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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Friday, February 27, 2009

WAYZATA GIRLS BASKETBALL 2009: Big Second Half Helps Trojans Top Minnetonka

By Matt Thomas, Wazyata.com Sports Reporter

Senior Kate Thompson led three Trojans in double figures with 24 points as the Wazyata girls basketball team finished its regular season with a 66-55 victory over the Minnetonka Skippers.

The Trojans found themselves trailing 31-22 at halftime, but they outscored the Skippers 44-24 in the second half to rally for their 14th victory of the season.

Freshman Marissa Grossfeld matched a career-high with 19 points. Senior Alexa Clausen also scored in double figures with 14 points.

The Trojans finish their regular season with a record of 14-10 overall and 5-3 in the Classic Lake Conference.

The Trojans will now wait to see where they will be seeded in the section 6AAAA tournament. It's likely that the Trojans will be seeded fourth behind Minneapolis South, Hopkins, and Robbinsdale Armstrong.

Section quarterfinals are scheduled for Wednesday, March 4.

WAYZATA BOYS HOCKEY 2009: Trojans Advance to Section Semifinals

By Matt Thomas, Wayzata.com Sports Reporter

The Wayzata boys hockey team defeated the Robbinsdale Armstrong Falcons for the third time this season and the second time in six days in a section 6AA quarterfinal game on Thursday, Feb. 26. The 4-0 victory means the third seeded Trojans will face the second seeded Minnetonka Skippers in a semifinal game at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Bloomington Ice Garden.

The game went scoreless for almost two entire periods, but the Trojans lit the lamp three times in a 1:56 span near the end of the second period to take a commanding 3-0 lead.

Senior Kevin Blackley started the scoring splurge with a goal with 2:28 remining in the second period on assists from junior Lucas Whelan and senior Billy Soule.

Just 48 seconds later, the Trojans made it 2-0 when senior David Russ scored on an assist from junior Danny Walsh.

Then with just 32 seconds remaining in the second period, the Trojans extended their lead to 3-0 when Whelan scored on assists from Soule and sophomore D.J. Jones.

Junior Scott Holm added an empty net goal in the third period to make the final score 4-0.

All four of the top seeds in the section are through to the semifinals. Top seed Eden Prairie and fourth seed Benilde-St. Margaret's will meet in the other semifinal.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

CITY OF WAYZATA: City Council Meeting for Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 Cancelled

Sandy Langley emailed over this afternoon that The Wayzata City Council Meeting for Tuesday, March 3, 2009 has been canceled. I called over to see why this might be the case, and she indicated that there were no items on the agenda--but that future meetings would make up for the light load the Council has been experiencing lately.

Stay tunded to Wayzata.com, your City Council Meeting has no items on the agenda leader.

CITY OF WAYZATA: Planning Commission Agenda for March 2, 2009

Wayzata Planning Commission
Meeting Agenda
Monday, March 2, 2009
Community Room
600 Rice Street East
Wayzata, Minnesota

7:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order and Roll Call

2. Regular Agenda Public Hearing Items:

a. 364, 366, 392, and 410 Ferndale Road South – Subdivision – Ralph and Peggy Burnet.

b. 322 Broadway Avenue North – Variances – John Patch

3. Workshop Item

a. Bluff District Zoning Study

4. Other Items:

a. Review of Development Activities

b. Other items

9:00 p.m.

5. 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.

STAR TRIBUNE: Tom Petters wants trial moved to another state

The Star Tribune is reporting that Tom Petters wants his case moved to another state, possibly Wisconsin or Iowa due to the overwhelming negative coverage in the local media. His attorneys blame the Star Tribune, blogs, and the public for

Here is an excerpt from the story and the memo Petters lawyers submitted to the Federal Court asking for the case to be moved:

"Mr. Petters became a punching bag swinging to and fro; before his first counter, the first cross-examination, the fight was over," his attorneys said. "The coverage was everywhere, a virus, and media interest remained intense."

The coverage has spawned "inflammatory, outrageous" commentaries by columnists, bloggers and the public, the lawyers said. They cite the comments submitted by readers on articles posted on StarTribune.com, as well as columns by Star Tribune columnist James Lileks and editor Nancy Barnes, as indicators that Petters cannot get a fair trial in Minnesota.

