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Stand Still Parade, new trail map highlight Whalan’s June council meeting

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the Whalan City Council meeting on Monday, June 9, the council received positive news on a number of recent projects and events. The Stand Still Parade Committee presented their final financial report to the Council, showing a net profit of $3,095.47 (on income of $6,770.75) for the event held on May 17. The parade enjoyed (mostly) good weather and strong attendance.

That profit will be disbursed equally to the Whalan Lutheran Church, the Parade Committee (for preparations for future parade expenses), and to the City for town improvements.

“We really appreciate the council’s continuing support of the Stand Still Parade,” said Joan Johnson, Chair of the Stand Still Parade Committee. “This year’s parade was another great success, thanks to the hard work of so many volunteers.”

The Whalan City Council had contributed $400 to the parade, one of a number of donations that totaled $1,453.95. Other financial contributors included AcenTek, Cedar Valley Resort, Merchants Bank, and the Tri-County Electric Cooperative. Additional donations came from local residents, the Aroma Pie Shoppe, WWT Signs, and others.

“This reminds me of snowflakes,” said Johnson. “One of us working alone can’t accomplish much, but when we all come together, just look at what we can do!”

Johnson also shared the news that the Chicago PBS television station that was filming at the parade is planning a story tentatively scheduled for telecast in January, 2015. “The show will be one in a series called ‘Wild Travels,” said Johnson. “It has the potential to be shown on more than 350 PBS stations nationwide. They were very pleased with the video footage they took at the parade.”

Mayor Larry Johnson expressed the council’s thanks, as well. “We want to thank all the volunteers who work hard to help our little community keep moving in the right direction.”

Next year’s Stand Still Parade in Whalan is scheduled for May 16, 2015.

The council also received a report on a second event. On Friday, June 6, the new Whalan Trail Map was officially “turned over” to the City by the Trail Town Committee. The new map, located adjacent to the Root River Bike Trail in Whalan’s town park, shows the entire Trail Town system, and updates an earlier map created years ago. All nine trail towns have received a new trail map with support from a $2,600 grant from the Tri-County Electric Cooperative. Wes Harding, Whalan’s representative on the Trail Towns Committee, Joan Johnson, and Mayor Johnson, attended the June 6 event, as did Ted Kjos, Vice President of Marketing/External Relations for Tri-County, Brenda Tesch, Public Relations Director for Tri-County, and a number of Whalan residents.

The Whalan City Council also received copies of the recently updated Whalan brochure at its June 9 meeting. Harding had earlier asked the council for support for the project, and expressed thanks for that support and the finished product.

“This brochure is another useful tool to help us show pride in our community, and to invite people from all over the state to visit Whalan,” said Wes. “I believe we have the prettiest, most pristine area for bikers to stop and rest on the entire Trail. We want to thank the council for the support of this brochure project that will help get the message out about all that Whalan offers.”

A total of 5,000 brochures were printed, at a cost of approximately 14 cents per copy, and will be available in Red Wing, Winona, Preston, Lanesboro, Harmony, Rushford, Rochester, and other cities.

Other Business

There was follow-up discussion on the water drainage issue near Butch Culbertson’s property. “I went there during a recent rain storm to check out the drainage,” said Mayor Johnson. “The water was moving, but a low spot definitely exists where water collects. We need to determine what the best long-term solution can be.” No further action was taken on the situation at this time.

Two Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) recently donated to Whalan by the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department need accessible locations, the Council was told. At present the AEDs will be at the Town Hall and at the Cedar Valley Resort main office.

The issue of “dust control” on Everyday Road and Deep River Road was discussed. Chuck Larson will be contracted for work on that situation.

The next Whalan City Council Meeting will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the Whalan Town Hall.

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