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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Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), talks with Brian Winnekins, of WRDN, on air during his visit to the WRDN station last Tuesday.  Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt Last Tuesday, June 6, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stopped in Durand to visit the WRDN (Reel Country 1430 AM) radio station. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was...
From left to right are Erin Smith, MSCCC-SLP; Britany Konsela, PTA; and Tricia Martin, PTA. Anna Rinholen, OTD, is not pictured.  Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt LSVT BIG and LOUD Treatment for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or Atypical Parkinson’s disease is now available at Chippewa Valley Hospital in Durand. This program is not...
Trap team members shoot at the end of season Team Fun Night. Submitted photo
By Laura Berndt The Durand trap team wrapped up their 2017 season with an end-of-season Team Fun Night and awards presentation at the Durand Rod and Gun Club on Wednesday, May 31. This year’s team...
Fifth grade teacher Steve Dahl and nurse Kathy Dahl (husband and wife) are retiring this year. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt This school year, three staff members of the Durand-Arkansaw School District are scheduled to retire. Paula Zwiefelhofer is a music teacher who has worked as an educator for 29 years...
From left to right are Steven Johnson, DDS, Bethany Friedrich, Dan Richardson, Representative Warren Petryk, Frank Milliren, Heidi Stewart, Gerald Bauer, and James Kraft. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt Last Friday, June 2, State Representative Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) attended the Pepin County Board of Health meeting in Durand. First, the Board heard public comments. Helen Kees...
Above are Durand High School Principal Bill Clouse, with CVTC’s Jedediah Watters, and Luke Hurlburt. Laura Berndt photo
Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) on Friday, May 26, honored Durand High School with its third Partnership Award for its level of participation in the college’s dual credit program. In dual-...
From left to right in the front row are Josh Biesterveld, Chase Brunkow, William Berger, Reid Hansen, Bret Schlosser, Christian O’Keefe, Preston Milliren, and Kadin O’Keefe. In the second row are Head Coach Tony Hansen, Nathan Hurlburt, Tyler Kilboten, Isaiah Whitwam, Riley Radle, Dustin Paje, Brett Pelke, and Assistant Coach Scott Serum. Laura Berndt photo
The Durand baseball won its third straight WIAA Regional Championship last week. The team was down 8-4 going into the bottom of the sixth, but rallied for a 9-8 win in the bottom of the seventh to...
Caiden Haake competed in both the shot put and discus events at state. He earned first in discus, and set a new state Division 3 state meet record. He also took  seventh in shot put. Brian Sheridan photo
By Laura Berndt On Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, three members of the Alma-Pepin (A-P) track and field team took part in the state competition. A-P’s Laura Brevick competed in the girls’ 3200...
Brett Ingli finished 10th in the final round of competition at state in the 400 meter dash. Derrick Wolf photo
By Laura Berndt Three members of the Durand track and field team attended the state competition on Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3. Sophomore Brett Ingli competed in the Division 2 boys’ 400...
Above are Drew Bryan and TJ Tulip at the Division 3 Boys’ Sectional competition in Cadott. Submitted photo
On May 31, Durand golf team members finished their season at the WIAA Division 3 Boys Golf Sectional competition in Cadott. First, however, the team competed at the WIAA division 3 Boys Golf...

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