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Whalan Stand Still Parade will stand in place for 19th year


Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Whalan All

The Rutabaga Brothers: Pictured from L to R Damon Prestemon, Keith Zeller, Gary Marcoux, Dave Harrenstein, Craig Johnson and Lee Loerch. Photo submitted

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 Norwegian”. Whalan’s Norwegian heritage can be traced back to the late 1800’s when many descendants, of today’s residents, settled in the area because it reminded them of their home country.

The activities begin at 10 a.m. with many artists, crafters and demonstrators lining the bike trail. Pre-parade entertainment will be provided by Walter Bradley and Tom Arnold. Fitting with this year’s theme, Norwegian Historian Roger Hellesvig will be sharing some interesting Norwegian tails. At 11 a.m. the parade will take its place along Main Street. There will be an array of entries, including antique and classic cars, tractors, floats and other interesting entries for the spectators, the moving part of the parade to enjoy. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Winona Area Barbershop Quartet during the parade.

The Infamous Rutabaga Brothers will be providing the crowd with some unique musical entertainment on the main stage with 12 – 1:30 p.m. The Rutabaga Brothers will provide a mix of Rock, Rhythm, Blues and an occasional Country song for your enjoyment. From 2 – 3 p.m., The CBB Jazz Combo will provide you with some “classic big band music” which includes blues and bebop. Both groups promise to keep the visitors “moving” to the music. Bring your dancing shoes!

Back by popular demand again this year is the “Duck Pluck”. A $1 donation will give you a chance to have your duck “Plucked” from the pond and win cash or a prize. The children will have an opportunity to participate in some games at 12:30 p.m. The adults will want to test their skill at the Norwegian yard game “Kubb” as well. The pie eating contest at 1:30 p.m. always provides the crowd with some excitement. Lil’ Blue Choo will be providing free train rides thanks to the sponsorship of Tri-County Electric Cooperative and AcenTek.

A must is a visit to Stan’s Still at The Parade, Stan is always looking to make new “friends”. Look for the 1885 Hi-Wheeler and make sure you pay a visit to Ernie’s 1917 restored gas station. A visit to the newly remodeled Whalan Museum on the second floor of the town hall will provide you with some interesting historical facts about Wh .....
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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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Whalan holds cookie walk and chili feed

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Tasty comfort foods could be found at the Whalan City Hall in Whalan, Minn., on Saturday, December 14, 2013 as the Whalan Taste of the Trail Committee held a Cookie Walk and Chili Feed. The event was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. giving people plenty ..... 
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George W. Judy

Wed, Dec 18th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Obituaries

George W. Judy, age 94, formerly of Whalan, Minn., died Monday, December 16, 2013, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. George was born March 17, 1919 in Springfield, SD. In October of 1941 George served for the US army until December of 1945. During ..... 
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Whalan Council approves final tax levy for 2014

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

The City of Whalan’s tax levy for 2014 was adjusted at the December 9 Whalan City Council meeting—in a direction that should please town residents. After discussion about the previous preliminary figure of 5 percent set earlier this fall, and a ..... 
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Whalan’s Cookie Walk and Chili Feed

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Whalan’s Taste of the Trail Committee will be sponsoring a Cookie Walk and Chili Feed on Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The event will be held in the newly remodeled Whalan City Hall. Come and pick out some cookies and other treats, j ..... 
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