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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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

WAYZATA FOOTBALL 2008: Last Play Videos

First half of the 13-minute video shown to the Wayzata Trojans before they boarded the buses for the HHH Metrodome and won the AAAAA State Championship in Prep Bowl XXVII, November 28, 2008.



Second half of the 13-minute video shown to the Wayzata Trojans before they boarded the buses for the HHH Metrodome and won the AAAAA State Championship in Prep Bowl XXVII, November 28, 2008.



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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Long awaited Highway 12 bypass to open in Wayzata, Long Lake, Orono

From MNDOT:

With winter nipping at our heels, work continues unabated on the new Highway 12 project in Long Lake and Orono. And motorists awaiting the long-anticipated opening of the new Highway 12 bypass will not have much longer to wait.

Although the new highway alignment is expected to open up around Thanksgiving, additional work will remain on the east side of the project at Wayzata Boulevard and on the west side at Hennepin County Road 6. The Luce Line bridge also remains to be completed.
Retaining walls are complete but the retaining wall fieldstone will be painted next spring. Concrete paving has begun and bituminous paving will start early next week. Grading will continue.

All bridges are decked and overlays complete but additional work remains for bridges including: barrier, sidewalk, painting and railing and bridge deck planing.

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CITY OF WAYZATA: Planning Commission Agenda for 01/05/2009

Wayzata Planning Commission
Meeting Agenda

Monday, January 5, 2009

Community Room,
600 Rice Street East,
Wayzata, Minnesota

7:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Approval of Minutes

2. Workshop Items:
a. Discuss 2009 Planning Commission Goals/Projects:

Potential Zoning Code revisions:
-Allowable retail uses on Lake Street
-Sign Code
-Bed and Breakfasts

Others to add or remove based on Planning Commission Discussions

3. Other Items:
a. Review of Development Activity
b. Other items

9:00 p.m.

4. Adjournment

NOTES:

1 Time(s) are estimated and provided for informational purposes only.
2 Members of the Planning Commission and some staff may gather at the Wayzata Bar and Grill
immediately after the meeting for a purely social event. All members of the public are welcome.

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TROJAN TRIBUNE: Kai Wilson recovering from Halloween accident

Written by Mallory Blanchard

Kai Wilson (WHS ‘08) was critically injured after falling off of a wall at a Halloween party at the University of Minnesota. It has been over a month since the accident occurred and Wilson has made enormous progress since being admitted to the Hennepin County Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit.

He suffered damage to the right side of his brain and underwent surgery to stop bleeding and to monitor his brain functions, said doctors. Several U of M students said at the time of the accident that Wilson showed signs of intoxication earlier that evening. “It was really obvious that he was overly intoxicated. He was really incoherent and stumbled around,” said Grant Sorenson back in October (WHS ’08), who knew Wilson well.

Wilson is no longer comatose. His eyes are open and he is conversing with friends and family. Wilson’s mother, Janie Dahl, said that Wilson is, “mostly tubeless.” After a recent brain scan, he had no scar tissue, and the swelling of his brain was down. Doctors do not anticipate any brain damage, and expect that, after rehab, he will make a full recovery. Wilson has started to remember the night of the accident, but still has many questions about his accident. “He has been trying to understand his accident and the time warp he finds himself in,” Dahl said.

Wilson was admitted to HCMC on October 25 and stayed in the ICU until November 13, when he was moved to Bethesda hospital in St. Paul. He is breathing on his own. While at Bethesda he is undergoing physical and speech therapy.

After a few more weeks of rehab, he will probably go to Courage Center where he will receive long-term rehab. “He will need 24 hour care for a while,” Dahl said. A lot of people have been thinking about Wilson since his accident. The website devoted to his progress www.caringbridge.org/visit/kaiwilson has seen over 30,000 visits from friends and family to date.

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WAYZATA SWIMMING 2008: Youtube video shows Trojans competing in 200IM

Check out this Youtube of Wayzata Swimmers competing in the 200IM at the second meet of the season.



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Holiday Lights from Apple Valley to Wayzata

Our Friends over at the Sun Sailor put together this Holiday Lights Youtube that highlights displays from Apple Valley to the Wayzata Depot. Enjoy!



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Friday, December 26, 2008

TROJAN TRIBUNE: Adopt-A-Family fundraiser makes a difference in the community

By Jillian Benzen

WHS sponsored seven families through a program called Adopt-A-Family, a fundraiser organized by Interfaith Outreach, this past November. The holiday seasons of these families have been made a little brighter thanks to the community at WHS.

In total WHS raised $6400. It was a huge success and a big accomplishment for the student council members.

The council’s goal was to raise $3500. The members of the council went around asking their peers, teachers, and the community of Plymouth and Wayzata for donations.

The 113 student council members met the goal of raising $30. What started out as just asking for money led to a whole lot more as the council got creative and went above and beyond expectations.

Zach Sperry (11) held a competition between Mr. Miles’ and Ms. McIntyre’s AP U.S. History classes. McIntyre’s class raised the most, but together the two classes raised $140 for the cause.

Rachel Path (12) and Elise Path (9) are two members that also went beyond their duties. The sisters went outside the walls of WHS and asked family friends for donations. A birthday party was held within the family, and, instead of gifts, the girls asked people to make a donation to the cause. Their party raised $160.

Logan Kirst (11) raised a total of $238. Kirst asked many different people in the hallways, in class, and at lunch for donations. “The best part is that most people would simply give a dollar or two, and that is all it takes,” said Kirst. Class competitions and competitions among student council members were some of the ways Kirst raised money. “In one of my classes alone we raised $100 dollars in attempt to out-raise another block.”

