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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, December 09, 2011

Gone fishing

Gone fishing.
Hey Wayzata.com reader! Thanks for stopping by. Elisha, Nicole and I have decided to take a break from reporting the news in Wayzata for a while.

Thanks for all your support over the years!

Trolley runs out of gas

One of Wayzata's icons will not be back on the street next year, according to Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Suzanne Grandchamp. The Wayzata Towne Trolley has come to an end for this season and effective November 8th the Chamber Board of Directors voted to suspend operations for the 2012 season. The trolley, owned by the Greater Wayzata Community Foundation and operated by the Chamber, and its predecessor has served Wayzata since 1989.

Board Chair Suzanne Grandchamp stated that "it was a difficult decision for our Board of Directors as the trolley has been a popular means of transportation and entertainment". Over the past three years, there have been a number of initiatives and volunteer efforts to try to sustain the trolley for the long term, according to Jeff Lambert, president of the Wayzata Community Foundation and Task Force Chair.

"We spent the past year reviewing options and ultimately recommended the suspension as the only viable option with the existing trolley."

According to Grandchamp, the economic downturn in 2008 had a direct impact on revenues to support the operation. Advertising revenue, the primary source of income, declined 33% in 3 years while private rentals declined over 50%. Also, riders were putting less money in the donation box. In addition to the loss of revenue, the cost of maintenance continues to increase and parts are getting more difficult to obtain due to the age of the 1995 vehicle. Replacement with a newer model could cost up to $100,000. "In this economy, it is difficult to raise that kind of money" said Grandchamp "and we cannot afford to lose money on the operation. Without the generosity of the Wayzata Lions Club, the bottom line results would have been even worse."

The Chamber Board of Directors voted to suspend operations in 2012 and for the foundation to sell the trolley. The proceeds from the sale will be held by the Wayzata Community Foundationfor up to three years. "If there is sufficient interest and the economy improves enough to support a new trolley, the funds would become available as seed money for a new vehicle," reports Lambert.

"It seems that we have all had to make adjustments in this challenging economy. We hope that people will understand our decision. It was not an easy one for us" said Grandchamp.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

OBITUARY: Doris Marie Phelps

Phelps, Doris Marie (Maiser) Age 91 of Minnetonka, passed away November 25, 2011.

Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Flora Maiser and sister, Ethel Wilson (Maiser).

Survived by son, James (Nancy) Phelps; daughter, Peggy (Steve) Gonter; son, Edward (Josie) Phelps, and grandchildren, Carolyn Gonter and Annalise and Thomas Phelps. Doris was born and raised in Waconia. Her childhood love and enjoyment of Lake Waconia drew her to Lake Minnetonka where she was a long time resident.

She was a dedicated loving mother and friend. Doris loved all sports, was an avid golfer, swimmer and a tennis player and was a passionate and accomplished bridge player.

The family wants to thank Bev Miller and Susan Danzeisen for their dedicated and loving care of their mother.

Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Thursday, December 1, at the Church of St Therese, 18323 Minnetonka Blvd, Deephaven. Visitation one hour before Mass.

Interment St. Joseph Cemetery in Waconia.

Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society .

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577
www.davidleefuneralhome.com

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wayzata Police Blotter November 15 - 28, 2011


Theft Report Reported: 11-27-2011  1555
Theft of clothing from retail store / approx. loss $3000 / under investigation
Addresses Involved
848 Lake St E, Wayzata

Damage Prop-Mailbox Reported: 11-26-2011  1651
Mailbox smashed / unknown value
Addresses Involved
6XX Harmony Cir , Wayzata

 DWI Reported: 11-26-2011  0353
Male, 24 yr old from Sparta, WI, arrested for 3rd degree DWI / tested .14 BAC
Addresses Involved
1905 Wayzata Blvd W, Long Lake

Unwanted Person / domestic Reported: 11-25-2011  1154
Charges pending of 5th degree domestic assault against male, 50 yr old from Minnetonka for assaulting brother.
Addresses Involved
14XX Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Malicious Mischief Reported: 11-24-2011  0400
Malicious Mischief-on patrol -noticed items in work area out of place-moved a small cone out of the roadway-put a sign (sand bags) that had been moved back in place-const sign on its side (Lake St. E./Ferndale Rd S.)-move sign upright-plastic const. barrel on side of road with sand bag-unknown if damage old or new-unknown if it was supposed to be on road somewhere-unknown if it is still usable-information
Addresses Involved
200 block of Ferndale Road S, Wayzata

Theft of Christmas Tree   Reported: 11-23-2011  1453
Theft of decorated Christmas tree in a pot / loss approx. $50
Addresses Involved
1421 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Domestic Reported: 11-20-2011  0923
Male, 54 yr old from Long Lake, and Female, 51 yr old from Mpls, to be charged with 5th degree domestic assault and disorderly conduct after altercation that occurred in parking lot.
Addresses Involved
1865 Wayzata Blvd W, Long Lake
Theft (Under $500.00) Reported: 11-17-2011  1458
Theft of coins / amount to be determined / under investigation
Addresses Involved
163 Wayzata Boulevard W, Wayzata

Theft/Rpt Reported: 11-16-2011  1100
Theft of $120 cash from apartment
Addresses Involved
163 Wayzata Blvd W, Wayzata

No Pay Reported: 11-15-2011  1818
No Pay for gas / loss $50
Addresses Involved
1325 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata


FOUND PROPERTY 3
PIMV 3
PI INVOLVING BICYCLE/PED 1
PDMV 12
PDMV & DEER 1
Other Fire/Smoke 2
Single Family Home Fire 1
FIRE ALARM 3
GAS LEAK/SMELL 2
HAZ ROAD CONDITION 1
OTHER MEDICAL 15
72 Hour Hold/Emergency Admission 4
WELFARE CHECK - ADULT 4
INFO REC'D 8
DOMESTIC 3
CIVIL MATTER 3
DISTURBANCE/FIGHT/LOUD PARTY 3
RECEIVE COURT ORDER/OFP 1
SUSPICION 11
OPEN DOOR/WINDOW 2
BURNING COMPL 1
MISC. JUVENILE PROBLEM 1
LEAKY LOAD/DUMPING 1
DRIVING/TRAFFIC COMPLAINT 10
PARKING COMPL 1
BURNING VIOLATION - Verbal Warning 1
ANIMAL COMPLAINT/CHECK 9
DISPATCH ANIMAL 2
PATROL REQUEST 2
ADULT PROTECTION ASSIST 1
FINGERPRINTS 5
ASSIST CHILD PROTECTION 1
MOTORIST ASSIST/STALL 13
PUBLIC ASSIST 6
LOCKOUT 5
BUSINESS ALARM 4
HOME ALARM 3
911 HANG-UP 1
ASSIST OTHER DEPT 1
WARRANT/ATTEMPT/ARREST 1
CASE FOLLOW UP 2
Cancel/No Contact 2
DOM ASLT-MS-INFLT BODILY HARM-HANDS-AD-FAM 1
ASLT-DOMESTIC-MS-INFLT BODLY HRM-HNDS-ADLT-AC 2
TRAF-AC-GM-3RD DEG DWI-UI ALCOHOL-MV 1
TRAF-AC-GM-3RD DEG DWI-08 OR MORE -MV 1
JUVENILE-CURFEW 1
DISTURB PEACE-MS-DISORDERLY CONDUCT 2
PROP DAMAGE-MS-PRIVATE-OTHER INTENT 2
THEFT-1001-5000 DLRS FE-BLDG-OTHER PROPERTY 1
THEFT-500 OR LESS MS-BLDG-MONEY 3
THEFT-500 OR LESS MS-YARDS-OTH PROP 1
THEFT-500 OR LESS MS-SELF SERVE GAS-GAS ONLY 1
CRIM AGNST ADM JUST-GM-GIVE FLSE NAM-POL 2


Crime Alert: Vandalism

Over the course of the past month, we have taken several reports of vandalism and theft from vehicles in the northeast portion of the city (Harmony Circle north of Highway 12). Many of these cases went unreported until neighbors began talking to one another.

