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Thursday, September 18, 2014

DNR: Time to inspect boats and water equipment for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks every cabin and lakeshore owner to watch for aquatic invasive species (AIS) when removing docks, boat lifts, swim rafts and other equipment from the water.

“Since those items have been in the water for several months, now is the ideal time to spot invasive species that may be attached to them,” said Heidi Wolf, DNR invasive species unit supervisor. “Carefully inspect everything you remove from the water to see if there are invasive species attached. Your observations will provide invaluable information to the DNR in tracking the distribution of AIS – and give us a chance to rapidly respond if new infestations are found.”

People should look on the posts, wheels and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any parts of boats, pontoons and rafts that may have been submerged in water for an extended period. In newly infested waters, adult zebra mussels may not be abundant and there may only be a few mussels on a piece of equipment. On a smooth surface, juvenile mussels feel gritty, like sandpaper.

If a new infestation of zebra mussels, faucet snails or other aquatic invasive species is suspected, the exact location should be noted, a photo taken and a specimen should be kept for positive identification.

Call 888-646-6367 or contact a local DNR AIS specialist or a fisheries office. Responding quickly to new AIS infestations is critical to help curb the spread into other water bodies.

There are also specific legal requirements for cabin owners and boaters when removing and storing watercraft and equipment for the winter – or hiring someone to handle it:

Transporting and storing watercraft

When hauling boats or other watercraft to a storage facility away from the shoreline property, make sure there are no invasive species attached. It is illegal to transport watercraft with invasive species attached. A list of permitted lake services providers is on the DNR website at

The form should be downloaded, completed, signed and kept in possession during transport. Zebra mussels and other invasive plants and animals must be removed before transporting the watercraft back to a lake or other water body.

Transporting and storing docks, lifts and equipment

It is legal to remove a dock, boat lift, dock, weed roller, swim raft, or irrigation equipment from infested waters and place it on the adjacent shoreline property – even if there are zebra mussels or other prohibited invasive species attached. A permit is not required to place equipment on the shoreline. Contact a DNR AIS specialist if an invasive plant or animal is found that has not been sighted on the lake before.

However, if someone wants to transport equipment from infested waters to another location for storage, cleaning or repair, they must have an authorization form to transport equipment to legally move it to another location. If equipment is to be installed in another water body, all aquatic plants and animals such as zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil, must be removed – and equipment must be dried for 21 days before placing in other waters.

Hiring a business or individual to remove boats and equipment from any water body

Any business or individual in Minnesota paid to decontaminate, install, or remove boats, docks or water-related equipment is legally required to complete AIS training and obtain a permit before working in state waters. Anyone hired to remove a boat or dock must have a current DNR permitted service provider sticker on their windshield. If they work for a lake service provider business, ask to see an employee certificate. A list of permitted lake services providers is on the DNR website at

Learn more about Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species rules and regulations, and the DNR’s lake service provider program at

TWELVETV: Girls soccer team improves to 6-2-2 with win over Minnetonka

"Wayzata’s girls soccer team improved to 6-2-2 on the season with a 2-1 overtime win over Minnetonka Tuesday. Addison Clark scored the game-winning goal for the Trojans. Kaylyn Billmeyer scored the other Wayzata goal. The Trojans host Cretin-Derham Hall Saturday."

WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: WHS Addition and New Elementary School Design Development Progress

Thanks to supportive voters last February, committees have been busy this summer moving plans forward to add onto to Wayzata High School (WHS) and build an eighth elementary school to meet the needs of our growing resident student population.

These planning committees are made up of representatives from: district staff, parents and students, Wold Architects and Engineers and Kraus Anderson. A full list of committee and subcommittee members can be found in the menu to the left.

After touring other metro schools to see what else is out there and developing guiding principles to serve as a foundation for the design process, the High School and Elementary Core Planning Teams have been working with architects to develop schematic designs.

The preliminary designs for the WHS addition were shared with the Wayzata School Board at its August 25 Work Session and additional input will now be gathered in September and October from user groups, made up of staff, parents, community members and students, who will share their insights on specific aspects of the high school construction project. The schematic design for the new elementary school will be presented to the School Board at the end of September.

Wayzata High School
Once the user group feedback is incorporated, design development will continue and each schematic design will then be analyzed for feasibility based on financial, structural, mechanical and other realities. The design development phase for the high school is anticipated to be final by the end of October or early November. The design development of the elementary school will be complete by late November or early December. It is possible that preliminary site utility work may begin at Wayzata High School yet this fall, with formal ground breaking for both the WHS addition and new elementary school happening in the spring of 2015.

