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.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Ice Fishing on Lake Minnetonka

Mike Lee talks about fishing with a camera.
Bringing new meaning to ice fishing on Lake Minnetonka, friends Mike Lee, Kenny Camm, and Mike Hubsmith were having a go of it on Sunday afternoon.  Lee said, "We caught about 15 little perch at around 5:00, and not much else after that.  It doesn't matter though, we just like to get out on the ice and have a good time."

The ice fishing shack puts the stereotypical ice house to shame.  It was equipped with heat, 2 recliners, a cd player with built in speakers, a stove, a microwave, and a flat screen tv used for Bond marathons on chilly nights.

The group also had a camera they could insert in one of the holes in the ice to see what was going on near the bottom of the lake-a great advantage when ice fishing.

Kenny Camm and Mike Hubsmith.
Stay tuned to, your Lake Minnetonka sportsman leader.


Volunteers help fill holes that budget cuts left in cities' staffs |

The Star Tribune recently published a piece on the volunteer effort to staff City Hall here in Wayzata. Here is an excerpt, as well as a link to the full store.

"Deeby Kadrie staffed the reception desk of the Wayzata Public Works Department last week, fielding calls, preparing a mailing and signing for parcels. She loves the job -- even though she isn't getting paid.

Kadrie is among about 120 volunteers helping the western suburb cope with the loss of 10 employee positions in the past two years, or about 15 percent of its workforce.

Across the state, volunteers are bailing out government.

'We knew that volunteers couldn't replace our layoffs, but we were looking to see if we could continue providing our services with diminished staff,' said Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox. 'Plus, I wanted people [residents] to understand the stress that the economy was putting on the city budget.'"

Volunteers help fill holes that budget cuts left in cities' staffs |


Friday, February 25, 2011

75 attend Wayzata Chamber Young Professional Winter Event

The Wayzata Chamber Young Professionals group hosted another successful networking event yesterday, February 24. The event was held at BMW of Minnetonka, the world’s largest indoor showroom. Guests enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres catered by the Wayzata Bar and Grill while networking with 75 young professionals from the western suburbs. Wuollet Bakery furnished a cupcake bar for decorating delight. Massage Therapists from The Brost Clinic were also onsite for relaxing chair massages. For more information and event photos please visit


Young Scientist Roundtable planned March 7

A Young Scientist Roundtable will be held Monday, March 7, 2011, at 7 p.m. at Central Middle School. Dr. John Delaney will present "Wiring an Interactive Ocean". Delaney is a professor of oceanography at the University of Washington and is also the director and principal investigator for the regional scale nodes program.

The oceans make our planet livable, yet they are largely unexplored and poorly understood. Delaney is an advocate of next-generation ocean science, which is made possible through the distribution of robot-sensor networks in the oceanic environment. These networks enable real-time, interactive research on the natural phenomena operating throughout the world's oceans. Delaney will discuss his work at the University of Washington as principal investigator and director of the regional scale nodes program, which is constructing an innovative, cabled network of instruments in the northeast Pacific Ocean. This event is a rare opportunity to meet an oceanographer celebrated for working with cutting edge technology to understand the watery frontiers that surround us. The following is a link for more information about Delaney: Into The Abyss

A Teen Roundtable will be held from 8:10 to 8:40 p.m. where students will have the opportunity to ask in-depth questions.

The Young Scientist Roundtable is free for students in grades K - 12 and their families and no registration is required.

For more information: Young Scientist Roundtable website


An Update from The Bookcase

February 24, 2011

Dear Friends --

I wanted to take a moment this morning to update you on our situation.

We have made no secret over the past few months about the struggles we are facing in our uphill battle to simply break even and keep The Bookcase a part of the Wayzata landscape for generations to come.

To that end, we have come to recognize that our #1 problem right now is the cost of renting our building. It has become clear to us that the long-term success of The Bookcase will, at some point, include a relocation to a more affordable spot -- elsewhere in downtown Wayzata.

Our lease at 607 East Lake Street does not expire for a few more years. However, we have reached an agreement with our landlord to begin actively looking for a new tenant for our space now -- in the hopes that we can relocate as quickly as possible.

As soon as possibly later today, you will see "For Lease" signs appearing in our windows. This will undoubtedly garner some attention from the community, as The Bookcase has been at this spot as long as most of us can remember.

But I want to take a minute to assure you that this is part of our plan. We do not want to close. We want to move. But we feel that it's important to try to speed up the timeline of this transition, as that gives us our best chance to find the best possible new location for our store.

