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Whalan Stand Still Parade moves local residents


Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Stan and his still at the Whalan Stand Still parade. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

The residents of the small town of Whalan, Minn. opened their community and their hearts on Saturday, May 18, 2013 to make visitors feel as if they were “home” for the day. Many in attendance do call Whalan home, and many volunteers from surrounding communities treasure Whalan like it is their home. As the serenity of the little town gave way to bustling streets and different sounds in every direction the excitement grew as big as the temporary population.

Standing back and watching as old friends run into each other and say the usual “hello” and “how have you been” occasionally turns into “remember when…” which brings a certain look of reminiscence on the faces of those involved in the conversation and warms the heart of anyone privileged enough to be paying attention. These moments and many others are what make the Whalan Stand Still Parade a special day.

An additional reason the parade is special, and the cause of it becoming famous, is because the parade doesn’t move. Hence the name Whalan “Stand Still” Parade. The parade stands in place as the spectators walk. There are several advantages to a parade standing still. First of all taking photographs of the parade entries is not a challenge! An additional benefit to a “stand still” parade is the fact that a spectator can move at their own pace and take more time to appreciate the entries. Perhaps the greatest benefit is that instead of sitting with the same few people to watch the parade the crowd is constantly moving and changing giving visitors a chance to not only run into old friends but to meet new acquaintances who may become old friends.

This year marked the Eighteenth annual Whalan Stand Still Parade which seems to draw a larger crowd each year. The theme for the day was “Back to the 50’s and 60’s” and festivities began with the introduction of the Grand Marshal. The Grand Marshall for 2013 was Jean Halvorson who lived in Whalan for many years before moving to Lanesboro, Minn. Jean now resides at Harmony Community Healthcare in Harmony, Minn.

Emcee Phil Dybing then introduced Glen Jensson who sang the National Anthem after which the Whalan Stand Still Parade began. Participants and visitors enjoyed the varied and diverse entries. At the start of the parade sat the Whalan American Legion members joined by a few Lanesboro members as well. Additional entries were many antiqu .....
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Magician to perform at Stand Still Parade

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Magician Kristoffer Olson will be dazzling the crowd with his magic at the Stand Still Parade in Whalan on Saturday, at 1pm, May 18th. Kristoffer Olson has a mind that can fluidly switch between art and science. He can solve a Rubik’s Cube in un ..... 
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Back to the 50s and 60s Day at the Whalan Stand Still Parade

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

On Saturday May, 18th at 11:00 a.m., the Whalan Stand Still Parade will once again be standing in position for its eighteenth year. This year’s theme Back to the 50s and 60s should bring back some great memories for the more mature visitor, and no ..... 
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Author Candace Simar to appear at the Stand Still Parade

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Pequot Lakes author, Candace Simar, will attend the 2013 Stand Still Parade in Whalan, Minn. on May 18. The granddaughter of immigrants, Simar writes historical fiction about Norwegian immigrants during the 1862 Sioux Uprising and the decade followi ..... 
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Stan’s Still to appear at the Whalan Stand Still Parade

By Kevin Blanchard

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Back by popular demand, “Stan’s Still at the Parade” will once again make an appearance at the Stand Still Parade on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 in Whalan MN. You will not want to miss this once a year opportunity to meet and chat with the now i ..... 
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‘The Solid Gold Band” to perform

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

The Solid Gold Band will be providing the musical entertainment for the Stand Still Parade activities on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Since this year’s theme is “Back to The 50’s and 60’s” the band will be providing music that should bring back ..... 
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Grant application for Eagle Cliff Trail Spur

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

By Karen Reisner The owners of Eagle Cliff Campground had requested that Fillmore County be the sponsor for a grant application to the Minnesota DNR to finance a bicycle trail in the Hwy 16 right of way near Whalan. At the board’s March 12 meeti ..... 
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New town hall for Whalan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Whalan, Minnesota has just 63 people within its borders. Sixty-three people with a lot of heart and a desire to protect and revitalize a part of the town’s heritage. The town hall, a modest, two-story building, was constructed in the late 1800s ..... 
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City of Whalan

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Whalan Legals

Public Hearing is scheduled for the City of Whalan Monday, October 1, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. The topic will be 1) City Comprehensive Land Use Plan and 2) City Zoning Ordinance The location is at the Whalan City Hall Publish 17,24
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