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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.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Wayzata’s Klapprich Field

In the summer, it’s the “ping” of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball and dogs barking in a seasonal dog park. This time of year, it’s the sound of a hockey stick slapping a hockey puck and the sound of skates on ice. We’re talking about the sounds of Wayzata’s Klapprich Field.

Skaters play pick up hockey at Klapprich Park. Photo by Nate Leding. © 2020 Wayzata.com.
If you grew up in Wayzata or are currently living in Wayzata, you know exactly where Klapprich Field is located. 

It’s been there for decades along Wayzata Boulevard between Minnetonka and Barry Avenues.

And hockey enthusiasts play between boards that are used as a dog park enclosure during warmer weather.

Klapprich Field was featured nationally when Coors Light shot a hockey commercial in early 2017.

OK, so that’s the here and now. But what was the genesis of this cherished local gathering place?

Klapprich Field is named after a local man Ed Klapprich. The Wayzata City Council passed a resolution back in 1955 to name the recreation area in honor of Klapprich for his efforts to make the field what it is today.

In the early 1940s, Klapprich rounded up a crew of volunteers loading wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of dirt into a marsh.

 They spread the dirt with shovels.

A hockey rink was completed on the east end of the marsh by the mid-1940s. The boards surrounding the rink stood only 18 inches high. The warming house was a donated garage.

By 1947, a team of 14-year-olds from Wayzata, Hamel, Sunset Hill, Minnetonka Beach, the Woodhill Club and Medicine Lake was formed. Klapprich was the coach.

In 1955, Klapprich and others passionate about hockey went before the school board to ask for a hockey program for Wayzata High School. 

The board agreed and the team would play at the rink on the marsh with Klapprich as the head coach.
In the late 1950s, a cement block warming house was constructed on the northwest corner of the rink.
 
While the hockey rink kept kids busy during the winter, the baseball field provided hours of summer fun.

In July of 1948, the ball field was ready for games.

The local team, the Little Giants, beat a South Minneapolis team in the first game.

Klapprich Field was added to the Wayzata Parks System in 1986.

In 2005, the old warming house made way for a new one.

One man’s vision of year-round fun for local children more than seven decades ago lives on today.

Special City Council Meeting Scheduled For Feb. 27

The Wayzata City Council will hold a special city council meeting on Thursday, Feb. 27.



City staff told Wayzata.com that the special city council meeting was primarily scheduled to review and potentially approve bids for Phase 1 of the Lake Effect (Panoway) project.

Stahl Construction was retained by the city to manage the bidding process.

Bids are set to go out on Thursday.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Wayzata Head Football Coach Lambert Brown Going To Super Bowl!

Wayzata head football coach Lambert Brown is going to the Super Bowl next Sunday in Miami.


Wayzata Trojans Head Football Coach Lambert Brown

Brown was selected as the Minnesota Vikings' high school football coach represented at the Pro Bowl in Orlando.

"I'm one of the two semifinalists, which means that we're going to the Super Bowl next week," said Brown.

The NFL will announce the winner of the 2019 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award at Sunday's Pro Bowl.

Brown lead the Trojans to a state football title last season.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Lake Street Construction Bids Scheduled To Go Out Thursday


A re-bid for the construction work that is a part of Phase 1 of the Wayzata Lake Effect (Panoway) Project will go out next week.


Courtesy Lake Effect Conservancy/City of Wayzata

“We’re going to plan on moving forward with the solicitation of bids on the 30th (of January),” said city manager Jeff Dahl at Tuesday’s city council workshop.

Previously, the re-bids for the project were scheduled to go out in mid-February. 

The new January 30 bid solicitation date will afford more time for the bidding process.

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 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.


Courtesy Lake Effect Conservancy/City of Wayzata

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

“We have targeted a construction open house at the end of February,” said Stahl Construction President Jessie Houlihan.

Stahl has been gathering feedback from Lake Street businesses and other stakeholders that will be impacted by the construction which is expected to last from March until September.

“Get in, get out and do whatever it takes to get it done as quickly as possible,” said Gianni’s owner Terri Huml. “The thing that concerns me the most is that intersection (Lake Street & Broadway Avenue). That’s going to be closed during Mother’s Day and Easter.”

