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, April 30, 2008

Geeoff Little Gives Inside Look at Wayzata Eatery

Dan: What is the Wayzata Eatery Like?

Geeoff: It's casual fine dining.
Dan: What is the best dish you have?
Geeoff: The Pork Tenderloin, with a grape tomato tapenade and asparagus.
Dan: It's a wine bar too?
Geeoff: It's a wine bar too.

Dan: What does that mean?

Geeoff: We have all kinds of wine. No hard liquor.

Dan: How many wines do you think you have?

Geeoff: Over 100.

Dan: I saw you guys opened the Alaska Eatery as well. What's going on with that?

Geeoff: That's the old Shelley's Wood Roast. The Alaska Eatery is offers good seafood and good steaks.

Dan: What is the Wayzata Eatery's busiest times?

Geeoff: Both lunch and dinner are busy, so it is hard for me to say. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays.

Dan: What time does brunch start and end?

Geeoff: 11:00-3:30.

Dan: What is offered at brunch?

Geeoff: A lot of sandwiches, a lot of breakfast foods, stuffed french toast, eggs benedict, in season fruit. It runs anywhere from $10-15 per person.

Dan: Do you enjoy working at the Wayzata Eatery?

Geeoff: I do.

Dan: How long have you been there?

Geeoff: Since we opened, about a year ago.

Dan: Thanks for your time Geeoff.

This has been part of our Wayzata Restaurants series.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Terry Eugene Baier of Minnetonka Charged with Solicitation

The Wayzata Police Department sent a crime alert recently regarding a man scamming people for money, claiming his car was broken down and he needed cab money. A citizen who saw the alert reported a similar incident to police. As a direct result of that alert, Terry Eugene Baier, 52, of Minnetonka has been criminally charged with the offense of Solicitation in violation of Wayzata city code 520.01.

The fact that Mr. Baier was charged does not necessarily mean he will stop his illegal behavior. He has been quite active over the past several months. This is merely an update, or success story on how together, we can make Wayzata a better place.


Monday, April 28, 2008

Interview with Chad Hartman from KFAN

Dan interviews Chad Hartman, radio personality and talk show host from KFAN 1130 AM about his career at the FAN, his tenure as play-by-play announcer for the Wolves, Jesse Ventura, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Chad is a resident of Plymouth and his home is in the Wayzata School District.

Image courtesy Clear Channel.

Wayzata Second Call Fire Department Hosts Annual Meeting May 19th

The most recent issue of the Wayzata Bay Window indicates that the Wayzata Fire Department is looking for "Second Call" volunteers. The Second Call Fire Department has supported the department for over 45 years. The organization helps raise money for extra equipment and the relief association fund. There are over 400 members who meet once a year to view new fire fighting equipment, get a tour of the fire station, and socialize with firefighters.

There will be a celebration on Monday, May 19th 2008 to celebrate Tony Feser's 75 years of of service. Call 952-404-5337 for more information.

Fire Department Wish List:

  • Updated Air Packs

  • Automatic External Defibrillator

  • Thermo Imager Camera

Image courtesy Wayzata Fire Department

Wayzata Puplic Schools Futures Conference

District parents, residents and staff members will have another opportunity to help Wayzata Public Schools look into the future. A community conversation as a follow-up to the Futures Conference is scheduled for Monday, May 5, 6:30-9 p.m., in the media center of Central Middle School, 305 Vicksburg Lane, Plymouth.

Participants at the Futures Conference considered the impact of future trends on the district. At this session, participants will be asked to take the work from the Futures Conference a step further and provide additional direction for the district.

After a brief overview of issues from the Futures Conference, participants at the follow-up session will work in small groups to discuss the following questions:

  • What action steps would the district need to take to move toward providing more personalized learning for all students?
  • What action steps would the district need to take to provide opportunities for students to engage in global connections?
  • What action steps would the district need to take to be more flexible, adaptable and open to change?

The information generated from the small-group discussions will be used to help the district further define action steps for the district directions. The comments from each group will be summarized and reported back to the board.

The follow-up session is open to all parents, residents and staff members, not just those who attended the Futures Conference. Light refreshments will be provided.

If you are interested in participating in the conference, please call or email Bob Noyed, director of communication, at 763-745-5068 or There is no cost for the session, but registration is required. The number of participants is limited to 100 people so we encourage you to call or email as soon as possible.

Bob Noyed, APR
Director of Communications
Wayzata Public Schools

Suicidal Wild Turkey Crashes into Wayzata Library

While I was at Wayzata City Hall this morning meeting with Sandy Langley about simulcasting the podcasts, Steve from Public works brought in a suicidal wild turkey that had crashed into the Wayzata Library. He indicated that it had startled patrons and staff, and that it was no longer alive.

When Steve brought it into City Hall at the front desk, it caused quite an uproar from the City Staff who were concerned that it might be revived and start running around the entryway. It had not by the time I left. It is a good reminder that wildlife may attack city buildings at anytime, so be careful!!! ;)
Stay tuned to for everything that is happening in Wayzata!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Dom Barber Drafted by Houstan Texans

Well it looks like another Barber from Wayzata will be headed to Texas to play NFL football--this time it is Dom Barber and the team is the Houston Texans. Barber was drafted in the sixth round, and potentially meets his brother Marion Barber III and the Dallas Cowboys in week 3 of the NFL Season.

In an interview aired on KARE 11, Barber indicated that he had given up on the draft, and was watching Braveheart when he heard his family cheering in his home upstairs. He indicates he is excited, and wishes Dom all the best in his football career.

Watch Dom's 2008 NFL Combine Video, see his official NFL Draft Page, or his NFL Profile. Photo courtesy NFL.

Friday, April 25, 2008


Real Estate: Open House Sunday (4/27) - Noon to 3:00 pm. We are seeing a few parties interested in the townhome. We are having one more open house this weekend. If you have not seen the property, please do so. The Property is located in the Parkers Lake (Parkview) development at 1905 Shenandoah Ct Unit B (Plymouth, 55427), these are the red roofed townhomes located between Hwy 55 & CR 6 just east of Vicksburg Lane. This unit interior is in OUTSTANDING condition. Please check out and place the above address in the search bar to find the location and the market value for the property. There are also a few pictures there by clicking "see home info."

Complex built in 1991-92. The "B" unit is about 1100 sq ft. 2 Bdr, 1 Bth and 1 Car garage with parking nearby. Also include gas fireplace and two decks. Many Updates on the home is past year. Community PO Boxes on street near home. Association dues are $235 a month and include water, garbage, lawn care, snow removal, exterior maintenance and cable TV. Association has some work to get done on the outside in the spring as well and they are pretty responsible.

Other highlights: The neighborhood is a combination of singles, retried and young couples with two children or less. New carpets, white tile in entry and kitchen, whitewash oak cabinets and trim. Paint throughout is updated and very sharp. New sky light in vaulted stairwell. Two walk out decks: one off master bedroom and one off living room. The big front yard and deck great for pets and sun tanning. Near MTC bus line. Beautiful park only 600 feet away from your front door (Parkers Lake Playfields) and walking/biking trails (Luce Line Trail) nearby.

This property will be ready for move in. Set the furniture and start living!! The only suggestion would be to add window treatments. This property is available for RENT TO OWN or PURCHASE OUTRIGHT. Rent will be $1150 plus utilities for rent to own. Let us know how we can work together, but most important, tell your friends to check out the property this weekend.