If you should be the victim of vandalism or theft, or any other crime for that matter, the Wayzata Police Department would like to know about it in a real time manner. Information from one victim may assist in solving other reported crimes. We would also encourage you to contact Wayzata PD should you see anything that might appear to be suspicious by dialing 911.

Dick Osgood: Decontamination, gates and fees, oh my!

There is now a gate installed at the Christmas Lake access. Carver County Parks has approved a plan and recommended funding for mandatory inspections for all boats entering Lake Minnewashta. This plan calls for turning boats away or requiring them to be decontaminated should they fail the inspection. Other area lake associations, such as Lotus Lake, Fish Lake, Medicine Lake, are arguing for similar protections.

Too much? No. Not if we are serious about protecting our lakes.

Unfortunately (for Lake Minnetonka), a zebra mussel infestation in Lake Minnetonka seems to have been a wake up call for others. For the sake of other lakes, we sincerely hope it is not too late. For the sake of Lake Minnetonka, let’s pay attention because we remain exposed to quagga mussel, spiny waterflea, hydrilla, etc.

Why is this happening? Simply, the state’s rules and authorities are not adequate and nearby lake association are rightfully concerned their lake will be next. The state bureaucracy is not as nimble as aquatic invasive species (AIS) and therefore the state response has been too slow. As well, AIS pose a huge challenge on many levels and there are competing and conflicting interests. In addition, the state’s AIS protection system has evolved piecemeal and lawmakers have approached the AIS crisis too timidly. We must now either play catch up or bear the consequences.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging more efforts from local partners. However, they want consistency throughout the state, which is reasonable. Unfortunately, guidelines for local authorities that could provide this consistency are not at hand. This is creating great frustration. Encouraging local initiatives and partnerships on one hand, yet not allowing them to become unshackled from the inadequate protective state overlay on the other hand is a formula for frustration. It is also a formula for failure.

In a newspaper article, a DNR official is quoted as saying, “the DNR is studying whether it can delegate inspection authority to cities, counties or watershed districts, and is working on a "package" of changes that will be announced next spring.” If we wait for this, we will have lost another year. Again, more frustration.

Underlying all of this is the inability to reconcile the state’s long-standing tradition of allowing open access to lakes with the ability of AIS to exploit this open access. This must be confronted and reconciled if we are to be serious about protecting lakes. The Lake Minnetonka Association believes Lake Minnetonka and all Minnesota lakes are public resources that should be available for all to use and enjoy. We also believe that aggressive protection measures, such as those mentioned above, can be implemented in an equitable manner to better protect the lake without unreasonably affecting public access. In the meantime, we remain exposed.

We sometimes hear that the state constitution prohibits this kind of aggressive protection. I have asked both of my state legislators to provide an assessment of this question so we are all starting on the same page, but as of yet no answer. Until we learn otherwise, I think we should proceed in a manner that is more protective of our lakes. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is proposing to amend its management plan along these lines. The Lake Minnetonka Association supports this.

What next? We applaud these local initiatives and encourage their implementation. The Lake Minnetonka Association urges the local agencies responsible for protecting Lake Minnetonka to be similarly bold. Lacking this, Lake Minnetonka remains exposed to new and more AIS.

Wayzata Public Schools named a 2nd Annual AP Honor Roll District


Wayzata Public Schools is one of 367 districts in the nation, and one of 11 districts in Minnesota being honored by the College Board with a place on the second annual AP Honor Roll, for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP exams.

Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s Advanced Placement program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students who are likely to benefit most from AP coursework. Since 2009, Wayzata Public Schools increased the number of students participating in AP exams from 683 to 775 while maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of three or higher at 86 percent. The majority of U.S. Colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for a score of three or above on AP exams.

Inclusion on the second annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the following criteria:
  • Examination of three years of AP data, from 2009 to 2011;
  • Increase in participation in/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • A steady or increasing percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Performance levels maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of students in 2011 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2009, or the school has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

City seeks applications for Commissions and Boards

Dear Interested Citizens:

As you may know, with December rapidly approaching, a number of the City’s Commission and Boards will have open positions available for appointment to the following Committees and Commissions:
3 Planning Commission seats (3-year terms expiring December 31, 2014)
1 Housing & Redevelopment Authority seat (5-year term expiring December 31, 2016)
1 Housing & Redevelopment Authority seat (2-year term expiring December 31, 2013)
2 Heritage Preservation Board seats (2-year terms expiring December 31, 2013)
5 Charter Commission seats (4-year terms expiring December 31, 2015)

The City is still accepting applications for these positions. If you are or if you know of anyone who is interested in serving on any of these City committees and commission, please direct them to the City’s website for additional information. Applications for the various positions are located as a downloadable PDF document on the City’s website and can also be picked up in person at City Hall.

The deadline for receiving applications is 4:30pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Applicant interviews before the City Council will be scheduled for December 20th.

Any questions regarding the application process can be directed to Becky Malone, Deputy City Clerk, at 952-404-5303 or becky@wayzata.org.

You may receive duplicate copies of this email if you are subscribed to different email groups.

Sincerely,

Becky Malone, MCMC
Deputy City Clerk/Office Manager
City of Wayzata
600 Rice Street E
Wayzata, MN 55391
Phone: 952-404-5303

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Prep Bowl XXX: Wayzata 3, Eden Prairie 13

Your Wayzata Trojans were defeated tonight short of a perfect season by the Eden Prairie Eagles in the Class AAAAA Prep Bowl.  Read the full write-up here: Prep Bowl XXX: Eden Prairie 13, Trojans 3

Friday, November 18, 2011

Catching up with the Tarpleys (part 3)


AJ Tarpley. Photo credit Rivals.com.
This is the third installment of CATCHING UP WITH THE TARPLEYS, an inside scoop into the lives of one of the families that has contributed a great deal to the success of the Wayzata Trojan football team in recent years.

In this segment, we will visit with AJ Tarpley. AJ was a linebacker on the 2008 Championship team, and is now a red-shirt freshman starting for the Stanford Cardinal.
DG: YOU ARE A SOPHOMORE NOW?

AJ Tarpley: Yeah, a red-shirt freshman.

DG:  YOU ARE PLAYING AT STANFORD, STARTING RIGHT?

AJ: I'm starting at the Mike linebacker position.

DG: FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW, WHAT IS THE MIKE LINEBACKER?

AJ: It's an inside linebacker in a 3-4 [defense].  There are two of them about five yards off the ball.

DG: YOU ARE HAVING A POSITIVE IMPACT FOR THE TEAM?

AJ: Yeah.  This was my fourth start last week, I played mostly on special teams.  I traded in at linebacker for the first 5 games.  I started the next four.  Arizona, Washington State, USC, and last week against Oregon State.

DG: STANFORD IS UNDEFEATED AT THIS POINT, WHAT IS THAT LIKE?

AJ: It's incredible.  We have a goal this season, and we are happy to be where we are right now.  It's been good so far, we haven't played as good as we can.  To get to 9-0 right now and be in the position we are in, we are definitely grateful for it.  It's a pretty unreal experience.

