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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, December 10, 2019

New Right Turn Rules for Hwy 12 Ramp & 101


If you’re using the ramp from westbound Highway 12 to County Road 101 in Wayzata, there’s a change you need to know about.

Courtesy Google
Between the hours of 3-6 p.m., motorists will not be able to turn right on a red light.

The Minnesota Department of Transporation (MnDOT) says it will continue to monitor traffic at that intersection and could adjust the turning restriction in the future.

MnDOT and Hennepin County rebuilt the County Road 101 bridge over Highway 12 this year.


Wayzata P.D. Toys for Tots Collection Deadline Wednesday


Wednesday, Dec. 11, is the deadline for Toys for Tots donations at the Wayzata Police Department.



The police department collects toys, books and other gifts to fill their squad cars to donate to the Toys for Tots campaign.

You can drop off toy donations at the Wayzata Police Department and Wayzata City Hall.

After the last collection day, police from as many as 20 departments load their cruisers with donated gifts and meet at the Golden Valley Police Department then parade to the KARE 11 drop off site.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Wayzata Volleyball & Football Champions Honored at Monday’s School Board Meeting

At Monday’s Wayzata School Board Meeting, the state champion Wayzata High School Volleyball and Football teams will be honored.


The board is also putting on a farewell party for outgoing board member Erik Brown.

The school board meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Wayzata City Hall.



Friday, December 06, 2019

City of Wayzata Introduces Lake Effect Construction Manager Stahl Construction

The construction manager for the Lake Effect Project, Stahl Construction, was introduced at Tuesday's Wayzata City Council meeting.

Courtesy City of Wayzata/WCTV

"We're a small staff, we're not going to be boots on the ground every day," said city manager Jeff Dahl. "We need help managing and communicating all the invested stakeholders."

Stahl updated project cost estimates, communications and engagement plan, preliminary construction staging plan was well as discussed an updated timeline.

"We'll be managing the bid process early in 2020 targeting construction start around March of 2020," 
said Jessie Houlihan, President of Stahl Construction.

"We're really excited about some of the work we will be doing including construction updates, working with some of the channels you already have in place, working with the local businesses on Lake Street as well as the residents and the visitors that come to visit Wayzata," added Houlihan.

At the Nov. 19 city council meeting (Nov. 19), a professional services agreement with Stahl Construction for construction management services for Lake Effect’s first phase was approved.

The agreement includes $25,200 pre-construction services, approximately $100,000 for construction management, $50,000/month for construction services and $4,260/month for reimbursable expenses.

The city stated these costs will be paid out of the Lake Effect Fund and were previously unplanned.

The expectation is that the Stahl expenses will decrease the overall project costs.

Lake Effect’s first phase essentially consists of Lake Street, Lake Street Plaza and the Dakota Rail Regional Trail Extension.

Stahl was brought in after bids for the first phase came in double the estimated costs earlier this year. City council rejected those bids in July.


Courtesy City of Wayzata/WCTV

Stahl Wayzata Lake Street Communications Timeline

According to Stahl’s Wayzata Lake Street Communications Timeline provided in the city workshop agenda, there will be monthly updates on the Lake Street Project including an open house in January.

The regular monthly updates will include: construction updates, social media content, dedicated construction website and newsletter content, and neighborhood/local business meetings, according to the timeline.

The timeline also states that there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the start of construction in March. There will be substantial completion prior to James J. Hill Days according to the timeline.

Stahl offered other marketing ideas for consideration including: promoting local businesses, Chamber of Commerce cross promotions, engagement of local media, as well as print materials including yard signs, postcards, billboards and brochures.

Stahl High Level Project Pull Plan

According to Stahl’s High Level Project Pull Plan, bids for the project are scheduled to go out Feb. 13, 2020. The selection of bids and bid approval are scheduled for the Feb. 18, city council meeting. 

The plan states that an open house and groundbreaking will take place in February. 

Construction is slated to begin in March according to Stahl’s plan.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Wayzata Deputy Police Chief Marc Schultz Sworn In


Marc Schultz was sworn in Tuesday as Wayzata's Deputy Police Chief.