So ... while we will miss our outstanding view of Lake Minnetonka, and the convenience of having Caribou a few feet from our front counter once we do move, we remain committed to finding a way to continue to have The Bookcase an important part of the Wayzata community.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and do not be shy about letting me know if you know of somebody who might be interested in our space. The sooner we can make this happen, the better our chances of having a happy ending. :-)


Charlie Leonard, owner

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Wayzata Police Blotter February 15 – 21, 2011

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a bite out of crime!"
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Reported: 02-21-2011  2200
Charges pending male, 44 yr old from Wayzata, for Interference with 911 call during domestic situation between husband and wife.
Addresses Involved
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Theft (under $500.00)
Reported: 02-16-2011  0800
Missing pencil pouch with calculator / items found and returned to owner
Addresses Involved

Multiple Dwelling Fire 1
911 HANG-UP 3
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wayzata Community Church Brings New Worship Experience to Western Suburbs

Cross-generational “6:33” Service Begins Sunday, March 13th at 6:33 p.m.

Wayzata Community Church, one of the largest congregations of the United Church of Christ in the U.S., will launch a new worship experience at 6:33 p.m. on March 13th, the first Sunday of Lent. Called “6:33,” the new service derives its name from Matthew 6:33: “Seek first, the kingdom of God.”

Unlike other evening church services that focus their music and message on young adults, the cross-generational 6:33 service is designed for people of all ages and stages. The 6:33 service will create a contemplative environment for worship with piano music, candlelight and communion.

The new Sunday night service is especially designed for:

  • Busy individuals and families whose schedule and lifestyle make it difficult to attend church on Sunday mornings
  • People who have left other places of worship or have never had a church home
  • Those who are drawn to a nontraditional style of worship with a casual tone and atmosphere

“At Wayzata Community Church, we are compelled to reach out to new people, recognizing that the message of Jesus is one of radical inclusivity,” said Rev. Dr. John F. Ross, senior minister at Wayzata Community Church. “Our 6:33 service fulfills this need by providing a unique and relevant Christian worship experience outside of the traditional Sunday morning time slot.”

The 6:33 service offers centering and celebratory worship that doesn’t end a weekend, but rather helps start a new week. Participants are welcome to join other attendees for fellowship at 6:15 p.m. and enter the worship space together at 6:33 p.m. Centered on music, prayer and teaching, the 45-minute service will conclude by 7:15 p.m.

Click here to read more and here to watch a video slideshow about the new 6:33 service.

About Wayzata Community Church

Wayzata Community Church (WCC), located in Wayzata, Minn., has been helping people with their faith journeys for 130 years. Today the church has nearly 3,000 confirmed members, and is among the top five largest congregations of the United Church of Christ in the U.S. Besides worship services, WCC offers Music at Wayzata concert performances, author visits, scouting organizations, support groups, Nursery School, the annual Rummage Sale and other community events.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Marion Barber detained in Beverly Hills for "disturbing the peace"

TMZ is reporting that Dallas Cowboy running back and Wayzata Alumni Marion Barber was detained by the LAPD this morning for "disturbing the peace". Barber was not arrested, rather placed in the back of a squad car and investigated, then released.  For all the details, visit this page.

TMZ is reporting that Marion Barber
was detained by the LAPD this morning
for "distrubing the peace."


OBITUARY: Gail Monteith

Monteith, Gail (nee Shamp) 7/26/1941-2/18/2011.

Survived by her husband, Dean Monteith and her two daughters, Jill (Michael) Williams and Jennifer Monteith; six loving grandchildren, Matthew, Grace, Hannah, Ethan, Eli and Henri; sister, Valerie (Greg) Palmer and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service 7 PM Friday, February 25, 2011 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. Visitation one hour prior to the service at church.

Family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Ronald McDonald House or the Animal Humane Society.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Mother Nature, we need to talk

No room left to store any more snow. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Mother Nature, we need to talk.  You see, I've endured as much winter as I can.  It's not just the cold temperatures anymore. It's the 20 inches of snow at a time--multiple times.

I don't have any place to store any more snow.  I'm having it removed via dump truck and skid loader to a remote location.

The 50 degree temperatures that put a dent in my snow pile last week was fantastic. I was able to chip up all the ice and snow off my driveway. I saw the light at the end of the tunnel that has been this winter.