DG: I WANT TO TALK WITH YOU ABOUT THE 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP, AND THE 2009 LOSS TO EDEN PRAIRIE.  WALK ME THROUGH 2008, AND HOW DID THAT ALL COME ABOUT?

AJ: I think it was partly everybody.  We had a great team, great players, great coaches. It was definitely a good season.  The team I remember--I was a junior and I was playing with some other juniors around me.  There was senior leadership--my brother was obviously one of them, John Reese at Quarterback, at defense John Connolly, Paul Hoffer and Kevin Potus and some other guys there too.  Things went our way a couple of times, and we were able to go undefeated and win state.

DG: THE BLAINE GAME WAS THE ICING ON THE CAKE, PARTICULARLY AS YOUR BROTHER CAUGHT THAT PASS FROM FRITZ ROCK FOR THE GO-AHEAD SCORE.  WHAT WAS THAT LIKE FOR YOU AND FOR HIM?

AJ:  That was great.  There was also the play before that when I didn't quite get to a ball in the endzone.  But I could not be happier because of the way the next play ended up--my brother catching the touchdown for the win.  It was an unreal experience.  He and Fritz definitely deserved it.

DG: WHEN YOU HAD BREAKFAST THE NEXT DAY WITH YOUR BROTHER, WHAT WERE YOU GUYS TALKING ABOUT?

AJ: I was complimenting him, and telling him what a great job he did.  And he would tell me, next year is your year, go out and do the same thing.  We were back and forth, enjoying it.

DG:  WALK ME THROUGH THE EDEN PRAIRIE LOSS IN THE DOME IN 2009.

AJ: The last play for us was the double pass that ended up being intercepted. Up until that point, we were still in a good position-- 7 to 3 and we were trying to drive down and score to win it. It was just one of those plays where the defense knew it was coming, the safety made a good play.

DG: DID INJURIES PLAY A PART THAT SEASON? LOSING GUYS LIKE AARON ROTH?  WOULD YOU HAVE HAD A BETTER OPPORTUNITY IF EVERYONE WAS HEALTHY?

AJ: Yeah. It was fun to see them win it the next year.  His injury was huge just because--because he added another dimension to our offense.  You can always go back and say that the outcome would be different.  I think it would have been an advantage if he was healthy.  Another guy that was hurt also was Jack Egan--one of our linebackers who also played wide receiver.  It's a different ball game if they are there, but no discredit to Eden Prairie--they played a good game and they won it.

DG: HOW DID WAYZATA PREPARE YOU TO PLAY AT THE NEXT LEVEL?

AJ: It helped me a lot.  The big thing was just the guys that come out of there.  Especially for me as a linebacker, James Laurinaitis.  I grew up watching him play on the field, going to Ohio State to All-American to the NFL. Other guys of course, Dom Barber, Marion Barber, Ben Hamilton, those guys have gone through.  It just shows you, ok, people have gone from this high school.  It is one of those things that helps as far as confidence.  Also the coaches, and just the overall program--Matt Lombardi, RJ Johnson, have really helped me as far as recruiting and getting better every day.  Both of those guys are very good coaches,  so I definately credit them.  I also just want to credit the players around me--Wayzata is a winning program. All that combined--the coaches, the players, the program's history, and the guys that have gone have helped me get to Stanford.

DG: IS THE PROGRAM GETTING STRONGER?

AJ: I think they have won forty of the last forty-seven games and only lost two, and it's great to see the kids that were real young when you were playing also getting better as well.

DG: WHAT IS COLLEGE LIKE, HAVE YOU ADJUSTED TO THAT OK?

AJ: Last year was a red-shirt year, so not much going on. This year has definately been fun.  Right now I'm just placing all my focus on football while making sure I am doing good in school.  It's a two part thing and it has been good so far.

AJ Tarpley recovers a fumble against USC to win the game in triple overtime.  Photo credit LA Times.
DG: YOU FELL ON THAT FOOTBALL IN THE ENDZONE AGAINST USC TO WIN THE GAME.  WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?

AJ:  It was an incredible experience.  We were in the third overtime, and it was our third start.  I had a pretty good game up to that, still had some mistakes--played better.  I was feeling good, the confidence out there let me play well.  The defense, we kept telling oursevles 'all we need is one stop and Andrew Luck would score and win it for us'.  It was the third overtime, they scored and we had gotten eight the time before so all we had to do was hold them.  They made a play [to get a first down], and the next play I saw the ball pop out, instantly shed my guy, ran over and dove on it.  It was an unreal experience.  At first it didn't really hit me that we won in the third overtime to keep our undefeated season alive until I got up and everybody surrounded me.  That is when everything hit me, it was just an incredible feeling with the team mates.

DG:  DID YOU KEEP THAT BALL?

AJ: I kept it after the game, but I gave it to Head Coach David Shaw.

DG: DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO STUDY?

AJ: I'm undecided right now.  Finishing up all my general education requirements.  Maybe political science--it's still open right now.

Read the rest of the segment, Catching up with the Tarpleys here:

1. Parents Audie and Karen Tarpley give an inside look at the 2008 Championship
2. Junior Wide Receiver for Ole Miss Matt Tarpley talks about playing at Wayzata and in the SEC
3. Sophomore Linebacker AJ Tarpley talks about his experiences at Stanford and playing at Wayzata


Wayzata.com is your source for news and information in Wayzata, MN, 55391, and the Wayzata Trojans and is brought to you by Re/Max Results Wayzata REALTOR Dan Gustafson.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Catching up with the Tarpleys (part 2)

This is the second installment of CATCHING UP WITH THE TARPLEYS, an inside scoop into the lives of one of the families that has contributed a great deal to the success of the Wayzata Trojan football team in recent years.

In this segment, we will visit with Matt Tarpley.  Matt was on the freshmen team when Wayzata won it's first championship in 2005, and played a large role as a senior on the 2008 championship team including catching the go-ahead touchdown to defeat Blaine in the Metrodome that year.

Matt is now in his Junior year at Ole Miss, and is excited to be a part of the football team as a wide receiver.

Ole Miss Wide Receiver Matt Tarpley.
Submitted photo. 
Daniel Gustafson: WHAT YEAR ARE YOU NOW AT OLE MISS?

Matt Tarpley: I'm a Junior.

DG: AND YOU WALKED ON TO THEIR FOOTBALL PROGRAM, DID YOU NOT?

MT: I went to camp here and they invited me to be on their football team.  It was more like a preferred walk-on, but same thing.

DG: WHAT HAS THAT BEEN LIKE FOR YOU?

MT:  It's been quite an experience moving from the Minneapolis area. It's a lot different.  I've adjusted well, have some great teammates, we are struggling right now as a team, but we will get back on track.

DG:  WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT IT?

MT:  The size of the guys here in the Southeastern Conference is one of the biggest things.  The speed of the game of college football too.  The overall practice time that you put in day in and day out.

DG:  HOW MUCH BIGGER ARE THEY - SEC VERSUS BIG 10?

MT: There isn't a definate answer to that, but speed I would say is the biggest difference.

DG:  HOW DID PLAYING AT WAYZATA PREPARE YOU FOR THAT?

MT: The things we did at Wayzata, the early morning workouts, the 7-on-7, the constant being around football mentality--that is the way college is.  Those kind of workouts we have at Wayzata--the year 'round mentality we have--which is great.

DG: 2008 IS WHEN YOU PLAYED BLAINE IN THE DOME?

MT: Exactly.

DG: SO YOU WERE PART OF TWO CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS THEN?

MT:  I was on the freshman team in 2005 as well.

