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News for 9/9/2020

Join Us for Mat Makers

Mat makers will meet Saturday, September 12, from 9-noon, at St. John Lutheran Church. There are nine mats ready for delivery to Phillipsburg’s Orphan Grain Train and we are sure to have more after we meet. Please consider stopping by to help! Everyone is welcome! We need hands to flatten bags, cut bags, tie strips together, and to crochet. It’s a very worthy, fun project! 

Please recycle your plastic bags for now because we have plenty. We had a basement full of bags when we started and have been keeping up with new donations, but we need to continue to work on the ones we have in the basement. Thank you to everyone who has donated bags. We’ll let you know when we need more donations. Thanks!

Thunder Ridge School News


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 Tuesday’s & Wednesday’s 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. Johns-Tipton 7:00pm (Beloit)

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.

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. *Please note we will stay open late for home football game Fridays. 

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. 

Dear Grauerholz Family

My deepest and most sincere apologies to the family for my neglect to include this notice in last week’s news. “The Henry/Anna Grauerholz family reunion is cancelled for this year. Hope to see you next year.” This family gathering is held annually over the Labor Day holiday weekend. I am truly sorry for any inconvenience or problems I may have caused by not including this info last week. -Erica Barnes

Weekly Inspiration 

Some people pay more attention to how much God doesn't do for them than what He does for them. - Unknown

The price of greatness is responsibility. - Winston Churchill

You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. - Walter Hagen


Please email your news 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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