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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 from his position with 18 months left in his term when his purchase of a new family home outside of Whalan’s city limits prevented him from holding local office.

Berekvam, who served as Whalan’s mayor prior to Johnson’s election, was appointed by the Whalan City Council as its new head at its monthly meeting held on June 8, 2015. The vote was unanimous.

The council also received a final financial report from the Stand Still Parade Committee regarding this year’s Parade that took place on May 16, 2015. The total profit after all expenses was $4,077, reported Joan Johnson from the Committee. That compares to a profit of $3,095.47 last year.

“We deeply appreciate all the help from the many volunteers, and the donations that helped make the Parade successful again this year,” Joan Johnson said. “We could not hold the parade without the wonderful support we receive. For a five-hour event, to come away with that amount of profit is really good, in my opinion.”

“That was certainly a great day,” Mayor Larry Johnson said, “although we all know that it takes much more than a day to pull everything together.”

Some 2015 Stand Still Parade “fun facts”

• At noon on May 16 there were an estimated 1,027 people at the parade. (That compares to approximately 1,000 at the same time a year ago, and to the 956 estimated at that time at the 2013 Parade).

• 573 rounds of lefse were purchased.

• Donations came from the following sponsors: Tri-Country Electric, the City of Whalan, AcenTek, Cedar Valley Resort, the Salsa Guy, Merchants Bank, the Lanesboro Sales Commission, and an anonymous gift.

Joan Johnson reported the following disbursement plan for parade profits:

One-third will go to Whalan Lutheran Church.

One-third will go to the City of Whalan for additional improvements to the town plaza, such as landscaping, painting, etc.

One-third will go to the Stand Still Parade Committee for future parade start-up costs. “It also helps cover us,” Joan explained, “for possible rain-out situations in the future.”

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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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Whalan City Council talks Fire Department funding, siren repair

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan City Council’s monthly meeting on February 9, 2015, focused on brief discussions concerning the Lanesboro Rural Fire Department funding changes, the status of the town’s siren repairs, and other needed maintenance projects. A meet ..... 
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Whalan City council confirms officers, plans for 2015

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan City Council began the new year at its January 12, 2015, meeting by swearing in its officers and confirming a slate of official business connections. Returning Mayor Larry Johnson and Council members Everett Johnson and Jim Gustavson were ..... 
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Whalan council approves 2015 tax levy at December 8 Meeting

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan city council voted at its December 8, 2014 meeting to approve the town’s 2015 tax levy increase at 2 percent, as previously discussed at its October council meeting. By law, that proposed tax could have been adjusted downward by the c ..... 
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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 le ..... 
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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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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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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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