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Whalan plans for first annual bicycle tour


Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan City Council met for its regular meeting on January 11 at 5 p.m. City Clerk Lolly Melander and council member Jim Gustavson were absent due to illness. David Rahn was also absent as he had resigned his council seat at the December meeting. As he is frequently out of town, he felt that he was not able to give the council enough attention.

The minutes of the December 14 meeting were reviewed and approved, along with the treasurer’s report and bills.

Johnny Halvorson was present at the meeting to speak to the council about replacing Rahn’s seat. He had been asked to fill the vacancy, but as there wasn’t a quorum at the meeting, they were unable to vote him in. The matter was tabled until the February meeting.

The annual Rural Fire Department Meeting will be held on February 9 at 7 p.m. at the Lanesboro Fire Hall. Mayor Berekvam and council member Everett Johnson will attend to represent the City of Whalan.

The city appointments for 2016 were reviewed, but were unable to be approved due to the lack of a quorum.

The resolution for city insurance coverage from Krage Insurance was approved.

The operating business and lodging business licenses could not be approved at this time so were tabled until the meeting in February.

Wes Harding passed out flyers to the council and visitors for the first annual Root Rover Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour. The tour will start in Whalan on the night of July 7 with camping available for the bikers. They will be able to camp on the property that is used for the Whalan Standstill Parade, and Harding noted that permission has already been granted. The Rutabaga Brothers will perform that evening from 7-10, and the entire community is invited to attend. It had been suggested to Harding that beer be served at the event, and so he asked the council about applying for a temporary 3.2 liquor license. Mayor Berekvam agreed to look into the matter further.

The coordinators of the event are capping the number of registrations to 150, but aren’t expecting that many, as this is the first year. They anticipate growth in the following years. The tour will cover 50-68 miles of biking each day, and bikers will receive a commemorative Root River bike jersey. Stops will be made in Fountain, Harmony, Houston, Lanesboro, Peterson, Preston, Rushford, Rushford Village, and Whalan.

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Whalan council resolves recent zoning questions

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The December, 2016 meeting of the Whalan City Council was called to order at 5 p.m. on December 14 with the full Whalan Council present: Mayor Rory Berekvam, Everett Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Jim Gustavson, and David Rahn. The council unanimously ap ..... 
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Whalan City Council faces zoning issue challenge

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The thorny issue of zoning permits, and recent activity of the town’s Zoning Commission, once again wove its way into the Whalan City Council meeting last Monday night at the Council’s monthly meeting. Zoning dominated the discussion, with one o ..... 
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Whalan City Council talks trees and AEDs at October 12 meeting

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan City Council met on Monday, October 12, at 5 p.m. for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. All council members—Mayor Rory Berekvam, Everett Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Jim Gustavson, and David Rahn--were in attendance. Last month’s ..... 
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Whalan tackles zoning issues at September 14 council meeting

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

Thorny issues around the town’s zoning work, a preliminary announcement of next year’s tax levy increase, and a 2016 Trail Town event were discussed at the September 14, 2015, meeting of the Whalan City Council. Attending the meeting were Mayo ..... 
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Whalan Council talks Taste of the Trail and trees at August meeting

Sat, Aug 15th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The need for some town maintenance and repairs, and a preview of Whalan’s participation in the upcoming Taste of the Trail event on September 12, highlighted the August meeting of the Whalan City Council on August 10, 2015. Council members in a ..... 
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New mayor, old business take center stage at Whalan’s July council meeting

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The first official meeting of the Whalan City Council with its new mayor—Rory Berekvam—proceeded quickly and quietly on Monday, July 13, 2015, with the council attending to on-going street maintenance and pothole questions, along with approvals ..... 
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Whalan council gets parade report-and a new mayor-at June meeting

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

A new but familiar face will be in the Whalan mayor chair next month when newly-appointed Rory Berekvam assumes that position. Berekvam will fill out the remainder of Larry Johnson’s mayoral term that will end on June 30, 2015. Johnson resigned ..... 
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Whalan City Council passes new zoning ordinances

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

By Steve Harris The Whalan City Council held their monthly meeting on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the Whalan Town Hall. All members were present. The regular council followed a special town meeting that was called to discuss proposed zoning changes. ..... 
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