Courtesy City of Wayzata/WCTV

Schultz started with the City on Nov. 18.

"Marc brings lots of experience, but equally important, he brings a lot of experiences," said Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold.

He comes from the Roseville Police Department where he has worked for more than 21 years.


"He'll play a very important role when it comes to succession planning here at our police department," added Risvold.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Wayzata City Council Denies PUD For Boatworks Redevelopment


On Tuesday, the Wayzata City Council passed Resolution 50-2019 denying the PUD Concept Plan and Zoning Ordinance Amendments for the redevelopment of Boatworks.



Courtesy City of Wayzata/WCTV

In October, the Planning Commission voted 6-0 in favor for denial of the development application.



                                                Courtesy City of Wayzata/WCTV

The main discussion points were the height of the building, exterior design, pedestrian access to docks and lakeshore and the proposed public benefits.

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Lake Effect Headlines Tuesday's City Council Workshop & Meeting


The Lake Effect will be a topic of discussion at Tuesday's city council workshop and city council meeting.

Courtesy City of Wayzata, Civitas

TUESDAY’S WORKSHOP (5:30 p.m.)

According to the Wayzata City Council Workshop Agenda, the city will get an update from Stahl Construction on the pre-construction process of the first phase of the Lake Effect Project.

Stahl is scheduled to update project cost estimates, communications and engagement plan, preliminary construction staging plan was well as discuss an updated timeline.

At the last city council meeting (Nov. 19), a professional services agreement with Stahl Construction for construction management services for Lake Effect’s first phase was approved.

The agreement includes $25,200 pre-construction services, approximately $100,000 for construction management, $50,000/month for construction services and $4,260/month for reimbursable expenses.

The city stated these costs will be paid out of the Lake Effect Fund and were previously unplanned.

The expectation is that the Stahl expenses will decrease the overall project costs.

Lake Effect’s first phase essentially consists of Lake Street, Lake Street Plaza and the Dakota Rail Regional Trail Extension.

Stahl was brought in after bids for the first phase came in double the estimated costs earlier this year. City council rejected those bids in July.


Courtesy City of Wayzata/WCTV

Stahl Wayzata Lake Street Communications Timeline

According to Stahl’s Wayzata Lake Street Communications Timeline provided in the city workshop agenda, there will be monthly updates on the Lake Street Project including an open house in January.

Courtesy City of Wayzata
The regular monthly updates will include: construction updates, social media content, dedicated construction website and newsletter content, and neighborhood/local business meetings, according to the timeline.

The timeline also states that there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the start of construction in March. There will be substantial completion prior to James J. Hill Days according to the timeline.

Stahl offered other marketing ideas for consideration including: promoting local businesses, Chamber of Commerce cross promotions, engagement of local media, as well as print materials including yard signs, postcards, billboards and brochures.

Stahl High Level Project Pull Plan

According to Stahl’s High Level Project Pull Plan, bids for the project are scheduled to go out Feb. 13, 2020. The selection of bids and bid approval are scheduled for the Feb. 18, city council meeting. 

Courtesy City of Wayzata

The plan states that an open house and groundbreaking will take place in February. 

Construction is slated to begin in March according to Stahl’s plan.

Lake Effect Finance Update

Also during Tuesday’s workshop, the city council will review an updated funding plan for the first phase of the Lake Effect Project.

The Capital Project Summary for the Lakefront Improvement Fund (see below) includes: design fees, Section Foreman House Study & Project costs, lobbying for bonding support and Lake Effect Conservancy Administrative Support.

Courtesy City of Wayzata

According to the city's workshop agenda packet, the estimated Lake Effect Project costs were approximately $5.5 million earlier in the year. Based on new estimates, the project has increased to approximately $9 million, according to Tuesday's workshop agenda packet. 

The city is proposing to offset the increased cost using TIF funds.

Last month, the city unveiled a new brand concept for the project called Panoway on Wayzata Bay.

TUESDAY’S COUNCIL MEETING (7 p.m.)