DG: FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, YOU WERE DOING A LITTLE WILDCAT, WERE YOU NOT?

MT:  I played quarterback, I played receiver, I played everything.

Matt Tarpley at Ole Miss.
Submitted photo.
DG:  WHAT ARE YOU PLAYING NOW AT OLE MISS?

MT: I am playing wide receiver, and working in on some special teams.

DG:  AND HOW IS IT GOING FOR YOU?

MT: It's going well.  I haven't seen any action yet, but I am working in on 2nd team, and working in on special teams--but no action in games yet.

DG: WHAT LEVEL OF COMMITMENT DID IT TAKE AT WAYZATA?

MT: There is a really high standard that is set by the guys and the coaches, and if you didn't meet that standard of work ethic--then you weren't going to see the field. These are things they demanded of you early on when you entered the program.

DG: HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO RESPOND TO THAT AND EXCEL?

MT: A lot of my teammates helped me out at Wayzata.

DG:  WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO WIN THE CHAMIPIONSHIP IN 2008?

MT: That was a feeling unlike any other.  The guys this year, and who have won it in the past, you remeber that for the rest of your life.  You have flashbacks in your memories, [Ole Miss] Coach Nutt likes to say that these are the best days of your life--college football.  But I can tell you that the days with your high school teammates are unlike any other.  There is nothing to compare.

Matt Tarpley celebrates after catching the go-ahead touchdown from Fritz Rock to win the 2008 State Chamipionship.
Photo Eric Berg.
DG: WALK ME THROUGH THE PLAY TO WIN THE 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP:

MT: I remember everything about that play.  Fritz Rock threw it to me, the laces on the ball...

DG: YOU THINK ABOUT IT?

MT:  Yeah, anytime I need motivation I think back to those days at Wayzata.

DG:  YOU AND AJ PLAYED ON THE SAME TEAM IN 2008?

MT:  He was a Junior, and started at linebacker, and I started at Wide Receiver.  So we both played on the same team a year apart.

DG:  WHAT WAS IT LIKE PLAYING WITH YOUR BROTHER?

MT: That is an experience I will never forget.  Maybe we will someday again.  There is nothing like having that brotherly connection out there on the field.  With how tight our team was that year, it was just amazing to have a family member involved with it.

DG: IN ANOTHER TWENTY YEARS, WHAT WILL YOU REMEMBER ABOUT PLAYING WITH YOUR BROTHER?

MT: I will clearly remember winning that State Championship with him, and hugging and laughing even as we knew we were going different places next year.  The bond over that team.

DG: DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT YOU TALKED ABOUT AS YOU WON THE GAME, THE DAY AFTER, THE WEEK AFTER? WHAT DID YOU GUYS TALK ABOUT?

MT: We were both extremely proud of each other, I can tell you that.  I know when AJ got the offer from Stanford, it was an extremely proud moment.  I was going to Ole Miss, the fact that we were both going to be playing Division I football, was definitely great.

DG: WHAT ARE YOU STUDYING AT OLE MISS?

MT:  I'm currently in finance.

DG: How is that going for you?

MT: It's going great!  I'm 22 credits away from being done with a double major in finance and real estate.

DG: HAVE YOU BEEN KEEPING TABS ON THE TROJANS THIS YEAR?

MT: Oh yeah, I have seen that they are undefeated, I saw the big win against Eden Prairie online.  I am really proud of them.  Those guys are doing it. I can tell this is a special classs, just like last years class.  I hope they win another State Championship.

DG: THANKS FOR YOUR TIME, ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO ADD?

MT:  I just hope those guys have a great year, and remember this time for the rest of their lives.

Stay tuned for part 3, as Sophomore Linebacker AJ Tarpley talks about his experiences at Stanford and playing at Wayzata.


1. Parents Audie and Karen Tarpley give an inside look at the 2008 Championship
2. Junior Wide Receiver for Ole Miss Matt Tarpley talks about playing at Wayzata and in the SEC
3. Sophomore Linebacker AJ Tarpley talks about his experiences at Stanford and playing at Wayzata

Wayzata.com is your source for news and information in Wayzata, MN, 55391, and the Wayzata Trojans and is brought to you by Re/Max Results Wayzata REALTOR Dan Gustafson.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Catching up with the Tarpleys

Head over to WayzataFootball.net to read the first of a 3 part series on the Tarpley family.  Audie, Karen, Matt and AJ have played a large part of the Wayzata Football program, with both boys playing on the 2008 State Championship team.

Now the family talks with Wayzata.com about the level of commitment to play football at this level, and both Matt and AJ will talk about their experiences at Ole Miss and Stanford respectively.

Read the first installment here: Catching up with the Tarpleys (part 1)

Trojans headed to State Quarterfinals in football

Your Wayzata Trojan football team is headed to state, and will take on the Moorhead Spuds Saturday night at St. Cloud State.  Catch all the action on www.WayzataFootball.net.

The Wayzata / Moorhead football game is scheduled for 8 pm.  Tix are available from the Wayzata Athletic Department or at the door.

2011 Wayzata School Board election results

Click this image to view the results.
The Wayzata School board election results are as follows:

Linda A. Cohen: 1576
Cheryl Polzin: 1500
Carter Peterson: 1444
Jay Hesby: 1279
Gregory Baufield: 1019
Joan Curtiss: 999
Nick Roehl: 857

Yellow highlighting indicates the candidate was elected.

Brigadoon theater production at Wayzata High School


Wayzata High School Players present the musical Brigadoon, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.

Based on the German story Germelshausen by Friedrich Gerstacker, Brigadoon revolves around two American tourists, who stumble upon a misty little Scottish town that only awakens for one day every one hundred years. Accompanied by a beautiful musical score (Heather on the Hill, It’s Almost Like Being in Love), romantic bagpipes, and knock your socks off dancing. Brigadoon promises an unforgettable evening of romance and adventure!

W h e r e :  Wayzata High School Auditorium 4955 Peony Lane, Plymouth
W h e n :   7 : 3 0   p . m .  November 10-12, 17-19 (2:00 p.m. on November 19th)
T i c k e t s :  $10 - $15
F o r   m o r e   i n f o r m a t io n :  Call the Fine Arts Office at 763-745-6907 or visit www.wayzata.k12.mn.us

Catching up with the Tarpleys (part 1)


Karen, Matt, AJ & Audie Tarpley. Submitted photo.

The Tarpley family has played a large role in the success of the Wayzata Trojans football program in recent years.  Audie and Karen Tarpley email me from time to time to let me know how their boys Matt and AJ are doing with life after Wayzata.

Since the Trojans are headed back to state, and the boys played such a large role in the 2008 State Championship, I thought I would try to get as much insight into their commitment and emotion playing and succeeding at the highest levels of high school football in the State of Minnesota.

This is the first of a three part series:

1. Parents Audie and Karen Tarpley give an inside look at the 2008 Championship
2. Junior Wide Receiver for Ole Miss Matt Tarpley talks about playing at Wayzata and in the SEC
3. Sophomore Linebacker AJ Tarpley talks about his experiences at Stanford and playing at Wayzata

Audie & Karen Tarpley

Daniel Gustafson: WHERE DID YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MOVE TO?

Audie Tarpley: Karen and I moved to Dallas, TX in August of 2010.  I am not sure that the boys know we actually moved, they still return to Minnesota far more than they come to Texas! Thank god for good friends who take them in as if they never left.

DG: WHY DID YOU GO?