The constant wet shoes covered with salt and sand weren't an issue any more. My roof had been cleared of ice dams--both thanks to the professional contractors and the glorious sun that was out. Now it seems like a distant memory.

I can't watch any more meteorologists tell me to expect a significant snow storm. I don't want to have to scoop any more snow. I want more reports that trucks and equipment need to be removed from Lake Minnetonka to be saved from the rapidly melting sheet of ice.

For all of those who share my point of view in this area, and want someone to talk to Mother nature, I'd like to nominate Father Time to be our spokesman.  You see, Father Time is on his way, and will make sure that within another 30 days that winter will be over, for the most part.  Our sanity demands it. Hang in there, Wayzata, winter is almost over.

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OBITUARY: Shirley Van Gorp Bochenski

Van Gorp Bochenski, Shirley Donna Mae, age 88 of Plymouth passed away on February 16, 2011.

Preceded in death by her parents, Delia and John Orluck; husbands, Douglas Van Gorp and Anthony Bochenski; sisters, June Oleson, Marilyn Perault; brothers, Leo Orluck, James Orluck.

Survived by brother, Jack Orluck (Norma); sister Joyce Lillistal Orel; daughters, Gail Rossi, Judy Mickelson (Pat Reilly), and Douglas Van Gorp; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews and many friends.

Shirley’s kindness and wonderful spirit will be lovingly remembered by many whose heart she touched over the years.

Memorial service 12 PM Saturday, February 26, 2011 at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata with visitation beginning at 10 AM.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

OBITUARY: Jeffrey Johnson

Johnson, Jeffrey A. age 58 of Corcoran died February 19, 2011.

Preceded in death by his parents, Richard L. and Joyce Johnson.

Survived by his wife, Diane; daughter, Anne Otto and husband Ryan; son, Brandon Johnson and wife Jill; grandchildren, Abigail, Reese and Rowan; sister, Cynthia Niemi; brother, Dennis Johnson and wife Shannon as well as other loving relatives and friends.

Funeral service 11 AM Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Peace Lutheran Church, 3695 Highway 101 N., Plymouth.

Visitation 5-8 PM Wednesday AT THE CHURCH and one hour prior to the service at church.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

OBITUARY: Robert J. Boisclair

Boisclair, Robert J. Age 71, of Deephaven, passed away February 16, 2011 peacefully at home with his wife at his side after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Preceded in death by parents and one brother, Joseph. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend - his spirit lives on in the hearts of those who he knew.

Survived by wife, Lori; daughters, Susan (Rob) Hadley and Colette Boisclair; sons, JR (Karen), Derek (Kristi) and Robert; grandchildren, Dylan Hadley, Bretten Hadley, Devin Hadley, Alex Boisclair, Aden Boisclair, Julian Boisclair, Gabrielle Boisclair, Vincent Boisclair; brothers, Larry and Adrian; sisters, Corrine, Delores and Mary Lou.

He was a graduate of the University of St. Thomas. Robert worked along side Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey in the development of the first major condominium high-rise in the City of Minneapolis. In 1974, Robert formed Boisclair Corporation. Under his guidance, the Corporation created a wide range of developments from luxury housing, retail, mixed-use to affordable housing.

Boisclair Corporation developed the nation's first Section 8 federally subsidized leased housing development. Robert's visionary attributes contributed to the revitalizations of the riverfront and city center areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul. He pioneered the development of Riverplace in Minneapolis and developed in Lowertown St. Paul, Galtier Plaza. During Robert's career he built over 30,000 housing units throughout the country. Robert was known for seeing opportunity in lieu of obstacles, improving the quality of life for all those around him; his family friends, his fellow workers, and the millions of people who have been touched by those developments which truly reflect his heart and soul.

Mass of Christian Burial Friday February 25, 10 AM at The Church of St. Therese, 18323 Minne- tonka Blvd, Deephaven. Visitation Thursday February 24, 5-8 PM with prayer service at 7 PM at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 East Wayzata Blvd, Wayzata and 1 hour before the Mass on Friday at church.

Entombment at Gethsemane Mausoleum, New Hope.

Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society , 2520 Pilot Knob Road, Ste. 150, Mendota Heights, MN 55120, the Jesuits, 3400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208 or to DeLaSalle High School, One DeLaSalle Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WHS student honored with 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Wayzata High School Junior Peter Larson was chosen as one of Minnesota's top two volunteers and honored as a 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community recipient.

