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.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

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Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Panoway Trees Plan & Elections On Tonight's City Council Agenda

The 2020 Election Plan and the 2040 Comp Plan are on the Wayzata City Council Tuesday's agenda.

A workshop is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and the council meeting is set for 7 p.m.

Courtesy City of Wayzata
 The design of Panoway Phase I will be reviewed during the workshop.

According to city staff, the city of Wayzata has received more than a dozen emails from property owners and tenants regarding the concern of the proposed trees on both sides of Lake Street between Walker and Barry.

Also, City of Wayzata staff has been meeting with Hennepin County officials about the pending 2020 elections. Staff and council will provide an update during the workshop on the elections as it relates to COVID-19.

You can review the Wayzata City Council Workshop Agenda here.

Meanwhile, during the city council meeting, a presentation will be given about Tour de Tonka by Tim Litfin.

The city council will also consider approving the plan for Ventana Apartments at 253 Lake Street East.

It will also consider the adoption of the 2040 Wayzata Comprehensive Plan.

You can review the Wayzata City Council Meeting Agenda here.


Both the council workshop and city council meeting will be held remotely using video conferencing platform Zoom.

Members of the public may listen but comments will not be accepted at the meeting.

Members of the public may submit comments or questions about items on the agenda in advance by emailing

The public can listen to the meeting via phone by calling (312) 626-6799.

The public may participate via Zoom using the following Zoom Meeting IDs:

  • 6 p.m. City Council Workshop Zoom Meeting ID: 947 4999 9603
  • 7 p.m. City Council Meeting Zoom Meeting ID: 939 940 9519

Lake Street Construction Drone Video 5/30/2020

Here's a bird's eye view of Wayzata's Lake Street on April 18, 2020.

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Monday, June 01, 2020

Community Conversations: Lambert Brown & Marcus Carpenter reflect on George Floyd death

Community Leaders Marcus Carpenter and Lambert Brown join's Dan Gustafson to discuss the death of George Floyd and the ensuing chaos in Minneapolis.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Minneapolis Burns

African American leaders in Wayzata respond to George Floyd death

Smoke billows from Lake Street in Minneapolis in the dawn on May 30th, 2020 with Bde Maka Ska in the foreground. Photo submitted by Decker Velie.

The Minnesota National Guard was fully mobilized under Gov. Walz orders on Saturday morning in attempt to bring a group of “tightly controlled” outside agitators under control as Minneapolis reeled from another night of riots, chaos, and arson.

The civil unrest has been in response to the death of unarmed African American male George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Violence has spread to Atlanta, New York and Portland, Oregon. Large protests have occurred in San Jose, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, and dozens of other large cities according to multiple sources.

Mayor Ken Willcox declared a curfew within the City of Wayzata on Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 8 pm to 6 am on Sunday, May 31, 2020; and from 8 pm on Sunday, May 31, 2020 to 6 am Monday, June 1, 2020.

City Manager Jeff Dahl commented on the situation via email, “We are experiencing a mixture of anger and sadness over the tragic murder of George Floyd. At this point, the City’s primary goal is to maintain peace and order in our grieving community.”

Community Leader Marcus Carpenter had this to be say in a video interview, “We can’t have what we all saw happen to George Floyd, we cannot have that again. We have to get better.” Carpenter continued, “What do we need to do to ensure we don’t see this again? There’s an opportunity for us to come together.”

Community Leader Lambert Brown also joined the interview and had this reaction, “It’s been a range of emotion, I can’t even say shocked, I was saddened, heartbroken for the family.”

Brown continued, “At the same time, we are trying to be there for our friends and the community.”

Watch the full video interview with Marcus Carpenter and Lambert Brown on as part of our Community Conversations continuing program.  Premieres at 6am Monday June 1, 2020.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Wayzata Curfew Extended

The City of Wayzata has extended its curfew.

Monday evening's curfew begins at 10 p.m. and runs through Tuesday at 4 a.m.

Tuesday evening's curfew begins at 10 p.m. and runs through 4 a.m. Wednesday.

The curfew does not extend to people traveling to or from work, emergency services, law enforcement, news media, people seeking emergency medical care or fleeing danger.

The curfew is being implemented based on the recent rioting in the Metro area.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Special City Council Meeting Friday Regarding Restaurant Patio Permits

The City of Wayzata will hold a special City Council meeting Friday, May 29 at 7:30 a.m.
The council will consider the adoption of an emergency ordinance granting the City Manager authority to review applications and issue permits for temporary outdoor patios.

