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 By Jim Orr    News    March 21, 2019

Shopko To Close All Remaining Stores

Reasons for the demise of Kimball’s Shopko Hometown store extend far beyond the local store’s business performance alone. “It’s a company issue,” Kimball City Administrator Dan Dean told the Observer on Tuesday. It most certainly is....

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    March 21, 2019

Still no decision on Road 59 South of dix

Concerned residents of Kimball County shared their thoughts regarding Road 59 south of Dix on Tuesday, March 19, at the regular Board of Commissioner meeting. Still no decision has come to surface about the seven mile stretch south of Dix. Discussion...


Oliver Reservoir Annual Meeting March 27

The annual update public meeting for the Oliver Reservoir Recreation Area will be held next Thursday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kimball Public Library, 208 S. Walnut Street, Kimball. The meeting will include a Game and Parks update, water...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    March 21, 2019

Makenna Thurin Brings Home Nebraska USA Wrestling Title

Yet another big weekend of youth wrestling wrapped up Sunday afternoon, March 17. The Nebraska USA State Tournament was held in Grand Island with nearly 200 teams in the state competing for titles. Ki...

 By Jim Orr    News    March 14, 2019

Blizzard Strikes Fiercely, Delays Observer Delivery

The Blizzard of 2019 walloped the Kimball area with wicked sustained winds, freezing rain and heavy snow as forecast – forcing the closure of schools, businesses, government offices and highways... Full story

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    March 14, 2019

Our Beautiful Community

The Kimball community will celebrate the retirement of Kimball County Tourism Director Jo Caskey on March 31 and welcome newly hired Jessica Rocha to the position. Through her six years in Kimball,... Full story

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    March 14, 2019

Three Kimball Public Schools Staffers Set To Resign

The public filled the room this past Monday, March 11, for the regular Board of Education meeting. Teachers and parents gathered to hear public comments regarding the rumors of a multiple staff...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    March 14, 2019

One More Arrest Made By KPD

Kimball Police Officer Greg Taylor was dispatched to 607 East Third St. (formerly the Arabian Motel and now Kimball Extended Stay) on Saturday, March, 2 at approximately 2:45 p.m. with reports of possible methamphetamine discovered by cleaning staff...

 By Barb Cross    News    March 14, 2019

Banner County Notes

Good morning Banner County, and bahh hum bug to the snow. Wouldn’t ya know that our winter would wait until spring to show up! Now with the time change we also have one more hour of daylight to enjoy it instead of all of those evenings when it was... Full story

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    March 14, 2019

Longer Bar Hours: They'll Drink To That!

Locals gather for a photo at Chute No. 7 in the early morning hours Friday, March 8, during the first official "late night" at bars in town that the City Council approved. Now the establishments are... Full story

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    March 14, 2019

Tour Planned Of Warren Air Force Base For Veterans

Kimball Transit, Kimball Mayor Keith Prunty and Warren Air Force Base will be teaming up in a short time to offer veterans a tour of the Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., with transportation to and from the base in the coming months. Veterans...

 By Ryan Murphy    News    March 14, 2019

Potter Man Gets 10-15 Years

A 56-year-old Potter man has been sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison following his conviction for attempted first degree assault. Court documents say that Dwayne Burton was sentenced on Friday in... Full story

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    March 14, 2019

It's Murder Mystery Time At The Eagles

Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day without a minute to spare, Friends of the Kimball Library will host their Fifth annual Murder Mystery event, “The Irish Play: Kiss of Death,” this Saturday, March 16, at the Eagles. Because of high demand...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    March 7, 2019

Lucky To Be Alive

A local man survived low double-digit temperatures overnight after using newspapers to insulate himself following a rollover accident last Thursday afternoon, Feb. 28. Kimball County Sheriff Harry...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    March 7, 2019

The Big Chill Puts Kimball In Its Grip

As the the month of February blew out, a bitter cold welcome of March came roaring in this past weekend – with nearly record freezing temperatures making its way into early this week. Monday...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    March 7, 2019

Discussion Continues On Road Conditions Near Dix

A short but sweet regular Kimball County Commissioners meeting concluded Tuesday, March 5, after more talk about road conditions south of Dix. Specifically, county Highway Superintendent Dave Hottell, Randy Bymer and commissioners Larry Engstrom and...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    March 7, 2019

Two Busted In Dix On Meth, Marijuana Charges

A search warrant led to the arrest last Friday, March 1, of Darrell and Teresa Johnson of Dix. According to the arrest affidavit, Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Grabill and other troopers and Kimball County deputies executed a search warrant about 4:2...


Kimball Gas Prices Inching Up

Average gas prices in Kimball have risen to $2.21 per gallon, according to a Western Nebraska Observer survey Monday. Kimball prices have inched up incrementally in recent weeks. That compares to Nebraska’s average of $2.37 and the national...


Kimball Churches Hosting Lenten Luncheons March 13 To April 10

The Kimball Ministerial Association is pleased to announce the Lenten luncheons for 2019 starting on March 13. The lunches started in 1992 and have been held during the Lenten season ever since. Everyone in the community is invited to participate...

 By Jim Orr    News    February 28, 2019

Casino Night Raises $10,500

Kimball Hospital Foundation hit the jackpot with its Casino Night fundraiser. That's in terms of community support and money raised. More than 200 charitable gamblers filled Kimball Event Center on... Full story

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 28, 2019

Regional Poverty: What's going On?

A recently posted article on Facebook from NBC Nebraska-Scottsbluff reported that poverty levels in the Panhandle and community of Kimball are relatively higher than in some other areas and the state as a whole. With that kind of information going...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 28, 2019

Head Start Faces Changes

Preparations are being made for the preschool to close May 22 at the Kimball Head Start campus. Donna Jenne, director of ESU 13 Head Start Programs, thanked the Kimball community for its support as...


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