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Construction work is nearly complete at Willmar's new wastewater treatment plant. The next stage is colonizing the new facility with the millions of microbes that digest and break down municipal waste -- a process that could temporarily create odor at the old plant. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Wastewater treatment microbes ready to make journey to new Willmar plant

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WILLMAR -- The buildings are ready, the pipeline has been installed, the tanks and ditches are in place.

The next stage in completing Willmar's new multimillion-dollar wastewater treatment plant involves one of the more arcane steps in the process: colonizing the new facility with the millions of microbes that digest and break down municipal waste.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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