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News for 10/31/18

Veterans Day Celebration in Kensington

Make plans to attend the annual Veterans Day Celebration in Kensington on Saturday, November 11th. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the WWI armistice, or truce agreement to cease fighting. There will be anniversary pens for sale.

Starting at 9:00am, visit the Pie Stand at the Vo-Ag building hosted by the ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary. The ladies will also have poppies and raffle tickets for sale. Visit the Kensington Library for the Scholastic Book Fair from 9:00am to 2:00pm and get great books for the kids. At 11:00am, this years’ guest speaker Major Jamie Schwandt will address the community, followed by the parade at 11:15am. Bring your own containers/dishes and tableware for the FREE BBQ serving beans and sandwiches at 12:00 noon. Be sure to stay and view the flag retirement ceremony at 1:30pm.

Raffle tickets are available to purchase from any Legion member or Legion Rider. Guns and prizes to be given away Saturday starting at 9:00pm at the American Legion hall. No dance but the bar will be open for fellowship. Stick around, Sunday morning the Lions Club will host their annual Pancake Feed.

Ringing Bells of Peace

“At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends.” In remembrance, we are asking everyone who has a bell, to ring it 21 times on November 11 at 11:00am. The church bells will be ringing and bells will be ringing across the nation.

Thunder Ridge School News

TR Activity/Game Dates

Wed. 31- Halloween Parties 2:45pm Middle School, Elementary School 3:00pm


Thur. 1- MS BB Sports Pictures 3:15pm

Fri. 2- HS FB Regionals

Nov. 5-10th- Fall Buffer Week; Check out the Book Fair at the Kensington Library this week!

Mon. 5- 6pm Steering Committee/Post Prom Meeting

Tue. 6- MS BB @ Home vs Lincoln 4:00pm

Thur. 8- Math Relays @ FHSU; MS BB @ Osborne 4:00pm; lv @ 2:30

Sat. 10th- Veterans Day Parade in Kensington; Scholastic Book Fair at the Kensington Library from 9am-2pm

Thur. 15- MS BB @ Rock Hills 4:00pm; lv @ 2:55

Fri. 16- 4-8th Digital Planetarium – World in Motion @ MS

Mon.- 19 MS BB here w/Logan 4:00pm

Tue. 20- Pre-K Thanksgiving Feast 10:45-12:15; Dismiss @ 12:15pm for Thanksgiving Break

Wed. 21- No School – Thanksgiving Break

The Scholastic Book Fair is here!!!

Monday November 5th - Saturday 10th, come visit the Book Fair at the Kensington Community/School Library. Open: Daily from 8am-4pm; Open LATE: Monday until 8:00pm, Wednesday & Thursday until 5:00pm; Special Family Event on Saturday 10th from 9am-2pm during the Veterans Day Celebration.

American Legion Menu

Friday Night Special, November 2, serving from 6:00-8:30pm.

This week at the American Legion we will be serving Shepherd's pie, broccoli salad, and mixed fruit cup. Our soup special is chicken noodle with turkey cheddar & ranch pinwheels (wrap). For dessert we’ll have butter pecan caramel apple crisp. Call us if you'd like to reserve a table or want us to fix your supper to go at 785-476-3204. We look forward to seeing you!

Miracle Mat Makers Will Meet

Mark Saturday, December 1, on your calendar. We will have our first meeting at St. John Lutheran Church, Kensington, to learn how to cut bags, tie strips together, and crochet plarn (plastic yarn) into plastic mats for the homeless. My goal for this first meeting is to plant a seed in the hearts of those who come. I pray they are inspired to take this project to their home church, living room, back to our church.....where ever...and make mats for the homeless.

I look at this simple project to be a catalyst for coming together in our community, in our parishes, and friends in surrounding areas and start a fire of service that can't be extinguished! Making these mats could continue to be done as a group at our church, at other churches, or in your own homes. It's that simple!! If in a few years, only two or three people are still working on this awesome project, my heart will be happy! But I'm hoping for so much more! Homeless and needy people will always exist and so will our ability to help! Please consider joining our efforts. Spread the word to all your friends!

We need bags, people with an ability to cut bags, tie strips together, and to do one, two, or all the above things! Supplies will be purchased with Thrivent dollars so scissors and size Q crocheting needles will be provided and given to volunteers.

If you can join us December 1, from 9-noon, please do! If you can't, we will meet again...or contact me and find out how to join this worthy project!

Looking forward to seeing you, Robin Billings 785-476-2692

Claudell Reunion

Please join us for the Annual Gathering of the St. Francis Church in Claudell. It will be Sunday, November 4 with a 4:00pm Mass at the church followed by a potluck meal at the Gaylord Community Center. Plan to attend and tell your friends and families.

Kensington Library News

The Scholastic Book Fair is here! Preview and browse the book fair on Saturday November 3rd. We will open for sales starting Monday November 5th - Saturday 10th.

Open: Daily from 8am-4pm; Open LATE: Monday until 8:00pm, Wednesday & Thursday until 5:00pm; Special Family Event on Saturday 10th from 9am-2pm during the Veterans Day Celebration. This is a great opportunity to purchase gifts for your children, grandchildren, and teachers for their classrooms.

Benjamin Grauerholz, grandson of Darold and Joyce Grauerholz of Kensington, is a history buff who enjoys learning about the different battles and wars fought. Ben has his very own life-like replica of war trenches that he plays with regularly. The Grauerholz family wanted to share this unique trench replica with us for children of the community to play with and enjoy as well. So please stop by the library anytime through November 10th to see this amazing trench and remember the war that was fought for us.

Weekly Inspiration

Sometimes we don't appreciate what we already have because we're too focused on what we want.

As we go through life, we start to understand that it's not important to have a lot of friends. What truly matters is that we have real friends.

Never let people walk over you in life, never let anyone judge you and never let anyone destroy your character.


Your news is important to us. Send your stories and information to Erica Barnes at with subject line: NEWS. Or feel free to call 785-476-8185.

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