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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North/West District Agricultural Runoff Specialist Leah Nicol speaks to attendees at a hearing at Rock Creek Town Hall last Tuesday. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt Last Tuesday, March 28, approximately 150 people attended a public hearing on a proposed changes to a nutrient management plan (NMP) for Cranberry Creek Dairy, LLC, of Mondovi, for...
Above are Pepin Area Schools District Administrator Bruce Quinton, and Pepin Area School District's Board of Education members Tim Stajkowski, Debra Larson, Gordon Riesgraf, Betty Glander, and Ardyce Johnson, and maintenance worker Russ Roundy, with a check from Focus on Energy and Xcel Energy, to replace all the District’s interior and exterior lighting fixtures with LED lighting. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt The future is bright in the Pepin Area School District, as the District works to reduce its energy use. With the project’s completion, the District has become the first in the state...
Cammi Catt-DeWyre, Aging Program Manager for Pepin County Human Services-Aging Unit, and Gay Hurlburt, of Hurlburt’s Haven, are teaming up to offer “Coffee and Conversation: A Gathering for Caregivers” in a new location: Hurlburt’s Haven. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt “Coffee and Conversation: A Gathering for Caregivers” is moving to a new location at Hurlburt’s Haven, in Durand. This free monthly gathering offers sharing and support for caregivers...
Above, from left to right in the front row, are Dustin Paje, Christian O’Keefe, Nathan Hurlburt, Josh Biesterveld, Preston Milliren, and Brett Pelke. In the second row are Will Berger, Reid Hansen, Bret Schlosser, Riley Radle, Isaiah Whitwam, Tyler Kilboten, assistant coach Scott Serum, and head coach Tony Hansen. Michael’s Portrait Design photo
By Laura Berndt The Durand Panthers had a strong season last year, and hope to carry that success into the coming season. Although the team lost some graduating seniors last season, they also have...
Above, from left to right in the front row, are Hannah Prissel, Reice Prissel, Kelci Brion, Sydney Wekkin, Brooke Carothers, and Jaylynn Harschlip. In the second row are Nataya Hurlburt, Kali Meixner, Kirsten Rinholen, Afton Moline, Jessie Hoyt, Mariah Weiss, and Morgan Anibas. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt This season, the Durand softball team hopes to find success in their conference. Mike Retzloff returns as head coach for the Panthers this season, along with JV Coach Mark...
Above, from left to right in the front row, are McKenzie Raethke, Olivia Miller, Katlin Redding, Halli Martin, Keagan Raethke, Vanessa Seipel, Alexus Bataglia, and Mikinzie Ingli. In the second row are Bekah Henn, Maddie Schellhas, Jessica Martin, Morgan Duden, Tayler Whipple, Ellie Funk, and Danyelle Hovland. Hailey Eggenberger is not pictured. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt The Plum City softball team has just begun their season, but already has several games under their belt. On Monday, March 27, Plum City hosted its first home game of the season,...
By Laura Berndt During the March 22 meeting of the Durand City Council, Council held a public hearing concerning adjustments to the overnight parking ordinance amendment. The meeting began with a...
Andrea Myklebust addressed a gathering of Pepin County residents on Saturday, March 25, at Pepin Village Hall. The group met to discuss a “Welcoming Community” resolution, following an incident of racial harassment in Pepin.  Lu Lippold photo
Submitted article by Lu Lippold When Alex de la Peña went to open up his Pepin coffee shop one morning in February, he found a hand-lettered sign on his door. It said, “GO BACK MEXICAN.” “It was a...
By Laura Berndt On Wednesday, March 15, the Pepin County Board of Supervisors met, and heard a presentation about the county’s emergency communications system. That evening, the meeting began with...
Above are Durand Sportsmen’s Club President Steve Berger, presenting a check to Pepin County Board Chair Dwight Jelle, for the Chippewa River State Trail-Pepin County Repair and Maintenance Project. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt Long-anticipated repairs to the Pepin County portion of the Chippewa River State Trail (CRST) are scheduled to take place later this year, which is made possible by the fundraising...

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