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Friday, December 19, 2014

DNR: New treatment aims to eradicate Christmas Lake zebra mussels

In an effort to eliminate any remaining zebra mussels from Christmas Lake in Shorewood, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has undertaken an experimental treatment that has been used only twice before in the U.S.

On Friday, Dec. 19, a contractor working with the DNR injected 1,000 pounds of potassium chloride under the ice near the public boat access on the northwest corner of Christmas Lake. The chemical – also referred to as potash – kills zebra mussels by interfering with their ability to breathe, but it does not affect fish.

The potash application is the third treatment at the lake, where a small number of zebra mussels were found in August as part of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s early detection monitoring program. Because the mussels were found early and were confined to a small area, DNR staff thought it feasible that treatment might eliminate them. The DNR and the district have subsequently treated the affected portion of the lake with Zequanox, a substance made up of dead bacteria, and later with a copper-based chemical.

“We’re trying all available options at Christmas Lake as the zebra mussel infestation was isolated to a small area of the lake,” said Keegan Lund, an invasive species specialist for the DNR. “Most importantly, we’re learning a lot about new treatment methods for zebra mussels that have not been used before in lakes.”

This treatment is only the third time that potash has been used for zebra mussel control in the United States. Because the chemical is not a federally registered pesticide, the DNR first needed to obtain authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under an emergency exemption. Potash then needed to be registered as a pesticide with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency also reviewed the potash treatment plan and did not find immediate water quality concerns with the proposal.

If successful, the efforts at Christmas Lake could become the first time zebra mussels have been eradicated from a Minnesota water body, providing valuable information on treatment options when the invasive pests are discovered early.

A potash treatment may also be tried next spring on Lake Independence, where zebra mussels were found in October at the Baker Park Reserve boat launch. Both lakes will continue to be monitored to determine if the treatment s were successful.

Zebra mussels are an invasive species that can crowd out native mussels and compete for food sources with other aquatic animals such as larval fish. They attach to boat hulls and other water-related equipment and can create a hazard for swimmers due to their sharp shells.

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Wayzata Gymnastics vs. Lakeville North




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Wayzata Boys Basketball defeats St. Paul Central 68-41, Edina up next

Your Wayzata Trojans basketball team enjoyed a victory over St. Paul Central on Tuesday evening.  The Trojans will face Edina tonight in Lake Conference play for Pack the Gym Night at Wayzata High School.

Check out the photo gallery from the
St. Paul Central game by clicking this link:



Channel TWELVE also has a nice piece on the young Trojans and their new Head Coach Bryan Schnettler:



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TWELVETV: Wayzata Girls Hockey edges Minnetonka in overtime



"Natalie Heising scored two goals including the game winner 2:10 into overtime to lift the Wayzata girls hockey team to a 2-1 win over Minnetonka. The Trojans (7-2-2) host Eden Prairie in another Lake Conference game on Saturday."

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Monday, December 15, 2014

DNR: Luce Line open for winter fat tire biking

Minnesota state parks and trails has expanded the number of trails open for winter fat bike riding, including opportunities at five state parks and four state trails. These new riding opportunities are in addition to 20 miles of existing trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, a world-class mountain bike ride center, as rated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. The winter fat bike riding opportunities in Minnesota state parks and trails now total 78 miles.

“Getting out on a fat bike is a fun and healthy way to enjoy the outdoors in winter,” said Andrew Korsberg, trail program coordinator for Minnesota state parks and trails. “We’re excited to offer some more places to ride for this new and expanding winter sport.”

The Luce Line State Trail near Wayzata has 7 miles of multi-use trails open to fatbiking.
Fat bikes are bicycles with large, low-pressure tires designed for travel over snow or sandy soil. The bike tires are often larger than 3.5 inches with tire pressure less than 10 PSI.

Outdoors enthusiasts can now ride fat bikes at the following locations:

Northern Minnesota

  • Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (Ironton): 20 miles of groomed trails for fat biking.
  • Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 5.4 miles of trails to be groomed for fat biking.
  • Split Rock Lighthouse State Park (Two Harbors): 8.7 miles of trails to be groomed for fat biking and skate-skiing.


