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It takes volunteers who make Farmers Day happen every year, and 2022 was no exception. Many of the volunteers are individualswho have served the community for decades. With over 30 years of... Full story


The Farmers Day Meeting

Farmers Day weekend began with a Kimball City Council meeting to address agenda items that were postponed from the council meeting on Tuesday. The council dealt with an annexation, consideration of a future annexation, and set the property tax...


2020 Law Enables Council To Meet Without A Traditional Quorum

On Tuesday, with only two Kimball City Council members present along with the mayor, a law enacted in 2020 was used for the council to conduct an official meeting, according to city attorney Matt Turman. Turman explained how and why a meeting could...



The Kimball County High School Class of 1972 reunited during the Farmer's Day celebration. Here's everyone who attended. Sitting, from left: Patty Hake Schumacher, Amorilys Johnson, Patty Niemann,... Full story


Doctor Returning To Kimball

Dr. James Broomfield, formerly of Kimball Health Services, says he will be returning to town as the primary care physician and medical director at Arrow Medical Center. The center will be opening an office in Kimball in four to six weeks, he said.... Full story


The Antelope Stampede

Jax Anderson, in top photo, appears to be re-thinking his decision to enter into the pie eating contest during this month's 2nd Annual Antelope Stampede Bike Race in Kimball. Jax won the kid's pie... Full story



Doug and Sandy Lukassen of Kimball County were recognized Saturday as Outstanding Farmer for the Farmer's Day Parade in Kimball. The Lukassens have been long-time supporters of 4-H and FFA programs...

 By Barb Cross    News    September 29, 2022 

U.S. Rep. Smith Visiting Banner County Oct. 3, Will Take Questions

Good morning, and happy fall to you all, as the saying goes. This past weekend gave us some perfect fall days that were absolutely beautiful., great for all of the action for Farmer’s Day or to visit the Adams Family Pumpkin Patch. This week is...


Banner County Election

The 2022 campaign season continues to be a busy one in Banner County, where lots of folks want change in local government. A lunch with the candidates is planned for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Banner County Museum. The county Republican... Full story



Kimball County native Jason Hanner will be taking a short detour from his walk across Nebraska to walk through the Farmer's Day parade on Saturday. Although he won't be stopping for long because he... Full story


Dignitaries Announced For Farmer's Day

The Farmer’s Day Committee has announced the dignitaries for Farmer’s Day 2022. A new category, Outstanding Entrepreneur, sponsored by the Nebraska Extension has been created, Hannah Synder received the award. Snyder owns Nebraska Coffee and... Full story


County Taking On Potholes Near Dix

The Kimball County Commissioners began their regular bi-monthly meeting Tuesday with a lengthy discussion on a seven-mile stretch of blacktop on County Road 59 south of Dix. Even after the road department fixed many of the potholes prior to harvest,...


Farmer's Day Book Sale: Here's The Story

Several thousand books will go on sale Friday and Saturday at the Friends of the Kimball Library Book Sale in the back room of the Kimball Public Library. The sale includes fiction, non-fiction, kids... Full story

 By Barb Cross    News    September 22, 2022

Gearing Up For Election, Closing In On September

Good morning. While we are busy planting and working the fields, fighting fires and gearing up for the upcoming election we find ourselves closing in on September. I was in one of the stores in the Bluffs recently and as the aisles progressed from...


Meet the Challengers

A Meet the Challengers event was held Saturday for Banner County voters at Laura Lee's Double L Country Store and Cafe. Candidates for county commissioners, county clerk and treasurer were present to...


Braxton Miller Leads Varsity XC

Freshman Braxton Miller led the pack of varsity Kimball runners at the Alliance meet on Saturday. Braxton came in 20th with a time of 20:26.67, although Xaivier Thomas-Lewis and Braylon Miller...


Bridgeport Next For Kimball Golf

The girls golf season is quickly winding down with the Western Trails Conference girls golf meet on Thursday (today) in Bridgeport, then the district meet will be at the Four Winds Golf Course in Kimball on Monday, Oct. 3. The Kimball girls golf... Full story



On Friday of last week, Joe Hall began wearing his sixth pair of shoes in his journey across America. He stayed the night in Dix, then walked through Kimball to Pine Bluffs on Highway 30. Hall...


2.38% County Tax Hike Request

In a special commissioners meeting, the Kimball County Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday for the 2022-23 Kimball County budget and a public hearing for the 2022-23 Final Property Tax Request. During the public hearing comment period for...


School District Tax Rate Mill Levy Dipping Slightly

The Kimball School Board on Monday held its once a year hearing on the school district’s 2022-23 budget of expenses and the once a year hearing on the property tax levy for 2022-23, as well as its regular monthly meeting. During the budget...



4,559 miles from London, England, Old Glory flies at half-staff at the Kimball City Office Building in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who died last week after 70 years on the British throne. She is... Full story


Antelope Stampede Gravel Race

Get ready to cheer on bicycle racers at the community BBQ this Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at Gotte Park. The second Annual Antelope Stampede Gravel Race kicks off the festivities... Full story


Do They Have The 'Write' Stuff?

Banner County has a number of write-in candidates for the local election on Nov. 8. What exactly does that mean? According to Nebraska Secretary of State, write-in candidates will not have their name on the ballot but the voter must write the candida... Full story

 By Barb Cross    News    September 15, 2022

Remembering 9/11; Banner County Candidates Event Scheduled

Good morning. Here we are in the middle of September with Labor Day and 9/11 behind us. Over this past weekend I heard a short remembrance speech about that awful day, September 11, 2001. I know we all remember exactly what we were doing at the...


Visitor Center's Fate In Focus

High Point Visitor Center will close for the season from Oct. 1 through April 1, 2023, according to the motion made and approved Tuesday by the Kimball County Commissioners. A vendor from the center, Kim Sharples, questioned the commissioners with...


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