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.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wayzata City Council Meeting Agenda for February 1, 2011

Wayzata City Hall Community Room, 600 Rice Street
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
6:00 pm Workshop with Wayzata HPB - HPB Annual Report

1. Roll Call

2. Public Forum - 15 Minutes (3 min/person)

3. Approval of Minutes
a. Minutes of January 18, 2011 2

4. New Business
a. LMCD Update Baasen 7
b. Resolution No. 06-2011 in Support of Distribution of Fine Revenue for AIS Citations Baasen 35
c. Second Reading of Ordinance #713 - Twelve Month Moratorium on Dynamic Signs Gadow 39
d. Resolution #07-2011 Adopting The Big Woods Management Plan Gadow 42
e. Review Muni Funding & Financial Projections McDonald
f. Consider and Approve Municipal Licenses (Administrative) Orsen 54

5. City Manager's Report and Discussion Items

6. Public Forum (As Necessary)

7. Adjournment

Meeting Rules of Conduct:
Turn in white card for public forum and blue card for agenda item
Give name and address
Indicate if representing a group
Limit remarks to 3 minutes

Upcoming Meetings:
City Council - February 15 & March 1
Planning Commission - Feb 7 & 22

Members of the City Council and some staff members may gather at the Wayzata Bar and Grill
immediately after the meeting for a purely social event. All members of the public are welcome.


Friday, January 28, 2011

OBITUARY: Audrey Bricker

Bricker, Audrey Marie, age 91 of St. Louis Park died January 26, 2011.

Preceded in death by her husband Louis and sister Edna Shoemaker.

Survived by her daughters, Susan Lambert and husband Jeff, Jan Myslajek and husband Tim; grandchildren, Kelly, Paul, David (Tara) Lambert, Crystal (John), Lisa, Scott, Nicole Myslajek; great-granddaughter, Mhia Schmidt.

Funeral service 2 PM Monday, January 31, 2011 at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis with visitation one half hour prior to the service at the chapel.

Interment Lakewood Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Hammer Residences, 1909 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata, MN 55391.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Wayzata Chamber Young Professionals to host networking mixer at BMW of Minnetonka

The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce launched a Young Professionals Group in February 2008. The group was created to connect chamber members ages 21 to 40.

The group’s mission is to create opportunities for young professionals to build relationships, contribute to the greater community through volunteerism, grow the chamber, develop professionally, and enhance the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce as a whole.

The Wayzata Chamber Young Professionals group will host a winter networking event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at BMW of Minnetonka, the world’s largest indoor showroom. BMW of Minnetonka is the Executive Partner Sponsor of the Young Professionals group.

Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres catered by the Wayzata Bar & Grill while networking with young professionals from the western suburbs. A cash bar will be available. Wuollet Bakery will furnish a cupcake bar for decorating delight. Massage Therapists from The Brost Clinic will be onsite for complimentary chair massages. BMW is offering test drives to interested attendees prior to the event. Attendees should bring business cards to distribute.

This event is open to Chamber members and employees ages 21-40. No cost for members, $10 for non members. To rsvp, contact Nicole at the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce by Noon on Tuesday, February 22 at (952) 473-9595 or


Monday, January 24, 2011

OBITUARY: Robert Penningroth

Penningroth, Robert Neal age 89 of Wayzata died January 22, 2011.

Preceded in death by his wife, Elaine; daughters, Pam and Carol, daughter-in-law, Julie.

Survived by his children, Jon Penningroth, Jane Reierson and husband Don, Jim Penningroth, Paul Penningroth and wife Lisa; son-in-law, Mick Bundul; grandchildren, Lacey, Jammer, Meredith, Rob, Brooks, Nelson and Claire.

Funeral service 11 AM Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 6th Ave. N., Long Lake. Visitation 5-8 PM Wednesday at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata and one hour prior to the service at church.

