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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, March 31, 2008

Armed Robbery at Blockbuster in Wayzata!

According to Police Cheif Mike Risvold an armed robbery occurred on Sunday March 30th at 8:45 PM at the Blockbuster Video in Wayzata, located at 1101 Wayzata Boulevard. Risvold indicated that this was the first armed robbery in Wayzata in more than four years.

According to the report, the suspect appeared in the store approximately 20-30 minutes prior to the robbery and asked for an employment application for his fiancé. During the robbery itself, the suspect displayed a black semi-automatic handgun. He was described as follows: Black Male (light skinned) 25-30 Years Old, 6'0", wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, a knit hat, and blue jeans.

Police indicate other businesses should be on the lookout for this type of scenario--a person matching the description of the robbery asking for an employment application. Anyone with information is encourage to contact the Wayzata Police Department immediately by dialing 911.

Daniel Gustafson Wayzata





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Fritz Rock visits University of Florida

Fritz Rock, the Wayzata High School standout wide receiver unofficially visited the University of Florida on Saturday. ESPN.com indicates Rock is a "Good Prospect." Maybe we will see him playing in big games on Saturdays and maybe Sundays. Stay tuned for more info.

A number of other Wayzata Football players have had success at the next level. Marion Barber the III has developed into a high profile running back for the Dallas Cowboys after a record breaking stint with the Gophers, James Laurinaitis will play his senior year with the Ohio State Buckeyes and is expected to move to the NFL, and Dom Barber is graduating from the U of M and has representation in his attempt to make it as a pro.

Rep. John Berns from Wayzata Sponsors Hockey as Official State Sport of Minnesota

The Pioneer Press is reporting that Representative John Berns of Wayzata is sponsoring a measure to make Hockey the official sport of the State of Minnesota. While Berns is quoted in the article as saying there are higher priories than this, it still makes constituents wonder why on earth legislators are spending time on something like this when the budget, bridges and roads, and our economy are such higher priorities.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wayzata Police Start Neighborhood Virtual Watch

We all have memories of the sticker with the blue logo of an eye that says neighborhood watch--it was and is designed to be a deterant to burglars and not so nice people. Now the city of Wayzata Police Department has started a Virtual Neighborhood Watch--an email communication which notifies subscribers of crime, parking regulations, press releases, and other important information. If you are interested in joining, email sbobzien@wayzata.org to subscribe.

Wayzata City Council Schedules Bay Center Redevlopment Meetings

The fish wrap factory north east of the lake is reporting The Wayzata City Council has set a schedule to review plans for the Bay Center to be reviewed. The Wayzata Housing and Redevelopment Authority has net scheduled any meetinging as of yet. Should the Wayzata City Council ignore their own directives with regard to building height and approve the Bay Center as it has been submitted?

Friday, March 21, 2008

City of Wayzata Settles Duplex Lawsuit

The fish wrap factory northeast of the Lake is reporting that the City of Wayzata settled a lawsuit with Bob Ritter and Dennis Burgess for their plans to build duplexes on Manitoba Avenue in Wayzata. According to the story by D. Schueller, the City desired single family homes while the plans from Ritter and Burgess called for multifamily housing. The city settled by agreeing to consider new plans, to be submitted. Why the buildings are exempt from height restrictions is anybodies guess. Their seems to be a trend with new construction which says that the city's height requirements can be surpassed--more frequently than i can recall in recent history.

The Wayzata Bay Center calls for how many stories--4 or 5, I don't remember which. These plans call for very high roofs on the multifamily homes proposed on Manitoba. My questions to you is what do you think about the recent trend which seems to be building above the building height moratorium? Post your comments below.

Wayzata Eatery

The Star Tribune is reporting on the recent success of Taher, Inc., with it's three concepts: The Wayzata Eatery, the Alaskan Eatery, and now the Nordeast Eatery. Has any one eaten at the Wayzata Eatery? What is the food like? How does it stack up to other Wayzata Restaurants? I did see a picture of the inside of it a number of months back in another Star Tribune article--seemed like it was very similar to the restaurant it replaced--Louie's Habit. Look's like the Strib gave it 2.5 stars. Your comments and reviews are greatly appreciated. Just click the "comments" deal underneath this post.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Check out this Video by Wayzata High School Students

This is really an impressive piece of video from Wayzata High School students. I give it an 8 out of 10, all things considered. Nice writing, nice production values, etc. Video credit goes to Got2Lovett from YouTube. Best of all, it's about my favorite hometown!!!

Retail versus Development

Seems like all we read about in the Weekly News is about how bad the retail environment in Wayzata continues to be. The other thing that seems to dominate headlines is redevelopment projects from the 5 Swans / Old Bank Building, to the Wayzata Bay Center and the gas station owned by Dean Vlahos and a partner that now stands in the way.

Everywhere you go in Wayzata the dirt and shovels seem to be flying. The new strip mall on top of the hill on Wayzata Boulevard at the old Burger King location appears to be nearing completion. The new developments on Lake Street and Manitoba. Is retail giving way to service and money management throughout Wayzata? It seems like it. Don't take my word for it though, I'd like your opinion as to what the heck is going on.

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Email Dan at wayzata@gmail.com to express your views as to the so called progress that seems to occuring through the community. Like it? Don't like it? Think there is no way the Bay Center Development should be five stories? Don't care? We need to know.

Dan