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.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

WAYZATA BOYS BASKETBALL: Franks and Thurman Explode in Victory over Minnetonka

By Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

Wayzata seniors Jamar Franks and DeShawn Thurman scored career highs on Friday night as the Trojans erased a five point halftime deficit by scoring 53 points in the second half against Minnetonka. The final result was an 86-78 victory for the now 14-2 Trojans.

Franks exploded for 27 points and Thurman continued his strong play of late by adding 25 points. Senior Nolan Odland, the team's leading scorer on the season, also scored in double figures with 10.

The Trojans, who have won 10 of their last 11 games, will host Minneapolis Henry at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

WAYZATA GIRLS BASKETBALL 2009: Thompson and Clausen Fuel Victory over Armstrong

By Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

The Wayzata girls basketball team jumped out to a 33-19 halftime lead on Friday night and never looked back as the Trojans handed the fourth ranked Armstrong Falcons just their third loss of the season, 51-38.

Senior guard Kate Thompson led the way for the Trojans with 19 points, while senior guard Alexa Clausen added 10. The win moves the Trojans' record to 9-7 overall and 1-1 in the Classic Lake Conference.

The team will be back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 3 when it travels to Edina for a 7:15 p.m. tip-off.


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CITY OF WAYZATA: Planning Commission Meeting Agenda 02/02/2009

Wayzata Planning Commission Meeting Agenda

Monday, February 2, 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. Bluff District Zoning Study

b. Discuss 2009 Planning Commission Goals/Projects:

3. Other Items:

a. Election of Vice Chair

b. Election of Chair

c. Review of Development Activity

d. 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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Friday, January 30, 2009

WAYZATA ATHLETICS 2009: Basketball Teams Face Conference Tests

By Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

Both the Wayzata boys and girls basketball teams face tough conference match-ups tonight as they look to gain momentum for the second half of the season.

The boys team will take its 13-2 record on the road to face the defending state champion Minnetonka Skippers. The girls team will host Robbinsdale Armstrong, who is currently 14-2 and ranked 4th in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News.

Opposing Players to Watch
Cole Stefan of Minnetonka is averaging 19.9 points per game and has scored 20 or more nine times this year. His season high is 32 points against St. Paul Johnson on Dec. 27.

Nicole Dooher of Armstrong is averaging 15 points per game and has been held to single digits only once this season.

The Falcons are 12-0 when junior guard Alyssa Marschner scores 12 points or more.


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Thursday, January 29, 2009

WAYZATA BOYS HOCKEY 2009: Trojans Fall in Overtime to Minnetonka

By Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

Photography by Jon Wright / J & K Creative
Click here to view / buy images of this game: password = "trojans"

When Wayzata senior Matt Straate (pictured) scored just 17 seconds into the Trojans' Thursday night battle against Minnetonka, some in attendance might have been expecting a high-scoring affair.
But with five minutes left in the third period, Straate's goal was still the only score of the game. Just when it looked like the Trojans might hold on for a 1-0 victory, the Skippers tied the game with a goal by senior Pete Carbonneau with 4:56 remaining in regulation.

After the game went to overtime, it took the Skippers' Sam Coatta only 30 seconds to end things. Coatta's team-leading 15th goal of the season handed the Trojans a heartbreaking 2-1 loss - their third straight defeat.

Trojans goaltender Ty Simcoe made 32 saves in the loss. The Trojans are now 11-6-1 on the season and 0-2 in Classic Lake Conference play. They will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 31 when they host the Hopkins Royals at 2:30 p.m.

WAYZATA BOYS HOCKEY 2009: #8 Minnetonka vs. #10 Wayzata

by Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

The Wayzata boys hockey team has had a week to sit and think about its worst loss of the season. Tonight the Trojans will look to forget about last Thursday's 5-0 loss to third ranked Edina, when they go on the road to face the eighth ranked Minnetonka Skippers at the Pagel Ice Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. tonight.

The Trojans had won ten straight games heading into last week, but losses to Burnsville (5-4) and Edina last week mean that the Trojans will have to win tonight to avoid a three game losing streak.

The Skippers have won five straight heading into tonight's game including impressive conference victories over Hopkins (7-0) and Armstrong (5-2).

Here are the top performers for both teams:

Sr. Billy Soule: 6 goals, 12 assists
Sr. Kevin Blackley: 6 goals, 11 assists
Sr. Matt Straate: 7 goals, 9 assists
Jr. Danny Walsh: 10 goals, 5 assists
Jr. Scott Holm: 6 goals, 9 assists

Jr. Max Gardiner: 14 goals, 18 assists
Sr. Sam Coatta: 14 goals, 9 assists
Jr. Andrew Prochno: 7 goals, 15 assists
So. Thomas Schutt: 7 goals, 9 assists
Jr. Troy Hesketh: 4 goals, 9 assists


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WAYZATA BAY WINDOW: The Local Board of Appeal Set for April 7

From the Wayzata Bay Window, the Official Newsletter of the City of Wayzata:

There are many variables when it comes to establishing property assessments. Some of these variables will be highlighted when the Local Board of Appeal meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.

Dan Distel has worked as the assessor for Wayzata for 20 years. He also works for Deephaven and Woodland. A lot of people know him in Wayzata due to his philosophy, his fairness, and his willingness to talk about property values with the property owners.

“First of all, I work for the people of Wayzata,” he says. “When people ask me how I can do such an unpopular job, I say it is my mission to help people understand how the valuation process works. The state requires that all properties have estimated property values established, and that they are equalized. I try to be as fair as possible and provide as much information as I can.”

Distel wants to get the word out that when people question his assessment, he wants to hear from them and talk to them about it. In explaining the process, he reminds people that he is audited by both the state and county, who compare his valuations to all assessors in the state and Hennepin County. Most importantly, he does not set the tax. He sets a value on residential and commercial properties. The local entities, the county and the state set the taxes.