According to Tuesday’s City Council Meeting Agenda, Deputy Police Chief Marc Schultz will be sworn in.

Schultz started with the City on Nov. 18. He comes from the Roseville Police Department where he has worked for more than 21 years.

Stahl Construction, the Lake Effect Construction Manager, will be introduced at the city council meeting.


In October, the Planning Commission voted 6-0 in favor for denial of the development application.



                                                Courtesy City of Wayzata/WCTV

The main discussion points were the height of the building, exterior design, pedestrian access to docks and lakeshore and the proposed public benefits.


Friday, November 29, 2019

Wayzata Trojans, Vasser Run Away With State Championship

 In the 6A State Football Championship Friday night, the Wayzata Trojans used a recipe that worked all season long – hand the ball to running back Christian Vasser.

Christian Vasser dives into the end zone as the offensive line clears the way. © WayzataPhotography.com
 The Trojans trailed Champlin Park 17-14 at the half.

But Vasser and the Trojans proved to be too much down the stretch.

The Trojans outscored the Rebels 21-3 in the second half despite throwing an interception on the half's opening drive.

Vasser tied a Prep Bowl record with five touchdowns and rushed 49 times for 285 yards.

“It’s something we worked for,” said Vasser. “Ever since he (Coach Lambert Brown) said he had a structure to go out and do this. Every one of us believes.”

"He (Vasser) gets better every day," said head coach Lambert Brown. "He treats people really well. He's a great person. I'm really lucky I get to coach him."

Wayzata defeated the Rebels 35-20 to clinch the school's fourth state championship and finish the season undefeated at 13-0.

Wayzata Football celebrates winning the Class 6A Champsionship. Photo courtesy MSHSL.
GAME RECAP

1st Quarter

The first quarter was pretty quiet as the defenses were tough. The only score was a field goal by Champlin Park.

The Rebels led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.

2nd Quarter

Wayzata’s offense got going in the second quarter with running back Christian Vasser leading the charge.

The Trojans completed an 86-yard drive capped with a Vasser running touchdown with 11:03 left in the quarter to make it 7-3 Wayzata.

The Rebels bounced right back on the following drive.

Running back Shawn Shipman scored a rushing touchdown to make it 10-7 Champlin Park with 7:13 left in the second quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, a terrific 80-yard return by Wayzata’s Sam Robertson set up Vasser’s second touchdown to make it 14-10 Wayzata with 4:02 remaining in the second quarter.

Champlin Park answered back.

With 15 seconds left in the second quarter, Shipman ran in another touchdown to make it 17-14 at the half.

3rd Quarter

The Trojans squandered the opening drive of the second half when Thomas Schmidt threw an uncharacteristic interception.

That's when Wayzata's defense stepped up and forced the Rebels to punt after three plays.

The Blue & Gold took a 21-17 lead on Vasser’s third touchdown of the night with 8:07 left in the quarter.

And with 2:07 left in the third quarter, Vasser scored his fourth touchdown to give Wayzata a 28-17 lead.

4th Quarter

With 8:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, Champlin Park kicked a field goal to make it 28-20 Wayzata.

Wayzata countered by running nearly six minutes off the clock capping a drive with Vasser’s fifth touchdown of the night to make it 35-20.

Vasser's 5-touchdown effort comes two weeks after he ran for 269 yards against Lakeville South to advance to the championship game.


STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS

Wayzata


  • C. Vasser - 49 rushes, 285 yds, 5 TDs
  • S. Robertson - 80-yard kickoff return
  • M. Schmidt, C. Brown, L. Deselich each had six tackles

Champlin Park


  • J. Miller - 8 completions for 80 yds, 13 rushes for 94 yds
  • S. Shipman - two rushing touchdowns

Courtesy MSHSL

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Light Up The Lake This Friday


Wayzata’s Light Up the Lake Celebration will take place Friday Nov. 29 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the Wayzata Depot.

2018 Light Up The Lake Celebration

Santa’s reindeer, holiday music, horse drawn wagon rides are a part of the celebration.

