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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 for current building projects in the town. Previous minutes and the Treasurer’s Report & Bills Due were presented and unanimously approved by the council.

All members of the Whalan City Council were in attendance, except for council member Dave Rahn. City Clerk Lolly Melander was also present.

Mayor Berekvam took the oath of office to fill out the remainder of Larry Johnson’s term that will go through 2016. Johnson resigned last month due to his family’s recent move to a new residence beyond Whalan’s town limits. Berekvam is not new to the position—he had previously served as Whalan’s mayor once before.

There was minimal discussion about gravel needs for current pothole and street maintenance needs in Whalan. One street in particular was noted to have 5-6 major potholes needing attention. A load of gravel will soon be ordered and repairs will begin.

It was noted that there will be a meeting of the Lanesboro Rural Fire Department on Wednesday, July, at 7 p.m., at the Carlton shed (located in Lanesboro). That meeting, with representatives from all the local townships, is expected to focus on equipment issues. Mayor Berekvam, City Clerk Lolly Melander, and council member Everett Johnson volunteered to attend that meeting to represent Whalan.

A conditional use permit requested by Jane Lewis who is opening a boutique in Whalan was unanimously approved, as was a building permit requested by Alesha Sween for a new deck and repair work on the front entry of her residence.

A letter from the Whalan Council to council member Dave Rahn regarding his decision to remain on the council has not been answered to date. Rahn had verbally communicated to the council regarding his extensive upcoming travel schedule that will preclude his attendance at council meetings. The council will await his needed official and written notification before proceeding with the matter of a council seat vacancy.

The need for all Whalan businesses to obtain a Yearly Business License was confirmed and approved by the council, a matter discussed in recent Whalan meetings. The License will cost $15 a year. This policy will go into effect on Jan .....
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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 Stand Still Parade

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Features

Chris Buchanan and daughter Cecielia, of Minneapolis, Minn., and part-time Whalan residents, enjoyed the food and festivities of the Whalan Stand Still parade on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Whalan Stand Still Parade

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Features

Whalan Mayor Larry Johnson and Grand Marshal for the 2015 Whalan Stand Still parade Katharine (Bell) Redmond who traveled from Pueblo, Colo. to participate in the parade.

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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A great, great honor for descendent of Whalan

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Features

The world famous Whalan Stand Still parade will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2015 in Whalan, Minn., bringing a special guest to town. Grand marshal for the 2015 Stand Still parade will be Katharine (Bell) Redmond, the great- great-granddaughter ..... 
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Whalan Stand Still Parade

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Features

By Wesley Harding The Whalan Stand Still Parade will be standing in position for its 20th year on Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m. in Whalan, Minn. Whalan will be honoring Irish immigrant David John Whaalahan (yes, that is the correct spelling!), who f ..... 
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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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Calvin Jorris Syvertson

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Obituaries

Calvin Jorris Syvertson Calvin J. Syvertson, 89, of Pikeville, formerly of Melrose, Wisc., passed away at an area hospital on January 18, 2015. Calvin was a second generation dairy farmer prior to retiring and moving to Pikeville. Earlier he live ..... 
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