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    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.... Full story

  • 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 11:00 am – 4:00 pm... Full story

  • 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"... Full story

  • 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...

  • Results In For FFA Progress Show

    Jun 30, 2022

    Here are the Kimball FFA Alumni Progress Show results: Grand Champion Swine – Aspyn Jagers Reserver Champion Swine – Hunter Creech Grand Champion Lamb – Kasson Bowman Reserve Champion Lamb – Cooper Dudden Grand Champion Market Goat – Tenley Becker Reserve Champion Market Goat – Teagan McGuire Grand Champion Heifer – Carly Keller Reserver Champion Heifer – Kasyn Snyder Grand Champion Market Beet – Sydney Huckfeldt Reserve Champion Market Beef – Sydney Huckfeldt Beef Showmanship Senior... Full story

  • Sterkel Wins Ranch Rodeo

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 16, 2022

    The annual Kimball Ranch Rodeo featured two rounds of saddle bronc riding and four ranch rodeo events, with seven teams competing for the title and belt buckles. The crowd was treated to some outstanding bronc riding, with Justin Quint winning the event with a score of 84 points, followed closely by Cinch Hebb with 83 points, and third place went to Cody Miller with 82 points. The Ranch Rodeo events started with trailer loading, roping and doctoring, team tying, and the crowd favorite, wild cow...


    Giorgetta Varra, Colts and Fillies 4-H Club Reporter|May 5, 2022

    The Colts and Fillies 4-H club held their monthly meeting Sunday, April 24th at the 4-H building. There were 11 members present accompanied by an uncounted number of parents and helpers. They held a regular business meeting led by president, Emily Whitney. During the meeting, Mia Varra talked about how to get your horses in good working condition for spring and summer activities. Then LaValla Reher and Mia both talked about how to read vital signs in your horse and spot signs of sickness. They a...

  • Avian Flu A Concern In Panhandle

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 14, 2022

    Dr. Karla Wilke, assistant professor of animal science at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, shared her thoughts and information on avian influenza. A backyard flock in Scotts Bluff County became infected with avian influenza and the chickens and waterfowl had to be killed and incinerated. Early detection is essential to controlling the disease, according to Wilke. In March, avian influenza was detected in a commercial flock in Butler County and backyard flocks in Merrick and Holt counties, and...

  • Colts & Fillies Learn A Bit About Bits And Bridles

    Giorgetta Varra, Colts Fillies 4-H Club News Reporter|Apr 7, 2022

    The Colts and Fillies 4-H club held its monthly meeting at the 4-H building, Sunday, March 27th. President Emily Whitney led the meeting with 12 members present. During the meeting vice president Rachel Burger gave a demonstration on different kinds of equine bits, for her Level ll testing, which corresponded with the purpose of the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to learn more about bits and bridles. Going with the theme, Mia Varra and Austin West talked about leverage in bits and how... Full story

  • Going, Going, Gone! Area Supports FFA Labor Auction

    Mar 31, 2022

    A great crowd came out to support the Kimball FFA Chapter at its Labor Auction and Alumni Feed on Friday, March 25. Twenty-one FFA students were auctioned off as well, as their adviser. Student prices ranged from a few hundred dollars for eight hours of work to over $1,000. Each student introduced themselves and shared what skills they possessed. Then area auctioneer Royce McConnell sold the students to the highest bidder. After the sale was complete, the student handed the buyer a business...


    Mar 3, 2022

    National FFA Week at Kimball Jr./Sr. High School culminated last week with Drive Your Tractor to School Day. Kimball FFA member Justin Klosterman, above, opted to drive a combine instead of a tractor on Friday.This week, area FFA students were headed to Kimball on Wednesday for the FFA CDE. Kimball FFA also will hold its annual Labor Auction on March 25.... Full story

  • Pioneer Family Spirit: Barretts Have It

    Aug 19, 2021

    Since the 1950s, the Aksarben Foundation has been celebrating Nebraska farm families with its tradition of awarding Pioneer and Heritage Farm Family Awards. Banner County residents Dan and Linda Barrett were awarded this year with the Pioneer Farm Family Award, which recognizes 100 years of ownership. The award is presented by the Aksarben Foundation in partnership with the Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers. Below is Dan Barrett's application information for the... Full story

  • FFA Alumni Progress Show Awards For Goat, Lamb, Swine

    Jul 1, 2021

    Results are in for the FFA Alumni Progress Show on Father's Day weekend at the fairgrounds in Kimball. Goat Show In the Goat Show, there were 21 goats and 15 goat showmen. Grand Champion received $300 and Reserve Champion was awarded $200. Grand and Reserve Champion Progress Goat – Cael Langford. Grand Champion Sr Showman – Allison Carpenter. Reserve Champion Sr Showman – Cael Langford. Grand Champion Int Showman – Eli Kalous. Reserve Champion Int Showman – Jayme Gittlein. Grand Champion...

