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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Lake Street Reconstruction update - drone video 07/12/2020


Catch this birds eye view of the final stages of the Lake Street reconstruction in Wayzata.

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Wayzata Neighborhood Garden: Residents Transform Unkept Area, Seek Watering Options

The city of Wayzata is full of gardens that come in all shapes and sizes. But there is one that is tended by two residents and shared by the entire neighborhood.

Circle Drive neighbors Bill Berneking & Diane Silikowski

It’s located on Circle Drive on the eastside of town on the other side of Hotel Landing.

“The Circle Drive Triangle Neighborhood garden is the inspiration, dedication, and hard work of Diane Silikowski,” said neighbor Bill Berneking. “Diane has collected, dug, and planted, dozens of plants - extras from friends and neighbors' gardens and rescues from the lots of tear-down houses.”

The small piece of land is owned by the City of Wayzata.

Until several years ago the triangle was an unkempt space of weeds, dandelions, and fallen tree branches, mowed now and then by the city.

Berneking, who lives across the street and calls himself Silikowsk's assistant, planted
three flowering peach trees many years ago to go with the several hackberrys planted by the city.

“I like to garden but need direction,” said Berneking who has lived in the neighborhood since 1968.

When Silikowski moved into the neighborhood a few years ago she saw a project.

“It’s a labor of love,” said Silikowski.

It did not take her long to transform the space and attract the interest and
support of neighbors. Hostas, ferns, and lilies are accented by a variety of
shade-loving flowers including Igularia, hydrangea, phlox, primrose, ginger, and astilbe.

“The unique hostas were donated by Billy at hostachoice.com, said Silikowski. “His residence is literally a hosta farm, with over 1,200 varieties of hostas that even the tier one nurseries like Dundee and Tonkadale don't sell.”

Berneking has a yard full of wildflowers and has moved many to the triangle. Springtime blooms include hepatica, bloodroot, bellwort, wood anemone, mayapple, columbine, Canada anemone, and even a trillium or two.

In addition to plant donations, neighbors have hauled wood chips from the city, contributed some annuals for color, added a couple of benches, and donated some solar lights.

“We have donations from many neighbors,” said Silikowski.

Now, they all enjoy a pleasant woodland garden and Silikowski and Berneking enjoy seeing the walkers stop and pause for respite.

Right now, water is carried by hand to the neighborhood garden.

Although Berneking and Silikowski enjoy the project, they are seeking a little assistance from local officials.

“We’re hoping the City of Wayzata will help us water it,” added Silikowski.

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Consultant Hired To Assist Section Foreman House National Registry, Conservancy Donor Cultivation

The Wayzata City Council approved the consulting services agreement with New History for the Wayzata Section Foreman House at Tuesday's city council meeting.

Wayzata's Section Foreman House
The council approved the consulting services agreement by a vote of 4-0. Council member Jeff Buchanan was absent.

You can review the agreement beginning on page 111 of the city council agenda.


Wayzata City Council Meeting July 7, 2020

The Section Foreman House is an historic structure that once housed railroad employees and their families beginning in the early 1900s.

The Wayzata house is believed to be the last building of its kind remaining on its original site.

Wayzata Section Foreman House Courtesy Deanne Straka

The City states that while the agreement is paid by the City of Wayzata, the Wayzata Conservancy has agreed to reimburse for the consulting services in full.

The agreement will allow New History to create and submit a National Register of Historic Places Nomination for the Section Foreman House.



The house will have more recognition and additional opportunities for grant funding for future renovations if the National Register nomination is approved.

In addition to the nomination, New History may help the Wayzata Conservancy with donor cultivation.

“The Conservancy at the City of Wayzata's direction is excited to leverage the experience of the team at New History to fully explore and hopefully achieve a listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in addition to exploring public and private funding sources to help preserve this important piece of Wayzata's history,” said Conservancy Board Chair Andrew Mullin.

The submission of the National Register of Historic Places Nomination is expected to cost between $8,000 and $12,000 according to New History’s proposal. Donor cultivation for the Wayzata Conservancy would be approximately $2,500 to $5,000.

New History was hired by the City of Wayzata in 2019 for an exterior stabilization phase of the Section Foreman House. This included a conditions assessment update, construction documents for stabilization, a design framework for reuse and a plan for reuse.

The restoration and reuse of the Section Foreman House is a part of the Panoway (formerly Lake Effect) Phase 2. 

Phase 1, which includes current construction on Lake Street, is already underway.

Courtesy City of Wayzata

The City of Wayzata is seeking $10 million in bonding from the State of Minnesota to fund the second phase of Panoway. That phase will include: Restoring the Section Foreman House to create a community room and interactive learning center for history and the environment, creating a new Eco Park and shoreland restoration, lakeside boardwalk and community docks, Wayzata Depot park area enhancement.


