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.

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Newsletter Offering Free Ad Space To Help Wayzata Businesses

Shop local.

We've heard this phrase for quite some time. But it hasn't ever meant so much as now.

For some, like me, 2020 can't end fast enough. But we have more than a month to go and it is a crucial time for local businesses.

As you know, new COVID-related restrictions order that bars and restaurants stop in-person service (both indoor and outdoor). Take out is allowed. The current order will remain in effect until Dec. 18.

Shop local.

There are discussions happening in Washington and at the state level which could lead to economic assistance for small businesses, but that will take time and the time is now.

These businesses are doing their part. They are taking extra precautions to make shopping safe. They are finding creative ways to reach their customers. They are offering gift card deals.

But we all must do our part. must do its part too. Beginning with our Nov. 30 newsletter, we will offer business card-sized ad space in our publication - free of charge. We will do this for five weeks - essentially until the end of the year.

These newsletters are available throughout Wayzata at Lunds & Byerly's, Walgreens, the Wayzata Bar & Grill, Wuollet Bakery, Caribou Coffee and newsstands along Lake Street, at the Post Office and at City Hall.

If you are a Wayzata business and would like to use the newsletter to promote your business or you are a resident who would like to nominate a business, click on the link below: 

Shop Local Wayzata Form

Questions? Contact or 612.221.4646.


Wayzata Football season finale: Trojans 28, Blaine Bengals 42

Your Wayzata Football Trojans traveled to Blaine to take on the Bengals in Section 6A play. While the team played some of their best football of the season, the Bengals scored 4 touch downs in the 3rd quarter and that was the difference. Watch the video for highlights and interview with Coach Brown. 


Saturday, November 21, 2020

Wayzata DMV Closed Until Further Notice

The Wayzata DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) will be closed to the public until further notice.

The city says it is due to unforeseen circumstances related to COVID-19 and the closing is a precautionary measure.

Wayzata Volleyball finishes 13-0 on the season, ranked #1 by Coaches Poll

Wayzata High School Volleyball finished the abbreviated season 13-0 by defeating Maple Grove in 3 sets: 25-20, 25-23, 25-20. The Trojans also finished the season ranked #1 by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

The 2020 Wayzata Volleball team was undefeated in 13 contests and ranked #1 by the Coaches Poll.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Gov. Unveils Tougher COVID-19 Restrictions: Bars & Restaurants, Health Clubs, Youth Sports Impacted

On Wednesday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced new restrictions due to the increasingly alarming spread of COVID-19.

Walz announced that there will no longer be indoor service at bars and restaurants effective Friday at midnight. 

Other restrictions include:

  • Social gatherings outside of the household prohibited.
  • Health clubs will be closed to the public.
  • Youth sports prohibited.
  • Entertainment venues like bowling alleys will be closed to the public.
  • Wedding receptions and life celebrations are on hold.
  • Out-of-state travel is discouraged.

The new executive order is set to last until Dec. 18.

Below is a portion of the executive order. You can read it in its entirety here:

Social gatherings prohibited. 

Except as specifically permitted in this Executive Order, social gatherings are prohibited. Social gatherings are groups of individuals, who are not members of the same household, congregated together for a common or coordinated social, community, or leisure purpose—even if social distancing can be maintained. This prohibition includes indoor and outdoor gatherings, planned and spontaneous gatherings, and public and private gatherings. Organizers of prohibited social gatherings may be subject to appropriate enforcement action by city, county, and/or state authorities pursuant to paragraph 10 of this Executive Order.

Certain Places of Public Accommodation Closed to Members of the Public. 

The following Places of Public Accommodation are closed to members of the public as set forth below. “Members of the public” means people who are not workers affiliated with the Place of Public Accommodation. A. Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, bars, taverns, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, brewer taprooms, micro distiller cocktail rooms, tasting rooms, wineries, cideries, clubhouses, dining clubs, tobacco product shops, hookah bars, cigar bars, vaping lounges, and other Places of Public Accommodation offering food, beverages (including alcoholic beverages), or tobacco products for on-premises consumption are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public, except as set forth below.

The above establishments may, and are encouraged to, offer food and beverage using delivery services, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service. In offering food or beverage service under this paragraph, a Place of Public Accommodation may permit up to five members of the public at one time in the place of public accommodation for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders.

Organized Youth Sports. 

Organized Youth Sports organizations and programs must stop all in-person activities—including practices, group workouts, games, and tournaments. i. “Organized Youth Sports” means any sports activity, where participants are children or adolescents, organized by an entity, association, club, or organization providing for registration of participants and oversight on a regular basis for a defined period of time. Sports activities within this definition include all sports offered by schools (public and nonpublic), the Minnesota State High School League, or similar organizations, as well as dance, cheerleading, and other sports traditionally offered by supplemental associations or organizations.

Celebrations and receptions. 

Individuals, venues, and businesses must not host celebrations, receptions, private parties, or other social gatherings, including but not limited to those connected to weddings, funerals, life milestones (such as birthdays or retirements), family reunions, planned religious services, and other similar occasions.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

At Least 12 Vehicles Broken Into Overnight In Wayzata

The Wayzata Police Department received multiple reports Tuesday of thefts from vehicles overnight.