Many people believe that assessors set taxes in Minnesota. That is a misconception. Property taxes in Minnesota are calculated from the property’s assessed market value, its classification rate, and the local tax rate. The tax rate is determined by dividing the total dollars to be raised with property taxes (tax levy) as set by city councils, school boards and county boards.

The accompanying graph shows that only 18% of each property tax dollar goes to the City. The City’s share of taxes in the graph is the combined total of slice one and two. One slice is a tax capacity levy and the other is a total market value levy. A $500,000 home pays about $5,000 in property tax. Eight hundred and fifty dollars ($850) of that $5,000 goes to the City, which amounts to just over $16 a week.

City taxes pay for 24-hour police and fire protection; prompt snowplowing of city streets; city parks, including the skating rink with warming house and attendants; street repair and maintenance; street lights; park maintenance; public flower gardens; public beach with lifeguards; public tree maintenance; building, zoning and property code enforcement; municipal, state and national elections.


Property owners receive the proposed new values for their property in the mail in early spring every year. The valuation is used by the city, school, county and state to determine taxes for the next year.

Distel recommends reading the valuation notice very carefully. It will include the process to contest a property’s value and the dates for the Local Board of Appeal and the County’s Board of Equalization.

Anyone unhappy with their assessment should first contact Distel. Only if you are still at odds with the assessment, tell Distel you will be attending the Local Board of Appeal. Before going to the Local Board of Appeal, let Distel know you will be attending, so he can have the paperwork ready. The Board of Appeal comprises the City Council. Do not expect to talk about taxes at the Board. The board only determines if your property has been fairly assessed.

Allowing an assessor into your home is necessary for him to make a fair valuation. If a homeowner wants to contest his assessment before the Board of Appeal, the board will want the assessor to see the home and have full access to the property.

The higher values of many of the homes and commercial properties make Wayzata unusual. However,Wayzata is also fortunate in having an assessor who works with property owners to reach a fair and equitable value. Distel says it best, “My goal is to do a good job, to be fair and equal to all properties, to communicate well, and let people
know and understand the process.”

Images and article courtesy of the City of Wayzata.


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WAYZATA BOYS BASKETBALL 2009: Trojans Ranked Sixth in MBN Poll

By Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

The Wayzata boys basketball team is ranked sixth in the latest class 4A rankings put out by Minnesota Basketball News on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Here is the current top ten with records accurate through Tuesday, Jan. 27:

1. Hopkins (14-0)
2. Henry Sibley (14-2)
3. Robbinsdale Cooper (14-0)
4. St. Cloud Tech (13-0)
5. Edina (13-1)
6. Wayzata (13-2)
7. Tartan (11-3)
8. Osseo (13-2)
9. Eden Prairie (12-4)
10. Lakeville North (13-3)


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Wayzata.TV: Wayzata Train Youtube shows Wayzata Depot

Check out this Youtube video from the Conductor that shows a number of Burlington Norther Sante Fe trains running back and forth in front of the Wayzata Depot.


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2009 Wayzata Hockey Peewee A Takes a Trip to Roseau

The 2009 Wayzata Hockey PeeWee A Team took a trip to Roseau recently. Here is a Youtube from the excursion:


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WAYZATA HIGH SCHOOL: Trojans take second place at State regional Science Bowl competition


The Wayzata High School Science Bowl team took second place January 21 at the Minnesota Academy of Science’s 15th annual State Regional Science Bowl. The WHS team competed against 26 other teams from around the state. For earning second place, the team won $750 for the WHS Science Department. Students on the team include Rohit Agrawal, Gaurav Singh, Xun Liu, Danesh Bankwala and Terry Lee. The team is coached by Karen Hibbs.

The competition is a fast-paced question and answer format similar to the television show “Jeopardy.” The students were quizzed on science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics and astronomy, as well as math. Most questions are so challenging that even educated scientists would have trouble finding the answer.


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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

WAYZATA BOYS BASKETBALL 2009: Odland's 24 Leads Trojans to 13th Victory

By Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

Photography by Jon Wright / J & K Creative

Wayzata senior Nolan Odland (pictured) led four Trojans in double figures with 24 points, as the boys basketball team improved to 13-2 on the season with a 76-61 victory over Eagan on Tuesday night.

The Trojans raced out to a 44-24 halftime lead and had no trouble securing the win in the second half. Senior Jerrod Peterson added 16 points, while seniors Eren Cur and DeShawn Thurman scored 14 and 12 points respectively.

Next up for the Trojans is a Classic Lake Conference match-up with the defending state champions from Minnetonka on Friday, Jan. 30. The Skippers graduated their entire starting line-up from last year's state championship team, but are still 10-6 this season. Game time is 7:15 at the Minnetonka High School gymnasium.

Girls Hockey Loses to Minnetonka

The Wayzata girls hockey team was unable to snap its six game losing streak on Tuesday night as they fell 4-1 to the Minnetonka Skippers.

The game was tied at one after the first period, but the Skippers went on to outscore the Trojans 3-0 in the final two periods to record the victory.

Sophomore forward Mackenzie Shannon scored the lone Trojans goal on an assist from junior Jenny Saxon. It was Shannon's eight goal of the season.

Senior goaltender Shelby Rasmussen made 36 saves in the loss, including 17 in the first period to keep the Trojans in the game.

The Trojans will look to snap their seven game losing streak on Friday, Jan. 30 when they host Hopkins at 7 p.m. at the Plymouth Ice Arena.