The restoration of the Section Foreman House and creation of the Eco Park will cost approximately $2 million.

Wayzata Section Foreman House History

The Section Foreman House was built in 1902.




Section foreman houses were popping up all along the expanding Great Northern Railroad to support the section foreman and their families. You could expect to see one every 20 miles or so. The section foreman oversaw keeping the rail in good repair.

These were simple homes. The Wayzata house is no exception. The home was originally 32 feet by 16 feet. It had two rooms each on the first and second levels. It cost $750 to build.

Through the years, the Section Foreman House underwent several changes, but the integrity of the original home was never diminished. In 1926, electrical lights were installed. A 100-foot pipeline was installed between the home and the city water main in 1938.

In 1943, the home was lifted to install a concrete foundation and basement. It was at this time that the home expanded; a first-level bedroom and living room increased the structure to 32 feet by 30 feet. A year later, toilet facilities and sewer lines were installed.

Dr. Charles N. Brooks bought the house from the railroad in the early 1960s. The following year, Brooks built a new entrance on the south end complete with a front porch and an expanded living room. The City of Wayzata acquired the home several decades later and has owned the house and the property since.

Panoway (Lake Effect) Background

In February of 2011, the city council appointed a Lakefront Task Force to research and provide a recommendation for the future of the City’s lakefront.

The city council adopted the Report of the Wayzata Lakefront Taskforce in January of 2012.

In March of 2014, the city council adopted the Wayzata Lakefront Final Framework Report.

Wayzata selected Civitas as the design team for the Lake Effect Signature Park schematic design in September of 2015.

On December 15, 2016, the city council approved an agreement with the Lake Effect Conservancy as a part of Resolution 29-2016 which defined the scope of the Lake Effect Project and its next steps.

That agreement states that the Conservancy will actively raise Private and Philanthropic Funding.

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Saturday, July 04, 2020

Declaration Of Independence


In Congress, July 4, 1776.

Courtesy Architect at the Capitol, aoc.gov

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. 

Courtesy National Archives, archives.gov


Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. 

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Energetic Committee Propelling Wayzata Forward


The Energy & Environment Committee is relatively new, but its tackling issues that have been around for a long time.

Energy & Environment Committee Zoom Meeting June 23, 2020

On Tuesday, the group met on Zoom like so many meetings are being held these days.

Councilmember Jeff Buchanan serves as the Council Liaison. Committee members include: 
Kathleen Jones, Emily Robare, Amy Stielow, KC Chermak, Polly Anderson, Chrissie Olson, Alessandra Bajetti (student member)

"The creation of the Energy and Environment Committee really came out as a key initiative of the City’s 2040 Visioning process," said Wayzata City Manager Jeff Dahl. "That engagement process included the involvement of several hundred community members."

Wayzata has partnered with Xcel Energy and the Center for Energy and Environment in the Partners in Energy Program.

The program provides communities free services to develop an energy plan in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Wayzata is among more than 20 communities that are taking part in the program. Nearby communities of Minnetonka and Shorewood are also a part of the program.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the committee talked about the importance of obtaining grants as a way to fund the mission:

The purpose of the Energy and Environment Committee is to conduct research and provide recommendations to the City Council concerning energy and environmental issues and initiatives confronting the City based on research and collaboration with City staff. Under direction from the City Council, the Committee shall work to protect and preserve the ecological resources of the community so that they are in balance with the economic, recreational, and historic resources of our land and Lake Minnetonka for generations to come.

"There really is no capital budget for the group, so they are initially focused on engaging the community and information gathering in order to both conserve energy and sustain our natural resources," said Dahl. "While this initiative will have positive net financial impacts to the community, it will lean heavily on grants to help with any major projects that need resources." 

A big part of the committee’s role is to act as a research arm of the City Council.

The committee is expected to make recommendations to the City Council that can inform environmental priorities into city departments and operations.

One idea is examining the fleet of vehicles the city currently has and exploring purchasing practices to best conserve energy and save money.

Improving water quality and conservation is also a priority for the group.

"It (The Energy & Environment Committee) will help build community and meet our overall vision, which is: Wayzata is a charming, socially connected, and walkable lakeside community," said Dahl. "A multi-generational community at the forefront of sustainability, with a healthy environment, enticing parks and public spaces. It is a proud steward of its premier natural asset; Lake Minnetonka."

Friday, June 26, 2020

Wayzata Historical Society Partners With Other Area Organizations, Exploring Possible Consolidation

In a recent letter to Wayzata Historical Society members, the organization announced it is partnering with other area historical organizations.

Wayzata Depot Museum, Courtesy Wayzata Historical Society
The other groups includes the Deephaven Historical Society, Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, Minnetonka Historical Society, The Museum of Lake Minnetonka, and Westonka Historical Society.

