County Commissioners met for their regular session Tuesday, receiving updates and information from a variety of county departments. While time allowed, the commissioners authorized a contract with Standard Appraisal Services for support...



Kimball County Manor was awarded Yard of the Week for this week. After 17 months of COVID restrictions, the facility was needing a celebration. The manor experienced a facelift over a couple of weeks...


Cody Rides Into Finals

Kimball's fine miniature bull rider, Cody Brinkman, has already qualified for the finals at his level in Mesquite, Texas, in October. Cody has been busy this summer competing in events and learning...


Schedule Full For County Fair

The Kimball-Banner County Fair is a little less than three weeks away and the schedule is full. Today, Thursday, July 15, is the deadline for all pre-entries due in the Extension Office. Monday, Aug, 2 at 5 p.m., pre-fair cleanup is on the calendar.... Full story


Five New COVID Cases In County

Panhandle Public Health District remains diligent in its fight against COVID-19. With a slight uptick of cases, Kimball County reported five cases in the 14 days prior to July 12. Kimball County has a 30% vaccination rate. Cheyenne County, with a...


Kimball's Bad Break

Havoc for a few business owners ensued when a 6-inch water main broke on the 200 block of Chestnut Street. On Sunday, about 11:30 p.m., water was spotted bubbling up through cracks in the asphalt in...


Kimball County Dealing Well With Prairie Dogs

Matt Anderson from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently met with the Kimball County Commissioners to provide a summary of the past year's predator control. For the past 13 years, Anderson has targeted badgers, raccoons, red...

 By Jan Sears    News    July 15, 2021


Kimball County 4-H'er Giacomo Varra works on his entomology project along with Nathan Rice, UNL Extension educator. First Giacomo "invented" a new insect. He detailed how big it would be and how many...


New Tardy Policy Discussed At School Board Meeting

The Kimball School Board reviewed the 2021-22 handbooks for Mary Lynch, the Jr/High School and the staff at their regular meeting on July 12. In reviewing the handbooks, a few errors existed, and the approval process has been postponed to the August...


Merlyn L. Heidemann

Merlyn L. Heidemann, age 91, of Potter, NE passed away at his home on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 in the Prairie West Church in...


Jim McKinney

Jim Stewart McKinney, loving husband, father and grandpa, was born August 23, 1948, in Sidney, Nebraska, to Paul and Virginia McKinney. Jim grew up and attended school in Dix, Nebraska, and graduated... Full story


Thomas Allwin

Thomas C. Allwin, 58, formerly of Kimball and most recently of St. Peters, MO, died Friday, July 2, 2021, at Delmar Gardens in O'Fallon, MO. He was born on October 11, 1962, in Kansas City, MO, the... Full story


Longhorn Trap Team Competes At State

The first-year Kimball Longhorn trap team competed in the State Trap Shoot – a virtual meet from June 11-20. North Bend Central won the meet and Kimball came in second. Only these two schools...


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