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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Two 9kw inverters run the 20kw solar electric system on the Hog's Back Farm. A soft hum on sunny days and quiet beeps are the only noise from the system.
Since 2002, David Van Eeckhout, owner of Hog's Back Farm in Arkansaw, has been farming. Hog's Back Farm sits north of Highway 10, and covers 80 acres, a lot of which is in CRP. Van Eeckhout grew up...
Durand High School is facing an illness outbreak of flu-like symptoms with an unknown cause. According to Superintendent Greg Doverspike, an increase in absences of a specified cohort group in the...
Voters will be given two referendum questions on the ballot in November for changes to school facilities. Question 1 includes $8 million for roofing and maintenance, classroom renovation, security and ADA renovations, and additions to the Middle-High School.
In November, voters in the School District of Durand will be offered two referendum questions for a combined total of $19,050,000 for renovations, additions, and demolition in the district....
Gwen and Todd Glaus, owners of Bittersweet Bakery & More in Plum City, are celebrating 10 years of business. The bakery opened September 8, 2004. A fall anniversary weekend will be held October 3-5 with in-house specials, door prizes, and extended hours.
Bittersweet Bakery & More opened in Plum City on September 4, 2004, and looking back, the owners say the time has flown. "This was something I always wanted to do, and I needed a change," said...
The Hayden Family Farm was one of two Pepin County Farms to be recognized as Century Farms this year at the Wisconsin State Fair. Pictured are, from left: Deborah Gerhke, Patricia Hayden, Daniel and Elizabeth Hayden, and Laura Hayden.
Two farms in Pepin County received the Century Farm award at the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair. According to a press release, the Century Farm and Home Award Program began in 1948, as part of Wisconsin...
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources launched an electronic deer registration program for select hunters across the state with the opening of the 2014 archery season September 13. Approximately 200 hunters in each county were selected to participate by having the option to register their harvest in person, on the phone, or online. Electronic registration will be available to all hunters next year.
For the 2014 hunting seasons, select hunters will have new options for registering their deer harvest. Approximately 200 hunters in each county in the State of Wisconsin were selected by the...
Pepin Elementary School was recently recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, being named as a "High-Progress School" for Title I instruction. "I love the start of the school...
Boy Scouts Troop 54 in Durand consists of 13 Scouts and 12 leaders. Members strive to achieve merit badges and move up in the Scout ranks while building character, making new friends, and learning new things.
For over 50 years, Boy Scout Troop 54 has been shaping members into young leaders. Staci Zomok is in her third year as Assistant Scout Master. Each year the Scouts participate in roadside cleanup...

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