UniverCity Year Pepin County

With 7,400 residents and encompassing 249 square miles, Pepin County is one of the smallest counties in the State of Wisconsin. Despite its size, county leaders are pursuing a grand vision to improve resident health and quality of life, protect natural resources, and bolster the rural economy.

Pepin County is comprised of the City of Durand, the villages of Pepin and Stockholm, and eight towns. It is most well known for being the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the setting for her beloved autobiographical children’s novel, “Little House in the Big Woods.” The county is also a top vacation destination, boasting year-round outdoor recreational opportunities.

Faculty, staff, and students working on UniverCity Year projects in Pepin County during the 2019-2020 academic year will focus on the county’s economic development, education, and water quality efforts.

Old Courthouse Museum on Washington Square in Durand, WI. Image courtesy of Pepin County.

Projects and courses

  1. “Community branding for Durand.” Division of Extension project. Kristin Runge.
  2. “Community economic analysis and business development strategies for Pepin County.” Division of Extension project. Steve Deller and Matt Kures.
  3. “Downtown revitalization and redevelopment plan for Durand.” Urban & Regional Planning 912: Planning Workshop. Alfonso Morales.
  4. “Economic resources in Pepin County.” Urban & Regional Planning 912: Planning Workshop. Alfonso Morales.
  5. “Industrial park designs for Durand.” Civil & Environmental Engineering 578: Senior Capstone Design. Jan Kucher.
  6. “Regional economic analysis of Pepin County assets.” Independent research project. Tom Kemp, UW-Eau Claire.
  7. “Tourism marketing plans for Pepin County.” Journalism 445: Creative Campaign Messages. Doug McLeod.
  1. “Best practices for analyzing school data.” Independent research project. Sarah Archibald.
  2. “Economic impact of the Durand-Arkansaw School District.” Division of Extension project. Steve Deller and Pat Malone.
  3. “Statistical analysis of Wisconsin Forward Exam English and Language Arts scores.” Statistics 998: Statistical Consulting. Sunduz Keles.
  4. “Statistical analysis of Wisconsin Forward Exam math scores.” Statistics 998: Statistical Consulting. Sunduz Keles.
  1. “Behavior change communication campaign to improve water quality.” Independent research project. Bret Shaw.
  2. “Best practices for managing GIS data.” Independent research project with the State Cartographer’s Office and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
  3. “Comprehensive plan for the Village of Pepin.” Environmental Science and Management 351: Planning for Sustainable Communities. Christopher Holtkamp, UW-River Falls.
  4. “Conservation management plan for Fall Creek watershed.” Environmental Studies 972: Conservation Planning. Arlyne Johnson.
  5. “Design recommendations for Silver Birch Park.” Independent research project.
  6. “Feasibility study of composting manure.” Civil Engineering 421: Environmental Sustainability Engineering. Andrea Hicks.
  7. “Feasibility study of composting yard waste.” Civil Engineering 421: Environmental Sustainability Engineering. Andrea Hicks.
  8. Groundwater quality protection in Pepin County” (research paper) and pamphlet. Environmental Studies 600/Soil Science 499: Capstone. Steve Ventura and Nick Balster.
  9. “Health impact assessment of multi-hazards” (final report). “Pep Talk” (interview with students). Environmental Studies 560: Health Impact Assessment of Global Environmental Change. Jonathan Patz.
  10. “Sanitary treatment plan for Stockholm.” Civil & Environmental Engineering 578: Senior Capstone Design. Jan Kucher.
  11. “Stormwater mitigation plan for Stockholm.” Civil & Environmental Engineering 578: Senior Capstone Design. Jan Kucher.
  12. “Water quality data, privacy, and communication strategies.” Environmental Studies 950: Environmental Monitoring Seminar. Steve Ventura.