I have a generous finders fee for those who help me find the buyer of this property. Many thanks for your interest.

Joe Komarek

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wayzata Fishing Report

Explore Minnesota is reporting anglers are catching crappies with some success on Wayzata Bay in the shallows. I have seen that first hand as fisherman have pulled pan fish in the Lagoon at Shaver Park, off the docks at the Boatworks, and in front of Sunsets.

Road Construction in Wayzata

Watch out for Road Construction in Wayzata! It's true what they say about Minnesota--There are only two seasons: Winter, and Road Construction. Since it's road construction season, keep your eyes peeled for some very big projects. The biggest is the continued work on the west side of town as Highway 12 is rerouted around Long Lake. If you haven't seen it, take a drive past County Road 6 where it meets 12 and be prepared for some big time changes!

According to the Bay Window, another project in Wayzata is scheduled maintenance to Highway 12 from 494 to Wayzata Boulevard. MN/DOT will be conducting repairs to all those potholes that seem to get worse every year. Expect lane closures, shifting and delays.

City of Wayzata plans also include rebuilding Ferndale Road West, and a new access in front of US Bank on Wayzata Boulevard for better visibility.

Questions about the local projects can be directed to Mike Kelley, City Engineer at 952-404-5316.

Jordan Helgren to Compete in Elite Track Meet

The Star Tribune is reporting that Jordan Helgren will compete in the triple jump at the Hamline Elite track meet. She is a 2A title holder in long jump and triple jump.

DNR Declares Ice Out on Lake Minnetonka 04/23/08

The DNR has declared the Ice Out for Lake Minnetonka as of 04/23/08. The last couple of days the temperature has reached towards 80 degrees, and the remaining ice that had been hanging on the surface of the Lake could not survive. Get your boat out of storage, dust off the life jackets, hoist the sales, and get ready for another great summer of boating on Lake Minnetonka.

City of Wayzata Announces Plans for New Website

In the latest edition of the Wayzata Bay Window, Mayor Andrew Humphrey indicated that the City website, will likely be redesigned within the next couple of months in an effort to modernize and simplify communication efforts with citizens. Pictured is the City's current website.

My hope is that they knock the ball out of the park, and take advantage of RSS distribtion of information. It would be nice if they would link the City website to as well! ;)

Stay tuned to for all the latest news from Wayzata.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Trojan Tribune Posts Articles at, Prints Top 5 Stories from

Signe Brewster, Editor in Cheif at the Trojan Tribune posted the first three stories from the current edition of the Wayzata High School newspaper at this week. Additionally, the Top Headlines Around Wayzata Provided by ran on page 2 of the Trojan Tribune.

Pictured left is the copy that appeared in the April 23rd edition.

In what appears to be a mutally beneficially, move the two organizations hope to continue the relationship for a long time.

The first three articles from the Trojan Tribune were as follows:

WHS Band Wins Local Contest

WHS Athlete of the Week

Amy Quanbeck announced as WHS 2008 Athena Award Winner

Classic Lake Conference Threatened by Lack of Funding at Armstrong

The fish wrap factory West side of the river published an article on the potential demise of the Classic Lake Conference. According to the article, Wayzata, Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins and Robbinsdale are the five surviving School Districts that make up the Classic Lake. Recent developments in Robbinsdale have created budget shortages that threaten to break up the conference. It has presented scheduling challenges for the teams, and if you remember, Wayzata drummed Minneapolis North in a lopsided football game last fall.

According to MHSHL rules, each conference must have a minimum of 5 schools in order to have a conference. If Robbinsdale continues to have trouble funding it's schools and activities, the Classic Lake might be broken up and each school assigned a new conference. Part of the problem is the way in which the Classic Lake was created in the early 90's. All five schools left the Lake Conference in the same the Cleveland Browns packed up in the middle of the night and moved to Baltimore.

Invitations to other schools to join the Classic Lake Conference has been met with a cool reception by other local School Districts. In my opinion, the best teams to add to the fold would be Osseo / Maple Grove and Eden Prairie. Nothing like playing the next door neighbors who already don't care for your manners every year in every sport to fuel a rivalry!

WHS Band Wins Local Contest

By Claire Dunlap, WHS Trojan Tribune

Wayzata band Flow and the Mingos won the Jam Solid Productions battle of the bands at the Dinky Towner on April 13th, earning them a spot in the finals with the possibility of their own tour. Flow and the Mingos consists of Kevin Coughenour (Grade 11, bass), Mike Drasher (Grade 11, drums) and Sarah Walk (Grade 11, keyboard and vocals). "We have been together as Flow and the Mingos for about 2 and a half years now," said Coughenhour. "We started off just playing at friends’ parties.

During the summer we played at Parkers Lake and participated in a few battle of the bands that we actually did pretty well in. It’s been in the past four or five months that we have been getting more shows." "Jam Solid Productions contacted us about this contest over Myspace. We didn’t know much about it, but we decided to give it a try," said Walk. When the band arrived at the Dinky Towner they were a little surprised by how things looked on the outside. "It looked really small from the outside, turns out most of it is underground," said Walk. "It was really cool though, there was a really wide variety of people."

There were about 20 to 30 Wayzata students in the crowd waiting to support their friends. "It was a big turn out, we were really thankful to all of the fans that came to support us," said Drasher. "This show was the most energy filled performance we have had."

Once the band took the stage all of the fans realized how thankful they were that they came. "I don’t know who Flow is and I don’t know who Mingo is, but I’m sure they would have been proud because the show was epic," said Josh Vicary (Grade 12). "This was the best show they have had yet," said Dana Ness (Grade 11). Two days after the show, Walk received an email informing them that they had beat the other, much older bands that they had played with on Sunday. "We were pumped when we got the news," said Coughenhour.

The band will go on to play in the finals at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. A date has not been finalized, but the band is excited for what could come of it.
Said Coughenhour, "The prize is awesome: $400, 20 hours of recording time, and the possibility of a tour!"

WHS Athlete of the Week

By Jeff Harrison, WHS Trojan Tribune

He weighs in at 165 pounds and is 6 feet tall, who is he? Your very own athlete of the week, Anders Bowman (Grade 12).

Bowman has been running around for ages. He’s always been active. When Anders was in elementary and middle school, he tried all sorts of different sports. The three main sports he tried were soccer, basketball, and track. The one that was obviously his best was track. In sixth grade, there was a track meet where the athletes from Central, West, and East middle schools all compete for ribbons. Bowman was very successful at that meet winning the 800, which was the longest event offered. "That was my first track meet. It’s fun to know I was running against athletes that are now on my team such as Danny Gerber."

That victorious meet helped persuade Bowman to go out for the cross country team in 7th grade. Bowman has been running cross country since 7th grade and has continued his winning streak. "This year’s cross country team was a lot of fun," said Bowman. "We took first in state and went to nationals." Bowman is also on the Nordic ski team. The team was also very successful this year partly due to Bowman’s contribution. Bowman took 11th in state and the Nordic ski team as a whole took third.

Now Bowman has his mind on having a great track season. Everyday after school Bowman reports to the gym to stretch with the rest of the team but then his workout plan veers to something different. "I just run," said Bowman. "It’s a lot like the cross country team practices but a lot more repeats." Repeats are a practice technique used to boost the runner’s endurance. Repeats are when you run a certain distance over and over again.