Here's a link to the meeting's agenda.

This is in response to Gov. Tim Walz's "Stay Safe" Executive Order which allows restaurants to open for dining on June 1 under the following main conditions:

  • Outdoor sit-down dining only
  • Patrons must make reservations;
  • The restaurant must create a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan; and
  • Seating area may not hold more than 50 people.
RELATED CONTENT: Gov. Unveils Plan To Reopen Restaurants, Republicans Push Back

This meeting will be held remotely using video conferencing platform Zoom.

Members of the public may listen but comments will not be   accepted at the meeting.

Members of the public may submit comments or questions about items on the agenda in advance by emailing

The meeting is available for members of the public to listen via phone by calling 312­626­6799 and enter Zoom Meeting ID 983 5880 3309.

Staff recommends approval adoption of the emergency ordinance.
Given the circumstances due to COVID-19, staff does not propose charging a fee for these permits.

The City Attorney has drafted the attached draft Ordinance which would authorize the City Manager, through staff, to approve Temporary Outdoor Patio Permit Applications which, under normal circumstances, may not be allowed by code, or at a minimum, need Council approval.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wayzata Churches Using Caution When Considering Reopening

Faith-based communities and places of worship can now resume hosting larger gatherings.

This comes after an announcement last week by Gov. Tim Walz.

The new guidance allows occupancy not to exceed 25 percentwith a maximum of 250 people in a single, self-contained space. In outdoorsettings, gatherings must not exceed 250 people.

This guidance, released on May 23 updates what the Governor released on May 20 in which churches were still limited to no more than 10 people.

This was immediately met with opposition by Senate Republicans.

That's the back story.

What does this mean moving forward and what does this mean for places of worship in Wayzata?

Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka
"Like many faith communities, UUCM has been closed for in-person gathering since mid-March,” said Arif Mamdani, a member of the interim ministry team at Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka. “Since that time, we have moved all of our worship and faith formation programming online, and plan to stay with this plan for the foreseeable future.”

Wayzata Community Church

“We are following guidelines provided by local, state, and federal authorities as we make plans to reopen our building to staff and church programs of less than 10 people,” said Reverend Dr. John F. Ross of Wayzata Community Church. “We will continue with online worship only for the foreseeable future.”

Redeemer Lutheran Church
 “As a Christian congregation, we are called to be good citizens of our state and country,” said Redeemer Lutheran Church Pastor Steve Ferber.  “But above everything, we are also called to obey God and His Word.  Exactly how that will work itself out in the coming days and weeks, we don’t know yet.  We are prayerfully considering our options."

St. Bartholomew Catholic Faith Community

Meanwhile, a message from Fr. Mike Van Sloun of St. Bartholomew Catholic Faith Community on May 22 stated the following:

Our Logistics Team has determined that the earliest possible date for St. Bart’s would be Sunday, June 7. Our lay leaders, our trustees as well as our Pastoral and Finance Council members, a number who are medical professionals, advise abundant caution and to proceed slowly, particularly since the number of cases has not yet begun to decline, hospital admissions are up, and the danger an extended large-group gathering poses to our parishioners.

All of the Wayzata churches are using caution during the reopening process.

“Like other faith communities, ours includes many who fall into a variety of categories who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, and given that we have successfully transitioned to doing church work in physically distanced ways, see no reason to put any of our people at risk,” said Mamdani.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Wayzata's Folkestone Vigilant Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

More than 80 percent of the COVID-19-related deaths in Minnesota are people who resided in long-term care or assisted facilities.

Folkestone Senior Living Community is doing everything possible to make sure an outbreak does not occur there.

Courtesy Presbyterian Homes and Services

“All employees wash their hands thoroughly and are screened for fever and respiratory symptoms before entering the building,” said Beth Fries, Campus Administrator at Folkestone. “They are required to wear safety goggles and source or surgical masks. If an employee answers yes to any of the screening questions or is running a fever, they are sent home immediately and instructed to contact the PHS employee health nurse to report and learn next steps.”

The vulnerability of long-term care facilities to the virus hit close to home back on April 18 when residents of Wayzata’s Meridian Manor were transported away from the facility after a COVID-19 outbreak. 

Meridian Manor, Wayzata

A total of 21 residents tested positive for the virus of the 59 people living there. Two of the residents died from COVID-19.

The company that owns Meridian Manor later announced that the facility had been permanently shut down.

