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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Local Girl Scout Kennedy Robelia installed a Kids Don’t Float life jacket station at the Durand boat landing last Monday. For her efforts, she also earned the Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive.  Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt Kennedy Robelia, a local Girl Scout, installed a “Kid’s Don’t Float” life jacket station at the Durand boat landing last Monday evening. Robelia, a member of Troop 3175, presented...
Area women recently traveled to Honduras, where they taught Honduran women how to sew items for hygiene kits. Above, from left to right, are Deb Ottman, Charl Draxler, Heather Wittig, Monica Erickson, and Jenni Patnode, during their travels. Submitted photo
By Laura Berndt When women join the Pink Box Society, they’re mailed a new pair of underwear each month. They’re also giving back to other women, as a new pair of underwear is also sent to another...
Above, Derek Davis teaches a painting class. Painting is one possible option for adult education classes in the Durand area.  Submitted photo
By Laura Berndt The Buffalo-Pepin Literacy Alliance and Imagination Nation are asking for community members’ input about the possibility of offering adult education classes in Durand. A survey,...
Pepin County Sheriff Joel Wener and Pepin County Communications Corrections Officer/Project Defibrillator Replacement coordinator Don Sinz are pictured with two of the new Automatic External Defibrillators. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt This December, the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office began “Project Defibrillator Replacement” to raise funds to replace nine Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs.) Generous community...
The second annual National Night Out event is scheduled for August 1, in Durand’s lower Tarrant Park. Submitted photo
By Laura Berndt The Durand Police Department is preparing to host their second annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Durand’s lower Tarrant Park. Community members are...
The Plum City Lions Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in Legion Park on June 26. Above is a group photo with members of the current Lions Club. Submitted photo
By Laura Berndt The Plum City Lions Club recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and looks forward to many more years of giving back to the community. The Club, chartered in 1967, originally had...
Ronald J. Walsh
Submitted article A school superintendent with strong ties to several area communities, and a young financial planner originally from Thorp, are the newest members of the Chippewa Valley Technical...
Volunteers help in the canteen during Monday’s American Red Cross blood drive, held in Plum City. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt On Monday, July 10, the Plum City community came together for an American Red Cross blood drive, held at the Plum City American Legion from 1 to 7 p.m. Sisters Verna Weiss and Pat...
Danyelle Holland rides Bandit during the Pepin Trailblazers’ annual barrel show. Lundquist’s Natural Images (LNI) photo
The Pepin Trailblazers Saddle Club hosted their annual barrel race event on Saturday, July 1, and Sunday, July 2. Over 100 contestants and many spectators attended the annual event. The Pepin...
Father Joseph Okine-Quartey
By Laura Berndt Father Joseph Okine-Quartey began serving St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plum City on April 3, and says that he has enjoyed meeting people from the community. Father Okine-...

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