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Fri, May 3rd, 2002
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Whalan Museum the result of one womans dream
Whalan Museum to open May 18By John TorgrimsonMonday, May 6, 2002

The town of Whalan used to have a hardware store, a bank, two elevators, a lumber yard, feed mill, a cheese factory, meat market, a few bars and a cream station. There was even a stockyard by the railroad tracks where livestock was shipped to markets out east.

In the early 1900s, Whalan had about 150 people and the bustling little railroad town was a social and commercial center for farmers in the area.

While the times have changed, Whalans unique past is something that wont be forgotten anytime soon, due to the efforts of 74 year old Doris Peterson and the many volunteers who have helped create the Whalan Museum.

Located on the top floor of the Whalan City Hall, the fledgling museum will have its grand opening on May 18 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), when the town holds its annual Standstill Parade.

Doris is no stranger to museums, having worked at the Lanesboro Historic Museum for ten years through the Experience Works (Green Thumb) program. She was able to transfer from Lanesboro to work on the Whalan Museum this past October, where she now puts in 20 hours a week.

It has always been Doris dream to start a museum in Whalan, Lois Peterson, Experience Works Field Supervisor for Fillmore and Houston counties, said. The two Petersons (Lois is no relation to Doris) worked together at the Lanesboro Museum for several years.

Doris Petersons love affair with Whalan started when she moved to the Root River town at the age of eight.

It was a great place to grow up , Doris said, as she browsed through old photographs and memorabilia. And it was a great place to raise a family.

Doris remembers a time when the museum was used to hold town plays, movies and dances. The centerpiece to the museum is the old stage curtain that is now mounted on the north wall. Approximately 20 feet wide by 12 feet tall, the curtain advertises the wares of several Lanesboro, Whalan and Rushford businesses of that era.

I remember when the seven country schools around Whalan used to hold their Declamatory Contests and patriotic programs here on the second floor, Doris recalled. [Read the Rest]
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Fri, May 3rd, 2002
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Features:
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, May 3rd, 2002
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
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Birth Announcement

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College/School News

Fri, May 3rd, 2002
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Nick Thouin. son of Dave and Carol Thouin of Spring Valley, was chosen as a recipient of academic scholarship at St. Cloud State University for the 2002-2003 academic year.

Justin Redalen was chosen as a royalty candidate for the 86th an ..... 
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Fri, May 3rd, 2002
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Air Force Airman 1st Class Chastity L. Nelson has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and customs; performed ..... 
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