By Steve Carlson Editor On a warm and sun-shiny Wednesday, July 17th from 4pm until 10pm, Bauer Built, Inc. threw a 75th Anniversary party that was well attended by company employees, 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
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
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

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Bill Traun donated blood last Monday, April 3, in Durand. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt Last Monday, April 3, the Durand community came together to support an American Red Cross blood drive, held at the Masonic Community Center. That day, area residents donated 50 units...
Author and educator Katie McKy visited Caddie Woodlawn Elementary School in Durand. Laura Berndt
By Laura Berndt Last Friday, April 7, author and educator Katie McKy visited Caddie Woodlawn Elementary School in Durand, and held writing workshops for the students. The morning began with an...
Guests at the Pepin County Farm Management Club's annual Spring Tour visit with animals at Burnside Dairy in Durand last Thursday, March 30. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt Last Thursday, March 30, the Pepin County Farm Management Club (FMC) held its annual Spring Tour. The tour featured a trip to Dairyland Power Plant in Alma, and a tour of Burnside...
Laura Fay, Agency Liaison for the Bureau of Consumer Protection within the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, speaks at an informational session in Pepin last week. Laura Berndt photo
By Laura Berndt Last Tuesday, March 28, an informational seminar took place at the Village of Pepin’s Municipal Building, where guests learned about the dangers of identity theft, and how to protect...
Above, youth look at the prize table during last year's Durand Area Optimist Club's annual Easter bunny breakfast at Durand High School. File photo
By Laura Berndt The Durand Area Optimist Club recently commemorated the 25th anniversary of the organization, and looks forward to continuing to “bringing out the best in kids” well into the future...
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...
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...

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