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  • 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:...

  • 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,...

  • 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....

  • 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....

  • STANDING TALL

    Aug 25, 2022

    Kale Schnell and his reserve champion beef, a crossbred Charolois, get their picture taken during the livestock sale at the Kimball-Banner County Fair. The Observer will run fair results once they become available....

  • Kimball-Banner County Fair Schedule

    Aug 4, 2022

    Wednesday August 3 5:30 pm Archery competition (Location: Kimball golf course/Trap house) Monday, August 8 8:00 am – 10:30 am – Clothing Judging (Location: Plains Historical Society Museum) 8:00 am – 10:30 am – Life Challenges (Location: Plains Historical Society Museum) 11:00 am – Conclusion Fashion Revue (Location: Plains Historical Society Museum) 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Public Fashion Show (Location: Plains Historical Society Museum 6:00 pm – Pre-Fair cleanup Tuesday, August 9 11...

  • Texans Sort Things Out At Fairgrounds

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 28, 2022

    Last weekend, Halligan Agency held the Little Daddy Ranch Sorting at the Kimball-Banner County Fairgrounds. The two-day event, held in advance of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Big Daddy Ranch Sorting event, boasted 362 first round teams and 180 second round teams. According to event organizer Cody Halligan, "It was a lot, a lot of work." While local riders were not in abundance, Texas had the most sorters. Halligan explained that the Texans can stop here and "get warmed up on northern cattle"...

  • Harvest Slow, But Heatwave Should Help

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 21, 2022

    Amidst the late frost, the sawfly infestation and the lack of moisture, area wheat farmers are preparing for a lackluster harvest as well as predictions of a long, drawn-out harvest. Hope Hinton, grain originator from Frenchman Valley Coop, said, "Everything is just so slow right now, just because they get going, then they run into wet stuff, then they get going and run into wet stuff." Hinton does the buying and selling of grain from Potter to the Burns area. According to the morning report...

  • Colts & Fillies 4-H Club Takes The 'Lead'

    Giorgetta Varra, Colt & Fillies Club New Reporter|Jul 14, 2022

    The Colts and Fillies 4-H club had their first arena practice June 23 at the Kimball arena. Everyone was very excited to start riding and getting prepared for the fair. At the start of the practice, Lavalla Reher talked with all of the members present about goals that they wanted to accomplish in the coming year. The goals ranged from getting better at trail and walking over the tarp, loping comfortably, and getting to know their new horses. The next thing they talked about was how to feel which...

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