Petters motion has prompted the US Attorney's office to indicate they will respond at a later date.

To read the Star Tribune article, follow this link:

Tom Petters wants trial moved to another state. His lawyers say publicity and government misbehavior taint the case in Minnesota. He also seeks fewer jail restrictions.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for all the latest Petters info.

Youtube: Wayzata Organizer Workshop

A couple of Wayzata Students, one named Kendra and the other unidentified, promote the Wayzata Organizer Workshop (WOW) event, and suggest calling now a bunch of times. Sounded as though they gave a Wayzata.com plug as well.



ASK DAN: Did anything noteworthy happen at Wayzata City Council all day retreat?

Hi Dan,

Will there be any further reporting on what topics and pending projects were discussed at Wayzata city council 2-24-09 retreat?

Bob D.

Hi Bob,

Thanks so much for writing in and asking about the Wayzata City Council All Day Retreat proceedings. After you emailed your question, I checked with Mayor Ken Willcox to get his take on the proceedings, and asked if there was anything noteworthy.

Here is what he had to say:

Hi Dan,

Thanks for asking. I would say, no. The major reason for the retreat was to share all of the activities that were being pursued by each department of the city. As you can imagine, it's important for the Council to have a good feel not only for the controversial issues in the city, but also for all of the ongoing projects of public works, engineering, police, etc. Our focus was the latter variety. It was an opportunity for each department head to talk about the array of things that his group is involved with. Examples would be reviewing the road projects slated to be done this year, etc, etc. Pretty much nuts and bolts. So it was more educational for both city staff and Council members rather than tackling any new issues or subjects.

Have a great day.

Best,

Ken Willcox

So there you have it Bob, straight from the source, not too much that was noteworthy at the all day retreat.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for all the latest City of Wayzata news.



Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR: Welcome John Roti of M&I Mortgage to Wayzata.com

A big Wayzata.com welcome and thank you to John Roti of M&I Mortgage. John is part of the new M&I Bank team located on Wayzata Boulevard in the brand new building (next to Jimmy John's in the old Burger King location) and is available to help you with all of your relocation, purchase, construction, and refinance needs.

Here is his Bio from his webpage:

A mortgage professional for more than 25 years, John has a history of helping customers conquer the complexities of the mortgage process. He has the experience it takes to guide you every step of the way.

John understands that home financing is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your life. He also knows that, without the aid of a knowledgeable partner, getting a mortgage can be a daunting task. That is why John is determined to get you the right loan, to lock in the best rate, and to make your loan process anxiety-free, trouble-free, and completely satisfying every step of the way.

At M&I Bank, our expertise and creative mortgage solutions ensure you receive a competitive loan without any hassle. We offer personalized mortgage consultations that cater to your schedule and a variety of loans.

Take advantage of the benefits of refinancing your home with M&I Bank. No matter how small your mortgage balance or how long you’ve owned your home, we're here to assist you every step of the way.

To contact John, please use the info listed below:

John Roti
Private Mortgage Banker
M&I Bank
1200 E. Wayzata Blvd.
Wayzata, MN 55391
john.roti@micorp.com
http://www.mibank.com/johnroti
Office: 952.697.4516
Cell Phone: 612.616.5070

John Roti Minneapolis Mortgage Loan Officer with US Bank



WAYZATA BAY CENTER: Ed Briesemeister indicates it will be some time before pile test results are known

A number of the test piles at the Bay Center have been driven into the ground. Elisha and I live right next to the Wayzata Bay Center, so we were concerned that during this process the noise might make living here unbearable. On the contrary, for a huge crane to be pushing piles into the ground, the sound has been very modest when we were inside our home.

Since the pounding has paused for the time being, we wondered if the testing was done, or was there more to do. A quick note from Ed Briesemeister explained the next steps as I asked whether or not there were any conclusions:

"It will be a while--some weeks. Our next step is for the geothermal contractor to install his test "wells" as they are called. This involves installing geothermal tubing loops down three of the deep piles (about 120'), filling the pipe with grout and attaching some monitors that measure the heat exchange in the ground."

There you have it, sounds like some more work to do and engineering to be done.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for all the latest Wayzata Bay Center news.