Larson was nominated by staff members at WHS for sleeping outside in the frigid late-autumn air for more than 300 nights over the past six years to raise more than $275,000 to help prevent homelessness in the community.

When Larson was in first grade, his Cub Scout pack heard a presentation by the man who had started the "Sleep Out," and learned that for every $500 raised, he could help keep a needy family in their home for one month. "When I heard that number, it just clicked in my brain," said Larson. "It was as if someone told me this is what I should do."

For the next several years, Larson slept outside one night each year with his scout pack to support this cause. "By fifth grade, I knew I could do more, so I asked my parents if I could sleep out for the entire five weeks of the Sleep Out," he said. Since then, he has spent each night of the annual November-December Sleep Out in a cardboard box behind his house, sometimes enduring temperatures as low as 20 degrees below zero. Through media interviews, mailings, website appeals and speeches to church, scouting and school groups, he asks people to support him by making donations to Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners, which provides affordable housing and financial assistance to families in need. Larson also has persuaded local restaurants to pledge part of their profits from one day of his Sleep Out. "This is what I was called to do," said Larson, "because if I don't do it - who will?"

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As a state honoree, Larson will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in May to Washington, D.C., where he will join the top two honorees from each state and the District of Columbia for several days of national recognition events. Ten of them will be named America's top youth volunteers for 2011 during the national recognition. The top 10 students will receive an additional $5,000 award, gold medallions, crystal trophies and $5,000 grants from the Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fox 9: Wayzata Students Respond to Student-Response System

OK, the kids call them “clickers,” not a “student response system.” But call it what you will, the students in Joe Hannon’s social studies class are responding positively to the new technology from Turning Technologies. Both teachers and the Wayzata technology specialist say it’s helping students peform better.


OBITUARY: Joseph Foty

went home to be with his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, on February 15, 2011, at 95 years of age.

Preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruth Evelyn Foty, and by his parents, Giuseppe and Pierina Barbera Foty from Milazzo, Sicily; also, two sisters and one brother.

Survived by seven children, Patty (Bryce) Krohn, Ruthie (Bob) Peterson, Joanne (Don) Frost, Mary (Jeff) Jefferson, Carolyn (Dan) King, Debbie (Pete) Swenson, Tom (Wendy) Foty; 24 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Also, survived by two sisters and four brothers, many nieces and nephews.

Celebration of his life Saturday, February 19, 11:00 a.m. at Ridgewood Church, 4420 Highway 101, Minnetonka.

Visitation, Friday, February 18, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata, and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday.

Memorials may be directed to The Salvation Army.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Mayor Willcox to deliver State of the City address at Wayzata Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Mayor Ken Willcox

The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the 2011 State of the City Luncheon on March 24 at Wayzata Country Club.

Mayor Willcox will share updates on various projects and happenings in Wayzata as well as other pertinent information. This presentation is for business professionals and residents alike.

Ken Willcox was raised in Southwest Minneapolis and graduated from Blake School. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Williams College in Massachusetts, and his MBA from the University of Minnesota.

For the past couple of decades, he and a partner have owned and operated two manufacturing companies. The production facilities are located in Waseca, Minnesota. They have offices in Edina. The companies manufacturer equipment for the trucking industry. Delta Waseca, Inc., manufactures dry freight and refrigerated truck van bodies and trailers. Tartan Transportation Systems, Inc., manufactures specialty air suspensions for high value, sensitive semi-trailer applications.

Ken’s community involvement includes many years of service with the Twin Cities United Way. He served on their Board of Directors and was head of Community Services, Initiatives and Allocations. For that involvement he was given WCCO’s Good Neighbor Award.

He was appointed to the Wayzata Planning Commission in 2001. He served on that body until being elected to the City Council in 2004. He was elected Wayzata mayor in November 2008.

Ken is married to Winnie, whose career is focused in retail marketing and consumer start up companies.

Luncheon Info
Thursday, March 24
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Wayzata Country Club

Cost: $20.00 for members,
$25.00 for non members

Please call the Chamber office at 952-473-9595 for reservations
Deadline to R.S.V.P. : Monday, March 21


Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Takes First Steps to Prepare Property Owners, Communities for Potential Spring Flooding

Water monitoring and collaboration with west metro cities are underway

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is working closely with cities in the District to monitor the Minnehaha Creek and other local waterways and provide property owners with information to help them prepare for potential spring flooding.

