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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.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

WAYZATA SOFTBALL 2009: Twinem Reaches 100 Strikeouts in 5-1 Victory

By Matt Thomas, Wayzata.com Sports Reporter

Wayzata senior pitcher Anna Twinem reached the 100 strikeout mark for the season on Thursday as the Trojans improved to 9-3 on the season with a 5-1 victory over the Edina Hornets.

Twinem, who has pitched every inning of every game thus far for the Trojans, gave up five hits and struck out five in seven innings of work on Thursday. The five strikeouts gave her 101 for the season and her earned run average now sits at 1.63.

Twinem received some run support thanks in part to a pair of sophomores. Sophomore Meg DuPuis went 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI's. Sophomore Bri Adams went 2 for 4 with a solo homerun.

A pair of seniors - Sarah Laudner and Allie Siu - also chipped in offensively. Laudner went 3 for 4 at the plate and now has eight hits in her last 13 at bats to raise her season batting average to .405. Siu continues to lead the team in hitting with a .488 batting average after going 2 for 3 on Thursday afternoon.

The win pulls the Trojans to within two games of first place Minnetonka, after the Skippers suffered their first conference loss of the season on Thursday, 4-0 to Hopkins. The Skippers still sit atop the conference standings at 6-1, with the Trojans and Royals lurking behind at 4-3.

The Trojans and Royals will break that second place tie on Friday when the two teams meet at Hopkins at 4:15 p.m.


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Wayzata Fire Department to Hold Annual Second Call Meeting May 18th, 2009

The Wayzata Fire Department is looking for "Second Call" volunteers. The Second Call Fire Department has supported the department for over 45 years, and helps raise money for extra equipment and the relief association fund.

Over 400 members meet once a year to view new fire fighting equipment, tour the fire station, and socialize with fire-fighters. This year’s meeting of the Second Call will be held on Monday, May 18, at 6:45 p.m. at the Fire Station. Call 942-404-5337 for more information.


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MNDOT to Move Luce Line Bridge into Place Over Wayzata Blvd on Sat. May 2nd 2009

MNDOT will close Wayzata Boulevard on Saturday, May 2, 2009, to install the new Luce Line Bridge, with a contingency for weather. Keep your eyes peeled for a marked detour that utilizes Old Long Lake Road. The Luce Line will open approximately a week after the bridge is completed.

Wayzata.com is your bridge installed over Wayzata Boulevard leader.


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WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Superintendent's message regarding H1N1 (novel influenza)

As you are likely aware, human cases of H1N1 (novel influenza) have been identified in the United States and now possibly in Minnesota.

A number of these cases have been in school-aged children. The Minnesota Department of Health has increased its surveillance and testing of patients with flu-like symptoms and the Wayzata Public Schools will continue to seek and follow the guidance and recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Department of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The developing news about H1N1 cases in the U.S. and other countries warrants a review of and a renewed focus on precautionary health measures intended to minimize the risks associated with the flu.

The health offices at Wayzata Public Schools are monitoring students for symptoms of influenza as well as any significant changes in absence rates. We continue to emphasize basic infection prevention measures including the following:
  • Covering mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Washing hands often with soap and water or an alcohol based hand rub
  • Staying home if ill
Human influenza virus is mainly transmitted from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A lesser mode of transmission occurs when a person touches something that has the flu virus on it and then touches his or her mouth or nose. Some individuals who are infected may never show symptoms or may have only mild symptoms but they could still spread the virus to others. Infection control and avoiding/limiting exposure to those showing symptoms are keys to slowing transmission and delaying the spread of the virus.

We will continue to monitor this developing health concern closely and will remain in regular contact with local and state health officials to assure that we have the most current information. We will provide new information via our website and/or through other means of communication as necessary. The situation with this flu strain continues to evolve. More information is available at the Minnesota Department of Education website

The safety and well-being of our students are always our highest priority and we are taking this health emergency seriously. While it is cause for concern, it is not cause for panic. We are committed to working with our partners and we will respond to new information and the recommendations/advice of the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education. It is prudent for all of us to pay attention to this developing news and to follow our common sense while responding to the best information made available to us from our state’s resources.

