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Whalan City Council approves new town brochure for DMC meeting on the 18th


Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

Next Monday evening, November 18, the topic of Rochester’s Destination Medical Center (DMC) will take center stage at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., and thanks to speedy work from local residents and support from its city council, Whalan will be well-represented with new materials that will highlight the fun, spirit and tourist-focused amenities of “The Little Town That Could.”

At its November 11 meeting, the city council approved a donation of $150 towards preparation for the DMC event which will begin to connect Rochester leaders with leaders from the nine trail towns in southeast Minnesota. Projections are that over the next decade the nearly $6 billion expansion of the Mayo Clinic and Rochester infrastructure will bring tens of thousands of new jobs and new people (including tourists) into this part of the state. Whalan is one of the small, tourist-friendly towns that could well benefit from those projections.

“We want people to know about Whalan, about the bike trail, our festivals, the fishing, Ernie’s Station, the Aroma Pie Shop, our Stand Still Parade, and so many nice things that people can visit and enjoy in this part of our state,” Wes Harding, a member of the Trail Towns Committee, told the Whalan City Council. “We could potentially see a lot of people visiting here in the next years as this plan develops, and we need to get the word out about what we have to offer.”

That was the vision behind Harding’s work to develop a new brochure about Whalan that is scheduled to be printed in time for the meeting next Monday night. The multi-colored piece invites people to “discover what you have been missing in the heart of southeast Minnesota’s Bluff Country,” and lists out attractions and amenities of Whalan. There will also be a Whalan information table at the meeting on the 18.

The brochure includes the tag line of “Whalan: The Little Town That Could,” that is also featured on new signage in the town.

The council approved $100 towards the design and printing costs of the brochure, an amount that will be supplemented by donations from other Whalan residents and groups, including the Trail Towns Committee, and an additional $50 to go towards the rental of the theater facility on November 18. All of the trail towns are donating towards that rental cost.

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High honors for local resort owners

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Larry and Sheryl Johnson, owners of Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan, Minn., have been chosen as the Minnesota Resort and Campground Association’s 2013 Operators of the Year. The couple attended the three day MRCA conference which took place October ..... 
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Whalan City Council has “powerful” meeting on October 14

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

The atmosphere was “charged” at the October 14 Whalan City Council meeting—but not in any bad way. Members of the council needed to discuss and make decisions on a number of electrical issues arising out of local projects underway. The need ..... 
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Whalan approves building permits, plans for Town Hall Celebration on September 28

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

By Steve Harris The coming and going of buildings in the City of Whalan was the topic for discussion and decisions at the September 9 city council meeting, with permits being approved for two current projects. A permit was approved for the moving o ..... 
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Savor “Taste of the Trail” in Whalan, Peterson & Lanesboro on September 14

Thu, Aug 15th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during an annual trail wide event, Taste of the Trail. On September 14, the towns of Peterson, Minn., Whalan, Minn., an ..... 
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Whalan celebrates 30th anniversary of National Night Out

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Officially dubbed “America’s night out against crime,” National Night Out was organized by the National Association of Town Watch. “Dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs, the introduction of National ..... 
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Bike Trail Update

Tue, Jul 30th, 2013
Posted in Whalan The Great Outdoors

Here is the latest Trail Report: The contractor has two more expansion joints to install on the first bridge west of Whalan and one on the confluence bridge. He is doing the confluence bridge today, July 26, and the bridge near Whalan on Monday, Ju ..... 
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Whalan’s “Movie Night” is Planned

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

By Steve Harris Whalan’s recently refurbished Town Hall has new sidewalks in place, and a new lawn is in the planning stages, all in time for the August 17 Movie Night event, the City Council learned at their July 8 meeting. This will be the fo ..... 
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Whalan Stand Still Parade Report received at June 10th city council meeting

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

By Steve Harris The sun made a rare and welcome appearance in May during Whalan’s 18th Annual Stand Still Parade, leading to another fun and successful event, Whalan’s city council heard at their June 10th meeting. “Our unofficial count sh ..... 
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