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.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

WAYZATA TRACK AND FIELD 2009: Boy's Team Wins Section 6AA Meet

By Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

The Wayzata boy's track and field won the section 6AA meet with a total team score of 137. The Trojans were able to hold off Hopkins (116), Eden Prairie (99) and Minnetonka (75) to win the meet.

The Wayzata girl's track and field team placed fourth at its section meet with a total team score of 93.3. Hopkins won the meet with a score of 141, followed by Robbinsdale Armstrong (101) and Minnetonka (96.5).

Check back to for information regarding individual state qualifiers when the full meet results become available.


WAYZATA BASEBALL 2009: Trojans See Season Come to an End

By Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

The Wayzata boys baseball team had a steep hill to climb on Friday, May 29. The Trojans needed to first beat Bloomington Jefferson in the loser's bracket final of section 6AAA and then defeat top seeded Hopkins twice in order to advance to this year's state tournament.

The Trojans got past the first hurdle with a 7-5 victory over Bloomington Jefferson, but were unable to get past conference rival Hopkins.

The Royals jumped on the Trojans early and never let its foot off the gas pedal as Hopkins cruised to a 19-1 victory to put an end to Wayzata's 2009 season.

The Trojans finish the 2009 campaign with a record of 15-11.


Friday, May 29, 2009

The Word on Lake Street: Linda Pugh

Linda Pugh has lived in Wayzata since June 2004, and was out in Wayzata today running some errands until she took a break to sit on a Lake St bench and enjoy the view.

Pugh says her favorite thing about Wayzata is the lake, and wishes she boated. She has wanted to take some sailing classes but says, "last summer I went to Africa, this summer I'm going to Africa," so she hasn't found the time.

When the beach opens she also likes to spend time there.

For the rest of the day, Pugh was planning to sit and enjoy the view, grab a bite to eat, and "get a few things that I need to buy before I leave for Africa."


THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: President Taft Visits Wayzata - May 29, 1911

On May 29, 1911, President of the United States William Howard Taft toured Wayzata. As a result, a public meeting was held in which townspeople requested the Village Council take the legal steps necessary for the U.S. government to accept the public square as a site for a summer residence to the president of the United States.

The cause of this request stemmed from President Taft's enthusiasm over the panoramic view of Lake Minnetonka from the public square, then described as "lying north of, and contiguous to, Indian Mound Street and popularly known as Bald Hill."

During his tour, Taft was entertained at the Lafayette Club in Minnetonka Beach and given a tour of the lake area. The highlight of his tour, however, remained to be the view of the lake from Indian Mound Hill.

Despite the enthusiasm of both Taft and the townspeople, Wayzata was never home to a summer White House.

Information from "Happenings Around Wayzata" by Ellen Wilson Meyer. 1980, p. 56.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.


WAYZATA BASEBALL 2009: Trojans Still Alive

By Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

The Wayzata baseball team went 1-1 Thursday in section 6AAA tournament play to keep its season and hopes of playing in the state tournament alive.

The Trojans wound up on the wrong side of a 6-4 decision to Bloomington Jefferson on Thursday afternoon. The Jaguars were able to record 11 hits off Trojans ace Billy Soule on its way to the victory. The Jaguars were also aided by a couple of errors by the Trojans in the field as four of the six runs scored by the Jaguars were unearned.

The Trojans bounced back later in the evening for a 9-2 win over Edina in an elimination game. It was the third win in four games for the Trojans against the Hornets this season.

The Trojans are now faced with another elimination game, today at 4:30 p.m. against Bloomington Jefferson at Parade Stadium.

Hopkins is in the driver's seat in the section. One more victory and the Royals will find themselves making plans for next week's state tournament.

If the Trojans beat Jefferson this afternoon it would move on to face Hopkins at 7 p.m. tonight at Parade Stadium. If the Trojans were to win that game, the two teams would play a second game on Saturday.


OBITUARY: Jim Ryan, CEO of Ryan Companies

Jim Ryan, CEO of Ryan Companies, died Thursday morning after a 10-month battle with melanoma cancer.

Ryan was a longtime member of the S27.9 fleet at the Wayzata Yacht Club with his boat Banshee, and regularly traveled to Bayfield Raceweek and Key West for Regattas, according to Dallas Johnson from the Wayzata Yacht Club.

Pat Ryan, Jim's cousin and expected successor as CEO, said in a company statement, "Jim’s goal was not to build the biggest buildings or be the largest company. His goal was to build character in his employees, build confidence in our customers and to build better communities. This world would be a better place if there were more CEOs with Jim Ryan’s values.”

Jim Ryan is survived by his wife Colleen, and his children Tim, Nell, Dan, Sean and Tess Ryan, and Molly Carson, Maggie Allen and Kate Hegman.

Mass of Christian Burial for Jim Ryan will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 1, at the Church of St. Therese of Deephaven. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday May 31, at the same location and one hour prior to Mass.