Sincerely,
Chace B. Anderson
Superintendent


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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

WAYZATA SOFTBALL 2009: Laudner Powers Trojans to Victory

By Matt Thomas, Wayzata.com Sports Reporter

The Wayzata softball team shook off a tough 2-1 loss to Minnetonka on Monday and rebounded with an 11-6 victory over non-conference opponent Mounds View on Tuesday.

Senior Sarah Laudner was responsible for a good chunk of the offensive production by going 2 for 3 at the plate with a homerun and five RBI's. Laudner is now hitting .364 on the season as has a team-high 14 RBI's.

Sophomore Anna Gustafson also turned in a nice performance by going 4 for 5 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored. Senior Allie Siu raised her team-leading batting average to .475 with a 3 for 4 day at the plate.

Senior pitcher Anna Twinem gave up a season-high five earned runs, but was still able to pick up her eighth win of the season while striking out nine opposing hitters.

The Trojans (8-3) will be back in action on Thursday afternoon when they travel to Edina for a 4:15 p.m. game.


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WAYZATA BOY'S LACROSSE 2009: Winning Streak Reaches Three Games

By Matt Thomas, Wayzata.com Sports Reporter

For the first time in three games on Tuesday night, the Wayzata boy's lacrosse team gave up a goal. After beating Hopking 16-0 on April 23 and Maple Grove 13-0 on April 25, the Trojans had to settle for a 10-9 victory over Eden Prairie.

It was a big win for the Trojans, who handed the Eagles their first loss of the season in seven games. With the victory, the Trojans improved to 4-3 on the season.

Senior attacker Ryan Macgregor continues to be a major offensive threat for the Trojans. He scored six goals and two assists in the win over Hopkins and then added four more goals in the win over Maple Grove.

Going into Tuesday night's game against Eden Prairie, Macgregor had recorded 23 goals in just six games.

The Trojans will attempt to extend their winning streak to four games on Thursday, April 30 when they match-up against Armstrong.


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Parent Company of the Wayzata / Orono / Long Lake Sun Sailor Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

American Community Newspapers, the parent company of the Wayzata Sun Sailor, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Here are a number of headlines with links:

PR Newswire: American Community Newspapers LLC Voluntarily Files Petition for Reorganization
Forbes: American Community Newspapers files petition for reorganization
Editor and Publisher: And Then There Were 7: American Community Newspapers Files For Bankruptcy


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Wayzata native Kate Spilseth returns from Mexico Due to Swine Flu Scare

Wayzata native Kate Spilseth has been featured in a KARE 11 piece that details her return from Mexico as a school teacher. She tells us about the way Mexico City has been basically shut down due to the Swine Flu scare that is gripping both that country and the United States.




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WCCO TV visits the Wayzata Depot

Mike Binkley of WCCO TV visits the Wayzata Depot to show Twin Cities residents a simpler time amidst all the progress on Lake Minnetonka over the last 100 years.

Follow this link to watch the video segment: Finding Minnesota: A simpler time on the rails

Hours for the Museum are from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. If you need more information, call the Wayzata Historical Society at 952.473.3631 or visit the on the web at www.WayataHistoricalSociety.org.

Image courtesy Wikipedia.


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WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Kimberly Lane Blue Team wins Wayzata Schools Math Masters

From Wayzata Public Schools:

The Kimberly Lane Blue Team garnered the highest score of 20 teams from all seven elementary schools in the 2nd annual Wayzata District Math Counts. Other top awards went to Keisuke Chikaraishi of Plymouth Creek (Facts Drill) and Daniel Qu of Kimberly Lane (Individual Award). Watch for photos, and a video program on Math Masters on ED's TV.


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

City of Wayzata Announces Beach Schedule for 2009

The City of Wayzata has released it's Summer Beach Schedule for the 2009 swimming season. The City beach will open for businesses on June 7th, and will close on August 17th. The bath house will be available for use from dawn to dusk.

