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News for 8/16/2019 HOMECOMING!!!

Congrats King Reece and Queen Brennan!

Homecoming Royalty: Queen Brennan Kirchoff and King Reece Struckhoff;

Crownbearers Kannon Reimer and Jewel Ferguson.

candidates Colton Davis, King Reece Struckhoff , and Riggs Reneberg

Brittany Atchison, Queen Brennan Kirchhoff, and Iva Rust

Photos by Charlene Smith

Thunder Ridge HOCO 

The 2019 nominees for Homecoming Queen were Brittany Atchison, Brennan Kirchhoff, and Iva Rust. King candidates were Colton Davis, Riggs Reneberg, and Reece Struckhoff. Cute little crownbearers were kindergarteners Jeweliana Ferguson and Kannon Reimer. Spirit week was celebrated with daily themes for dress-up fun. Monday was Super Hero or Tacky Tourist, Tuesday Decade or Nerd Day, Wednesday VSCO Girl or Camo Day, Thursday Twin or Hobo Day, and Friday wear your Blue and Silver for school Spirit! 

The games and bonfire Student Council had planned for Thursday night, October 10, were cancelled due to the weather. Also, the Friday afternoon activities were moved inside. Games and pep rally took place at 2:30pm with the crowning ceremony following. Homecoming Royalty were crowned with family and community warm in the gymnasium. Congrats to King Reece and Queen Brennan!  The Longhorns later won the football game versus Logan/Palco. Following the game StuCo hosted HOCO game night until 11:00pm at the PAC. 


Need a Tutor? Students taking online college classes or needing some extra help with math or science are invited to visit the Kensington Community/School Library on Monday nights from 6-8pm starting October 14th. This is FREE tutoring available for students in math and science classes. 

TR Calendar of Events 


Wed. 16- 3:15pm MS Honors Program in the auditorium @ Agra

Thur. 17- MS VB/FB @ Osborne 4:00/6:00pm

Fri. 18- No School – Teacher In Service; 7:00pm HS FB @ Wilson

Sat. 19- 9:00am NPL Tournament @ Rock Hills & Wilson

Mon. 21- PTL MS VB Tourney @ Beloit 11:00am; Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:30pm; No TR Academy

Tue. 22- MS Flu Shots; Regional VB

Wed. 23- FFA Greenhand Conference @ Atwood

Thur. 24- 7-12th grades to Christian Foundation Assembly @ Huck Boyd Center 1:30pm

Fri. 25- No School – P/T Exchange Day; 7:00pm HS FB vs Osborne *Parent Night*

Sat. 26- Sub State VB

Mon. 28- MS BB Begins

Wed. 30- Pre-K to Hunter’s Pumpkin Patch leaving @ 8:45am

Thur. 31- District FB

New Produce Cooler for Kensington Community Store

Kensington Community Store is a non-profit store that provides affordable groceries for local residents without the need to drive to neighboring towns. We depend on our residents to keep the store in business. 

A new 7 door produce cooler was purchased with the help of the Trusts and Foundations listed below.   This should save hundreds of dollars per month in energy savings. Special “Thank You” to the following for providing funds for our new cooler.

CoBank (Ron Rahjes-CoBank board member) $15,000; Rathert Foundation $2,287; Thomas Charitable Trust $1,000; Cleon Dettmer Charitable Trust $500; HOME Charitable Foundation $500; Carrol & Darlene Booz Charitable Trust  $370; Mark Migalski Memorial; Individuals donating to the fundraiser dinners. KCS held a Soup Lunch Fundraiser on September 22, 2019 and a total of $4,091.13 was donated for the cooler installation and also to help pay outstanding bills.   Thank you everyone who brought soup, worked, participated and made a donation.

60+ Meeting Held

The county-wide ‘60 Plus’ meeting was held on Thursday, October 3, at the Kensington Community Center with approximately 40 members attending. The theme was Christmas in October, carried out with decorations and Christmas tree all aglow. Snowflakes hanging from the ceiling and goblets decorated for centerpieces completed the decor. 

Donna Westbrook registered the guests. Carmen Rice gave the welcome, followed by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The dinner blessing was given.

The meal of ham, party potatoes, and rolls, furnished by the host group, was accompanied by salads and desserts provided by the remaining members from Lebanon, Smith Center, and Kensington.

Activity director, Cynthia Wahl introduced Dave Hutson and Galen Larson who entertained the group. A game was played and door prizes were awarded. Next year the meeting will be held in Lebanon on October 1, 2020.

Halloween Fun at the Library!

The Kensington Community/School Library is hosting a Pumpkin Decorating Contest again this year. We invite the children to decorate fake pumpkins to resemble their favorite book characters. We do have foam pumpkins available for $3.00 each while supplies last. Bring your finished product and book to the library by Monday, October 21st to have on display for voting. Voting will take place through Monday the 28th. 

New this year, we are inviting local organizations, businesses and churches to join us in holding a Trunk-Or-Treat event on Monday evening, October 28th. Park in the library parking lot or along the street and open your trunks from 6:30-7:30pm. Thunder Ridge Elementary also plans to parade downtown on Thursday afternoon, October 31st with around 45 kids dressed up in their costumes. If your business already plans to provide treats this day, please note that Trunk-Or-Treat is optional but we’d love to have you. Do one or both! Let’s make this Halloween a great one for the kids. 

October is 4-H Month!

Enrollment for the new year is open through the month of October for members old and new. The 4-H year runs from October 2 to September 30. Must be between the ages of 7 and 18 on or before January 1st. But 5 and 6 year olds can sign up as a cloverbud too. The Busy Bees invite new members to join our club. Visit to sign up. Contact leaders Erica Barnes or Emily Blank, or the Post Rock Extension Office at 785-282-6823 for more info.


Notice: Please get your news items to Erica no later than Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm. News submitted after Sunday will be in the paper the following week. Send your info to Erica Barnes at with subject line: NEWS; or feel free to call 785-476-8185. For the full, in color edition, visit

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