Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

A Few Changes For Oliver Lake

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March 26, 2020

Daria Anderson-Faden

Oliver Lake maintenance worker Ken Van Diver greets fisherman Dave Ford, who said he would probably catch some catfish that March day and turn them back into the lake. This was just before word came down that shaking hands could be a health risk during the coronavirus outbreak.

On a beautiful morning, Ken Van Diver, park maintenance worker at Oliver Lake west of Kimball, showed off the lake and its beauty.

Although there were only two campers on that March morning, hundreds of campers from all over the United States could soon be enjoying the facilities after the coronavirus outbreak passes.

Almost all the ice was gone, but local ice fishermen had a successful season catching bass, bluegill, trout and walleye.

"It was good fishing," Van Diver said.

Van Diver, 75, a lifelong resident of Kimball, loves his job.

"Working out here is the best thing I did; it is the...



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