Ryan Companies: Ryan Companies, US, Inc. Announces Death of Jim Ryan, CEO

Star Tribune: CEO Jim Ryan, a builder of human character

Business Journal: Ryan Cos. CEO dies at 66

Wayzata Yacht Club: In memory of Jim Ryan

Finance and Commerce: Ryan Companies CEO Jim Ryan dies at 66

MinnPost: Jim Ryan, Ryan Cos. CEO, dies following melanoma battle

Photo courtesy of Ryan Companies.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Simcoe and Notkin Advance to State in Doubles

By Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

The boy's tennis doubles tandem of senior Ty Simcoe and junior Gary Notkin earned a spot at this year's state tournament by winning the section 2AA doubles tournament on Tuesday, May 26.

Simcoe and Notkin won three straight three-set matches on their way to winning the tournament as the No. 2 seed.

Simecoe and Notkin first dispatched of Alexander Tollefson and Bradley Malmsten of Eden Prairie in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-2. After that, things got a little more difficult.

The pair needed three sets in the quarterfinals to defeat Wilmar's Jim Neis and Mitchell Fader, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5.

In the semifinals, Simcoe and Notkin got past Eden Prairie's Michael Crevier and Yiding Hou, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Simcoe and Notkin then punched their ticket to the state tournament with a dramatic 7-6, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Minnetonka's Thiago Morsch and Luke Bastiansen in the championship match.

The Wayzata team will take part in the Class AA state tournament on June 2 and 3 at the Baseline Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Simcoe and Notkin will represent the Trojans in the individual state tournament on June 4 and 5.


Wayzata Elementary School Teams Compete at Destination ImagiNation Global Finals

Three teams from Wayzata Elementary Schools competed in the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals last weekend at the University of Tennessee.

The Wayzata teams competing in the global finals were the ZoDIacs from Gleason Lake Elementary, the D.I. namites from Oakwood Elementary and the Superb Seven from Greenwood Elementary.

Wayzata Schools D were listed as tying with three other teams for 23rd place in the Instinct Messaging Challenge, a challenge where teams were to communicate using sound, color and movement—animal style.

The ZoDIacs were listed as coming in fourth place in the ViDIo Lit Hits challenge, a challenge for teams to retell literature through live performance.

The D.I. namites were listed as tying with five other teams for 17th place in A New Angle challenge, a challenge where teams create a structure that has angled sides, and test how much weight it can hold.

Destination ImagiNation teams are composed of seven members who work together for eight to 12 weeks to create a solution to their Team Challenge, which may have a theatrical, structural, improvisational, scientific or technical focus, according to the Destination ImagiNation Web site.

The teams also practice its' quick, creative thinking through Instant Challenges.

The Global Finals allows teams to represent its' state or country in an international creativity competition and to showcase the skills it has developed as a team throughout the year.

View the results, videos, photos and webcasts of the Global Finals at the Destination ImaniNation Web site:

Photo courtesy of Destination ImagiNation.


Wine on Wayzata Bay 2009

The Wayzata Yacht Club and the American Diabetes Association will be hosting the Second Annual Wine on Wayzata Bay 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 12.

Guests will have the chance to taste over 150 wines and sample local cuisine courtesy of local restaurants. Live music will also be featured for the guests to enjoy.

Weather permitting, sailboat cruises will be offered.

Tickets are $45 in advance or can be purchased at the door for $60 and space is limited.

Wine on Wayzata Bay is presented in conjunction with the Ninth Annual American Diabetes Association Sailing Regatta, which has raised over $250,000 for diabetes research in the past nine years.

Visit for more information or to purchase advance tickets.

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Wayzata Planning Commission
Meeting Agenda
Monday, June 1, 2009
Community Room
600 Rice Street East
Wayzata, Minnesota

7 p.m.

1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Approval of Minutes

2. Regular Agenda Public Hearing Items:

a. 412 Rice Street - Nancy Siska

i. Shoreland CUP

ii. Front Yard Setback Variance

iii. CUP for Building Height

iv. Variance for Impervious Surface Limit

3. Other Items

a. Review of Development Activities

b. Other items

9 p.m.

4. Adjournment


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.


Public Parking in Wayzata

With so much to do in Wayzata, a place to park for the day while enjoying all that Wayzata has to offer is essential.

City Clerk Sandy Langley noted that there is public parking available up and down Lake Street, in the public parking ramp accessible from Walker Avenue South and Broadway Avenue South, in the Mill Street parking lot and the municipal parking lot next to Sunsets.

Parking by permit is available for beach-goers and boaters by the beach area. Permits are available at City Hall.

Businesses in Wayzata generally have their own parking arrangements for their customers.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Photo of the Crew and Sign on Lake Street

Check out this photo submitted by Mark Trockman of the Crew holding a sign on Lake Street.

From left to right: Serena Calder, Ben Brewster, and Jennifer Swanick.