Once the money was collected, the student council went shopping for the families. There was a mandatory shopping day where the students met at Mrs. Iverson’s house and were each given $100 dollars to shop for one person in one of the seven families. Each council member had a list of the wants and needs of the selected person for which they were shopping.

“My peers and I went to Target and bought pots and pans, as well as socks and sneakers,” Sperry said. He had the opportunity to watch the families open up there gifts on Friday, December 12. Sperry is involved in the orchestra at WHS. He and other musical members of the student council are apart of a string quartet that will play Holiday tunes for the sponsored family.

Kirst was able to attend the big shopping day. He shopped for a 35 year-old male and purchased work boots, a king size blanket and shirts. “After the gifts were wrapped and sent off to the families you realize that it is not just about buying the gifts, it’s about making somebody’s holidays. It is really cool to feel like you’re making a difference in someone’s life,” Kirst said.

Junior, Kalie Michael said, “When shopping for Adopt-A-Family I shopped for a 30 year old woman. She needed Tupperware, a wireless telephone for her kitchen, and she needed scented candles. We were able to get it all.”

“Kids just did it, we didn’t have to put food attached to it,” said Mrs. Iverson, the WHS Student Council Administrator. A Noodles night was planned again where all proceeds from the restaurant would go the WHS Adopt-A-Family fund, but unfortunately Noodles overbooked and the company donated $500 instead.

Student Council President Andrew Haertzen (12) and Vice President Lauren Wilvers (12) took a big part in organizing and getting the council ready. There main job is to keep there peers involved and make sure everyone is keeping up with their duties.

“My favorite part of Adopt-A-Family is the thank you letters we receive back from the families. It brings joy and happiness to what WHS did as a whole, I hope that the whole student body can see how thankful the sponsored families were,” said Haertzen.


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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happly Holidays from Wayzata.com

Elisha and I want to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Holiday season and a Merry Christmas from our family to yours. All the best to you as we celebrate this wonderful season.

Dan

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

TROJAN TRIBUNE: Wayzata walks for water

Written by Sarah Hauer - Guest Writer

Every time many children in this world want a simple drink of water they walk at least 2 miles for water that is often tainted. The miles add up and these children can spend up to 60% of their day walking to collect water.

When Chris Olmanson (11) found out about these children, he wanted to help. To get the project started he enlisted the help of his brother Alex Olmanson (11) and his friend Andy Kleven (11). “I thought it was a good idea,” said Kleven. Together they have organized a walk-a-thon intended to provide easy access to clean water for those children. “At first I was against it,” said Alex Olmanson, “because I would have to wake up half an hour earlier but then I became educated on the cause and felt it would be a cool thing to do.”

The walk-a-thon will take place every school day from December 1st to the 23rd before and after school. NOTE: the walk-a-thon will not take place on December 18th due to the D.A.R.E. graduation at Greenwood). During those days students (faculty are welcome to join) from Wayzata High School will brave the Minnesota winter walking 1.5 miles on foot to and from school.

“If you would like to participate you can just come and walk,” said Chris Olmanson. The group will meet at Greenwood Elementary School where arrangements have been made for students to leave their cars in the parking lot closest to the baseball fields. Free hot apple cider will be provided by local grocery stores to warm up the walkers before they enter into another frigid Minnesota winter morning. Walkers will leave Greenwood at 6:40 AM and will arrive at Wayzata High School at around 7:15 AM.

The effort will continue after school where the group will gather at the athletic entrance and leave the high school at 2:30 PM to walk back to Greenwood. However, if you had an after school activity it is no problem if you couldn’t walk back with us at 2:30 said Chris Olmanson. Also you don’t have to walk every day, “just coming once would be greatly appreciated,” said Chris Olmanson.

”The hope is to raise enough money to provide an entire school with a water system so that these kids will be able to walk 2 steps instead of 2 miles for a simple glass of water,” said Chris Olmanson. The cost of the water system is $5,000. This money will be raised by endorsements from companies as well as donations from students and community members. “The more students that we can get involved in this, the more publicity we are likely to receive. And with more publicity, the number of donations that we are likely to receive will also increase. Any kind of participation would be greatly appreciated and welcomed whole-heartedly,” said Chris Olmanson. Students who want to donate should see MaryKay Williams in the Y.E.S. office (located inside the counseling office on the 2nd floor).

To learn more about Wayzata’s Walk for Water visit http://walkforwater.blogspot.com, or contact Chris Olmanson at chris@olmanson.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Andy Kleven, Alex Olmanson, Oliver Haugland, Landon Lozano, Jack Angell, Scott Jensen, Mike Gabbert, Sarah Hauer, Taisa Kushner, and Maddie Lambert can also fill in details.
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TROJAN TRIBUNE: The Wright Breaking and Entering Christmas

By Trojan Tribune Editor Krista Logelin.

Local radio station B96, Lizzie Rahm (11), and WHS Family and Consumer Sciences teachers surprised Heather (12) and Stephanie (12) Wright with Christmas presents at the Wright’s home last Tuesday after Rahm nominated the twin sisters for B96’s Breaking and Entering Christmas.

Breaking and Entering Christmas surprises struggling families with gifts during the holiday season. Rahm sent B96 an e-mail nominating Heather and Stephanie because they would otherwise have not had received Christmas gifts.
Stephanie and Heather work as much as they can every day to pay for their own food and help with the bills because their mom does not have much money.

“They deserve this because they go to a school where labels are often a big thing,” said Rahm. “And it’s not just that; everyone wants a Christmas.”

It has been three years since Heather and Stephanie have been able to afford Christmas presents. “These girls pay for their house. They’re working very hard, yet they have not had a Christmas in three years.”