WAYZATA GIRLS BASKETBALL 2009: Trojans Snap Losing Streak Against Edina

By Matt Thomas, Wayzata.com Sports Reporter

Photography by Jon Wright / J&K Creative!

For the first time this season, the Wayzata girls baskebtall team had lost three games in a row. To make matters worse, one of those three losses was a heartbreaking, one-point loss to rival Hopkins.



With the regular season coming to a close, and the section tournament looming, the Trojans picked themselves up off the floor on Tuesday night and defeated a solid Edina team 47-44 for their 13th victory of the season.

The Trojans erased a three-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Hornets 28-22 in the second half. Senior Kate Thompson led the Trojans with 14 points, while freshman Marissa Grossfeld also finished in double figures with 10 points. Senior Alexa Clausen added eight, while seniors Teresa Thour and Christina Keup chipped in with six points apiece. Junior guard Taylor Young led the Hornets with 20 points.



The Trojans are now 13-10 overall and 4-2 in the Classic Lake Conference. The regular season will come to close on Friday, Feb. 27 when the Trojans play at Minnetonka.

Photo: Wayzata senior Kate Thompson tries to block a shot by Edina junior Taylor Young. Young's sister Lauren will be a teammate of Thompson's next year at the University of Michigan.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

WAYZATA BOYS BASKETBALL 2009: Trojans defeat Minneapolis North 76-72

By Matt Thomas, Wazyata.com Sports Reporter

The Wayzata boys basketball team improved to 18-4 on the season with a 76-72 non-conference victory over Minneapolis North on Tuesday night.

Balanced scoring keyed the victory as four Trojans scored in double figures, led by senior Jamar Franks who poured in 21 points. Eren Cur added 17 points, Kellen Taylor scored 15 points, and Nolan Odland chipped in with 11 points.

The Trojans will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 27 when they host #1 ranked Hopkins. The Trojans will be looking to avenge an 89-62 loss to the Royals earlier this season.







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Former Wazyata Hockey Player Named MIAC Player of the Week

Bethel University goaltender Beth Spurrier, a Wayzata High School graduate, has been named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Hockey Athlete of the Week for her performances during the week of February 16, 2009.

Spurrier led Bethel to a 1-0-1 week that saw them earn three out of a possible four points in the conference standings against #6 St. Thomas with a 1-0 win and a 2-2 tie. Prior to this past weekend, #1 Gustavus Adolphus was the only other team in the conference to limit St. Thomas to two goals or less in a two game series this season. The three-time All-MIAC goalie shut out the Tommies on Friday night, halting each of the 38 shots that came her way, making her just the second goalie to shut out St. Thomas this season.

Spurrier now has 14 career shutouts, which is second best among active MIAC goalies. The following afternoon, she kept the Royals in the game by making 43 saves, giving the team an opportunity to tie, and stopped two shots in the overtime period to preserve the tie. Bethel's win and tie gives the program its best overall and conference record in its 10-year history. Spurrier finishes the regular season in the top third of MIAC goalies for goals against average, save percentage, and winning percentage.

(Photo courtesy of Bethel University)

Dan Ament, financial advisor with Smith Barney in Wayzata appears on KARE 11

Wayzata, MN based Dan Ament, a financial advisor with Smith Barney, talked with Tim McNiff and Kim Insley on KARE 11's Sunrise yesterday morning about the markets and the stimulous plan.




STAR TRIBUNE: Lawyers' bill $1.6 million for two months in Petters Fraud Case

The Star Tribune is reporting that the many law firms involved in the Petters case have submitted bills for over $1.6 million for the months of December and January. That is on top of the $1 million that was billed for October and November. In all, there are 17 law firms that are scrambling for a piece of the pie in the civil and criminal cases being levied against Wayzata resident Tom Petters.

To read the full article, follow this link: Lawyers' fees top $1.6 million for two months of Petters case

WAYZATA CITY COUNCIL: All day retreat scheduled for today

The Wayzata City Council will be participating in an all day retreat today at City Hall and will tackle a number of items on the agenda:

  1. The Council will receive reports from department heads at the City
  2. Set goals for the coming year
  3. Discuss the ongoing projects like the Bay Center and the Wayzata Muni
  4. Come up with a to do list for City Staff, the Planning Commission, and the Council itself
The retreat will begin at 7:00 am and last all day.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for all the latest info on the Wayzata City Council.