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Wayzata Walk for Water meets $5,000 goal

Some local Wayzata High School students have recently received recognition in the local media about raising funds for water purification equipment. Members of the Youth Extending Services (YES) club, at WHS, had volunteered to walk to school with the goal of raising $5,000 for Lake Soluton Elementary School in South Cotaboto province in the Philippines. A large contribution from The Supreme Master Ching Hai of $3,000 put the students very close to meeting their goal.

According to the Wayzata Public Schools website, "Hai is a humanitarian leader that has been recognized for her work around the world and in the U.S. Her organization is not religious and her mission is to save sentient beings from misery."

The goal, $5,000, has been met according to Chris Olmanson of the Walk, "As of today [01/25/2009], we have raised $5,107 for Lake Soluton Elementary School in the Philippines. This will be enough money to bring to them a brand new water system so that they will not have to waste their time every day walking to get water and will instead be able to put that time into furthering their education.

Thank you to everyone for your tremendous support!"

Wayzata Walk for Water blog indicates that:

· Every 15 seconds a child dies due to lack of access to clean water.
· Women and children can spend 60% of their day walking to collect water
· 4,500 children a day die due to unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation
· Without access to latrine, girls stop going to school once they reach puberty

With this fund raising campaign, Wayzata Walk for Wayzata has made a big impact on this remote school. A very heartfelt congratulations to Wayzata Walk for Water.


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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

WAYZATA ATHLETICS 2009: Boys Basketball and Girls Hockey in Action Tonight

By Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

The Wayzata boys basketball and girls hockey teams will be in action tonight, while the girls basketball and boys hockey teams have the night off.

The boys basketball team will be heavily favored tonight when they host the Eagan Wildcats at 7:15 p.m. The Trojans are 12-2 on the season, while the Wildcats recently broke a seven game losing streak to improve to 4-11 on the season.

The Trojans won back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday by defeating St. Paul Central 71-59 and Milwaukee Lutheran 67-55. Tonight's game against Eagan is the Trojans' final tune-up game before they open Classic Lake Conference play on Friday at Minnetonka.

Girls Hockey Looking for First Conference Victory

The Wayzata girls hockey team will be looking to snap a six game losing streak tonight and at the same time pick up their first Classic Lake Conference victory of the season.

The Trojans will take their 6-13-1 record to Minnetonka tonight for a 7 p.m. game at the Pagel Ice Arena.

The Trojans are 0-4 in Classic Lake Conference play including a 5-0 loss to Minnetonka earlier in the season on Jan. 6.

The Trojans are led by senior forward Alison Umland who has 10 goals and 14 assists on the season.

Lakeshore Weekly News has positive comments on

David Schueller of the Lakeshore Weekly News has written an article on blogs that features The article is titled: Keep up the blog work. In the article he says,

"Stepping up from the blog level are sites like, a new-media news site run by Wayzata resident Dan Gustafson, who's acknowledged that he puts quite a bit of time into posting on the site and now has staff members, some of whom were formerly employed by this newspaper.
It's impressive to see someone that committed to the effort and to a community."

Thanks for the kind words, David. readers will also be interested to find that Schueller runs a blog on his own titled David's Spin. It's interesting to see a reporter give blogging a whirl and write about what they would like to write about, rather than being paid to write about what other people want to read.

Additionally, sports reporter Jon Weisbrod has his own blog titled, Hoops on the Lake, which features area basketball team write-ups and information.

Stay tuned to for all the latest news on, your Wayzata News leader.


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STAR TRIBUNE: Petters owes Vlahos $16 Million

The Star Tribune has a story today indicating that Dean Vlahos and his wife Michelle claim that Tom Petters owes them $16,000,000. Additionally, the article reports the financial troubles the situation is causing for the owner of Redstone American Grill.

According to the article, a bank that loaned Vlahos millions of dollars has moved to foreclose on his Lake Minnetonka mansion in Deephaven. Vlahos has the home for sale $10.9 million, and there are $11.5 million worth of mortgages against the property. Vlahos is also trying to sell two homes in Florida for over $30 million.

Dean made his money with Champps Americna sports bar and grill by franchising and going public last decade, eventually selling all his holdings. He had hoped to do same with Redstone American Grill by turning it into a national chain. That seems less likely with the setbacks personally with regards to the Petters case and with the economy faltering.

Read the Star Tribune's article: Vlahos: Petters owes us $16 million

Image courtesy of Janette Novak of Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine's: Leaving a Legacy, which contains photos from the John T. Petters Legacy Foundation Gala that are available for sale.


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Glitchy poll on the Muni had to be removed

Dear readers,

There was recently a poll that was put up on to gauge the communities opinion on the various sites around Wayzata for the Muni / Wayzata Bar & Grill. Due to some glitches in that code, it was creating problems for Internet Explorer users of the home page of was correspondingly taken down. Please accept my apology for using an untested solution for taking polls.

If you have an opinion letter on the Muni or any other issue in the Greater Wayzata Community, send it in and will post your opion in the regular section of this website.


Dan Gustafson


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Monday, January 26, 2009


In my first Bay Window message I would like to extend a special tribute to Mayor Andrew Humphrey for his many years of distinguished leadership in Wayzata. We will miss his wise and steady hand.

We also congratulate and greet Andrew Mullin, the newest member of the City Council. We will benefit from his intellect, organizational skills and energy. Mary Bader was elected to her first full term on the Council, and we welcome her back with her tremendous analytical abilities and strong commitment.

Not surprisingly, economics will absorb much of our attention in the coming months. We are fortunate, in a way, that Wayzata does not receive Local Government Aid (LGA) funds. As a result the state’s budget cutting will have less effect on us. Nonetheless, we will be doing everything we can to reduce the tax burden on our citizens. The Council and staff worked very hard to keep the 2009 levy increase below the rate of anticipated inflation. That represents the lowest increase in years. The City of Wayzata’s share of your property tax is about 18 cents on the dollar. Almost double that amount goes to both Hennepin County and the school district.

