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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

MNDOT: Luce Line Trail Bridge Work Postponed to April 1


ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Removal of the Luce Line Trail bridge over Highway 12 at the east end of Long Lake and Orono is postponed due to impending inclement weather. The removal is rescheduled from 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 until 5 a.m. Thursday, April 2. During the work, Wayzata Boulevard will be closed and detoured. Traffic will follow a signed detour using Old Long Lake Boulevard.

The old bicycle/pedestrian bridge will be replaced with a refurbished historic bridge that was removed during construction of the new Highway 12 alignment between Wayzata Boulevard and Hennepin County Road 6.

While new abutments are built for the bridge, the Luce Line Trail will be closed for approximately seven weeks. Once the abutments are completed, a second closure of Wayzata Boulevard will be required to raise and place the refurbished structure.

Work on the new five-mile alignment of Highway 12 began in summer 2003 and will be completed in summer 2009.

Further information about the Highway 12 project is available at



Kate Myers Editor

Spring has sprung – which means the time has come for Wayzata residents to join together in tidying up the neighborhood and kicking trash to the curb. The City of Wayzata has several upcoming events to help Wayzata residents with such tasks.

A curbside household pickup with be held on Saturday, May 2, 2009 for residents who pay for recycling and garbage service on their monthly utility bills. The pickup will start at 7:00 a.m. rain or shine. Additionally, residents can schedule appliances and electronics to be included in the pickup. This action requires prior arrangement with Randy’s Sanitation.

The City of Wayzata’s compost site at Public Works is open to collect soft-bodied yard waste such as grass and leaves. Wayzata residents must obtain an annual permit which is available at City Hall. The permit also allows residents access to free wood chips at the compost site.

The water mains and fire hydrants in Wayzata are scheduled to be flushed from April 20 through May 1. The Wayzata Utility Department states that this exercise is to “remove any particulate matter that may have built up in the water mains … and also to insure that all the fire hydrants on the water system are operating properly.”

As some residents may have already noticed, a portion of the Luce Line State Trail was closed March 21, 2009. The trail, between Old Long Lake Road in Wayzata and Harden/Green Glen Park in Long Lake, is expected to reopen around the middle of May. The horse trail was closed March 23, 2009 due to unsuitable conditions. That stretch of trail, from Vicksburg Lane to Winsted, is also expected to reopen in May.


WAYZATA.COM: Youtube Commercial by Logan Lovett

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WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Spend a virtual spring break in France with WHS French teacher

From Wayzata Public Schools:

For the first time in Wayzata High School travel abroad programs, WHS French 4 and AP French teacher Larry Tuura will be posting pictures and logging the daily activities of the 11 students traveling in France over spring break this year.

Tuura will be using his iPhone to make posts to the following blog site hosted by Wayzata Public Schools: Blog Link

The WHS students will spend the first weekend in Paris where Tuura will guide them through the Latin Quarter, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs-Elysées, the Eiffel Tower and many other sites. On Sunday the group will take the train to Tours where they will stay with the families of the students they hosted in the fall. While in Tours, the students will visit a French high school, attend a French cooking class, visit two of the chateaux of the Loire valley as well as other cultural sites.

This is the second half of the exchange program which was established between the two high schools in the 2008-2009 school-year by Sophie Rousseau, an English teacher at Saint Gregoire High School in France and Larry Tuura in the interest of establishing an ongoing contact between the schools to improve the students language abilities and cultural understanding

Last October and November, 10 students from Saint Grégoire High School and Rousseau, spent two weeks with students and their families at WHS. During their stay, the students had a chance to practice their English, visit cultural and historical sites in the Twin Cities and take part in typical American activities such as a high school football game and a Halloween haunted house.


PETTERS UPDATE: Attorneys threathen to quit again, latest motions

Wayzata business man Tom Petters' attorneys are threatening to quit again, according to a number of media reports.
Here are some of the most recent motions filed by Petters' attorneys:
Stay tuned to for all the latest Petters news and info.


Propex Emerges from Bankruptcy

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, March 30, 2009 – Propex Inc. announced today that it will now operate outside of bankruptcy after spending 14 months under Chapter 11 protection.

The Chattanooga-based premier global supplier of polypropylene fabrics and fibers for the geosynthetic, concrete, furnishings and industrial markets used its time in protection to right size its balance sheet, restructure its debt and create additional cash flow. Propex’s assets were purchased by a fund managed by Wayzata Investment Partners, a Minneapolis based private equity firm. Under the new ownership, Propex emerges from bankruptcy with a strong foundation and sufficient liquidity to aggressively expand its market leadership.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with Wayzata going forward to grow the Propex business,” Propex’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Stan Brant said in a statement.

