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News for 9/2/2020

Ktown Kates Met

The August 21, 2020 meeting for the Ktown Kates was a trip to Holdrege, Ne to the Nebraska Prairie Museum. After eating an early lunch at Country Cookin’, the 7 members enjoyed the over one acre of indoor exhibits, which included period clothing, antique toys including an operating train, farm equipment, carriages, household goods of every kind, rooms representing dentist’s office, doctor’s office, train depot, jailhouse, kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, and more, and an entire wing dedicated to the WWII POW camp once located there. Seperate from the museum were a church, one room schoolhouse, and a furnished home from an earlier era. The consensus was that there was too much to see in one afternoon! The Ktown Kates then had an afternoon treat at Runza followed by a brief meeting.

Doris opened the business meeting with roll call answered by the 7 members with any instrument they played. The June minutes were read and a treasurer’s report was given and approved.

Georgetta reported that 18 families and single units participated in the August food pantry and a donation had been made and was appreciated.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Kensington’s Old Fashioned Saturday Night was cancelled; therefore the Ktown Kates did not have the pie and cookies stand.

September 14 will be the next meeting. Melsissa Westbrook, originally scheduled for November, will do the presentation for September, and Genny Rahjes will do the presentation of November. Guests are welcomed to attend. Ideas for trips for the future were the Kearney Great Platte River Road Archway and also the Nebraska’s Firefighter Museum located nearby; the Decatur County Last Indian Raid Museum in Oberlin Ks; Fort Bissel in Phillipsburg; and a return to the Nebraska Prairie Museum.

Additional workers for the THIRD Saturday of the month food pantry, SEPTEMBER 19 are Carmen and Ijean.

Meeting adjourned.

Rusty Tractor & Corner Corral

Effective September 6, 2020

New Rusty Tractor Hours:

Sunday - 11-2; Monday - closed; Tuesday - 5pm - 9pm; Wednesday - 11am - 9pm; Thursday - 11am - 9pm; Friday - 11am - 9pm; Saturday 11am - 9pm.

Corner Corral Hours:

Sunday - 8am-8pm; Monday - 6:30am - 8pm; Tuesday - 6:30am - 8pm; Wednesday - 6:30am - 8pm; Thursday - 6:30am - 8pm; Friday - 6:30am - 8pm; Saturday - 6:30am - 8pm. 

Kensington Library News

Thunder Ridge Schools are back in session, so we have returned to our regular hours of operation. We are now open Mondays from 8:00am to 7:00pm; Tuesday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm; and Saturdays will remain 9:00am to 2:00pm. We do ask that community patrons wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer provided. All students, teachers, and staff must wear masks when we cannot social distance, so please be considerate and wear a mask when entering the library during school hours.

The Kensington Community/School Library board meetings are normally held the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm and all meetings are open to the public. However, with Labor Day falling on the first Monday, our September meeting will be held on the 14th. If you would like to attend, please notify the librarian so that we can add you to our agenda.

Thunder Ridge School News


Thur. 3-  MS VB/FB vs Rock Hills 4:00/6:00pm (Agra); HS VB Tri @ Kensington 4:00pm (Plainville, Northern Valley)

Fri. 4-  HS FB vs Stockton 7:00pm (Kensington)

Mon. 7-  NO SCHOOL – Labor Day

Tue. 8-  HS VB Tri @ Mankato 4:00pm (Rock Hills, Osborne)

Thur. 10- MS VB/FB @ Pike Valley 4:00/6:00pm (Scandia), leave @ 1:55pm; Cross Country @ Stockton 4:30pm 

Fri. 11- HS FB vs Pike Valley 7:00pm (Kensington)

Sat. 12-  HS VB Tournament @ Miltonvale 9:00am

Tue. 15- TR Academy Begins at Middle School (scheduled for Tuesdays & Wednesdays this year); HS VB Tri @ Kensington 4:00pm (St. John’s-Tipton, Pike Valley)

Thur. 17- MS VB/FB @ Lincoln 4:00/6:00pm, leave @ 1:30pm; Cross Country @ Smith Center 4:30pm

Fri. 18-  HS FB @ St. John's-Tipton 7:00pm (Beloit)

Weekly Inspiration 

If you don't love yourself you'll never feel like anyone else does either. - Bridgett Devoue

God has objective for your pain, a motive for your struggle and a gift for your faithfulness. Don't give up! - Unknown

Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first. - Steve Irwin


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


Erica Barnes Library Director; K-3 & HS Librarian Kensington Community/School Library 785-476-2219 or 8185 (cell) "It's never too late—in fiction or in life—to revise." 


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