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Grant application for Eagle Cliff Trail Spur


Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

By Karen Reisner

The owners of Eagle Cliff Campground had requested that Fillmore County be the sponsor for a grant application to the Minnesota DNR to finance a bicycle trail in the Hwy 16 right of way near Whalan. At the board’s March 12 meeting the board agreed to be the sponsor. An agreement between the owners and the county drafted by county attorney Brett Corson was discussed and approved.

Over the last few years there has been an effort to create a trail connecting the campground to the state trail at Whalan so campground residents can have a safer way to get to the state trail. Campground bicyclists have been making their way to the state trail along the edge of Hwy 16. Commissioner Duane Bakke noted that MnDot would have preferred the trail spur to be located outside of the state right of way through use of private land. Then, the county had made a request that MnDot widen the shoulders as a possible solution. Since, MnDot has agreed to the trail spur being constructed within the state right of way.

County Engineer Ron Gregg said the DNR is in favor of getting the bicycle traffic off of Hwy 16 for safety reasons. It was estimated two years ago that the trail spur would cost less than $40,000.

The grant application to the DNR Regional Trail Grant Program must be submitted by March 31. The county will be required to pay the 25 percent matching funds for the grant up front if the grant is awarded. Eagle Cliff Campground owners have agreed to reimburse the county all of the matching funds within three years at an amount of at least $5,000 per year. They have also agreed to maintain the trail for no less than twenty years. Since the county is responsible to see that the maintenance is adequate, if Eagle Cliff fails to do proper maintenance, the county will do the maintenance and charge the owners of the campground for the work. The trail will be open for public use.

Community Corrections, Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted (DFO)

Olmsted County program manager Curt Petzel and retiring DFO director Doug Lambert introduced community correction staff working in Fillmore County. Lambert said he was pleased with the 2013-2014 joint powers agreement. He reminisced about how the probation programs have grown over the last 30 to 40 years throughout the state. He added that we now do a lot better job with offenders than we did decades ago. With Lambert’s retirement Shelley McBride will s .....
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New town hall for Whalan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Whalan, Minnesota has just 63 people within its borders. Sixty-three people with a lot of heart and a desire to protect and revitalize a part of the town’s heritage. The town hall, a modest, two-story building, was constructed in the late 1800s ..... 
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City of Whalan

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Whalan Legals

Public Hearing is scheduled for the City of Whalan Monday, October 1, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. The topic will be 1) City Comprehensive Land Use Plan and 2) City Zoning Ordinance The location is at the Whalan City Hall Publish 17,24

Larry E. Nielsen

Mon, Aug 27th, 2012
Posted in Whalan Obituaries

Larry E. Nielsen, 78, of Whalan and formerly of Rushford, died on Saturday, August 25th at his home, surrounded by his family, following a 22 month battle with cancer. Larry was born on April 5, 1934, in Albert Lea, Minn. to Niels K. and Dennise (Pe ..... 
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Free wagon rides along the Lanesboro-Whalen State Trail

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Whalan The Great Outdoors

The Annual Wagon Ride along the Root River is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2012, beginning at the Sylvan Park in Lanesboro. Tractor pulled wagons will carry participants from the Sylvan Park in Lanesboro then travel to Whalen and back to ..... 
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Outdoor movie and music night in Whalan

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Whalan Commentary

How did it all begin? In June, 2010 the Whalan Hall Restoration Committee was formed. Our goal: To renovate the old town hall that was built in 1898 and in bad repair. The City of Whalan started things rolling by earmarking $20,000 for the projec ..... 
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Dorothy Blagsvedt

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in Whalan Obituaries

Dorothy Blagsvedt Dorothy Marie Blagsvedt, age 86, of Sacred Heart, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at the RenVilla Nursing Home in Renville. Dorothy Marie Blagsvedt was born on October 13, 1925, on the family farm near Whalan, Minnesota to Martin ..... 
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Whalan special meeting

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Whalan Legals

Whalan special meeting The city of Whalan will be holding a special council meeting on Monday, May 21 at 5:00pm at City Hall. They will be discussing the garbage contract and the well service fee. Publish 14,21

Whalan Stand Still Parade

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Whalan All

On Saturday, May 19, at 11:00 the Whalan Stand Still Parade is on the move again. Meet Vincent, the Gypsy horse, bred to pull the colorful, historic Gypsy vardos (wagons). He is handsome, strong and gentle and will bring along some folks to tell yo ..... 
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