"We have made great strides in our restructuring to reposition this company as the premiere supplier of polypropylene fabrics and fibers. Even in the current economic climate, our new capital structure makes Propex a stronger company that is focused on growth in our current markets as well as expanding into new ones,” he added. Brant credits the loyalty of Propex’s customers and business partners and the commitment of its employees for the rapid and successful restructuring. Propex Inc. voluntarily filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on January 18, 2008. The company has continued to operate under the supervision of the Bankruptcy Court throughout the Chapter 11 process.


Monday, March 30, 2009

WAYZATA YACHT CLUB: Cappy Capper, Sailing Center Update, and Judge's Workshop

From the Wayzata Yach Club E-Blaster aka Weathermark


Sailing is a pretty safe sport, but skiing is dangerous. If you follow the gossip vines at all you may have heard that our Community Sailing Center Director Cappy Capper (who's the best skier you'll ever meet) was seriously injured last week while skiing. I'll spare you the details other than to say the injuries were very very serious, but he's now out of the ICU and a (mostly) full recovery is expected. Cappy will be out of action for most of the summer.

Details of the accident and Cappy's recovery are available at his Caring Bridge website. I encorage you to visit and leave a note of encouragement.

Cappy will require full time care for the next several months, which will be a significant strain on his family. Cappy's not really a flowers guy, but audio books for Cappy and meal delivery coupons to help his wife Martha and their two kids would be greatly appreciated.

Cappy and Martha Capper can be reached at HCCapper at


Dave Elsmo has been appointed as the Interim Sailing Director to fill in while Cappy is going through recovery. If you know Cappy, his skill is his ability to develop programs and training systems that produce the best instructors and programs in the country. All of that is still in place and local sailor Dave Elsmo will be continuing those programs this spring and summer. The best way to support him is to help fill those classes with your kids, the neighbor kids, kids from school, or kids you find at the mall. It doesn't matter, just ship them off to for some sailing or racing camps. And trust me, full sailing camps will make Cappy feel better.


On April 4th and 5th WYC will host a full weekend Judge's Workshop. Now you might be saying to yourself "what do I care about being a judge". But the truth that taking the judges workshop is the best way to know the rules inside, outside, forward, backwards and around the block. Take your sailing to the next level and be that rockstar.

Dallas Johnson
Wayzata Yacht Club
WYC Commodore


YOUTUBE: Wayzata High School Blue Band performance of Dreamsong

A young musician who identifies himself as jjlee1994 performs Dreamsong as part of the Wayzata High School Blue Band.


WAYZATA.COM: Introducing "Wayzata Alerts" and Wayzata on Twitter

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You'll get all the lates news and info from the Wayzata Community including: Coverage from Wayzata City Hall and the City Council, Wayzata Public Schools, Wayzata Athletic Events, People in the Wayzata community, and much much more.

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WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: EMS student takes first place in state writing contest

From Wayzata Public Schools:

Hannah Devens, an eighth grade student at East Middle School, took first place in the state in the year-long scenario writing competition offered through the Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP) competition.

Devens’ futuristic topic was the Olympics and her scenario was “An Unlikely Finish Line” She has been invited to compete in the FPSP international competition in Michigan this May. Her complete story is included as a pdf document.


WEEKLY ROUNDUP:'s Top 5 Stories of the week, Mar 23-Mar 29, 2009

Good morning Wayzata, and thanks for joining for the Top 5 Stories of the week. Last week saw the passing of a Wayzata resident who was a Two Time World Series Champion, a young hockey team from Wayzata won a State Championship, a local sailor is recovering after a downhill ski accident, and much more. Here are the Top 5 Stories of the week for March 23 - March 29, 2009

