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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wayzata Public Schools: 17 Students Place Well in NUMATS

Seventeen students from Wayzata Public Schools placed well in the Northwestern University Academic Talent Search for the past year, including two students that earned perfect scores in the math segments of the exam.  As an seventh grade student last year at Central Middle School (CMS), Matthew Qu earned a perfect score on the SAT math segment of the exam and Stephen Chen, as a seventh grade student at WMS, earned a perfect score on the ACT math segment.

In addition, East Middle School Vision 21 teacher Kathy Simson was named an Outstanding Educator by NUMATS for having 100-400 NUMATS registrants in 2013-14 with some scoring in the top 1-2 percent of the almost 20,000 students who participate din the program.

Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search is a program of the Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwester University that offers above grade-level testing for academically talented students. NUMATS uses ACT and SAT testing to provide a more accurate picture of the mathematical and verbal reasoning abilities of talented sixth through ninth grade students. The CTD provides students with materials that aid them in understanding their test scores, locating appropriate educational opportunities, and planning their future education.

Students that placed well on the exam include the following:
  • Hannah Bailey as a seventh grade student
  • Geoffrey Chen as a seventh grade student
  • Stephen Chen as a seventh grade student
  • Ruhi Doshi as a seventh grade student
  • Sophia He as a seventh grade student
  • Ketan Kotla as a seventh grade student
  • Matthew Qu as a seventh grade student
  • Ayush Ram as a seventh grade student
  • Ruhi Shirodkar as a seventh grade student
  • Benjamin Walker as a seventh grade student
  • Cara Fragomeni as an eighth grade student
  • Piljoo Jeon as an eighth grade student
  • Michael Li, as an eighth grade student
  • Brandon Lu as an eighth grade student
  • Raghunandan Nayak as an eighth grade student
  • Jason Weng, as an eighth grade student

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Wayzata Cross Country wins Roy Griak Invitational

Wayzata Boys Cross Country Team celebrating win at Roy Griak invite.
Image Courtesy Wayzata Track & Field.

The Wayzata Boys Cross Country Team won their 5th team title in school history at the Roy Griak Invitational held last Saturday with 80 points in 49 team field. Individual results are available here.

The girls team finished 2nd in a field of 40 teams as well.  Congratulations!

CITY OF WAYZATA: Public Safety Open House scheduled for Monday, October 6, 2014

Wayzata Football Alum with Little Brown Jug

Brandon Lingen, Ben Lauer, and Jeff Borchardt pause for a photo
with the Little Brown Jug. Image courtesy Jaime Sherwood.
Congratulations to Brandon Lingen, Ben Lauer, and Jeff Borchardt on the Minnesota Golden Gopher's victory over the Michigan Wolverines.  Minnesota is the current holder of the jug with a 30–14 victory on September 27, 2014. Through the end of the 2014 season, Michigan leads the series, 73–25–3.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fox 9: Wayzata High School's problem with overall-wearing Hard Hats group


Wayzata Brew Works expects to submit revised application

Distilling equipment.  Image courtesy Wayzata Brew Works Facebook Page.
The Sun Sailor is reporting that Bill Cavanagh of Wayzata Brew Works is working with an advisor and expects to resubmit a revised application to open a Micro-brewery and distillery at the Boatworks Building in Wayzata.  The article indicates items the company is still working through, including federal and state licensing requirements, distilling equipment set-up, and lease and personnel issues.

It was revealed that the previous PUD application by Wayzata Brew Works to the City of Wayzata was withdrawn at a Sept. 16 City Council meeting.

Stay tuned.

Women's Luxury Boutique House of 365 Now Open

House of 365 is a premier luxury boutique dedicated to providing customers with distinctive merchandise and superior service. The new storefront in downtown Wayzata offers Minnesotans a unique shopping experience with upscale selections of apparel, accessories, jewelry, beauty, and home designs. The boutique features exclusive designer brands from across the globe. House of 365 opened its doors August 25 along the shores of Lake Minnetonka at 750 East Lake Street.

House of 365 Grand Opening. Submitted photo.
Mother & Daughter, Kathleen and Annalise Bryan, founded House of 365 to share their love for international travel and fashion. Owner/CEO, Kathleen Bryan’s European roots are embodied in House of 365’s selection of high-quality wardrobe staples that reflect timeless elegance. To balance her mother’s classic aesthetic, Annalise Bryan resides in New York City and travels the world for one-of-a-kind pieces and designer looks unique to the Minnesota marketplace. When Annalise is not traveling worldwide, she will be offering her styling expertise to House of 365’s clientele. Together, The Bryan Women deliver levels of appeal to sophisticated women of all ages.

“The House of 365 concept is unlike any other boutique, and we are thrilled to share our
travel experiences through fashion,” says Annalise Bryan, Stylist/Buyer of House of 365. “We look forward to providing clients in the Midwest, with classic style, and timeless beauty.”

House of 365 showcases their favorite designers including Diane Von Furstenberg, Catherine Malandrino, Liviana Conti, and lingerie from Shell Belle Couture. In addition, House of 365 showcases local one-of-a-kind artisans including jewelry by Tess + Trish and Realia by Jen as well as organic beauty lines such as Angelberry Organics. As a full-service retailer, House of 365 offers styling and courier services. Additionally, with an expert tailor on premise, House of 365 has complete tailoring and alteration services available.