Wayzata residents can receive a beach sticker free of charge to park in the beach parking lot. Non-residents may obtain one for a fee of $30. Stop in at City Hall to get your sticker.


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Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon Scheduled for Sunday

By Matt Thomas, Wayzata.com Sports Reporter

The 29th annual Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon will take place Sunday, May 3 at 8 a.m. The race starts in downtown Wayzata and finishes in downtown Excelsior.

Last year's race was won by Kevin O'Connor of Corcoran, Minn., in a time of 1:17:00. Registration is closed for this year's race.

For more information go to http://www.lakeminnetonkahalfmarathon.com/.


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City of Wayzata Announces Webcam of Water Treatment Construction Site Coming Soon

The City of Wayzata has announced via it's website that a webcam of the Water Treatment site is coming soon. Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for the status of this interesting and new development.

Wayzata.com is your City of Wayzata news leader.


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PWYBA Parents Night Out Scheduled for May 1st, 2009

Submitted by Melissa Ritter

Reminder to the parents of PWYBA...Don't forget to come to the PARENTS NIGHT OUT at Green Mill Friday, May 1st from 7 to 10pm. It is only $10 for the nummy buffet and there will be a cash bar and a raffle starting at 9pm (although stop by anytime) Any questions, please shoot me an email at ritter2190@yahoo.com or email Heather Davis at davis51@comcast.net

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Monday, April 27, 2009

WAYZATA BASEBALL 2009: Trojans Get Big Win Against Hopkins

By Matt Thomas, Wayzata.com Sports Reporter

The Wayzata baseball team pounded out 14 hits and senior Billy Soule pitched a five-hit shutout as the Trojans beat the Hopkins Royals 10-0 on Monday afternoon. The win propels the Trojans back to the .500 mark at 5-5 overall and into a first place tie with the Royals in the Classic Lake Conference at 4-2.

Junior Zack Trygstad went 2 for 4 on the day with a double, a homerun, and 4 RBI's. Junior Dylan Kent went 2 for 3 at the plate with a homerun and 3 RBI's. Senior Caleb Reesnes went 3 for 4 with a double and three runs scored.

Despite all of the impressive offensive performances, the real star was Soule who was in complete control on the mound. The senior silenced the Royals' bats just two weeks after the Royals had pounded Trojans' pitching for 13 runs in a 13-3 victory.

Soule tied a season-high with eight strikeouts on Monday to give him 28 punch outs in 24 innings pitched this season. He now has a 3-0 record with a paltry 0.75 earned run average.

The Trojans will look to put together a winning streak with when host Edina at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29.


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What They're Saying About James Laurinaitis

By Matt Thomas, Wayzata.com Sports Reporter

As we reported on Saturday, Wayzata graduate James Laurinaitis was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams with the 35th overall pick.

Here is what some journalists across the country are saying about the pick:

"The Rams' second-round choice, Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis, could find his way into the lineup as a rookie..." - ESPN.com reporter Mike Sando

"Adding middle linebacker James Laurinaitis adds heft to a defense clearly lacking it last season. He should emerge as a more forceful alternative to Chris Draft, thus making it easier to keep Will Witherspoon outside. He is better in coverage than Rey Maualuga, so he was a better choice than the former USC star. He is a solid character guy, he fills a glaring need — really, what’s not to like about this guy?" - St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Jeff Gordon

"Laurinaitis...is a good fit for a Rams front seven that had to get stronger." - Sports Network NFL Editor Tony Moss



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Wheelchair Athlete Josh Scanlon to Compete in Switzerland

By Ben Brewster, Wayzata.com Guest Columnist

Watertown Mayer High School student and wheelchair athlete Josh Scanlon has, at 17 years old, already reached an elite level of competition, competed all over the country and won 18 gold medals.

In July, he will be traveling to Switzerland to compete on an international stage.
A former gymnast, Scanlon shattered his T12 vertebrae while vaulting in his living room August 16, 2004. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.

