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Whalan Standstill Parade highlights history


Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Chairpersons of the Whalan Standstill Parade Committee, Ernie and Joan Johnson, stand next to the restored metal photographs that are back on display in the plaza in Whalan, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The unique and famous Standstill Parade took place in Whalan, Minn. on Saturday, May 21, 2016 and those who attended not only had a great time, but also learned a thing or two.

The standstill parade’s theme this year was “All aboard, all aboard!” to honor the historic trains that traveled through town on a daily basis and there were many educational opportunities for adults and children to learn more about the trains.

Trains were a vital mode of transportation for people and also for hauling goods from place to place, which made Whalan an important stop for area residents. The trains hauled necessities such as flour and grain from Whalan to LaCrosse, Wisc., and also brought mail to Whalan on its daily schedule.

The Chairpersons of the 2016 Whalan Standstill Parade Committee were Ernie and Joan Johnson who said the committee wanted to celebrate and honor the historic trains that used to roll through town.

A story Joan tells shows just how important the trains were back then as she explains “Christine Bostrack, a Whalan resident in November of 1908, was accidently shot through her right hand by a 12 gauge shotgun while playing with her brother, Ole. She rode the train to La Crosse for medical attention while those with her tried to control the severe bleeding” and if not for the train, it would have taken much longer to get her there.

One special part of the standstill parade this year was the model train engines that Lyman Hughes, a model railroad enthusiast, brought for attendees to see. Hughes also answered questions from curious visitors.

The North Shore Scenic Railroad at the Duluth Depot in Duluth, Minn. loaned a working replica of a steam locomotive to the standstill parade ,which showed how the locomotives operated in the 1900s. There were several other model and diesel steam engines on hand including a model of the Yellow Stone-4884, which is the largest steam engine ever built.

Some lucky visitors to the standstill parade were also able to take home train whistles and engineers hats as a souvenir of their day in Whalan.

The standstill parade committee unveiled its latest community project for attendees to enjoy for the day and area residents to enjoy for many years. In the newly spruced up plaza there are restored old metal photographs on display which also give information about Whalan’s history and past Whalan residents .....
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Kasey Back wins first place in Congressional Arts Contest

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Fillmore Central sophomore Kasey Back recently won first place in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District’s Congressional Arts Contest! Kasey’s oil landscape painting “Goodnight Moon” will be on display at the United States Capitol in Was ..... 
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Kasey Back wins first place in Congressional Arts Contest

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

Fillmore Central sophomore Kasey Back recently won first place in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District’s Congressional Arts Contest! Kasey’s oil landscape painting “Goodnight Moon” will be on display at the United States Capitol in Was ..... 
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Kasey Back wins first place in Congressional Arts Contest

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Arts & Culture

Fillmore Central sophomore Kasey Back recently won first place in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District’s Congressional Arts Contest! Kasey’s oil landscape painting “Goodnight Moon” will be on display at the United States Capitol in Was ..... 
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Whalan Museum hosting book sale this weekend

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

The Whalan Museum at 224 Second Avenue will open for the season on Saturday, May 21, 2016, the day of the Whalan Standstill Parade. The museum will hold a used book sale that day, as well as on Sunday, May 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale wil ..... 
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Rhubarb Festival celebrates the most curious and delicous perennial in the garden

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Rhubarb: Minnesota’s funniest fruit. Or is it a vegetable? On Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lanesboro invites cooks, comedians, runners, and everyone with a taste for sweet and tart foods to come celebrate rhubarb at the annual Rh ..... 
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HPC 2016 Preservation Award given to Steve Harmon

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Each year since 2009 during Preservation Month (May), the Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission honors an individual, property owner or project with its Preservation Award. The purpose of the award is to raise the visibility of the city preser ..... 
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“Hooked on Preston” mural will celebrate community Preston Library is awarded Community Collaboration Grant

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

PRESTON, MN – Preston Public Library has been awarded a Legacy Community Collaboration grant from SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) to create a mural for the north wall of the building that houses both Preston Public Library and City Hall ..... 
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Whalan’s 21st Stand Still Parade coming Saturday, May 21

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Spring is here and Whalan’s Stand Still Parade is just around the corner. This year’s parade—the 21st annual—will take place Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be a day of fun events, food, and entertainment for the whole fami ..... 
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