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, June 30, 2009

Rules for summer garage sales

With many people doing their summer cleaning, garage sales have been a common sight in Wayzata lately. However, the City of Wayzata does have some guidelines for sales.

According to the 2009 Wayzata City Code (Section 801.16.19), garage sales have the following rules:

1. Merchandise offered for sale shall be the personal property of the occupant.
2. Sales shall be limited to a maximum of four (4) consecutive days and occurring
no more than two (2) times within one (1) calendar year per property.
3. All goods shall be confined within a building and improved driveway with no
display occurring within other portions of the front yard.
4. Signs shall be governed by Section 801.27 of this Ordinance.

Section 801.27 states that "Rummage (garage) sale signs only on private property not exceeding six (6) square feet in area and displayed only during the time of the sale."


Monday, June 29, 2009

WEEKLY ROUNDUP:'s Top 5 Stories of the week, June 22-28, 2009

Good morning Wayzata, and thanks for joining for the Top 5 Stories of the week. Read about the heroic efforts of two Wayzata football coaches, a successful Wayzata businesswoman, the achievements of two former Wayzata High School athletes and much much more!

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

  1. Wayzata High School football coaches Matt Lombardi and Ryan Johnson saved the life of 16-year-old football player Ted Okerstrom. Read how quick thinking and CPR training brought the athlete back to life.

  2. Owner of Wayzata-based Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Barbara Hensley was honored with an award from the National Association of Women Business Owners. She was one of three women from across the nation recognized for her successful business ventures.

  3. It has been a successful week for Wayzata High School alumni. Former Wayzata High School wrestler Danny Zilverberg is part of the most recent class of University of Minnesota recruits that is ranked top in the nation. Another congratulations to Rob Bathe, a recent graduate from Wayzata High School, who will be playing in the Minnesota High School All Star Football Game on June 27.

  4. Foxglove Farm owner Billy Smith is looking to sell the old farmhouse and have it moved to a new location. The farm is in impeccable condition and Smith wishes to sell it to someone who will preserve the home's historical integrity.

  5. The Wayzata business community put their generosity toward preserving the Wayzata Trolley and raised more than $1,100 during a fundraiser. The money will be put toward work that needs to be done annually to keep the trolley in tact, or toward the eventual replacement of the trolley.

    Stay tuned to for all the latest news and information in Wayzata.


The Revolutionary “Flying Pancake” breakfast is coming again this Fourth of July to The Depot

Submitted by Adrienne Morrison.

Wayzata used to have fireworks in the sky on the Fourth of July. Now there are pancakes in the air on the Fourth. This is an entertaining mixture of happenings. Guests are asked to “catch them if you can” as the vendor flips pancakes! The highlight for the past two years remains the appearance of authentically dressed Revolutionary soldiers (and others in period dress) who; tell tales of the period, march in drill fashion to the beat of a revolutionary drum and fire their black powder muskets over the lake. The name of the reenactor group is the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment. Last year’s turnout of 600 guests was a huge event, it doubled the previous year. The “Flying Pancake Breakfast” is at the Wayzata Depot from 8 a.m. to noon. Gather up your family and friends and come to this event. Veterans are served breakfast without charge.

The Wayzata Historical Society supports this event as an example of patriotism in action! The Society helps fund the Revolutionary actors who present the history of our nation’s independence in a very real way. This 3rd annual salute to our Nation’s Independence is sponsored by the Lake Minnetonka Children of the American Revolution. C.A.R. is a small group of local youth who have no fundraising arm to support this event and depend entirely on contributions. They are a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization and encourage business and individual donors to help ensure that this community event may continue. To assist with the funding of this event, contact Adrienne Morrison at 763-473-7600.

