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Spring water, signs and new brochures highlight Whalan’s April council meeting


Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

Signs of spring were on the agenda at last Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council. One of those signs was concern about melting snow running where it probably shouldn’t; another was an effort underway to inform more people about upcoming events to encourage more visitors to enjoy all that Whalan has to offer.

Last fall a new Whalan brochure was created in time for use at a regional meeting where Mayo Clinic’s “Destination Medical Center” was previewed to local citizens and tourist organizations. The initial printing of 1,000 copies has gone fast, and there’s a need to make more available. Wes Harding, a member of the Taste of the Trail Committee, asked the city council to use this opportunity to expand that brochure, and also to offer financial support to the project.

“We want to go to a three-panel design, instead of the original two,” West explained. “That will allow us to add information about two other popular Whalan events: the Candlelight Ski and the softball tournament.”

New design work and printing costs will run about $360, the council learned, and the brochure will be printed on heavier paper stock by a firm in Decorah. Harding asked the council for a donation of $200 for the new, expanded brochure. Other donations have already been received, and local businesses will be given an opportunity to support the project as well.

“Advertising pays,” said Harding. “We place these Whalan brochures in places like the Lanesboro Visitor Center, Rochester, Peterson and Rushford. We were visiting northern Minnesota last year and met someone who knew about Whalan through one of our brochures. They become another tool to use to promote our town and its special events.”

After some discussion on the matter, the Whalan City Council voted 3-2 to approve the $200 donation towards the new brochure project. A request was also made for local people who might have pictures of the softball tournament and/or Candlelight Ski to share those for the design of the new brochure.

(While asking for that donation, Harding explained that the Taste of the Trail Committee—due to the success of recent fundraisers—will not be asking the Whalan Council for a donation this year. “We are becoming more self-sustaining,” he said.)

The nine Trail Towns, including Whalan, are also working on having a new map for placement on the trail in the various .....
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Whalan City Council learns of fire department cost studies

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the February meeting of the Lanesboro Rural Fire Department, financial issues were raised that will require more research and discussion, according to the report shared at the Whalan City Council meeting on Monday, March 10. A task force is no ..... 
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DMC tourist ideas welcomed from Whalan residents

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The temperature was still firmly stuck below zero, where it seems to have stubbornly been for weeks, last Monday night, February 10, when the Whalan City Council gathered for its monthly meeting, but no water problems or frozen pipes were on the age ..... 
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Whalan Council approves final tax levy for 2014

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

The City of Whalan’s tax levy for 2014 was adjusted at the December 9 Whalan City Council meeting—in a direction that should please town residents. After discussion about the previous preliminary figure of 5 percent set earlier this fall, and a ..... 
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Whalan City Council approves new town brochure for DMC meeting on the 18th

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

Next Monday evening, November 18, the topic of Rochester’s Destination Medical Center (DMC) will take center stage at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., and thanks to speedy work from local residents and support from its city council, Wha ..... 
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Whalan City Council has “powerful” meeting on October 14

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

The atmosphere was “charged” at the October 14 Whalan City Council meeting—but not in any bad way. Members of the council needed to discuss and make decisions on a number of electrical issues arising out of local projects underway. The need ..... 
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Whalan approves building permits, plans for Town Hall Celebration on September 28

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

By Steve Harris The coming and going of buildings in the City of Whalan was the topic for discussion and decisions at the September 9 city council meeting, with permits being approved for two current projects. A permit was approved for the moving o ..... 
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Whalan’s “Movie Night” is Planned

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

By Steve Harris Whalan’s recently refurbished Town Hall has new sidewalks in place, and a new lawn is in the planning stages, all in time for the August 17 Movie Night event, the City Council learned at their July 8 meeting. This will be the fo ..... 
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Whalan Stand Still Parade Report received at June 10th city council meeting

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

By Steve Harris The sun made a rare and welcome appearance in May during Whalan’s 18th Annual Stand Still Parade, leading to another fun and successful event, Whalan’s city council heard at their June 10th meeting. “Our unofficial count sh ..... 
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