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Whalan Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
Welcome to Whalan Minnesota!  Location of Whalan, Minnesota

Population: 
 Whalan (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 114 119 94 64 63 -1 -1.56
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.40 0.36 0.28 0.28 0.28 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 285.00 330.56 335.71 225.40 225.00 -0.40 -1.77
Housing Units 46 60 51 45 55 +10 +22.22
Households -- 51 42 34 32 -2 -8.33
Persons Per Household -- 2.33 2.24 1.88 1.97 +0.09 +4.79

Geography:

Whalan is a city in Fillmore County, Minnesota. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.43 square miles (1.11 km˛), of which, 0.41 square miles (1.06 km˛) of it is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km˛) of it is water. State Highway 16 is the major route through Whalan. The elevation is 791 ft (241 m) above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2010, there were 63 people, 32 households, and 14 families residing in the city. The population density was 153.7 inhabitants per square mile (59.3/km2). There were 55 housing units at an average density of 134.1 per square mile (51.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 32 households of which 18.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.1% were married couples living together, 3.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 12.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 56.3% were non-families. 53.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 46.3 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.5% were from 25 to 44; 38.1% were from 45 to 64; and 19% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 54.0% male and 46.0% female.

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History:  

WHALAN, a city in Holt, sections 8, 9, and 16, founded in 1868, is on land previously owned by John Whaalahan, "but usage dropped the redundant a's and an h, and it became Whalan." It was incorporated on February 17, 1876; the post office began in 1869.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Street scene, Whalan Minnesota, 1900's
Street scene, Whalan Minnesota, 1900's
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Government:
Whalan City Hall
224 2nd Avenue
Whalan, MN 55949
Phone:  n/a

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City Hall, Whalen Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2020 Marlys Tuftim
626 Main Street
Whalan, MN 55949
  (507) 467-3789
City Clerk/Treasurer appointed Lolly Melander
35318 Fairway Road
Lanesboro, MN 55949
Email (507) 251-6699
Council Member 12/31/2022 Kimberly Berekvam
522 New Street
Whalan, MN 55949
  (507) 467-2663
Council Member 12/31/2022 Johnny M. Halvorson
835 Oak Street
Whalan, MN 55949
  (507) 467-2666
Council Member 12/31/2020 Owen Lewis
434 Half Street
Whalan, MN 55949
  (507) 467-2015
Council Member 12/31/2020 Wyatt Berekvam
433 Half Street
Whalan, MN 55949
  (507) 884-5503

Post Office A post office was established at Whalan in 1869, and remained in operation until it was closed in 1993. Whalen is now served by the Laneboro Post Office,
US Post Office
114 Coffee Street
Lanesboro, MN
55949-8702
Phone:
(507) 467-2250
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days        8:30 am - 11:30 am
                        12:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Saturday           8:30 am - 10:00 am  

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US Post Office, Lanesboro Minnesota

Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity City of Whalan (507) 467-2667
Natural Gas n/a n/a
Wastewater n/a n/a
Water n/a n/a
Telephone Acentek (507) 896-3192
Cable TV Acentek (507) 896-3192

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees

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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Whalan Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Whalan Minnesota area


Events:
Stand Still Parade

Since the town is too small for a parade to move it was decided the parade would stand still and the spectators would do the moving. The color guard and American Legion members are always seated at the beginning of the parade, with all other units following. The units are placed on each side of the street as well as down the center. Floats and units are parked and musicians perform while standing in place. The parade stands still for one hour. During the day there is live entertainment, food provided by the local church, and artists demonstrating and selling art, children’s activities and contests.
 

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Attractions:
Ernie's 1917 Station

A 1917 restored non-operative gas station.
Ernie's 1917 Station, Whalan Minnesota
Whalan Museum
224 2nd Avenue
Whalan, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 867-3746
Web:  www.whalanmuseum.com

The Whalan Museum, an all-volunteer organization, is located on the second floor of the historic Whalan Town Hall. Our collection consists of items reminiscent of life in the early years, the original Whalan Town Hall stage curtain, railroad memorabilia, many artifacts and photos of businesses, churches, schools and individuals. Our collection also includes military items, history and plat books and many scrapbooks containing clippings and obituaries. Also available at the museum are the various visitor guides, brochures and maps.
Whalan Museum, Whalen Minnesota

Recreation:
Gator Greens Mini Golf
439 Half Street
Whalan, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 272-2149

Located on the Root River Trail 4 miles east of Lanesboro, in Whalan, is the areas finest lighted sculpted 9 hole miniature golf course. It offers a challenge each time it is played. Picnic areas are available. Call to schedule after hour tee times for groups of 4 or more.
Gator Greens Mini Golf, Whalan Minnesota
Root River State Trail

The Root River State Trail, a paved, 42-mile state trail, begins in Fountain and runs through the quaint and picturesque rural communities of Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, Rushford and Houston. Constructed on an abandoned railroad, the trail is generally level and wheelchair accessible. However, the eastern segment between Vinegar Ridge and Houston is more challenging than the western segment with a rather steep, half-mile segment that may not be suitable for all users.
Root River Trail, Whalan Minnesota


