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News for 2/5/2020

1st Qtr Fundraiser a Success!

The Kensington Community Store held a first quarter fundraiser meal on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Profits from this fundraiser surpassed $3,000. The community support is greatly appreciated. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm, and Sundays from 11:00am to 3:00pm for you to shop local at your convenience.  Also, a reminder that EBT and SNAP cards can now be used again at KCS. 

Valentine’s Supper

The Kensington American Legion is taking reservations for a special Valentine’s Supper on Saturday, February 15, from 6:00 to 7:30pm. Serving grilled steak, 3 shrimp, baked potato, salad, bread, dessert, and choice of wine, coffee, tea or water. Plates are $18 for a single or $35 per couple. *Reservations are needed. Please call: the Legion after 6pm at 785-476-3204, Kim 785-656-2276 (leave msg), or Julie 785-543-4108 (leave msg).

Making a Difference

The TRHS KAYS met to make Valentine door decorations for the residents of Sun Porch and Smith County Health and Rehab.

Kristal Rice and Mariana Escobar Orellana making decorations for the nursing home residents.

(l-r): Sydni Rust, Kylie Reimer, and Raini Hrabe cutting out hearts.

Attendance Awards

Thunder Ridge Elementary is trying to instill the value of hard work and good attendance. Awards are given to students who miss two or less days each nine weeks as well as for the semester.

These awards are for 2 days or less absence for second quarter.

2nd grade: Mr. Yoxall and Mrs. Hesterman with Dani Holling, Kale Engelke, JJ Frederick, Lucas Barnes, Breckyn Mcdowell, Isaac Wagenblast.

3rd: Ja-Niyah portner, Emma Dixon, Danny Ferguson, Isaiah Coomes, Gideon Nelson

Mr. Yoxall and Mrs. Ratliff

1st grade with Ms. Kirchhoff, Conner Molzahn, Kynnie Wagie, Kass Wagenblast, Katelyn Capps, Keith Baker, and Destini Coomes (who also had perfect attendance since school began) with Mr. Yoxall

Kindergarten: Mrs. Hughes, Bryson Krueger, Jewel Ferguson, Miss McCoy, Dayson Ward, Nathan Shockley, Ganon Reimer, Lexi Grauerholz, Patrick Larrick, Carmen Koch, and Mr. Yoxall

Thunder Ridge Calendar Events


Sat. 1- 11:00am PTL BB Tourney @ Rock Hills (Mankato)

Mon. 3- 1:00pm NPL Band Clinic @ Rock Hills (Mankato) w/ 6:00pm Concert

Tues. 4- HS BB vs St. John’s Beloit @ 4:00pm

Fri. 7- HS BB @ Sylvan Grove 4:00pm     

Mon. 10- PTL Scholar’s Bowl @ Lakeside (Downs) 1:00pm

Tue. HS BB @ Franklin 4:00pm

Wed. 12- HS Play Dress Rehearsal @ MS 9:30am lv @ 8:00

Fri. 14- HS BB vs Tescott @ 4:00pm (Mini Cheerleaders Perform)

Mon. 17- Dismiss @ 2:30 for Teacher In-Service; No MS practice or TR Academy; HS BB @ Hill City 4:00pm

Tue. 18- MS Scholar’s Bowl @ Pike Valley (Courtland) 4:00pm; Senior Parent Night for the Home HS BB game vs Lincoln 4:00pm

Fri. 21- HS BB @ Rock Hills (Mankato) 4:00pm

Sat. 22- Youth BB Tourney at MS & HS; HS Play @ 7:00pm MS auditorium

Sun. 23- HS Play @ 5:00pm MS auditorium

February Mat Makers

The mat makers will meet February 8, from 9-noon, at St. John Lutheran Church.  New people come each time and everyone is welcome to come learn how to make plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. If you can flatten a bag, cut a bag, OR tie a knot, you are qualified to join us! Crocheters are needed too! It’s a fun and worthwhile morning.

Weekly Inspiration 

Know your worth. You must find the courage to leave the table if respect is no longer being served. - Tene Edwards

Life doesn't have to be so planned. Just roll with it and let it happen. - Jenny Han

Live your life and forget your age. - Jean Paul


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