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Friends and Neighbors: Farmer's Day Dignitaries

 

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Lane, Brandie, Keith and Monica Wasielewski continue a long tradition of caring for the land and feeding the world.

Lifelong Kimball resident Martha Mossberg, 99, was chosen as the 2016 Farmer's Day Outstanding Homemaker.

Mossberg was born and raised on a farm in Kimball County and graduated from Kimball High School in 1937.

"We worked on the farm, in the fields," she said. "I was from a family of ten."

She raised her three children, Elsie, Kenneth and Marshall, in the same way, on the farm and in Kimball schools.

"We farmed in Banner County, but we lived in Kimball County," Mossberg said. "They are still taking care of the farm."

Making Kimball her lifelong hometown was never a question for Mossberg, and her children have followed in suit as each of them have remained here and raised their own children in Kimball as well.

"I was lucky that way. So many of them aren't you know. Their families are far away," she said. "Nebraska is a great state and Kimball has always been a nice, clean little town," she said. "People are friendly here. It's a nice place to live."

Tim Anderson, who will represent Kimball as Grand Marshal of the 2016 Farmer's Day celebration, agrees that the people are what makes Kimball the best community.

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Martha Mossberg has attended every class reunion since graduation in 1937. She was one of 37 graduates.

Anderson, along with his wife, Pam, have owned and operated H&R Block in Kimball since 1990 when they bought the business from Shorty and Barbara Stabb.

Though they expanded their business into five additional communities in the tri-state area, the Anderson's raised their children, and foster children, here, and this is where they choose to live.

"It really is the people that made me want to stay here," Anderson said about why he chose to stay in Kimball. "We have businesses in other towns, and I could go and live in any one of those towns any time I pleased, but I like the people. That is why I stay in Kimball."

While Anderson remained busy with work and family, he has made community involvement a priority.

 

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