“The National Weather Service is indicating that a wet fall combined with record snowfalls will likely mean widespread flooding across our part of the state,” said Eric Evenson, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Administrator. “We want to be sure property owners are prepared, so the District is working closely with local cities in our area to monitor local waters and provide the public with forecasts for flood-prone areas.”

Several factors will affect water volumes of lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands this spring, including how quickly temperatures warm and the snow melts and how much precipitation falls in February and the early spring months. The District is studying the impacts of various potential scenarios and collaborating with cities in the District.

Updated high water predictions and information about potential flooding will be available on the District’s web site, along with tips for home and business owners for protecting their property from potential damage. Property owners are encouraged to check the site periodically for updates.

Altogether, eight major creeks, 129 lakes and thousands of wetlands are located in the District and many of these waterways reside in urban, developed or residential areas. As a result, the District is encouraging property owners to learn about the risks in their area and be prepared for rising water levels.

“Residents who live on or near the west metro’s lakes and streams have been great partners with the District to help ensure that we can all protect and enjoy these valuable resources,” Evenson said. “As warmer temperatures approach, we encourage all property owners to do their part to learn more about flooding in their area and be prepared to manage the risks that come along with spring in Minnesota.”

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District covers approximately 181 square miles, including Minnehaha Creek, Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes and Minnehaha Falls. The District is charged by state law to protect, improve and manage water resources. It does so through scientific research and monitoring, public education, cost-share grant programs, permitting and collaborative efforts with the 27 cities, two townships and two counties (Hennepin and Carver) that are in the District. For more information, visit


Monday, February 14, 2011

OBITUARY: Kenneth "Joe" Husby

Age 74 of Maple Plain.

Preceded in death by parents, Kenneth and Mazie.

Survived by wife, Wanda; children, Jesse (Mary), Todd (Marsha), Steve (Kim), and Rex (Benjamin); grandchildren, Carrie, Megan, Kyle and Shannon; great grandchildren, Dalis, Autumn, Damon and Logan; many relatives, close friends and good friends, Dan and Carol Van Heel, and Fuzzybutt.

Funeral service Thursday February 17, 11 AM at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd, Wayzata. Visitation 1 hour prior to service.

Interment Lewis Cemetery, Maple Plain.

Memorials preferred to American Cancer Society or Alzheimers Association.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

WHS senior wins national Siemens Award

Rohit Agrawal, a senior at Wayzata High School, was selected as the National Winner of the 2010-11 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement.

The Siemens Foundation selects only two winners from across the country for this award and Agrawal was selected based on his exceptional performance on the AP exams in math and science. With the honor, Agrawal will also receive a $5,000 award.


Crime Alert: Large Sums of Money

There are many scams currently being perpetrated where the victim is promised a relatively large sum of money. These come in the form of mail, email, or phone calls. The common thread to these scams is that the victim is required to send money in advance to get their money released. This should be your red flag indicating it is a scam.

 One of the more recent attempts was a victim being told they were a Publisher’s Clearinghouse winner. She was asked to send a sum of money to pay for the taxes on the winning amount. That was followed up by a phone call from someone claiming to be an officer with the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office who told the victim that it was not a scam. Through technology, scam artists are able to cause local police department numbers to appear on potential victim’s caller ID. The victim did the right thing in this case and contacted the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office and learned it actually was a scam.

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



WAYZATA CHAMBER: Emotional Intelligence in Business Seminar with Jim Young of Edina Realty

In today's economy running a business can be tough, but if we have the proper mind set we can still succeed. All business owners and managers look for small edges and advantages. What if the advantage can be found inside the employees and yourself. Bringing out the best in your company is largely a matter of your E.Q. and not your I.Q. I will show you a paradigm shifting exercise and talk about the fundamentals of getting your company associates to follow your leadership.

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"I have had the opportunity to participate in Emotional Intelligence workshops in the past and found them very valuable. I would describe EQ vs. IQ as the difference between street smarts and book smarts. It will help you understand your emotions and, more importantly, the emotions behind your clients or customers and what drives them to make a decision."

Jim Young from Edina
Realty will be the speaker.
Thursday, February 17
Wayzata City Hall Community Room
600 E. Rice Street
7:30-9:00 a.m.
Coffee and networking from 7:30-8:00 a.m.
Cost: Free for members, $10 for non members
RSVP by Tuesday, February 15
Coffee Sponsored by Starbucks Coffee in Wayzata!
Register by visiting the Wayzata Chamber website



The Wayzata Police Department continues to take reports of coyote sightings. Most recently coyotes are being reported routinely in the Highcroft and Ferndale Road West area of the city. We have made contact with the DNR and they reiterate that there has never been a report of a coyote attacking a human in Minnesota, although small pets wandering unattended outdoors are at risk. Coyotes are being reported in many metro area cities. The link below has been on our city website since December and provides more information about coyotes.



