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Sen. Erdman: 'My Work Is Not Done'

BAYARD - State Sen. Steve Erdman announced his plans Monday to run for re-election to the Nebraska Legislature. Erdman is a Republican member of the Nebraska Legislature, representing District 47. He...

 By Jim Orr    News    October 31, 2019

The Bus Stops Here

A significant moment in plans to give the growing Kimball County Transit Service a bigger, better home and downtown Kimball a shot in the arm arrives Tuesday, Nov. 5. Sealed construction bids for the... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 31, 2019

More Than 200 Attend Health Fair

More than 200 people took a shot last weekend to avoid the flu or just stay healthy this winter. They attended the Kimball Community Health Fair and Flu Clinic at the Kimball Health Services north...

 By Claire Smith    News    October 31, 2019

Here's How Potter Became A Kingpin Of Duckpin

The historic Potter Duckpin Bowling Alley is one of the village's most unique attractions, and is possibly the only remaining bowling alley of its type west of the Mississippi River. The lanes were bu...

 By Jim Orr    News    October 31, 2019

Back To Standard Time

When Mountain Standard Time returns 2 a.m Sunday, it’s time to turn back any clocks one hour that aren’t on digital devices that do it automatically. As for the vintage Larsen’s Jewelry clock... Full story

 By Barb Cross    News    October 31, 2019

Food Bank Coming To Harrisburg Nov, 4

Good morning Banner County and welcome to winter – and it is November already! I feel like this year has just flown. We have had one graduation in our family and one wedding, and they say good times make that time fly faster. Maybe so. Speaking of...

 By Claire Smith    News    October 24, 2019


The majority of items on the Kimball City Council meeting agenda Oct 15 focused on implementing strategies outlined in the Kimball Economic Development Plan. Kimball special projects coordinator Amy... Full story

 By The Observer    News    October 24, 2019

Parade, Extra Patrols Ready For Halloween

There will be plenty of treats in the Kimball area this Halloween, along with extra police and sheriff's patrols to promote safety – and minimize tricks. The annual Halloween parade in downtown...

 By Claire Smith    News    October 24, 2019

Potter Railroad Park Upgrading Nearly Complete

The Potter Railroad Park revitalization project is nearing completion, with final installations to take place within the next few weeks. This project has been ongoing since a survey was conducted in...

 By Barb Cross    News    October 24, 2019

Run Like The Wind, Deven!

Good morning! I hope you all are doing well and as Nebraskans we are known to deal with whatever season we are dealt with – on a daily basis and sometimes several seasons in one day! Yesterday it was winter, and this morning we have spring....

 By Jim Orr    News    October 17, 2019

Storm Whips Through

The Farmers' Almanac might be onto something with its forecast for a frigid and snowy winter in these parts. It already started. The first winter-like storm of the season, which blasted the Panhandle... Full story

 By Claire Smith    News    October 17, 2019

Shopko Left, 'Shop With A Cop' Did Not

Kimball's annual "Shop with a Cop" event is now accepting donations for this year's activities to be held on Dec. 14. This year's event will be different than those held in the past in conjunction...

 By Claire Smith    News    October 17, 2019

Auditorium Renovation 'A Priority,' Superintedent Owens Says

The Kimball Board of Education met in regular session Sept. 23 in the district office. It began with all of the necessary legalities. Then a representative of the Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) gave board members a demonstration of the...

 By Barb Cross    News    October 17, 2019

Check It Out: Banner County Notes Filled With Events

Good morning Banner County, friends and neighbors! Today it is summer, but I think fall is in for tomorrow. Crazy weather we have been having ... I still have snow in a few places in my yard. I will take every nice day that comes my way from here on...

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 3, 2019


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...


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