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Author Candace Simar to appear at the Stand Still Parade

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Pequot Lakes author, Candace Simar, will attend the 2013 Stand Still Parade in Whalan, Minn. on May 18. The granddaughter of immigrants, Simar writes historical fiction about Norwegian immigrants during the 1862 Sioux Uprising and the decade following.

Her most recent novel, “Blooming Prairie,” published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, is a finalist for the 2013 Spur Award.

This final novel in the Abercrombie Trail Series portrays familiar characters from Abercrombie Trail (2009), Pomme De Terre (2010) and Spur Award-winning Birdie (2011). Simar’s descriptive writing and vivid imaginings accurately depict the stark isolation and many challenges faced by Scandinavian immigrants struggling to tame the land.

“I write about real Minnesota history and fictional Norwegians,” Simar said during a recent interview. “All my life I’ve daydreamed how it might have been to live through the earliest days of Minnesota and wondered how historical events impacted ordinary people’s lives.”

The Abercrombie Trail Series is a must read for anyone who wants to learn more about Norwegians in early Minnesota and who appreciates top-notch, well researched fictional writing.

Candace Simar has also published Farm Girls with the help of her sister, Angela Foster. Farm Girls is a coffee table book of stories and poems about growing up on a Minnesota dairy farm.

“If you learned to swear in Norwegian or shared a two-holer outhouse with your cousin, you’ll enjoy the poetry and prose of these sisters. From memories of Norwegian ancestors and growing up on a Minnesota dairy farm to dreams of Oprah’s couch and rapping with Eminem, Farm Girls will take you back to the days of rural schools, moon light, star light, hope to see a ghost tonight and the auction of the family farm.”

Please look for Candace at the Stand Still Parade. She’d love to visit with you about your family stories. For complete schedule of events log on to
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Stan’s Still to appear at the Whalan Stand Still Parade

By Kevin Blanchard

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Back by popular demand, “Stan’s Still at the Parade” will once again make an appearance at the Stand Still Parade on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 in Whalan MN. You will not want to miss this once a year opportunity to meet and chat with the now i ..... 
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‘The Solid Gold Band” to perform

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

The Solid Gold Band will be providing the musical entertainment for the Stand Still Parade activities on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Since this year’s theme is “Back to The 50’s and 60’s” the band will be providing music that should bring back ..... 
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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 meeti ..... 
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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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