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Reality Check Participant Receives Coin Collection

Reality Check Participant Receives Coin Collection The University of Wisconsin-Extension Reality Check Program celebrated its 10th anniversary of teaching students financial and life skills. The event took place on March 31, 2016 at the Durand High School.  To commemorate the program’s 10th year of success, Security Financial Bank donated a coin collection to be given […]


How Does Your Garden Grow?

Over the next several weeks, this column will cover a variety of topics related to gardening, home and locally grown food, and seed saving. In addition, UW-Extension will offer local hands-on, how-to learning workshops around Buffalo and Pepin Counties over the summer and fall months.  These workshops will teach food preservation – freezing, canning, pickling, […]


What’s Standing Alfalfa Worth in 2016?

One of the challenges in coming up with a value for standing hay is the lack of daily commodity market pricing like corn and soybeans. Another challenge this year is the significant drop in hay price, in some cases almost half of what it was going for just a few years ago. So the price […]


Pepin School-Kids in the Kitchen Afterschool Program

On April 19, students at Pepin Elementary School experienced an afterschool program that promoted “Healthy Happy Celebrations”, the theme was based around kid-friendly healthy snacks and games that encouraged physical activity. This session also included a leadership component where, 6th grade students served as mentors/teachers for the Kids in the Kitchen program.  Their responsibility, with […]


Counselors Prepare for 4-H Camp

On Sunday, April 10th 4-H camp counselors from Buffalo, Pepin, Pierce and Trempealeau Counties engaged in an interactive camp counselor training and planning day in Pepin, WI. 4-H Youth Development Educators, Marie Ritscher of Pepin County , Annie Lisowski of Buffalo County, Adam Trunzo of Trempealeau County and Frank Ginther of Pierce County teamed to […]


University of Wisconsin-Extension hosted its 10th annual Reality Check event March 31at Durand High School, teaching students about life after high school.

University of Wisconsin-Extension hosted its 10th annual Reality Check event March 31, 2016 at Durand High School, teaching students about life after high school.Students from Durand, Mondovi, Cochrane-Fountain City, Plum City, Elmwood, Pepin, and Gilmanton gathered to work through a simulation that reflected about a month of life as a mid-20 year old March 31. Students worked […]


Buffalo / Pepin Teen Court Panelists Trained in Restorative Justice

On April 6, 2016 the Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court held a panelist training at the Buffalo County Courthouse in Alma. Panelists serve as peer ‘judges’ who hold juvenile first-time offenders accountable for their actions by issuing fair and innovative sanctions. The following individuals attended the training and were welcomed as new panelists: Makayla Saul, Lacie […]


Photos of Reality Check Event-Financial Education for High School Students

The Reality Check Financial Education Experience engaged nearly 300 students from Pepin, Durand, Elmwood, Plum City, Mondovi, Cochrane-Fountain City, and Gilmanton High Schools. The event is sponsored by UW-Extension Buffalo and Pepin Counties and was hosted by Durand High School on March 31, 2016. Over 100 volunteers also contribute to the event in multiple roles. As the 10th anniversary of the learning experience this year, Reality Check featured special incentives and fun opportunities for students. The experience simulates one month of “real” life as a mid-twenty year old – caring for a child, paying bills, payroll deductions and the ups and downs of fate.