The story behind the Children of the American Revolution The C.A.R. is the oldest Patriotic Youth organization in the country. It was organized in 1895 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Lake Minnetonka CAR is the only active C.A.R. Society in Minnesota. The organization’s goal is to train good citizens, develop leaders, promote love of the United States and its heritage among young people. Students from Orono, Blake, Breck, Providence Academy and Wayzata schools man two projects. The July 4th event is their largest project by far, but they also install 15 flags at Heritage Park on the five patriotic holidays which coincide with the days that the city of Wayzata installs theirs. This ceremony is complete with flag awareness, ritual of significance and is inclusive of other youth groups and guests. The idea of featuring “Flying Pancakes” in the July 4th event originated with Orono Senior, Elle Gueringer. For more information about C.A.R or the Lake Minnetonka Chapter, go to


Wayzata aspiring to become a butterfly-friendly town

A team of Wayzata residents and members of the business community have created The Butterfly Effect, a movement to make Wayzata a butterfly-friendly town by establishing butterfly gardens. Butterfly gardens are gardens with plants chosen specifically to attract butterflies.

The group has a mission to start the effort by bringing back the Monarch, Minnesota's state butterfly, and to eventually establish Wayzata as a center for butterfly-related activities.

Those interested in becoming part of the movement may contact Sherry Machen at or at 952-476-8441.

For more information on how to establish a butterfly garden, visit


The use of GeoDomains is an international success and a growing enterprise

GeoDomain use has expanded internationally and is used to inform residents and visitors of community relevant information. A GeoDomain is a Web address dedicated to a city or region, for example, In an entrepreneurial sense, marketers of GeoDomains have found success in working with community businesses to mutually expand business opportunities and exposure.

In an interview with Boulevards New Media Vice President of Sales Barry Hodge, he explains how Boulevards New Media has found success with their GeoDomains in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Below is an excerpt from the interview. To read the entire interview and to learn more about GeoDomains, visit

Associated Geos: When were you first introduced to the GeoDomain business? What interested you about it?
Barry Hodge: I was first introduced about seven years ago. The guy I was working for purchased I must say it was against my better judgment! About 12 months later, he asked me if I would be interested in getting involved.

With a strong marketing background, I was curious about how a local city domain could be used to help local businesses utilize the Internet. I was very fortunate in that I had the opportunity to totally revamp how was presented and marketed.

We chose to shy away from a CPM model, which I totally believe devalues the marketing opportunities that exist for a client, and sold fixed-position marketing solutions. It kind of worked, and in our first full year in Associated Geos, was recognized as one of the best GeoDomains in the country.

We were the first (and as far as I am aware) the only GeoDomain to become the default convention and visitor bureau Web site. We also secured a partnership with the Richmond Association of Realtors that made’s real estate channel the most trafficked real estate Web site outside of

Boulevards New Media was recognized as the 800-pound gorilla within our industry. It was my ambition to see if I could assist them in replicating the success I had enjoyed in Richmond.

AG: Has the future played out as Boulevards New Media predicted? What does that future look like now?
BH: The cost effect on the Internet with GeoDomains and the ability for advertisers to understand the value of what they are getting or not getting with dollars spent has changed the face of media. The old adage was that 50 percent of advertising revenue is wasted, but they never knew what 50 percent.

The Internet has changed that because it’s so transparent. It’s either working or not working. The Internet has changed the face of media without a doubt. If GeoDomains get their act together, they can continue to gain significant market share of local Minneapolis advertising spending.

AG: What type of services do you think a GeoDomain can offer to increase ad revenue and traffic (both of which were once the exclusive territory of other traditional media)?
BH: What springs to mind instantly is e-marketing and video and taking over the functional elements of direct marketing tools like still-picture printed pieces. In terms of classified ads, they are already dead in traditional media and video is going to affect direct marketing in the same way.


A reminder from Police Chief Risvold

The Wayzata Police Department has taken complaints over the course of the spring/summer of dogs wandering at large through neighborhoods. Wayzata city code states that it is a violation to allow a dog to be “At Large.” It further defines at large as “Off of the property of the owner and not under the restraint of the owner or a member of the owner's immediate family.”

Please be respectful of your neighbors and follow city code relative to this ordinance. Animals found to be at large are subject to being impounded with a minimum fee of $60 for release. It’s also not a fun experience for the dog!

As always, please report any suspicious activity to the Wayzata Police Department immediately by dialing 911. Feel free to forward this alert to anyone you think may benefit from it. If you are receiving this alert from a third party and would like to receive future alerts directly from the Wayzata Police Department, simply send an e-mail message to and we will add you to our list.

