Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sheriff Stanek public safety update

Sheriff Stanek continues campaign to prevent prescription drug abuse among teenagers

Utilizing a combination of community education, drug collection events, and enforcement, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is working hard to prevent prescription drugs from damaging our community's youth.

On June 2, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) will host another prescription drug collection event in cooperation with the City of Richfield. The event will be from 3-7pm in the Richfield Ice Arena parking lot (east entrance).

Sheriff Rich Stanek collects unused prescription medication last year. Submitted photo.
At our first-ever event in St. Louis Park last September, we had residents in over 700 vehicles drop off unwanted drugs. Tens of thousands of pills were dropped off - some with a street value of $70 - $80 per pill. At a similar event in Brooklyn Center, residents found over 100 pounds of unwanted controlled medications (including Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Codeine) plus anti-biotics, cold medicines, vitamins/supplements, and pet medications, and delivered them for safe disposal.

Our teens in Hennepin County are at risk with these medications; Minnesota kids have an underground drug culture; they trade and sell drugs via text message and send invites on Facebook for "pharm" parties. The entry fee for a "pharm" party is a contribution of drugs of any sort. The kids throw whatever they can find into a bowl or baggie and call the contents "skittles" or "trail mix." They take the mixed drugs by the handfuls, often weekend bingeing, and have no idea what substances they've ingested. The Hazelden Foundation now reports that kids are developing "recipes' for getting high; our ER's are reporting kids overdosing on bizarre combinations of drugs.

Teen drug abuse is a growing concern here in the metro area; please will you do what you can to ensure the safety of kids in our communities? Take a few minutes and check: What's in your medicine cabinet?

Sheriff Stanek speaks to Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus about public safety issues.

Sheriff Stanek was recently asked to represent the Major County Sheriff's Association (MCSA) on a panel of law enforcement leaders from across the U.S. Sheriff Stanek serves as the Vice President of MCSA and chairs its Homeland Security Sub-Committee. Additionally, he is also active in the National Sherif's Association and sits on its Executive Board, Intelligence Sub-Committee, and Homeland Security Sub-Committee.

Sheriff Rich Stanek speaks to Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus. Submitted photo.
The panel was organized by the leaders of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ). Congressman Reichert previously served as County Sheriff for King County (Seattle) before his election to Congress.

Aside from providing his insight to critical public safety and homeland security issues, Sheriff Stanek also met with members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation and attended the opening of the National Law Enforcement Memorial on the National Mall.

OBITUARY: Helen Erickson

Helen, age 86, died peacefully after a long illness with Alzheimers on May 29, 2011.

Survived by her loving brother Tom (Vera) Story; children Karen Erickson (David Korte), Kristin (Blair) Halonen, Sandra (Robert) Hanson and Kurt Erickson; 12 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by parents Elbridge and Irma Story, husband Gustav, and sister Roberta Towner.

Helen grew up on Lake Minnetonka and lived in the area most of her life. She was an avid walker, loved nature, and volunteered at the Minnetonka Senior Center for many years. But Helen’s greatest pleasure was being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her children treasure their memories of her delicious meals, magical Christmases, beautifully sewn clothes, bed time stories and prayers, family picnics, singing in the car, giggling at the dinner table, shopping for new school shoes, and, always, clean sheets on Thursdays.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at the church St. Mary of the Lake, (105 Forestview Lane North, Plymouth, MN), at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday June 1, with visitation one hour prior to the service. A luncheon at the church will be held following Mass.

Private burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

City and Chamber to gather commercial property owners and tenants for force main project discussion

The City of Wayzata and the Wayzata Chamber will host a forum about the proposed MCES Force Main Project scheduled for early 2012. Representatives from MCES will provide diagrams of the proposed construction site and solicit feedback.

The meeting will be held on June 1 at 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at Wayzata City Hall.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Wayzata American Legion Post 118 Memorial Day ceremony photos

Wayzata American Legion Post 118 conducted at Memorial Day Ceremony earlier.  WWII Veteran Herb Suerth delivered the key note address.