WAYZATA BOYS BASKETBALL 2009: Trojans versus Edina Youtube from last week

Found this Youtube this morning with your Wayzata Trojans Boys Basketball Team losing to Edina on February 17th, 2009. Obviously shot by the parent of a hornet, but worth a look anyway.



Monday, February 23, 2009

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Wayzata.com's Top 5 Stories of the week, Feb 16-22, 2009

Financial issues dominated the headlines this week in Wayzata as a local restaurateur finds himself in the cross hairs of a local bank, a formerly Wayzata based hedge fund was sued and frozen by the feds, and a mortgage broker from Wayzata entered into a plea bargain over fraud charges. On the lighter side, the City awarded a major contract, and a the local hockey team gets ready for playoff action. Here we go again, the Top 5 Stories of the Week from Wayzata.com.

Wayzata Native Tim Herron appears on Kent Hrbek Outdoors

Wayzata native and PGA golfer Tim Herron was on Kent Hrbek outdoors this weekend, playing golf at posh Sutton Bay course in South Dakota in an episode that was recorded last year. Herron, a 1989 graduate of Wayzata High School, and his wife Ann were promoting their new animated cartoon called "Lil' Lumpy", a character modeled after Herron himself who is know affectionately as Lumpy.

The cartoon aims to promote leadership skills through the game of golf. For a sample of the cartoon, visit this link: http://www.lillumpy.com/.

Addtionally, here is a Youtube video of Tim on the PGA Tour.



STAR TRIBUNE: Former Wayzata Standout James Laurinaitis skips Senior Bowl

The Star Tribune featured Ohio State linebacker and for Wayzata Football star James Laurinaitis this weekend as he prepares to enter the NFL draft. According to the article, James has been recently criticized for skipping the senior bowl, and his claims that he was sick have been met with skepticism.

Laurinaitis answered to some of those questions at the NFL media scouting combine. To read the full article, follow this link: Laurinaitis tries to explain away an absence

Wayzata.com has joined the Minnesota.com blog network

Wayzata.com is pleased to announce it has recently partnered with Minnesota.com. Minnesota.com is a geo-domain--the name of a place followed by the .com. It is one of the largest portals for news and information for the whole state on the world wide web, and Wayzata.com will be delivering content via rss feeds to the site. Additionally, Minnesota.com will be delivering readers to Wayzata.com.

If you would like to partner with Wayzata.com to display the same rss feeds on your site to have updated info on the Wayzata community on your pages with little effort, please contact Dan at 952-473-5200.

EMPLOYMENT WANTED: Experienced Real Estate Assistant-Personal Assistant for hire.

Hey Wayzata,

Mary Deschamps, a local resident, emailed me wondering if she could place a post on Wayzata.com looking for a job in the Wayzata area. As we have all needed some help finding employment from time to time, I said no problem. She has experience as a real estate assistant.

Here it is:

I have many years of experience as a wayzata real estate assistant and personal assistant. I can assist with the coordination of new listings & sales, organizing your office, marketing and all details involved allowing you more time to network and grow your business. Excellent multi-tasker with great organizational skills and reliability. For more information please contact Mary Deschamps home-finder@hotmail.com.

If you need someone to help you out, please consider contacting her and tell her you found her on Wayzata.com!

WAYZATA CRIME PREVENTION COALITION: Join the Business Watch Support Group

Dear Friend/Wayzata Business Leader,

During the past year, we have had the pleasure of serving the citizens of Wayzata as members of the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition. In addition, we have been honored to work with a business community that is committed to our mission of crime prevention!

Much of our success has been centered around a "model" that focuses on the police and citizens working together... "watching out for one another" to help reduce and prevent crime! The neighborhoods have become very organized through their Neighborhood Watch Group, which is spear-headed by many committed Block Captains throughout Wayzata.

This success in the neighborhoods has spawned an effort by the business community to do the same. The Crime Coalition started a "Business Watch Support Group" which mirrors some of the same goals of the neighborhoods. We are currently sending out crime alerts with the Business Watch program-which is an email notification system designed to keep business owners informed about emergencies, crime trends, and other important city information. Enrollees will be notified by priority email when there is police information that may relate to them. This new services is free and will be used for official police business only. To become a member, simply provide your email address to the Wayzata Police Department by emailing sbobzien@wayzata.org, or by calling 952-404-5340.