B96 eventually contacted Rahm to tell her that the Wrights were one of the ten families selected to receive the Breaking and Entering Christmas. When they were chosen, Rahm said she began planning the surprise with Personal and Family Issues teacher Anna Olson and the radio station. Olson called Stephanie and Heather’s bosses at work to get them the day off on Tuesday. Rahm invited the sisters to open her presents for them on that day. B96 went out and spent near $1000 on warm clothes, lotions, perfumes, and boots for the twins.

Tuesday afternoon, Rahm stalled after school in the Yearbook Room long enough for the B96 to drive through the snowy traffic and set up at Heather and Stephanie’s home. The sisters were still under the impression that they were exchanging presents with Rahm after school but that she was getting held up at Yearbook.

“I saw some guy with a video camera in my house when I walked in,” said Stephanie. “I was like ‘Who’s in my house!’”
The man she saw was B96 DJ Tone E. Fly accompanied by Danni Starr and their video crew. Stephanie and Heather’s grandma was sitting on the couch with the girls’ mom on the phone. Miss Hanley, Mrs. Olson, Miss Lejonvarn, and Mr. McNiel were there, too.

“It was a huge surprise!” said Heather. “I am so grateful to have a friend like Lizzy.”

“For them to get a Christmas,” said Rahm, “I know it made their entire year. It was good to see them and how happy they were. That is what made my Christmas this year.”

Rahm said that students at WHS should keep their eyes out for people less fortunate. “You don’t need to do something as big as I did. Just be their friend!” she said.

Miss Olson said her favorite part of the whole event was seeing Stephanie open her new winter coat. Everyone in the room cried as Stephanie rejoiced for having a coat for the first time in two years. “I knew she wanted one and I couldn't afford it,” said Heather. “Seeing her so happy was the past part for me.”

“The girls are so resilient,” said Miss Olson. “They’re both going to succeed in life. I have the utmost confidence.”


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Lost Dog Update!

The lost dog has been found! It apparently burrowed into the snow near the Wayzata Library to keep warm in some very cold weather. A happy ending!!!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Not exactly a crime alert, but....

This is not your ordinary Crime Alert, but in the spirit of the season, we (Wayzata PD) would like to do what we can to reunite a lost dog with the owner. Below is a copy of an e-mail we received:

Hello,

I hope I am sending this to those who live in Wayzata (sorry if you receive this email errantly). I have blind copied many folks who may be able to help our friends find their dog!

Last night (Dec. 21 - very cold!) a little black Yorkshire with a small dash of white on his chest escaped in the Broadway/Park St. area. He is still missing and wearing a blue dog collar. If you find him please call Damon at 612-232-7197. His two little boys miss their puppy!

Thank you!

Scott Tripps
952.745.0344
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Weekly Roundup: Wayzata.com's top stories of the week, Dec 15-21, 2008

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Wayzata.com. Elisha and I extend warm greetings to you and your loved ones, and wish you all the best. Here are the Top 5 Stories from Wayzata.com for the week of December 15th - 21st.
  1. Wayzata Business Man Ward Brehm Receives Citizens Medal from President Bush - Mr. Brehm has been enhancing economic and social development in Africa for many years.
  2. IOCP Sleep Out 2008: Campaign has raised $1,000,000 to date. While it appears the local charity that assists with housing needs will fall short of it's $2,000,000 goal, they will still help a ton of needy families in the area.
  3. Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka - Rezoning and Comp Plan Amendment application was denied amid a frenzied 3 hour long City Council Meeting. Read about it in the WAYZATA CITY COUNCIL RECAP: December 16, 2008.
  4. IOCP Sleep Out 2008: Update on Peter Larson's progress - local teenager raises big money for IOCP Sleep Out by partnering with Punch Pizza
  5. Wayzata resident Mitch Cady helps UMD Bulldogs win Division II NCAA Football Championship - Cady is a senior offensive tackle and played a key role.
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CRIMER ALERT: Burglary in Hollybrook

Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold issued a prepared statement this morning with regard to a burglary in the Holdridge area of town:

"A burglary occurred in the Hollybrook area of Wayzata sometime between December 12 and December 20th. Entry was gained by forcing a locked front door. At this time there appears to be nothing missing, and the burglar(s) may have been scared off by an alarm system (that was present, but not armed). It is not certain what day of the week or time of day this took place."
If you have any information on this incident, please dial 911 and referencer this alert.

IOCP Sleep Out 2008: Update on Peter Larson's progress

Here's an update from Lenore Franzen about Peter Larson, the young man who has committed to raising $71,125 this year for the IOCP Sleep Out.

From Lenore Franzen, "Peter raised about $3,100 last weekend at Punch Pizza—not quite as much as last year, but it was the night of the big storm and cold. However, I just heard that he is now at $50,000, thanks to an anonymous donation that just came in. Attached is a recent picture of Peter, in case you'd like to include it.
Our overall total to date is $1,060,000, which means we'll be able to help 498 families with housing needs in the coming year. IOCP will continue to accept donations through January 31, so we are encouraging people to include us in their year-end giving decisions."

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IOCP Sleep Out 2008: Campaign has raised $1,000,000 to date

The IOCP Sleep Out has raised $1,000,000, according to Lenore Franzen, Communications Director. This will allow the organization to assist 470 families in the upcoming year. There are only a handful of days remaining in the campaign.

Founded in 1979, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) strengthens the 8 communities it serves by creating opportunities that change lives. We provide hope to struggling families in our midst through creative partnerships, and we engage volunteers.

For the more than 1,500 families and individuals we serve each year, we focus those opportunities around housing, child care, transportation, employment, and community connections. When families have choices in these areas-housing they can afford, a better job, quality child care, a car to get to work, a feeling of belonging-they are able to move forward in building a better life.