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  1. Johnny Blanchard passed away. The Wayzata resident was a former catcher for New York Yankees, and played with the likes of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Roger Marris. Blanchard appeared with the Yankees in the World Series 5 times-- and helped the Bronx Bombers win the Series in 1961 and 1962. Apparently he was also good enough to play for the Minneapolis Lakers, but was prevented from doing so by his baseball team.
  2. In one of the final notes on the Hockey Season, your Wayzata Bantam A hockey team won the State Championship. The team beat Rochester 3 to 1 in championship game on Sunday, March 22, 2009 in Thief River Falls.
  3. Cappy Capper, Executive Director of the Wayzata Community Sailing Center, is recovering after a ski accident, and is expected to return home in a couple of weeks.
  4. Wayzata Sophomore Sarah Urke May Qualify for the US National Junior Team in Synchronized Swimming. Sarah has been a member of the Wayzata High School Varsity Synchronized Swim Team for three (3) years--and has contributing to Wayzata's winning the Minnesota State High School Championship for the last two years. She also has been competing in synchronized swimming for eight (8) eight years as club swimmer with Minnesota Synchronettes, which practices in Wayzata. Her ultimate goal is to make the US Olympic Team.
  5. The Luce Line Trail made the news a couple of times this week: MNDOT will be removing the old Luce Line Bridge today and as a result there will be a detour for Highway 12 through Long Lake and Orono today. Additionally, the DNR closed the Luce Line Trail to horses from Vicksburg Lane to Winsted due to deteriorating trail conditions.
Honorable Mention:

Wayzata Public Schools is on Spring Break this week. Students will be taking it easy away from school and traveling to warmer parts of the Country


Saturday, March 28, 2009


From the Wayzata Community Saling Center:

Dear Friends of Wayzata Community Sailing Center:

As many of you may have already heard, our Executive Director, Cappy Capper, was badly injured in a skiing accident on March 14th.

Although Cappy had several fractures and other injuries, he is doing amazingly well now and will be home in a week or two. The bad news is that he will be off the water most of the summer, and although he'll be able to give us landlubber support, he'll need to devote a lot of his time to his physical therapy.

The Capper family has set up a web page on Caring Bridge (link to that site) that you can visit for details, and to give him your best wishes. He would appreciate everyone waiting to visit him until he gets back home, after which you are welcome to stop by. Cards can be sent to him now at North Memorial Medical Center, 3300 Oakdale Ave N, Robbinsdale, MN, 55422. (He's allergic to flowers!)

We fully expect our spring and summer sailing programs to go on as planned, with the able assistance of our Program Director, Dave Elsmoe, his staff, and all of your much appreciated volunteer efforts.

Ross Siemers
WCSC Board of Directors

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata News leader.


Friday, March 27, 2009

WAYZATA HIGH SCHOOL: Math team continues to dominate State Competition

From Wayzata Public Schools:

The Wayzata High School math team earned another first place at the state competition held March 9 at South St. Paul High School, marking its fifth state championship in seven years. With its 581 points scored during the regular season, the WHS team entered the state tournament as the favorite. Their regular season point total was higher than any other team. WHS also had the six highest-scoring students in the state which allowed the team to bring 15 students to Monday’s state meet, compared to most teams that bring eight or nine students.

Among the top three students in the state are senior Minna Chen and Brian Tu, both WHS students. They hold second and third place respectively. Chen took second place after tying with first place student Martin Camacho of St. Paul Central with 38 points, the highest individual score of the day. She later lost to Camacho in a tie-breaker to earn second place.

The top three all-around students in the state were Rohit Agrawal, Gaurav Singh and Brian Tu, all from WHS.

Minna Chen, is also the oldest of three sisters competing on the WHS math team. WHS math team coach Thomas Kilkelly said it’s unusual to see three siblings on the same team, let alone on the math team. Minna and her sisters Denise Chen, a junior, and Kelly Chen, a sophomore, have become collectively referred to as “Chen Cubed,” in the media. They are joined by a set of two brothers on the team, the Lees “squared” and a brother and sister combo, the Singh’s, “squared.”

The fifteen-member WHS math team that competed at the state tournament includes: seniors Paige Balls-Barker, Minna Chen, Arpit Panda and Luis Rayas; juniors Denise Chen, Terry Lee and Krishnan Ramanujan; sophomores Rohit Agrawal, Kelley Chen, Larry Lee, Gaurav Singh, Brian Tu and Lewin Xue; freshmen Sahiba Singh and Jeff Zhang.

Image courtesy Wayzata Public Schools.


IN THE KITCHEN WITH ELISHA: Southwestern Lasanga

Southwestern Lasagna

Have you ever started making dinner and thought, I have changed my mind, what else can I make. While in the process of making Tacos on evening I created a yummy and delicious South Western Lasagna with the ingredients that I had. My Family was amazed at how good dinner was that evening. Now they ask for it once a week!