In addition, we will annually offer "Business Watch Support" decals to be displayed prominently in your business. You involvement/membership in this effort is greatly appreciated! We are asking businesses to consider an annual donation in one of the following categories:
  • One employee: $50.00
  • Two or more employees: $100
Checks can be made out to the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition and sent in the enclosed envelope. Thank you for your support over the years... and thank you for your partnership with the Business Watch Support Group!

Sincerely,

Mark Scheidhauer
Wells Fargo

Bill Nelson
Wayzata Lions

Gina Holman
Wayzata Bar and Grill

Peter Hitch
Data Doctors

Patti Westerdahl
Anchor Bank

402 East Lake Street
Wayzata, MN 55391
952-473-9595

Sunday, February 22, 2009

WAYZATA BOYS HOCKEY 2009: Trojans Seeded Third in Section 6AA

By Matt Thomas, Wazyata.com Sports Reporter

The Wayzata boys hockey team will enter the section 6AA tournament this week as the number three seed. The Trojans will face the sixth seeded Armstrong Falcons in one of four quarterfinal games at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Plymouth Ice Arena.

The brackets for section 6AA look like this:

(1) Eden Prairie
(8/9) Winner of Minneapolis East and Minneapolis West

(4) Benilde-St. Margaret's
(5) Hopkins

(3) Wayzata
(6) Robbinsdale Armstrong

(2) Minnetonka
(7) Robbinsdale Cooper

All quarterfinal games will be played on Feb. 26. The two semifinal games will be played on Saturday, Feb. 28 at either Braemar Arena in Edina or the Bloomington Ice Garden. The section final will be played on March 5 at Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

The Trojans know their first round opponents well as they have played the Falcons twice in past three weeks. The Trojans beat the Falcons 5-2 on Feb. 5 and then capped the regular season with a 4-2 victory over the Falcons on Feb. 21.

Friday, February 20, 2009

IN THE KITCHEN WITH ELISHA: Easy to Make Vegetable Pizza

If you are looking for an easy and super yummy meal or appetizer veggie pizza is it! Everyone loves flaky crescent rolls and cream cheese. Preparation time QUICK! Your Family and Friends are sure to love this simply delicious and semi healthy recipe!






  • 2 Packages of Crescent Rolls

  • 2 Packages of Cream Cheese - I used the Fat Free

  • 2 TBSP Garlic Powder

  • 2 TBSP Onion Powder

  • 3 TBLS Dill Weed - Fresh or Dried
Your choice of vegetables, I used broccoli, radishes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions and mushrooms.

Spray your baking pan lightly with cooking oil.

Lay the crescent rolls flat in the baking pan, making sure to press the edges together. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees until golden brown. Take out of the oven and cool.

While your crust is baking, mix the cream cheese, garlic powder, onion powder and dill weed in medium size bowl. It is easier and saves time if you use an electric mixer!

Finely chop your vegetables for the pizza, the smaller the size the better.

When your crust is done cooling, spread the cream cheese filling over the crescent roll dough. Top with your vegetables. Serve right away or chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for 1 day and make a tasty treat!

Serves 6 people if cut into larger pieces or if cut into smaller pieces hors de oeuvres s.

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WAYZATA BOYS HOCKEY 2009: Trojans Beat Hopkins 4-3

By Matt Thomas, Wayzata.com Sports Reporter

The Wayzata boys hockey team picked up a 4-3 victory over the Hopkins Royals Thursday night in Classic Lake Conference play. The win moves the Trojans to 3-4 in conference play and 15-8-1 overall.

The Trojans built a 4-0 lead by the end of the second period and then had to hold on for dear life as the Royals came charging back with three goals in the third period.

Juniors Danny Walsh and Scott Holm got the Trojans started early with a pair of first period goals. Senior Matt Straate scored midway through the second period to make it 3-0, and when senior Kevin Blackley scored with just 53 seconds remaining in the period to make it 4-0, it looked like the Trojans had the game wrapped up.

But the Royals got two goals in the first 5:12 of the third period to apply some pressure to the Trojans. The Royals then got within a goal when senior Tom Plotkin scored with 2:02 remaining in the game, forcing the Trojans to sweat it out over the final two minutes.