Family interment Summit Park Cemetery, Wayzata.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Dad’s “Angel” Hayley Nelson.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Presbyterian Homes Announces Branding For The Bay Center Redevelopment Project And Information Meeting Dates For Senior Housing

Presbyterian Homes and Services has announced that the Wayzata Bay Center Redevelopment project will be named The Promenade of Wayzata. It was also announced that the senior housing component of the project will be named Folkestone. When asked to comment on the names, Deb Black, Executive Director of Marketing for Presbyterian Homes and Services, commented, “We feel that the project name, The Promenade, fits the design and goals we have for the development. The project was laid out to have wide sidewalks and porticos, fountains and public art spaces, and substantial green space that’s pedestrian friendly and encourages people to walk through the development and connect with the rest of Wayzata and the beautiful waterfront. Wayzata is known as the Gateway to Lake Minnetonka that people love for its village feel and distinctive shopping and dining, and we feel both the design and Promenade name reinforce what makes Wayzata such a special community. Though the pronunciation is different, the name for the senior housing project was inspired by the seaside village of Folkestone in England. There, Folkestone is a thriving resort area known for its broad promenades, prominent green spaces and breathtaking views.”

Also announced were the dimensions and types of apartment homes that will be included in the Folkestone senior living community. Because of the unique design of the buildings, there will be a wide variety of apartment configurations. There will be over 40 distinctive floor plans, so very few will have the same layout and size. Residents will also have four different types of apartments to choose from, allowing them to select the size and type of home that fits their needs and lifestyle. The following four choices will be offered to residents:

1 Bedroom 700 – 940 Sq. Ft.
1 Bedroom Plus Sunroom or Den 970 – 1,100 Sq. Ft.
2 Bedroom 1,190 – 1,345 Sq. Ft.
2 Bedroom Plus Sunroom or Den 1,350 – 2,420 Sq. Ft.

When asked how the specific apartment options were developed for Folkestone, John Mehrkens, Vice President of Development, stated, “Our experience through the years has shown that offering a wide range of layouts and sizes is desirable in order to meet the needs of the total senior housing market. We’re really pleased that the design of the Folkestone buildings will allow many distinctive floor plans in terms of layout and size as well as the potential for the initial residents to select finishes and amenities to further customize their home. Consistent with the desires of the Wayzata community, Folkestone will also have a wide range of amenities including heated underground parking, a theater, library, spa, and fitness center with pool. Because of our beautiful setting, we’ve also included a private deck or patio with each apartment, some of which offer views of Lake Minnetonka.“

Three informational meetings will be scheduled in February at the Wayzata Country Club, for people to learn more about Folkestone, its senior apartment options, and the unique Wayzata lifestyle. People already on the information and mailing list will be sent full details of the meetings at the end of January. Those not already on the list who would like to attend an informational meeting, should call Dena Kuenzel, Housing Advisor, at (952) 944-5737 for more information. People unable to attend the February meetings will be able to view a Folkestone informational recorded webinar. Following the informational meetings, individual appointments will be set up beginning in March so that people can reserve their new senior apartment home at Folkestone. In addition to the senior apartments, the Folkestone property will include assisted living, memory care and care center; information about these other housing options will be provided at a later date.


Friday, January 21, 2011

OBITUARY: George Mastel

Mastel, George 84. Resident of Rio Verde, Arizona, born in Hague, ND, January 21, 1926, passed away on January 15, 2011.

His first wife, Dona, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his current wife, Colleen; his children, Marta, Mark (Kathy), Joel (Diane); stepdaughter, Mary (Ed); grandchildren, Kristi, Kelly, Marissa, Allison, Michael, Chase, Cody and great-granddaughter, Brynn. He is also survived by sisters, Ann Miller, Eva Baillie and brothers, Mike Mastel and Peter Mastel, many loved nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial 11:30 AM Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the Church of St. John the Baptist, 680 Mill Street, Excelsior. Visitation 5-8 PM Friday with a prayer service at 7 PM at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata and one hour prior to Mass at church.

Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held in Rio Verde, AZ on a date to be announced.

David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577

OBITUARY: Wilson "Wils" Robinson

Age 73, of Plymouth. Passed away Jan. 16, 2011.

A loving husband, dad and grandpa, Wils loved golf & football, always had a joke or two and was a proud member of AA for 35 years.

Preceded in death by parents, Dorothy and Wilson Sr.

Survived by wife of 50 years, Ann; daughters, Lori (John Hoch) & Lynn (Mark Wegmiller); grandchildren, Ella & Eva.

Services will be held Monday at 11 AM in the chapel at Wayzata Community Church, 125 E. Wayzata Blvd, Wayzata. Visitation Sunday 5-7 PM at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd, Wayzata and 1 hour prior to service at church.

Memorials preferred to Greater Mpls Intergroup and Wayzata Community Church.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

OBITUARY: Richard "Dick" Atwood

Of Deephaven died on Jan. 15, 2011 at the age of 85.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Ruth Atwood and daughter, Margaret A. Schuster.

He is survived by his wife, Frances T., daughter Elizabeth A. Massie (John), son R. Edward Atwood (Susan) and son-in-law C. Martin Schuster; by his grandchildren, Robertson, Laura, Ann and Marc Massie, Peter, Daniel, Christopher and Thomas Atwood, Charles and David Schuster; by his two sisters, Rita A. Saunders (Harold) and Mary A. Crosson (Albert).

Dick was born in Detroit, Mich., on Feb. 10, 1925 and moved to Minneapolis several years later. Dick, a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track, graduated from Washburn High School in 1943 where upon he was accepted in the U.S. Navy Air Corp’s Sky Hawk Squadron, the first group of 17 year-olds ever inducted into the navy for flight training. He served as a Lt. J.G. navy pilot from 1943-1946

Dick graduated from the U. of Minnesota in 1948. He was employed by 3M as a sales representative in St. Louis, Mo. and Memphis, Tenn., where he found Frannie, his wife of 57 years. In 1954 he went to work for Durkee-Atwood Co. where he served as executive v.p., president and CEO and chairman of the board.

His professional and personal involvement included the Rubber Manufacturers Executive Board, President’s White House Conference for Small Business, Minneapolis Athletic Club Board of Directors and the Minnesota Executives Organization. He was an avid skier and golfer and enjoyed tennis, handball, boating and hunting with friends and family. Dick was a member of Woodhill Country Club and John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Fl.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24 at Wayzata Community Church, 125 E. Wayzata Blvd., 55391. Reception to follow.

Memorials preferred to Wayzata Community Church or the Cottagewood Store CCF Foundation: 20280 Cottagewood Ave. Excelsior, 55331.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wayzata Police Blotter January 11 – 17, 2011

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Thft Frm Auto Rp
Reported: 01-17-2011  0559
Vehicles entered that were parked in driveway / no loss or damage.
Addresses Involved
3XX Russell La , Long Lake

Reported: 01-14-2011  1520
Subject fell through roof of shed onto right hip. Possible broken hip.
Addresses Involved
5XX Willow Dr , Long Lake

Possible Attempted Theft by Swindle
Reported: 01-12-2011  0942
Reporting party called from Texas, indicating she had purchased a used vehicle from a Wayzata car dealership with the intent of donating it to an African orphanage. She had been corresponding via internet with the person who ran the orphanage, but he was unavailable to speak on the telephone due to working on an off-shore oil rig near Florida. Reporting party later felt she was possibly being “scammed”. Car later located in New York City prior to being shipped to Africa.
Addresses Involved

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72 Hour Hold/Emergency Admission 1


Monday, January 17, 2011

Wayzata Police Department Media Report January 4 – 10, 2011

(11000137) Unwanted Person
Reported: 01-10-2011  1420
Anonymous caller reported three males in area going door to door trying to get money for snow removal. Vehicle described as white extended cab truck. GOA
Addresses Involved
Crosby Rd and Holdridge E, Wayzata