WWII Veteran Her Suerth delivers the key note address. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Included in the Ceremony: Post 118 Honor Guard, Auxiliary Champlain Babette Pohtilla, Gary Ostrand, S.A.L. Commander Al Barnes, S.A.L. Austin Burgi, Post Commander John Grecula, WWII Veteran Her Suerth, and Post Chaplin Chuck Scharlau.

Members of Post 118 that passed this year: Robert A. Armstrong, Ronald Carpenter, Donald J. Conners, Donald E. Franzen, Marvin J. Frost, Albert H. Japs, Kenneth G. Kanzler, James A. McNally, Robert Neddermeyer, Richard C. Olson, Donald G. Peterson, E.H. Duke Scheider, Neal E. Sorensen, Sylvan Stephani, Kenneth H. Westpahl. Auxiliary: Florence Hirsch, Helen Rengel, Beverly Reynolds.

Click here to view photos of the event: 2011 Memorial Day Heritage Park Ceremony

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wayzata Synchronized Swim Wins State Championship

The Wayzata Synchro team won its fifth consecutive state championship title on Friday May 27th, 2011 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Wayzata scored a total of 169 points outscoring Stillwater's 97 points ranking second.

The synchro team set a record to be the only Wayzata sport to win five straight titles. The team placed first in all events except two.

Wayzata first place extended team earning a score of 68.130 includes team members Natalie Bodin, Cayla Ebert, Paige Muncy, Ruth Schaefer, Tara Williams, Alese Halvorson, Kjirsten Ree, and Laurel Streed.

Paige Muncy helps the Trojans secure their fifth consecutive state title. Photo by Victoria Downey

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

Graves at Arlington Cemetery.  Image and article courtesy Wikipedia.

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 30 in 2011). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates men and women who died while in military service to the United States.[1] First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War,[2] it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.

Memorial Day often marks the start of the summer vacation season, and Labor Day its end. Began as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the civil war, by the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as ordinary people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 (since 1911) and the Coca-Cola 600 (since 1960) auto races.[3]


By 1865 the practice of decorating soldiers' graves had become widespread in the North. The first known observance was in Boalsburg, Pa on October, 1864, and each year thereafter. The friendship between General John Murray, a distinguished citizen of Waterloo, and General John A. Logan, who helped bring attention to the event nationwide, was likely a factor in the holiday's growth. On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic – the organization for Northern Civil War veterans – Logan issued a proclamation that "Decoration Day" should be observed nationwide.[4] It was observed for the first time on May 30 of the same year; the date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of a battle.

There were events in 183 cemeteries in 27 states in 1868, and 336 in 1869. The northern states quickly adopted the holiday; Michigan made "Decoration Day" an official state holiday in 1871 and by 1890 every northern state followed suit. The ceremonies were sponsored by the Women's Relief Corps, which had 100,000 members. By 1870, the remains of nearly 300,000 Union dead had been buried in 73 national cemeteries, located mostly in the South, near the battlefields. The most famous are Gettysburg National Cemetery in Pennsylvania and Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington.[citation needed]

The Memorial Day speech became an occasion for veterans, politicians and ministers to commemorate the war – and at first to recall the atrocities of the enemy. They mixed religion and celebratory nationalism and provided a means for the people to make sense of their history in terms of sacrifice for a better nation, one closer to their God. People of all religious beliefs joined together, and the point was often made that the German and Irish soldiers had become true Americans in the "baptism of blood" on the battlefield. By the end of the 1870s the rancor was gone and the speeches praised the soldiers of both the Union and Confederacy. By the 1950s, the theme was American exceptionalism and duty to uphold freedom in the world.[citation needed] Ironton, Ohio lays claim to the nation's oldest continuously running Memorial Day parade, since 1868.[5] In 1882, the name of Decoration Day was formally changed to Memorial Day in "memory" and 'honor" of those who gave their lives fighting for a common cause, America.

