"Velkommen Til Whalan" Established in 1868 by Irish immigrant John Whaalahan, Whalan began to prosper when the Southern Minnesota Railroad established a railway through Whalan. The present bike trail is built on that former rail bed. It didn't take long for Norwegian immigrants to discover the area, which reminded them of their home country. To this day nearly 80% of its residents remain descendents of those original Norwegian immigrants. Although Whalan is the smallest town on the trail, don't let size fool you. Whalan has much to offer area visitors. Whalan is probably most noted for our world famous pie shop but in addition we have a world class resort, whole house lodging,Â a museum, a mini golf course and there is Ernie's 1917 filling station (non-operational) to browse as well.
Located just four and a half miles East of Lanesboro, Whalan affords the biker a gazebo and playground with picnic area for a nice respite before continuing your journey. Visitors can't help but notice the picturesque view of the beautiful Root River valley and it's surrounding lime stone bluffs.
Whalan is also noted for its famous Stand Still Parade which is held annually the third Saturday in May. The parade stands still while the spectators move around it. In addition to the parade there is live music, artisans, children's activities, contests, and of course some good food including the Norwegian delectable's lefse and rommegrot.
The 4th of July week brings Whalan's annual fast pitch softball tournament to town for some exciting action. Whalan's Taste of the Trail event takes place on the first Saturday after Labor Day.Â The Candlelight Ski is held the first Saturday in February each year. Don't miss out on your opportunity to visit Whalan, "The Little Town That Could." For a complete schedule of Stand Still Parade events log onto www.standstillparade.org