Lakes:
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Health Care:

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Schools:
Lanesboro Public School
Independent School District #229

100 Kirkwood Street E
Lanesboro, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 467-2229
Web: www.lanesboro.k12.mn.us

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  250

Churches:
Whalan Lutheran Church
516 New Street
Whalan, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 467-2398

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:
  9:00 am

 

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Resorts:
Cedar Valley Resort
905 Bench Street
Whalan, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 467-9000
Web: www.cedarvalleyresort.com

We are excited to offer a "New Minnesota Resort " (all cabins built between 2001 & 2009!!) Our Family Resort has 10 beautiful Logsided Cabins ranging in size from 1,400 sq' to over 5,000 sq' and will accommodate from 2 to 40 guests! With the Root River State Bike Trail, the #1 rated trail in the state, winding through our Southern Minnesota Resort and the Root River running along side, there is no better access for fishing, biking, hiking, blading, kayaking or tubing.

 

Campgrounds:
Eagle Cliff Campground
35455 State Hwy 16
Whalan, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 467-2598
Web: www.eagle-cliff.com

Located just three miles east of Lanesboro, Minnesota, Eagle Cliff offers something for everyone. Cyclists, water enthusiasts, fishermen and hunters will enjoy the natural beauty of the area, the Root River, and the 60-mile paved trail. Accommodations include riverfront tent sites, full hookups, and a five-room motel on site. Eagle Cliff offers group camping, a picnic area, private canoe launch and wonderfully-clean central restrooms. Come, relax and enjoy the beautiful Root River valley!

Eagle Cliff Campground, Lanesboro Minnesota

Businesses:
Aroma Pie Shoppe
618 Main Street
Whalan, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 467-2623
Web:  www.thearomapieshop.com

We've been serving up fresh, homemade pies for over 25 years. The Aroma Pie Shop is a perfect rest stop for bikers on the Root River Bike Trail. Here you can take a break, have lunch, pie, ice cream. Our screened in porch gives you a view of the town and bike path, and a special treat--hummingbirds drinking at our feeders.
Aroma Pie Shoppe, Whalan Minnesota
Cedar Valley Resort
905 Bench Street
Whalan, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 467-9000
Web: www.cedarvalleyresort.com

We are excited to offer a "New Minnesota Resort " (all cabins built between 2001 & 2009!!) Our Family Resort has 10 beautiful Logsided Cabins ranging in size from 1,400 sq' to over 5,000 sq' and will accommodate from 2 to 40 guests! With the Root River State Bike Trail, the #1 rated trail in the state, winding through our Southern Minnesota Resort and the Root River running along side, there is no better access for fishing, biking, hiking, blading, kayaking or tubing.

Cedar Valley Resort, Lanesboro Minnesota
Cyclin-Inns of Whalan
439 Half Street
Whalan, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 251-5101
Web:  www.cyclin-inn.com

Come Cycle In and stay a while at the Cyclin-Up Inn or the Cyclin-Inn. Here you will find 2 three bedroom homes. They both have 2 bathrooms, a fully stocked kitchen, a formal dining room with a table that extends out and a large back yard. While you are here, you can enjoy horse drawn wagon rides in the summer and sleigh rides thru the woods in the winter. Jeep tours are another big attraction for outdoors enthusiasts. The Cyclin-Up house looks over the Cyclin-Inn and is about 1 block away. The Cyclin-Inn house is located on the trail/river.
Docs Auto Body & Repair
210 2nd Avenue
Whalan, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 467-3598
Web:  www.docsautorepair.com

Doc's Auto Body And Repair is Whalan, MN's #1 auto repair shop, offering premium automotive service work, body work and car maintenance performed by our top certified mechanics. Modern, full-service body shop for your repair needs - big or small. Tires, batteries, auto glass, brakes, mechanical or any automotive need - Talk to Doc. Make Doc's your first call for quality automotive service and repair.
Docs Auto Body & Repair, Whalan Minnesota
Eagle Cliff Campground
35455 State Hwy 16
Whalan, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 467-2598
Web: www.eagle-cliff.com

Located just three miles east of Lanesboro, Minnesota, Eagle Cliff offers something for everyone. Cyclists, water enthusiasts, fishermen and hunters will enjoy the natural beauty of the area, the Root River, and the 60-mile paved trail. Accommodations include riverfront tent sites, full hookups, and a five-room motel on site. Eagle Cliff offers group camping, a picnic area, private canoe launch and wonderfully-clean central restrooms. Come, relax and enjoy the beautiful Root River valley!

Eagle Cliff Campground, Lanesboro Minnesota
Gator Greens Mini Golf
439 Half Street
Whalan, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 272-2149

Located on the Root River Trail 4 miles east of Lanesboro, in Whalan, is the areas finest lighted sculpted 9 hole miniature golf course. It offers a challenge each time it is played. Picnic areas are available. Call to schedule after hour tee times for groups of 4 or more.
Gator Greens Mini Golf, Whalan Minnesota
Treasures on the Trail
431 Hakf Street
Whalan, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 467-2015

An Artisan Boutique – Quality items at affordable prices!
Treasures on the Trail , Whalan Minnesota

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