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Serrano Faces May 2 Sentencing

Found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of terrorists threats, and the commission of a felony with a firearm, William Shane Serrano will be back in Kimball County Court on May 2 for sentencing. A pre-sentence investigation is being condu... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    March 23, 2023 

Broomfield Has Medical Emergency In Mexico

Dr. James Broomfield, a familiar name in Kimball healthcare circles, is recovering after suffering a medical emergency while on vacation in Mexico, according to a statement from his clinic.... Full story


Clean Harbors Pitches Plans For Subdivision

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...


Area Officials Visit Capitol, Support Bill

The Unicameral’s Revenue Committee heard testimony March 16 from Kimball city and county officials in support of Legislature Bill 100. LB 100 was introduced by Sen. Steve Erdman, District 47, who used to represent the Kimball area. The bill would...



Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank are more than a thousand miles from Kimball County’s FirsTier Bank, Points West Community Bank and Kimball State Bank, and their practices and depositors remain as distant as their location. But the question...


Sharon Camille 'Cam' Bennett

Sharon Camille "Cam" (Engel) Bennett, 79, of Oshkosh, NE passed away at the Garden County Hospital on March 1, 2023. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 30, 2023, at the St.... Full story


Federation Wrestlers Compete At State Folkstyle Tourney

The Kimball Federation Wrestling Club finished up its season last weekend at the Nebraska State USA Folkstyle tournament in Grand Island.  The team had eight members compete there after earning that right after the district tournament that was held...


Witnesses Testify In Manslaughter Trial

The trial for William Shane Serrano continues this week in the Kimball County Courthouse. Serrano is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend, Tessa Ghering, in Kimball last year. Other charges against Serrano include... Full story


50 More Feral Cats To Be Trapped

Tiffany LaBeau, the organizer of the feral cats program in Kimball, has provided an update on the March trapping and fixing of cats. The Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals have Saturday evening, March 25, set aside to trap 50 area feral cats, and... Full story


Resolutions Approved For Special Election Ballot

On Tuesday at the regular Kimball City Council meeting, the council held two public hearings and approved the special election to place Resolutions 2023-01 and 2023-07 on the special election ballot to be held on June 13. Resolution 2023-01 approved...


Ask The Observer

The City of Kimball has decided to move forward with a special election for the City of Kimball Economic Development Sale and Use Tax and an additional one-half percent sales tax increase. A reader posed the question: “How much is the special elect... Full story



More than 150 guests, including parents and grandparents, attended the annual parents breakfast at Mary Lynch Elementary School on Friday, March 10. It's a Kimball tradition that's worth getting in...


Beef Donations For Kimball School Lunches Getting A Look

The Kimball School Board met in regular session on Monday evening, March 13. During the recognition of visitors, resident Michelle Barret addressed the board about starting a local beef donation for...


Banner County FFA Shows Well At District

The FFA District competition was March 1 in Kimball. In Jr. Livestock Judging, Isaac Olsen 6th place overall individually and received a blue ribbon. Micah Dittbenner placed 20th and received... Full story



The FFA District competition in Kimball this month drew a large, engaged gathering of students from across the region, including Kimball's Julia Winstrom (inset photo) and Minatare team members... Full story


Lois A. Lane

Lois A. Lane, 95, of Dix, died at Kimball Health Services on Monday, March 6, 2023. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 13, 2023 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Past... Full story



Junior Brandon Paxton and sophomore Kyler Lusche played their way onto the 2022-23 season’s Western Trails All-Conference Boys Basketball Team. And they had a little company in Longhorn Nation. Earning honorable mention were junior Wyatt Cords and...

 By Chad Miller    Sports    March 16, 2023

'Pretty Good Record Setting Performances'

This the second and last installment of Kimball basketball coach Chad Miller's review of his team's 2022-23 season. In the semifinal game against Bridgeport, turnovers and missed free throws on our...

 By Jim Orr    News    March 9, 2023

Late 2023 Completion Still Expected

Kimball Health Services still expects its new $43.5 million hospital to be completed in late 2023, but this winter's severe weather has slowed construction work that's now past the halfway point, KHS...

 By Patty Yanaga    News    March 9, 2023


After all these years, more than 50, the Kimball Ministerial Association Food Pantry still provides much-needed support to Kimball County residents in need of food and non-food items. The first...


Two Jailed Here After I-80 Drug Bust

Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested two men after locating more than 100 pounds of suspected marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Kimball County, the patrol said. The incident report states that at approximately 1:25 p.m. March 2,...


Hearing March 21 For County Road Plans

The public hearing for the Kimball County's One- and Six-Year Plan, Highway or Street Improvement Project, is scheduled for March 21 to "hear support, opposition, criticism, suggestions, or... Full story


Junior Livestock Team Shows Well

The Kimball Junior Livestock team competed at the FFA CDE in Kimball – and they did it well. The team included Aubrey Culek and Dakota Vrbas, who earned third place individual, and Wyatt Cook and...


Diana C. Engstrom

Diana C. Engstrom, 68, of Kimball, died at SRMC in Sidney on Thursday, March 2, 2023. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the First English Lutheran Church in... Full story


Betty Barrett Hamzy

Betty Barrett Hamzy passed away February 20,2023, in Clovis, CA with her family by her side. A celebration of life will be held in Sacramento, CA on April 1, 2023. Burial will be on June 30 in... Full story


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