At least 12 vehicles were entered at multiple locations throughout the city, including an underground garage.

In addition, two vehicles were reported stolen.

None of the vehicles that were entered appeared to have been locked.

The two vehicles that were reported stolen were not locked with keys inside.

Monday, November 16, 2020

TCF Building Condo Plan Up For Review

The Wayzata Planning Commission will review a proposed project that would convert the existing former TCF Headquarters Building at 200 East Lake Street in Wayzata to a 10-unit condominium building.

Courtesy ESG Architecture & Design

Two new structures would be added to east and west of the current building. The proposed eastern building would include 10 condominiums and the proposed western building would include 18 town homes. 

The entire project would stretch from Barry Avenue to Ferndale Road along the south side of Lake Street.

Courtesy ESG Architecture & Design

Small "pocket parks" would be developed on the far east and west ends of the property.

Existing TCF Building

The current structure was build in 1990. It served as the corporate office for TCF National Bank. TCF employees moved to other offices and the building was listed for sale. 

The existing building would not change. It has a legal non-conforming height of 52 feet to the top of the gable and 60 feet to the top of the spire.


 Courtesy ESG Architecture & Design

Under the proposal, the property is envisioned as entirely residential. No commercial or other office uses are planned.

One question the Planning Commission will consider is whether an all-residential use of the property be appropriate for the site.


 Courtesy ESG Architecture & Design

The Planning Commission could direct staff to prepare a draft Planning Commission Report and Recommendation. 

This would then be reviewed at the following Planning Commission meeting.


 Courtesy ESG Architecture & Design

Minnetonka-based Lake West Development, LLC and Minneapolis-based ESG Architects are working on the project. Lake West Development has a signed purchase agreement for the property that would allow it to redevelop the property as it proposes.

 Courtesy ESG Architecture & Design


The City of Wayzata only allows buildings in a Planned Unit Development (PUD) District to be 35 feet tall. The building height in this proposal complies with the 35-foot rule. 


 Courtesy ESG Architecture & Design

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Wayzata Football defeats Burnsville Blaze 35-0 with huge 2nd quarter; ranked 3rd seed in Section Play

 Your Wayzata Football Trojans hung a 35-0 shellacking on Burnsville last evening to wrap up the abbreviated and late starting 6 game season due to Covid-19.

Wayzata will host Burnsville Tuesday evening at Wayzata Stadium in Section Play.

Top-Ranked Wayzata Volleyball Holds off Challenge from Minnetonka

From CCX: "In a great Lake Conference volleyball match, number one Wayzata survived a big challenge from seventh-ranked Minnetonka for a five-set win. The Trojans stayed undefeated, winning 23-25, 25-17, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9."

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Veterans Day & The Birth Of The Wayzata American Legion

November 11, 1918 would turn out to be an extraordinary day for the more than 500 residents of Wayzata. It was a dry day with temperatures in the mid-50s, more than 10 degrees higher than normal.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

But this extraordinary day offered its crowning moment while the town slept, several hours before sunrise. At 4 a.m. local time World War I officially ended. During the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month", Germany and the Allies signed a peace agreement in France. In a time when radios where not common household appliances, the front page of daily newspapers delivered the joyful news to the town. 


Armistice Day Celebration in Minneapolis Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesotans throughout the state celebrated in the streets of towns small and big. Minneapolis was home to one of the largest impromptu celebrations. People could be seen on the streets shoulder-to-shoulder while others cheered from windows in buildings above. The boys overseas would soon be coming home. Well, some of them would. Unfortunately, many of the local boys who served in World War I would not set foot in Wayzata again.

Within the pages of the 1918 Wayzata yearbook, there was mention of one young man in the History of the Class of 1918 section of the annual:

“One of our boys, Ernest Aselton, heard the call of his country answered it by enlisting in the Marine Corps.”

Aselton joined the Marine Corps in August of 1918 and was killed in action in France two months later.

The local men who served overseas formed deep bonds with other service members in Europe. They sought that type of comradery when they got back home. Less than a year after the Great War ended, the Wayzata Legion was granted its charter on September 3, 1919. The founding members had familiar Wayzata names like Quay, Manning, Getten, Frost and Kysor. Arthur H. Quay was the first Commander. Post 118 was named in honor of Aselton. The first national Legion convention was held in Minneapolis in November.

History repeated itself in 1939 when Europe was once again thrust into another war, World War II. And because of this, the Great War, the war to end all wars, was simply known as World War I. Similarly, the name Armistice Day, which celebrated the end of World War I, was changed in the United States to Veterans Day in the mid-50s. Since then, it has been a day to honor those who served the U.S. military.  

More than one hundred years after World War I ended, November 11 still has significance in our community. It serves as a reminder of how far we’ve come over the course of a century. From the days when news was delivered in black and white to now when it’s consumed by swiping a smart phone. More importantly, it is an opportunity to thank those who serve our country.