Meanwhile, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is recommending $10 million for a grant to the City of Wayzata for a boardwalk and for ecological restoration along the shoreline of Lake Minnetonka as a part of the Lake Effect project’s Phase 2.

The money is a part of a $300 million proposed investment in water quality and infrastructure projects.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Wayzata Early Kindergarten Entrance Applications Accepted Through May 1


Children who are five years old by September 1 are eligible to begin kindergarten.

Wayzata Public Schools offers early kindergarten entrance for children who turn five between September 2 and October 15 and reside in Wayzata Public Schools at the time of application.

Children who demonstrate superior intellectual ability, high levels of academic achievement, and social/emotional development well-advanced for their age may be considered for early kindergarten entrance.

Applications will be accepted through May 1.

District staff will evaluate eligible students from mid-May through June and will make a decision by June 30.

Visit www.wayzataschools.org/district/teaching-learning/gifted-talented to view the early kindergarten entrance criteria and complete the application.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

City Council Approves Section Foreman House Preservation Site Designation


At Tuesday’s Wayzata city council meeting, the council unanimously approved a motion to place an Historic Preservation Site designation on the Section Foreman House.

Courtesy City of Wayzata



The Section Foreman House was built in 1902 to support the section foremen and their families.

Resolution 03-2020

The section foreman was in charge of a section gang tasked with making sure the railroad tracks were in good repair.

The Wayzata Section Foreman House is believed to be the only section house in Minnesota still standing at its original location.

The Section Foreman House is located along the railroad tracks on Lake Minnetonka just east of where the Great Northern Depot stands. The depot was built in 1906.

With a Heritage Preservation Site designation in place, a site alteration permit will be need to be approved by the City Council.

The main reason for the site alteration permit  is to ensure that no changes will be made that will impair the historical integrity of the structure. The process allows for more public input and transparency around proposed changes to historic house.

Disclaimer: Dan Gustafson, owner of Wayzata.com, serves as chair of the Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board.


Monday, January 20, 2020

2020 Wayzata Art Experience Cancelled


The annual Wayzata Art Experience has been cancelled for 2020.

Courtesy Wayzata Art Experience

The Wayzata Chamber of Commerce announced the cancellation in a news release.

The two-day celebration was established in 2004.

It was scheduled for Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23.

This year’s Art Experience was cancelled due to construction scheduled  for Lake Street as a part of the Lake Effect (Panoway) Project

The construction is scheduled to begin in March.


Wayzata City Council To Review Section Foreman House Preservation Site Designation Request


At Tuesday’s city council meeting, the council will review a preservation site designation request for the Wayzata’s Section Foreman House.

Courtesy City of Wayzata
On Monday, Dec. 16, the Wayzata Planning Commission reviewed a request from the Heritage Preservation Board to designate the Section Foreman House as a Heritage Preservation Site.


Courtesy City of Wayzata/WCTV


The commissioners unanimously approved a motion to direct staff to prepare a draft Planning Commission report and recommendation for approval that the Section Foreman House be designated as a Historic Preservation Site to be reviewed and adopted at the next Planning Commission meeting.

According to city code, the designation requires a public hearing with the Planning Commission and approval by City Council.

The Section Foreman House was built in 1902 to support the section foremen and their families.

The section foreman was in charge of a section gang tasked with making sure the railroad tracks were in good repair.

The Wayzata Section Foreman House is believed to be the only section house in Minnesota still standing at its original location.

The Section Foreman House is located along the railroad tracks on Lake Minnetonka just east of where the Great Northern Depot stands. The depot was built in 1906.

With a Heritage Preservation Site designation in place, a site alteration permit will be need to be approved by the City Council.

The main reason for the site alteration permit  is to ensure that no changes will be made that will impair the historical integrity of the structure. The process allows for more public input and transparency around proposed changes to historic house.

Disclaimer: Dan Gustafson, owner of Wayzata.com, serves as chair of the Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Business Feedback On Lake Street Development Discussed Tuesday

On Tuesday, the Wayzata city council will discuss the Panoway On Wayzata Bay plan at a workshop prior to the city council meeting.

Tuesday's workshop is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. followed by the regular city council meeting at    7 p.m.

