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100th Veteran's Day Celebration!

There will be a slide show with even MORE pictures at the bottom of the page!


CHURCH CATEGORY: 1. First St. John Preschool, 2. United Church Of Kensington; SCHOOL CATEGORY: 1. Senior Class, 2. Junior Class, 3. Freshman Class; BUSINESS CATEGORY: 1. Kensington Community Store, 2. Farmers National Bank, 3. Insurance Smart; ORGANIZATION CATEGORY: 1. Home On The Range, 2. Terry Knight/SHRINERS, 3. Solomon Valley Players; MISCELLANEOUS CATEGORY: 1. Armed Forces Bagpiper, 2. Gary Hainke & Family, 3. Darold & Joyce Grauerholz Family.

Raffle Winners for FIREARMS: Rifle- Jay Kuck, Shotgun- Jill Nech, 9mm- Ben Dolezel, 9mm- Max Dibble; LEGION $25 each- Gerald Ratliff and Freg Rogers; KCS $100- Adam Synoground; LOCKER $200- Adam Synoground; AUXILIARY QUILT- Kim Terrill; Musical Christmas Tree- Reed Sidman; Windmill- Armi McPherson.

KAYS and Lions Work Together

Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have proudly served and currently serve our country. It is also a time to follow their example and serve others in any way possible. Teaching the importance of service, Lions and KAYS work together with the youth and delivered the Veterans Day meal to those who struggle to get out. The lions gather names of those needing a helping hand, and the KAY members pack and deliver the meals. Together, they proudly serve their community!

Lions, Don Wiens and Joan Nech, along with Cory Rahjes, start filling cups with food.

KAY members, Madelyn Davis, Mary Jo Shook, and Jaden Bice pack the meals into bags for delivery.

Nolan Hughes, KAY sponsor Robin Billings, Sydni Rust, Kylie Reimer head out to deliver meals.

Lion, Darold Grauerholz, has cooked the beans for the past 51 years. He now teaches his grandson, Shelton Rothchild, learns the ropes.

Ron Rahjes, Darold grauerholz, Shelton Rothchild take a break from cooking since 5am!

Don Wiens stirs the meat.

Brothers, Don and Doug Rahjes take a break from all night cooking!

Kensington Lions Pancake Feed

The Kensington Lions Club held its annual pancake feed this past Sunday following the Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday. They served breakfast to around 200 people during the 6:00am-1:00pm feed.  Thanks to everyone who came and supported the club! We’re happy to serve the community!!

Gary Hainke making pancakes.

Adam Synoground mixing batter.

Mike Isom mixing the eggs.

St. John Youth Pack Shoeboxes

Each year, the Sunday school kids at St John Lutheran Church work together to pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, through Samaritan's Purse. This is a project the group has done for many years.

With the help of Thrivent Action Dollars, donations, and bargain shopping, the group purchased enough supplies to pack 84 shoeboxes!

The kids held a bake sale to help with shipping costs. Through this sale and some generous donors, shipping will also be sent with the boxes, which is $9 a box.

The boxes will be taken to the TFC office in Phillipsburg on the 24th so there’s time to add to the boxes. Drop them off at the church, and we’ll deliver them for you!!

Back: Madison Brown, Jack Molzhan, Abby Hardacre, Maycee Westbrook, Tyce Jerby, and Seth Brown

Front: Addie Molzahn, Cameron Hardacre, Lexi Bienhoff, Adam Abbott, Jenna Molzahn, Conner Molzahn, Sawyer Levin, Isaac and Kass Wagenblast, Jakeb Brown, Alanna Schroeter, and Konnor Wagenblast.

Thunder Ridge Calendar Events

Wishing the Longhorns Football team the best of luck this Friday as they travel to Hutchinson for Sectionals. Game starts at 6:00pm and so schools will dismiss at 1:00pm. Please plan accordingly for your children Friday afternoon. Good Luck Longhorns!


Wed. 13- MS Mid-Terms sent home w/students

Thur. 14- 9:30am FFA Food Science & Dairy @ Russell Co. Fairgrounds; MS BB in Agra vs. Osborne 4:00pm

Fri. 15- Schools dismiss at 1:00pm for Sectional Football @ Hutchison 6:00pm- Good Luck Longhorns!

Mon. 18- HS NPL Vocal Clinic @ Osborne w/ 6:00pm Concert; HS Winter Sports Begin

Thur. 21- MS BB in Agra vs. Rock Hills 4:00pm

Fri. 22- Sub-State FB

Mon. 25- MS BB @ Logan 4:00pm lv 2:35; No TR Academy

Tue. 26- Pre-K Thanksgiving Feast 10:45-12:15; Dismiss @ 12:15 for Thanksgiving Break

Wed. 27- No School – Thanksgiving Break

Thur. 28- No School – Thanksgiving Day

Fri. 29- No School – Thanksgiving Break

Sat. 30- State FB @ Newton


Mon. 2- 2:30pm Dismissal; No TR Academy or MS BB Practice

Tue. 3- 9:00am FFA Vet Science @ Colby; 3:15pm HS Winter Sports Pictures

Thu. 5- MS BB at Agra vs. St. John’s/Tipton

Fri. 6- HS BB @ Chase

Sat. 7- HS Honor Choir/Band Program @ FHSU

Mon. 9- 7:00pm K-3 and 9-12 Christmas Program at Kensington Gymnasium

JR HIGH Honor Band

These Thunder Ridge middle school students participated in the Northwest District junior high honor band and choir on Saturday, Nov. 2

Ruben steenkamp, Brooklyn Stauffer, teaghan Hendryx, Bryant Krueger, Jenna Barnes, Annie Adams (teacher), and Jenny Galicia

NPL All League Volleyball

NPL ALL League Volleyball honors were awarded to Brennan Kirchhoff and Jaden Boden, both chosen for 1st team, and Iva Rust chosen for 2nd team. These three girls get to play in the Nebraska TVL and Kansas NPL ALL STAR games to be played in June. Thunder Ridge Coach Alison Cole was selected to coach the NPL team.

Kensington Senior-Community Center

The monthly potluck was held Thursday, October 31st, on Halloween night. There were 12 men and women who attended. We all enjoyed the wide variety of food. We played pinochle after the potluck as we welcomed the children and their parents for trick-or-treating. Children in costumes dropped in for the assortment of candy we had available. We all enjoyed seeing the many children who came to visit. Thank you to the parents and kids for making our evening special also. 

Our next potluck will be Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00pm. We hope you will join us for an evening of fellowship and games.

Kensington Community/School Library

Thank you to all who came out and supported our Fall Scholastic Book Fair. We are so thankful for the opportunity to place books into the hands and homes of so many children. ‘Findings published in the journal Social Science Research show that raising a child in a home filled with books positively impacts her future, academic growth, and job attainment. Specifically, as Pacific Standard reported, the study found that when it comes to standardized tests, “Regardless of how many books the family already has, each addition to the home library helps children do better.” That makes sense: A book-filled home encourages a culture of reading for enjoyment and talking about books.’ -from the Scholastic Parents article written by Jodie Rodriguez.  


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Weekly Inspiration

All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame them, it will not change you. - Wayne Dyer

Don't count the days, make the days count. - Muhammad Ali

These Thunder Ridge middle school students participated in the Northwest District junior high honor band and choir on Saturday, Nov. 2

Ruben steenkamp, Brooklyn Stauffer, Teaghan Hendryx, Bryant Krueger, Jenna Barnes, Annie Adams (teacher), and Jenny Galicia

Gallery - Photos by Chearlene Smith


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