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, October 18, 2019

Peter Hitch - 2019 Wayzata Chamber Person of the Year

The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Peter Hitch as the 2019 Person of the Year. Considerations for the award include a member who is an active participant and supporter of Chamber activities, a long-standing contributor to the economic, civic, commercial, and educational interests of the greater Wayzata area and someone who makes a difference to the community. 2019 marks the 53rd Person of the Year celebration.

Peter has brought nothing but passion to his 40-plus year business career in corporate law, intermodal transportation, sports technology, food, computer businesses and property management. Peter is the 14-year owner and president of Data Doctors in Wayzata. His interest in IT became the basis for assisting small businesses and individuals with the whole range of computer, networking and technology issues. With a motto of “there’s plenty of time between midnight and 6:00 am,” it’s been his volunteering that has brought him the biggest rewards. Sports with his wife, Wendy, and two athletic daughters turned into youth sports coaching: skiing, soccer, golf and platform tennis. Somehow there was time for more.

Believing in “learning by doing,” Peter joined the team that launched the Minnesota Children’s Museum in 1978, helping it grow into ever-evolving educational experience and a national institution. In the 1980s and ‘90s, Peter helped the YMCA Camp Warren Board bring its mission of building integrity, self-reliance, and leadership for boys to separate single gender camping for girls, too. “Warren is simply life-changing,” he says

A member of the Greater Wayzata Chamber of Commerce for the past 15 years (Board Chair in 2014 and 2015), he helped develop the Chamber’s current Vision Statement and Five Year Strategic Plan for 2015-2020.

Peter has worked with the chamber staff and a creative, inspirational committee to build Wayzata’s biggest festival, James J. Hill Days. His goal was to bring fun to volunteering building on the success of dachshund races, car shows and street markets, developing significant sponsors and instituting “enhancements” like music concerts, fireworks, carnival, log rolling, an outdoor movie, a night market, and “water wow” spectacles such as water ski shows, voyageur canoe races, wake surfing and flyboarding demonstrations.

A long-standing community member, Jeff Dayton, said it best. “Peter is a tireless promoter and friend of Wayzata and deeply deserves this honor!”

The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce will hold The Person of the Year Luncheon in Peter’s honor on Thursday October 24th at the Wayzata Country Club from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The cost is $25. Register online at

The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce is a vibrant membership organization serving businesses and individuals in the greater Wayzata area. The mission of the Chamber is to advocate and promote the interest of its’ retail, professional and community members.

Sheila Prior - Wayzata School Board Candidate

In this edition of Community Conversations, Sheila Roberts Prior talks about her candidacy for Wayzata Public Schools School Board with's Dan Gustafson. For more information on Prior, visit: Sponsor:

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Wayzata Football finishes regular season 8-0

Sean Diedrich, Anthony Richmond, Daeshawn Bush and Lambert Brown join's Dan Gustafson to discuss the 34-6 win over Burnsville to finish the season 8-0. Sponsor:

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Saturday, September 21, 2019

#4 Wayzata Football defeats #3 St. Michael Albertville 28-18

The trojans used a strong running attack as the #4 rated Wayzata Trojans defeat the #3 rated Saint Michael Albertville Knights 28-18.

Wayzata recorded over 260 yds rushing for the Trojans RB's led by senior running back Christian Vassir.

QB Schmidt had a 69 yd TD pass and 11 yd TD run to make it a Happy Homecoming. The Trojans take on #1 Eden Prairie next Friday night.

Wayzata Football coverage is sponsored by:

Wayzata QB Tom Schmidt floats a 69 yard touchdown pass to Jacob Wildermuth. Wayzata Photography.

Malaki Jackson celebrates a defensive stop towards the end of the game. Wayzata Photography.

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.