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Banner County FFA Shows Well At District

The FFA District competition was March 1 in Kimball. In Jr. Livestock Judging, Isaac Olsen 6th place overall individually and received a blue ribbon. Micah Dittbenner placed 20th and received... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    March 9, 2023

Late 2023 Completion Still Expected

Kimball Health Services still expects its new $43.5 million hospital to be completed in late 2023, but this winter's severe weather has slowed construction work that's now past the halfway point, KHS...

 By Patty Yanaga    News    March 9, 2023


After all these years, more than 50, the Kimball Ministerial Association Food Pantry still provides much-needed support to Kimball County residents in need of food and non-food items. The first...


Two Jailed Here After I-80 Drug Bust

Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested two men after locating more than 100 pounds of suspected marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Kimball County, the patrol said. The incident report states that at approximately 1:25 p.m. March 2,...


Hearing March 21 For County Road Plans

The public hearing for the Kimball County's One- and Six-Year Plan, Highway or Street Improvement Project, is scheduled for March 21 to "hear support, opposition, criticism, suggestions, or... Full story

 By Barb Cross    News    March 9, 2023

Banner County Historical Society Seeking Help For Historical Days

Good morning, still feeling the chill. About the time the snow and ice are pretty much melted, here comes more snow. Some places are total mud holes and others ( like my driveway ) are completely snowed in. Still waiting on the county plows.... Full story



A Collective Gathering in Potter is celebrating 19 years in business and the folks there are excited to begin their 20th year. The unique business venture opened April 1, 2004. The sprawling 2,500... Full story

 By Mike Motz    News    March 9, 2023

Coyotes Fall To Falls City, Season Ends

Potter-Dix's Coyote boys basketball team had another great year, running up a 19-5 record and going through stretches of the season where they looked unbeatable. There were very few weaknesses on the...


Kimball Makes Its Case For Missile Aid

The Unicameral's Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee heard proponents and neutral comments Feb. 23 on LB712, which would allocate a $26 million grant to aid Kimball and the...


Half-Cent Sales Tax Going To A Vote

A special election will be held in June for voters to decide on a ½ cent infrastructure sale tax. Kimball City Council members approved in a 3-0 vote to put the ½ cent sales tax on the... Full story


Kimball High Delegation Joins The LB712 Cause

Kimball High School senior Madison Ebeling has had a senior week to remember. Her cheerleading team placed first in the Class D Non-Tumbling Division at the Nebraska State Cheer and Dance Competition... Full story


Homestead Applications Available, Could Save You Money

The Nebraska Homestead Exemption Applications are available from February 1, 2020 to June 30. 2023 in the Kimball County Assessor’s office. According to the office, about 200 people in the Kimball area already take advantage of the tax relief... Full story

 By Barb Cross    News    March 2, 2023

Not Sure How Leprechauns Handle Snow; Commissioners Meet March 8

Here we are in the month of Green. Let us hope for rain and to ease up on the snow – don’t know for sure how the Leprechauns handle snow. Over the hill and to the north, the Western Arts Center will be opening two new exhibits. Featured in the Ma... Full story


Drones To Inspect Kimball Area

High West Energy confirmed that it will be using a drone for inspection purposes in Kimball County in the next few weeks. A pilot on the ground uses drones to inspect lines, insulators, poles, wire breaks and insulator wraps. They visually inspect th...


Mayor Explains His Time Away

Kimball Mayor John Morrison explained his absence from Kimball in a recent email. On Nov. 9, John Morrison was elected the new mayor of Kimball. He took office on Dec. 6 at the Kimball City Council meeting. Council meetings were either canceled due...


School Calendar Reset Due To Weather

At the February Kimball School Board meeting, the board approved the calendar changes due to early dismissals and snow days. From March 1 to the end of school, Wednesdays will now be a full day of school with no early dismissal for professional...



The final two spellers at the Kimball Spelling Bee, Andrew Hawthorne and Aundrea Christiansen, battled back and forth with words such as "homeopathic," "ballast," "hematology" and "mercenaries."... Full story


Public Hearing Set For County's Next Road Plan

The public hearing for the 1/6 Year Road Plan for Kimball County road department was set at the Kimball County Commissioners meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21. The public hearing has been set for March 21 at 9:15 a.m. The plan will be available at the roa...

 By Barb Cross    News    February 23, 2023

FFA Week Petting Zoo, Feb. 24, Always A Hit

Good morning and here we are pulling out of another deep freeze. What else is there to say? The weekend weather looks good, or at least better. Over the hill the Midwest Theater will be showing “A Man Called Otto.” This is rated PG and sounds... Full story


Board Salutes Banner FFA Teams Going To State

• Banner County School FFA Teams going to State on March 29 were recognized at the Feb. 13 Banner County School Board meeting. They include: • Welding Team – 2nd at Districts (Scottsbluff) - Jacob Parsons, Adam Knaub, Brendyn Onstott and...


Individuals, Teams Measure The Success Of Kimball FFA

On March 4 at 5 p.m., the Kimball FFA and supporters will have their annual Labor Auction, Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed, or chicken strip dinner. Other FFA dates to remember are the FFA Convention on...


Potter-Dix FFA Begins New Tradition, Feeding Farmers At Elevators

Potter-Dix FFA began the new school year with a new advisor, Miss Monica Wasielewski. The Officer team began a new tradition of feeding the local farmers at the Kimball and Potter elevators. This is j...


Fund Would Help Kimball With Growth

LB 712, known as Create the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Deployment Fund, was introduced by Sen. Brian Hardin of 48th District that includes the Kimball area. Sen. Steve Erdman from the 47th District, along with six other senators, have signed... Full story


No Vaping, Tobacco For Those Under 21

John Heidemann and Jim Shoup were awarded the 2022 Community Environmental Impact Award from the South Platte Natural Resources District. The Kimball City Council approved the placement of the award on the wall of the park shop/bathroom building in...



The City of Kimball and Keep Kimball Beautiful received more than $172,000 in grants to combat waste and litter reduction and help with recycling and scrap tire cleanups. Nebraska Department of... Full story


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