  • 1 Lb Hamburger
  • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Small Can Green Chillies
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1 Small Yellow Pepper
  • 1 Small Red Pepper
  • ½ Can of Sweet Corn
  • 8 Flour Tortillas
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 Cups Mexican Blend cheese
  • Taco Sauce
  • Sour Cream
  • 2 Tbsp Any Cooking Oil

Pre Heat Oven to 375

In Skillet Brown the Hamburger.

While hamburger is browning, chop up the Onion and Peppers.

Add the Green Chillies, Onions, Red Pepper, Yellow Pepper and Taco Seasoning (follow packet directions) to your hamburger, stir and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Place 2 Tbsp of Cooking Oil in the bottom of an oven safe dish. One at a time, place the 4 Flour Tortillas coating the bottoms of Tortillas with oil. Scoop ½ of the Hamburger mixture on top of Tortillas, layer with 1 Cup Mexican Cheese Blend. Layer 4 more Flour Tortillas and repeat with Hamburger mixture and 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese and the remaining Mexican Cheese Blend.

Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.

When the cheese is bubbling and brown your lasagna is fully cooked. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.

Serve with sour cream, taco sauce, and if you like lettuce and tomatoes.

Serves 4-6


Thursday, March 26, 2009

WAYZATA HOCKEY 2009: Wayzata Bantam A State Champions!

Written by Becky Heflin

The Wayzata Bantam A Team beat Rochester 3 to 1 in the Minnesota Bantam A State Championship Game on Sunday, March 22, 2009 in Thief River Falls.

The team was coached by Jim Neary, Mark Nenovich, Judd Stevens and Marc Sorensen (back row, left to right) Players (not in order) include Aaron Dingmann, Miles Death, Ryan Poppitz, Teddy Ransom, Eric Fong, Mitch Heflin, Anthony Tabery, Grant Besse, Blake Hallenberg, Sam Majka, Kyle Olson, Mario Lucia, Kage Tiller, Grant Opperman, Kevin Miller, Matt Halverson and Isaac Melin.


Quick Petters Update: Lawyers to be Paid, Polaroid Lenders

Just a quick update on Tom Petters. Tom Petters' attorneys will be paid, and the Polaroid asset sale seems to get more challenging:

Petters' defense lawyers get most of their fees

Minneapolis Star Tribune - ‎1 hour ago‎
By DAN BROWNING, Star Tribune AP NewsAlert The attorneys defending Wayzata businessman Tom Petters won a personal victory Wednesday. ...

Lenders' move could stymie sale of Polaroid

Minneapolis Star Tribune - ‎12 hours ago‎
Polaroid is one of the businesses that was held by Tom Petters, who is accused of running a giant Ponzi scheme. By DAVID PHELPS, Star Tribune AP NewsAlert ...

Ten Simple Rules For Sidestepping Scams

Forbes - ‎17 hours ago‎
My firm, First Capital, turned down multiple requests to lend to Tom Petters... and his feeder funds. First Capital was also a lender to one of Allen


WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Shakespeare class and play available through Community Education

Wayzata Public Schools Community Education department is offering a chance to learn more about Shakespeare and attend the Wayzata High School production of "Much Ado About Nothing."

The Shakespearian class will be held April 7 with a second class planned on May 5 to learn more about the play "Much Ado About Nothing." The WHS performance is scheduled for April 23, 24 and 25 and is free for seniors age 62 and older.

The classes require registration and both may be taken for a discount. The cost of the classes is $19 per class or $29 to register for both. To register or for more information, call 763-745-6907 or visit the Web site at the following link: Community Education

From the Community Eduction Website:

Shakespeare's language and references are difficult to read, the stories are over 400 years old ... yet world-wide, he is referenced, studied, known. Join us as we explore Shakespear as the "father" of how we define humanity.

While we will look at this topic through his plays, we will focus particularly on the Wayzata High School Spring production of "Much Ado About Nothing." After this class, you will be encouraged to read the play, "Much Ado About Nothing," attend the High School production April 23 - 25, and then join us for the follow-up class "Much Ado About Nothing ... or Something".

There are no discounts for this class. You need not participate in all three offerings, h owever, sign up for both classes and get a super discount, see details below! Joan Potter is Director of Drama at Wayzata High School.


