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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Fifth and sixth graders from Pepin and St. Mary's listened to an introduction from Pepin County Conservationist Chase Cummings last week at Weiss Family Farms, for the semi-annual Conservation Field Days.
Area fifth and sixth graders once again had a chance to learn about conservation at the fall Conservation Field Days October 7-8, held at Weiss Family Farms outside of Durand. The first field day...
Hunter Unser is one of two local Scouts currently working on his Eagle project. His project is titled the "Segar-Taylor Field Restoration Project," which involves the restoration of the ball field near Eau Galle.
Two area Scouts have nearly completed their Eagle project, to achieve the highest rank of Scouting. Tim Brunner and Hunter Unser have both been working hard to complete their respective projects,...
Marcia Berger, left, and Todd Poeschel, right, presented Cassidy Weber with a Youth Apprenticeship certificate at Security Financial Bank October 3. Cassidy is the first Durand High School student to complete the apprenticeship program. She is a 2014 DHS graduate
2014 Durand High School graduate, Cassidy Weber, recently completed the Youth Apprenticeship Program at Security Financial Bank in Durand. The program, which is part of a statewide School-to-Work...
For the second year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has given school districts in the State school report cards, evaluating priority areas in school districts. The Durand School...
According to a press release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, about 450 mathematics teachers across the state are gaining knowledge and skills to increase student achievement...
The Lund Fire Department is celebrating 60 years of service on Saturday. With 28 active members and six trucks, the department averages around 25 calls per year and serves a fire district over approximately 120 square miles. An open house is being held on Saturday from 12-4 p.m.
Founded in 1954, the Lund Fire Department is celebrating 60 years of service on Saturday. According to firefighter Gary Samuelson, area townships including Maiden Rock, Pepin, Lund, and the Village...
Durand High School passed through a rough week last week, with over 150 students staying home due to various reasons, mainly illness and precaution. Early in the day on September 22, Superintendent...
Two 9kw inverters run the 20kw solar electric system on the Hog's Back Farm. A soft hum on sunny days and quiet beeps are the only noise from the system.
Since 2002, David Van Eeckhout, owner of Hog's Back Farm in Arkansaw, has been farming. Hog's Back Farm sits north of Highway 10, and covers 80 acres, a lot of which is in CRP. Van Eeckhout grew up...
Durand High School is facing an illness outbreak of flu-like symptoms with an unknown cause. According to Superintendent Greg Doverspike, an increase in absences of a specified cohort group in the...
Voters will be given two referendum questions on the ballot in November for changes to school facilities. Question 1 includes $8 million for roofing and maintenance, classroom renovation, security and ADA renovations, and additions to the Middle-High School.
In November, voters in the School District of Durand will be offered two referendum questions for a combined total of $19,050,000 for renovations, additions, and demolition in the district....

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