IOCP also engages more than 600 volunteers-from children to CEOs-in structured opportunities. They operate our food shelf, staff our reception desk, arrange rides to essential appointments, host community dinners, mentor students, sleep out to raise awareness and funds for affordable housing, promote our car donation program, and coordinate the collection and distribution of school supplies and holiday gifts.




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Friday, December 19, 2008

Wayzata.com Wins Best of Wayzata for 2008

WASHINGTON D.C., December 19, 2008 --

WAYZATA.COM has been selected for the 2008 Best of Wayzata Award in the Advertising category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).

The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2008 USLBA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA)

U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USLBA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USLBA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

For advertising opportunities, contact Dan at 952-473-5800 or email wayzata@gmail.com.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

WAYZATA LIBRARY: University of Minnesota to present Raptors December 30th, 2008

Head over to the Wayzata Libarary Tuesday, December 30, 1:30–2:30 p.m to check out an owl, a hawk, a falcon and a bald eagle. All the birds are being presented by the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center. This is a great opportunity for for kids in Kindergarten and up to learn about the different types of raptors, their characteristics, identification, diets and habitats.

Image courtesy Wikipedia.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

WAYZATA CITY COUNCIL RECAP: December 16, 2008

1. Roll Call - All members present.

2. Public Forum - Jack Amdal presented a plaque from IOCP to the City of Wayzata in gratitude for the Cities support over the years.

3. Approval of Minutes - Approved

4. Public Hearing

A. Amendment to the project plan for the Central Area Redevelopment District and on a TIF Plan for Redevelopment TIF District #5 - Res. No. 58-2008 - This is the financial piece that ties back to the Bay Center Development. $22.9 million - $8,000,000 of which is public infrastructure improvement. Includes 4 parcels, the 2 biggest parcels will generate most of income. Runs through 2036.

Has been forwarded and made public. Establishes a Redevelopment District, the longest that can be established, based on blight--duration of 25 years.

Authorizes Pay Go Financing, form of financing that transfers money as appreciation occurs.

$1,000,000 for improvements for the City within the TIF.

The difference between the tax values currently versus the improved assessments will be returned to the developer up to that $22.9 million-and the TIF may expire early. Developer will be allocated 95% of the Increased tax value. The City will receive the 5% to the tune of about $100,000 per year. These funds can be used for administrative costs and for public improvements.

Passes on a vote of 3-1 with Bader saying no, Amdal abstaining for potential conflict.

5. New Business

A. Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka - Rezoning and Comp Plan Amendment. In the Holdridge neighborhood along the frontage road on Highway 12 and Wayzata Boulevard. The Planning Commission recommended denial. 2030 Wayzata Boulevard...R-1 Res to Institutional.

There was a substantial presentation by Unitarian Universalist presenting a number of reasons why this should be allowed.

Challenges building a church in Wayzata--95% developed, not allowed in R-1, Not allowed in Commercial, and finding a 3 acre parcel in Wayzata is extremely tight. A number of citizens of the church came forward to speak on behalf of the project. Former Council member Bob Ambrose spoke against the proposal. Planning Commissioner Russ Crowder indicated that the majority of the Holdridge residents are not for it. He also commented that there is no benefit to the neighborhood. Planning Commissioner Kent Howe spoke in favor of the project. A number of Wayzata spoke out against it. A petition was presented to the Mayor on behalf of a number of residents from Holdridge in opposition.

Wilcox moved to deny. 2nded by Bader. Passes 3-2.

B. Charlie Schoen - 712 Lake Stree E - Lot Combination Res. 55-08. Continued.

C. Bushaway Road Position Statement - Res. 59-08. City Engineer Mike Kelley presented a draft position statement and Resolution 59-2008 that can be submitted to Hennepin County.

After much discussion and tweaking, approved.

D. Update on the Re-codification Project to update the City's Ordinance Book and proposal for 1st reading of Ordinance to updated code on Jan. 6, 2009. Motion to direct staff for a notice and 1st reading in January. Moved and seconded, Approved.

E. Fire Relief Resolution No. 53-2008 Approving MN Laws 2008, Chapter 349. Moved and seconded, Approved.

F. Adopt Resolution No. 56-08 - Final Tax Levy. Levy increase is 3% increase, when factoring the Big Woods, 2.6%. Moved and seconded, Approved.

G. Adopt Resolution No. 57-08 Terminating TIF District No. 4 (Widsten) - approved.

H. Consider and approve Municipal Licenses - approved.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORT AND DISCUSSION ITEMS

No Comments from Al Orson.

Mary Bader suggested putting the fees on the website.

Adjourned.



CITY OF WAYZATA: City Hall Holiday Schedule

FROM THE CITY OF WAYZATA: City Hall will close at 11 am on Wednesday, December 24th and will reopen at 7 am on Monday, December 29th. The Office will also be closed on Thursday, January 1, 2009.

WCTV: December Programming Schedule

The following is the schedule for Wayzata Community Television for the month of December, 2008.

MONDAY

9:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Wayzata Planning Commission Meeting

1:30 PM & 5:00 PM
Welcome Wayzata: Peggy Douglas & Greg Rye talk to Jill Kohler and LaDonna Hoy about the IOCP Sleep Out.

4:00 PM
Historical Society: Lake Minnetonka History 1900-1950 Highlighting Deephaven, Excelsior,
and Wayzata

TUESDAY

8:30 AM
Wayzata Prayer Breakfast Interview

9:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Wayzata City Council Meeting

1:30 PM & 5:00 PM
Welcome Wayzata: Peggy Douglas & Greg Rye talk to Jill Kohler and LaDonna Hoy about the IOCP Sleep Out.

