David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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GRANITE FALLS -- If you have acne, eczema, rosacea or other skin problems, certified herbalist Candace Hall may have a solution for you. Hall uses herbs -- some grown in her own garden -- and other organic and natural ingredients to make a line of healing skin care products called Natures Garden Therapies. Hall's website says her products are inspired by nature "for pure, luxurious living.'' The site says many products in stores today are filled with synthetic ingredients that disrupt the natural functions of the body. Her products, however, "work in harmony with your body by using ingredie
The facility has new and redundant systems to meet new water quality effluent limits for removal of phosphorus and ammonia. Higher quality effluent is released into Hawk Creek within the Minnesota River Basin.
Folks who said they almost gagged from the odor of Willmar's old wastewater treatment plant can breathe easier now that the old plant is shut down and the new treatment facility located about five miles west of the city is operating. Not only is the site -- in the midst of corn fields -- far from the former residential and commercial location, the smell is different. "Earthy'' is how consultants and city staff who worked on the $86.2 million facility and conveyance project describe the smell.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will consider revising the tobacco-free policy that prohibits tobacco use in city parks during youth activities. The council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the chambers at the Municipal Utilities Building. The revision would expand the policy and "not allow the use of tobacco products on or in city-owned parks and buildings, except within the confines of a vehicle in a designated parking area.'' The revision was proposed by the Community Education and Recreation Joint Powers Board and was referred to the council's Public Works/Safety Committee.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission is looking at the possibility of increasing water rates. The commission on Tuesday received a timeline from General Manager Bruce Gomm leading to implementing new rates on Jan.
WILLMAR -- Members of the Willmar City Council's Finance Committee are continuing their review of the mayor's proposed 2011 budget. As part of their budget review, committee members have been looking at various budget accounts during the past several meetings leading up to council approval of the budget in December. On Monday, the committee focused on the wastewater treatment plant budget, which accounts for 33.4 percent of the mayor's $25.6 million budget. The new $86.2 million wastewater treatment and conveyance system is the largest infrastructure project in the city's history, said Stev
WILLMAR -- Mayor Les Heitke says his main priority is what's best for Willmar. Heitke is completing his fourth four-year term as mayor and is seeking a fifth term in the Nov. 2 general election. He is opposed by businessman Frank Yanish. Heitke said he's repeatedly asked about city finances.
WILLMAR -- Willmar businessman and mayoral candidate Frank Yanish wants to provide new leadership and new vision to the city. "We've had somewhat of a contentious ride in the City Council, city staff, and sometimes it gets a little heated,'' said Yanish during an interview at Central Tire and Auto Inc., which he and his wife, Lorna, own. "What I'm going to try and do with a new leadership is to bring forth a teamwork attitude.
WILLMAR -- Judge Michael J. Thompson has postponed the omnibus hearing for a Willmar man char-ged with shooting at a Willmar police officer. Friday morning's hearing was delayed un-til 1:15 p.m. Jan.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Area Community Foundation will honor the Linder family of Willmar for its steadfast belief that generous giving creates a prosperous en-vironment for business, employees, families and community. The family will be honored during the fifth annual Award in Philanthropy di-nner hosted by the Willmar Area Community Foundation tonight at the Willmar Conference Center. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual, couple or family who has significantly contributed to the field of philanthropy in the region, either through their personal philanthropy, their work as a vol