I had been working out of town for several years and found myself un-employed in June of 2009 prior to A.J.’s senior year in High School.  I finally found a job in Dallas and started work in February of 2010.  I commuted for six months and then we moved shortly after A.J. graduated.  It wasn’t easy moving away from our many friends in Minnesota.  I thought I wanted out of the cold weather and snow but have now learned (after 68 consecutive days of +100 degree days this summer) that maybe the cold wasn’t so bad!

The good news is that we can drive to Ole Miss in a little over 8 hours and the flights from here to the west coast are plentiful and often times on sale so we can go see A.J occasionally as well.

DG: WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU TO HAVE THE BOYS COMPETE AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE FOOTBALL WORLD IN MN?

AJ Tarpley at Wayzata High School. Photo Dan Gustafson.
AT: Exhilarating!  Proud of their hard work! It was the best of the best.  How can it get any better than having both sons starting and contributing to the large school state championship in 2008?


The level of competition that Wayzata football provides is outstanding, as are the facilities, which are as good as most anywhere. 


Competition at this level is fierce and it extends off the field as well as on it.  There is the pressure to earn your position and then to keep your position.  There are high expectations.  The competition on a day to day basis at Wayzata clearly prepared the boys for the next level.

There were friendships forged that will last throughout their lifetimes. 

Funny side note: In Ohio, youth football started in the second grade.  We did not allow Matt to participate but promised that he could start the next year in third grade…….we moved and football did not start in the WPYF until the fourth grade.  It made for a very long year.

DG: HOW MUCH PREPARATION AND COMITMENT WAS THERE ON YOUR PART AND THE BOYS PART TO PLAY AT THIS LEVEL?

AT: A.J. and Matt both made sacrifices in order to compete at the highest levels.  They attended camps, combines and competitions throughout the country to find opportunities to learn from other athletes and coaches.

They participated in prescribed work outs with their teammates but also participated in extra work outs year round at other training facilities.

Football has always been a major part of our lives.  We believe that participating in any team sport has life lessons that reach far beyond the boundaries of a football field.  The boys clearly loved what they were doing and we did all that we could to support them in pursuing their dreams.

Matt Tarpley catches a pass from Fritz Rock to win
the 2008 State Championship. Photo Eric Berg.
DG: WHAT WAS IT LIKE WHEN MATT HELPED TO WIN OVER BLAINE WITH HIS PLAY?

AT: Matt’s TD reception to put Blaine away in the State Championship game was a dream come true! It was especially fun because those kids were a true team in every definition of the term. It was a culmination of a very long road in which Matt had overcome significant adversity, a position change and a grade 2 shoulder separation to be on the field and to be a major contributor.

DG: HOW DID AJ TAKE THE LOSS TO EDEN PRAIRIE?

A.J. was a senior and he was a Captain. He was obviously disappointed.  The team had higher expectations.   We were so proud of how the team handled their disappointment when they became supporters of Eden Prairie for their next game.   A.J. had to move on, he was diagnosed with a broken leg a couple of days after the game and his application and essays still had to be completed in order for him to be admitted to Stanford so it was a very busy time.

DG: ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

Our two sons would not be where they are without each other.  They pushed each other from an early age.  They were always and remain each other’s biggest supporters!

We miss and are so thankful for all of our wonderful friends from the Wayzata / Plymouth area who were such important parts of our son’s lives.  We did not have family in the area and moved in without knowing a single soul.  There are so many of our neighbors, teachers, friends, coaches and others, including writers such as yourself, Michael Much of MN Sports.com and John Millea of the Star Tribune who contributed and supported our boys success.

Thank you to Jamie Sherwood and his staff at the athletic office at Wayzata High School whose efforts are often not seen at all and more times than not when they are seen they are not fully understood.  You guys are awesome and we love you for it!

Matt and A.J. both had John Batalden as their guidance councilor. He provided transcripts early when Matt needed them because he graduated early and could not enroll without them.  He worked tirelessly on the numerous follow ups required by the Stanford admissions office….folks, some schools admit athletes without any real efforts…..Stanford is NOT one of those schools.   We could not have done it without you John!

There are many coaches who have helped the boys including Matt Schiedler, Ty Baker, R.J. Johnson who provided the encouragement and the work environment that allowed those who wanted to excel to just do that, excel.  Even more importantly he was also a good listener and allowed them to vent or to share complaints without judgment and be teenage boys and finally, Matt Lombardi who took the calls from the college coaches, prepared the highlight dvds and has continued to be there for them even after graduation.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Catching up with the Tarpleys as we interview Matt Tarpley, Junior wide receiver at Ole Miss.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Veterans Day Ceremony scheduled for 11 am

11-11-11.
The public is invited to join volunteer organizers at Heritage Park on Friday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. to recognize and pay tribute to our community’s many local veterans. A brief ceremony, sharing of stories, and music will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. Please join residents, families and the community to honor those who’ve served our country. For more information go to Wayzata.org or call Eunice Golfis at 763-553-7818. The Community Room at City Hall will be the back up location in case of bad weather.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Wayzata 30, Osseo 7 as Trojans headed to State

Wide receiver Jeff Borchardt catches one of his two touchdown passes against Osseo. Photo Wayzata Photography.
Your Wayzata Trojans defeated the Osseo Orioles Friday night 30-7 in the 5AAAAA Sectional Championship.  Read more here: Wayzata takes on Osseo in the Section 5AAAAA Championship game.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Wayzata Police Department Media Report October 25 - 31, 2011



Theft From Auto Report  Reported: 10-31-2011  1626
Car window broken and messenger bag with misc. papers stolen / loss $40 plus cost of window replacement.
Addresses Involved 
600 block of Lake St E, Wayzata

Burglary / Damage to Prop /Thft Frm Auto  Reported: 10-27-2011  0906
Addresses Involved  Car in underground parking garage vandalized by slashing tires, breaking windows, and I-pod stolen / damage approx. $500, theft approx. $400
155 Gleason Lake Rd , Wayzata


PDMV 2
H & R PDMV 1
FIRE ALARM 1
GAS LEAK/SMELL 1
SUICIDE 1
OTHER MEDICAL 5
DETOX PATIENT 1
WELFARE CHECK - ADULT 4
INFO REC'D 3
DOMESTIC 2
DISTURBANCE/FIGHT/LOUD PARTY 2
RECEIVE COURT ORDER/OFP 3
SUSPICION 8
OPEN DOOR/WINDOW 1
MISC. JUVENILE PROBLEM 1
DRIVING/TRAFFIC COMPLAINT 2
RECORD CHECKS 1
Solicitor Permit 1
ANIMAL COMPLAINT/CHECK 4
PATROL REQUEST 1
ASSIST CHILD PROTECTION 1
MOTORIST ASSIST/STALL 2
PUBLIC ASSIST 1
LOCKOUT 2
BUSINESS ALARM 4
HOME ALARM 1
911 HANG-UP 2
ASSIST OTHER DEPT 1
TRANSPORT 1
Cancel/No Contact 4
THEFT-500 OR LESS MS-MTR VEHICLE-OTH PROP 1

Wayzata Fire Department to hold blood drive Nov. 14

The Wayzata Fire Department will host a Blood Drive on Monday November 14, 2011  from 2 - 6 pm. at the Fire Station. 

Did you know that one out of every 3 people will need blood?   Blood banks are facing all time lows, you could help, by donating!

To make an appointment go to:  www.mbc.org/searchdrives and enter 3327 as the sponsor code.  Then click on the event date to register.  Please register by November 11th.

What to expect
The collection of a unit, about one pint, of blood takes about 10 minutes (your total invested time may total an hour).  After your donation, you can enjoy some refreshments to replenish your fluids. You are then able to resume daily activities. Eat a full meal at least six hours before donating.  Drink fluids before and after donating and know that you have saved someone’s life.