4:00 PM
Historical Society: Lake Minnetonka History 1900-1950 Highlighting Deephaven, Excelsior,and Wayzata

WEDNESDAY

1:30 PM & 5:00 PM
Welcome Wayzata: Peggy Douglas & Greg Rye talk to Jill Kohler and LaDonna Hoy about the IOCP Sleep Out.

7:00 PM
Historical Society: Lake Minnetonka History 1900-1950 Highlighting Deephaven, Excelsior,and Wayzata

THURSDAY and FRIDAY

8:30 AM
Wayzata Prayer Breakfast Interview

1:30 PM & 5:00 PM
Welcome Wayzata: Peggy Douglas & Greg Rye talk to Jill Kohler and LaDonna Hoy about the IOCP Sleep Out.

7:00 PM
Historical Society: Lake Minnetonka History 1900-1950 Highlighting Deephaven, Excelsior,and Wayzata

SATURDAY

9:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Wayzata City Council Meeting

12:00 PM
Wayzata Prayer Breakfast Interview

4:00 PM
Historical Society: Lake Minnetonka History 1900-1950 Highlighting Deephaven, Excelsior,and Wayzata

5:00 PM
Welcome Wayzata: Peggy Douglas & Greg Rye talk to Jill Kohler and LaDonna Hoy about the IOCP Sleep Out.

SUNDAY

9:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Wayzata Planning Commission Meeting

12:00 PM
Historical Society: Lake Minnetonka History 1900-1950 Highlighting Deephaven, Excelsior,and Wayzata

4:00 PM
Wayzata Prayer Breakfast Interview

5:00 PM
Welcome Wayzata: Peggy Douglas & Greg Rye talk to Jill Kohler and LaDonna Hoy about the IOCP Sleep Out.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

CITY OF WAYZATA: Curbside Christmas Tree Pick-up

FROM THE CITY OF WAYZATA: The annual tree pickup will be on Monday, January 19th, 2009. Have your tree at the curb by 7 am. Spruce tops are acceptable and will be picked up. Nails, screws, wires, tree stands, tinsel, plastic bags, glass and metal decorations must be removed from the tree before pick up. Wreaths are not accepted.

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Scott Kloeck-Jenson named 2008 WHS Distinguished Alumnus

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Scott Kloeck-Jenson is the 2008 posthumous recipient of the Wayzata High School Distinguished Alumni Award. A 1983 graduate, Kloeck-Jenson was selected to be a speaker at the graduation ceremony. He participated in debate, tennis, junior achievement, and National Honor Society. Kloeck-Jenson enrolled at St. Olaf College and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1987.

He was the first student from St. Olaf to participate in the Study/Service Program in South Korea, an experience that spurred his passion for peace and justice issues at the international level. Following graduation from St. Olaf, he joined the Peace Corps in Lesotho, Africa, and was awarded the first Sargent Shriver Peaceworker Fellowship at Georgetown University. He was also the recipient of two Foreign Language Fellowships, a Fulbright Scholarship and a MacArthur Scholar Award.

Kloeck-Jenson met Barbara Kloeck while in the Peace Corps; they were married in 1990 and had two children, Zoe and Noah. While he was a student at the University of Wisconsin working on his doctorate in political science, he and his wife and children were killed in a car accident in South Africa in June 1999 while on a short vacation from his work in Mozambique. At the time Kloeck-Jenson, was the project director for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Land Tenure Center Program.

His family and friends have created the Kloeck-Jenson Endowment for Peace and Justice Studies at St. Olaf. The endowment provides funding for academic initiatives that encourage a deeper study of peace and justice issues, providing a valuable opportunity to inspire future generations to become full participants in making peace a driving force around the world. A fellowship program has also been established at the University of Wisconsin in his memory.

For his vision and commitment to peace and justice, and for the life he lived, Kloeck-Jenson is a worthy recipient of the Wayzata High School Distinguished Alumni Award. His parents will accept the award on his behalf.

Watch the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award ceremony on ED's TV, the West Metro Educational Cable Channel:
--Saturday December 13 at 11:35 a.m.
--Saturday December 13 at 9:35 p.m.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

IOCP Sleep Out 2008: Peter Larson and Punch Pizza collaborating to raise funds

From IOCP's Newsletter, "Touchpoint":

In the seven years Peter Larson has slept out during The Sleep Out campaign, he has accumulated a lot of nick-names. The Sleep Out prince who raised $50,000, the brave Boy Scout who slept in a cardboard box for 43 nights, an Eleven Who Care award winner, a pizza-loving kid inspired by Bob Fisher to help keep families in their homes.

“This year I want to help 125 families avoid homelessness,” Peter said. “I plan to sleep out every night of the campaign.” To meet his personal goal, he hopes to raise $71,125.

Also back as a major supporter of Peter’s efforts is Punch Pizza in downtown Wayzata. Join Peter and his friends Sunday, Dec. 14, 5–9 p.m. for delicious Punch Pizza! Punch will contribute 50% of its proceeds for the entire day toward Peter’s goal, and will accept donations in a tip jar. Peter’s Boy Scout troop will help serve and staff the event. Many thanks to John Puckett, owner of Punch Pizza.

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Wayzata resident Mitch Cady helps UMD Bulldogs win Division II NCAA Football Championship

Senior offensive tackle Mitch Cady and Wayzata resident helped the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs win the Division II NCAA Football Championship yesterday 21-14 against Northwest Missouri State. For a full write-up on the story, visit the Star Tribune's article: 'Perfect' Bulldogs win national title, and also check out the Duluth News Tribune website for this article: UMD's perfect season topped with a national football title.

Congratulations Mitch!

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IOCP Sleep Out 2008: Campaign has raised $795,000 to date

The IOCP Sleep Out has raised $795,000, according to Lenore Franzen, Communications Director. This will allow the organization to assist 373 families in the upcoming year. There are 13 days remaing in the campaign.

