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High honors for local resort owners


Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Larry and Sheryl Johnson stand in the office building/general store at Cedar Valley Resort. The Johnsons have been chosen as the Minnesota Resort and Campground Assoication’s 2013 Operators of the Year. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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 22, 23, and 24, 2013 at the Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minn., not having a clue they had been chosen. Larry and Sheryl’s children, Brittany and Luke, however, were notified in advance and kept the secret from their parents so the presentation would be a complete surprise.

The title “Operators of the Year” is a very prestigious award and to make the announcement even more meaningful is the fact that operators who are considered must be nominated by a member of the association. After nominations, the Board of Directors of the MRCA decides who will be awarded the title. The Johnson’s received a plaque and a dozen roses when the presentation occurred. This award is given by their peers which should make the Johnsons and their staff feel very proud indeed.

Larry and Sheryl purchased the land for the resort from Larry’s mother in 1999. The land has been in the family since 1928 when Larry’s grandfather took ownership and then to Larry’s parents in 1953 where Larry’s father, Gene, ran a mink farm for many years. The Johnson’s opened Cedar Valley Resort in 2001 beginning with one cabin and worked hard to keep expanding to what the resort has become today which is a total of nine cabins, along with an office building/general store and many activities for guests. The two largest cabins can accommodate groups of 40.

The cabins at Cedar Valley Resort are exactly what a person is looking for when on vacation, in the area for business, planning a family reunion, girl’s getaways, or any other reason a person finds himself or herself away from home. Each cabin is comfortable and has very nice furnishings with all of the amenities of home.

A few of the many activities that are offered at Cedar Valley Resort are basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, and disc golf. The resort also rents kayaks, canoes, tubes, bikes, cross country skis and snowshoes. Many other activities are available with the Root River running along the property as well as in the town of Whalan and nearby towns such as Lanesboro, Peterson, and Rushford, Minn.

When asked what made the couple decide to start a resort, Larry commented that while growing up his family would .....
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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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Melvin A. Olson

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Obituaries

Melvin A. Olson age 84 of Bloomington, Minn., Veteran of United States Marines, 39 year employee of Honeywell, died May 16, 2013. Melvin was born December 24, 1928 in Whalan, Minn to Andrew and Matilda Olson. He is survived by his wife of 62 ..... 
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