Bring ID • Eat Before Donating • No Cold or Flu Symptoms for 3 Days

Wondering if you are eligible to donate?
You may be surprised to know that only 40% of the population is eligible to donate (that is why the need is so high).
Please check out the link below to see if you are eligible to donate:
http://www.memorialbloodcenters.org/MBC/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabIndex=5&TabID=43

Monday, October 31, 2011

Open letter to Hennepin County from Sheriff Stanek

From Sheriff Rich Stanek October 28, 2011

Law Enforcement Agencies across the country face challenges due to economic change. In 2008, the U.S. had 250 officers per 100,000 residents; in 2011 that number dropped to 184. According to a recent study, 30,000 law enforcement positions will go unfilled in 2012 due to cutbacks. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office already has eliminated 64 positions; we will have to reduce by 25 more full time employees, to meet the 2012 Budget proposed by Hennepin County Administration.

 Families, businesses, and other government agencies all are adjusting to limited resources. Staffing reductions also are the new reality for the Sheriff’s Office, and they will have a serious impact on the way we operate for years to come. Volunteers, technology, and collaborative and community‐ oriented policing are all strategies we’ve employed to minimize impacts due to staff reductions. But the current model for police service delivery is changing, and we will have to do things differently.

The 2012 reductions will most likely have the greatest impact on our Criminal Justice partners. Reductions in jail staffing may require closing a Housing Unit, leaving fewer beds for housing inmates arrested by our Police Department partners, and also may mean longer waits for fingerprinting and booking times for arrestees. Arresting officers may have to wait in line as we work to assist with fewer staff—keeping them from patrolling their cities. Reductions will mean longer turn‐around times when deputies are ordered by the courts to transport and guard inmates and patients in courtrooms and hospitals‐‐ which also means a slow‐down for court proceedings, increased lengths of stay for inmates, and longer times to trial. The loss of several Crime Lab Scientists mid‐year, when 2009 Stimulus Funds run out, will likely mean longer turn‐around times for evidence processing. Our Finance Division will no longer have staff to post foreclosures to the website.

Since mid‐year 2009, the Sheriff’s Office has activated new strategies to leverage taxpayer‐funded resources into force‐multipliers for our reduced staff. We have 125 trained Special Deputies that volunteer to work under the supervision of sworn officers, in 5 areas: Emergency Squad, Water Patrol, Mounted Patrol, Explorers and Mobile Amateur Radio Corps, and we have another 165 volunteers that work to provide community‐based assistance and counseling to Jail inmates. Volunteers contribute thousands of hours each year, and we rely upon them more and more as we make reductions in paid staff. We’ve implemented strategic management solutions: improving scheduling to reduce overtime, eliminating and consolidating some service areas, and cutting back on training and vehicle and equipment replacement schedules.

We’ve invested in cost‐conscious ways to be more effective in criminal investigations, through intelligence‐led policing, improved information sharing, and coordinating crimefighting collaboratives with our state, federal and local Police Department and County Attorney partners. Our investigators partner with Hopkins, Brooklyn Center, Richfield, Golden Valley, and Brooklyn Park investigators (just to name a few), to fight violent crime, detect and arrest drug traffickers, seize illegal weapons, and investigate gang shootings, and homicides and officer‐involved shootings.

We’re targeting resources to areas with the greatest need. Our deputies had 7500 contacts with residents and visitors as we provided 1400 hours of supplemental patrolling in the Downtown Safezones District during busy evening hours this summer. 25 HCSO Deputies responded to the Minneapolis Tornado in May. Deputies have responded to a record number of drownings, and the Crime Lab has responded to 206 death investigations in 2011. Throughout the year we worked to raise awareness and collect unwanted medicines to target prescription drug abuse, the second leading cause of accidental death in the nation (the first is traffic accident), and also more prevalent than cocaine and heroin use among our kids. And right now our Deputies must provide 24 hour security at the OccupyMN protests on the government plaza (at a cost of $200,000 for the first two weeks).

The Sheriff’s Office is leaner, smarter and more effective ‐‐in part due to reductions that prompted these improvements.

Yet, personnel, pensions, and health insurance costs, fuel and equipment costs, and food, mandated medical and prescription costs for inmates all continue to increase, and have more than absorbed the efficiencies and reductions we adopted so deliberately. And now we recognize that we can’t solve the problems in our 2012 Budget by ourselves, we need to engage the broader community and work in partnership.

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to work to find smarter and more effective ways to fulfill our responsibilities, and also meet the fair expectation of residents that we do all in our power to keep them safe. As the Sheriff’s Office is asked by the County Board of Commissioners to make even further cuts in 2012‐‐ and we shift and adapt the way we do our jobs‐‐it’s also important to be mindful: ensuring public safety and protecting the adults and children that live, visit or work in Hennepin County must always be the first duty of government.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Meet the Candidates for Wayzata School Board

Seven candidates filed during the August 2-16 filing period for four open seats on the Wayzata Public School board.  Wayzata.com asked the candidates a series of questions so you could make an informed decision.  A link below indicates that the candidate answered the questionnaire.

Candidate Roehl did not respond by the deadline.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your Wayzata School Board candidate leader.

School Board Voter Guide: Carter Peterson

What previous educational experiences do you have? Where did you go to high school and college? What kind of degrees have you obtained?
  • Tobe-Coburn School of Retail Management, New York, NY
  • Williams College, Williamstown, MA, B.A. in Psychology
  • Catlin Gabel High School, Portland, OR

I was fortunate to attend excellent schools and the advantages of that education motivated me to be actively involved in the schools as a volunteer when my own children’s K-12 years and long after they all graduated from Wayzata HS. I am used to high standards and high expectations and have always advocated for policies and programs that create opportunities for Wayzata students to excel at the highest levels.

What professional experience do you have?
  • Buyer and Group Sales Manager, Macy’s California, San Francisco, CA
  • Assistant Buyer and Dept. Manager, Woodward & Lothrop, Washington, D.C.
My professional business training in retailing has been helpful in board-level budgeting and financial matters, making results measurable, and also in simply evaluating trends.

What do you see as the greatest strengths in our district?
  1. People: Our students, parents & other family members, our faculty and staff, other community leaders and the taxpayers who support us financially. Everyone plays a role in making this a great district and I look forward to working with all of our stakeholders just as I have for the last 9-1/2 years.
  2. Sound financial management: Since the district emerged from its financial problems in the early 1990’s, the board and the administration have taken great care in planning and managing the district’s finances on both a short and long-term basis. I believe that we need to continue this culture of conservative financial management in order to preserve our operating flexibility in the face of future funding variability.
  3. High expectations: I have always advocated that we set the bar high with our curriculum and graduation standards, with our personnel and our financial management which stretches everyone to improve.
What do you see as the most pressing problem in our district?

Short-term, it is enrollment management and capacity planning.  We are closed to Open Enrollment which is a credit to the district’s quality and popularity but which presents other challenges.  In lieu of building another new elementary school to handle what might be a short-term surge, I favor adding some classroom capacity more broadly throughout the district.

Long-term, it is the evolving role of technology in K-12 education. I believe that balancing the costs and effectiveness of new technology in our curriculum and classrooms will be a major challenge. The decisions will require both financial prudence and boldness by the board, staff, students and our community. We need to get this right if we want to provide our students with a 21st century education. As Steve Jobs said at the end of his speech introducing the IPAD 2 in March of this year: “Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing.”