The Wayzata Fire Department will lead the Parade of Lights down Lake Street.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Know Wayzata’s Snow Removal & Parking Protocol


If you didn’t realize, it snows in Wayzata every year. Yep, every year.

This should come as no surprise.

Wayzata last winter


With that snow comes snow removal and the city has a specific protocol you should know about.

If the snowfall is two or more inches by 8 p.m., the snow parking regulations kick in at 2 a.m. the following morning.

That means any vehicles parked on unplowed city streets will be tagged and possibly towed.

Residents can call (952) 404-5369 after 8 p.m. to find out if the parking ordinance is in effect.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Trojan Madness 2019


The Wayzata Boys Basketball team hosted their annual kick-off event at the Wayzata High School on Friday, November 22nd, 2019.
Join Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson and check out an interview with Head Coach Bryan Schnettler, Guard Kody Williams, and Forward Camden Heide for a preview of the upcoming season.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Taking Dog Grooming On The Road

As far back as Molly Engler can remember, she's always wanted to work with pets. A love for animals at a young age developed into a career. 

Molly Engler and furry friend
She has owned Metro Pets & More, a dog walking and pet sitting company, for more than 10 years.

From Dog Walking To Dog Grooming


“I started Metro Pets & More, a professional dog walking and pet sitting business,” said Engler.  “I started that business because I wanted to offer people the convenience of coming to their home and walking their dogs while they are at work.”

Now, Engler is launching Wash My Paws, a mobile dog grooming service providing professional grooming in your driveway.

“After many years of doing this business, I decided that I wanted to branch out and start a mobile dog grooming salon.”


The idea is similar to the dog walking service - visit the customer’s dog while the customer is away at work.

“By the time you come home, you have a nice clean dog.”

Crowdfunding The Business

Engler is using a unique way to raise capital and launch her business. She has a campaign through Kickstarter.com.

Kickstarter uses crowdfunding to launch businesses. Typically, people who back Kickstarter projects are offered rewards or experiences for pledges.

Engler’s first campaign goal is to raise $10,000. That will pay for a deposit on the truck used for dog grooming.  



At last check, 38 backers have pledged $4,321. The campaign goes through Dec. 9.

Wash My Paws offers backers such things as grooming tips, future dog grooming services, etc.

Lake Minnetonka Market

Engler lives and works in the Lake Minnetonka area. It's naturally her initial target market.

“This summer, I spent quite a bit of time at different events such as Excelsior Farmers Market and James J. Hill Days showcasing my business,” said Engler. “The response was nothing but positive.”

If you haven’t noticed, people who live in Wayzata and nearby communities love their dogs. 

This fact isn’t lost on Engler and it’s a part of her strategy.

“My first mobile grooming truck will be launched in the Lake Minnetonka area.”

All-Or-Nothing

Engler's Kickstarter project is all-or-nothing funding. Nobody who pledges will be charged if the project doesn't hit its funding goal.

We’ll know by Dec. 10 if Engler can raise the capital to make this business a reality. 

Kickstarter says that of the projects that have reached 60% of the funding goal, 98% were successfully funded.

“The future is bright, so we’re prepared to go where the dogs and people need us.”

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Wayzata City Council Approves Permits for The Grocer’s Table


The Wayzata City Council unanimously approved both an encroachment permit and sidewalk café permit for The Grocer’s Table at 326 Broadway Avenue South at the November 19 City Council meeting.

“The Grocer’s Table is intended to be a café market and wine bar,” said executive chef Lindsay Pohlad. “In this approximately 4,300 square feet space will be a small intimate market of specialty foods that are centered around a local meat and cheese program.”



The Grocer's Table Executive Chef Lindsay Pohlad Nov. 19, 2019
Courtesy City of Wayzata
“The café will serve a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu,” said Pohlad. “I have a pretty substantial bakery program of sweet and savory items.”

The Grocer's Table/Courtesy Shea Design

Pohlad is working with Shea Design, a company that alsoworked on the design for another Wayzata restaurant, Benedict's.


The Grocer’s Table is schedule to open in 2020.