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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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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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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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Whalan’s Cookie Walk and Chili Feed

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Whalan’s Taste of the Trail Committee will be sponsoring a Cookie Walk and Chili Feed on Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The event will be held in the newly remodeled Whalan City Hall. Come and pick out some cookies and other treats, j ..... 
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Savor “Taste of the Trail” in Whalan, Peterson & Lanesboro on September 14

Thu, Aug 15th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during an annual trail wide event, Taste of the Trail. On September 14, the towns of Peterson, Minn., Whalan, Minn., an ..... 
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Magician to perform at Stand Still Parade

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Magician Kristoffer Olson will be dazzling the crowd with his magic at the Stand Still Parade in Whalan on Saturday, at 1pm, May 18th. Kristoffer Olson has a mind that can fluidly switch between art and science. He can solve a Rubik’s Cube in un ..... 
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Back to the 50s and 60s Day at the Whalan Stand Still Parade

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

On Saturday May, 18th at 11:00 a.m., the Whalan Stand Still Parade will once again be standing in position for its eighteenth year. This year’s theme Back to the 50s and 60s should bring back some great memories for the more mature visitor, and no ..... 
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Author Candace Simar to appear at the Stand Still Parade

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Pequot Lakes author, Candace Simar, will attend the 2013 Stand Still Parade in Whalan, Minn. on May 18. The granddaughter of immigrants, Simar writes historical fiction about Norwegian immigrants during the 1862 Sioux Uprising and the decade followi ..... 
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Stan’s Still to appear at the Whalan Stand Still Parade

By Kevin Blanchard

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Back by popular demand, “Stan’s Still at the Parade” will once again make an appearance at the Stand Still Parade on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 in Whalan MN. You will not want to miss this once a year opportunity to meet and chat with the now i ..... 
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