The season has begun and Bowman is already off to a great start. The first track meet was indoors at Bethel College, Bowman exploded right at the start of his mile race and ended up with a time of 4 minutes and 36 seconds. This set his new personal record destroying his old one by eight seconds. Bowman will continue to contribute to the boys’ track team as long as he stays healthy. Before every meet he eats half a Cliff Bar and takes a swig of Gatorade before his event. His diet and the right training is sure to keep him in shape. Bowman has only suffered from one running injury and that was during last years cross country season. His right knee was injured so he went to an Accelerated Recovery Program to have it checked out. "The doctors discovered there was a partial tear in my hamstring and it was causing me to run funky," says Bowman. Luckily for our track team, the injury is fully healed.

Bowman promises a great track season ahead of us. "As long as we stay healthy and practice hard we’ll be fine." When asked why he runs long distances Bowman responded with a short but to the point answer: "I don’t run to see who’s the fastest. I run to see who’s the toughest."

Amy Quanbeck announced as WHS 2008 Athena Award Winner

By Christy Perfetti and Amy Tiffany, WHS Trojan Tribune

Amy Quanbeck (Grade 12) was crowned as this year’s Athena Award winner of Wayzata High School. Her poise and dedication in dance and academics will advance her to the next stages of her life and career. "I think it’s a great honor that means a lot. This is a darn big building and I think anyone who receives this award carries a lot of influence," said Jamie Sherwood, athletic director. Mike Schumacher, head girls’ golf coach, agreed. "I think it’s a tremendous honor, especially in a school this size," he said. "[Amy is] a shining star in the competition and a good person," said Leslie Swiggum, head coach of the Trojets.

Quanbeck communicated a sense of joy toward her outstanding achievement of winning the Athena award. "I’m really honored to represent the senior ladies of Wayzata. I am especially happy to represent the dance team." With this award, Amy hopes the dance team will receive more recognition for their success. "I think this will with start the pathway for other dancers [to win the award].

It’s no secret how accomplished the Wayzata Trojets dance team has been over the years. The high ranking’s for the four years Quanbeck has been on the team is phenomenal. The jazz team has been able to place in the top three at state for all four years. "It’s unbelievable to medal in jazz every year of high school, but I owe that to the team and coaches," said Quanbeck. "She is a great leader, but a humble leader," Swiggum said.

Sherwood defined the Athena Award as, "the top female student athlete in the school. The award focuses more heaviely on the athletic aspect, but academics are a deciding factor." "Amy is the first dancer to receive this award at Wayzata," Swiggum said. Swiggum also stated that the Athena award winner is a representative role model of the school that is something younger female athletes should strive for. The greek goddess, Athena, was the daughter of Zeus. She was the helper of champions and the goddess of heroic endeavor.

The Athena Award stems from "the outgrowth of Title IX and its superior female athletes," according to Sherwood. Title IX was an education amendment passed in 1972 that eliminated gender discrimination in education, which eventually evolved in athletics as well. After the amendment passed in ‘72, the coverage of female sports has grown tremendously. In education and athletics it shows that "girls can play right along with the boys," Sherwood said. "This quantity of athletic opportunity is all these girls know. It never used to be like that."

Quanbeck has plans to continue dancing after high school, in college and beyond. She is deciding between the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of California-Irvine. Quanbeck will either double major in dance and physics or dance and kinesiology, and she has gotten into the dance programs at both schools after auditions.

The award banquet for the Athena Award will be held on May 9th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Quanbeck will attend the banquet with the other award winners from neighboring schools.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Wayzata Yacht Club Doesn't Waste Anytime!

The ice is out on Wayzata Bay, and will probably be out across Lake Minnetonka tomarrow! The Wayzata Yacht Club didn't waste anytime as they high tailed it across Wayzata Bay this afternoon.

Wayzata to Inspect Rental Properties More Vigorously

The fish wrap factory northeast side of the Lake is reporting that the City of Wayzata is going to get more aggressive in it's enforcement of rental properties and their condition. A new ordinance being considered seems to have momentum that will allow for an annual inspection of exterior and common areas of rental properties. Get ready for licenses and inspections like they have in Minneapolis and Hopkins.

Full disclosure, I am a landlord in Minneapolis and do not support licensing and inspection of rental property. Let the consumer vote with their feet as to what an acceptable rental property is.

Muni artwork

Monday, April 21, 2008

City Newsletter Receives New Look

Starting with the April 2008 Wayzata Bay Window, the Official Newsletter of the City of Wayzata has been redesigned. It used to be a couple of sheets of paper stapled together in black in white. The new WBW is much more attractive, printed in a thick stock paper, and contains various shades of blue. Watch for it in your mailbox soon!

Wayzata Utility Department Announces Flushing of Water Mains

Hi Wayzata,

I stopped by City Hall today to pick up the police blotter, and a big piece of paper with the word NOTICE was laying out on a table in the entryway...

So from me to you, it's that time of year again, time to flush the water mains to let all the rust out of the system. That means you'll see hydrants shooting water into streets, your drinking water will be orange from rust and you need to be careful when washing those white clothes. Here is the original press release straight from the city:

Happy flushing!

The Wayzata Utility Department will be flushing water mains and fire hydrants from April 21st through May 2nd. The purpose of this process is to remove any particulate matter that may have built up in the water mains over the year and also to insure that all fire hydrants on the water system are operating properly. As this flushing process may cause your water to become discolored at times, residents are advised to be observant while washing clothes until after the flushing has been completed. If discolored water is present, run the cold water faucets until the water clears.

Wayzata’s Hydrant Flushing Schedule for spring 2008:

Monday-April 21st
Area bordered by Barry Ave., east to Broadway Ave.,
North from Wayzata Blvd. to the Luce Line.

Tuesday-April 22nd
Area bordered by Glenbrook Road, east to Hwy. 101,
North from Wayzata Blvd. to Harmony Circle.

Wednesday-April 23rd
The Hollybrook, Pondridge, Waycliffe & Gleason Lake areas.
The Wayzata Blvd. and Hwy. 12 Frontage Road businesses.

Thursday-April 24th
The Gleahaven & Hunters Glen areas as well as all of Bushaway Road & Locust Hill Area.

Friday-April 25th
Area bordered by Barry Ave., east to Superior Blvd., south from Wayzata Blvd. to Lake Street. All of Shady Lane.

Monday-April 28th
Area bordered by Superior Blvd., east to Central Ave., south from Wayzata Blvd. to Eastman Lane; and those bordering LaSalle Street.

Tuesday-April 29th
Ridgeview Drive, Margaret Circle & Far Hill Road areas.

Wednesday-April 30th
Area bordered by Westwood Lane, east to Barry Ave., south from Wayzata Blvd. to County Road 15.

Thursday-May 1st
The Peavey, Highcroft & Ferndale Woods areas.

Friday-May 2nd
South and West Ferndale Road, Bovey, Harrington & Ramsey Road areas.

For more information, contact Wayzata Public Works at 952-404-5360, choose option 2.

Wayzata Police Blotter April 8 - April 14, 2008

Don't get caught with your hand in the cookie jar! The following is the list of incidents reported to have occurred by the Wayzata Police Department.