For more photos by Mark, who specializes in photography around the Lake Minnetonka area and Western Suburbs of Minneapolis, visit


Wayzata Police Blotter May 19 – 25, 2009

(09001928) Domestic Assault
Reported: 05-24-2009  1801
Male, 60 yr old from Wayzata arrested for 5th degree domestic assault
Addresses Involved: XXX Central Avenue N, Wayzata, MN 55391
Names Involved: (Arrested) Burgi, Austin Frederick Sr (Age:60)

(09001910) DWI
Reported: 05-24-2009  0257
23 yr old female from Plymouth arrested for 4th degree DWI / tested .11 ba
Addresses Involved: NB County Road 101 N & 1st Avenue N, Plymouth, MN
Names Involved: (Arrested) Wassink, Brianna Mariah Fox (Age:24)

09001882) Theft (Under $500.00)
Reported: 05-22-2009  1455
Theft of wallet and cash from business after customer left wallet on counter / loss $400
Addresses Involved: 8XX E Lake Street, Wayzata, MN 55391

09001879) Fifth Degree Domestic Assault
Reported: 05-22-2009  0254
Male,  27 yr old from Wayzata arrested for 5th degree domestic assault
Addresses Involved: 230 Central Avenue NAPT108, Wayzata, MN 55391
Names Involved (Arrested) Kroska, Preston Thomas (Age:27)

(09001854) 911 Hang Up/False Information to a Police Officer
Reported: 05-20-2009  2355
Male, 33 yr old from Wayzata arrested for providing false information to police officer after officers responded to a disturbance call
Addresses Involved: 7XX Wayzata Boulevard EAPT8, Wayzata, MN 55391

(09001838) DWI
Reported: 05-20-2009  0129
Male, 21 yr old from Champlin arrested for 4th degree DWI / tested .10
Addresses Involved: WB County Road 15 W & Woodhill Road, Orono, MN
Names Involved: (Arrested) Poons, Stephen Ryan (Age:21)

(09001836) Suspicious Activity/Theft By Swindle
Reported: 05-19-2009  1949
Male, late 40's or early 50's, weighing approx. 180, approx. 6 feet tall, with blond/gray thinning hair, asked for $12 for gas due to mix-up with his daughters car, and promised to return to repay / name given was false; he never returned to pay. 
Addresses Involved: 1133 WAYZATA BLVD E, Wayzata, MN 55391


City Likely to Adopt Rye's Recommendation for Sustainable Budget Taskforce

To help prepare for the projected budget shortfall for the City of Wayzata in 2010, community member Greg Rye (pictured) has recommended the development of a "Sustainable Budget Taskforce," made up of three to five past council members and a budget consultant.

Rye's recommendation also includes workshops and meetings in which City staff and the Sustainable Budget Taskforce would present key budget issues and cost saving ideas to the City Council.

Rye said he attended a budget meeting as a concerned citizen to speak of his own concerns and suggestions when the council challenged him to step up and be a part of the process. As a result, he drafted his recommendation.

Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox said the City has already been thinking about how to handle the possible budget shortfall and thinks gathering financial talent to help wrestle with budget issues will be beneficial to the community.

Willcox said the City had already been thinking about how to handle the possible budget shortfall prior to Rye's recommendation. "Great minds think alike," Willcox said of Rye's recommendation. The City will likely expand on Rye's ideas.

At around the same time the budget task force will be created, Willcox said the City has also been planning to develop an affordable housing task force.


Wayzata High School Students Michael Ries, Jason Lee and Sarah Urke Featured in the Star Tribune

Wayzata High School tennis players Michael Ries and Jason Lee were featured in the Star Tribune for being prime examples of in-season improvement under tennis coach Jeff Prondzinski.

According to the article, Prondzinski said this is the most in-season progress any team of his has made in his 15 years of coaching.

The article also features high school sophomore Sarah Urke, a synchronized swimmer who left the high school team to pursue an opportunity with the U.S. Junior National Team. The high school team competed without Urke last week at the state meet at the University of Minnesota.

Visit the Star Tribune's Web site to read the entire article "Doubles team serves as a symbol of Wayzata Improvement."


Vintage Speedboats now on display at Wayzata Bay Center

The boats that were featured in the Mahogany Bay parade last week are now on display at the Wayzata Bay Center. The boats sit in the main hallway of the shopping center, from beginning to end.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tough Night For Trojans

By Matt Thomas, Sports Reporter

It was a tough night full of heartbreaking losses for three different Wazyata High School athletic teams as the softball, boy's lacrosse and girl's lacrosse teams all saw seasons come to an end on Tuesday.

The girl's lacrosse team was upset by third seeded Robbinsdale Armstrong by a score of 10-9 in the semifinals of section six. The second seeded Trojans had defeated the Falcons twice during the regular season.

The boy's lacrosse team made a valiant attempt to upset Eden Prairie in its semifinal match, but came up just short by a score of 11-10.

The softball team was forced to win two games on Tuesday to stay alive in its section tournament. The Trojans defeated Edina 3-2 in the first game, but fell 7-6 in eight innings to the top seeded Richfield Spartans in the second game.

The Wayzata baseball team is still alive in its section tournament, which will play out on Thursday, May 28, and Friday, May 29. The second seeded Trojans will face the sixth seeded Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville. The other semifinal will feature top seeded Hopkins and fifth seeded Edina.