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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 of a house owned by Tammy Hughes from property adjacent to the bike trail and Town Hall. (The house was moved to a new location outside of town on the afternoon of September 9).

The now-vacated property will be the site of the construction of two new rental properties sometime this fall. (Questions were raised about any existing limits and/or ordinances in Whalan regarding bed-and-breakfast properties; that matter will be researched). The Council approved the needed permits for that project as well.

Other Business

A “thank you” was received from the Taste of the Trail committee for the Council’s support of that event that took place on Saturday, September 14.

The time for Taste of the Trail in Whalan was 10a.m. to 3p.m., and featured food, fun, music, family activities and local vendors, all conveniently located by the Gazebo next to the Root River bike trail. Norwegian delicacies will be featured, along with French crepes, Irish whiskey cake, and as well as the traditional brats and hot dogs for sale. Pies from the Aroma Pie Shop, too. From 11a.m.-1p.m. there was live music in the old-fashioned cowboy theme with Roger Svabakken and Barb Mosher. There will be make-and-take craft items, face-painting, a hands-on learning activity focused on bike safety, mini-horses and more. The Whalan Museum on the second floor of the Town Hall was open for tours as well.

While committee members stated that their goal is to one day have this event be totally self-sustaining, they expressed gratitude for the town’s support, as well as for donations recently made by local businesses.

The 2014 tax levy was set at 5 percent, a decision that can be reviewed and adjusted (downward only) in December, 2013.

Street signs for the new development will soon be set in place.

A celebration and ceremonial ribbon-cutting is being planned for Saturday, September 28, to mark the completion of major improvements to the Whalan Town Hall. Over the past three-plus years the Hall has received a new foundation, been painted, received new landscaping, a deck, had extensive inside improvements, and enhanced accessibility. T .....
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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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Whalan Stand Still Parade moves local residents

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

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 volun ..... 
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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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