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Blane Aidan Wendt
July 8, 2013
Letter: The downtown identity crisis
I am responding to Steve Gardner’s letter to the editor, challenging Mayor Frank Yanish’s assertion that “downtown” Willmar has an identity crisis. The old downtown ceased its role as a social and commercial destination long ago. As in many mature downtowns throughout the...
July 8, 2013 - 12:00am
June 27, 2013
Letter: Become informed, not misled
Is the West Central Tribune a tabloid that prints innuendos and twisted information with flair of sensationalism? Is it to stimulate interest to sell their “newspaper” or is it a means to push their liberal biases? After reading another West Central Tribune unsubstantiated attack...
June 27, 2013 - 1:00am
June 25, 2013
Letter: Stop bashing mayor, council
As a lifelong resident of Willmar, I know the former and present mayor and City Council members. It is very frustrating to read the West Central Tribune’s continual public bashing of individuals who are credible and dedicated public servants. We, the voters, elected them because...
June 25, 2013 - 1:00am
Letter: Show yourselves, city critics
I don’t live in the city of Willmar, and I am not a part of Mayor Frank Yanish’s so-called Secret 8 group. But I can’t help wondering who these mayor’s attackers and sidetrackers are, and what good they can accomplish by all their negative headlines? They remind me of...
June 25, 2013 - 12:00am
June 15, 2013
Editorial: Mayor Yanish is not being open with Willmar about his Secret 8 meetings
Willmar Mayor Frank Yanish, the business man who campaigned in 2010 on the need for more city government transparency, apparently does not believe...
June 15, 2013 - 11:00am
June 12, 2013
Willmar, Minn., mayor says he doesn't have to release committee names
WILLMAR -- Willmar Mayor Frank Yanish continues to withhold the names of the eight advisers who helped him draft his alternate plan for reorganizing...
June 12, 2013 - 11:28pm
Halstad mayor steps aside after being accused of sexual assault
The mayor of Halstad, Minn., is taking a leave of absence after being accused of rape. Steve Sortland, 44, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault. According to the criminal complaint, Sortland pushed a female victim to do sexual acts after she said no. The victim...
June 12, 2013 - 9:00am
May 15, 2013
Northern Minn. town’s 4-year-old mayor draws national attention (video)
DORSET, Minn. – Dorset’s mayor, Robert “Bobbie” Tufts, has become a national sensation after a WCCO TV interview went viral over the...
May 15, 2013 - 11:24am
April 25, 2013
Editorial: LGA plan is good deal for rural Minn.
After a decade of inconsistent policy and budget cuts, Minnesota’s local government aid may get a long needed fix under a new compromise this year. The LGA program assists cities with low property tax wealth and/or greater needs to provide necessary services for economic...
April 25, 2013 - 12:00am
April 22, 2013
Willmar, Minn., mayor signs tax abatement papers for renovation project
WILLMAR — Mayor Frank Yanish said Monday he has signed the papers necessary to allow a 10-year, $189,750 property tax abatement for Torgerson Properties’ $12 million hotel and conference center renovation project on U.S. Highway 12 East. The council on April 15 voted 6-1 to approve...
April 22, 2013 - 11:45pm
March 2, 2013
Editorial: Willmar needs a mayor who leads
When is Mayor Frank Yanish going to stop acting like a grumpy old man and become a leader in Willmar? That is a major question for Yanish and something the citizens of Willmar should be concerned about. A community visioning effort called Vision 2040 is hoping to follow the Vision...
March 2, 2013 - 6:00am
January 9, 2013
City Council elects Anderson acting mayor in event of Willmar, Minn., mayor's’s absence
WILLMAR — Willmar City Council members held their biennial organizational meeting this week and elected Denis Anderson as acting mayor for 2013 and 2014. After every general election, the eight-member council elects an acting mayor and committee chairs, and appoints committee vice...
January 9, 2013 - 11:07pm
January 8, 2013
Mayor declares 2012 a success for Willmar, Minn.
WILLMAR — Mayor Frank Yanish says 2012 was a very successful year for Willmar. Among the successes cited by the mayor were a change in management...
January 8, 2013 - 11:16pm
January 6, 2013
Big-time welcome for Montevideo, Minn., mayor in sister city
MONTEVIDEO — Jose Mujica has six bullet wounds and the memory of 14 years in prison to tell the story of his path to public office. Ana Olivera...
January 6, 2013 - 11:24pm
January 4, 2013
Editorial: A critical need for better city leadership in WIllmar this New Year
Mayor Frank Yanish will address citizens and the Willmar City Council on the state of the city Monday night. It will be interesting to see the mayor’s version of this city’s current affairs and what his vision for the city in 2013 might be. The question is what will we hear: Yanish’s...
January 4, 2013 - 11:34pm