(08001058) DWI
Reported: 04/13/2008 0034
Felony DWI arrest, charges pending urine test results. Suspect is Male, 28 year old, From Long Lake, MN
Adresses Involved: WB HWY & Broadway Ave N, Wayzata, MN 55391

(08001044) DWI
Reported: 04/11/2008 2307
DWI, pending test results. Suspect is Male, 46 year old, from Plymouth, MN
Adresses Involved: 1100 Block of Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391

(08001041) Panhandler
Reported: 04/11/2008 1745
Report of panhandler in area, the same description of past suspect / GOA
Addresses Involved: 8XX Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391

(08001040) Damage to Property
Reported: 04/11/2008 1620
Large fountain/bird bath located in front of store found to be knocked over / unknown if done intentionally, or if heavy snow/slush from snow plow knocked it over. Damage approx. $2300. Later discovered read door of delivery van also damaged.
Addresses Involved:
320 Wayzata Blvd East, Wayzata, MN 55391

(08001034) Damage to Property
Reported: 04/11/2008
Four mailboxes located on same post found knocked over, possibley due to heavy snow/slush pushed by snowplow
Adresses Invovled:
601 Ridgeview Dr, Wayzata, MN 55391

(08001028) Domestic Assault
Reported: 04/11/2008 1606
Harassment by customer / referred for possible charges
Addresses Involved:
11XX Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391

(08001014) Suspicious Person
Reported: 04/09/2008 0956
Unknown person taking photos of exterior of bank
Addresses Involved:
XXX Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391

(08001002) Theft from Vehicle
Reported: 04/09/2008 0833
Two vehicles at car dealership had windows broken and the car stereo's stolen. Guess at value of each radio approx. $400, and damage to window, approx $200 each.
Addresses Involved:
1805 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391

(08000993) DWI
Reported: 04/08/2008 2205
DWI pending test results
Addresses Involved:
400 block of Bushaway Rd, Wayzata, MN 55391

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Wayzata's own Richard Perkins Featured in Star Tribune Article About Minnesota Small Cap Stocks

The Fish Wrap Factory west side of the river did a feature recently on the 50 smallest publically traded companies and the challenges they face in this tough economy. Wayzata's own Richard Perkins, President of Perkins Captial Management was consulted by journalist Thomas Lee as discussing how quickly small cap stocks in this go down more quickly in tough economic times.

First Boat of the Year On Wayzata Bay

Elisha and I spent a couple of hours walking around downtown Wayzata today. It was 69 degrees and wonderfully warm after what seems like the longest exit from winter in recent memory. There were tons of people out walking and enjoying the warm sunshine and the views of Lake Minnetonka and Wayzata Bay.

While we were there, we observed couples out walking, young children playing on swingsets, plenty of canine companions, and someone out in a boat running through the remains of the ice in front of the Boatworks building! We could here the ice crunching against the hull of the fiberglass boat. That cannot be good for the boat!!!

People are so excited to get on Lake Minnetonka that they can't resist boating even when there is still ice on the water! I can relate, as we went and examined our Sea Ray in storage today and starting to plan getting it ready for the summer.
For a more detailed pictoral or slideshow of our day you can visit the following links: View Album Play slideshow.

Joey Miller headed to Gopher Hockey Program

The fish wrap factory west side of the river is reporting that Joey Miller--Wayzata '06 Football and Hockey standout--has verbally committed to the University of Minnesota Men's Hockey program for 2008-2009.

Miller had a dynamic impact on both the hockey and the football team during his tenure at Wayzata High School. He was electric during the 2006 Prep Bowl in which Wayzata won the Minnesota State Football Championship over Cretin. He was also very good player for the Trojans Ice Hockey team while he was at WHS.

Look for Joey to contribute substantially to the Gopher's Program, and as always, stay tuned to for the latest and greatest information on Miller and Wayzata.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Caller asks, "What is the number to the Wayzata Department of Motor Vehicles?"

Todd Called and asked, "Hi Dan, What is the phone number to the Wayzata DMV licensing place?"

Todd, the contact info for the Wayzata Motor Vehicle is 600 Rice St E, Wayzata, MN 55391. You can reach them by telephone at Directions952-404-5320.

2 Bedroom 1 Bath 1,100 sqaure foot Townhome for Sale $169,000 - Wayzata Schools!

Open House Saturday (4/19) & Sunday (4/20) - 1:00 to 4:00 pm

The Property is located in the Parkers Lake (Parkview) development at 1905-B Shenandoah Court (Plymouth, 55447), these are the red roofed townhomes located between Hwy 55 & CR 6 just east of Vicksburg Lane. This unit interior is in OUTSTANDING condition. Please check out and place the address in the search bar to find the location and the market value for the property. You can also take a look at the property if you clicking "see home info."Complex built in 1991-92. The "B" unit is about 1100 sq ft. 2 Bdr, 1 Bth and 1 Car garage with parking nearby. Also include gas fireplace and two decks. Many Updates on the home is past year. Community PO Boxes on street near home. Association dues are $235 a month and include water, garbage, lawn care, snow removal, exterior maintenance and cable TV.

Association has some work to get done on the outside in the spring as well and they are pretty responsible. Other highlights: The neighborhood is a combination of singles, retried and young couples with two children or less. New carpets, white tile in entry and kitchen, whitewash oak cabinets and trim. Paint throughout is updated and very sharp. New sky light in vaulted stairwell. Two walk out decks: one off master bedroom and one off living room. The big front yard and deck great for pets and sun tanning. Near MTC bus line. Beautiful park only 600 feet away from your front door (Parkers Lake Playfields) and walking/biking trails (Luce Line Trail) nearby.

This property will be ready for move in. Set the furniture and start living!! The only suggestion would be to add window treatments. This property is available for RENT TO OWN or PURCHASE OUTRIGHT. Let us know how we can work together, but most important, tell your friends to check out the property this weekend. I have a generous finders fee for those who help me find the buyer of this property. Many thanks for your interest. Joe Komarek 612-310-7764

Real Estate Listings can be purchased on for $25.00. Call Dan at 952-473-5800.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Trojan Tribune and Announce Partnership to Share Content

Signe Brewster, the Editor in Cheif of the Wayzata Trojan Tribune and Dan Gustafson of have agreed in concept to a sharing of content across platforms. Staff of the Trojan Tribune will be able to share articles and commentary from a student perspective of happenings at the High School on In return, the Trojan Tribune will run a "Top 5 Postings" of the week at All information will be available to email subscribers with daily digital delivery of social commentary and Trojan Tribune articles to email inboxes.

Stay tuned to as more details become available.

Spring Has Sprung in Wayzata!

Spring has Sprung all across the US. The birds are singing there wonderful songs--the little chirp chirps float through the air on the beams of sunshine. The air smells fresh, the trees are budding getting ready to show us there pretty summer colors. The grass is turning green, and the flowers are starting to bloom. Time to get ready to do some serious boating. The shrink wrap is off the Sea Ray, my hose and bucket are filled with warm soapy water, the shop vac is ready to go, and the wife is super excited to clean (she gets that way as soon as it hits 60 degrees).

Meanwhile Elisha is focused on cleaning the house. She hustles and bustles about making sure everything is clean so all we have to do this summer is play, and have as much fun as we can on the water. I myself am getting the fishing rods ready, cleaning out my tackle box, buying new lures, and making sure that my life rings and life jackets are safe and secure. May is not even here yet and we are planning our family cruising trips on Lake Minnetonka.