The largest factor impacting your property tax is the valuation of your home. If you have any disagreement with your valuation, you should contact the tax assessor. If you are still not satisfied, the Spring Truth in Taxation hearing, 7 p.m. April 7, at City Hall is the forum for you to challenge that figure.

The next months and years will be busy ones in Wayzata. Construction projects will dominate. They will be disruptive and probably annoying. These include 1) the buildout of the Bay Center and surrounding intersections, 2) the high pressure sewer main to be installed by the Met Council along Lake Street, and 3) Hennepin County’s planned expansion of Bushaway Road. These don’t even include city infrastructure projects such as the completion of the Ferndale Road rebuild and the construction of the new water storage facility. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, enjoy the remainder of winter. Spring’s not far off.

Ken Willcox
Mayor of Wayzata

Courtesy City of Wayzata - Wayzata Bay Window


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WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Wayzata High School Gala Evening March 7th 2009

From Wayzata Public Schools:

Join together with the Wayzata High School Community

In support of Arts, Activities and Athletics

Dedicated to continuing the long-standing tradition of quality education

Saturday, March 7, 2009
Cocktails and Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres at your leisure all evening
Followed by a short Program, Music & Dancing

Sheraton Hotel
12201 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Special Guest and MC for the evening Tim McNiff – KARE 11 News Anchor

Cocktail attire admired, but not required
Cash bar available
Must be 21 to attend

(Please RSVP by February 20, 2009)

2009 WHS Gala planned March 7

The Wayzata High School’s fifth annual Gala will be held Saturday, March 7 at the Sheraton Minneapolis West/Ridgedale hotel.

The 2009 Gala will have a new format with a two-hour bidding window for the silent auction and appetisers served all evening.

According to Gala organisers, the current economic situation makes this year’s Gala more important than any other time. There are more than 2,000 students who participate in the wide variety of programs available through arts, activities and athletics at Wayzata High School. The fund-raising that takes place at the annual Gala helps to control costs for these programs, prevents the cancellation of activities and provides financial aid to students who could not otherwise afford to participate.

The Gala is a tax-deductible 501-(c)(3) charitable organisation and is accepting both cash donations and silent auction item donations. For more information, contact WHS building secretary Kathy Beatty at 763-745-6601 or WHS Principal Mike Trewick at 763-745-6610.


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WAYZATA FOOTBALL: Rob Bathe Youtube Video Highlights

Rob Bathe was a part of the 2008 Wayzata Football Championship team as a lineman. Someone has posted a highlight Youtube video of Rob recently, and I thought I would pass it along to you:


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Sunday, January 25, 2009

WEEKLY ROUNDUP:'s Top 5 Stories of the week, Jan 19-25

It was an action packed week in Wayzata with the revelation that the Muni appears to be headed for demolition along with the rest of the Bay Center in one shot, as opposed to the phased demolition that was originally planned. Plenty of other action as well, so here we go---the Top 5 Stories of the week for January 19-25, 2009.

  1. The city became aware of a plan by Wayzata Bay Redevelopment Company to demolish the shopping center all in one shot. That puts the City of Wayzata under pressure to develop a plan for the Muni in very short order. The options at this time include sites on East Mill Street, West Mill Street, the Eastman site on Lake Street, or by leasing space somewhere in town including the Bay Center. Make sure you take our poll on this topic! Listen to a podcast of Mayor Willcox describing the situation, and watch a PowerPoint presentation with detailed drawings and plans with the options.
  2. The Wayzata boys basketball team shot 60 percent from the field and senior forward Kellen Taylor played a near flawless game as the Trojans improved to 11-2 on the season with a 71-59 victory over the St. Paul Central Minutemen. Read the write-up from Sports Reporter Matt Thomas here: WAYZATA BASKETBALL 2009: Taylor's Big Second Half Propels Trojans to Victory
  3. released the Top 100 Websites for the Greater Wayzata Trade Area. It includes all the titans of industry, education, government and retail that are the biggest and best websites in Wayzata. Scan it to see if your site is there, and let know if you agree or disagree.
  4. It's been a couple of months, so the water main on Bushaway road was due for another break and repair. It obliged, and the City repaired it within a day or so.
  5. We reminisced about Brandon and Brenda Walsh moving from Wayzata to 90210. Watch the trailer and read up on how this little tidbit continues to be included on information about this wonderful place to live.


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Saturday, January 24, 2009

WAYZATA BOYS TENNIS 2009: Schedule from Classic Lake Conference

Here is the schedule for Wayzata Boys Tennis for 2009:

This link will take you to the Classic Lake Conference website.


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WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Wayzata MN School Calendar 2009-2010

From Wayzata Public Schools:

The Wayzata Public School Board approved the district’s 2009-10 school year calendar at its January 14 regular meeting.

In the fall of 2009, the school year will begin September 8, the first Tuesday after Labor Day, and end Thursday, June 10, 2010. According to Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jane Sigford, “When constructing a school calendar, many issues have to be considered.” Testing schedules, conferencing and quarter breaks are all balanced in a manner that reflects sound education practice. The district must manipulate the length of winter break, the timing of spring break and the last day of classes for students and staff so that there are 172 student contact days and 184 teacher workdays.

The district continues to maintain its commitment to have two years of calendars available to the staff and community. A copy of the calendar is available at the following link: WAYZATA MN SCHOOL CALENDAR 2009-2010.


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From Wayzata, MN to Beverly Hills 90210

Every once in a while I find myself looking at a page with demographics and information about Wayzata, MN. Invariably that page will discuss the association that the family of main characters had with this upscale and closely knit town. In case you don't remember, Brandon and Brenda Walsh were uprooted by the father and mother on the show for a job offer in California and moved to Beverly Hills. Sure they flubbed the pronunciation of the name, but come on, you gotta love that they were from here!