New Elementary School Site Determined

Pending necessary approvals, the new elementary school will be built near the intersection of Lawndale Lane and County Road 47. The new school will be adjacent to property recently purchased by the City of Plymouth at the corner of Lawndale Lane and County Road 47 as part of its Northwest Greenway Plan.

School Boundary Adjustment Process to be Shared this Fall

With the addition of an eighth elementary school, a process to reconfigure school attendance areas and balance enrollment at all elementary schools will be shared with parents and the community this fall. Both the new elementary school and key portions of the WHS additions are scheduled to be open in the fall of 2016.

Safety, Security and Technology Infrastructure Improvements

Remodeling to enhance security was completed over the summer to the front entrance of Central Middle School. Security enhancements at East and West Middle Schools are expected to begin in the spring of 2015 and be completed sometime during the summer or fall of 2015. In addition, a multi-year fiber optic infrastructure update got underway this summer to modernize and increase connectivity to meet our growing and evolving technology needs.

Updates will continue to be shared as the construction projects proceed. For more information, call and leave your questions on the Construction Hotline at 763-745-5050, or send an email to

HISTORY: Belle of Minnetonka advertisement - July 20th, 1884

This advertisement appeared in the St. Paul Sunday Globe on July 20th, 1884.  It features train rides on the Manitoba Short Line from Minneapolis & St. Paul, and offers tours of the Upper and Lower lakes on the Belle of Minnetonka and the Hattie May.

Belle of Minnetonka advertisment from the St. Paul Globe - July 20th, 1884.

Council deliberates cell phone tower options, plans user friendly workshop

The water tower cell phone equipment debate continued at the September 17, 2014 Council meeting with an extensive discussion around this sensitive topic.  A citizen group led by residents on Gardner Street recently submitted a petition with 500 signatures supporting removal of the equipment on the water tower.

Mayor Wilcox recognized the impact of the petition on the decision making process, "We don't often get petitions like this, and we recognize this represents a depth of concern and emotion regarding this issue.  This has been one of the most complex issues that we have had to deal with for quite some time, mostly because there are very few good solutions."

After hearing four options to help improve the aesthetic issues of the current site with cost estimates ranging from $65,000 to $450,000, the council agreed to study the issue at an upcoming workshop with options that may include multiple sites in town both east and west, as well as a sequencing of events that would allow for removal of the equipment from the tower for reconstruction at another location(s).

The date of the workshop to study the issue was not immediately identified.  The council did indicate the workshop would be open to the public and user friendly.

Stay tuned to

Wayzata Chamber of Commerce seeks Director of Membership Services

The Wayzata Chamber is currently looking for a Director of Membership Services:

Position Description | Membership Services Director
Job Title Membership Services Director
Position Type Full-time, exempt (salaried)
Pay and Benefits Salary and benefits package commensurate with experience
Location Wayzata, Minnesota

Primary Responsibilities

Membership Retention & Engagement
  • Develop and foster relationships with Chamber members and key stakeholder
  • Maintain a retention rate of 85% or otherwise designated
  • Educate members on benefits offered, promotional and sponsorship opportunities, and relationship building in order to ensure success
  • Collaborate with Membership Engagement Committee to retain current membership base and enhance member engagement opportunities
  • Work with Ambassador Committee to welcome and encourage new member involvement
  • Develop and implement member retention strategies
Membership Development
  • Grow membership base through the strategic recruitment of new members
  • Prospect development and maintenance of Master Prospect List
  • Meet designated budgetary goals outlined by board of directors
  • Consistently communicate Chamber brand and promote organizational mission to members, prospective members, and the greater community
  • Collaborate with Membership Development Committee to recruit new members and develop growth strategies 

