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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 agenda. “Knock on wood,” said Mayor Larry Johnson. “We hope that continues as we move towards spring.”

The Trail Towns Committee reported that the Destination Medical Center (DMC) project—an initiative of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.—is moving ahead. Mayo officials are currently in the process of soliciting input from the towns of southeast Minnesota, including Whalan and the eight other towns that comprise the Trail Town partnership.

What do they want to know? How to encourage Mayo clients to visit Bluff Country when they find themselves in Rochester for Mayo Clinic appointments.

“They want us to give them ideas,” explained Trail Town Committee member Char Johnson. “They will not be coming up with the ideas themselves, necessarily. It might be ideas like running a bus for tourists from Rochester to our area on a regular basis, or for special events, but they really do want our creative ideas.”

The next Trail Town Committee is on March 10, so Whalan residents are encouraged to pass along ideas through them to the DMC planners.

Discussion was held concerning Whalan’s lodging establishments, and specifically if any changes are needed to local lodging ordinances. “We can regulate lodging in our city,” said Mayor Johnson. “For example, should lodging be limited? We can discuss that as needed. Current ordinances can be evaluated and changed if that is what Whalan wants to do.”

It was explained that lodging taxes now collected go to Lanesboro’s Chamber of Commerce to be used in partnership with other chamber lodging businesses for area promotion and advertising. That partnership developed in the early ‘90s when local businesses banded together to share advertising costs. (The 3 percent lodging tax is payable by the 10th of every month). Two new lodging facilities are currently under construction in Whalan. The two houses—which will eventually be sold—will initially be daily rental properties when they are completed this year.

Whalan had representatives attend the Lanesboro Volunteer Fire Department meeting on February 10 that was scheduled to include discussion on a possible fo .....
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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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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 hi ..... 
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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, 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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