Founded in 1979, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) strengthens the 8 communities it serves by creating opportunities that change lives. We provide hope to struggling families in our midst through creative partnerships, and we engage volunteers.

For the more than 1,500 families and individuals we serve each year, we focus those opportunities around housing, child care, transportation, employment, and community connections. When families have choices in these areas-housing they can afford, a better job, quality child care, a car to get to work, a feeling of belonging-they are able to move forward in building a better life.

IOCP also engages more than 600 volunteers-from children to CEOs-in structured opportunities. They operate our food shelf, staff our reception desk, arrange rides to essential appointments, host community dinners, mentor students, sleep out to raise awareness and funds for affordable housing, promote our car donation program, and coordinate the collection and distribution of school supplies and holiday gifts.



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St. Paul Symphony Orchestra to perform at Wayzata Community Church December 19th, 2008

The St. Paul Symphony Orchestra will be performing Schubert's 5th Symphony at the Wayzata Community Church on December 19th, 2008 at 8:00 pm.

From the SPCSO website, "Anton Webern is known as a twentieth century musical innovator. He was also a fine orchestrator and arranger, and he used his considerable talent in this arena to rework J.S. Bach’s masterpiece The Musical Offering for the orchestra. Franz Schubert’s gift for melody is evident in his more than six hundred German songs. This affinity for great tunes wasn’t limited to his vocal music. Hear the beautiful and haunting melodies Schubert created for his incomparable Fifth Symphony."

The Orchestra has also received rave reviews from the Star Tribune, in an article entitled Review: Just back from tour, SPCO shines.

Tickets range from $10-$25, with childrens tickets available for $5. 651-291-1144 or http://www.thespco.org/.

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Wayzata Business Man Ward Brehm Receives Citizens Medal from President Bush

Ward Brehm received The Presidential Citizens Medal, the country's second-highest civilian honor, from President Bush in the Oval Office on December 10th, 2008.

The Citizens Medal is an award that was started in 1969 to recognize U.S. citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for the nation, according to the White House.

It is one of the highest honors the President can confer upon a civilian, second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Ward Brehm received the award from the President along with twenty-two individuals, as well as one award which was presented posthumously.

From WhiteHouse.gov, "As a public servant, author, and humanitarian, Ward Brehm has committed himself to enhancing economic and social development in Africa. He has worked in partnership with the people of Africa to provide clean water to rural communities, fight poverty, and extend opportunity. The United States honors Ward Brehm for his work to replace disease and despair with healing and hope."

Congratulations Ward!

White House photo by Chris Greenberg.



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Thursday, December 04, 2008

WAYZATA LIBRARY: Friends Thursday Afternoon Book Club

From the Wayzata Library website:

All readers are invited to take part in lively book discussions at Wayzata Library. Join us on the fourth Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Wayzata Library Meeting Room. Participate regularly or occasionally... whatever works for your interest and your schedule!


CRAIG PAUL and TERRY PAUL: Living in Egypt - Part 2

The following story is a series of emails and journaling from Craig and Terry Paul. They emailed Wayzata.com a couple of weeks ago from Egypt expressing an interest in following Wayzata Football. Craig has just retired from WHS as the principal and expressed a desire to stay connected. I indicated that the Wayzata Community would like to stay connected to them as well.

As a result of that conversation, Craig and Terry forwarded the following email / journal entries from abroad as they have began a new challenge at the American International School of Egypt in Cairo. Wayzata.com will publish these in a new segment called: CRAIG PAUL and TERRY PAUL: Living in Egypt!

End of August/Beginning of September-2008

August 27

Terry took a 6 day whirlwind trip to Sweden for a wedding of one of our former exchange students. Ulf married Kajsa on 8/30 in a church built in the 1100s. The reception was held in a castle built in that same time period. It was breathtaking! But before I get to that day, let me back up.

I flew out at 4AM from Cairo, and you never would have known it was the middle of the night! The airport was absolutely a mob-like atmosphere and the outside was swamped with people! It was Ramadan, and it was like there was a party going on of hundreds of people in the middle of the nights!



Off to Amsterdam, then Stockholm to be picked up by Charlie, our 6th exchange student (1990-1991). When I landed, my first thought was- Wow, everything is so civilized here, compared to what I have been experiencing the past 10 days! And it is VERY chilly up here!

We went to a small town from Stockholm to meet her fiancé Nisse and daughter Ellinor. I spent the day and evening with them and it was delightful.

August 28

Early the next morning, she took me to the train to ride from Solna to Vasteras where I met Ulf, exchange student #2 (1974-75). He whisked me off to meet Kajsa at their home, and to see David, his father, and then he took me to his former mother-in-law’s home. I had lunch with Kerstin and Maria (Ulf’s former wife). We picked up Maria’s daughter Frida and then went to Maria’s home for fika (afternoon snack). They dropped me off at Ulf and Kajsa’s where I finally met Andreas and Daniel, Kajsa’s two sons. How nice to finally meet these two young men whom I had only met through Emails! We had a wonderful dinner that night, topped off by a fantastic marzipan cake made by Daniel, the ten year old son!

August 29

Friday was a BIG day because lots of people arrived! Gail Morrman-Behrens and her daughter Heather arrived from the US. Gail was a classmate of Ulf’s from Strawberry Point 34 years ago. Ian, my son, and his girlfriend, Nelly (daughter to our first exchange student) arrived from southern Sweden.. Birgitta (our 3rd exchange student (1976-77) and her family arrived. The evening was spent having grilled supper and relaxing.

