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Veterans Day Program Still On

The Kimball Veterans Day Program is still a go, according to organizer Jeri Ferguson. It will start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Kimball High School auditorium with attendance limited to veterans, their families, community members and... Full story


Observer Expected On Time Locally

The Veterans Day holiday isn’t expected to delay the sale of the Observer in open stores next week starting on Wednesday, Nov. 11, or the delivery to local subscribers on Thursday, Nov. 12. However, the Observer will be mailed one day later than... Full story


Did COVID Cause New Halloween Tradition?

COVID-19 took a backseat to Halloween as the first ever "Kimball Trick or Trunk" was a huge success, according to organizers Sarah Stull, Amira Moore and Dawn Hickman. With 27 individuals or groups...


First Harvest Arrives For Banner County Hemp Farmer

In 2018, the Nebraska Unicameral passed LB657 (Nebraska Hemp Farming Act) and in 2019 Governor Rickett's signed LB 657 into law thus legalizing plant hemp as an alternative crop. The Nebraska Hemp Far... Full story


Halloween Goes To The Dogs (And Cats) At Animal Hospital

Prairie Animal Hospital in Kimball saw more than 100 cats and dogs during the two days of the Halloween Vaccine Clinic. Prairie Animal Hospital has been running the Halloween Vaccine Clinic for the...

 By Barb Cross    News    November 5, 2020

Not Time Yet To Comment On Banner County Elections

Good morning, beautiful this week. Quite an important week for all of us, elections! This little letter will come to you before I know any election results, so I must refrain from any comments until later. Not everyone can be happy whatever those...


Council Addresses Business Initiatives

The Longhorn Building topped the list of agenda items under current business at the Oct. 20 Kimball City Council meeting. The council approved Mayor Keith Prunty’s signature on the Quit Claim Deed and other ownership documents to SK Hays Companies...


Commissioner Flores

Prior to the Kimball County Board of Equalization meeting Monday, Nov. 2, County Commissioner Rich Flores was sworn into office. On Monday, Flores completed his first meetings of the Board of...



Kimball city workers this past week began stringing up Christmas lights on downtown buildings to replace old, worn-down lights that were taken down. The goal is to get the new lights all up in time...


Panhandle Remains At High Risk

Kimball County’s most recent active COVID-19 case number is 7, but the Panhandle remains in the middle of the high spread category on the risk dial. Last week, the case count was 42. This week, as of Tuesday afternoon, Kimball County has... Full story



At 3 pounds, 13 ounces, the tiny newborn Rayah Dye was sent home from a Denver hospital on hospice. Rayah's mom, Tiffani, said the medical personnel repeatedly told her and her husband that Rayah "wou...

 By The Observer    News    October 29, 2020

Highway 71 Becomes Snowstorm Truck Stop

A late October snowstorm last weekend covered the Panhandle and shut down I-80, forcing truckers to pull of the interstate, line up on Highway 71 and fill area parking lots. The National Weather...

 By The Observer    News    October 29, 2020

The New Guy

The Selection Committee appointed Rich Flores last week to complete the Kimball County commissioner term of Brandon Mossberg, who is moving out of the county. Other candidates who interviewed for the...


Horses Seemed Confused, But They Survived Horseshoe Hill Fire

The recent fire on Horseshoe Hill created a little excitement for a couple of horses in an adjacent pasture. Owner Krystal Moody wanted to assure everyone that “the horses were moved to safety...

 By Barb Cross    News    October 29, 2020

Greetings From Banner County Winter Wonderland

Good morning Banner County! I don’t care what part of the county you live in, I am betting that you awoke to a winter wonderland on Monday morning! We had at least a foot here. All I can say is that I am thankful for the moisture and that the...


Kimball Halloween Includes 'Trick or Trunk,' No Parade

Children will still be able to celebrate Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 31, even with COVID-19 circulating in the Panhandle. Kimballites Dawn Hinton, Amira Moore and Sarah Stull have organized a “trick or trunk” located in the high school parking... Full story


Petroleum Cleanup Begins

Panhandle Geotechnical and Environmental began working at the stoplight area in Kimball on Monday morning. According to Mayor Keith Prunty, PGE has contracted with the state to drill about 30 wells... Full story


14 Active COVID Cases Here

The Panhandle Public Health District’s risk dial has move further into the orange area this week due to the fact that Nebraska and Panhandle COVID-19 cases have increased. According to information from PPHD, Kimball County has 14 active cases as...


Observer Interviews COVID Official

As COVID-19 increases in Nebraska, the assistant director of Panhandle Public Health District, Jessica Davies, helped answer some informational questions about the pandemic. Davies told the Observer that the Panhandle is in a spike and backed that...


Flores Selected To Fill Mossberg's Seat

A selection committee appointed Rich Flores on Wednesday to fill the vacancy on the Kimball County Board of Commissioners created by Commissioner Brandon Mossberg’s resignation when he moved out of the county. The term will end in January 2023....


Rallying For Rayah

The Eagles Auxiliary is planning a fundraiser for the Tiffani and Broc Dye family. The spaghetti supper fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Eagles. Tiffani and Broc have two daughters,... Full story



Jerry Darnell the VP of Agriculture for Western Sugar of Scottsbluff said as of Monday morning 60% of the beet harvest has been completed in the area. He was very pleased with the sugar content from...

 By Barb Cross    News    October 22, 2020

What!? 10 Fridays Till Christmas!

Good morning! Here we are in the last week of October! My how the time is flying, rather we are having fun or not. Someone said “only 10 more Fridays until Christmas “and I thought, hold on wait a minute, did I miss Halloween and Thanksgiving?...


Governor Initiates Campaign To Stay COVID Safe

Nebraska’s Governor Pete Ricketts has updated the directed health measures that will be effective from Oct. 21 to Nov. 30 in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Nebraska. In addition, the governor has also initiated a new campaign to...


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