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Weathering The Storm

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...


Kimball FFA represents

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.... Full story



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... Full story



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... Full story


Kimball-Banner County Fair Schedule

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 a... Full story


Texans Sort Things Out At Fairgrounds

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... Full story


Harvest Slow, But Heatwave Should Help

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,...


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

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, L...


Results In For FFA Progress Show

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 ... Full story


Sterkel Wins Ranch Rodeo

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...



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...


Avian Flu A Concern In Panhandle

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...


Colts & Fillies Learn A Bit About Bits And Bridles

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... Full story


Going, Going, Gone! Area Supports FFA Labor Auction

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...



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... Full story


Pioneer Family Spirit: Barretts Have It

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 Barre... Full story


FFA Alumni Progress Show Awards For Goat, Lamb, Swine

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...


Meat Eaters Have Their Day In Kimball

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...



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...


Coronavirus Puts Its Mark On Branding

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...


No Easy Fix For Cattle Market Downturn

“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....


Brookside Farm Much More Than A Picture Perfect Setting

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...


Ranch Sorting A Passion For Local Duo

"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... Full story


Kimball One Of 17 Counties Declared Part Of Contiguous Disaster Region

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 t...


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