Everyone that can fit on the boat looks forward to Memorial day, the first real boating day for us Minnesotans. It is a glorious day, if the sun prevails over the clouds and rain, but that won't stop us from exploring one end of the lake to the other. It is always so much fun to look at the nature, and new homes that are being built. It seems like each year they only get bigger and better. I am just so glad that winter has past and the warm weather is here after only 5 1/2 months of hibernating in the south.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Emailer asks, "What is that steak place in Wayzata?"

Hi Dan,
What is the name of that steak place in Wayzata across the street from the lake?

Hi Celeste,
That steak place in Wayzata is Gianni's Steakhouse. It is located at 635 Lake Street. It get's a surprising 2.5 out of 5 stars on City Search. You can reach them at 952-404-1100. Image courtesy Gianni's.

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No Feedback About Bay Center Plans in Lakeshore Weekly News

After publishing a story that has the potential to bring about some of the most wide sweeping changes with regard to development inside the city limits of Wayzata, the Lakeshore Weekly News had absolutely no opinion articles with regard to the 155 foot campanile that has suddenly re-appeared. It is part of the design of the new Wayzata Bay Center development. How is this possible? No one in the Wayzata community had any comment on this shocking revelation? It's the talk of the town...

Not one person wrote in support or opposition to the development? It is difficult to believe. Is the Weekly News holding out on feedback? What is your opinion on the lack of feedback? What is your opinion on the tower? Click the comments section underneath this article, or send me an email at wayzata at

Wayzata Golf to Participate in Tri-State Tourney

They say that golf is a long walk spoiled by a little white ball. Not so for the Wayzata Trojan Boy's Golf program. According to the Star Tribune, Wayzata will participate with the top 24 teams in the area this week at the Tri State Invitational Tourney. We wish the Trojans all the best as they particpate.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Emailer Wants to Know if There is a Sushi Bar in Wayzata


Is there a sushi bar / restaurant in Wayzata?


Hi Leah,

Thanks for the email. There is not a Sushi Bar that I am aware of in Wayzata. However, there are two Sushi Restaurants that are close. One is the Oragami West located at 12401 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305. According to reviews, it gets 3.5 out of 5 stars. 952-746-3393‎ or The other one that is close is Sushi of Tokyo located at 3900 Vinewood Ln NMinneapolis, MN 55441. You can reach them at 763-551-5926‎. 1 City Search reviewer rated it 5 stars.

Hope this helps!

The other is

Unmentionables in Wayzata

I stumbled onto a blog reviewing shops on Grand Avenue, and they mentioned a lingerie store in Wayzata. It sounds like there is a new shop going in at 840 East Lake Street. Elisha seemed to remember that it is next to the Wayzata Marquee. A couple of weeks ago, it seemed to be still getting ready to open. The sign wasn't finished, and they seemed to be assembling the store.

According to their website, the offer Bra Fitting Services, First Bra Fittings, Bridal Fitting Service, Honeymoon Lingerie & Swimwear, and Maternity/Nursing Bra Fitting. Nothing like a Lingerie Boutique on Lake Street to quicken the pulse!

U of M China Center hosts annual China Day for local middle- and high-school students

When: 9:00 a.m., Friday, April 18
Where: Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis
Contacts: Elizabeth Giorgi, University News Service, (612) 624-0214
Kate Sophia, China Center, (612) 624-5075

In its sixth year, China Day will bring nearly 900 middle - and high-school students to the University of Minnesota to discuss the upcoming summer Olympics in Beijing and encourage the study of the Chinese language. The China Center, which hosts the event, will bring more students than any year previous for the event.

The event is at 9 a.m., Friday, April 18 at Northrop auditorium, 84 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis, and will include a variety of presentations ranging from Chinese culture to the athletes competing in Beijing.

Students from Blake School, Breck School, Minneapolis South High School, Minnetonka High School, St. Paul Central High School, Wayzata High School, Saint John's Preparatory School, Highland Park and Patrick Henry High School will be in attendance.

The Office of the President and the Institute of Global Studies sponsors the event.

The Program is as follows:

* 9:00 - 9:20 a.m.: Slide show of area school in Chinese classes

* 9:20 - 10:20 a.m.: Speakers Welcoming, Meredith McQuaid, dean, Office of International Programs; Dr. Yongwei Zhang, director, China Center

Keynote: Professor Chris Isett and Professor Doug Hartmann will discuss the upcoming Olympics in China.

* 10:25 - 11:05 a.m.: Jeopardy, Olympics themed game with five categories: facts, sports, athletes, culture and venues.

* 11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.: Lunch with prize drawing and photo exhibit of Chinese cities.

* 12:20 - 12:40 p.m.: Student representatives from each school discuss their Chinese projects

* 1:00 p.m.: Return to buses

Courtesy U of M press release

Monday, April 14, 2008

TCF Declares Quartely Dividend

Wayzata based TCF Bank declared a quarterly dividend of $.25 per share today, according to it's website. TCF is a national financial holding company with 16 billion in assets. It has branches in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin, Indian, and Arizona. providing retail and commercial banking services, and investments and insurance products in all 50 states.

Drove Past the Alaska Eatery Today

I drove past the Alaska Eatery today, the sister restaurant to the Wayzata Eatery owned and operated by Tahar. According to City Search, it gets 4.5 stars out of 5--a pretty impressive mark. It is located in the old Shelly's Woodroast location on 394 / Wayzata Boulevard in St. Louis Park. Apparently there is impressive Alaskan decor, the service is better than average, and the food is quite good. The pros listed on the City Search site are: food, service, better than any seafood options in the service, and lively service. Cons include: Parking is in the back, not on the level of top seafood places in Minnesota, you see the back of the building from the street. Elisha and I are looking forward to trying this new place with a Wayzata connection!

Cargill Posts Another Impressive Quarter

Is it just me or does Cargill of Wayzata report another record breaking quarter every quarter? It is an impressive organization, as it seems a lot of businesses and people out there are just trying to hang on during this so called rough economic time. When you read the press releases it sounds like a broken record. "Cargill increased profitability by 86% for the quarter ending..." That means Cargill is doing 86% better than it did in the last period.

Thing is, they seem to do that for every measured period recently. If that holds true for consecutive quarters that means Cargill is doing over twice as good as it did the year before, and year over year. The productivity and profitability are both impressive and staggering when considered over longer periods of time. According to a Star Tribune article dated April 15, 2008, Cargill made $471,611 an hour, and 11.3 million per day. A substantial amount of the profit is from record lows for commodities and record high demand for milk, eggs, meat, and grain.

Is anyone aware of a time when Cargill was on hard times? If so, email me at wayzata at as the Wayzata community would love some insider info.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

When Will the Ice Go Out on Wayzata Bay in 2008?

The next couple of days should put a real dent in the ice that is on Wayzata Bay. Gray's Bay is starting to get quite of bit of water around the edges as you drive over the Gray's Bay Bridge. The bridge under Libb's Lake has been liquid for weeks, and the Wayzata Boat Works docks never really do freeze. Most of the ice has a real grey tone to it, and in speaking Greg, the guy who rents me my boat slip, the ice actually gets very porous, fills with water, and then sinks. We will keep you posted as to the status of the ice and let you know as soon as it goes out. Stay tuned to

How Long to Commute From Wayzata to St. Paul?

Hi Dan,

Could you give me a ballpark estimate of commute times between Wayzata and St. Paul, during rush hour and not-during-rush-hour? Many thanks.


