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Kimball Boys Fall To Sidney, Chase County

The Kimball high boys suffered two more losses as they returned to the hardwoods following the Christmas break. In a Thursday night home game they lost to Class B Sidney and then lost on Saturday...


Lady Longhorns Now 4-4 After Two-Loss Weekend

SIDNEY 68, KIMBALL 28 The Kimball High Lady Longhorns saw their season record even out at 4 wins and 4 losses after losing twice over the past weekend. The Lady Horns had a tough schedule to say the least this past weekend. On Thursday night they...


Jordan Cluff Third At Garden County Wrestling Invitational

The Kimball High Wrestling Team participated in the Garden County Invitational Tournament this past Saturday and had only one place winner on the day. "Overall, this meet was not one of our best...


Weekend Results For Area Wrestling Clubs

A weekend of wrestling came to a close Sunday afternoon in at the Bulldog Brawl Tournament in Gering after Saturday’s tournament held in Mitchell. Kimball Wrestling Club finished 11th at Mitchell with 3,758 points. Tri-State Grapplers were tight...


Potter-Dix Basketball Scores

Potter-Dix started off the new year off with tough losses for the boys and girls basketball teams. The Coyotes lost to Bayard last Friday, Jan 4, 70-20, and then faced South Platte at home Saturday in another loss, 61-22. The Lady Coyotes also faced...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 3, 2019


Local shoppers continue filling their vehicles with items bought at Kimball's Shopko Hometown store, but they soon could be filling up with something else – more gasoline at the fuel pump -- if the... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    January 3, 2019

Job Rate Better Here Than Across Neb., U.S.

Kimball County fares well when it comes to unemployment rates across Nebraska and the United States. The latest State Department of Labor figures show the county’s unemployment rate at 2.5 percent for November – an improvement from 2.7 percent...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 3, 2019

Brandon Mossberg Joins Board Today

The newest member of the Kimball County Board of Commissioners is ready to take his first steps in office and express his thoughts and opinions relating to the county. Today – Thursday, Jan. 3 --...


Paramedic Michael Downey Named KMS Employee Of Year

A talented paramedic with a knack for not only emergency medicine but also for finding things is the Kimball Health Services Employee of the Year for 2018.  Michael Downey, a paramedic who's also...


Louise Danielson

Louise Danielson, 83, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Sunday, December 30, 2018. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Hod Boltjes officiating....


Glen R. Yung

Glen Raymond Yung passed away Friday, December 28, 2018, in York, Nebraska. He was born December 8, 1933, in Kimball to August and Alice (Burkey) Yung and grew up on a farm south of Kimball. Glen...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    January 3, 2019

Wilma Gilliland: Kimball Golf Legend

When you mention "Wilma" to anyone in Kimball, a last name is not needed – at least to anyone who has lived here for any period of time or anyone who is associated with the game of golf. Kimball's... Full story

 By Tom Southard    Sports    January 3, 2019


The holiday break is over and the second half of the season for winter sports gets underway this week. In fact, there is basketball on tap this evening (Thursday, Jan. 3) at the Kimball High gym as the Longhorns host Class B Sidney with the JV games...


Kimball Wrestling Club Results From Rumble At The Rock

Here are the Kimball Wrestling Club’s results from the 2018 Rumble at the Rock wrestling tournament for regional wrestling clubs. Pre K-K 38-40 Able Kuhns was 4th and scored 4.0 team points. Round 1 - Dash Lentfer (Mitchell) won by decision over Ab...


Happy New Year! Say You Want A Resolution?

Say you want a resolution? Well, they’re not for everybody, but plenty of well-intentioned people will at least start the New Year with one as they try to put their best foot forward into the great unknown of 2019. With up to 92 percent of... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    December 27, 2018

Kimball Trying To Save Its Shopko

Kimball isn't giving up its Shopko Hometown store quietly, but saving it appears to be a long shot. An online petition urging Shopko Stores Operating Co. to keep open the store gained about 1,000...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    December 27, 2018

The Good Hands People

More than 630 adults and students – elementary though high school – filled Kimball's own Goodhand Theatre this past week over the course of just three days. On Wednesday morning, Dec. 19,...


Wilma M. Gilliland

Wilma M. Gilliland, 94, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2018, at the Cantrell Funeral...

 By Jim Orr    Opinion    December 27, 2018

So Glad To Be Back In The Nebraska Panhandle

Greetings, Western Nebraska Observer readers. I’m Jim Orr, the new publisher of your hometown newspaper. Some of you might recall when I filled in here -- right here in Kimball, right here in the Observer office -- as interim manager for about a mo... Full story



The Kimball High winter sports scene is pretty much shut down as they adhere to the Nebraska State School Activities Association Moratorium rules that shut down practices for all Nebraska schools for 5 days from December 22 through December 26. This... Full story


Kimball Wrestlers Outnumbered At Imperial

The Kimball High Wrestling Team closed out the early portion of their season at a triangular in Imperial this past week before going on break for the Holiday lay off, mandated by the NSAA. With only 6 wrestlers on the roster, it is hard to win a...


Kimball Junior High Girls Hoops Shows Promise

Despite not having winning season, the Kimball Junior High girl’s basketball teams showed promise under the direction of coaches Danielle Reader and Tori Ingram. Coach Reader’s 7th grade team ended with a record of 4 wins and 5 losses, while...

 By Jim Orr    News    December 20, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Dear Santa, Some Kimball kids heard that you read the Western Nebraska Observer and, with that in mind, they wrote down some thoughts and questions for you in this special Christmas edition of their...


Letters to Santa

LETTERS FROM PRESCHOOL STUDENTS AT MARY LYNCH ELEMENTARY Dear Santa Claus, My name is Chance. I am 4 years old. I live in here. This year, I have been really nice. I would really like it if you could bring me: 2 new drums. Thank you and Merry...

 By Jim Orr    News    December 20, 2018

Shopko Keeps Making Moves

Shopko Stores Operating Co., which announced plans this month to close its Kimball department store, keeps making moves to right its financial ship. The Wisconsin-headquartered retailer in recent days reported the sale of 64 of its pharmacy...


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