“I spent one week in Intensive Care where I had my T11 and T12 [vertebra] rebuilt and fused together and two steel rods bolted to my spine,” Scanlon said in an e-mail interview.
Along with gymnastics, he also participated in wakeboarding, wrestling, basketball and baseball before his accident.

Scanlon said the sports he used to play carried over into the sports he plays now.
“The transition wasn’t hard because wheelchair sports teams are very similar to able bodied teams,” he said. For the past three years he has competed in the National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) as well as with Team USA.

Scanlon joined the Courage Center track and field team the first spring after his accident.
“Courage Center is a Minneapolis, Minn.,-based rehabilitation and resource center that advances the lives of children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence,” according to the organization’s Web site.

At the Courage Country Championships Scanlon qualified for the NJDC in every track and field event. “NJDC was my first chance to interact with kids in similar situations and experience wheelchair sports competitively,” he said.

In his three years competing in the NJDC, he has competed in the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 meter wheelchair races, discus, javelin and shot put. He quickly racked up medals, winning eight gold and one silver in 2005, one gold and seven silver in 2006 and six gold and one silver in 2008. He added three more gold and one more silver while competing with Team USA last year in New Jersey.

After his performance with Team USA, Scanlon was one of 23 athletes chosen to compete in the world championships, held in Notwill, Switzerland this July 11 to 20. In Switzerland, he will be competing in the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 meter races, along with the discus and javelin.
A junior at Watertown Mayer High School, Scanlon also mono skis and is a member of the Jr. Rolling Timberwolves varsity wheelchair basketball team.

He does not anticipate stopping after high school, however. “My plans are to play college basketball,” he said. “I love all of those sports and would love to go to the Paralympics.”

To make a donation towards Josh's trip to Switzerland, visit this link:
http://www.wsusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=106&itemid=119


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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Wayzata.com's Top 5 Stories of the week, Apr 20th - Apr 26th, 2009

Good morning Wayzata, and thanks for joining Wayzata.com for the Top 5 Stories of the week. The City of Wayzata continues to wrestle with budget issues, free ice cream turns into a big money maker for a local charity, another local Wayzata football player gets drafted, and much much more.



Here we go again, the Top 5 stories of the week:

Brought to you this time around by:
  1. The City of Wayzata is facing a $300,000 budget shortfall due to the lack of development activity. The City Council is seeking ways to reduce the budget and has begun to chop services like the print edition of the Wayzata Bay Window.
  2. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream held a fund-raiser for IOCP by giving away free Ice Cream. Donations were were accepted inside the store, and at it's peak the crowd numbered over 100, the line wrapped around the corner, and delayed traffic on Lake Street.
  3. Wayzata Alum James Laurinaitis was taken by the St. Louis Rams over the weekend in the NFL Draft (35th overall). Laurinaitis and the Rams will get a visit from the Minnesota Vikings during week five of the 2009 NFL season on Oct. 11.
  4. The East Neighborhood traffic survey deadline has come and gone, and Wayzata.com should have the results shortly. As of last tuesday, 44 post cards had been returned to City Engineer Mike Kelley.
  5. The Wayzata Softball team improved to 7-2 with a win over Armstrong, and the Baseball team fell to 3-4 after a loss to Hill-Murray. Additionally, the girls lacrosse team improved to 5-1 by beating Edina.
Honorable Mention:

Sunsets Ice Out Party was a big hit with attendees. Kelli Quist won the grand prize of a $400 travel voucher from Minnetonka Travel.



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City of Wayzata Cuts Print Version of Bay Window Newsletter; Expands Online

The City of Wayzata has announced that the summer edition of the printed Wayzata Bay Window will be reduced in size due to the budget shortfall at City Hall. Expanded versions of newsletter articles will be available on the City of Wayzata website--www.wayzata.org. Additionally, the fall and winter editions of the newsletter will not be printed this year.

Mayor Ken Willcox issued a statement on the City of Wayzata's website: “It is our long-term communications goal to make our website the City’s primary communication tool, so this cost-saving measure is also an opportunity for us to make progress toward that goal."

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


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