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  • Progress Show A Winner For Kimball FFA Alumni

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    The Kimball County Fairgrounds was a destination spot last weekend for families and youth on the progress show circuit. People from all over the Panhandle, Colorado and Wyoming converged on Kimball for the 21st annual Father's Days Progress Show. A small but mighty group of Kimball FFA Alumni run the show, which has grown to become a major stop on the traveling youth progress shows. The FFA Alumni have the details down and the show runs like clockwork. Amber Wilke said they strive to make it...

  • KIMBALL RANCH RODEO

    Jun 6, 2024

    Two teams race to the east side of the Kimball fairgrounds arena to find their numbered steers in the team-tying event Saturday during the Kimball Ranch Rodeo. Each team must rope the head and feet of both steers. Three teams accomplished the feat in under a minute. See story and more photos on pages B1 and B8....

  • KIMBALL EXTENSION'S AARON BERGER HONORED

    Apr 4, 2024

    The Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement recognized Aaron Berger, right, a Nebraska Extension beef systems educator in Kimball, among the honorees and new members during its annual banquet March 22 at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Berger, shown receiving a certificate from IANR Vice Chancellor Mike Boehm, is nationally recognized for his expertise in Ranching for Profitability, particularly in calculating the unit cost of production....

  • PLASMA CUTTER: NEW LEARNING TOOL FOR KIMBALL FFA

    Mar 28, 2024

    Kimball FFA's new plasma cutter recently arrived by truck. The $40,000 piece of equipment for the FFA ag shop will be set up and an instructor will help members get started using the piece of equipment. Plasma cutters are used in many metal fabrication shops. They slice through sheets of metal and can be used to manufacture such metal objects as gates and signs and much more....

  • TIME TO Listen

    Mar 21, 2024

    FFA teams from around the district completed in a variety of contests during the recent contest in Kimball. At right, these FFA members listen to instructions before they participate in the meat judging contest that was held. Banner County's FFA meats team listened well – and placed third. Alliance was first with 1,450 points, Minatare second with 1,241, Banner County third with 1,203 and Scottsbluff fourth with 1,176. See more area FFA news from Kimball on pages A1 and A5....

  • THE CHAMP

    Jan 11, 2024

    Mallory Hottell rounds out the Observer's presentation of photos of Kimball FFA members who excelled during the District 12 Leadership Conference at Chadron. She is district champ in junior public speaking. Kimball will send a large delegation of qualifying members to the state contest....

  • MORE FROM KIMBALL FFA

    Jan 4, 2024

    The Observer is not done yet publishing images of Kimball FFA members who excelled during the recent District 12 Leadership Conference at Chadron State. It takes time, you know, when there are so many state qualifiers and ribbon winners. Here we have Carly Murdoch, with her red ribbon, and Julia Winstrom, with her blue. They both showed their stuff in employment skills. Kimball FFA will be sending a large delegation of qualifying members to the state contest at Lincoln in Apr...

  • KIMBALL FFA'S DISTRICT RESERVE CHAMPIONS

    Nov 30, 2023

    Kimball FFA's Conduct of Chapter Meeting Team contributed to the local FFA's excellent showing Nov. 15 at the District 12 Leadership Contest at Chadron State College. The team placed second and is district reserve champion. The smiling team members include Paige Frederick, Karsyn Chesley, Tradin Hottell, Clarika Hottell, Trey Cook, Wyatt Cook, Lane Cook, Carly Norberg and Jax Troth....

  • Kimball FFA: A District Leader

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Nov 23, 2023

    Kimball FFA showed well – among the best – Nov. 15 during the District 12 Leadership Contest at Chadron State College. The top three finishers in each category qualified for the state contest in Lincoln next April – and Kimball was among the highest overall leaders in qualifiers. Potter-Dix and Banner County FFA chapters added to the southern Panhandle's fine showing with their own qualifiers. Hundreds of FFA students from 20 schools participated. Here are this area's state qualifiers: Kimba...

  • Laura Baker Recognized Nationally

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

    Laura Baker, the Farm Service Agency executive director for Kimball County, received the FSA Administrator's Award for Service to Agriculture and one of the Supervisors of the Year during a recent ceremony and reception at the USDA office building in Washington, D.C. The Administrator's Award acknowledges hard work and diligence in delivering FSA and USDA programs. The Supervisors of the Year Award recognizes individuals who hold supervisory positions and have demonstrated and contributed to...

  • LEARNING THE ROPES

    Oct 19, 2023

    Karsyn Chesley, an eighth-grader at Kimball Junior High School, is ranked No. 1 in breakaway roping after the fall season of the Nebraska Junior High Rodeos. She caught all six calves while attending rodeos in Lexington, Albion and Thedford. She also is ranked No. 6 in ribbon roping with her partner, Ty Bridgman of Bayard. The spring season will start in April. State junior high rodeo finals will be in Albion on May 16 and 17....