Chief Mike Risvold


A note from City Manager Al Orsen

As published in the June 2009 Portal Newsletter:

Dear Friends,
As you may know, the City of Wayzata has had to make some very difficult budgeting decisions during the past several weeks. In that process, cuts have been made in the arena of communications. In addition to suspending the printed version of the Bay Window newsletter, we are limiting cable TV programming for the remainder of the year. It is our plan to air all City Council and Planning Commission meetings live and rebroadcast them several times weekly. Also, we will do our best to offer community news through our bulletin board announcements on cable TV, in our monthly Portal newsletter included in your utility bill and on our Web site, We will do our best to offer the best quality and service during these trying financial times. Thanks for your understanding and patience.

Al Orsen, City Manager


Tim Mahoney to perform Summer Benefit Concert on Lake Minnetonka

Tim Mahoney, popular local singer/songwriter, will perform at a summer evening concert 5 to 9 p.m. July 19, to benefit the Pay It Forward Fund. The concert will be held at the Lake Minnetonka home of Michelle Morey and Scott Bissen, founders of the Pay It Forward Fund.

The 2009 event will have limited seating, with only 300 tickets available for purchase on the Pay It Forward Fund Web site Concert tickets cost $50 and include beer, brats and burgers. There will be a shuttle service to the event from the Minnesota Center for the Arts. Ticket information and directions are available on the Pay It Forward Web site.

About the Pay It Forward Fund

The Pay It Forward Fund is a fund within the North Memorial Foundation. It assists women's cancer patients (breast, ovarian,\ and uterine) undergoing treatment at North Memorial's Hubert Humphrey Cancer Center, Unity, Mercy and Monticello-Big Lake Hospitals with the payment of basic living expenses. The program allows people to donate money to a fund that makes an immediate impact on the lives of women cancer patients in need. One hundred percent of all donations will be used to help women in need. There are no administrative fees taken out of the fund. Pay It Forward Fund is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, please visit our website at



Friday, June 26, 2009


On Wednesday, June 24, reported members of the Wayzata business community raised $1600 during a fundraiser to restore the Wayzata trolley. The amount raised was actually $1160.


Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. Announces Registered Direct Common Stock Offering

The following is a press release from Northern Oil and Gas, headquartered in Wayzata MN.

Wayzata, Minnesota – June 24, 2009 – Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. (NYSE Amex: NOG) (“Northern Oil”) today announced that it has agreed to sell 2,250,000 shares of its common stock to certain purchasers through a registered direct offering priced at $6.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of approximately $13.5 million. C.K. Cooper & Company acted as lead placement agent on the transaction.

Northern Oil expects to use the net proceeds from the offering to repay a portion of the current borrowings under its revolving credit facility, primarily including borrowings incurred in connection with its recently announced acquisition of additional Bakken assets.

The offering was conducted pursuant to Northern Oil’s effective shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. Any offer will be made only by means of a prospectus, including a prospectus supplement, forming a part of the effective shelf registration statement. Copies of the final prospectus, including the prospectus supplement, can be obtained at the SEC’s website,, or from C. K. Cooper & Company, 18300 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 700, Irvine, CA 92612.


Northern Oil is an exploration and production company based in Wayzata, Minnesota with activities focused primarily in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States, specifically the Williston Basin. More information about Northern Oil can be found at or by calling investor relations at 772-219-7525.


This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and our future results that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release regarding our financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations, industry conditions, and indebtedness covenant compliance are forward-looking statements. When used in this report, forward-looking statements are generally accompanied by terms or phrases such as “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “target,” “plan,” “intend,” “seek,” “goal,” “will,” “should,” “may” or other words and similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. Items contemplating or making assumptions about expected use of proceeds, actual or potential future sales, market size, collaborations, and trends or operating results also constitute such forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and important factors (many of which are beyond Northern Oil’s control) that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements, including the following, general economic or industry conditions, nationally and/or in the communities in which Northern Oil conducts business, changes in the interest rate environment, legislation or regulatory requirements, conditions of the securities markets, our ability to raise capital, changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines, financial or political instability, acts of war or terrorism, other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory and technical factors affecting Northern Oil’s operations, products, services and prices.

