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 By Daria Anderson-Faden    News    May 13, 2021 

Kimball, Graduates Connect

Connect Kimball, along with the Rotary Club, hosted the Class of 2021 Senior Showcase on Friday, May 7. COVID-19 created the unique parade activity in 2020, which was followed by cruise night.... Full story

 By Daria Anderson-Faden    News    May 13, 2021 


Potter-Dix Schools seniors were the first of the area seniors to graduate. The 15 P-D seniors graduated on May 8 at 2 p.m. Their Class Motto was a quote from Tim McGraw: "Chase Your Dreams, but...

 By Daria Anderson-Faden    News    May 13, 2021 

School District Looking Ahead

With the school year winding down, the Kimball Public Schools staff and school board addressed issues at Monday’s board meeting that will affect next year and beyond. Activities Director Ken Smith recapped the number of participants in activities t...

 By Daria Anderson-Faden    News    May 13, 2021 

From Pre-K To Grade 12, It's Graduation Time

Good morning, Banner County! School is winding down here in the Burg. It is going better than at this time last year for sure. Thursday, May 13 – tonight! – is the activities and academic banquet for high school students, followed by senior...

 News    May 13, 2021 

Museum Donation

The Plains Historical Society Museum has received a handmade sled from Kimball resident Bob Mueller. He made the sled in 1945, and it remained with him ever since. Accepting the donation are the vice...


Arbor Day 2021 Takes Root

Mary Lynch fourth-graders helped the City of Kimball celebrate Arbor Day by planting four evergreen trees in Gotte Park. The short ceremony began with the head of the street department, Jim Shoup,... Full story


Transit Hires 3 Drivers, Detailer

The Kimball County commissioners heard a financial update from the Veterans Service Office assistant, Darcee Wheeland on Tuesday, May 3, at their regular semimonthly meeting. According to Wheeland’s records, Kimball County veterans or spouses...


Sr. Center Reopens For Meals

Since March 17, 2020, the Kimball senior center has been closed to the public and only providing curbside service. Now the Kimball Senior Center at 107 S. Oak Street is open again for business for regular sit down meals. Lunchtime meals are served...



A local citizen posed this question to the Observer: Who is responsible for cleaning up the alleys? Here is what the Observer found out about the alley situation. The city has a 20-foot easement in th...

 By Barb Cross    News    May 6, 2021

Here Come Graduation & Mama's Day

Good morning, Banner County! Here we are on the home stretch as far as senior graduation 2021 goes! Hallelujah! However, before all of that, the kids have high school track at Leyton this Friday, May 7th, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Then they will...


29% of Kimball County Fully Vaccinated

On May 3 the Unified Command confirmed that Kimball County once again has zero COVID-19 cases and vaccinations are continuing. Panhandle Public Health District has vaccination data per county, and Kimball County data shows that 837 individuals are...


Council Looking To Fill Vacancy

The City of Kimball is looking to fill a vacancy on the Kimball City Council as a result of the resignation of council President Kim Baliman. Baliman’s letter of resignation was made available to the public on a table at the April 20 council meetin... Full story


Ridgewood Rezoning Debated

On Monday, following the April 20 Kimball City Council meeting, Mayor Keith Prunty said he was "very pleased with the courtesy shown by everyone" regarding a proposal to rezone Ridgewood Trailer...

 By Jan Sears    News    April 29, 2021

A Big, BIG Project

As many area residents know, there is a campaign to build a new hospital. There have been several public information sessions to keep citizens in the loop, providing time to ask questions and prevent...

 By Jim Orr    News    April 29, 2021


Opening day has been pushed back tentatively to Saturday, May 1, at Mr. J's Garden Center, Kimball businessman John Morrison's new venture next to his High Point RV Park along Highway 71. Morrison...

 By Barb Cross    News    April 29, 2021

Spring Has Sprung Around Here (Banner County)

Good morning Banner County, friends near and far. I do believe spring has finally sprung! We sure have had some beautiful weather here lately. The folks in Torrington are thinking spring as the South East Wyoming Art Association is inviting all...


Nebraska Coffee Moving, Expanding

Nebraska Coffee has outgrown its location on Highway 30 and will expand and move to a recently purchased downtown building near the underpass. Owner Hannah Snyder shared with the Observer some pertine...


On The Road Again

The Kimball County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, April 20, with much of their meeting consumed by discussion of road department equipment. According to Randy Bymer, road superintendent, road grader operators were out on Friday...


How Do You Recall A Recall?

How do you recall a recall? Kimball County Clerk Cathy Sibal said she has received a phone call from one of the petitioners looking to recall Mayor Keith Prunty inquiring about withdrawing her recall petition – but it appears the only way to stop... Full story



In February 1963, 16 trailers were brought in and parked in the area east of the Sunnyview Addition in Kimball, the start of what would be known as Boeing's Trailer City. According to the Feb. 14, 196...


School Facilities Survey Up

The Kimball School Board has prepared a Kimball Public Schools Facility Survey that is up and ready for Kimball residents to respond at: https://eprovesurveys.advanced.org/surveys/#/action/163509/p2190 The school board seeks public feedback on where... Full story


To Market, To Market

Kimball's Main Street Market recently purchased a bench for Kimball County Transit riders to sit and wait for the arrival of the next transit vehicle. Above, Kimball resident Jody Hardin waits for... Full story


Wait Continues For Japanese Restaurant

Kimball's Japanese Restaurant, Ondori Ramen, does not yet have an opening date set, according to owner Edi Yanto. He told the Observer that he is still not sure when that day will come, but he will...


More School Funds Available This Year

Details in the Kimball Public Schools treasurer’s report in April 2021 show a significant increase in total available funds from the previous year. The information was presented at last week’s school board meeting. The district shows $2.8...



Boy Scout Troop 116 from Cheyenne spent the weekend at Oliver Lake just west of Kimball. The boys and their leaders camped out in the snow and the 30-degree weather. In order to earn some badges,... Full story


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