Hi JG,

Thanks for asking that question. It should take about an hour and 15 minutes for you to commute on a normal day during rush hour. Figure another 45 minutes or so for a day with rain or snow. Non-rush hour with clear weather should take just under half an hour. Hope this helps.


Wayzata Blockbuster Armed Robber Remains at Large

The Sun Sailor is reporting that the armed robber who hit the Blockbuster in Wayzata on March 30th is still at large. The original police report indicated that the suspect was a black male with light skin, 25-30 years old, 6 feet tall, and wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, a knit hat and blue jeans.

The article also indicates that the last armed robbery in Wayzata was in 2002 at the Wayzata Amoco.

Wayzata is a safe as they come in the metro area in terms of crime. According to City Data, since 2001 there have been no registered sex offenders living in Wayzata, no murders, 2 rapes, 4 robberies, and 9 assaults. Cars are stolen with some frequency, but that is to be expected as a lot of the cars belonging to Wayzatians are high end luxury imports. There is recently a story about a Wayzata High School student who has been prostituting herself, and was involved as an accomplice to an attempted murder.

What is interesting about armed robbery is that it takes as much or more effort to rob a Blockbuster for $350.00 as it does to flip burgers for the clown for a week. It must be desperation, and thank goodness no one was hurt in this instance.

Stay tuned to for all the developments.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Ashwin Madia Wins Nominee for Democrats in Third Congressional District

Blue Man in a Red District is reporting that Ashwin Madia has defeated Terry Bonoff in Wayzata today in the Third Congressional District. Stay tuned for more info. Image courtesy

Friday, April 11, 2008

Emailer seeks picnic area for 47 on Lake Minnetonka

Hi Dan,

Is there a park in the area, preferably on the water, which would be suitable for 47 tourists on a bus to stop for a picnic lunch in July? We will be coming from Noerenberg Gardens, heading east.


JD Balanger

Thanks for the email JD. You could try to have a picnic at the corner of Ferndale Road South and Grove Lane East. This is part of the Wayzata Beach property which is public property located at 220 Grove Lane East. My recollection of the site is that there are not enough picnic tables to accommodate 47 guests, but it is worth a shot. You can call the City of Wayzata at 952-404-5300 to verify how many tables are there, as well as check on a parking permit. Other options in Wayzata include Klapprich Park, an 8 acre park located at 340 Park Street East. Again my recollection is that there are not enough picnic tables.

You could try the Gro-Tonka park in Minnetonka which is close to the lake and located at 17003 Prospect Place. It has a picnic shelter with seating for 32. Reservations are available, and parking is provided. You can call the City of Minnetonka at 952-939-8390 for more information.

Additionally, the City of Excelsior has the Commons area has exactly what you are looking for, as they take reservations, the picnic facilities are right on Lake Minnetonka, and they can accommodate a group of your size. You can call them at 952-474-5233. Even though your group is under the threshold for required reservations, I recommend you get some anyway to ensure your group is able to enjoy the specific day you need. This is probably your best bet in the whole Lake Minnetonka area.

If you have any other questions, please contact me personally at your convenience.

Rob Scott, Former Wayzata Resident and Actor Stars in Tony Nominated Play in Seattle is reporting the Rob Scott, age 51 and a former Wayzata Student who once played King Aurthur's page in Camelot in 9th grade will be performing will be performing in a play titled "Enchanted April" as it opens tonight at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley, WA.

Scott will be playing the flamboyant Frederick Arnot, a British Writer and part of an eight member ensemble cast. Break a leg Scott!

Wayzata Resident Joe Adams Helps Boston College Compete in the Frozen Four

Hockey player Joe Adams, a resident of Wayzata and Boston College Hockey senior forward has "toiled tirelessly" in his efforts to help the Eagles reach the Frozen Four. The Frozen Four is College Hockey's championship finals, similar to the Final Four put on by the NCAA Basketball Committee. According to a CBS Sports article published today, Joe has played in four games this season and has played a crucial role in helping BC win an impressive 104 games since they began playing together in 2004. Boston College will meet Notre Dame on Saturday night in Denver for the final game of the season. Watch for Joe to contribute if given the chance. We wish him luck!

Ramstad Retirement Leaves Opening for Democrats in District 3

The AP is reporting Terri Bonoff and Ashwin Madia will square off as Democrats meet in Wayzata on Saturday to endorse a candidate. With Jim Ramstad retiring, the democrats have a legitimate shot at beating the republican candidate in the slightly conservative Third District. Stay tuned for more info.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Wayzata City Council To Consider Acquitsition of 800 Superior Boulevard

The Wayzata City Council will meet in a closed session at 5:00 on April 21st at the City Hall to discuss a strategy to acquire the gas station owned by Dean Vlahos at the corner of Lake Street and Superior Boulevard. It is and would be the final piece of the Wayzata Bay Development Center and corresponding realignment of the intersection which apparently has more than it's fair share of accidents and is not particularly pedestrian friendly.

The property was acquired in a shrewd move by Vlahos, owner of Redstone and former owner of Champp's. The fact that the City is considering acquisition of the property, whether by outright purchase or by eminent domain could be read as a strong indicator that the Bay Center plans have a good chance of going through. Stay tuned to for more information.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Craigslist Escort Service Shooting Woman Identified as Wayzata High Student

It has been an interesting couple of weeks with regard to crime in and involving Wayzata. First there was an armed robbery at gunpoint at the Blockbuster in Wayzata. Now Starsha Laquisha Swift of Plymouth, and a Wayzata High School Student has been accused of aiding and abetting an attempted murder. It apparently was part of a plan to make quick money by offering erotic services on and robbing potential johns.

Let me be clear in my position that I condemn prostitution. Prostitution spreads STD's, creates unwanted pregnancy, can often result in abuse during, and is a blight on our community. Additionally, there is a clear and dynamic link of substance abuse within the world of prostitution.

Will Wayzata High School expel and or discipline her outside of the legal process? My position is that WHS should. She is an adult, reportedly 18 and in my opinion should not be allowed to interact further with students who are young and impressionable. We are talking about attempted murder and hooking in Swift's case. There are rules for those enrolled in sports and activities that they have to adhere to a morals clause--no underage drinking, no tobacco, etc. It should absolutely be no different for crime a felony committed by a student, activities or not.

The other real tragedy of this is that is a powerful tool for interacting with people. What makes it so powerful is the ability to interact with locals without a fee to exchange goods and services on a community bulletin board. Every news story featuring craigslist seems to get intensified as television anchors try to scare us into watching television, don't interact with your neighbors, don't trust anyone. That is not the kind of world that I want to live in, and it is audacious for national and local news organizations, anchors, and reporters to sensationalize these news stories for better ratings. I challenge you to continue to use craigslist if you use it, and try it if you haven't. Use common sense, of course, but these kinds of things are going to happen anyway with our without a particular bulletin board on the internet.

Do you have a different take? Post in the comments section in this article or email me at wayazata at

Wayzata Approves New Water Treatment Plant

The Wayzata City Council has approved a new water treatment plant to replace the 47 year old existing treatment system. Plans include a 500,000 gallon underground storage tank and new filter. The system is estimated to cost $4.4 million and will raise water utility rates by 9%. Part of the revenue to the tune of $1 million will be derived from Tax Increment Financing from completed development projects. Check for more information.

