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.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Launch your summer at Wine on Wayzata Bay--June 28th, 2019

It's June and time for the best annual summer kick-off party on Lake Minnetonka--Wine On Wayzata Bay 2019. This event, supports Wayzata Sailing's programs, scholarships and the new Mike Plant Community Boathouse. The whole fast paced evening is a little Jimmy Buffet meets Martha's Vineyard. It's a great time on the shores of Wayzata Sailing and Wayzata Yacht Club with boat Rrdes, a grand tasting presented by Wayzata Wine & Spirits, music by Rebel Fiddle, great appetizers from Benedicts, KIPS and Mill Valley Kitchen and more.

A true signature of the event is our "Pirate's Dozen Treasure Chest Raffle" where our specially chosen 18 items range all the way to priceless and include jewelry, experiences and wine of course! Raffle tickets to play are only 10.00 each. Most of all you can' beat the view and incredible photo ops you'll enjoy!

The event starts at 5:00PM with a VIP party and tour of the new Mike Plant Community Boathouse name in honor of Mike Plant, a local boy who learned to sail on Lake Minnetonka and became America's first single handed yachtsman to sail around the globe 3 times. At 6:30PM a 100 year-old canon will BOOM! and the Grand Tasting will lead the way to terrific evening of fun!
We are almost at a sell out and if you hurry you can get details and ticket info here:

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Wayzata Historical Society October Program: Changes In Wayzata

Courtesy: Wayzata Historical Society
The Wayzata Historical Society’s October program will focus on eight buildings that have been or will be demolished by the end of 2019.

Some of the buildings include Meyer Brothers Dairy, Wayzata State Bank, Pettitt & Kysor Market, Goldmine Antiques and the Rosekrans house.

The program will take place at the Wayzata Community Room at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 11.

For more information visit or contact the Wayzata Historical Society at (952) 473-3631.

Wayzata Flying Pancake Breakfast scheduled for July 4th, 2019

Begin your day with a "Revolutionary" Breakfast!

A young girl catches Flying Pancakes. Photo: Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.
The Lake Minnetonka Society of the Children of the American Revolution will again be hosting the 4th of July Pancake Breakfast at the Wayzata Depot! Chris Cakes and his traveling grill and spatula will be making pancakes--dozens at a time.

Young children enjoy pancakes on the lawn of the Wayzata Depot. Photo: Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.
Guests are encourage to catch the pancakes tossed from the grill if they can. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, a cold drink and a free flag. Admission is $7.00 at the door, and US Veterans eat free.

The 7th Pennsylvania Regiment of Revolutionary actors will tell tales and interact with guests including loading and firing their powder muskets. The Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard will also be in attendance for your entertainment.

If you go:
402 East Lake Street
8am to noon on July 4th

Flying pancakes! Photo: Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Boatworks application tabled at request of Rick Born

Wayzata Boatworks Concept Rendering - City of Wayzata Planning Commission Packet
Wayzata Boatworks owner Rick Born has submitted a letter to the City of Wayzata Planning Commission requesting that the item be tabled so he and his team can continue to work on revising the plans:

Stay tuned!

Wayzata Match Cup Photo Mashup

The Lake Minnetonka Summer Splash was last weekend. One of the events included the Wayzata Match Cup which was held on June 20-23rd on Wayzata Bay.

Sam Rogers is the organizer of the event and provided these photos from Power Play Action Images, which the staff of remixed into a photo mashup with a killer track. Enjoy!

Wayzata Art Experience winners named

From the Wayzata Art Experience Facebook page, Brian Larson of the Wayzata Chamber presents the Best of Show awards:

Congratulations to our 2019 Winners! We are so honored to have had you in Wayzata this weekend.

🥇Best in Show: Melissa Luoma - Jewelry

🥈2nd Place: Coreen Johnson - Painting

🥉3rd Place: Ben Otten - Painting

Gimme Shelter: Dock Rights and the Reasonable Use Doctrine

In 2012 I bought a small vacant lakeshore parcel on Medicine Lake in Plymouth in order to install a dock and park a boat.

The resulting regulatory and neighbor driven firestorm that rained down upon me as a result--and the coverage by the media was intense. The so called “war” with Plymouth and the neighbors made the front page of the Star Tribune, the local papers, and the 10 o'clock news on several stations.

