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THE KALONA NEWS, THURSDAY, MAY 4, 201.7 NEWS PAGE 7A I Cheryl and Ken Miller offer a By Jake Bourgeois The Ki~lona News Last month, Ken and Cheryl Miller returned from a suc- cessful trip to the state's capi- tol with a few new stores under the umbrella of Cheryl's Fresh Salsa. They have just expanded in to three more stores in Des Moines, and will soon be avail- able at Price Choppers. "We kind of dread going to do it, just because you're standing there for three or four hours at a time, but the things people have to say about it was just awesome," Cheryl said about getting out and selling their product. One such person was a young girl who approached their sam- pling table, reluctant to try due to her dislike of tomatoes. After some convincing, she took a chip and some of their popular mild salsa and gave it a shot. She loved it. "It's just so much fun, being able to see their faces and what they have to say about it. The wide range of salsas for a variety of palettes. feedback is awesome," Cheryl tainable over a period of time. said. They make salsa one day a Cheryl's salsa has now ex- week, queso another, and take panded to every store in Iowa a few hours a week to clean the City, all of Cedar Rapids, scat- station. The rest of the time is tered in a couple stores in the taken selling their product and Cedar Rapids/Waterloo region, doing all the necessary prep Wellman, Kalona, Washington, work to crank out their salsa, Fairfield, Ames, which comes in eight flavors, Despite the expansion, which not counting the queso. is slow and steady, just the way The newest of these is they like it. This way they will their fire-roasted salsa they have been able to keep up with launched a couple years back. the demand, while providing The salsa uses the titular fire- the quality their customers ex- roasted tomatoes to give it a bit pect. of a grilled taste and is a more "We make it fresh every medium salsa. week. It has a 30-day shelf life When asked about how she and you have to send it out to incorporates her product into the lab to get tested to get that her cooking, Cheryl Miller ad- 30-day shelf life," Cheryl said. mitted she mostly uses it for Being able to keep up with pretty standard fare, but did the demand as they've slowly throw out one intriguing use. expanded is simply a product "I put salsa in my chili," she of becoming more streamlined said. "Then you're not dicing with experience, now that up all those onions and all the they have been operating for spices. a decade. Cheryl says they can "Years ago, I could never get make a gallon of salsa as quick my chili to get much flavor. as 'a minute, although she It was always kind of blah. I doubts the pace would be sus- started to put the salsa in there and it was so much better." Apart from that though, she sticks to a more traditional use, like for serving chips and salsa and she also incorporates it when making guacamole. Every once in a while, they get suggestions for new items that they knock around and consider, like a bean dip or making two different heat lev- els of salsa, but Cheryl says she's happy right where they're at. The reluctance to come out with an additional queso is due to the time commitment it takes to produce it, compared to the salsa. "When we make salsa, we do not have to cook our salsa. It's a refrigerated product," she said. "When you make queso, you have to melt the cheese, and stir it...it takes a lot longer." Overall, Cheryl Miller paint- ed a picture of someone at ease with where her operation is at, content with converting with growing their believers one chip at a time. By Jake Bourgeois The Kalona News After the. May 1 city council meeting, the city of Wellman had a set timeline in place to start enforcing the nuisance policy within city limits. The city was divvied up be- tween the council members and each were assigned roads to drive down to look for proper- ties that may be in violation of the city's nuisance ordinance, whether that be junk in the yard or buildings not looking up to city code. If they find a building they believe is in violation of city code, they were instructed to document the issues on the property in pictures, put a door hanger on the property's door, and write a description of the supposed violation in the notes for City Administrator Kelly Litwiller. In looking over their respec- tivelists, some questions were brought up by the council concerning what the city was allowed to check, like if the nuisance occurred in the back- yard. Litwiller said that they could only document what they could see from city property, like the right of way Litwiller said if the offi- cials were unsure whether the property was in "iolation, to document what they believed was the problem and Litwiller would handle any issues if peo- ple called in questioning the placement of the door hanger. The theory behind the tim- ing is to give properties alerted that they are in violation of city code and they have the May 12 and May 13 cleanup days to take care of the nuisance. The city officials assigned to a certain area would then fol- low up and re-check the prop- erty between May 15 and May 19 and make a note of whether the nuisance had been taken care of. For properties still in viola- tion, the city will send out a letter notifying the property owner that they have until May 28 to fix the problem before the city moved forward with the abatement process. The city has had some suc- cess with just using the door hangers in the past, so Litwiller is hopeful that the enforcement of the policy has the desired re- sult of cleaning up the proper- ties that are in violation of the city code. Litwiller stated that the city is only utilizing this tactic to start the process with the plan being that the city will have got- ten the ball rolling on enforce- ment by the end of the month and that city hall would enforce the policy beyond that point. What's Happening at the Y PUBLIC NOTICE ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT ( CCR/Consumer Confidence Report) WELLMAN MUNICIPAL WATERWORKS This year's report is not beiog mailed out to individual consumers, if you wish to obtain a copy of the report, they are available at the city clerk's office during regular office hours. 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