Capanile Added Back to Wayzata Bay Center Development Plans

In a move that could shatter all building height restriction in Wayzata, The Wayzata Bay Development Company reintroduced an observation tower of 155 feet that if approved would shatter all building height regulations that have been in place for some time within the City of Wayzata. What is amazing is that the Lakeshore Weekly News reported this yesterday, and at the same time there was a letter to the editor condemning the new tower height, as though the tower had been common knowledge. When did the tower get reintroduced?

In a Star Trib article dated April 2, it highlighted the major aspects of the plan. Within that article there was absolutely no mention of a tower, and so it seems to be shocking that at first the community, Humphrey, and his jolly band of decision makers were discussing approval of a project over 4 stories and up to 5 stories. This revelation makes me concerned not so much with the height of the buildings from my own personal perspective, but rather how the community will respond to structure that is 5 times taller than the 30 foot height restrictions that have been on the books.

We must also consider the fact that the tower is a red herring, in so far as now Presbyterian Homes is asking for 155 feet, the council could reject, but approve what is considered now a substantially lower height at 4 stories. Perhaps it is all a slight of hand. Stay tuned, will keep you up to date with all the happenings and developments.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Stuck Between A Rock and a Tall Place

The Wayzata City Council has extended a moratorium on new construction over 30 feet. At the same time, the Wayzata Bay Center calls for plans of 4 stories. It seems difficult to gage the City Council's intentions at this time because it seems the Wayzata Bay Center Development is gaining momentum in all aspects except with regard to building height. The truth of the matter is that Wayzata needs the Bay Center Development to go through to survive as a retail community--and the civic leaders know it. The decline in the retail sector has been well documented through many sources, and this would be a tremendous shot in the arm for retailers both located at the Bay Center and those who are not. It will bring more people from Plymouth, Minnetonka, Orono, Mound, etc. for the products and services added through the development. The city leaders want to approve, the people want it from what I read in print and online.

The problem with all this is that Wayzata is supposed to be a quaint lakeside village. Quaint means small and slow moving, and while these objectives could probably be reached with the development being approved, it sends mixed messages to property owners, developers and builders around town. How can the council say to it's residents and businesses that 30 feet tall and or 3 stories is the tallest you can build everywhere in Wayzata--except at the Bay Center. YOU CAN"T, or at least it is going to be very tough to make all sides see why this is OK and can happen.

There are a number of projects all over town where the shovels and dirt are flying, and you can be sure that they would have liked to have built four or five stories if they could have. It goes back to Orwell's Animal Farm: All animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal. The more equal animal here is the Bay Center site. I wouldn't want to be Andrew Humphrey and his band of jolly decision makers, because they can't win this fight. Approve it and you piss off other developers and business people in the community who can't build that high, and leave the City open to litigation to build to 4 stories. Shoot it down and you kill the heart of Wayzata and leave the possibility for development at the site seriously damaged, having turned away three suitors in as many years.

Steamboat Minnehaha Prepares for 2008 Summer Season on Lake Minnetonka

The historical Minnehaha Steamboat Crew is preparing for the 2008 summer season on the lake--if spring ever does arrive in Minnesota. According to Adam Steinmetz, the Minnehaha has a new schedule this year: the first part of the trip leaves Excelsior in the morning, and heads to the Wayzata Depot. Passengers from Excelsior then have some time to have lunch, shop and stroll and a 2nd group of passengers departs from Wayzata for the Wayzata Bay 1 hour tour. Upon return, the 2nd group of passengers gets off the boat and Excelsior passengers board her and head back to Excelsior. Then later in the day there is a Big Island tour as well as a separate Gideon's & Lafayette Bay tour.

For the full schedule, please visit the link below:

Monday, April 07, 2008

James Laurinaitis is one of the Best Football Players to Come Out of Wayzata

In case you don't watch football, James Laurinaitis is a name you should know if you are a Wayzatian. Laurinaitis is a recent graduate of Wayzata High School, and the best linebacker in the nation at the college level. He is currently preparing for his Senior year at Ohio State and has won accolades such as: the Butkus Award in 2007, the Nagurski Award in 2006. He is considered one of the top NFL Draft prospects, but has decided to return to Ohio State for one more year.

James is the son of Joe Laurinaitis, the professional wrestler known as "Animal", part of a the tag team "The Road Warriors." Watch for James and Ohio State to get another shot at the National Championship this year, and then get drafted by an NFL team. Should be interesting what kind of success he and his teammates can achieve.

Friday, April 04, 2008

When is the large curbside recycle day for Wayzata residents?

Hi Dan,

When is the large curbside recycle day for residents?

Thank You


Hi Bob,

Thanks for the email. According to Rebecca Jones from Public Works (952-404-5360) at the city of Wayzata, Spring Cleanup 2008 is May 3rd. Residents are able to dispose of appliances, TV's, Printers, Copiers, etc. for a modest fee. If you have yard waste you need to dispose of because you didn't do a fall cleanup, it can be brought to the City Compost pile at the end of Wayzata Boulevard, past the Country Club, right before Highway 12 goes into Long Lake.

Please click here for the pamphlet Rebecca emailed to me, as it contains most of the details. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact me personally at your convenience.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Powerfully Pedestrian Environment Highlights Wayzata Bay Center Plans

The Star Trib is reporting on the Wayzata Bay Center development today. According to the article, Presbyterian Homes & Services submitted a detailed 40 page document outlining the $160 million proposal for the 14.5 acre site on the Bay Center site which currently houses the Muni, Goodyear, The Foursome, Kraemer's True Value Hardware, Bob's Shoe Repair, The Original Pancake House, etc.

Highlights of the project include:

  • Hotel
  • Plaza
  • Sidewalks
  • Streets
  • 5 blocks each wrapped with parking, sidewalks and trees
  • 255 units of senior housing
  • 130,000 square feet of retail space
  • 27,500 square feet of office space
  • 155 units apartments/condos
  • aggressive storm water management system

The biggest objection to the project in conversations with concerned residents and council members and searching the net is whether to allow the plan to proceed because of it's disregard for a height limit that is imposed by the City of Wayzata. Wayzata currently has a height moratorium in place which prohibits buildings of over 3 stories from being built. The initial plans from Presbyterian Homes called for 5 stories, and the most recent proposal calls for 4 stories as part of the design on one of the buildings.

The Wayzata City Council has a number of meetings scheduled regarding the Wayzata Bay Center. A request for the schedule was not immediately returned.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Ask Dan! - I am Looking for a Place that Could Accommodate up to 100 People for Cocktails and Heavy Appetizers


Hello, I am a bride to be in August and I am interested in a lake side rehearsal dinner option in Wayzata. I talked to Sunset's and I was told they do not take large party reservations, so I wanted to see if you had another suggestion? I am looking for a place that could accommodate up to 100 people for cocktails and heavy appetizers. I look forward to your suggestions!

Keri Cowan


Thanks for the note! The suggestions Elisha (my wife) and I discussed are as follows:

Try Northcoast first, as they are in Wayzata. You could ask if they would be willing to rent out the top deck on the second floor that overlooks Wayzata Bay on Lake Minnetonka. If you Google NorthCoast Wayzata Reviews the word is they get about 3.5 out of 5 stars. I agree with that, as the couple of times I have been, it took forever to get served, forever to get the food delivered to the table, and they were indifferent. Lots of people rave about it, so don't base your decision for a large party on my sandwich being late.

