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Visitors move quickly to attend Stand Still Parade


Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Whalan Features

James and Hilda’s Lolligobs were a sweet treat during the Whalan Stand Still Parade 2014. Photo by Barb Jeffers

A horse with a mustache, a barbershop quartet, warm lefse, and classic cars were only a few of the attractions at this year’s Stand Still Parade in Whalan, Minn. on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

The 19th annual Stand Still parade is one of the most unique parades in the country as the parade does not move - the spectators do. The unusual parade has drawn attention from around the world and did so again this year with a crew from the national PBS station based out of Chicago coming to the parade. The crew, which consisted of a producer, a cameraman, and a reporter were filming for an upcoming show titled “Wild Travels”, according to Joan Johnson who was co-chair for this year’s parade along with her husband Ernie.

The crew spent many hours filming and interviewing attendees, will be included in the show that footage that is expected to air in January 2015 on 353 PBS stations across the country.

The theme for this year’s parade was “Back to Our Roots” ,highlighting all things Norwegian which may have boosted sales of lefse and rommegrot in 2014. Roger Hellesvig, a Norwegian historian, was on hand to share his knowledge and gift of storytelling.

The activities for this year’s parade began at 10 a.m. with an eclectic mix of crafters, artists, and demonstrations. Some of the demonstrations included how rope is made and anyone interested could make their own piece of rope to take home with them. Another was Lund Horseshoeing giving a demonstration and of course visitors must take the time to watch lefse being made by such seasoned professionals as those in the gazebo.

Artists in attendance had many original items for sale including oil paintings by Pat Smith and watercolors by Carol Young. Stained glass, ironworks, pottery, wooden signs, jewelry, wind chimes, and many other interesting articles could be found along the bike trail in Whalan.

Root River Lures, LLC had a wide variety of lures for those who love to fish and Crooked Pine Soap had many luxurious soaps made with goat milk to get cleaned up after that fishing trip. Sweet treats were available from James and Hilda’s Lolligobs which are old fashioned hard candy suckers in many flavors like marshmallow, butterscotch, and creamsicle to name a few.

Many different animals were at the Stand Still parade including a gypsy horse complete with its mustache and a petting zoo with baby chicks, a goat, and tu .....
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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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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 c ..... 
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Correction

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Features

In the May 5, edition of the Fillmore County Journal there was an error in the Whalan Stand Still Parade will stand in place for 19th year press release. It was printed that pre-parade entertainment will be provided by Walter Bradley and Tom Arnold. ..... 
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Whalan Stand Still Parade will stand in place for 19th year

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Whalan All

The Whalan Stand Still Parade will be standing in position for its 19th year on Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m. in Whalan, Minn. With this year’s theme being “Back to Our Roots”, for the natives of the Whalan area that should mean “Everything Nor ..... 
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Spring water, signs and new brochures highlight Whalan’s April council meeting

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

Signs of spring were on the agenda at last Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council. One of those signs was concern about melting snow running where it probably shouldn’t; another was an effort underway to inform more people abou ..... 
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Whalan City Council learns of fire department cost studies

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the February meeting of the Lanesboro Rural Fire Department, financial issues were raised that will require more research and discussion, according to the report shared at the Whalan City Council meeting on Monday, March 10. A task force is no ..... 
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DMC tourist ideas welcomed from Whalan residents

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The temperature was still firmly stuck below zero, where it seems to have stubbornly been for weeks, last Monday night, February 10, when the Whalan City Council gathered for its monthly meeting, but no water problems or frozen pipes were on the age ..... 
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Whalan Community Center given new life

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Progress Edition

It happens almost daily. Old buildings are torn down, leveled to the ground, to make room for modern progress. In the heart of Fillmore County, in our small communities, more and more are laying claim to these historical remnants, reclaiming them not ..... 
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