Wayzata's senior goaltender Ty Simcoe made 25 saves in the victory. Alex Fons made 28 for the Royals.

The Trojans will finish up their regular season schedule on Saturday, Feb. 21 when they host Robbinsdale Armstrong at 2:30 p.m. Then it will be on to the section tournament which begins Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Check back to Wayzata.com for section tournament pairings when they are announced.

Some Friendly Reminders from City Hall

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

CITY OF WAYZATA POST CARDS AVAILABLE AT CITY HALL
We have beautiful Wayzata Post Cards available for $.35, five for $1.75; or 10 for $3.50. They make great gifts or use them for thank you cards.

COMPOST SITE PERMITS
2009 Compost Site Permits are also now available at City Hall.

DOG LICENSES
Don’t forget to get your dog licensed for the 2009 season. Read Wayzata’s dog ordinance at www.Wayzata.org/Departments/Police.

KARE 11's Tim McNiff to emcee Wayzata High School Gala / RSVP by 2/20/2009

Just a friendly reminder about the upcoming WHS Gala Fund Raiser on March 7 at 6:30 PM at the Sheraton Ridgedale. If you are planning to attend, ticket RSVP’s are due Friday, 2/20/2009. You can either mail your RSVP or make your reservations on-line.

* WHS Gala Page direct link
* Tickets/Donations direct link

The evening’s program will be hosted by special guest emcee and Plymouth resident, Tim McNiff of KARE 11. The silent auction will run from 6:30 – 8:30 PM with a short program following – then, dancing to live music from UNBRIDLED, a Wayzata parent rock band. A dinner/hors d’oeuvres buffet and cash bar will be available all night. The Gala is a wonderful avenue for the community to come together and support our students. Hope to see you there!

Judge Halts Former Wayzata Hedge Fund

Yesterday, Wayzata.com reported that the SEC had sued a former Wayzata based hedge fund run by John Lawton that had relocated to San Franciso. Today a number of news sources are reporting that the Judge involved in the case has halted the operations of Lawton and the fund, called Paramount Partners, and has ordered an accounting all the way back to 2001.

The fund has collected amounts totally about $16 million from 54 people--mostly based in Minnesota. Rumor has it the fund retains about $1.3 million left in assets.

Check out the full article here: Judge halts Lawton's operations
FIN Alternatives: Accused Hedge Fund Fraudster Hit With Asset Freeze


Wayzata Native Dan Johnson repeats as Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Lehigh Sports is reporting that Wayzata Native Dan Johnson has earned his second consecutive Scholar-Athlete of the year award for men's swimming and diving at Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Johnson will be looking to defend his 200 yard freestyle title from a season ago this weekend at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium. A two-time first-team All-Patriot League selection for the Mountain Hawks, Johnson will be looking to improve on last year’s championships where he earned two individual silver medals to go along with his gold in the 200 free.

The Wayzata, Minnesota native enters his final Patriot League Championship meet on the heels of another strong regular season, where he scored points in all 11 meets for the Brown and White. Johnson totaled 15 individual race wins during the regular season, competing in the 50, 100 and 200 yard freestyle events. He also was on six event-winning relay teams, and swept the sprint freestyle events in meets versus Patriot League rivals Lafayette and Army. Johnson heads into this weekend’s Patriot League Championships as the individual career points leader in his class.

To read the full story, follow this link: Johnson repeats as PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Image courtesy of Lehigh Sports.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your smart swimmer from Wayzata leader.

WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Environmental Quality Fair planned at Birchview Elementary

From Wayzata Public Schools:

An Environmental Quality Fair is planned at Birchview Elementary School on Thursday, March 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The event is a partnership effort between the city of Plymouth and Birchview Elementary and the theme for this year’s fair is “Discover the Power of One.” Participants will have an opportunity to stroll across a giant map of Minnesota biomes; explore the underwater world of creatures from Minnesota streams; plant a native perennial wildflower to take home and shake hands with Smokey the Bear, Woodsy Owl and the Green Guardian.

Birchview and Plymouth city staff collaborated together to bring this event to the school. Students from many grade levels also participated with exhibits of their own. The school choir will preview songs from its spring program, "My Planet! Your Planet!"