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Mayor's Update

Mayor’s Update

July 3, 2014

First, I would like to congratulate and welcome our new Chief of Police, Jim Felt.  I feel this is a great choice by our Administrator and City Council.

Things are beginning to change out on the east side of Willmar as road construction will begin soon on East Highway 12, and store prep is underway for COG, which will be opening soon in the Westside Liquor store building on Lakeland Drive and East Highway 12.

More good news --- the Charter school which is scheduled to open this fall on the MnWest Campus already has approximately 100 students enrolled and there will be an upcoming open house soon.  Stay tuned for more news on this exciting addition to our City.

Also, as many of you already know, we have sold our business (Central Tire & Auto) and I will not be running for a second term as your Mayor.  At this time, I will not endorse either of the candidates running for Mayor. I plan to spend more time with my wife and family and do some traveling.  I thank all of you who have supported me over the years.  I am still available and can be reached through City Hall at (320) 235-4913.

Keep the Faith
        Until next time

Frank A. Yanish
Mayor – City of Willmar


May 19, 2014

Good News!  The Charter School named Dream Technical Academy will open the fall of 2014 at the MinnWest Technology Campus.  I have been named to the board responsible for the hiring of teachers.  Please phone me at 235-6590 for more information.

I am still a little disappointed that the Mayor and Council are treated like non-players in city government, when they are the players.  The Mayor and Council are the only ones elected by the public to serve; everyone else is hired or appointed. 

We have good, qualified, people that have been elected by the public and have the information they need to make sound decisions for our city; unlike some others who are trying to run our city without all the information.  Sometimes some of these people are not even residents of the city and they are trying to make the decisions for our city?  I think not!!!  I will say that I don’t always agree with the Council decisions, but they are the final word and we must learn to live with it.

***As a footnote – we have sold our business so I am not at that office anymore.  However, I can be reached at home 235-6590 or City Hall 235-4913.  I also have an office at City Hall and would be happy to meet with anyone there.

Until next time…

Frank Yanish
Mayor, City of Willmar

March 13, 2014

Willmar’s City Charter, states that the Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of the City.  If that is so, why is it that I knew nothing or was not invited to the discussions with Jennie-O about their expansion?  This is not the first time this type of thing has happened.  It may not have changed much if I had been in on the decision, but it may have added to the credibility. I believe there are other members of the City that knew about this long before I did.  If my constituents' want a Mayor that is ceremonial only, that is fine, but then the media should blame the people who are responsible for the decisions when things go wrong.

On another note, our City is growing by leaps and bounds and MinnWest Technology continues to make strong strides.  There is a good possibility of a new Charter School opening on the MinnWest Campus this fall.

Keep the faith.
Until next time…..

Frank Yanish





December 9, 2013

I had made up my mind to veto the budget presented by the finance committee until it was brought to my attention that all eight council members voted to reinstate the budget cuts I had made. Believe me when I say it was a difficult decision to make, especially since I had no response from any of the council members. I am disappointed, to say the least that we were not able to control (what I consider) some of the excess spending.

Thanks for listening

Frank Yanish
Mayor - City of Willmar

P.S. Below is a copy of some of the things that have been accomplished since taking office in 2011 - so the public can see that we do not have a "do nothing" council.

Development/Economic Stats


December 2013

Well, the Budget for 2014 is settled and it didn't turn out as I had hoped. I had hopes that the staff and council would see what I consider excessive spending of taxpayer money going to conferences, etc. The Council voted to reinstate most of the cuts that I had made - I tried, but majority rules!

Speaking of majority, we also had our retreat that received some bad press. The Council and I were called dysfunctional, but a majority of 5 Council members agree on most things, so I'm not sure where the dysfunction comes in at. If all the Council members agreed on everything all the time, we would not need eight people on the Council, we would only need one. Enough said.....

Thanks for listening

Frank Yanish
Mayor - City of Willmar

October 15, 2013

The 2014 Budget should be settled soon. I am receiving some "blow back" because of some of the cuts I have suggested. I do want the public to know that I am NOT opposed to training and updating ones skills, as I believe that is a very vital part to each persons job and a service to our citizens. Please, please, please - give your council person a call to express your thoughts and ideas. If you need to find out who your council person is, you can call City Hall at 235-4913.
A copy of the proposed budget is available at City Hall.
We will have to wait and see how this all plays out.
Thanks for your comments and thanks for listening!

Frank A. Yanish
Mayor - City of Willmar


August, 2013

The annual city budget is a hot item right now. I have proposed substantial cuts in travel allowances, memberships, dues, and professional services which include consultant fees. I am also cutting other items I consider to be fluff. The final decisions on adjustments to the budget rest with the city council. We have, (in my opinion) for too long been spending way too much time and money on these items, and I would appreciate your input. Please phone your local council person with any comments or suggestions you may have,

Thanks for listening- until next time.

Frank A. Yanish
Mayor -City of Willmar


August 5, 2013

It's early August, the Willmar Stingers are playing great baseball, sweet corn is at market and Willmar is hosting the annual Kandiyohi County Fair. I want to express my pride in the city's ability to host this great event, and express my gratitude to our friends and neighbors near the Fairgrounds, who put up with the additional traffic, congestion and noise during this time.

Willmar's annual budget preparations are also beginning.

Last month, I proposed Willmar and Kandiyohi County take a comprehensive look at opportunities to cooperate in sharing expenses, to reduce the burden on us taxpayers. As an example, I suggested combining human resource departments which was greeted with skepticism from the Tribune and various officials.

I was elected your Mayor to rein in spending in Willmar city government.

I am excited about the potential of all this, so I am assembling a plan to reduce city spending substantially without affecting our great city services. You can be part of the solution; talk to me.

The consultant who recommended the taxpayers foot a new bill to increase the size and cost of city management, for no improvement in services, is suggesting more of the same - increasing government spending to which I am opposed. That is why I suggest an alternative.

Soon, I will ask your City Council to create a committee to explore more opportunities to share costs; with the Municipal Utilities Commission, Rice Hospital, the County Assessor's office - a project which was in the works at one time and then promptly dropped; bundling health insurance purchasing for City and County employees; to look in every nook and cranny, under every rock, for ways to cooperate with our county and sister agencies.

This is not to say we will turn a blind eye to the needs of our city that have yet to be addressed fully. The days of blind entitlements and excessive spending must end.

Thanks for listening.

Frank A. Yanish
Mayor - City of Willmar