Jan. 18, 2022

City of Wayzata to study electric vehicles

On January 4th the Wayzata City Council discussed a professional services agreement to participate in an electric vehicle fleet study. As part of the study, non-commercial city vehicles, including utility trucks and police cars would have devices attached to track energy usage data. Larger vehicles like fire trucks and plows would not be tracked. In total, 33 vehicles would be part of the study.

The vehicles will be tracked for at least 90 days and possibly more if necessary to capture adequate data.

The service agreement comes at the recommendation of the Energy and Environment Committee, which is partnering with Xcel Energy. The cost of participating in the study is an estimated $22,000, which Xcel would reimburse the city for.

The study was originally slated to take place last year but was pushed back. 

“It’s really, in addition to doing the right thing and being stewards of the environment, also to save the city money,” Dahl said. 

Once completed, the committee and city would be given recommendations for vehicle upgrades and needed infrastructure. The city council would ultimately be able to choose whether or not to adopt any recommendations.

Councilor Alex Plechash asked for assurance that more would be considered in making decisions on electric vehicles and infrastructure than just saving the city money.

“I would assume if we go down this path, which I expect that we will, we will cycle (vehicles) out appropriately rather than replacing them all lock, stock and barrel,” he said. 

“We’re going to go through it and ensure there are no unintended costs incorporated into that,” Dahl said.

The council unanimously approved taking part in the study.

Plechash asked for an item on affordable housing subsidies to be removed from the consent agenda to be discussed further, which was agreed upon by the council. 

The proposed action was the adoption of a resolution to amend the business subsidy criteria and public financing policy to incorporate affordable and life-cycle housing. Dahl said this item came forward after amendments were discussed at an HRA workshop. 

“They want to make sure it’s consistent with the comprehensive plan and that affordable housing was part of the criteria as well,” Dahl said. 

Iverson and Mouton asked whether it would be beneficial to detail what affordable housing is specifically in Wayzata. City attorney David Schelzel said it is better to leave the language flexible so it may be applied in context of different funding sources, such as tax increment financing (TIF).

Dahl mentioned the idea of the council holding a workshop to discuss affordable housing subsidies in greater detail. Iverson supported the idea with the intention of holding a workshop this year.

“I would really support a workshop to take a look at the existing apartments we have that are somewhat dated. And really focus on the quality of lives that people have there,” she said.

The resolution passed unanimously.

Posted in City of Wayzata
Jan. 14, 2022

Officer honored at council for life-saving heroics

Wayzata police officer Dave Wilson’s quick thinking saved a life back in August 2020 and on Jan. 4 he was recognized for his heroic efforts in front of the city council.

Early in the morning on Aug. 27, 2020, Wilson was called to the scene of an unconscious man who was electrocuted at a work site on Waycliffe Drive N. The unconscious man was surrounded by coworkers who were there for a landscaping job trying to provide him aid when Wilson arrived. 

As the first on the scene, he checked the man for a heartbeat. There was none, and he was not breathing. Wilson immediately began performing life-saving measures such as CPR and chest compressions before using his defibrillator and shocking his heart back to work.

Paramedics were able to transport the man to the hospital where he regained consciousness and after a short recovery was able to go home.

“Without his quick response and vital, life-saving measures that Officer Wilson provided, the young man may not have survived this incident,” Chief Marc Schultz said. “Officer Dave Wilson is to be recognized for his swift response and exemplary actions in an obvious life or death situation.”

With that, Schultz presented Wilson with the Wayzata Police Department Life Saving Award and Medal. Wilson was in attendance with members of his family but declined to take the podium for comment.

“This is not the first time Officer Wilson has received an award similar to this,” said city manager Jeff Dahl. “This is a really good picture of who he is as a servant of the community.”

Mayor Johanna Mouton and councilor Cathy Iverson echoed the words of Schultz and Dahl in speaking about Wilson.

“Your actions were exemplary in saving a man’s life — a man who came to work in this community and was able to go home because of your thoughtfulness, your swift response and your training,” Mouton said. “As someone who has been your neighbor and now your colleague, I am very proud to say that we have people who always rise to the call to protect and serve every single day.”

Jan. 12, 2022

Keys and Car stolen from woman at Wayzata East Middle School

by Wayzata Public Schools Superintendent Chace Anderson

I am writing to make you aware of an incident that happened in the East Middle School (EMS) parking lot on Sunday afternoon, January 9. During a basketball game at EMS, a woman walking into the building was approached by a male near the doors of the building.

This person told her to give him her car keys, which she was holding in her hand. The woman refused and this person grabbed the keys out of her hands and stole her car.