WAYZATA SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING: Sophomore Sarah Urke May Qualify for US National Junior Team

Wayzata Synchronized Swimming has won the State Title for the last two years in a row. The current Wayzata swimmers have some large shoes to fill as a number of the standouts that contributed to the championships have graduated. One of those swimmers Wayzata is looking to as a leader, is Sarah Urke, a sophomore who is being considered for the U.S. National Junior team, according to the Star Tribune.

Here is some more info from the Wayzata Athletics office on Sarah and written by Joanne Kutzler, Head Coach Minnesota Synchronettes:

Sarah Urke, a sophomore at Wayzata High School, was named to the first 13-15 US National Team at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in July and represented the United States at the 2008 UANA Pan American Age Group Championships held in Calgary, Canada on August 27-30. Sarah is the first Minnesotan to have earned this honor with this age group team.

The new US Team trained rigorously at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for several weeks prior to the international competition. Twelve countries from North and South America competed in the Championships which are held every other year. The US Team placed a very respectable second behind Canada and Sarah placed 22nd (5th among US members) in the figure competition.

Sarah had been participating as one of the top athletes in the United States Talent ID Program for over a year. After placing 7th in Solo and 7th in Figures at the recent US Age Group Championships in New York, she was invited to the Olympic Training Center for final selection of the first 13-15 National Team.

Sarah has been a member of the Wayzata High School Varsity Synchronized Swim Team for three (3) years which has won the State High School Championships for the last two years. She also has been competing in synchronized swimming for eight (8) eight years as club swimmer with Minnesota Synchronettes which practices in Wayzata.

"Sarah is a gifted swimmer who has an unbelievable work ethic and clear goal of what she wants to achieve - making the US Olympic Team. With her success nationally she could rest on her laurels, but she comes to the high school team using the same work ethic to help the Trojans become one of the top synchronized swim teams in the state," said Wayzata High School Synchronized Swim Head Coach Signe Hensel.

Sarah’s Athletic Honors and Awards include:
2007-2008 USSS Talent ID participant
2008 North Zone 13-15 All Star Award Recipient (includes 5 states)
2007 and 2008 US Age Group Championships top 10 figures
2008 US Age Group Championship Solo Finalist (7th)
2003 MNS Coaches Award
2006 and 2008 MNS Athlete of the Year
2007 MNS Trail Blazer Award
2008 High School All-State as a freshman.

Her Scholastic Honors and Awards include:
2005-2008 A honor roll and
Midwest Academic Talent member
2007 Presidents Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence

Image courtesy Wayzata Public Schools.


DNR: Luce Line Horse Trail from Vicksburg Lane to Winsted Closed Due to Unsuitable Conditions, Bridge Work Will Close Portion of State Trail

From the DNR's website:

NOTICE! The horse trail from Vicksburg Lane to Winsted is closed, effective 3/23/09 through 05/15/09 due to unsuitable conditions.

NOTICE! A portion of the Luce Line State Trail will be closed for bridgework beginning March 21, 2009. The trail will be closed between Old Long Lake Road in Wayzata and Hardin/Green Glen Park in Long Lake. Reference Map Work is expected to be completed around the middle of May. Please watch this website for updates.

Here is some more info on the Luce Line Trail from the DNR:

The Luce Line State Trail is a 63 mile long former railroad grade which is developed for biking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and skiing. The limestone surfaced trail runs from Plymouth 30 miles west to Winsted, with a parallel treadway for horseback riding. From Winsted to Hutchinson, the trail is gravel, from Hutchinson to Cedar Mills it is crushed granite and Cedar Mills to Cosmos it is Natural (mowed grass). Snowmobiles are allowed on the trail west of Stubb's Bay Road.

Stretching across the varied landscapes of metropolitan and rural Minnesota, the Luce Line is a preserved strip of countryside alive with many varieties of plants and animals. In the east the influence is woodland, a carry-over from the Big Woods that once occupied the area. Rolling stands of sugar maple and basswood, along with many colorful forest floor ground-cover plants can be found here. From Hutchinson westward, the Big Woods give way to remnants of the tall-grass prairie, with some prairie plants still visible.

Wildlife inhabitants range from deer, fox and mink to owls and pheasant. Many adjacent lakes also support ducks and geese. The Luce Line is truly like a jaunt down a quiet country road.


  • Plymouth, off of 10th Ave. No. and Vicksburg Lane.
  • Long Lake, off Stubbs Bay Road.
  • Lyndale, off County Road 92.
  • Off of Carver County Road 127, south of County Road 20.
  • In the towns of Watertown, Winsted, Hutchinson and Cosmos.