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 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 28, 2019

Commissioners Addressing Road Conditions South Of Dix

Numerous items on the Feb. 19 regular Kimball County Board of Commissioners meeting agenda were tabled for additional information, but county road conditions near Dix received considerable attention. A conference call between Ted Weber of Coughlan...

 By Jim Orr    News    February 28, 2019

Shopko Just About Done

The end is just about here for the Kimball Shopko Hometown store on Highway 71. Shopko is expected to close its doors for good 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2. The company announced late last year that the store was among 39 in 17 states closing for...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 21, 2019

Legislators Still Seeking Answers On Property, Alcohol Taxes

The Nebraska Legislature had a late night until 10 last Thursday, when the hearing concluded for the three bills relating to the highly debated property tax issue: LB314, LB497 and LB677. Public comments for and against the three bills were heard by...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 21, 2019

Head Start's Future Concerns Families

Kimball Head Start parents received a letter last week from Donna Jenne, director of Head Start programs, explaining the possibility of the Head Start facility in Kimball closing. Jenne stated in the letter that the ESU13 Head Start program is...


Top Speller Defends Title

The 2019 Kimball School District Spelling Bee was yet another success with top spellers from the fourth through eighth grades competing for the winning honors. After a nerve-racking first round,...



Kimball community leaders attend the Feb. 13 ribbon cutting ceremony welcoming newly opened Nebraska Coffee at 607 E. 3rd St. to the business scene. In addition to U.S. grown, Nebraska roasted java,... Full story

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 14, 2019

Hefty Hike Proposed For Nebraska Alcohol, Tobacco Taxes

If you think Nebraska has high enough taxes on alcohol with beer currently at 31 cents per gallon, it may be time to think again. A proposed sales tax increase would hike the cost of wine, beer, spirits and tobacco to reduce property taxes throughout...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 14, 2019

Activate Kimball Effort Reaches Out To Schools

Activate Kimball – a project between the Kimball Area Foundation, city of Kimball, Panhandle Public Health District and Kimball Health Services – hopes in the near future that a possible partnership with the schools will be agreed upon. Members...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 14, 2019

Couple Loses Home To Fiery Blaze

A structure fire at 304 Berg St., a manufactured home, displaced two occupants Feb. 7 when resident Randy Harmon attempted to thaw frozen pipes with a flame as he has done many times before. Harmon...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 14, 2019

Changes To Nebraska Child Passenger Safety Law In Focus For 31st Govenor's Ag Conference

Changes in the Nebraska's Child Passenger Safety Law that became effective Jan. 1 were discussed Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Kimball Head Start. Christy Warner of the Kimball County Transit, Kimball Police...


Kimball County Manor Celebrating 51 Years

Kimball County Manor will celebrate 51 years of caring on Feb. 28 – and invites the community to join residents and staff for the festivities. To join in, please RSVP to Shannon Monheiser by Feb. 21. What a difference the past 51 years have made...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 14, 2019

Memories & Love Tales from Kimball Couples

February is a special month. We bring attention and awareness to the prevention of heart disease in the America. Along with drawing attention to this diseases, we also celebrate hearts in a different...

 By Tom Southard    News    February 14, 2019

Jordan Cluff, Toby McManigal In An Omaha State Of Mind

Kimball will have two wrestlers involved in this year's Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament being held this weekend at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha that starts today (Thursday). Jordan Cluff, a...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 7, 2019

Kimball's Night For Amy A Success

An evening full of hugs, laughter, friends, family and fun all circled around one thing this past Saturday night. It was a benefit for Amy Sapp, Kimball's special project coordinator. After Sapp was i...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 7, 2019

Commissioners Approve Mining Request

Apex Sand and Gravel, along with Paul Reed Construction, will continue to work in the Kimball County area this year. Apex received an approval for a conditional use permit application at the Kimball County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Feb. 5. The... Full story

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 7, 2019

Hats Off To The King

The hearts of young children, enormous in size and just as kind, are eager to please the ones the respect the most. Between the many students at Mary Lynch Elementary, along with the teachers and...

 By Jim Orr    News    February 7, 2019

Panhandle Tourism Coalition Gets $4,000

Getting the good word out about the Nebraska Panhandle has received a boost. The Nebraska Tourism Commission has awarded a $4,000 grant to the Western Nebraska Tourism Coalition, which serves the Kimball area, to participate in a “social media...


Kimball Gas Averaging $2.14

Average gasoline prices Monday were $2.14 per gallon in Kimball, 2 cents lower than last week, the Western Nebraska Observer’s survey of local gas stations shows. That price is 3 cents higher than the statewide average of $2.11 and 11 cents lower...


S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G Bee Feb. 14 At McNees Auditorium

To Bee or not to Bee? This is the question. Will you attend the annual Kimball School District Spelling Bee? The public is invited, you know. The big event begins 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at...


Local Family Displaced From Possible Weather Related Fire

Kimball firefighters responded at approximately 1p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 to a fire that destroyed the home of Sandy and Randy Harmon at 304 S. Burg St. in Kimball. The cause was believed to be...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 31, 2019

Airport Gets New Lights, Beacon

When flying into Kimball, pilots will be navigated by new LED lighting along with some new systems put in place. A lighting project was completed at the Kimball Municipal Airport in December. All...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 31, 2019

Widespread Respiratory Illness Serious

Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff announced Tuesday, Jan. 29, that it was temporarily limiting visitor access due to widespread respiratory illness throughout the region. No visitors under age 18 were to be allowed in the hospital until...


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