These organizations are conducting a viability study of a possible consolidation and/or strategic alliance.

"Members and key volunteers of all the historical organizations had concerns about the sustainability and efficacy of our mission-supporting activities such as programs, archives, publications, etc.," said Wayzata Historical Society President Aaron Person.

The Wayzata Historical Society says that the six organizations have collaborated in the past and share similar missions, members, funders, volunteers and audiences.

 "We've collaborated successfully on three projects in recent years -- the book Images of America: Lake Minnetonka, a Lake Minnetonka History Tour, and cross-promotion of programs and events via newsletter insert," said Person.

The study was made in part through a $52,000 grant funded by money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

"We are hiring a consultant to make sure that everyone's voice is heard and that the outcome has only positive benefits for each group and/or Lake Minnetonka history as a whole," said Person.

The project begins this summer and is expected to be completed by next summer.

The Wayzata Historical Society was founded in 1982.

For many years the Wayzata Historical Society was based entirely within the Wayzata Depot. 

In the mid-2000s, the Society’s archives were moved from the basement of the Depot to the new Wayzata Library on Rice Street. 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

$10M For Wayzata Lake Effect Doesn't Make Special Session Cut

As new asphalt paved the way along Lake Street as part of the Panoway (Lake Effect) Project Phase 1, a $10 million request for Phase 2 stalled at the state Capitol.

Courtesy Lake Effect Conservancy/City of Wayzata























A week-long special session ended Saturday morning with many items still on the table.

One of these includes a bonding bill.

But even if legislators passed a bonding bill, both the House version, HF107, and the Senate version, SF4, did not include the $10 million the city of Wayzata had asked for.

This is the second time Wayzata's request did not make the cut.


In May, as the regular session wrapped up, Panoway Project Phase 2 was not on the final version of bonding bills before the legislature.

This hasn't deterred the city.

“We fully anticipate being a part of the bonding bill and need the funding in order to move forward Phase 2," said Wayzata City Manager Jeff Dahl. "It’s a long process of obtaining public funds, though, that may continue beyond this year.”

With a lot of unfinished business in St. Paul, the Legislature could be called back for another session in July.

That means Wayzata's $10 million ask may have another chance.

In an effort to secure state funds, the city hired Lockridge, Grindal, Nauen PLLP in August of 2019 to advocate for Wayzata.

The firm was initially hired on a 12-month, $40,000 contract.

“We have no interest in ending our partnership with LGN on capturing public funds to assist in meeting the initiatives of the City,” said Dahl.

Back in October, Wayzata city officials hosted the Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee to educate them on the importance of a boardwalk and ecological restoration along the shoreline of Lake Minnetonka as a part of Phase 2.

In January, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recommended a $10 million for a grant to the City of Wayzata.

But funding Panoway Phase 2 is not limited to a $10 million request of the state.

In 2016, the city council approved an agreement with the Lake Effect Conservancy.

“The Wayzata Conservancy role in support of the City of Wayzata's efforts to bring forward Panoway are as follows: Advocacy, Fundraising, and Project Coordination,” said Conservancy Board Chair Andrew Mullin.

Mullin says that the Conservancy has pledges of nearly $2 million dollars. 

But that number could be negatively impacted because of the current economic downturn.

“The Covid pandemic and resulting recession/depression have made an already challenging fundraising task even more difficult and will likely place some of our private pledges to date at risk,” said Mullin.

Pledged money aside, Mullin says the Conservancy's cash balance as of May 31, was $201,224.90.

“The project will continue to evolve and the City with support from the Conservancy will pursue both regional and state public dollars in addition to private support for Panoway on Wayzata Bay to complement any funding we may receive from bonding,” said Mullin.    

Mullin says the Conservancy plans to have some community engagement events on or around Phase 1 construction completion this fall.

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Panoway (Lake Effect) Project Phase 1 is already underway – reconstructing Lake Street from Barry Avenue to Broadway Avenue, creating a multi-use park, and extending the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.

Panoway (Lake Effect) Project Phase 2 includes the restoration of the Section Foreman House, building a boardwalk along the lakefront, and restoring the Lake Minnetonka shoreline.

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Panoway (Lake Effect) Background

In February of 2011, the city council appointed a Lakefront Task Force to research and provide a recommendation for the future of the City’s lakefront.

The city council adopted the Report of the Wayzata Lakefront Taskforce in January of 2012.

In March of 2014, the city council adopted the Wayzata Lakefront Final Framework Report.

Wayzata selected Civitas as the design team for the Lake Effect Signature Park schematic design in September of 2015.

On December 15, 2016, the city council approved an agreement with the Lake Effect Conservancy as a part of Resolution 29-2016 which defined the scope of the Lake Effect Project and its next steps.

