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Visitors move quickly to attend Stand Still Parade


Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Whalan Features

James and Hilda’s Lolligobs were a sweet treat during the Whalan Stand Still Parade 2014. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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 unique parades in the country as the parade does not move - the spectators do. The unusual parade has drawn attention from around the world and did so again this year with a crew from the national PBS station based out of Chicago coming to the parade. The crew, which consisted of a producer, a cameraman, and a reporter were filming for an upcoming show titled “Wild Travels”, according to Joan Johnson who was co-chair for this year’s parade along with her husband Ernie.

The crew spent many hours filming and interviewing attendees, will be included in the show that footage that is expected to air in January 2015 on 353 PBS stations across the country.

The theme for this year’s parade was “Back to Our Roots” ,highlighting all things Norwegian which may have boosted sales of lefse and rommegrot in 2014. Roger Hellesvig, a Norwegian historian, was on hand to share his knowledge and gift of storytelling.

The activities for this year’s parade began at 10 a.m. with an eclectic mix of crafters, artists, and demonstrations. Some of the demonstrations included how rope is made and anyone interested could make their own piece of rope to take home with them. Another was Lund Horseshoeing giving a demonstration and of course visitors must take the time to watch lefse being made by such seasoned professionals as those in the gazebo.

Artists in attendance had many original items for sale including oil paintings by Pat Smith and watercolors by Carol Young. Stained glass, ironworks, pottery, wooden signs, jewelry, wind chimes, and many other interesting articles could be found along the bike trail in Whalan.

Root River Lures, LLC had a wide variety of lures for those who love to fish and Crooked Pine Soap had many luxurious soaps made with goat milk to get cleaned up after that fishing trip. Sweet treats were available from James and Hilda’s Lolligobs which are old fashioned hard candy suckers in many flavors like marshmallow, butterscotch, and creamsicle to name a few.

Many different animals were at the Stand Still parade including a gypsy horse complete with its mustache and a petting zoo with baby chicks, a goat, and tu .....
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Correction

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Features

In the May 5, edition of the Fillmore County Journal there was an error in the Whalan Stand Still Parade will stand in place for 19th year press release. It was printed that pre-parade entertainment will be provided by Walter Bradley and Tom Arnold. ..... 
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Whalan holds cookie walk and chili feed

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Tasty comfort foods could be found at the Whalan City Hall in Whalan, Minn., on Saturday, December 14, 2013 as the Whalan Taste of the Trail Committee held a Cookie Walk and Chili Feed. The event was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. giving people plenty ..... 
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High honors for local resort owners

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Larry and Sheryl Johnson, owners of Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan, Minn., have been chosen as the Minnesota Resort and Campground Association’s 2013 Operators of the Year. The couple attended the three day MRCA conference which took place October ..... 
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Whalan celebrates 30th anniversary of National Night Out

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Officially dubbed “America’s night out against crime,” National Night Out was organized by the National Association of Town Watch. “Dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs, the introduction of National ..... 
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Whalan Stand Still Parade moves local residents

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

By Barb Jeffers The residents of the small town of Whalan, Minn. opened their community and their hearts on Saturday, May 18, 2013 to make visitors feel as if they were “home” for the day. Many in attendance do call Whalan home, and many volun ..... 
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New town hall for Whalan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Whalan, Minnesota has just 63 people within its borders. Sixty-three people with a lot of heart and a desire to protect and revitalize a part of the town’s heritage. The town hall, a modest, two-story building, was constructed in the late 1800s ..... 
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