Metro Area

  • Fort Snelling State Park (St. Paul): 6 miles of multi-use trails packed for nonmotorized recreation, including fat biking.
  • Luce Line State Trail (Wayzata): 7 miles of multi-use trails groomed for nonmotorized recreation, including fat biking.
  • Gateway State Trail ((St. Paul): The trail from Cayuga Street to Jamaca Avenue (11.9 miles) is plowed and open to all winter biking, but east from Jamaca Avenue is groomed for cross-country skiing only.

Southern Minnesota

  • Douglas State Trail (Rochester-Pine Island): 13 miles of multi-use trails groomed for nonmotorized recreation, including fat biking.
  • Blazing Star State Trail/Myre-Big Island State Park (Albert Lea): 6 miles of multi-use trails groomed for nonmotorized recreation, including fat biking.
  • The DNR advises anyone riding a fat bike to avoid snowmobile and cross-country ski trails, because almost all of these trails are not open to other uses during the winter. Skier and snowmobiler user fees pay for grooming and maintenance of these trails.

For more information on fat biking and where to ride in Minnesota, visit www.mndnr.gov/fatbike or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

TWELVETV: Wayzata scores late hoop to pull out win



"Austin Slater’s tip-in basket with three seconds to play lifted the Wayzata boys basketball team to a 56-55 win over Holy Family. It was the only time the Trojans led all night. Johnny Beeninga led three Wayzata players scoring in double figures with 16 points."

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CRIME ALERT: Supsicious males inside local jewelry store


Wayzata Police responded to the call of two suspicious males inside a local jewelry store. They indicated to a sales clerk that they were there to look at engagement rings, but almost immediately split up and walked around the entire store, including hallways where there was no merchandise. They spent little time looking at engagement rings. The males left prior to police arrival, but were spotted by police in a vehicle near a second jewelry store minutes later. Through vehicle registration and having seen one of the suspects, police have subsequently identified one of the males. He has a criminal history to include aggravated assault and is a suspect in a jewelry store burglary in another suburb. It is common for burglary suspects to case an establishment during business hours prior to burglarizing the business when they are closed. There have been no burglaries committed in Wayzata since this incident occurred, likely because the suspects were spotted by police and followed for a period of time. Report any suspicious activity to Wayzata Police by dialing 911.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CROSS COUNTRY: 2014 NXN Nationals - Wayzata Boys & Girls



Team highlight photo montage video from the 2014 NXN National cross country meet held 12/6/14 in Portland, OR. All photos courtesy Kraig Lungstrom at kraiglungstrom.zenfolio.com/, and Lance Elliott at lanceelliott.com/. Music by Electric Light Orchestra: "Believe Me Now", Led Zeppelin: "Rock And Roll", and Allen Stone: "Celebrate Tonight".

Full Results at: nxn.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?do=title&title_id=187&event_id=13




Team highlight photo montage video from the 2014 NXN National cross country meet held 12/6/14 in Portland, OR. All photos courtesy of the athletes, parents, Kraig Lungstrom at kraiglungstrom.zenfolio.com/, and Lance Elliott at lanceelliott.com/. Music by U2: "MLK" and Matchbox Twenty: "Bright Lights".


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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Lynn McCarthy: Thank you Wayzata Volunteers

The following speech was presented by Lynn McCarthy to the Wayzata City Council on December 2, 2014:

Mr. Mayor and Council Members -

The established volunteer program in our city is relatively new…but the concept of volunteering is age old in this town. So many folks over the years gave… and many folks continue to give… again and again… to the various boards, committees and commissions. For one reason…they care about their city.

But my report tonight covers only the experiences of the City of Wayzata Volunteer Committee volunteers..a unit created under the leadership of Mayor Willcox in 2009.

One would think that after five years, the fervor of the Wayzata garden volunteers would cool down a bit.

But you know, it is just not happening. Even though the economic crisis that spawned the volunteer program has passed …the volunteers want to keep on working. We even had to turn down sponsors for the Adopt a Garden program this year, because we had too many takers. And the Dig-It Day volunteers (young and old) continue to mark the third Saturday in May as a time to get up early, get out the gloves and get to work.