Event Planning & Program Development
  • Plan, coordinate, and recruit sponsors for Member Networking Opportunities (Luncheons, Seminars, Networking Events, New Member Breakfasts, etc.) 
  • Manage all Young Professionals activities (events, sponsorship recruitment, and member engagement)
  • Manage all Wayzata Women in Business activities (events, sponsorship recruitment, and member engagement)
  • Facilitate Lunch Net program
  • Coordinate and schedule Ambassador Visits 
  • Coach member event hosts for successful implementation of events 
  • Plan the Roger Miller Golf Classic. Recruit sponsors and golfers. Meet revenue goals. Gather prizes for awards ceremony.
  • Manage street banner program
  • Manage online banner program
  • Collaborate with Chamber President on the Exceptional Service Award of Excellence program
  • Assist staff members with sponsorship recruitment, member participation, and execution of Community events: James J. Hill Days, Chilly Open, Wayzata Art Experience, and Summer Concerts
  • Update membership materials annually (membership application, membership brochure, sponsorship listing, committee listing, folders, videos, etc.) 
  • Maintain member database (ChamberMaster) and Email database (Constant Contact) 
  • Manage accounts receivable, member billing, member renewal process, and collections 
  • Generate membership reports using ChamberMaster 
  • Answer phone calls 
  • Greet and help Depot visitors
Skills & Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Ability to build relationships and connect with a wide variety of people
  • Sales, fundraising, sponsorship and revenue generation experience
  • Creative thinker in problem solving and project planning
  • Marketing and communications experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial perspective
  • Self starter with ability to work independently or within a team
  • Exceptional work ethic and professional presence
  • Volunteer management and committee work experience
  • Outstanding planning, organizational, project management and follow-through capabilities
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Ability to provide exceptional customer service to members and non members alike
  • Proficiency with current computer and online-based marketing programs (Microsoft Office , Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn)
  • Promoter and supporter of small business and shopping local
  • Chamber or association experience preferred, but not required
  • Photoshop and video production experience a plus
  • Valid MN Driver's License, and must be willing to travel locally
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Assist with other duties as needed 
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume by Monday, September 22, to:

Becky Pierson, Chamber President
Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce
402 E. Lake Street
Wayzata, MN 55391

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Public-Private Partners Invite Community to Wayzata Big Woods 10th Anniversary Event

Tapping maple syrup in the Big Woods.
Photo Dan Gustafson
The four partner organizations that collaborated to preserve the Wayzata Big Woods in 2004 are reuniting to recognize the Wayzata Big Woods 10th anniversary on Sept. 25. The event – free and open to the public -- will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Big Woods and the adjacent lawn of The Retreat recovery center. There will be a short program at 5:30 p.m.

The anniversary event will feature tours of the woods, tours of The Retreat, a French horn quartet, hors d’oeuvres, and a short program. Special activities planned for children include raptor demonstrations and mini-hikes by Three Rivers Park District personnel and a nature scavenger hunt by Wayzata Boy Scout Troop 283.

The four organizations that collectively preserved the Big Woods are the City of Wayzata, which purchased the majority of the property; The Retreat, which purchased the center of the property and restored the historic house there; the Trust for Public Land, which facilitated the process; and the Minnesota Land Trust, which holds a permanent conservation easement on the property.
More than 250 private donors also contributed a total of $1.6 million to complete the purchase of the property.
The Wayzata Big Woods, a rare urban remnant of the historic Big Woods that once covered a large swath of Minnesota and the Eastern United States, is a public park co-located with The Retreat recovery center at 1221 Wayzata Blvd., directly east of Colonial Square in Wayzata. The property formerly was known as the Cenacle, a spiritual retreat house owned by Catholic nuns.

The woods are open to the public year round. Visitors are welcome to walk its rustic trails to enjoy wildflowers in spring and colorful maple leaves in fall. Volunteers are invited to help eradicate invasive species from the woods in spring. Many Wayzata citizens, as well as the Wayzata High School football team, area Eagle Scouts, and employees of Keller Williams Realtor and TCF bank have volunteered to help maintain the Big Woods for future generations to enjoy.

Beach parking stickers no longer available for non-residents; policy protects against abuse

During the tax levy and revenue discussion at the September 17, 2014 City Council meeting, City Finance Director Don Uram indicated that beach parking stickers for non-residents will no longer be available,

"The City will no longer be selling beach passes to non-residents."  Uram stated. "This year we have sold a number of parking passes, within that parking lot, either to employees of existing businesses or construction workers.  We have 51 some parking spaces down there, and we have 700 parking passes, that have been issued.  This just compounded our issues, by people who were just looking for a place to park."

Wayzata Beach.  Image courtesy City of Wayzata.

Voting for Tyacke

When candidates for public office campaign by complaining, I want to cover my ears. When I find a candidate who wants to listen, weigh all sides, follow a fair and open process, and make independent decisions that balance past, present, and future, I’m interested.

Steve Tyacke is the only candidate, other than the incumbent, running for the an open seat on the council with experience in Wayzata city government. He’s demonstrated his commitment to our city on the Planning and Charter Commissions. The Charter Commission voted him chair in his first year based on his leadership and intellect.

He is committed to the kind of open and independent thinking that will help our city thrive for all our citizens and grow without sacrificing the historic character we all treasure. His private sector experience and instincts for public process and municipal strength make Steve right for Wayzata.

My vote for Steve Tyacke is a positive vote for Wayzata’s bright future.