The perpetrator did not demonstrate any possession of a weapon and the woman was not injured. We know incidents like these are very concerning. Please know we are working closely with the Plymouth Police Department to investigate this incident and do everything we can to prevent it from happening in the future.

Although incidents such as these are relatively rare, here are some precautions offered by the Police Department you can take: Always have your mobile phone handy—and charged. Be aware of your surroundings. Pay special attention to people who seem to be lurking or cars that suspiciously follow you. Call 911 and use your key fob or other car alarm if you feel a threat. Don't sit in your car with the door unlocked or the windows rolled down. Safety is always our number one priority. Thank you for your on-going support. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Jan. 12, 2022

Happy New Year!

As we look back on the past year the Covid-19 pandemic continues to grip the nation and the world as it has since 2020.

The impact can be felt in almost all facets of life including in our personal lives, social activities, mental health, health care, education, agriculture, manufacturing, restaurants, sporting events, and more.

Hospitals in Minnesota are pushed to the brink as almost all beds are full. This threatens the expedient care we need and expect, according to the major care providers.

We have all heard many stories from friends and neighbors who have lost loved ones. Many businesses and organizations have fallen to market forces and had to close their doors or adjust to a new normal, repeatedly.

Others organizations are having trouble getting raw materials, inventory, and or labor to accomplish even the most basic functions.

Political and racial tensions are runing high due to our developing connected 24/7 communication channels.

The new year marks an opportunity to move on, for better or worse from a very challenging 2021. Elisha and I and our daughters Nikki, Jenny, & Katie wish you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2022.

Dan Gustafson

Posted in From the Editor
Jan. 12, 2022

Wayzata Boys Hockey Skates to Win Over Rogers

The Wayzata boys hockey team scored the first three goals of the game on the way to a 4-1 win over Rogers Tuesday night. Cashen Naeve opened the scoring for Wayzata, netting the lone goal of the first period. Kasen Sauer and Luke Miller scored in the second period and Max McCollins in the third. Oden Eliason scored the only goal for the Royals (8-6-1). The Trojans (8-5-1) return to Lake Conference play Thursday hosting St. Michael-Albertville.

Jan. 12, 2022

Wayzata School Board Members Sworn In

Two new school board members and one returning board member took the oath of office to serve on the Wayzata School Board. Milind Sohoni and Heidi Kader are new to the board. Sarah Johansen has served since 2013. Sohoni is the first Indian-American to serve on the school board.

Jan. 9, 2022

Wayzata Wrestling Pins Minnetonka

The Wayzata wrestling team started its match Wednesday with five straight pins on the way to a 63-14 win over Lake Conference opponent Minnetonka. Among the ranked wrestlers for the Trojans to win were Luke Koenen at 106 pounds, Kyler Wong at 145, and Adam Cherne at 170. All three are ranked in the top five in the state in their weight class. Wayzata’s season record in duals is now 3-2.

Jan. 8, 2022

Wayzata Gymnastics Tops Hopkins

Wayzata and Hopkins gymnastics teams each recorded their high team scores of the season as the Trojans defeated the Royals 143.250-140.275. Wayzata is now 4-0 in dual meets this season; the Royals are 3-1. Hopkins’ Annabelle Speers won three of the four events and the meet’s all-around title with a score of 36.15. Wayzata’s Izzy Hayden, who won the balance beam, was second in the all-around with a score of 36.00. The two teams will be the favorites to compete for the Section 6AA title February 12th at Hopkins High School.

Jan. 3, 2022

Wayzata Boys Basketball Falls to La Crosse Central

The Wayzata boys basketball team lost to a good Wisconsin team in the second round of the Capital City Classic at Concordia University in St. Paul, falling to La Crosse Central 63-54.

Dec. 22, 2021

Boys Basketball moves to 4-2 with Carter Bjerke leading team

The Wayzata boys basketball team is 6 games into their season headed into the holiday break. The team beat Champlin Park 58-39 on Tuesday to advance to 4-2 on the season.

Senior Carter Bjerke is pictured grabbing a rebound in a game against Lakeville South. The 6’9” forward can post up, rebound, block, dribble and shoot from NBA three point range.

Bjerke had 16 points and 13 rebounds in the Trojans 59-50 win over Cretin-Derham Hall in the Breakdown Classic on December 18th.

He has also committed to playing for the University of St. Thomas next year when he graduates.

Carter Bjerke - Stats after 6 games played

Average per game:

  • 27 minutes
  • 18.2 points
  • 8.3 rebounds
  • 2.7 assists
  • 1.2 blocks

The Trojans play Osseo on December 29th at Concordia University.

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