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Whalan City Council approves new town brochure for DMC meeting on the 18th

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

Next Monday evening, November 18, the topic of Rochester’s Destination Medical Center (DMC) will take center stage at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., and thanks to speedy work from local residents and support from its city council, Whalan will be well-represented with new materials that will highlight the fun, spirit and tourist-focused amenities of “The Little Town That Could.”

At its November 11 meeting, the city council approved a donation of $150 towards preparation for the DMC event which will begin to connect Rochester leaders with leaders from the nine trail towns in southeast Minnesota. Projections are that over the next decade the nearly $6 billion expansion of the Mayo Clinic and Rochester infrastructure will bring tens of thousands of new jobs and new people (including tourists) into this part of the state. Whalan is one of the small, tourist-friendly towns that could well benefit from those projections.

“We want people to know about Whalan, about the bike trail, our festivals, the fishing, Ernie’s Station, the Aroma Pie Shop, our Stand Still Parade, and so many nice things that people can visit and enjoy in this part of our state,” Wes Harding, a member of the Trail Towns Committee, told the Whalan City Council. “We could potentially see a lot of people visiting here in the next years as this plan develops, and we need to get the word out about what we have to offer.”

That was the vision behind Harding’s work to develop a new brochure about Whalan that is scheduled to be printed in time for the meeting next Monday night. The multi-colored piece invites people to “discover what you have been missing in the heart of southeast Minnesota’s Bluff Country,” and lists out attractions and amenities of Whalan. There will also be a Whalan information table at the meeting on the 18.

The brochure includes the tag line of “Whalan: The Little Town That Could,” that is also featured on new signage in the town.

The council approved $100 towards the design and printing costs of the brochure, an amount that will be supplemented by donations from other Whalan residents and groups, including the Trail Towns Committee, and an additional $50 to go towards the rental of the theater facility on November 18. All of the trail towns are donating towards that rental cost.

“We could see this brochure having a wider use for promoting the town of Whalan,” said Harding. “You never know when word gets out how many people will hear about Whalan and perhaps plan a visit to the area.”

(For more information about that at the Commonweal next Monday, contact the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the “trail towns,” visit www.rootrivertrail.org).

other Whalan City Council business on November 11:

•New street signs have been delivered (for James Street and Riverview Street) and will be installed in the near future.

•The town’s new leaf removal equipment is now in use and has already proven to be a beneficial upgrade.

•The Township recycling shed discussed last month has been removed.

•The pile of logs has been removed from under the bridge by the County and it is expected that the debris will be burned next spring.

•(from the October 30 Special Meeting) The policy has been established that the city will now pay for the placement of overhead electrical lines or the underground trenching of electrical lines (the cost is virtually the same, according to Tri-County Electric) for new structures, with a maximum length limit of 150 feet.

•(from the October 30 Special Meeting) Two variances were approved in regards to the property work of Doug Johnson.

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