Fortunately, Folkestone has avoided an extreme situation like this.

Courtesy Presbyterian Homes and Services

“We are restricting all visitors, volunteers and vendors to only essential visits, such as end-of-life or required care and services,” said Fries. “Such visits are limited to minimize potential exposure in resident living spaces in the building. We require that essential visitors be screened for fever, respiratory symptoms and possible prior exposure prior to any access to resident living spaces.”

COVID-19 presents some well-known physical implications, but it also has taken a mental toll.

Stress levels can be high for Folkestone residents, families and staff.

Fries says that transparent communication with residents and families is helping to ease the stress.

“Residents understand and are abiding by the changes in their daily lives necessary to prevent spread,” said Fries. “Our hearts go out to families who have not been able to visit their loved one for over two months and we appreciate their understanding and words of encouragement and trust. We know how important it is for residents to remain connected with their families and have provided a multitude of ways to support family communication.”

Testing is a big part of heading off an outbreak.

Folkestone tests residents and staff members individually if they develop COVID-type symptoms or if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive.

“The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is scheduling broader testing to protect assisted living and care center residents and workers,” said Fries. “We are awaiting the full roll out and timeline details and stand ready to welcome and participate fully with a state rapid testing team in the near future.”

 So, what happens if a test confirms that a resident is positive for COVID-19?

“We coordinate care with the resident’s primary health care provider to determine the best course of treatment and recovery,” said Fries. “One option is to transfer the resident to Interlude, the PHS COVID recovery center in Fridley. When a test confirms that an employee is positive for COVID, the employee is immediately placed on leave and self-quarantines at their home until cleared to return to work.”

According to data compiled by The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP.ORG), the share of deaths occurring in nursing homes in Minnesota is higher than any other state.

“We are all concerned about the concentration of deaths occurring in long-term care centers,” said Fries. “We are very glad that the state is addressing the unique risks and needed support and giving it the attention that older adults, their families and our staff caregivers deserve. The Governor’s plan is still in the process of being fully implemented since its announcement. We anticipate that we will see beneficial results as this plan is rolled out.”

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Wayzata History: American Legion Post 118

 The Wayzata American Legion Post 118 is named after Ernest Aselton.

Wayzata American Legion Post 118, Wayzata
The Wayzata local joined the U.S. Marine Corps in August of 1918 and was killed in action in France during World War I.

Ernest Aselton, Photo Courtesy Wayzata American Legion

The Wayzata Legion was granted its charter on September 3, 1919. Arthur H. Quay was the first Commander.

The Post originally held meetings above the city hall on the corner of Manitoba and Lake Street.

The group began meeting at Hart’s Café in the 1940s. In 1948, the Post got its own building which still stands today.

World War I vets had purchased a piece of land where Wayzata West Middle School is located.

That land was traded for land along Wayzata Boulevard where the Legion stands today.

Wayzata American Legion Post 118, Wayzata

The construction of the building was a team effort with Legion members spending evenings, days off and weekends to build the club.

There were many young World War II veterans who were willing to volunteer their time to make it happen.

But it wasn’t just Legion members who got involved.

The community came out in full force to help the cause.

Local businesses donated building material, hardware, plumbing, a furnace and food for the men working on the weekend.

The original building was 30 feet wide and 75 feet wide and consisted of a small bar, kitchen and meeting room. The construction of the new Legion building was a passing of the torch of sorts.

While the World War I veterans created the Post, World War II vets made their mark by creating a community hub from the ground up.

Wayzata American Legion Post 118, Wayzata

In 1963, an addition was made to giving the Legion its current size. In 1990, the Club was remodeled in 1990 adding a kitchen in the back of the building.

Of course, the Legion isn’t just a place for Post members to hold meetings - it has been a constant community gathering place through the years.

It has hosted countless wedding receptions, wedding anniversaries and class reunions. It’s a place where old friends can catch up with one another.

Fundraising is a big function of the Legion.

These campaigns allow the Post to make donations to local charities – toy drives, schools and hospitals all benefit from the Legion’s year-round fundraising efforts.

The next time you’re driving down Wayzata Boulevard and pass the little building with the big American flag, the stone façade and the blue sign, know that it was built on weekends, evenings and days off by people who wanted Wayzata to have a place to meet.

It was organized by members of the Legion but truly constructed by the entire community – footing by footing, block by block, frame by frame.

That building represents pride in the community. It helped form the foundation of what Wayzata is today.