  • Meat Eaters Have Their Day In Kimball

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 25, 2021

    Locally, Mark and Bryce Halstead from the EH Ranch, LLC approached Karen Hewitt of Karen's Kitchen in Kimball to promote "Meat on the Menu Day." They said that they wanted to purchase the first 20 prime ribs on Saturday at her restaurant to "support the beef industry and her business." Karen said the customers appreciated it, and it "went great." She said that she cooked four prime ribs and only had four end pieces left. Karen did mention that another beef employer purchased 40 meals for their...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 11, 2021

    Brendan Halligan, 10, goes after the number 5 calf as he participates in last Saturday's ranch sorting event north of Kimball. This was Brendan's second ranch sorting event. Cinch RSNC Ranch Sorting made its debut in the Kimball area with rounds for beginners, rookies, novices and above. Halligan Agency LLC sponsored the event with 189 first-round teams at the Y3 Indoor Area....

  • Coronavirus Puts Its Mark On Branding

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 9, 2020

    As calving season concludes, the thought of springtime rituals like branding begin occurring. But in this crazy, unusual time, Panhandle Public Health District has cautioned ranchers about their spring social gatherings. This year must be different. It will undoubtedly take longer and be harder, but in an effort to stop the spread of this virus it is imperative that local ranches follow the guidelines. The first thing on the list is to limit branding to the smallest and most essential crew that...

  • No Easy Fix For Cattle Market Downturn

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Apr 9, 2020

    “We are taking a lot of heat because people think we are not doing enough. But the issue is more complex; there is not an easy fix.” This according to Melody Benjamin, vice president of member services with the Nebraska Cattlemen Association. Benjamin’s comment was in response to the rumors that the packing industry was gouging the rancher. Articles and information had surfaced that large beef packing houses had the power to set cattle prices. Litigation and investigations had already started before the coronavirus, but the drastic drop in be...

  • Brookside Farm Much More Than A Picture Perfect Setting

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 30, 2020

    Brookside Farm is a half mile north of Kimball and sits on the banks of Lodgepole Creek. It's much more than a picture perfect setting. The farm, also known as the Gridley-Howe-Faden-Atkins Farmstead, was listed in 1997 on the National Register of Historic Places. The description on its registration form for that distinction states that "the property illustrates an historically typical farmstead evolution in Nebraska. The farmstead is a rare and well-preserved collection of buildings and...

  • Ranch Sorting A Passion For Local Duo

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 30, 2020

    "Hey, why don't you come to this sorting event with me? I think you will get a kick out of it," Frank Stauffer asked Trish Lukassen, who has since become his ranch sorting teammate. Although she had never watched the event, Trish didn't just show up. She took her horse and participated – and the rest is history. The Lukassen/Stauffer team from Kimball has been ranch sorting since 2015 together. "It took us a long time to learn to ride together right," Lukassen said. "We were so afraid we were g... Full story

  • FFA Alumni Feed And Auction

    Mar 21, 2013

  • Kimball One Of 17 Counties Declared Part Of Contiguous Disaster Region

    Jan 24, 2013

    Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Dan Steinkruger, announced 17 counties have been designated as contiguous natural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought affecting Colorado, Kansas and Missouri. Those counties are: Contiguous to Colorado: Chase, Cheyenne, Deuel, Dundy, Keith, Kimball, Perkins Contiguous to Kansas: Dundy, Franklin, Furnas, Harlan, Hitchcock, Nuckolls, Red Willow, Webster Contiguous to Missouri: Nemaha, Otoe, Richardson These counties were declared a Secretarial Disaster on January 9, based on their...

  • Microload Program To Assist Small Farms

    Jan 24, 2013

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new microloan program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the progress of producers through their start-up years by providing needed resources and helping to increase equity so that farmers may eventually graduate to commercial credit and expand their operations. The microloan program will also provide a less burdensome,...

  • FFA Planning Fundraisers To Aid Local Chapters

    Jan 17, 2013

    The Nebraska FFA Foundation, along with corporate sponsors and county Farm Bureaus, are working together to provide extra incentives to raise funds for local FFA chapters. This year, $20,000 in matching funds will be distributed to chapters, proportionate to the percentage of dollars raised. The funds will be used for innovative classroom projects, leadership training, community service events and educational trips by the Kimball and Banner County FFA chapters. This year families, friends and businesses are invited to participate in donating...

  • Kimball County Family Farmers Eligible To Apply For Loans

    Jan 17, 2013

    Farm Service Agency (FSA) Kimball County Office announced that family farmers in seven counties in Nebraska are eligible to apply for low interest Farm Service Agency (FSA) Emergency (EM) loans due to physical and production losses caused by drought that occurred on November 1, 2012 and continuing. Those seven counties are: Kimball, Cheyenne, Chase, Deuel, Dundy, Keith and Perkins These seven Nebraska counties became eligible for this assistance because they are contiguous to the 30 Colorado counties that were designated on January 9 by the...

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