Kitty Winsor Petit

Wayzata Brew Works withdraws micro-brewery application

At the September 17th Wayzata City Council meeting, it was anounced that Wayzata Brew Works has withdrawn their application to establish a micro-brewery at the Wayzata Boat Works.  Emails to the company and to City Planner Bryan Gadow seeking comment were not immediately returned.

Update: 10:55 am: "They had a change in their business plan and decided to withdraw their application," stated City Planner Bryan Gadow via email.

Wayzata Brew Works has withdrawn it's application at the City.
Image Courtesy Wayzata Brew Works facebook page.

Wayzata Public Schools: 2014-15 WHS National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists named

2014-2015 Wayzata High School National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists.
Image couresy Wayzata Public Schools
Twenty students from Wayzata High School's class of 2015 have been named National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists. This year’s semi-finalists are Michael Ansusinha, Kaylyn Billmeyer, Alan Chiang, Jakob Cornell, Jason Dong, Katherine Gehling, Nicholas Lawrence, Henry Lee, Sruti Paladugu, Shravankumar Panneerselvam, Changyeon Park, Neha Potlapalli, Michelle Qia, Bella Roussanov, Luke Soucy, Orien Zeng, Mason Zhang, Thomas Zhang, Leighton Zhao and Jenica Zhong.  

Students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. These students will continue in the National Merit program and will be candidates to receive a scholarship from the program. The scholarships will be announced next spring.

TWELVETV: Highlights from Trojan loss to Maple Grove

"It was a homecoming for Matt Lombardi. The long-time Wayzata football assistant and current Maple Grove head coach won the first meeting between the two teams since Lombardi left Wayzata four years ago."

"Maple Grove broke open a close game at halftime scoring three second-half touchdowns as the Crimson beat Wayzata 34-7 in prep football. It was the first-ever regular season meeting between the two teams and the first overall since 2007."

"Maple Grove (3-0) faces Champlin Park this week as the Crimson look to extend its 20-game regular season winning streak."

Ken Willcox named 2014 Wayzata Chamber Person of the Year

The Wayzata Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Mayor Ken Willcox has been named the 2014 Wayzata Chamber Person of the Year.  Congratulations Ken!

Mayor Ken Willcox named 2014 Person of the Year.
Photo courtesy Wayzata Chamber Facebook page.

OBITUARY: George Everett Hehl, 72, Motley

George Hehl
September 21, 1941 – September 12, 2014

George Everett Hehl, 72, of Motley, died Friday, September 12, 2014 at Lakewood Health System Care Center Hospice Suite in Staples. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples with Father Joe Korf officiating.

George was born September 21, 1941, in Minneapolis, MN, the son of George H. and Alma E. (Balcome) Hehl. He grew up in Wayzata and graduated from Wayzata High School. He furthered his education by taking Architecture courses. For many years he worked in the automotive industry as well as owning and operating Rainbow Construction. He enjoyed working on building and remodeling projects. More recently, George sold RV’s for Hilmerson in Little Falls and Pleasureland in Baxter.

George was first married to Margaret Dunn on June 15, 1963 in Wayzata and they were blessed with two children, Anne and Stephen. Later George married Kathy O’Brien Krause on October 16, 2002 in Brainerd.

George had been a member of the Scandia Valley Lions Club for numerous years and a lifetime member of the Wayzata Historical Society. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, boating and snowmobiling.

He will be missed by his wife, Kathy; his daughter, Anne Hale, of Kirkwood, MO; step-children, Mitchell Kelly, of Santa Rosa, CA, Jesse Krause, of Duluth, and Katlin (Luke) Beckwith, of Sartell; grandchildren, Jessa (Kris) Schmitz, of St. Cloud and Christopher (Lisa) Hehl, of Princeton; and great-grandchildren, Ella Hehl, Matti Hehl, Becca Schmitz, and Kody Schmitz. He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen; parents; and sister Joan Hehl.

Courtesy: WJON

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WHS Student Takes First at North American Chess Championship

Andrew Tang. Photo courtesy Wayzata Schools.
In nine rounds of intense competition, eighth seeded Wayzata High School freshman Andrew Tang took first place in the North American Junior Chess Championship by finishing 7.5 out of 9 and defeating some top junior players from USA and Canada.

He earned the International Master title and his first Grand Master norm. The North American Junior (U20) Chess Championship was held from July 31 to August 4 in Kichener, Ontario.

Tang started learning chess at the age of four in his preschool. He became a US National Master while in sixth grade at East Middle School. He is one of a few junior players in the U.S. who have earned the International Master title and is working toward the Grand Master title, which is the highest title that can be achieved by a chess player.