August 30

Saturday was the big day. The wedding was at 4 PM, and as I said, it was at a very, very old church and castle. It was the most emotional wedding I have ever attended. The bride and groom were perfect and are so meant to be together and so happy , that there were tears from them all through the ceremony and from all the guests. Everything about the wedding was perfect! The reception was full of games, singing, tributes/speechs. And to make it a storybook setting, there was no electricity, so everything was by candlelight in this 11th century castle. More tears during the tributes and the songs. I even gave a tribute as the American mother to Ulf, so it was emotional for me, and Ian did a very nice job speaking as the American brother.

September 1

Sunday everyone left at different times, and my time to leave was with Ian and Nelly when we got on the train to go down to southern Sweden to see Nina, exchange student #1 (1973-1974). We had an exciting ride as we missed our connecting ride and added 2 hours to our trip by going west to Gothenberg and then south! So our ride was 9 hours rather than 7 hours!

September 2

We toured Trelleborg and Malmo in the most southern part of Sweden along with Gail and Heather with Ian as our guide. In Trelleborg, we walked through the downtown and saw where Nelly had gone to school and did some shopping. Everywhere, you see bicycles. It is a mode of transportation for all ages, and there are hundreds of them parked, as well as being ridden. People of all ages!

In Malmo, we did A LOT of walking. We saw the famous Turning Torso, which is a residential/commercial building, along the sea. It is quite spectacular looking and has heavy security.

We looked at the bridge that now connects Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark. It goes above and below the water. 30 years ago, we went by ferry (1 1/2hours) or hydrofoil (3/4 hour) but now this bridge takes you across in 10 minutes. We saw the skateboarder’s park, fishermen’s huts, the old castle from the 1500s, and the old City Square.

Malte took us on a tour of the countryside and showed us many Viking burial sites, showed us where there are excavations going on right now for other Viking remnants. He showed us an old farm site that was in the traditional square- built setting with white-washed walls, thatched roof with wood beams holding the thatching on. We saw old windmills besides new power mills. We saw old churches. The fields had crops in them with a unique type of cropped willow tree as a wind break between the rows. Red poppy flowers were sprouting amongst the rows of willow trees.

It was very fun to hear Ian speaking so much Swedish with everyone. He has picked up so much of the language and is talking as much as possible. He takes lessons 4 hours each day, and it definitely is making a difference for him.

September 3

Wednesday Heather and Gail left for Stockholm by train, and I left for Copenhagen by train. From there, it was Paris followed by Cairo. I was eager to get back as I had been cold the entire time I was in Sweden! I usually had 2 long sleeve shirts/sweaters on and a sweatshirt on. And sure enough, I get back, and I take off my sweatshirt and feel like it is comfortable! I must be adapting to the heat.

To be back in Cairo…..the traffic is out of control, and there are honks blowing everywhere and people walking on the highway and crowds everywhere. Aah, I’m back in Cairo!

Craig was very busy while I was gone with school issues, and with driving solo! I knew he was destined to be a bumper car driver! He has definitely enjoyed this driving more than he should be! He is driving to and from school solo now. After a week with school driver Faiz, who spoke only Arabic, showing him the landmarks, as most signs are in Arabic, and how to drive aggressively, he feels he can make it. He has described it to some as bumper cars and go-cart racing combined. As Emily said, “there is a flow, just find it” as he glides across 4 lanes in a half block to u-turn and does it again the opposite direction to get his right turn home. The goal is to move quickly and be first to the spot. Always look forward and peripheral but not behind, and GO. Do not turn sideways to check!

His first solo day encountered 3 manhole covers missing that were there the day before, one family of 4 on a small motorcycle, taxis or mini buses stopping in the middle of the street to drop off or pickup at will, two spots where locals removed the government barriers to prevent cross traffic on this major road, two donkey carts with loads, motorcycles and mopeds weaving to any open spot, two vehicles coming the wrong way, and two jerks trying to be first too. But as he said, he survived!

We are sending pictures of the traffic in Cairo. There are pictures that show the heavy traffic with several lanes in a road that are really made for only 2 lanes. Instead, there are at least 3-4 cars/buses/donkeys/walkers/bikers/motorcycles all playing chicken to use those lanes. Their way of getting their way is to honk and keep nosing their way into place, hoping that the other cars will let them in. Sometimes they will go the wrong way on the street, sometimes they will just decide to do a U-turn in a lane, sometimes they will just plain stop in the middle of the road to let someone out and everyone needs to be prepared to stop as well. Most times the drivers don’t use their turn signals. Many times they don’t use headlights, even in the middle of the night.

If there are roadblocks and they disagree with it, they will remove the roadblocks so they can get to where they want to go. If they need to run into a store, they just double park somewhere and leave the car running. If someone needs to move it they can, the keys are there.

It is quite common to drive with only an inch between you and the next vehicle, and to have your side view mirror hit as you drive by slowly trying to inch your way through a very narrow space on the extremely tight street. Every day of driving is an adventure. I don’t want to drive myself, but I thoroughly enjoy driving with my driver, Khaleed. As he says. he has been a driver for 22 years, and he knows all of Egypt like the veins of his feet. I just close my eyes and say a prayer and trust he knows much more than I do.

Today we will go to the Tentmaker’s area and also to Khan al-Khalili, both very famous shopping areas in old Cairo. We’ll update you soon.

Craig and Terry

September 7.

Click the following link for the first installment of CRAIG PAUL AND TERRY PAUL: Living in Egypt - Part 1.

Wayzata.com is your Craig and Terry Paul leader.