  • Kimball-Banner County Entrants Show Well At State Fair

    Sep 21, 2023

    Entrants from Kimball and Banner counties fared well with many ribbons, special recognition and a reserve champion at the Nebraska State Fair. Here are the results: Bodee Carruthers: 4-H Breeding Gilt-Blue, Int. Swine Showmanship-Purple, Crossbred Market Barrow-Blue. Hadley Carruthers: 4-H Breeding Gilt Crossbred-Purple, Int. Swine Showmanship-Blue, 4-H Market Crossbred Swine-Blue. Karsyn Chesley: Water Filtration and Purification display-Purple/Special recognition, Best Buy for Your Buck Ages...

  • ROUND ROBIN SHOWMANSHIP

    Aug 17, 2023

    In one of the final events of the Kimball-Banner County Fair, the Round Robin showmanship competition saw the best of the best showmen face off against each other. Wyatt Cook, left, received Reserve Grand Champion while his brother, Trey, was awarded Grand Champion....

  • 2023 Kimball Banner County Fair

    Aug 17, 2023

    All smiles, Kambree Hottell, 15, rounds the first barrel on Silver at the gymkhana on Thursday evening....

  • 2023 Kimball Banner County Fair

    Aug 17, 2023

    Nova Nelson gets a good grip on the sheep and is positioned for her mutton busting debut....

  • FATHER's DAY PROGRESS SHOW

    Jun 22, 2023

    Emma Engstrom takes advantage of the Father's Day Progress Show to get some experience for herself and her breeding heifer. The show at the fairgrounds in Kimball had a Hawaiian theme. See story and another photo on Page A5....

  • Bigger & Better

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

    The 20th Annual FFA Alumni Progress Show was the biggest and the best, with competitors from Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Colorado converging on Kimball. The Kimball Fairgrounds was packed with trailers, tents, vehicles, animals, and show families. The progress show circuit begins in May and runs through July when county and state fairs start. The Father's Day progress show began 20 years ago with the Wilkes, Lukassens and FFA instructor Alan Held. The purpose was to give local kids a po...

  • THE FFA COMES TO KIMBALL

    Mar 16, 2023

    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 entering the high school. For more FFA content in this Observer edition, see Page A4 for how Banner County FFA members did at District and Page A2 for the long, long list of donors, buyers and volunteers who contributed to the success of this year's Kimball FFA Alumni Feed and Silent A...

  • Junior Livestock Team Shows Well

    Mar 9, 2023

    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 Trey Cook, who each earned red ribbons. According to the event rules, only members in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete. Because two members are in the eighth grade, the team was not eligible to compete for team awards. Had they been eligible, the team would have taken fourth place in the district, a...

  • THAT'S AMERICAN

    Mar 9, 2023

    On a wintry late February Friday, it was that time of year once again for FFA enthusiasts to drive tractors to Kimball High School. Nolan Cook brought the family Case/Steiger into town....

  • BIG GREEN TRACTOR

    Mar 2, 2023

    On a cold and snowy Friday, Kimball High School FFA enthusiasts drove tractors to school. Grace Anderson ride of choice was the Cook family's John Deere tractor, which she drove in from the farm....

  • FSA Youth Loans

    Feb 2, 2023

    For the past seven years, 17-year-old Emily Miller has taken advantage of a unique government program that enables her to take out an ag-related loan and operate her own income-producing project. The FSA Youth Loan program is available for kids ages 10-20 in all areas, including Kimball and Banner counties. Emily, from Sidney, is just what the Farm Service Agency Youth Loan program was looking for when the program was designed. Through the program, she said she has "learned how to manage money b...

  • 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...

  • Kimball FFA represents

    Oct 6, 2022

    Farmers Day wouldn't be Farmers Day without the Kimball FFA having a presence. Above, the Longhorns mascot represents the Kimball FFA chapter during the celebration's annual parade Saturday, Sept. 24, carrying the FFA flag on East 2nd Street downtown. A good crowd lined the parade route....

  • COUNTY 4-H SHOWS AT STATE FAIR

    Sep 1, 2022

    Kimball County 4-H youth recently showed pigs at the Nebraska State Fair. Wyatt and Trey Cook along with Bodie Carruthers were in showmanship on Saturday and market classes on Sunday. Pictured are Wyatt Cook and Bodie Carruthers preparing to enter into the show ring in the same barrows market class. This was the first year that the Cook boys participated in the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. They all received blue ribbons in showmanship and market classes....

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