In October the garden folks, under the leadership of Pat Broyles, geared up again with the Parks Department to clean out the flower beds and get them ready for winter. This year we had so many volunteers involved that we were finished with our work and ready to head home by 10:30. A big job accomplished by many hands in less than 2 hours.

The Post Office Pocket Park is going to beautiful next Spring. Remember to watch for it!. Our garden volunteers joined the Parks and Trails volunteers …headed by Merrily Borg Babcock… to spend a cold October morning digging holes, by hand, by auger, by any means available to put 1,000 bulbs into the ground. This job made planting flowers and cleaning up look like a piece of cake.

Again this year the volunteers for the Big Woods Initiative included Keller Williams folks, the Wayzata High School football team and local Scout troops. City volunteers worked with The Retreat, The Trust for Public Land, and the Minnesota Land Trust to plan and execute a 10th year anniversary event.

Next year we will be working on a new project. Our volunteers will be front and center with the Parks Department in executing a new city wide initiative to identify and help eliminate the Emerald Ash Bore before it takes a hold on our community.

I am very pleased to announce that we now have two volunteers doing clerical operations assistance at Public Works and we continue to provide collateral delivery service to rental properties for City Hall.

Some volunteers are supporting the work of the Historical Society by interviewing long time citizens of Wayzata and preserving their stories for the Historical Society Archives.

And then there is the work that the volunteers do for the Boardwalk residence and the work that the Boardwalk residence volunteers do for the community.

As part of the monthly speakers program on-site at the Boardwalk this year, volunteers recruited Major General Robert Shadley, historian Mary Berg, author Mary Lou Carpenter, the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and various local music groups and health organizations. Volunteers still keep the Book Club up and running.

Boardwalk residents have created their own internal volunteer organization and they take responsibility for mailings for the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations.

Let’s suffice it to say that our City volunteers do a lot. They write grant applications, attend leadership training, participate in monthly committee meetings, and have memberships on community and area senior boards.

In a city of 3600 hundred souls, over 269 volunteers contributed more than 8600 hundred hours in 2014…saving the city one hundred and seventy eight thousand dollars in in-kind services.

The 2008 economic downturn was a bump in the road that gave birth to a very viable and vital group of givers who are not slowing down. We are looking forward to another year of giving more and giving back.

My thanks to all the volunteers who operate in our City and my thanks to Bridget Anderson who has been the Council liaison to our committee. And I thank YOU for your time.

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WAYZATA LIBRARY: Used book sale

The Wayzata Library is having a used book sale this week:

Monday, Dec. 8, noon–4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 9, noon–4 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, noon–4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 11, noon–4 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 12, noon–4 p.m.

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WAYZATA HISTORY: Allegations of Police payoffs, The White Earth Tomahawk December 28, 1922

The following clip appeared in the White Earth Tomahawk on December 28, 1922, in a section entitled "News Briefs from Around the State."



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Wayzata Cross Country teams: boys 2nd and girls 6th at Nike Nationals

The Wayzata Boys and Girls Cross Country teams placed 2nd and 6th respectively at the Nike National Cross Country Championship meet, held December 6th, 2014 at the Glendeever Golf Course in Portland Oregon. You can view the final results here.



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Klapprich Ice Rink flooded

Public works flooded Klapprich park last week.  Ice skating will be in full swing as soon as weather allows.



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Saturday, December 06, 2014

TWELVETV: Wayzata takes a thriller in girls basketball



"It was an amazing ending to a good game.

The Wayzata girls basketball team led Eagan 55-53 until the Wildcats' Sydney Funk hit a three pointer with under 10 seconds to play to give Eagan a 56-55 lead.

Wayzata pushed the ball right upcourt and 8th grader Mimi Schrader hit a running bank shot at the buzzer to give the Trojans a thrilling 57-56 win."


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Monday, December 01, 2014

CITY OF WAYZATA: Open House scheduled for Amdal and Tanner

The City of Wayzata has issued an invite to the community to thank Council Members Amdal and Tanner for their service:



"An open house is being held for City Council Members Jack Amdal and Tom Tanner in honor of their service to the City of Wayzata.  Please join us for a public open house on Thursday, December 18, 5-7 p.m. with program at 6 p.m., in the Community Room at City Hall. Refreshments will be served."

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