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Monday, December 01, 2008

CITY COUNCIL MEETING: December 1, 2008

  1. Roll Call
  2. Public Forum - 15 Minutes (3 min/person)
    a) Recognition of winner and all partcipants of Lighting Up Wayzata for the Holidays
  3. Approval of Minutes: Minutes of November 13, 2008
  4. Truth in Taxation Hearing: Maximum increase for the City of Wayzata is 6.95% for 2009.
  5. New Business

    a) Second Reading of Ordinance # 692 Discharge of water into Stormwater System

    b) Bushaway Road - Task Force Recommendation--use same footprint, does not utilize 3-lanes, trail needs to meander, no round-about / a 4-way stoplight, preserve homes, fences, and markers, bridges must match the Grey's Bay Causeway, tree cutting moratorium until final decision is made, elimination of construction easements--recommendations and comments from the Council were accepted and put into the record.

    c) WTP#3 Review Final Plan Modification-After receiving bids in October, becuase of costs being higher than expected, City Council originally rejected the bids. The City staff has added 4 feet to the end, so that the tank could be relocated under Filtration and Generator rooms. Elimated bathroom in office location, as it was unnecessary. Tennis courts and fence will be undisturbed, but not usable next summer. Park Sreet will be closed during construction. Three construction entrances considered to manage traffic, grading of site to accommodate future cellular enclosure.

    d) Unitarian Church - Rezoning R-1 to INS and Comp Plan Amendment - skipped

    e) 1052 Circle A - Subdivision Rolf & Janet Skei - Subdivision approved.

    f) 825 Wayzata Blvd. Design Review Ascent Real Estate LLC - Remodeling of Building, removal of garage and reconstruction of garage as offices. Councilmember Bangert expressed concern about the extra parking spaces. Passed.

    g) Adopt Resolution No. 52-08 - Amending Police Citation Fees - Approved.

    h) Second Reading of Ordinance # 693 - Authorizing General Obligation Street Reconstruction Bonds - Approved.
  6. City Manager's Report and Discussion Items
    a) driveways and curb cuts - a previous applicant should have been allowed to have two driveways. Wilcox suggested that this ordinance should be more restrictive. LaSalle project that was denied last meeting has come back with another design. The campanile on the Bay Center is still up in the air.
  7. Public Forum
  8. Adjournment
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WAYZATA FOOTBALL 2008: Fritz Rock named athlete of the week

The Star Tribune has named Fritz Rock one of their Athletes of the Week for December 1, 2008. Click the following link to read the article: Athletes of the Week.

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Letter from Police Chief Risvold to Wayzata City Council about Administrative Fines

The Wayzata City Council received and approved the following Administrative Fine Schedule detailed in this letter from Chief Risvold to the Council.

To: Wayzata City Council

From: Chief Mike Risvold

Date: December 1, 2008

Re: Administrative Fine Schedule
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After further deliberation and with input from officers within the agency, I am proposing minor changes to the cities administrative fine schedule which was adopted by resolution in early September. The changes include the addition of three offenses and the amendment of four of the fines. The proposed changes are as follows:

Additional Offenses:
Wrong Way (one-way) $90
Follow Too Close $65
Handicapped Parking-No Permit $95

Proposed Fine Changes:
Fail to Wear Seat Belt $35 to $50 (Court citation is $103)
Fail to Stop / Stop Sign (bicycle) $25 to $65 (Court citation is $128)
Fail to Obey Traffic Control Device (bicycle) $25 to $65 (Court citation is $128)
Fail to Yield – pedestrian (bicycle) $50 to $90 (Court citation is $178)

The additional offenses are violations seen in Wayzata on a regular basis and have merit to be in this program. They were simply omitted in the first go-around.

The increase in fine for the seat belt violation is to better reflect the basic concept behind the fine schedule itself. All fines are close to one-half of the regular district court fines. The adjustment will bring this fine into alignment with the rest. Finally, with regard to the offenses committed by bicyclists, the officers made it very clear that they thought the bicyclists should be treated the same as motor vehicles with regard to the violations above, or the same as the state of Minnesota treats the two in state statute. These fines now mirror the fines for the same offense while committed in a motor vehicle. All proposed changes on the resolution appear in bold/red. Feel free to contact me with any questions.


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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Wayzata.com's top stories of the week, Nov. 24-30

It was a great week in Wayzata with the local football team winning the State Championship. A truck turned over on Highway 12, and a local resident was sentenced for his break-in and rape.
  1. The Wayzata Trojans Football Team won the Class 5A State Championship over the Blaine Bengals 27-7 in the Prep Bowl at the Metrodome. The team went a perfect 13-0. Read the write-up, view the media report, and scan the 2008 Wayzata Football Schedule with a note about every game.
  2. Semi Truck Over Turns On HWY 12: A construction truck and trailer used in the building of the Long Lake Bypass turned over in the median.
  3. Wayzata resident Christopher Karls sentenced to at least 15 years for a break-in and rape of a young woman near the University of Minnesota.
  4. Wayzata Football Coach Brad Anderson appeared on AM 1500 KSTP and was interviewed by Matt Thomas.
  5. ICOP updated us on the total amount raised for the 2008 Sleep Out. You can also read about how LaDonna Hoy's family joined the sleep out.
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Local resident Jessica Hilde has Youtube posted

Jessica Hilde, a reported model, author, and journalist has a new Youtube video posted by the DavidKBand on Youtube. Check it out!



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Wayzata High Kick State 2008

Check out the Wayzata High Kick State 2008 appearance. Comments on the Youtube page included: Wow they're amazing, that was great!! the trojets are such a well rounded team, the beginning was so cool! i really liked the dance. :)

Nice job Trojets!



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WAYZATA FOOTBALL 2008: Trojans named to AP AllState Football Team

Rob Bathe, Kevin Potas, Fritz Rock, Cecil Doe, Toby Okuyemi, and Grant Olson have been named to the 2008 AP Minnesota AllState Football Team. Congratulations, Trojans!

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