House of 365 hosted an invite-only Grand Opening celebration on the evening of Friday, September 19, 2014. Live music welcomed the guests while being treated to champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Friend of the family, Julian Lennon provided photography for a silent auction. In addition, House of 365’s runway show, showcased fall’s latest fashions.

Established in 2014 along the shores of Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata, Minnesota, the women’s boutique strives to make women look and feel beautiful 365 days a year. House of 365’s 4000 sq. ft. space features designer clothing, accessories, and shoes from exclusive brands from local artisans and luxury  labels across the globe. The brand is inspired by global influences and European style to blend elegance and sophistication.

Designers carried at House of 365

  • Diane Von Furstenberg
  • Andrew Marc
  • Kate Spade
  • Liviana Conti
  • J Brand
  • Zelda
  • Ecru
  • Cynthia Vincent
  • White and Warren
  • Rebecca Taylor
  • Rebecca Minkoff
  • Catherine Malandrino
  • Shell Belle Couture
House of 365 is open from Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  The boutique is located at 750 Lake Street East in Wayzata.  Visit the House of 365 Facebook page for more info and for pictures from the Grand Opening.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

HENNEPIN COUNTY: Construction on County Road 101 in Minnetonka, Woodland and Wayzata begins today

Hennepin County will reconstruct County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) in Minnetonka, Woodland and Wayzata. The project extends from north of Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) to US Highway 12 at Wayzata Boulevard. The project is slated to begin mid-September 2014 and is expected to be finished by fall 2016.

Eastman Lane and McGinty Road (Wayzata)

Eastman Lane and McGinty Road in Wayzata will be closed to traffic with only local access permitted on Thursday, September 25. McGinty Road is anticipated to reopen later this fall with Eastman Lane reopening in early spring 2015. Advance notice signs have been placed in the area and a signed detour will be provided.

Closure from Minnetonka Boulevard to U.S. Highway 12

It is anticipated that County Road 101 from Minnetonka Boulevard in Minnetonka to U.S. Highway 12 in Wayzata will be closed to vehicle thru traffic starting in October. This closure will remain for the duration of this project. Advance warning signs will be placed and a signed detour provided.

You can find the detour maps under closures and detours on the project webpage.

As part of the project, crews will begin clearing trees and other vegetation per the approved construction plans. Next, utility work will begin followed by the reconstruction of the road.

Grading of roundabout in Minnetonka

The contractor will begin grading the 90 degree curve of County Road 101 located just north of Minnetonka Boulevard at Breezy Point Curve and McKenzie Point Road, in preparation for installation of a roundabout. This work will also begin shortly after September 22. County Road 101 will remain open at this location during the start of this grading work.

Private utility relocations

Intermittent utility relocation work can be expected throughout the project corridor. Private utility companies will provide advance notice signs in areas of their work.

Railroad bridge

The bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, north of McGinty Road in Wayzata, is currently open and work will begin in this area at a later date. 

Gray’s Bay Marina and boat launch in Minnetonka

Throughout this reconstruction project, access will be maintained to the Gray’s Bay Marina slips and boat launch, although detours may be required to reach the marina. Updates will be provided as needed to slip holders and to launch users, as access may change on a regular basis as work proceeds.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Here's why we support Steve Tyacke for Wayzata City Council

Wayzata stands of the brink of a very bright future. But getting there will require great skill and foresight. Veer too far to the side of commercial development and we could destroy the very thing that makes Wayzata unique and desirable. Fall too far back on our history and we will deny the development that will define and empower that bright future.

Steve has the discipline, background and independence of mind to help guide us in the years ahead. He is neither an ideologue nor a listless observer. He listens. He considers and deliberates carefully. He does the work and shows up for all the meetings. And then he makes sensible decisions that stand up to scrutiny. He will earn every vote. He will get our votes. We hope you will join in.

David & Joan Floren

City of Wayzata: Fall Clean Up Volunteers Needed

Fall volunteers.  Image courtesy City of Wayzata.
You don't have to be a green thumb to help with the Fall Clean Up. We’ve enjoyed the city gardens all spring and summer but now we have to winterize the gardens. New and seasoned volunteers are needed to help with pulling the annual flowers from the city’s gardens on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 8 to 11 a.m. Volunteers will meet at Wayzata Public Works at 8 a.m. To sign up, please contact Pat at

Public Works Facility:
299 W. Wayzata Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391

City of Wayzata: Fall Leaf Pick Up

The Fall Leaf Pick Up will be on Monday, November 10th. Leaves must be bagged and placed curbside by 7:00 a.m.

Effective January 1, 2010, a State of Minnesota law went into effect that requires residents to bag their yard waste in compostable bags only. Compostable bags include paper Kraft bags or compostable plastic bags which are usually clear or a tinted shade of green, white or pink. The bags must state that they meet ASTM D6400 standards for compositing and they are “compostable.” Bags marked “biodegradable” or “degradable” do not meet the state law. For more information, call Randy’s Environmental Services at 763-972-3335.

City of Wayzata: Bell Tennis Courts Temporarily Closed for Repairs

The Bell Tennis Courts will be closed for repairs starting today (Monday, Sept. 22) until the end of Thursday, Sept. 25. Those interested in playing tennis during this time will be directed to the Wayzata West Middle School Tennis courts to play until the work is completed.

Bell Tennis Court notes from the City of Wayzata.

HISTORY: Launch for Sale at the Moore Boat Works - June 10, 1905

Minneapolis Journal advertisement for the Moore Boat Works - Minneapolis Journal - June 10, 1905