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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. A large turn-out of local residents engaged in thorough discussion about those changes before the council made the final determination of the five proposed zoning changes at their regular monthly meeting.

At their regular meeting, four of those proposals were passed. Those were:

1. An operation permit shall be secured prior to any business within the city limits. This permit is renewable annually. Additionally, all residential/commercial businesses must notify the County Assessor’s Office of the portion of the property that is used for the business and that portion of the property must be coded commercial with the assessors for property tax purposes prior to the issuance of the permit.

2. Cabins, lodges, sleeping quarters which are greater than 160 square feet shall obtain water, electrical and sewer/septic services. All such buildings less than or equal to 160 square feet are not required to provide those services.

3. No use shall be permitted unless it is provided with private septic system water services, electrical services, and adequate parking.

4. Update the zoning map to include the entire portion of the original City of Whalan as Residential/Commercial. The Saint James Subdivision will remain residential and the agricultural areas will remain as is.

One additional proposal which would have limited detached accessory buildings to a height restriction of one story not exceeding 15 feet in height was not approved by the council. That proposal will receive additional study and discussion at a later time in the Zoning Committee before being returned to the city council for a vote at a future date.

In other Whalan City Council business:

• Mayor Larry Johnson announced that due to his family’s upcoming relocation to a new home outside of Whalan’s city limits, he will soon need to vacate his council position and his role as Mayor of Whalan. The council will follow approved guidelines as to the naming of a replacement mayor when that happens later this year. Mayor Johnson has served approximately five months of his latest two-year term.

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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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Calvin Jorris Syvertson

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Obituaries

Calvin Jorris Syvertson Calvin J. Syvertson, 89, of Pikeville, formerly of Melrose, Wisc., passed away at an area hospital on January 18, 2015. Calvin was a second generation dairy farmer prior to retiring and moving to Pikeville. Earlier he live ..... 
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Lodging options expand in Whalan

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Progress Edition

Those traveling through Whalan may have noticed two additions to the community landscape – Willow Cottage along Main Street, and Cycling Up Inn on Bench street, overlooking the golf course. Both buildings are available as rental lodgings and ar ..... 
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Whalan City council confirms officers, plans for 2015

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan City Council began the new year at its January 12, 2015, meeting by swearing in its officers and confirming a slate of official business connections. Returning Mayor Larry Johnson and Council members Everett Johnson and Jim Gustavson were ..... 
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Whalan council approves 2015 tax levy at December 8 Meeting

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan city council voted at its December 8, 2014 meeting to approve the town’s 2015 tax levy increase at 2 percent, as previously discussed at its October council meeting. By law, that proposed tax could have been adjusted downward by the c ..... 
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Whalan’s emergency siren silenced; repairs underway, council learns

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

Whalan’s “emergency siren” is currently not working, but plans are underway for corrective measures to change that, the Whalan City Council learned at its monthly meeting on October 13. An apparent water leak at the top of the siren pole, a le ..... 
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