We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and assumptions about future events. While our management considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control.

SOURCE: Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.

CONTACT: Investor Relations: 772-219-7525


2009 Minnetonka Challenge to be held July 18, 2009

The 2009 Minnetonka Challenge will be held Saturday, July 18, and challenge swimmers to swim five miles from Excelsior Beach to Wayzata Bay.

Mandatory check-in is from 5:30 to 6:20 a.m. at Excelsior Beach and is followed by a mandatory pre-race meeting at 6:30 a.m.

Fruit, muffins and drinks will be served at the finish line at Wayzata Beach and the award ceremony will wrap things up from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Participants must register for the swim and pay an entry fee of $25. Register for the Minnetonka Challenge online by July 14 to participate.

For more information visit the Minnesota Masters Swimming Web site.

Map courtesy of Mapquest.


Defensive driving course to be held at Wayzata City Hall

The AARP defensive driving refresher course will be held 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 15, at Wayzata City Hall. The four-hour course is $20 and may be registered for by calling 952-249-6003.


Bend in the River Big Band brings residents together at the Summer Concert Series

Community residents gathered at the Depot on Wednesday evening for the Summer Concert Series and enjoyed music from the Bend in the River Big Band.

The Wednesday night concerts are free to the public and start every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. For a schedule of the upcoming concerts, visit the Chamber of Commerce's Web site.


Crime alert from Police Chief Mike Risvold

The Wayzata Police Department took multiple theft from vehicle reports overnight. The victims in these cases had their vehicles parked in an underground garage at an apartment building. Access to many of the vehicles was gained by breaking windows.

We can protect ourselves by not leaving anything of value in plain view inside our vehicles. Please report any suspicious activity to the Wayzata Police Department immediately by dialing 911. You may reference this alert to the police dispatcher. Feel free to forward this alert to anyone you think may benefit from it.

Chief Mike Risvold

Stay tuned to for future crime alerts.


Wayzata businesswoman honored with National Association of Women Business Owners Award

Barbara Hensley, owner of Wayzata's Hope Chest for Breast Cancer, was honored with the eighth annual National Association of Women Business Owners/Wells Fargo Trailblazer Award. She was awarded at NAWBO’s 2009 Women’s Business Conference June 25 in Chicago.

The winners were chosen from a pool of applicants from around the nation based on their company’s business performance, innovation, growth and service to the community, according to the NAWBO Web site.

The Wayzata-based company sells upscale furniture, clothing and accessories and a portion of the store's earnings funds breast cancer programs. Hensley started the company after losing her sisters to the disease.

Visit the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Web site for more information.


Wayzata offensive linebacker to play in Minnesota High School All Star Game

Rob Bathe, a recently graduated Wayzata offensive linebacker, will be playing in the Minnesota High School All Star Game June 27. Bathe will play for the Metro All Stars, which will be playing the Outstate All Stars. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and the game will be played at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud.

For more information about the All Star Game, see the Game's official Web site.

Photo courtesy of Kare 11.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wayzata High School grad headlines top-ranked U of M wrestling recruits

Former Wayzata High School wrestler and national champion Danny Zilverberg is part of the most recent class of recruits at the University of Minnesota that is top ranked in the nation, according to a report on Zilverberg committed to the U of M back in November 2008. Big 10 rival Iowa is the only other school in the conference to make the top five in the ranking.

See the full story at

Photo courtesy of Picasa user The Guillotine.


Local shop featured in Star Tribune

The Cherie Boutique Francaise, a Wayzata shop that sells perfume and beauty products, was featured in the Star Tribune today. Even in the recession, the store is continuing to see a rise in sales. The rise is just 3 percent, but as the writer of the story says, "But that's not bad, considering that consumer spending last year took the steepest plunge in 28 years--and the fact that Cherie Boutique's wares do not exactly fall into the bargain-basement category."

See the full story on the Star Tribune's Web site: Sweet smell of success for Wayzata boutique.