For your viewing pleasure, here are the opening credits from Beverly Hills, 90210 from season 8--a time when the show had reached the height of it's popularity and before the main characters like Jason Priestly and Luke Perry began to bail on the show by the lure of big bucks and the fear of being typecast. Enjoy!


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WAYZATA BASKETBALL 2009: Taylor's Big Second Half Propels Trojans to Victory

By Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter
Photography by Jon Wright / J & K Creative

Buy images of this game: password = "trojans"

The Wayzata boys basketball team shot 60 percent from the field and senior forward Kellen Taylor played a near flawless game as the Trojans improved to 11-2 on the season with a 71-59 victory over the St. Paul Central Minutemen.

Taylor, who will play for Division II powerhouse Winona State University next year, scored a game-high 22 points on 6-7 from the field and 9-10 from the free throw line.

“One of the great things about Kellen is that he’s really playing within himself and letting things come to him,” Trojans head coach Mike Anderson said. “The nice thing about the way he is scoring is that it’s within the flow of what we’re doing and he hit some big shots tonight when they were trying to crawl back into it.”

The Trojans jumped out to a 16-5 lead in the first half, not on the shoulders of Taylor, but instead thanks to eight early points from senior DeShawn Thurman. Thurman made a rare start against the Minutemen and made the most of his opportunity by finishing the game with 13 points on 6-7 from the field.

“DeShawn is a guy that competes every night and that’s one thing you can count on from him,” Anderson said. “He’s really given us a good shot in the arm energy wise and tonight was no different.”

The Trojans had three starters – Taylor, senior Jerrod Peterson, and senior Eren Cur – pick up three first half fouls. Anderson turned to junior guard Chris Kroeten and sophomore guard Aaron Roth to play some crucial minutes in the first half and both were productive.

Both Kroeten and Roth hit three-pointers in the first half and Kroeten added a steal and breakaway lay-up.

“We had some guys who are trying to get in the line-up who haven’t played a lot and I thought they really did some good things,” Anderson said. “I thought the effort was pretty good tonight.”

After taking a 32-23 lead into the locker room at halftime, Taylor and senior Nolan Odland took over early in the second half to more or less put the game away.

Odland – the leading scorer for the Trojans on the season at more than 17 points per game – scored the Trojans’ first six points of the second half. With the Trojans leading 41-29, Taylor scored the team’s next 13 points including three from long range. When Taylor’s shooting display was over, the Trojans led comfortably at 56-38 with just under eight minutes remaining.

The Minutemen cut the lead the 12 with just under four minutes remaining, but a personal foul and technical foul were whistled on Minutemen senior Jordan Larson. That sent Cur to the line for four three-throws where he converted all four to push the lead back out to 16.

While the offense was clicking for the Trojans, they also looked fairly solid on the defensive end. The Minutemen shot just 34 percent from the field (21-61) and their leading scorer, Taylor Smaller, was held to just nine points on 3-14 shooting.

The 12-point victory should help to erase the memory of the Trojans 81-59 loss to Osseo six days ago.

“In the loss to Osseo I think we learned that we have to be mentally prepared every night and you have to give Osseo some credit,” Anderson said. “They’re a great program, they’re very well coached, and they’re not going to let you off the hook. I think a few of our guys weren’t ready for that game mentally.”

The Trojans will now have to mentally prepare for three games in six days including their Classic Lake Conference opener. The Trojans play again tomorrow night against Milwaukee Lutheran High School at St. Paul Johnson as part of the third annual East Metro Showcase. The Trojans will then host Eagan on Tuesday, Jan. 27 before opening up conference play at defending state champion Minnetonka on Friday, Jan. 30.

“I look at every team in the conference and the conference year after year seems to be strong,” Anderson said. “I think the way we are playing is good, but I think every game in the conference is going to be big for us.”

The Trojans will get their first crack at number one ranked Hopkins and their four Division I signees on Feb. 10 at Hopkins.

“Hopefully when we get to the Hopkins game we can figure out what we can do against them and then we have to find some ways to defend them,” Anderson said. “They’re awfully big and its going to be a tough match-up.”

Box Score

Wayzata: Kellen Taylor 22, Nolan Odland 13, DeShawn Thurman 13, Eren Cur 13, Chris Kroeten 5, Aaron Roth 3, Jerrod Peterson 2

Team Stats: Field Goals: 23-38 (60%), Three-Pointers: 6-14 (43%), Free Throws: 19-28 (68%)

St. Paul Central: Michael Adams 12, Jordan Larson 11, Taylor Smaller 9, LeDarian Horton 9, Nathanial Kado 8, Eric Grice 4, Cameron Smith 2, Daanjerae Johnson 2, Donte Stewart 2

Team Stats: Field Goals: 21-61 (34%), Three-Pointers: 5-11 (45%), Free Throws: 10-20 (50%)


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Friday, January 23, 2009

Boys Basketball Preview: Wayzata vs. St. Paul Central

by Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

Tonight the Wayzata boys basketball team will put its 10-2 record on the line when they host the 8-3 St. Paul Central Minutemen. The game will tip-off at 7:15 at Wayzata High School.

Looking to Rebound: The Trojans saw their six game winning streak halted last Saturday when they took a 81-59 loss on the chin to the Osseo Orioles. Senior Kellen Taylor was the high scorer for the Trojans with 15 points in the loss.

A Balancing Act: The Trojans have five players who average double figures in scoring including seniors Nolan Odland (18.0 ppg), Jarrod Peterson (14.3 ppg), Jamar Franks (11.8 ppg), Eren Cur (11.7 ppg), and Taylor (11.0 ppg).