11000127) Theft/Rpt
Reported: 01-09-2011  1637
Jewelry missing from home after son had party when parents out of town / unknown loss at this time / under investigation
Addresses Involved
200 block Lindawood La , Long Lake, MN

(11000111) Theft/Rpt
Reported: 01-08-2011  1107
Cell phone accidently left behind at restaurant. When owner returned, phone not found.
Addresses Involved
1140 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata Jimmy Johns Restaurant

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(11000109) Vandalism/Rpt
Reported: 01-08-2011  0847
Eggs thrown on house, lawn ornaments moved, and Christmas lights removed from three homes in neighborhood
Addresses Involved
100 block Hunters Glen Rd , Wayzata, MN

(11000072) Theft/Rpt
Reported: 01-06-2011  1615
Jewelry missing from home after having New Years Eve party / under investigation
Addresses Involved
1500 block Birch Bend La , Wayzata

11000064) DWI
Reported: 01-05-2011  2335
30 yr old female from Minnetonka arrested for 4th degree DWI, 3rd degree Test Refusal, Careless Driving; Operating Motor Vehicle without Insurance
Addresses Involved
Lake St E and Superior Boulevard , Wayzata, MN
Names Involved
(Arrested) Cummins, Lindsay Whitman

(11000056) Fraud
Reported: 01-04-2011  1131
NSF Checks used to purchase watches from retail store in the amount of approx. $9000 / Under Investigation
Addresses Involved
1250 E Wayzata BLVD, Wayzata

911 HANG-UP 1
Cancel/No Contact 2
THEFT-FE-BY CHECK-2501-19999 1


Wayzata City Council Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wayzata City Hall Community Room, 600 Rice Street
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

1. Roll Call

2. Public Forum - 15 Minutes (3 min/person)
a. Swearing in of new Police Officer - Matthew Siltala Risvold
b. Volunteer of the Year Award Willcox
c. Klapprich Park Grant and Volunteer Recognition Kelly/Mullin

3. Approval of Minutes
a. Minutes of December 21, 2010
b. Minutes of January 4, 2011

4. New Business
a. Consider a plan to Use Specified Cash Reserves as an Interfund Loan for Muni Project McDonald
b. Resolution #05-2011 Adopting the Hennepin County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan Risvold
c. Resolution #02-2011 Adopting CUP at 1630 Holdridge Cir Gadow
d. Resolution #04-2011 Adopting CUP for 517 Rice St Gadow
e. Interim Ordinance #713 - Twelve Month Moratorium on Dynamic Signs Gadow
f. Presentation from Charter Commission on Proposed Amendments to City Charter McGill
g. Consider and Approve Municipal License (staff recommends approval) Orsen
h. Consider and Approve Municipal Licenses (Administrative) Orsen
i. Approve AFSCME (Public Works) Union Contract for 2010 & 2011 Orsen

5 City Manager's Report and Discussion Items

6 Public Forum (As Necessary)

7 Adjournment

Meeting Rules of Conduct:
Turn in white card for public forum and blue card for agenda item
Give name and address
Indicate if representing a group
Limit remarks to 3 minutes

Upcoming Meetings:
City Council - February 1 and 15
Planning Commission - January 19 and Feb 7

Members of the City Council and some staff members may gather at the Wayzata Bar and Grill immediately after the meeting for a purely social event. All members of the public are welcome.


Wayzata Planning Commission Workshop Meeting Agenda Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Community Room,
600 Rice Street East,
Wayzata, Minnesota

7:00 p.m.
1. Call to Order, Roll Call, and Approval of Minutes
2. Workshop Items:
a. Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Ordinance
3. Other Items:
a. Election of Vice-Chair
b. Election of Chair
c. Review of Development Activities
d. Other items
9:00 p.m.
4. Adjournment

1. Time(s) are estimated and provided for informational purposes only.
2. Members of the Planning Commission and some staff may gather at the Wayzata Bar and Grill immediately after the meeting for a purely social event. All members of the public are welcome.