The second option is Bayside Event Center in Excelsior. I used to work there and they regularly had receptions and weddings lake side. Good food, good ambiance, Bayside also gets 3.5 stars when you search for a review. A third option which is not lake side is the Wayzata Legion, although it would be a strictly blue collar affair. The Conservatory at Carlson Towers will also accommodate a very nice event.

Let me know if you have success, and Elisha and I wish you all the best with your wedding.

Wayzata Historical Society Hosts "The Metamorphosis on McGinty"

The Wayzata Histroical Society will host an educational program on how the 250 acre site of the old McGinty family farm was developed into a an estate, and then again into the corporate headquarters for Cargill. The program is free to all persons and will be held in the community room of the Wayzata City Hall located at 600 Rice Street in Wayzata at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 3rd, 2008.

Elisha and I will be attending and we look forward to reminiscing with the Wayzata Historical Society about this beautiful area. The pictures submitted by the WHS to the Weekly News are reminiscent of another time, with horse drawn wagons and the Rand Estate. Look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Post Office versus McDonald's

First let me say that overall I am moderately satisfied with the Post Office in Wayzata, and I know that Terry, Les, and the others there work very hard. However, that being said, what happened today left me needing to vent with regard to how the Post Office nationally is set up versus McDonald's.

It was a beautiful, sunshiny day today after the couple three inches of snow we got last night. The sun was out, the sky was blue, and I could feel the warmth of spring in the air. I walked up the cleaned dry stone steps of the Wayzata Post Office, and proceeded into the wonderful brick and stone building. The amount of mail that has passed through this point over time is staggering to think about.

Once I got inside, there was a line of two or three people in front of me. I looked at my gold and silver watch to become aware of the time, and it was 12:50 -- the lunch rush, one of the busier times of the day for the Post Office in my estimation. There was one window open, and it seemed a tolerable wait at first glance. Little did I know that would not be the case.

The first woman at the window took her time, asking a range of questions about stamps, and postage questions that don't really matter, and I'm paraphrasing: "When are stamps going up?" "How much are they going up?" "If this goes Priority Mail, will it get their Tuesday or Wednesday?" Taking too much time to mail the Birthday Card a week early and fretting as to whether it will arrive on time. By the way, if your letter or package is time sensitive, go ahead and ship it FedEx or UPS, not the Post Office. You get a tracking number, a guarantee as to when it will arrive, and competitive pricing. If your letter just needs a date stamped on it, go to the Post Office.

I looked at my gold and silver watch and the hands told me it was 12:53. I thought to myself "If I ran the Post Office, I would have two or three attendants on during lunch rather than sending them to lunch as a convenience to the customers who require postal services." Now I don't know if someone was out sick, or if there was a family emergency that required one of the other Postal Workers to be somewhere else, but it is frustrating to have to wait to have someone put a sticker on a box and swipe the Visa card.

The next guy in line has a number of priority envelopes with return receipts and announces he has some company check to the Postal Worker for $100.00. The Postal worker and he begin to discuss strategies for adding $.65 worth of postage to each of the 5 envelopes he is holding and how many stamps can he buy with the extra. It takes 15 minutes of intense negotiations buying $.47 cent stamps, $.05 cent stamps, $.02 cent stamps, etc. The postal worker can't give any cash back on the check, and he can't give out more postage than $100.00.

Meanwhile there is another worker in plain clothes hanging up signs, my guess these signs indicate the new rate increases. The guy hanging them is using a well worn aluminum ladder. The top step is dented and dinged, indicating that this is the ladder that is used to hang the signs. The plain clothed worker works his way up the ladder and proceeds to stand on the worn top step with his worn brown leather work boots. The woman in line behind me vocalizes my thoughts with a chirp of "OSHA wouldn't approve of your standing on the top rung." He shrugs and proceeds to move up and down the ladder, adjusting the sign and standing on the top rung as he moves the ladder back and forth to hang a wide sign. He didn't fall, but he should have. Had he it would have been difficult to be sympathetic based on his earlier indifference when someone suggested a change in his behavior for his own safety.

I have time to let my eyes wander around the Post Office, seeing the gold flaked letters strung together that spell "Postmaster" on the door at the far end which had been installed during a time over half a century ago when quality and speed mattered in the United States. I have time to read about Sargent so and so from Medina who is stationed in Fallujah, and how his family wishes his was home. I have time to look for the FBI Most Wanted posters, but they are nowhere to be found. I have time to notice the automated postal station which I tried once before, but required to much effort, punching and clicking to actually ship a package.

I have time to read bubble wrap is available behind the counter. Tape and envelopes need to be paid for. The letters for the slots where mail goes are crooked. I have time to admire the granite floor installed originally, and notice as well there are blue commercial carpets over a good portion of it. I wonder who got the contract to clean the rugs, when do they get changed, what does the truck that delivers them look like. I have time to read that both parents have to sign off on a passport application as of such and such a date.

Meanwhile, back at the window, the fool on a company errand doesn't have any change, no cash, and doesn't offer to use a charge card. The Postal Worker who is finally at his wits end with this customer, reaches into his own pocket to settle the $100.15 worth of postage, and adds to the kitty to finally pay for the stamps. I look at my watch, it is now 1:12. People behind me are grumbling, and rightfully so. The errand boy from the company who doesn't trust him to write in the correct amount lingers too long, taking steps back from the window but not fully disengaging. Finally he walks out the door, with a quick glance towards the line he has helped to create all holding their brown packages and white envelopes with long faces. He puts his eyes down seeing the glare from the unhappy Postal Patrons in line, puts on his sunglasses, and walks out the door into the sunshine.

The guy in front of me carries two large packages up to the counter and inquires about shipping them overseas, presumably to India. The postal worker indicates that surface mail has been discontinued, and that only Priority is now available for the modest fee of $70 minimum per package. The man collects his packages and walks out the door. I would too.

The gold and silver watch on my hand indicates it is now 1:20, and I finally step to the window. I slide the card to a relative across the counter in an attempt to verify it is not over sized and does not require additional postage. The postal worker looks at it casually and flings it in the box behind him. The package I need shipped costs $6 to to North Carolina, and suggestions for insurance--in case the Post Office loses it, or upgraded speed are rejected. Total time to ship, stamp and pay for my package, 2 minutes 30 seconds, and 27 minutes and 30 seconds, with total revenue to the Post Office $6.50 cents.

On the way back to the office, I stop at McDonald's to grab a bite. I walk in the door, similar line with a different result. This McDonald's has been rebuilt within the last year. It is clean, there are employees everywhere you look. People order by number, swipe their cards, and stand off to side so as to not impede the progress of the serving of lunch. I wait what seems to be 2 or 3 minutes, grab my burger and fries, and go. Total time invested, less than 5 minutes, total revenue $4.50.

Maybe what the Post Office needs to do is adopt some of the systems and controls we have seen be successful in other businesses. Greet a customer within so many seconds, deliver the order within 2 minutes, put in a drive thru--with two lanes! Don't make us fill out return receipts by hand, type the shipping address and return label on the postage--give a tracking number that means something. Don't tell me to ship my packages myself at home--I came to the Post Office for some good old fashioned face time, customer service, and to reduce the threat of my mail being stolen as well as my identity. You and I don't work for the Post Office, and self service is the end of Postal Employee Jobs. Wishing you happy mailings and a short line.

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