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 By Jim Orr    News    October 10, 2019 

The Seeds Have Been Sown

The theme for the 2019 Kimball Farmer's Day celebration was "Sowing Seeds of Success." That phrase may apply to the event itself. Some new events this year, such as the bike race and cornhole tourname...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    October 10, 2019 

Winter Blast Expected To Grip Area Till Friday

Kimball County’s early blast of winter-like weather this week was expected to bring 3 to 4 inches of snow, icy roads and hazardous travel conditions through Friday morning, the National Weather Service in Cheyenne warned. All of which followed a te...

 

Key New Extension Educator Starts Here

Jason L. Weigle has been appointed Extension Educator in Community Vitality for the Nebraska Extension that serves Kimball County and is based in Sidney. His appointment was announced by Extension...

 

A Classic Ride

Mark Nelson drives a vintage yellow Minneapolis-Moline tractor down 2nd Street during this year's Farmer's Day Parade. The classic brand name was last used in 1974, and this G-1000 model was part of...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    October 10, 2019 

The Beat Goes On In Banner As First Snowfall Approaches

Good morning Banner County, at least so far. As I write this, we are preparing for our first winter snow. Yuck. I am never ready, and won’t be until about Dec. 24. Too bad, too sad for me; here it comes anyway! Here are a few things going on that...

 
 By Claire Smith    News    October 10, 2019 

Potter Community Cleanup Lives Up To Its Name

The Village of Potter sponsored a fall community cleanup event this past weekend to help residents and businesses get rid of unwanted household and nuisance items for free. Initially held in May...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    October 3, 2019

The Farmer's Day Marshal Plan

For 2019 Farmer's Day grand marshals Susan and Dave Haack, their big day turned out to be 45 years in the making. They were married 45 years to the day – on a long-ago Farmer's Day – before...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    October 3, 2019

ANDERSON-FADEN MENDING AFTER CRASH

Daria Anderson-Faden, the Kimball County Commissioner and Observer staff writer, continues recovering from serious injuries suffered during her Sept. 23 head-on collision in Banner County with a...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    October 3, 2019

It's KHS vs. KPS In The Kimball Food Challenge

The winner of the inaugural Kimball Fill the Food Pantry Cart Challenge is Kimball Health Services. The final score was KHS 490, Kimball Public Public Schools 201. That's how many food items each...

 
 By Jan Sears    News    October 3, 2019

Kimball Public Library Book Sale A Big Hit On Farmer's Day

The Friends of the Kimball Library Book Sale was very popular this year and many, many books and puzzles went out the door. Thank you all who came and purchased books. Book sales are appreciated by...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    October 3, 2019

It's A Banner Homecoming Week

Good morning! Fall is definitely in the air, right along with football. Here at Banner County School this is Homecoming week. Today is throwback Thursday and there is cross country at Bayard. Tomorrow, Friday, October 4th, they will begin banding...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    September 26, 2019

Anderson-Faden Injured In Crash

Daria Anderson-Faden, a Kimball County commissioner and Western Nebraska Observer staff writer, was among four people injured in a two-vehicle Monday morning accident in Banner County. She was listed...

 

FARMER'S DAY

The wait is just about over. Three days of Farmer's Day festivities begin Friday for the 93rd annual event. Here's a look at the schedule of events. If you'd like a pocket schedule to carry around,...

 

Pineapple Express Finds Part-Time Home In Kimball

The Pineapple Express has and will return weekly to Kimball, weather permitting, according to Bill Grubbs, owner of the Pineapple Express food truck. The food truck goes to Alliance, Gering,...

 

City Avoids Tax Increase Under New Budget

In seven minutes, the Kimball City Council held two public hearings last week for the 2019-20 Fiscal Year Budget and 2019-20 Set Final Property Tax Request. “The mill levy was up but the valuation was down. We didn’t raise taxes,” ” Mayor...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    September 26, 2019

Busy, Busy Times In Banner And Beyond

Good morning! Here we are beginning the last week in September, unbelievable! And a busy time it is for sure. Today, September 26th the junior high football team will take on Guernsey at 2 p.m., home field. Come on out and support these young folks!...

 

NOT FORGOTTEN

The story of Kenneth Lee Lockwood started and concluded in Kimball as he was laid to rest in the Kimball Cemetery in December 1944. But a new chapter is unfolding as a museum is researching the World...

 

Blaze Ravages Kimball Home

A fire consumed a Kimball house owned by Terry Jefferson and rented by Luis (Beeb) Larez about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.The location of the fire was 308 ½ South Washington. Larez said the fire marshal...

 

Bikers Git-R-Done: Horseshoe Pits Ready For Farmer's Day

A local motorcycle club has opted for volunteer work in the evening instead of riding their motorcycles. The club is in the process of restoring the horseshoe pits at Gotte Park just in time for...

 

Wheat Harvest Over, But County Producers Keep Chugging Along

While wheat harvest has concluded for 2019, ag producers have not slowed down one bit. They still have wheat to seed, crops to tend to, and bean, beet, millet and corn harvest. Farming primarily in the northwestern and southern part of Kimball...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    September 19, 2019

Banner School Groups Going On The Road

Good morning friends and neighbors near and far! Hope this beautiful fall weather has been just what you needed. Some of  you might have had a little more rain then necessary this past week, don’t know.  Just hoping that all is well on your end....

 

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Although the outside of the Plains Historical Museum (the old high school) might look the same as it did in the 1960s or '70s, the inside is beginning to take shape. According to Jowain Sherman, Plain...

 

Bicyclist Bob Motors On

What goes around comes around. Bob Mueller is back on his bike – but not the motorized one he made when he was 13 years old. At 84, Mueller rides nine miles every other day in order to keep himself...

 

Operating Budget Up Slightly For Kimball School District

The Kimball School Board held its annual budget hearing Tuesday to set the final tax request, and it was approved with little discussion. The 2019-20 property tax request is $6,078,260.73. Of that amount, $150,000.00 is for a Special Building Fund....

 
 By Jim Orr    News    September 12, 2019

County Makes Cuts, But Taxes Inch Up

Spending is down a bit and the tax rate up nearly 2 cents for every $100 of property valuation under the $32.45 million Kimball County budget that the board of commissioners approved Sept. 4. For the owner of a $100,000 home, annual county property...

 

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