On the Horizon: Classic Lake Conference play begins a week from tonight when the Trojans go on the road to face the defending state champion Minnetonka Skippers.

Tonight's Opponent: The Minutemen come into tonight's game with an 8-3 record, but have only one loss to a Minnesota team on the season. Two of their losses were to team's in the Milwaukee, Wisc. area earlier this season. The Minutemen were able to squeak by St. Louis Park, 85-83, in their previous game. The team is led offensively by junior guard Taylor Smaller, who averages just over 16 points per game.

Make sure to check back later tonight for a game story and photographs from tonight's game.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Top 100 Websites in Wayzata for 2009

So you are from Wayzata and want to know who is the who's who of websites in town? Here they are, the most important and influential websites in Wayzata.
  1. Wayzata Public Schools - With a huge budget
    of federal, state, and local funding, a staff of teachers, administrators, secretaries, and more, it's tough for other organizations or sites to keep up with
    the heavyweight champion in Wayzata.

    It also includes all the the elementary schools:

    Birchview Elementary
    Gleason Lake Elementary
    Greenwood Elementary
    Kimberly Lane Elementary
    Oakwood Elementary and
    Plymouth Creek Elementary.

    Don't forget the middle schools:

    Central Middle School
    East Middle School

    West Middle School

    Last but not least, the juggernaut, one of the biggest high schools in the state, THE

    Wayzata High School.

