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Whalan’s emergency siren silenced; repairs underway, council learns


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

Whalan’s “emergency siren” is currently not working, but plans are underway for corrective measures to change that, the Whalan City Council learned at its monthly meeting on October 13. An apparent water leak at the top of the siren pole, a leak that put moisture into the siren’s electrical system, is the cause of the problem.

“The siren was purchased about five years ago, with the use of grant money,” said Mayor Larry Johnson at the council meeting. “The city is now responsible to fix the siren, but we are contacting the electrical company that was involved in the siren’s installation to see if there are warranties or liabilities on that work.”

The cost to repair the siren is estimated at $1,832. That would pay for a refurbished box. (“A totally new electrical box would cost $2,331, but would have the same warranty,” explained Mayor Johnson.) Tri-County Electric will be able to seal the new box—at no charge to Whalan, said Mayor Johnson—to prevent any water getting into that box and once again disrupting the siren’s operation.

“I have checked with the League of Minnesota Cities regarding insurance on matters like this,” said Mayor Johnson. “It may be helpful to put in a claim to see what might happen. We’re waiting for more information. Tri-County has said that they are willing to work with Whalan on a payment installation schedule.”

Meanwhile, at the present time, no emergency siren is functioning in Whalan.

“I talked to Kevin Beck at the Fillmore County Emergency Management Office and he said the situation is not urgent, given the weather season,” said Johnson. “But it is certainly something we want to move on and resolve, and we are doing that.”

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•The three trees on Whalan’s boulevard and a large stump behind the Whalan Town Hall, a matter of discussion in last month’s city council meeting, will soon be removed by Dave Norby.

•Wes Harding reported that Whalan’s participation in the recent “Taste of the Trail” event was a great success. More than two dozen volunteers pitched in to make it a fun and festive day in Whalan, with more than 3,000 food samples given out to bikers and visitors. “We’re very happy with the way the event came off,” said Harding, “and especially with the large group of volunteers who helped make it ha .....
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39th Annual Fastpitch Tournament

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Sports

“Strike! Ball! You’re out! Safe!” were often heard at Whalan’s Fastpitch Tournament, on July 4, 5 and 6. We had three beautiful days, probably the best weather in our 39 years of hosting the tournament. That, along with some good games, goo ..... 
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Whalan City Council talks town improvements and house demolition

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the regular monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council that took place on Monday, July 14, a number of items were discussed and actions were approved. Present at the meeting were Mayor Larry Johnson, Everett Johnson, Jim Gustavson, David Rahn, Ma ..... 
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July 4th Whalan fastpitch tournament

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Sports

What comes to mind when you think of the Fourth of July? Hopefully, the birth of our great country, the United States of America. Do you also think fireworks? Picnics? Family gatherings? Another thing many people in our area equate with July Fourth ..... 
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Stand Still Parade, new trail map highlight Whalan’s June council meeting

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the Whalan City Council meeting on Monday, June 9, the council received positive news on a number of recent projects and events. The Stand Still Parade Committee presented their final financial report to the Council, showing a net profit of $3,09 ..... 
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Whalan Trail town map “given” to city

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Business Announcements

On Friday, June 6, a special ceremony was held in Whalan to officially “give” the new Trail Town map to the City. “We want to thank Tri-County Electric for making this possible,” said Wes Harding, Whalan’s representative on the Trail Town ..... 
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Visitors move quickly to attend Stand Still Parade

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Whalan Features

A horse with a mustache, a barbershop quartet, warm lefse, and classic cars were only a few of the attractions at this year’s Stand Still Parade in Whalan, Minn. on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The 19th annual Stand Still parade is one of the most uniq ..... 
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Spring activities, trail sign and new AEDs discussed at Whalan’s May city council meeting

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The town of Whalan, like all the other towns and villages of the Bluff Country region, is showing signs of life and activity after a cold, challenging winter, and that was apparent in a number of items discussed last Monday evening at the May city co ..... 
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Spring activities, trail sign and new AEDs discussed at Whalan’s May city council meeting

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The town of Whalan, like all the other towns and villages of the Bluff Country region, is showing signs of life and activity after a cold, challenging winter, and that was apparent in a number of items discussed last Monday evening at the May city c ..... 
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