What specials strengths do you believe you would bring to the School Board?
  • I’ve been privileged to serve on the School Board for 9 ½ years and during my tenure, I have served as Chair, Vice- Chair, Treasurer and Clerk. I have also chaired various board committees such as Citizen Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC), Facilities, Curriculum and Instruction and others.  My experience as a parent of three WHS graduates and as PTA/PTSO president for Gleason Lake, West Middle School and Wayzata High School has also aided my service on the board as I’ve watched how their academic experience at Wayzata have served them well in their young adult lives.
  • My early business training in retailing is also helpful in board-level budgeting and financial matters and also in simply evaluating trends. I was a strong supporter of the Board decision to require one of the highest course credits needed for graduation both in Minnesota and the nation. Those high standards were based on our long-term view of what students would need to be successful in the 21st century. 
What do you see as the School Board member's role and responsibility in the effective administration of schools?

Board service is a collaborative effort among all seven members.  Broadly-speaking, our job is to help the administration review and approve the long-term academic, administrative and financial objectives for the district and to monitor the results over time.  This process also includes listening closely to all stakeholders who have questions or suggestions for improving our schools.

My view is that school boards should set long-term goals and monitor the results rather than try to become an operating committee that supplants the proper day-to-day work of the administrative staff.  It’s a fine line and the Wayzata board has done a good job at this sort of governance in recent years thanks in great measure to our highly competent and award-winning staff.

Along the way, we deal with all of the more detailed financial, legal and other regulatory matters that by law require board oversight.  We represent the community’s overall interests to ensure that current and future students have the staff and facilities to prepare them with 21st century skills so that they can succeed in higher education, careers and life in a global economy.

If elected, what is the first issue you plan to address?

The Board’s first priority will be the finalization and implementation of our new Strategic Plan.

Anything else you would like to volunteer?

 I am proud of the quality of Wayzata schools and the many board-approved initiatives of the past decade.  It has been a privilege to serve for the past 9-1/2 years with other dedicated board members. I have also enjoyed working with our talented students, staff, parents, guardians and many community members. They are all partners in the success of Wayzata schools.  I would be honored to be re-elected to the Wayzata School Board on Tuesday, November 8th.

What is your website address?

School Board Voter Guide: Cheryl Polzin


What previous educational experiences do you have? Where did you go to high school and college? What kind of degrees have you obtained?

I graduated from F.J. Turner High School in Beloit Wisconsin and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  After earning my degree, my educational experiences have been through community education classes and by participating in community events, attending speaker events throughout the metro area and participating as a parent and volunteer with our school district, church and greater community.  I believe that lifelong learning is an opportunity and a necessity for an individual and for our society as a whole.  I have always regarded a strong public education system as the critical link in providing a stable and civil society governed by democracy.

What professional experience do you have?

Through high school, college and until I landed a "job within my field of study", I worked as a restaurant server, employing all the necessary organizational and "people" skills to succeed working with kitchen and restaurant staff as well as the general public, starting at an IHOP and working my way up to being a tableside Flambé server.

Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, I worked in purchasing at a contract design firm. Here I researched and specified product and suppliers, negotiated pricing packages and helped projects stay on schedule and within budget. Prior to this position, I was the Office Manager at a retail/contract lighting showroom in Minneapolis where I was responsible for all office staff, helped implement software to manage our business systems and was responsible for all office functions.

Of course my most difficult, yet most important and rewarding job is being a good Mom. For the last 15+ years I’ve been the COO and CFO of our household and have acted as liaison between our family and the school district and community. Technically, this doesn’t qualify as “professional experience” as suggested in the question, but I believe that this experience has taught me many skills while highlighting how imperative it is that our school district remains a model of excellence bringing a world class education to all learners progressing through our programs.

My wide range of professional skills, dedication to success of students and the district and commitment to work hard at whatever task is before me, provides a combination of attributes that will serve our community well as it is applied to the position of school board member.

What do you see as the greatest strengths in our district?

The Wayzata School district is fortunate to be experiencing steady or slightly growing student population.  Steady or growing student numbers, combined with careful and skillful financial planning keeps our district in good fiscal condition.  I believe that our schools are in high demand because of the stellar overall quality of the educational experience that our district provides to students and their families.  This comes from having a talented and dedicated staff, administration and board.  Parents and the community in general are also committed to supporting this district with financial support through local levies and by donating personal time and talents to myriad programs and volunteer opportunities.  As a board member, I will work tirelessly to maintain and build upon this combination of strong people, strong programs and keeping our fiscal house in order.

What do you see as the most pressing problem in our district?

Our most immediate need is to relieve over crowding in some elementary sites.  Our programs and staff cannot function at optimum levels if the current number of students remains too high in some buildings.  A forward-thinking, long-term solution must be agreed upon and implemented as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality decisions.  The other pressing issue is not necessarily a “problem” but is a constant concern that must be consistently considered: responsible fiscal management, especially in these challenging economic times.  Our district has excellent Financial Administrators as well as a committed Citizen Financial Advisory Committee who work diligently to keep our fiscal house in order.  I will support the continuation of our approach to solid, smart financial management.

What specials strengths do you believe you would bring to the School Board?

I have a strong combination of skills and experience:
  1. Three children in Wayzata schools (6th, 8th & 10th grades)
  2. Varied and sustained district leadership and committee membership experience (please visit my website www.votepolzin.com for a complete list).
  3. Strong, collaborative relationships with administration, staff, parents, community members, district legislators and other members of committees upon which I serve.
  4. Solid understanding of legislative issues/process and how State action/policy affects our district.  
What do you see as the School Board member's role and responsibility in the effective administration of schools?

A strong board will work together to get and keep the right, great people in administrative positions and let them do their jobs.  Problems and concerns should be openly discussed and an agreed upon plan of action should be implemented by administration and staff.  A collaborative atmosphere of idea sharing and good communication between board, administration and staff is critical.  This “working hard together to improve our endeavor” approach is what I do.  I’ve forged many strong relationships with parents, staff, administration and district legislators over the years and I intend to continue to work hard to continue and strengthen those relationships. 

If elected, what is the first issue you plan to address?

I will first learn how I can best help to implement our district’s new Strategic Road Map which I believe is a guide to bringing our district to an even higher level of educational excellence.  I will also work hard to address the facilities use issue so that student population in our buildings is better distributed.  

Anything else you would like to volunteer?

My experience as citizen co-chair of the District Legislative Action Committee has allowed me to participate in and carefully observe the legislative process in St. Paul.  I have good working relationships with legislators who represent our district and understand how the many issues tacked at the State level are interconnected.  Having a solid understanding of the process and knowing how seemingly unrelated legislative decisions filter down and affect our schools is important.  I can bring this pragmatic and reasoned approach to the table and would be honored to serve as a board member of this excellent school district.

What is your website address?

School Board Voter Guide: Joan Curtiss

What previous educational experiences do you have? Where did you go to high school and college? What kind of degrees have you obtained?

I graduated from Edina West High School, and have a Bachelors of Science, Business Adminstration from University of Minnesota business school.

This educational background will be utilized as a foundation of my knowledge for the Wayzata School Board.

What professional experience do you have?

I have over 20 years of experience working at four different companies in the Twin Cities including work at General Mills and I am currently the Vice President, Human Resources at Waycrosse, Inc.  Waycrosse is located in Wayzata and at the Cargill Office Center.

My skills and experience working in a leadership role in the business community will be instrumental in the work necessary on the Wayzata School Board, from reviewing budgets, consensus building and driving solutions to difficult problems.

What do you see as the greatest strengths in our district?

The greatest strength are the collection of people in the district from the students, parents, staff, Superintendent and his administrative team, to other community members.

