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Whalan Council talks Taste of the Trail and trees at August meeting


Sat, Aug 15th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The need for some town maintenance and repairs, and a preview of Whalan’s participation in the upcoming Taste of the Trail event on September 12, highlighted the August meeting of the Whalan City Council on August 10, 2015.

Council members in attendance were Mayor Rory Berekvam, Everett Johnson, Margaret Chiglo and Jim Gustavson. Absent was Dave Rahn, from whom the council is still awaiting his decision regarding his continuation as a council member. Town Clerk Lolly Melander was also present. The minutes of July’s meeting were unanimously approved, as was the treasurer’s report.

Maintenance issues included an assessment that trimming is needed around town electric poles, and that a number of dead trees are issues of a somewhat urgent matter, given their proximity to power lines. Resident Randy Willenberg addressed the council about dead trees near his property, mostly Chinese Elms, that need to be taken down. Council discussion led to a decision to contact Dave Norby’s tree service for a full assessment and recommendation about needed dead tree removal throughout Whalan.

There was also continued discussion about the condition of Whalan roads and some major potholes that need attention. Plans were discussed to get a bid for seal-coating from J.C. Nerstad, hopefully by the end of August.

Taste of the Trail committee member Wes Harding announced to the council that September 12 will be the date of Whalan’s participation in the annual Taste of the Trail event. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will offer town visitors a “taste” of local culture, foods, and friendliness.

The Taste of the Trail is organized by the Taste of the Trail committee, in partnership with Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources.

“Depending on the weather, we could see nearly 1,000 people come through Whalan that day,” said Harding. He noted that preparations are well underway, and that nearly 20 volunteers will be involved in the activities, as well as a number of local businesses.

Over three weekends in September, the nine Trail Towns will each host a “Taste” event. Whalan, Peterson, and Lanesboro are scheduled for the first event weekend on September 12.

Whalan visitors will be invited to taste some Norwegian fare and special activities, including live music from musician Charlie Warner from Canton. Food items to sample will inclu .....
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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 ..... 
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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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