    Also includes Wayzata Family Access - the place you get your child's report card.
  2. Cargill - International and privately held food, agriculture, and risk management company that regularly issues quarterly press releases with earnings in the billions. We all know they are really located in Minnetonka, but every press release says Wayzata, MINN and they are in the 55391 zip code.
  3. TCF Bank - Multistate banking company with branches in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan. Headquarted in downtown Wayzata overlooking Lake Minnetonka. Major underwriter for the new TCF Bank Stadium, home of the Golden Gophers Football Team.
  4. City of Wayzata - The official site of the City of Wayzata. Includes public works, City Council, Police, Fire, Inspections, building permits, the Muni, and much much more.
  5. Greater Wayzata Chamber of Commerce - The chamber is a networking group that promotes the business interests of it's members. The Chamber also sponsors big promotions such as James J. Hill Days, Music in the Park, and the Chilly Open.
  6. Sunsets - Upscale casual dining in downtown Wayzata overlooking Lake Minnetonka. Formerly known as Hart's Cafe way back when.
  7. Wayzata Yacht Club - A members only sailboat racing club situated on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. If you are interested in sailing in Wayzata, this is the only place to be. Because of the Yacht Club, Wayzata has been ranked as the top sailing town you have never heard of in the United States.
  8. Wayzata Capital - A money manager specializing in
    European and polish stocks.
  9. Wayzata Historical Society - The good folks over at the WHS keep us in touch with the past. The group puts together television programs on Wayzata Community Television, and makes presentations about the history of this wonderful community.
  10. - The new media website that keeps local residents up to date on all the latest happenings in Wayzata.
  11. Wayzata Library - The only place you need to go when you need to check out a book you want to read, catch up on the local paper, and cruise the net. Also puts on great presentations for children like the recent Raptors show from the University of Minnesota.
  12. Wayzata Community Sailing Center - Offers small boat training for the kiddies who want to learn how to sail the big boats later on in life.
  13. Wayzata Youth Hockey Association - The official website of the mites, squirts, pee wees, bantams, and more. Helps to keep the outstanding flow of hockey players into the junior varsity and varsity Wayzata Hockey programs.
  14. Wayzata Eatery & Wine Bar- A great place to eat in the Colonial Square Shopping Center offering lunch and dinner, as well as a full selection of wine.
  15. Wayzata Community Church - Part of the United Church of Christ, provides opportunities to worship as well as as opportunities to see performances of fine music and arts.
  16. Lexus of Wayzata - New and used luxury car sales and service.
  17. Wayzata Football - Home of the 2005 and 2008 Minnesota State Champions.
  18. The Bookcase of Wayzata - Local book dealer that does a heck of a job with having authors in to sign books and meet customers. Also connected to the
    Caribou Coffee shop on Lake Street.
  19. Wayzata Bay Center - The 14 acre site in downtown Wayzata that contains The Foursome, The Orginal Pancake House, Bob's Shoe Repair, Kraemer's True Value, and more. On the verge of being raised for a brand new development by the Wayzata Bay Redevelopment Company to make way for 255 Presbyterian Homes senior housing units, 155 condos, a 100-room hotel, 27,000 square feet of office space, and 130,000 square feet of retail space, including restaurants.
  20. Wayzata Girls Rugby - The website for the rough and tumble girls in grades 8-12 who play rugby for the Wayzata High School.
  21. Wayzata Lacrosse Association - Offers boys and girls in grades 3 - 12 the opportunity to learn and play lacrosse.
  22. Village Chevrolet - New and used sales and service of Chevrolet motor vehicles.
  23. Wayzata Results - Provides scoring and timing for races, meets, basketball games, and more.
  24. Wayzata Nissan - New and used sales and service of Nissan motor vehicles.
  25. Wayzata Soccer Club - Offers soccer programs for boys and girls ages 5 through 19 years old.
  26. Wayzata Girls Basketball Association - Works closely with the Wayzata Girls Basketball program by helping girls in kindergarten - 12th grade develop and play basketball.
  27. Wayzata Free Church - Multigenerational church, and part of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Provides services and
    opportunities to minister in the community.
  28. Wayzata Investment Partners - One of the biggest if not the biggest manager of money in town. Has been in the news recently for the paper mill in Oregon strike that happened on Lake Street, and seem to have a controlling interest in the Star Tribune now that is has filed chapter 11.
  29. Wayzata Dental and Smile Spa -
    All right, I get the whole "spa" trend that is going on these days. That being said, Wayzata Dentals website is one of the best looking in town. In addition to that, they run a great blog that keeps us up to date on all the best dental tips to keep your smile healthy at Kudos to Wayzata Dental, as they are doing it right.
  30. Plymouth Wayzata Youth Softball Association -
  31. Wayzata Bay Charters - A 53 foot
    yacht, Lake Minnetonka, and rides for a price. Sounds great!
  32. Wayzata Children's Clinic - A pediatric clinic that has been serving young people with their health needs for 35 years.
  33. Wayzata Properties - A big time developer of commercial real estate. It started with a couple of buildings in downtown Minneapolis, moved onto the Boatworks in Wayzata, and has accelarated to include places all over the metro.
  34. Lunds - Full service upscale grocery store in the Colonial Shopping Center.
  35. Wayzata Boys Basketball Association - Provides boys in grade 1-12 the opportunity to play organized basketball. Feeder program for the varsity team at the Wayzata High School.
  36. League of Women Voters - Encourages informed voter participation in city, county and state elections. Also attempts to sway public policy based on it's constituency.
  37. Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners - Emergency housing service provider. Raises substantial funds via the annual Sleep Out.
  38. Minnetonka Center for the Arts - Provides art instruction, and exhibits in ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpture and more. Cafe on site.
  39. Hammer Residences - Provides housing and care
    facilities for developmentally challenged individuals. Also provides in home services.
  40. Wayzata Legion - Local chapter of the veteran's club of the armed forces. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hall can be rented for banquets and parties as well.
  41. Wayzata Lions - Local chapter of the volunteer association. World famous for their vision program that collects old and used glasses to send all over the world.
  42. Wayzata Rotary - Service oriented organization that meets once a week at the Wayzata Country Club.
  43. Wells Fargo - If you are looking for a big bank, they don't get much bigger than this. Founded as a mail carrier last century, just bought out Wachovia.
  44. Wayzata Country Club - Members only golf club for the elite on the far west edge of Wayzata. Includes golf, tennis, a pool, and dining services.
  45. Anchor Bank - - Small town community bank with friendly faces and personal charm.
  46. Morgan Stanley - Global financial services company located in the boat works. Home to the community famous John Beard.
  47. Perkins Capital Management - Local money manager who has been in town for years.
  48. Merrill Lynch - Global money management firm who has just built a brand new building across from the Wayzata Depot.
  49. US Bank - National banking firm on Wayzata boulevard.
  50. Village Meats & Deli - Local butcher, great for steaks, chops, burgers, etc. Also has a quick serve deli for a quick lunch.
  51. Five Swans - Home decor boutique in downtown Wayzata. Follows trends, and seasons per the customer base wishes.
  52. Wayzata Bay and Grill aka the Muni - The Classic burger and beer joint and a great place to pick up a case of beer or your favorite wine. An institution in the community
  53. Woullet Bakery - Decorated Cakes, Coffee, Pastries, Breads, Cookies, Tortes and more!
  54. Blanc de Blanc - Bed & Bath, Bridal, Baby, Children’s Clothing & Accessories, Christening, Collectibles, Dinnerware, Garden, Holiday, Home, Kitchen, Pet Pleasures, Serving Pieces, Snacks & Confections, Table, and Women’s Clothing & Accessories.
  55. Fleurish - Custom gift basket and stationery store for both individual and corporate gifting. Offers gourmet foods, monogrammed gifts, personalized invitations and stationery.
  56. E Salon - Offers a full service hair salon, nail care, and cosmetics for men and women
  57. Twiggs SalonSpa - Offers hair cuts, styling, color, manicures, pedicures, and more.
  58. Graham Jewelers - Fine jewelry and watche sales and service.
  59. Wayzata Marine - New and used boat sales and service from Chaparral and Tige boats.
  60. Hillcrest of Wayzata - Healthcare and nursing homes with an emphasis on teamwork and personal involvement.
  61. Nortech Systems - Electronics manufacturing provider in the Industrial, Medical, and Aeropspace defense arenas, based in Wayzata.
  62. Bone Adventure Pet Gear and Grooming - Sells pet grooming and gear.
  63. Lakeshore Weekly News - Weekly newspaper covering the Lake Minntonka area.
  64. D'Amico & Sons - High end italian food.
  65. Gianni's Steakhouse - High end steaks, fish, and pasta.
  66. McDonalds - - Burgers, fries, and shakes.
  67. Sports Hut - High end retailer of sports equipment, skis, skateboards, skates, and more.
  68. Roger Fazendin Realtors / Minnetonka Title - Local superstar of real estate specializing in the western suburbs.
  69. Carlson Wagonlit Ocean Air Travel - When you need to go on vacation, Carlson is one of the best providers in the area.
  70. All Seasons Wild Bird Store - Bird feed, feeders, books, CDs, Videos and more. When you want birds to visit your deck, this is the place to go.
  71. Travel Beyond - African safaris, Hemingway style. When the sky is the limit, and no place other than Africa will suffice, these are the guys to call.
  72. Copeland Buhl & Co. - Tax and accounting services for the small and big guys.
  73. Jyland Distinctive Homes - Builder of "distinctive homes" in the Wayzata and Lake Minnetonka areas.
  74. Keith Waters & Associates, Inc. - Builders of Portico on the Green, Locust Hills, Palmer Pointe, and more for distinctive residential living.
  75. Wayzata BP Amoco - Gas, oil changes, and automotive service.
  76. Auto Center Bargain Lot - Sales of used high end vehicles.
  77. Chico's - Jackets, coats, sweaters, tops, denim, jewelry, and more.
  78. Martin's - Women's apparel featuring classic, trendy, and up to date styles.
  79. Wayzata Masons - The secret society of stone cutters meets in Wayzata.
  80. Flagship Bank - Checking accounts, certificates of deposit, real estate loans, and more.
  81. RBC Dain Rauscher - Wealth management firm.
  82. Fitness Together - Exercise in an upscale way. Personal training, with an actual personal trainer.
  83. Jim Harper Insurance Agency - Auto, homeowners, life, renters insurance and much more. You're in good hands, with Allstate.
  84. Lori Line - Beautiful music, big hair, national tours, and a location right next to the Wayzata Post Office.
  85. Business and Estate Advisors - Lawyers and financial planners all rolled into one.
  86. Allegra Print and Imaging - Business cards, flyers, and more, Allegra is the source for your printing needs.
  87. Ben & Jerry's - When you need a fix of high end ice cream, this is the place to go.
  88. Wayzata Bay Car Wash - The place to go when you need to get all the salt off of your car and keep it looking clean.
  89. Starbucks - When you need a cup of gourmet coffee from Seattle, this is the place to go. Has wireless access as well so you can access your favorite places on the net.
  90. Blockbuster - One of the places to rent movies in Wayzata.
  91. The Retreat - Place to go to fight a drug or alcohol dependency.
  92. Pete Ice - - Local realtor that is actively involved with the community. Claims his family has been in Wayzata since 1875.
  93. The Brost Clinic - Chiropractor, acupuncture, massage therapy, and more.
  94. Art of Optiks - - The place to go for hip and trendy glasses. Also has a blog:
  95. Lindblom Jewelers - Designing and repairing jewelry for over 30 years.
  96. Caribou Coffee - High end coffee shop based in Minnesota and located on Lake street. A favorite for locals.
  97. Northcoast Restaurant - A high end restaurant in the Wayzata Boat Works building overlooking the Boat Slips on Lake Minnetonka.
  98. Juut Salon Spa - Style, color, texture and more in the hair care industry.
  99. Wayzata Redeemer Lutheran Church and School - Church that has a large campus on the west side of Wayzata with sanctuary, school building, and athletic fields.
  100. Blue Pointe Restaurant - Upscale seafood flown in from the coasts daily.
There you have it! Congratulations to the top 100 Websites in Wayzata for 2009. If you Agree, disagree, let us know either in the comments section below, or email Dan - wayzata at

