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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The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, has selected the team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2014 Fall State Championships. The...
Due to restrictive budget dollars, Pepin County will be phasing out its home care program, which has been offered for 48 years. "Every year at budget time the cost of programs are examined," said...
In-laws Galen Kees, 100 years old, and Theone Kees, 101 years old, sat to talk about Christmas memories from when they were children.
When Galen Kees and his sister-in-law, Theone Kees, were children, Christmas wasn't quite the same as it is today. Galen was born June 11, 1914, and celebrated his 100th birthday this summer....
An initial appearance was held Monday in Pepin County Court for the State of Wisconsin versus Kevin J. Elberg. Judge James Duvall was helped by an interpreter, Ms. Yang. Elberg was represented by...
Roger Kallstrom owned Roger's IGA in Durand from 1966 to 1996. Previously a dairy farmer, Kallstrom and his family worked in the grocery business for many years.
A long-time Durand grocery store owner passed away last week, rekindling fond memories of a small, locally-owned business. Roger Kallstrom, former owner of Roger's IGA in Durand, was born May 24,...
Chris Bates was named the 2014 Firefighter of the Year by the Durand Fire Department. He has been a member of the Durand Fire Department for seven years.
The Durand City/Rural Fire Department has named Chris Bates the 2014 Firefighter of the Year. Bates has been with the Department for seven years, and is active on fire calls, accidents, and other...
Mohammed Al Saleh, an exchange student from Saudi Arabia, is attending Durand High School this year. He is a senior, and the only exchange student at DHS this year.
A senior at Durand High School this year recently experienced his first snowfall, and will be celebrating his first Christmas with his host family. Mohammed Al Saleh, from Saudi Arabia, is the lone...
The Tri-Parish Hispanic Ministry was formed six years ago, and has since celebrated Our Lady of Guadalupe every year on the Sunday nearest the December 12 holy day. When it began with Father David...
Members of the Hmong community from Menomonie, Madison, La Crosse, and the Twin Cities, as well as local supporters, gathered outside the Pepin County Sheriff's Department December 5 during a peaceful rally protesting racial violence.
Members of the Hmong community in Wisconsin attended a peaceful rally December 5 in Durand to call for justice. A peaceful rally led by Hmong United for Justice, a coalition of students and leaders...

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