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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 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.

Treasurer’s Report

Motion by Smith, second by Johnson to approve Treasurer’s Report and bills payable. Motion carried.

Visitor comments

Marlys Tuftin attended the council meeting to inform the council that the American Legion is interested in doing some landscaping by the flag pole and bell. The council appreciates the offer. Once a design plan has been created it will be presented to the council.

Elaine Olson asked the city council what happened to all the ordinances in town that were made years ago as someone’s dog was on her lawn when she was mowing and defecated. She stated she did not appreciate it. A reminder will be sent out with light bills reminding residents that no dogs are allowed at large.

Old Business

Street repair update: seal coating on main and second street. JC Nerstad of Spring Grove, Minn., bid $19,500. Pearson Brothers located in Wisconsin would not be able to do the work until next year. Motion by Johnson, second by Halvorson to approve budgeting $19,500 for street repair. Nepstad will be asked to assess the town and make a priority list of what streets should be done first.

Tree Service Update by Church was tabled until September meeting.

New Business

Wes Harding provided the council with details on Taste of the Trail, which will take place September 10, 2016. There will be an addition of a bounce house this year.

Fillmore County has received a $30,000 grant to provide bicycles for the nine trail towns. People can borrow the bikes by signing them out and returning them. Wes Harding will respectfully decline the bicycles for Whalan as there is no one to check the bikes out and take borrower’s information. The bicycles would also have to be stored.

Motion by Johnson, second by Smith, to approve paying half the cost to print 5,000 new Whalan brochures in the amount of $169.50. Taste of the Trail funds will pay the other half for a total of $339.00. Motion carried.

A permitable fee will remain for fence fees.

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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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All aboard! A brief history of the railroad in Whalan, Minnesota

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

By Kathy Ferguson Whalan is a small village that has been served by the railroad, in one way or another, for well over 100 years. Railroad history in Whalan began when the rail line was opened between Rushford and Lanesboro and its heritage continu ..... 
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Slice of heaven for new owner of Aroma Pie Shoppe

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Features

On a bike ride through beautiful bluff country, Karna Hudoba found a slice of heaven she now calls her own. While camping in Lanesboro, Minn. in August of 2015, Karna and her husband, Pat, along with two other couples went for a bike ride on the R ..... 
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Whalan Standstill Parade highlights history

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

The unique and famous Standstill Parade took place in Whalan, Minn. on Saturday, May 21, 2016 and those who attended not only had a great time, but also learned a thing or two. The standstill parade’s theme this year was “All aboard, all aboar ..... 
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