Friday, January 07, 2011

CRIME ALERT: Suspicious Activity - older white minivan

Submitted by Chief Risvold:

The Wayzata Police Department received a report of suspicious activity in the southwest portion of Long Lake. The incident occurred on Thursday January 6th at approximately 5:45 PM and was reported today. The incident took place near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Inglewood Street. An adult resident returning home from work reported seeing a white minivan sitting in the area. As she walked down the street to retrieve mail from her mailbox, the van approached and the lone female occupant began asking her strange questions such as, “Do you live by yourself?” and “what is your name and what are the names of your family members?” She claimed to be delivering some type of newspaper in the area. After the resident retrieved her mail and began walking back towards her driveway, the minivan backed up and the driver continued to try to engage in conversation. The resident ran into her house and the minivan left the area.

The minivan is described as older and white in color. The driver was described as a heavier set white female, 40-50 years of age, with darker hair. This may have been a legitimate newspaper delivery person, but the Wayzata Police Department would like to identify her to insure the safety of residents in the area. If you see this person, please contact the Wayzata Police Department by calling 911. You may reference this alert to the dispatcher.


Wayzata Women's Chorus is going to Wales - Invitation for Singers

The Wayzata Women’s Chorus has been chosen to compete with other women’s choirs from all over the world at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales on July 8th & 9th, 2011. This is an exciting opportunity for the Chorus, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary year in 2011.

The Wayzata Women’s Chorus is looking for experienced women choral singers in the Twin Cities area who share our passion for music. Please call Carole Birch at 952-473-8029 to schedule an audition time. Rehearsals start on Monday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m. and are held every Monday from 7:00 p.m.-9:15 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 3965 Co. Rd. 101, Plymouth, MN. Please come a bit early to get music and register. WWC performs two major concerts each year along with numerous other outings.

The Chorus is available for paid performances prior to departing on July 3rd for Wales. If you’d like to book the Wayzata Women’s Chorus for your event, please contact Lenore Miller at 952-484-8835 or

This award winning chorus is directed by Carole Birch and accompanied by Mary Fadden. The Chorus has traveled and competed internationally, earning a bronze award at the Salzburg Music Competition. It is well respected both for the depth and breadth of its repertoire and the quality of its sound.

We look forward to welcoming new singers to the Wayzata Women’s Chorus rehearsals! Please call Carole Birch at 952-473-8029 with any questions you might have.


Thursday, January 06, 2011

Sue Schroder Honored as 2010 City of Wayzata Volunteer of the Year

Wayzata resident, Sue Schroder, will accept the Volunteer of the Year Award from Mayor Ken Willcox at the January 18th City of Wayzata Council meeting.

This first time award was created to honor one outstanding volunteer, who best used his/her time and talent to enhance the City of Wayzata’s community services which had been reduced by budget constraints.

“Sue performed well in all three of our work areas—City Hall/Public Works administration, the Boardwalk Senior Residence activities program and the Adopt-a-Garden program,” said Lynn McCarthy, volunteer coordinator for the project.

Sue worked with City staff for several months to convert City Council minutes and resolutions from 1940-1980 into digital format through the Laserfiche document imaging system. City staff can now access scanned documents through category, date and key word search capabilities.

Working above and beyond expectations, Sue put her computer experience to good use preparing documents and adjusting software and equipment settings to ensure the most accurate scans possible. “I discovered some interesting historical twists,” Sue said, “such as a previous requirement for an equal number of male and female voting judges and a Depression-era option for residents to perform City services to help pay their City taxes.” (That program is no longer offered.)

At the Boardwalk residence, Sue spent her Saturday mornings from June to October holding individual computer workshops for the residents, covering topics such as e-mail setup, social media and anti-virus/spam issues.

Sue participated in the “Dig-It” garden experience on May 15. Along with 80 other volunteers, she helped plant eight of the City Gardens.