That agreement states that the Conservancy will actively raise Private and Philanthropic Funding.





Friday, June 19, 2020

Authors Bette Hammel, Reed Wahlberg pair up to publish Murder Mystery centered around Lake Minnetonka in late 1800's

Wayzata resident and noted Architectural Author Bette Hammel has partnered with first time author Reed Wahlberg to publish a fiction novel featuring a murder in the late 1800's in the Lake Minnetonka area. 

The pair held an intimate gathering at the Great Lawn recently to announce the new book. Wayzata.com was personally invited to cover the event:


Titled Big Island Remembered: Rollercoasters, Romance & Rage on Lake Minnetonka, the book is available for order now on Amazon.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Wayzata High School 2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremony Set For July 1


Wayzata High School will host a virtual graduation ceremony Wednesday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m.

The school district said that a follow-up email with details for accessing the virtual ceremony will be sent to all families on Monday, June 29.  

Graduation Celebration and Diploma Pick-Up

On Tuesday, June 30, and Wednesday, July 1, all seniors can come to the high school campus to receive their diploma. 

The Wayzata High School Stadium and field will be used to conduct a diploma distribution and celebration for each graduate. 

Professional photographers from Lifetouch Studios will be present, taking pictures of students receiving their diploma and celebrating this milestone event. 

Photographs will be provided digitally to families at no cost.

Guests

Graduates and their families should arrive in one car. Only members of the senior's immediate family will be allowed inside the stadium and on the field for viewing and picture taking. The event will be streamed live via Facebook for extended family members to watch. 

Attire

Students should wear their school issued cap and gown. 

Tentative Schedule

The schedule below is designed to minimize traffic flow and maintain a safe, secure environment for students, parents/guardians, and staff. 

Tuesday, June 30

     1:00 - 3:00 … Last Names A-Fj
     3:00 - 5:00 … Last Names Fl-Laq
     5:00 - 7:00 … Last Names Lar-Ra
     7:00 - 9:00 … Last Names Rb-Z

Wednesday, July  1

     12:00 - 1:30 … Last Names Rb-Z
     1:30 - 3:00 … Last Names Lar-Ra
     3:00 - 4:30 … Last Names Fl-Laq
     4:30 - 6:00 … Last Names A-Fj

Note: Students who are not able to meet the schedule above will be provided an alternative date to receive their diploma in August or may request to have their diploma mailed home. 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Hotel Landing Riding Out COVID-19 Storm, Wayzata Residents Reconsider Overseas Trips

The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly challenging for the staff of Wayzata's The Hotel Landing, restaurant ninetwentyfive and Läka Spa.



“Like most all hotels in the state, and the country for that matter, we were faced with unfathomable declines in demand and revenues," said The Hotel Landing Area Director of Sales & Marketing Diane Reardon. "That coupled with the concerns for the health and safety of our staff, guests and communities created challenges we couldn’t have dreamed possible back in February.”

There have been more than 24,000 direct hotel-related jobs lost in Minnesota due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Like hotels across the country, the significant impact of the pandemic put us in the heartbreaking situation of having to furlough many of our employees and eliminate positions,” said Reardon. “Since the outset of the pandemic, we have worked diligently to support our team even while they have been out of work. We, along with our management company Sage Hospitality Group, launched an associate relief fund that allowed us to provide our out-of-work associates with care packages of food and other necessary household items.”

Travel spending in Minnesota year-to-date is down 83% as of the week ending May 23  according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

“Initially, we of course saw a huge decline in every kind of travel and business at our hotel,” said Reardon. “Currently, we are seeing pickup in leisure travel, as there is pent up demand for people who want to get out of the house after being cooped up for weeks on end. We’re seeing that a lot of this demand is coming from the local and regional area.”

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) says in May, the number of passengers being screened at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is down more than 90 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

There were 501 daily departures in May 2019 compared to just 124 in May 2020.

Jim & Judy Betty of Wayzata

Judy and Jim Betty of Wayzata booked a cruise for mid-September along the Danube River in Europe.

"During early March, British Airways cancelled our flight and rebooked us on a much less direct route," said Jim Betty. "At that point, I contacted them and they were most happy to refund the cost of the flight."

Betty said uncertain conditions regarding international travel at this time was a factor in deciding to cancel the trip.

"Will the cruise even operate? Will we be quarantined upon arrival and what actual flights will be offered by fall?," said Jim Betty.

Fortunately, the Bettys have someone in their corner to help with cancelling the trip.

"We have worked with the same travel agent for at least 20 years, she is our advocate in all those issues, and any refunds that the trip operators offer will be returned to us," said Jim Betty. "It is a good decision to use a competent travel agent."