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Kjell Olav Nordlie


Tue, Nov 26th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Obituaries

Kjell Olav Nordlie, the son of Kaare and Magna “Kjenner” Nordlie was born on September 3, 1946, in Sarpsborg, Norway. He grew up in the Sarpsborg, Norway area where he attended school. He later attended Oslo Teachers College where he received his teacher’s degree.

On July 12, 1969, Kjell was united in marriage to Elaine Lea at the Highland Lutheran Church in rural Whalan, Minnesota. Together they made their home in Rade, Ostfold, Norway for 14 years. Kjell was employed as a teacher in a girl’s school for several years and later became a Superintendent of Schools while living in Norway. In 1983, Kjell and Elaine:moved to Dassel, where he started to work for Prudential Insurance and later became self-employed selling insurance and as a financial broker. He loved helping his clients and considered many of them his friends.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially enjoyed his children and grandchildren. His wife Elaine was the joy of his life and they folk danced and traveled to many destinations together. In May of 2013, Kjell was proud to become a United States Citizen. He enjoyed golfing, skiing, and having coffee with the guys in the morning. He loved to help people and always said “Hi” with a smile. He was an avid sports fan, often being found watching or listening to the Twins, Vikings, or University of Minnesota Gophers. He will be missed by his family and his many friends.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Nordlie of Dassel, daughters, Catherine (Jon) Young of Dassel, and Cecilie (Dan) Sangren of Cokato, granddaughters, Gabrielle Hoffman, Sophie Hoffman, Sydney Sangren, Caitlin Young, and Carlie Young and a sister, Anne Marie Haugen of Fredrikstad, Norway.

He was preceded ,in death by his daughter, Christine Nordlie and his parents.

Funeral service was on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Steven Olson officiating.

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, Wha ..... 
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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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