Wayzata Public Schools Education Foundation Announces 2011 From Excellent to Exceptional Grant Recipients

Left to right: Pat Gleason, Wayzata School Board, chair
Tom Cullum, WPSEF board member
Linda Miller, WPSEF treasurer
Mari Colbourne, WPSEF board member
Paula Picard, WPSEF secretary
The Wayzata Public Schools Education Foundation (WPSEF) today announced that four curriculum-based projects, in the areas of special education and literacy, were selected as part of its 2011 'From Excellent to Exceptional' grant program.

This year, WPSEF considered 10 projects and selected four that will extend the regular curriculum in collaborative and innovative ways. The selected projects will receive more than $8,000 in grants as part of nearly $18,000 in total funding for 2011 programming. Additional funding was facilitated by WPSEF through the Wayzata School District. Following are the 2011 recipients:

  • The Sensory Approach to Learning: This program will allow the professional development and training of five district staff in specific sensory strategies for use in three pilot classrooms at Oakwood Elementary School, Central Middle School and Wayzata High School. The sensory techniques will facilitate intervention support for students with learning disabilities, behavioral and emotional problems, motor incoordination, attention problems and other developmental issues. The goal is to eventually roll out these techniques to all schools within the Wayzata Public School District, and to better arm general education teachers with classroom strategies that to improve the school performance and general attentiveness of students of all learning styles.
  • Closing the Summer Set Back Reading Gap of Economically Disadvantaged Students: This summer reading program will help struggling readers in first through fourth grades at Plymouth Creek Elementary. Qualified students will receive appropriately leveled reading materials and additional reading support with the goal of increasing reading proficiency in the areas of accuracy, fluency and comprehension, and to close the current achievement gap.
  • 21st Century Literacy: This program will fund the purchase of 15 eReaders and a library of digital grade level novels and audio books at West Middle School. The goal is to enhance the literacy learning of all reading levels, especially those who will benefit from the auditory and visual capabilities enabled by this technology.
  • Integrating iPads in Special Education Programming: WPSEF facilitated district funding to provide two iPads and customized applications to be used at Oakwood Elementary School. The iPads will enable children with special needs to utilize technology to learn through visual, auditory and kinesthetic modalities.

"We believe all students in the Wayzata Public Schools are exceptional, and we are pleased to fund these worthwhile and curriculum-based programs that would otherwise not be available," Jenny DeWall, WPSEF board co-chair.

Since 2007, WPSEF's 'From Excellent to Exceptional' Grant program has provided more than $95,000 to projects in the Wayzata Public Schools. Prior grants recipients include:

  • Essays for Everyone: a 'Document Based Questions' AP- based program for all WHS US History classes.
  • Elm Creek Water and Soil Testing and Research Materials: for students in WHS AP Environmental Science, Environmental Science, and Wildlife Biology classes.
  • Middle School Media Center US History/Geography Book Collection Upgrade
  • Elementary Library Media Centers Book Collection Upgrade
  • Elementary Literacy Project: community/school partnership to provide one-on-one reading assistance to elementary students.
  • Ropes Challenge Course: S.T.E.M.- based collaborative approach (WHS P.E., Math, Science departments and students) to enhance physical education curriculum by designing/building/implementing a ropes challenge course which will utilize biomechanical and physics concepts in P.E. class lessons.
  • Accelerated Summer Math Program at Wayzata High School.
  • Discretionary project funding to support the needs of students in the WPS elementary and middle schools.

"The programs funded this year and in previous years would not be possible without the generosity of past and current WPSEF donors, and we wish to express our sincere appreciation for this support," said Michael Hagerty, WPSEF board co-chair.

About The Wayzata Public Schools Education Foundation

The Wayzata Public Schools Education Foundation was formed in June 2003 by a group of concerned parents and community leaders who wanted to ensure academic excellence across the district despite unreliable state and federal funding for public schools. The Foundation's sole focus is to maintain and sustain the high quality of education in the Wayzata Public Schools. WPSEF is a fund of the Minnesota Community Foundation. For more information, visit