“The best news is that this “volunteer of the year “ will be back in 2011 working for the City of Wayzata. Her community spirit will be a hard act to follow,” said McCarthy.


Wayzata Police Blotter December 28 – January 3

McGruff says, "Take
a bite out of crime!"
The Wayzata Police Blotter is brought to you by the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition, a non-profit group that raises awareness and money to assist the Wayzata Police Department in keeping Wayzata a safe Community. For more information, or to get involved, visit Take a bite out of crime!

Criminal Damage to Property
Reported: 01-03-2011  1233
Tire slashed on vehicle / loss $100
Addresses Involved
408 Dexter Drive XXXXXX, Long Lake

Domestic Assault
Reported: 12-31-2010  2151
23 yr old male from Wayzata arrested on domestic assault charges
Addresses Involved
100 Circle A Dr SXXX, Wayzata, MN
Names Involved
(Arrested) Gieseke, Cody James (Age:23)

Reported: 12-31-2010  0759
Report of a snowmobile partially submerged in ice in front of 4XX Ferndale Road South. Water Patrol and Wayzata Fire also responded. Snowmobile was found to belong to party who was stopped earlier on this day. The party told officer he got stuck in a deep pocket of slush and he had to walk to shore. Wayzata Fire checked around snowmobile and nothing was found.

Reported: 12-29-2010  1914
Three teenaged black males entered store and stole display model cell phone / loss of phone and display approx. $280 . Suspects possibly the same as that of sandwiches being stolen from Holiday station earlier in December.
Addresses Involved
1131 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Reported: 12-28-2010  1102
Property damage (minor) elderly female parked car and went inside medical building without leaving information on vehicle that was hit. Officer spoke to female, insurance information will be passed onto other vehicle owner.
Addresses Involved
250 Central Ave N, Wayzata

72 Hour Hold/Emergency Admission 1
911 HANG-UP 2


Monday, January 03, 2011

OBITUARY: Eugene C. McCaffery

McCaffery, Gene A larger than life self-made man in both personality and stature, standing 6'3", who can be identified by his love of country, quiet philanthropy, visionary and executive leadership, and his self-deprecating humor, passed away on December 27, 2010. He was 62.

Preceded in death by parents Eugene and Anne McCaffery.

Survived by siblings, Gerard and Nancy; his loving wife, Rebecca and her beautiful girls Alexa 17, Kayla 14, and Sophie 10, who he raised as his own children.

Throughout his professional career, McCaffery held senior executive positions with leading private and publicly traded companies in the retail industry.

Not the stereotypical Silicon Valley visionary by manner or by experience, nor the quintessential business school executive, McCaffery grew up a tough kid in the Bronx, NY and took 7 years of night school before graduating while working as a stock boy with S. Klein, a Manhattan department store.

In 1968, he was drafted into the Army and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant after Infantry Officer Candidate School. He commanded an Infantry platoon and Rifle company in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division, spending three quarters of his tour in combat. He also trained at the School of the America's in the Panama Canal Zone and at the Infantry schools in Fort Benning, GA, before his discharge in 1971.

After his tour of duty, McCaffery returned to S. Klein and later spent 14 years at Montgomery Ward, a $7 billion retail chain, ultimately rising to the company's #2 position. During this time, he also served as Vice Chairman of the Signature Group, one of the nation's largest insurance and direct marketing companies.

McCaffery was then CEO and managing partner of Marketing Advocates, a celebrity-driven product and service development company with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. He negotiated retail advertising and merchandising contracts for celebrities with talent agencies and retail stores.

In 1998, McCaffery joined Minneapolis-based ValueVision Media, which owns and operates the premium interactive retailer ShopNBC. During his 5-year tenure as Executive Chairman and CEO, he turned the company into one of the top performers among Minnesota's publicly held companies.

