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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 for electricity at a recently moved house in town led to a discussion on the city’s role in the digging of trenches for power lines to go underground, and whether or not it would be in the city’s (and homeowner’s) best interests to encase those wires in PVC pipe to protect them from the gnawing of area critters. The consensus was that such protection would be a good idea. Policies will be established in consultation with the electric company to help guide similar situations in the future. The wires will be enclosed.

A second electrical matter concerned a July 20, 2013, letter to Whalan from Tri-County Electric (tabled from last month’s council meeting) asking how the city would like to deal with the idle service now existing on its town property water pump site. Tri-County’s policy is to remove an idle or unused service because it is not cost-efficient to continue maintenance and repairs at such locations. (They can also become safety hazards.) The letter stated that Whalan could continue service at the site, but it would cost the city a $348 annual fee, due each June. The council decided to disconnect the service (which has not been used in some time) and to rely on a portable generator if a water need arises.

And a third discussion on electricity focused on a preliminary observation by Tri-County of possible “over-clustering” on a utility pole near the construction of two new homes in town adjacent to the bike trail. The best options for that situation will be evaluated after further discussions with Tri-County staff.

In other Whalan

City Council business:

A special City Council meeting will be called for October 30, 2013, at 5 p.m., to consider a requested new construction variance. Notice about the meeting will go out to Whalan residents.

Discussion was held regarding the state and future of the Township Recycling Shed that sits on Whalan property. Research will be done to determine who is responsible for how and when this site can be cleaned up this fall.

It was noted that a log-jam exists under the bridge, an item referred for County consideration.
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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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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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