Courtesy Lake Effect Conservancy


Stahl Construction, the company authorized to rebid Phase I of the Panoway construction project, will summarize the feedback it received recently from Lake Street businesses.





Courtesy City of Wayzata/WCTV

At a previous 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

On Tuesday, Stahl and city staff will discuss valet parking, construction work during off hours and increased signage.

In addition to discussing the construction project, the city council will talk about the marketing and communications plan.

According to the city council workshop packet, the marketing and communications plan will cost $100,000. The city will pay for $70,000 and the Lake Effect Conservancy will pay for $30,000.

Goff Public, True Voice Communications and Fuzzy Duck created a proposal for the work.

You can read more about the proposal in the city council workshop packet beginning on page 13.

The proposal comprises the following:
  • Messaging and training - $5,000
  • Philanthropy fact sheets - $3,500
  • Website - $4,500
  • Social media - $5,500
  • Owned channels - $4,000
  • Media relations - $4,000
  • Stakeholder/donor meetings - $1,000
  • Brand ambassador training - $7,500
  • Groundbreaking event - $21,000
  • Ongoing communications and strategy - $44,000
Back in July, the city council approved a $40,000 Business District Initiative Agreement with Hennepin County. 

That money was designated for the Navigate Wayzata campaign.

The marketing initiative as aimed at informing the public about Wayzata/Superior Boulevard and Highway 101 bridge construction. 

Goff and Fuzzy Duck were hired to work on that initiative.


Friday, January 17, 2020

Wayzata Public Schools Dismissing Early Ahead Of Winter Storm

A significant winter storm will arrive Friday afternoon. 

Wayzata Public Schools will be dismissing school two hours early on Friday, Jan. 17. 



This means your school will dismiss two hours earlier than the normal dismissal time. All students will take the bus home or will need to be picked up at the earlier dismissal time. Home Base and Bright Start will be closed Friday afternoon.

All after-school and evening activities at elementary and middle schools (including the Central Middle School dome and arena) are canceled on Friday.

The National Weather Service is predicting 7-10 inches for Wayzata.

Blowing and drifting snow could be an issue on Saturday.

When big snow comes, the city of Wayzata has a specific protocol it follows.

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.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Gov. Walz Recommends $10M for Wayzata Lake Effect

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is recommending $10 million for a grant to the City of Wayzata for a boardwalk and for ecological restoration along the shoreline of Lake Minnetonka as a part of the Lake Effect project.


This is a part of a $300 million proposed investment in water quality and infrastructure projects.


In November, City Manager Jeff Dahl stated that he and other city officials met with the Governor’s office to discuss bonding bill funding for the Lake Effect Project.

“This is all in preparation for our ask of $10 million to help with this overall project,” said Dahl at a city council meeting in November. “In late winter, early spring we will be active again in trying to leverage our community support in getting regional support. While it’s for the residents of the city of Wayzata, certainly people come from outside Wayzata and we think it’s appropriate the state pay its fair share.”

On Nov. 14, The City of Wayzata hosted the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee to learn about the Lake Effect Project.

This follows a visit from a similar committee from the Minnesota Senate a few weeks prior.

The state portion would come from an upcoming legislative bonding bill.

Now, state legislators in St. Paul will review the Governor’s recommendations when the next legislative session begins next month.

The $10 million ask of the state is to fund later stages of the Lake Effect Project. The initial phase will be paid for by the city.


A groundbreaking  is scheduled for March.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Wayzata High School Seeking Professionals As Mentors

The school is looking for mentors in Business Management and Economics as well as Cybersecurity and Applied Mathematics.

Mentors and students are expected to communicate at least once a week and meet four to five times between February and May.

You can find more information at: wayzataschools.org/whs/academics/compass.

Contact Miriam Lejonvarn – Miriam.legonvarn@wayzataschools.org or 763.745.6884 – if interested.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Wayzata Welcomes Back Firefighter Chris Mattson

The Wayzata Fire Department welcomed back firefighter Chris Mattson at Tuesday's City Council Meeting.



Mattson had been with the WFD years ago, moved out of town and then moved back.


Jan. 7, 2020 City Council Meeting (Courtesy WCTV)


"To get back with the band of brothers," said Mattson. "And get around some positive people again, was really a desire for me and my family."