The Durand Smokehouse recently earned two awards at the American Cured Meat Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. Above, from left to right in the front row, are Matt Juliet, Cabrina Grundseth, Mitch Auld, and Kay Sievwright. In the second row are Roy Elsenpeter, Ronda Elsenpeter, and Brenda Jiskra. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt The Durand Smokehouse recently attended the American Cured Meat Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. Although they were up against many strong competitors, the local business...
The Durand Smokehouse recently earned two awards at the American Cured Meat Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. Above, from left to right in the front row, are Matt Juliet, Cabrina Grundseth, Mitch Auld, and Kay Sievwright. In the second row are Roy Elsenpeter, Ronda Elsenpeter, and Brenda Jiskra. Laura Berndt photo
The Mark Cameron Band performs during the 2016 Blues on the Chippewa event, held in Durand’s Memorial Park. Laura Berndt file photo
By Laura Berndt Each year, Blues fans and community members pay a visit to Durand’s Memorial Park for the annual Blues on the Chippewa music festival. This year marks the tenth year of the event....
The Mark Cameron Band performs during the 2016 Blues on the Chippewa event, held in Durand’s Memorial Park. Laura Berndt file photo
Emergency personnel, and staff members from Pepin Health and Rehab, work together to evacuate “residents” from the facility during a training exercise held last Wednesday evening. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt Last Wednesday, July 12, staff at Pepin Health and Rehab, with assistance from several area agencies, held an emergency evacuation drill. During the mock incident, people portraying...
Emergency personnel, and staff members from Pepin Health and Rehab, work together to evacuate “residents” from the facility during a training exercise held last Wednesday evening. Laura Berndt photo
Drew Seifert, of the Chippewa 4-H Club, participates in last year’s Livestock Show at the Pepin County Fair. The 140th Pepin County Fair is scheduled for Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 23. Laura Berndt file photo
By Laura Berndt The 2017 Pepin County Fair starts next Friday, July 21, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s Fair. The Fair runs July 21 through July 23. Fair Association Chair...
Drew Seifert, of the Chippewa 4-H Club, participates in last year’s Livestock Show at the Pepin County Fair. The 140th Pepin County Fair is scheduled for Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 23. Laura Berndt file photo
Youth watch the 2016 Duck Race during last year’s Arkansaw Creek Park Days. This year, Arkansaw Creek Park Days is July 7 and 8.  Laura Berndt file photo
By Laura Berndt Arkansaw Fur, Fish & Game will host the 39th annual Arkansaw Creek Park Days on Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8. The fun begins on Friday, with food in the Community Center,...
Youth watch the 2016 Duck Race during last year’s Arkansaw Creek Park Days. This year, Arkansaw Creek Park Days is July 7 and 8.  Laura Berndt file photo
The Durand Smokehouse recently earned two awards at the American Cured Meat Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. Above, from left to right in the front row, are Matt Juliet, Cabrina Grundseth, Mitch Auld, and Kay Sievwright. In the second row are Roy Elsenpeter, Ronda Elsenpeter, and Brenda Jiskra. Laura Berndt photo
The Mark Cameron Band performs during the 2016 Blues on the Chippewa event, held in Durand’s Memorial Park. Laura Berndt file photo
Emergency personnel, and staff members from Pepin Health and Rehab, work together to evacuate “residents” from the facility during a training exercise held last Wednesday evening. Laura Berndt photo
Drew Seifert, of the Chippewa 4-H Club, participates in last year’s Livestock Show at the Pepin County Fair. The 140th Pepin County Fair is scheduled for Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 23. Laura Berndt file photo
Youth watch the 2016 Duck Race during last year’s Arkansaw Creek Park Days. This year, Arkansaw Creek Park Days is July 7 and 8.  Laura Berndt file photo

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Former Durand football players Garrett Auth (left) and Jacob Biesterveld (right) participated in the 2014 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star game in Oshkosh July 19. They were nominated by Durand football coach Rod Rosemeyer (center). Former Pepin player Charlie Raethke also played in the game.
  Three area football players were nominated by their coaches and selected to play in the 2014 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star game in Oshkosh on July 19. To participate, players and...
Joel House wipes down his cast iron kettle at a festival.
  Originally from Rochester, a Pepin man has been in the kettle corn business for 13 years. Joel House moved to Pepin in September, and got married in October. He resides just north of Pepin, and...
Travis Breunig, from Thrivent Financial, made a $500 donation to Betty Lou Imler to buy guitars for the Music for the Military program. Travis and Betty Lou are pictured here with guitar sets ready for shipping to the USO.
  Travis Breunig from Thrivent Financial presented a $500 check to Betty Lou Imler to buy three guitars for Music for the Military. Betty Lou started the foundation January 2011 and has received cash...
Jeff Rogers, far right, leads a group in his traveling 'Pack the Park' workout session that came to Durand July 31. The next session is planned for Friday at 6 p.m. between the boat landing and Veteran's Memorial.
  As part of a fitness program at work, one local woman was introduced to a workout program that has now come to Durand. Three years ago, trainer Jeff Rogers, of Eau Claire, started Pack the Park. "...
  Area schools are again facing a projected cut to state aid, according to superintendents from local districts. Pepin Area Schools Superintendent Bruce Quinton said for about the last eight years,...
Joel Wener is one of two Republican candidates facing off in the August 12 primary election for Pepin County Sheriff. The winner of the primary will face Democratic candidate Kevin Glander in the November election.
  Two candidates for Pepin County Sheriff will face off August 12 in the primary election. The two candidates running on the Republican ticket are Stan Ridgeway and Joel Wener.    What is your law...
Plum City American Legion Post 365 senior legion shortstop, Dylan Bjork, was chosen to represent his team in the upcoming 2014 Wisconsin All Star game.
  Plum City – Dylan Bjork, shortstop for the Plum City Legion Post 365 Baseball team was selected to represent his team in the upcoming 2014 Wisconsin All Star game. Bjork will be attending Wisconsin...
After 31 years of ownership, Sally Steinke has sold Dave & Sally's Hide-A-While Bar outside of Rock Falls, and will be moving to Holcombe to retire. New owners Chad and Becky Traun will take over August 4. A retirement party will be held at the bar the afternoon of August 3.
  In 1960, a schoolhouse outside of Rock Falls closed up, and reopened as a bar in 1963 under the ownership of Vern and Leone Anibas. In 1974, Lee and Janie Klocke took over, until it was passed on...
Kylee Schmillen (left) has joined the staff at the Stockholm Health Care Clinic, owned by Mary Peterson (right). Since opening in November, Peterson has added staff and services to the clinic.
  Since opening mid-November, the Stockholm Health Care Clinic has expanded both its staff, and offerings.  Owner and nurse practitioner Mary Peterson began as the receptionist, medical assistant,...

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