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Yanish praises city, criticizes City Council in annual address

WILLMAR — Willmar Mayor Frank Yanish offered praise for growth in local business and economic development, population and labor force in his annual State of the City address to the City Council Monday night.

But Yanish criticized some City Council members and local critics, which he did not identify, and the West Central Tribune who Yanish said have discouraged council discussion, particularly those with alternative options.

Yanish said the council needs to be more involved with what is happening in the community and he said the administration has not been as “open’’ as needed.

Yanish encouraged staff to make recommendations. But he said the council is responsible for questioning those recommendations and he said staff is the most knowledgeable about where opportunities exist to increase efficiency and reduce costs.

Read more in Wednesday in the West Central Tribune.

David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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