The key will be building and growing the effective partnership withing and between each of these groups for the best interest of all students and the community at large.

What do you see as the most pressing problem in our district?

The most pressing problem in our district is to finalize and implement the strategic road map so that future decisions are aligned with it.

The current Board may get this implemented, but the most difficult work is to make it an effective roadmap for future decisions. There will continue to be change in the district and to provide a world-class education to all students in the district there will have to be laser-focused and there will tough decisions ahead.

What specials strengths do you believe you would bring to the School Board?

I am bring a collection of strengths to the Wayzata School Board including:

  1. My 20 years of experience in a leadership role in business
  2. My role as a parent to 4 daughters who have successfully graduated from Wayzata schools including participating in 4 varsity sports (soccer, hockey, golf and tennis) and have been fortunate to go to 8 state tournaments and be part of a team that has won 2 state titles.
  3. My involvement in the community as a Site Council member, PTA Vice President and President, Senior Party Co-chair, Sunday school teacher and Confirmation Guide, Guardian ad litem
What do you see as the School Board member's role and responsibility in the effective administration of schools?

The Wayzata School Board member works for all members of the community and needs to work with each group effectively.  Specifcially, the Board makes policy and oversees the district's budget, curriculum, personnel and physical facilities.

With my experience in the community, as a parent and as a leader in the business community, I can be an effective listener and consensus builder to help bring the best ideas forward for the district.

If elected, what is the first issue you plan to address?

The first issue is to address the most pressing issue.  For now, I see that as the strategic roadmap implementation.  But as I talk more with parents, staff and other community members, there may be other pressing issues that emerge between now and January 2012.

Anything else you would like to volunteer?

I encourage everyone to vote November 8, 2011.  It is important to our community and school district to have the best School Board members.

I ask for your vote - it will be an honor to serve as a Wayzata School Board member.

What is your website address?

School Board Voter Guide: Gregory D. Baufield


What previous educational experiences do you have? Where did you go to high school and college? What kind of degrees have you obtained?

Graduated from Wayzata in 1975. Attended Augsburg College - Completed majors in Finance and Economics.

What professional experience do you have?

•Board member – International Education Center
•Former board member – Wayzata Public School District (11 years)
•Former head of Wayzata Youth Football (19 years)

During my years on the Board, I served in the positions of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Director. The board committees I served on were Finance, Superintendent Evaluation, Curriculum, Facilities, and several negotiation teams with the bargaining units. I also helped to create the original Citizens Technology Advisory Group.

I am employed as the Director of Business Development at TIES - an education technology collaborative located in St. Paul. I am in contact with school districts on a daily basis, and I am in school district buildings every day. My days are focused on what the future of education, and more specifically, technology in education, will look like particularly in the areas of Curriculum and Instruction and Operational Systems.

Currently, there are no board members that visit school districts throughout the state of Minnesota on an daily basis. Through my job, I see wonderful things going on in districts around the state that we should be doing here in Wayzata.

What do you see as the greatest strengths in our district?

We have a good school district. It is known statewide as being a district with high performing students and high achieving parents.

Good is the enemy of Great.

We need to move from Good to Great....some of the work we will be doing will be disruptive if we are going to create to proper instruction for 21st Century Learners.

We can wait for change to happen to the district or we can initiate it and lead. I believe we should lead.

What do you see as the most pressing problem in our district?

We need an effective Strategic Plan that will focus on students, their families and the needs of the citizens of Wayzata Independent School District #284.  The plan must focus on what we want the district to look like in 10 or 20 years.

The Board will craft a plan that provides for moving the district's instruction into the 21st Century.

What specials strengths do you believe you would bring to the School Board?

I have passion for education

I have Perspective - My mother graduated from Wayzata in 1953. I graduated from Wayzata in 1975. Three or our children have now graduated from this district. I understand the history but I know that we must now begin to reform our instructional and operational systems to meet the needs of 21st Century Learners.

I have Balance –The best board representation comes from a balance of talented men and women, from various backgrounds, that have a passion for education. The current board needs more balance.

What do you see as the School Board member's role and responsibility in the effective administration of schools?

1) Hire and Fire the Superintendent
2) Set policy that will guide the conduct of the district
3) Direct and Approve the District Budget
4) Approve the curriculum as required by state statue
5) Communicate with parents and other interested citizens on ho to work with district staff.
6) Represent community issues to the superintendent

I have performed in the school board role for 11 years....

If elected, what is the first issue you plan to address?

The district needs to begin to move forward.  We have been stuck in “neutral” for several years now.  We must reform the current industrial age education model.

I would like to see the district focused on building a Framework for 21st Century Learning (as outlined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills) namely:
•Life and Career Skills
•Learning and Innovation Skills
•Information, Media and Technology Skills
•Core Subjects – Rigor

To do this we will need reform in the areas of:
•Standards and Assessments
•Curriculum and Instruction
•Professional Development
•And we will need to reform our learning environments
I short order, I would like to see every student in our district enjoy the benefits of a Personal Learning Plan. Other districts in the metropolitan area have already started to move in this direction.

Anything else you would like to volunteer?

I think that this district needs more men to serve on the school board that have an interest in community service and a particular interest in education.

What is your website address?

School Board Voter Guide: Linda A.Cohen

What previous educational experiences do you have? Where did you go to high school and college? What kind of degrees have you obtained?

Washburn High School, co-valedictorian; Wellesley College, graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a chemistry major; Master's degree in the History of Science from Harvard University; Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. I think education can be life changing for young people--mine was--and I want to make sure that each Wayzata student has options and possibilities, based on a superb education.

What professional experience do you have?

I have been a teacher, administrator, chair of an extensive business-education partnership and then switching careers a psychologist--both therapist and working on organization development. I believe my extensinve experience in both education and psychology can bring expertise to the district and to the functioning of the board. I have first-hand knowledge of how important an effective teacher can be--and so will continue to encourage the outstanding professional develpment that our district already has.

What do you see as the greatest strengths in our district?

The greatest strength is perhaps the cooperation and collaborative approach of all the constituent groups:  parents and guardians, faculty and staff, administration and board, students--I will work tirelessly to see that those relationships continue.   Another great strength is our financial  stability despite difficult times, because of very prudent financial management by the board and administration--I'll work to continue that.

What do you see as the most pressing problem in our district?

Our greatest strength can become a weakness if we don't attend to it--so paying attention to all our constituents is very important.  We also need to address some facility issues, some buildings our at capacity.  We are looking at facilities now.

What specials strengths do you believe you would bring to the School Board?

I believe because of my life long interest in education--serving for close to 12 years on the Wayzata School Board and now also serving on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, currently as Chair of the Board of Regents--that I bring a lot of experience, expertise, and a somewhat unique perspective around education--in combination with my professional background in education and psychology --and that I would add a broad and deep understanding of many aspects of education.  I would utilize them in my deliberations to make the Wayzata school district even stronger and more excellent than it already is.

What do you see as the School Board member's role and responsibility in the effective administration of schools?

It is a Board member's role to "govern" and not manange the district.  That means to set policy, strategic direction and emphasis, approve budget items and be financially responsible, to hire and evaluate the Superintendent.  It does not mean to run the operations of the district, but to encourage the very able leadership team to do that.  I think because of my experience on many boards that I clearly see the distinction between governance and management.

If elected, what is the first issue you plan to address?

Ways to make an excellent district even stronger.

Anything else you would like to volunteer?

It would be my great pleasure to continue to serve the Wayzata Schools and our community for another term and to utilize a lot of my educational knowledge. It is my goal to have each and every student in the Wayzata schools have an excellent education.

What is your website address?