Plymouth's stance completely disregarded Federal jurisdiction on Navigable Waters of the United States and the Statutes regulating the promulgation of surface water zoning by municipalities.

Of course the property had been for sale on the MLS for a number of years, and the two adjacent neighbors did not and would not acquire the property from my predecessor in title.

City Staff in Plymouth misunderstood the issue, thinking that water / riparian rights derived from owning riparian land can be regulated by land use rules and not surface water rules.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Wayzata Wizard Seeks New Home

Dan Gustafson interviews Amy Schuett about the effort to relocate the Wayzata Wizard after the property at 244 Wayzata Boulevard East has been sold.


Saturday, June 22, 2019

Sights and Sounds of the Jerrod Niemann / The Sisterhood Band

Jerrod Niemann at the Bash for the Boardwalk. Image: Wayzata Photography.
It's saturday morning and the Lake Minnetonka Summer Splash is well underway. Last evening the Sisterhood Band opened for Jerrod Niemann at the Bash for the Boardwalk hosted at the Wayzata Boatworks. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wayzata Lake Effect Conservancy.

Tickets still available for the New Power Generation!!!

A great time was had by all! Here are some of the sights and sounds from the evening!

Attendees enjoy an adult beverage from Birch's. Image: Wayzata Photography.
Ruby Stewart of The Sisterhood Band performs at the Bash for the Boardwalk. Image: Wayzata Photography.

Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board continues public outreach

Pictured left to right: Ben Hovland, Becky Pierson, Dan Gustafson, Eddie Ulrich.
The Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board presented this plaque celebrating the Wayzata Depot to the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce last week as part of an ongoing community outreach campaign.

The design work was done by Fuzzy Duck and the print was provided by the UPS Store.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Kick off summer with the lakeside festival, Wayzata Art Experience, June 22 & 23

Wayzata, MN, (June 11, 2019): Everybody get lakeside! The Lake Minnetonka Summer Splash is happening on the shores of Wayzata Bay June 21st - 23rd.

Kick off summer with the lakeside festival, Wayzata Art Experience, June 22 & 23.

Wayzata Fire Department wins annual softball game over Wayzata Police 42-16

The Wayzata Fire Department beat the Wayzata Police Department in the annual softball game held at Klapprich Park on Thursday, June 13, 2019. 

The annual charity game is presented by the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition and is sponsored by Old National Bank. The winning team receives $501, and 2nd place receives $499.

Wayzata Police and Fire Departments pose with the Old National Bank Cup, the trophy awarded to the winning team from the annual Police vs. Fire game. Image: 

Electric Bikes donated to Wayzata Police Department to honor fallen officer William Mathews

Pictured, left to right: Wayzata Chief of Police Mike Risvold, Renewal by Andersen of the Twin Cities manager Tim Ruff and Shawn Mathews, widow of fallen officer Bill Mathews.
The Wayzata Police Department has accepted a donation of two electric bikes from the Andersen window company via the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition.

Mathews, 47, was struck and killed by a vehicle while on duty in 2017 when responding to a 911 call about debris on Highway 12. Officer Mathews had served the Wayzata Police Department for nine years, and had also served in various communities prior.

After a Renewal by Andersen sales consultant met with Shawn Mathews, Officer Mathews’ widow, and learned of her story, the company reached out to the police department to ask what they needed. As a result, Renewal by Andersen decided to honor Officer Mathews with a donation of two much-needed e-bikes for the department.

Valued at $5,800, the e-bikes will help the department with patrol and community outreach efforts.

“We are grateful for Renewal by Andersen’s donation to the Crime Prevention Coalition, which will help the department better serve our community – what a fine way to honor Officer Mathews’ memory,” said Wayzata Chief of Police Mike Risvold.

Renewal by Andersen presented the e-bikes to the police department during a ceremony on Thursday, June 13, prior to the annual Wayzata Fire vs. Wayzata Police charity softball game at Klapprich Field.

“When we met Shawn, we were touched by her story, and we knew we wanted to take action to honor her late husband’s memory,” said Tim Ruff, manager of Renewal by Andersen of the Twin Cities. "We could think of no better way than donating this much-needed equipment to the police department Officer Mathews dedicated his life to for so many years. It’s important to us to try to make a difference in our community.”