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MSBN to Broadcast Edina vs Wayzata Boys Hockey 1-22-09


My name is Steve Pesek and I am the Director of Communications and Marketing with the Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network. The Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network (MSBN) is an online broadcaster of high school sports in the state of Minnesota and I just wanted to inform you of our broadcast of the Edina Hornets versus Wayzata Trojans boys hockey game TONIGHT, 1/22/2009 at 7:00 pm from the Plymouth Ice Center.

The broadcast can be found LIVE on our website Listeners can got to at 6:45 pm for the start of our pregame coverage with the opening face-off scheduled for 7:00 pm. All MSBN broadcasts on are FREE to listen to and along with the LIVE audio-stream of the game, have live statistics, a
real-time scoreboard, live photos, and interactive email communication.

After the game is over, make sure to head back to MSBN's website to check out the MSBN Archives, in order to listen to the broadcast again whenever you want (MSBN Archives are also FREE).

Feel free to pass this message along to anyone that may be interested, as MSBN is excited to broadcast high school sports all year long on If you have any questions feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to help. Thank you very much for your time and best of luck to both teams, not only tonight, but all season long.

Boys Hockey: Edina vs. Wayzata
7:00 pm - Plymouth Ice Center - Plymouth, MN
MSBN Channel 1


Steve Pesek
Director of Communications and Marketing/Broadcaster
Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network
245 Marie Avenue East
Suite 105
West St. Paul, MN 55118


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Where Are They Now? Wayzata Graduates Playing College Athletics

Written by Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

Many Wayzata High School graduates are currently playing college athletics at the Division I, II, and III levels. Here are a few former Trojans making an impact on the collegiate level.

Kurt Davis is a former Trojans hockey standout who graduated from Wayzata in 2005. Davis has become one of the top defenseman in the WCHA at Minnesota State, Mankato. Davis currently leads the Mavericks in scoring with five goals and a team-high 21 assists. He is ninth in the WCHA in scoring and third in assists.

A trio of former Wayzata hockey stars are currently members of the No. 6 ranked University of Minnesota men’s hockey team. Tony Lucia has played in all 22 games and has scored four goals and five assists. Kevin Wehrs has played in 18 games and has four assists. Joey Miller has two goals in eight games.

James Laurinaitis recently finished his four-year career at Ohio State University. The Buckeyes football team posted a 43-8 record during Laurinaitis’ four years. The linebacker was named an All-American in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Scouts, Inc. currently has Laurinaitis ranked the 22nd best available player in the 2009 draft.

Ben Vanderheyden, former wide receiver for the Trojans’ football team, is now a standout receiver for St. John’s University in Collegeville. Vanderheyden led the Johnnies in receiving this past year with 46 receptions, 798 yards, and six touchdowns. The Johnnies won a share of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament where they lost in the first round.

Grant Fossum, former basketball star at Wayzata is a senior at Minnesota State, Moorhead. Fossum is the Dragons second leading scorer at ten points per game. He is shooting 43 percent from the field, 41 percent from three point range, and 84 percent from the free throw line. He leads the team in steals and is third in assists.

Wayzata graduates Christina Lee and Liz Orke are both members of the Minnesota State, Mankato women’s hockey team. Lee leads the Mavericks in scoring this season with ten goals and 12 assists through 22 games. Orke has played in 18 games and has one goal and three assists this season.

Pictured from left to right: Kurt Davis, Grant Fossum and Tony Lucia