Complementary to his executive legacy, McCaffery served as a senior advisor on several boards. These included Chairman of the Board and a principal of the Gibson Restaurant Group, a premier group of restaurants based in Chicago's Gold Coast. The GRG Group owns and operates Gibsons Steakhouse, Hugo's Frog Bar, Luxbar, and Quartino restaurants. He served on the Board of Ralph Lauren Media during the development of, and he served as Chairman of the Board and principal of Mobival, a mobile technology company located in Tel Aviv.

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He was also a Consumer Industry Advisor for London-based investment banking firm Livingstone Partners, where he focused on U.S. restaurant and retail sectors via its Chicago office. McCaffery also served on the boards of numerous civic and not-for-profit organizations. Charitable boards, directors, and affiliations included the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, USO (United Services Organization), Special Olympics President (Chicago), Mercy Hospital (Chicago), St. Mary's Hospital (Chicago), New York Law Enforcement Foundation, Patrolman Benevolent Association, Illinois Veterans Association, and The Military Service Academy's Admissions Screening Committee.

In 1991, McCaffery was appointed as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army during the George H.W. Bush (41) Administration, a position he held for seven years. As Civilian Aide, he served as a liaison between the Department of Defense and State and Local governments, addressing issues like base closings, disaster relief, and Veterans issues.

In addition to McCaffery's active corporate, civic and philanthropic endeavors, he was a quiet supporter of local and national Republican politics yet highly spirited in his debate on the topic. His favorite music was 50s Doo Wop, which led him at times behind the piano, even carrying the classic vocal harmonic tunes from that era, like "Rip Van Winkle" by the Devotions.

He was an exotic and high performance car enthusiast with a proclivity for the late model 911 Porsche. A furious reader, his thirst for political books and spy action novels was insatiable. His benevolence for selflessly helping others, from all walks of life, was both noble and admirable. And his passion for tennis kept him active on the court and in fact drew him to finding his true love in wife Rebecca. Together, they made the most of life and in doing so shared their love of tennis, golf and politics. But most of all, they found the greatest happiness in being a family with the girls.

A Celebration of Gene McCaffery's life will be held in Chicago and Minneapolis. Services in Chicago held on Monday, January 3, 2011 from 3-5 pm, Old St. Patrick's Church (700 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661, 312-648-1021) with ceremony at 5pm, reception at 6pm, Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse (1028 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611, 312-266- 8999). Services held in Minneapolis on Wednesday, January 5 with visitation from 5-8 pm, St. Martin's by-the-Lake Episcopal Church (2801 Westwood Road, Minnetonka Beach, MN 55361, 952-471-8429); funeral Thursday, Jan. 6 at 11 am, Wayzata Community Church (125 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata MN 55391, 952-473-8877), reception at 12 pm, The Lafayette Club (2800 Northview Road, Minnetonka Beach, MN 55361, 952-471-8493). Remains to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Donations: Family asks that gifts be made in Gene McCaffery's name to Misericordia, a Chicago-based care community for children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities (6300 N. Ridge Blvd., Chicago, IL 60660).

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

OBITUARY: James V. Baller

Baller, James V. Beloved and admired husband and father died peacefully at home the evening of December 29th, 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Charleen; sons, Jakob (Jill), Nathan, and Nickolas. Jim is also survived by his father and mother, Victor and Leona Baller; three brothers, Bob (Mary Beth), Mike (Jan), Jon; three sisters, Jan Muntean (Gary), Judy Grufman (Terry) and Clare McDonough (Steve), and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was born July 31, 1954 and was raised in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jim's passions included anything that brought his family together and especially enjoyed the outdoors and traveling the world with the love of his life, Charleen, and his three sons.

Jim was an inspiration to his family and will be greatly missed.

Funeral service Monday, January 3, 2011 at 11 AM and visitation Sunday, January 2, 2011 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM and one hour prior to the service Monday all at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 6th Avenue N., Long Lake, Minnesota 55356.

Interment at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Atwater, MN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the New Day UMC of Big Lake and Habitat for Humanity where Jim donated his time and talents.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577