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Whalan Council acknowledges new city officials

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in Whalan Government

By Barb Jeffers

During its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Whalan City Council announced the newly elected city officials. In the two year, mayoral seat is Marlys Tuftin. New council members include Owen B. Lewis - four year term, Kim Berekvam - two year term and Wyatt Berekvam - two year term.

Motion by Johnson, second by Smith, to accept the results of the election. Motion carried.

Councilmembers who will be ending their service are Mayor Rory Berekvam and Councilmembers Margaret Chiglo, Johnny Halvorson and John Smith. Councilmember Everett Johnson continues his term as council member.


Minutes from the October 10, 2016 meeting were read by City Clerk Lolly Melander. Motion by Johnson, second by Chiglo, to accept minutes as read. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report

Expenses for the month totaled $10,037.96 which included a bid for tree removal by Norby Tree Service of Mabel, Minn., in the amount of $4,500, as well as payment in the amount of $1,500 for work done by Norby Tree Service in 2015 which was not billed until now. Balance in checking after bills are paid is $67,949.24. Motion by Smith, second by Johnson, to accept treasurer’s report and bills due. Motion carried.

Visitor comments

Owen Lewis informed the council that he will be ordering grills for the park now to take advantage of off-season pricing. The grills will be placed in the park in the spring.

Old Business

City Attorney Terry Chiglo attended the meeting to discuss the city council’s options in regards to an ongoing issue with an unmaintained property. The property is considered a “junk yard” by the council in its current condition.

Chiglo has made numerous attempts to make contact with the homeowner by mail as well as in person by knocking on the door of the residence, which have all been unsuccessful.

The procedure is to see if there are things that appear to be a nuisance on the property. Chiglo states there appears to be “a lot of things” that seem to be unusable on the property in question.

A certified letter was sent to the homeowner on September 14, 2016, giving the homeowner 30 days to come into compliance. There has been no response to the letter.

The process now is the city will have to make a determination on what course the city would lik .....
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Whalan Town Hall to get new roof

Mon, Oct 24th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Government

After a generous donation of $1,000 from Taste of the Trail, which will be added to city funds, the town hall in Whalan, Minn. will be receiving a new roof. Total cost of the project is $2,801.47. Minutes Minutes from the September 2016 meeting ..... 
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Whalan receives donation

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Government

By Barb Jeffers The Whalan City Council met on September 12, 2016 with all council members present including City Clerk Lolly Melander. Several visitors also attended the meeting. The Whalan church has given the city a check in the amount of $31 ..... 
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Whalan plans street improvements

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan City Council met on August 8, 2016 with all council members present. Minutes Minutes from the July 11, 2016 meeting were read with two minor changes being made. Motion by Johnson, second by Chiglo, to approve minutes. Motion carried. ..... 
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City of Whalan Notice of Filing for City Election

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Legals

City of Whalan Notice of Filing for City Election Notice is hereby given that at the City of Whalan’s general election shall be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The following offices shall be filled: • Mayor (two year term) • Council ..... 
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Whalan City Council meets during heat wave

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Government

By Barb Jeffers With temperatures near 90º and high humidity, the Whalan City Council met on July 11, 2016. All council members were present. Minutes Minutes from the June 2016 meeting were read. Motion by Chiglo, second by Halvorson, to ap ..... 
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First annual bike tour kicks off with free concert in Whalan

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

The Rutabaga Brothers will be performing a free concert in Whalan on Thursday, July 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Whalan’s softball field. The concert is the kick-off for the first annual Root River Bluff and Valley Bicycle Tour. The public is invit ..... 
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Whalan City Council grants special liquor license

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Government

By Barb Jeffers The Whalan City Council met for its regular monthly meeting on June 13, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. and quickly moved forward with agenda items. Present were Mayor Rory Berekvam along with council members Johnny Halvorson, Margaret Chiglo, J ..... 
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Brake for Treasures on the Trail

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Features

We are very lucky to have a jewel like the Root River State Trail in our backyard and now the bike trail through Whalan, Minn. will bring you to a hidden treasure. After retiring from a full-time job as an office manager in Forest Lake, Minn., Jan ..... 
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