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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The Pepin County Board of Supervisors adopted the proposed 2015 budget at a regular meeting November 12, and finance director Pamela DeWitt said she's impressed by the efforts of the department...
Wayne and Pat Miller are the 2014 Dazzle Day parade grand marshals. Dazzle Day is set for Saturday, November 29, with a day of entertainment, sales, and activities. The Dazzle Day parade will begin at 6 p.m.
The Durand Improvement Group has named Wayne and Pat Miller as its 2014 Durand Dazzle Day grand marshals. Wayne, who grew up in Alma, and Pat, who grew up near Plum City, have been married for 43...
 The Durand volleyball team is once again planning a fundraiser game to benefit a local family.Taylynn Richardson, daughter of Matt and Josie Richardson, was diagnosed with Spina Bifida when Josie...
A small dedication ceremony was held for the carved rock sculpture near the river in Durand on August 26. Julie Dierauer completed the work as part of a project led by Imagination Nation and funded by the City of Durand.
  As part of a project led by Imagination Nation, and commissioned by the City of Durand, local artist Julie Dierauer recently completed work on the “Dialogue With the Wind” stone carving that rests...
The Widespot in Stockholm is bringing back Mu Daiko, a Japanese drumming performance September 6. Pictured is a Mu Daiko performance from the Cowles Center in 2013.
  The Widespot Performing Arts Center is welcoming back Mu Daiko—a Twin Cities-based Japanese taiko drumming ensemble—September 6 at 7 p.m. Taiko means "big drum" in Japanese. Widespot...
In its second year, the Stockholm Farmer's Market offers fresh, local goods to consumers. The market sets up on Friday evenings in the alley behind Sandy's Clothing and Gifts to coincide with the Stockholm Merchants' Market Friday events.
  The Stockholm Farmer's Market provides a way for consumers to learn about their food and where it comes from. In its second year, the Stockholm Farmer's Market was started by Jennifer Lindahl. The...
  Durand High School ranked 22nd in the state out of a total 461 public and charter schools on ACT scores, with an average 24.2 compared to the state average of 22.2. “I applaud the effort of the...
Charlie Anderson, a local beekeeper, checks on the honey bees in one of the hives on his farm between Stockholm and Lund.
  With three-fourths of the world's flowering plants depending on pollinators to reproduce, the importance of pollinators, such as honey bees, is evident. According to the United States Department of...
  In a regular meeting held August 20, the Durand Board of Education approved two resolutions to present referendum questions to voters in November. The consent agenda, including the agenda, minutes...
The Durand School District is welcoming three new teachers this year, including Mandy Foss, high school special education, Julie Noel, elementary special education, and Alison McDowell, fifth grade.
  As students make the best of their last few days of summer vacation, area school districts are preparing for a new school year, and have welcomed new teachers. Three teachers joined the Durand...

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