In the South

In Charleston, South Carolina, in 1865, freedmen (freed enslaved Africans) celebrated at the Washington Race Course, today the location of Hampton Park. The site had been used as a temporary Confederate prison camp for captured Union soldiers in 1865, as well as a mass grave for Union soldiers who died there. Immediately after the cessation of hostilities, freedmen exhumed the bodies from the mass grave and reinterred them in individual graves. They built a fence around the graveyard with an entry arch and declared it a Union graveyard. On May 1, 1865, a crowd of up to ten thousand, mainly black residents, including 2800 children, proceeded to the location for events that included sermons, singing, and a picnic on the ground, thereby creating the first Decoration Day-type celebration.[6]

Beginning in 1866 the Southern states had their own Memorial Days, ranging from April 26 to mid June. The birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, June 3, became a state holiday in 10 states by 1916. Across the South associations were founded after the war to establish and care for permanent cemeteries for Confederate soldiers, organize commemorative ceremonies, and sponsor impressive monuments as a permanent way of remembering the Confederate tradition. Women provided the leadership in these associations, paving the way to establish themselves as capable of public leadership.

The earliest Confederate Memorial Day celebrations were simple, somber occasions for veterans and their families to honor the day and attend to local cemeteries. Around 1890, there was a shift from this consolatory emphasis on honoring specific soldiers to public commemoration of the Confederate "Lost Cause". Changes in the ceremony's hymns and speeches reflect an evolution of the ritual into a symbol of cultural renewal and conservatism in the South. By 1913, however, the theme of American nationalism shared equal time with the Lost Cause. Columbus, Mississippi, at its Decoration Day on April 25, 1866, commemorated both the Union and Confederate casualties buried in its cemetery.[7]

At Gettysburg

The ceremonies and Memorial Day address at Gettysburg National Park were nationally famous, starting in 1868. In July 1913, veterans of the United States and Confederate armies gathered in Gettysburg to commemorate the fifty-year anniversary of the Civil War's bloodiest and most famous battle. The four-day "Blue-Gray Reunion" featured parades, reenactments, and speeches from a host of dignitaries, including President Woodrow Wilson, the first Southerner in the White House since the War. Congressman James Heflin of Alabama was given the honor of the main address. Heflin was a noted orator; two of his best-known speeches were an endorsement of the Lincoln Memorial and his call to make Mother's Day a holiday, but his choice as Memorial Day speaker was met with criticism. He was opposed for his racism, but his speech was moderate, stressing national unity and goodwill, and the newspapers, including those who opposed his invitation to speak, praised him.

Flags at half-staff until noon

On Memorial Day the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.[8]

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Name and date

The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from "Decoration Day" to "Memorial Day", which was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967. On June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill which moved three holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The holidays included Washington's Birthday, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) advocate returning to the original date, although the significance of the date is tenuous. The VFW stated in a 2002 Memorial Day Address:
Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed a lot to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.[9]
Since 1987, Hawaii's Senator Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran, has repeatedly introduced measures to return Memorial Day to its traditional date.

After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply, all 50 states adopted Congress's change of date within a few years. Memorial Day endures as a holiday which most businesses observe because it marks the unofficial beginning of summer. This role is filled in neighboring Canada by Victoria Day, which occurs either on May 24 or the last Monday before that date, placing it exactly one week before Memorial Day.

Traditional observance

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time. Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.[10] One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, an auto race which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. It runs on the Sunday preceding the Memorial Day holiday. The Coca-Cola 600 stock car race has been held later the same day since 1961. The Memorial Tournament golf event has been held on or close to the Memorial Day weekend since 1976. The National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the west lawn of the United States Capitol the Sunday before Memorial Day. The concert is broadcast on PBS and NPR. Music is performed, and respect is paid to the men and women who died in war.


Sociologists, following the lead of Robert Bellah, often make the argument that America has a secular "civil religion" – one with no association with any religious denomination or viewpoint – that has incorporated Memorial Day as a sacred event. Our American tradition includes an obligation to honor the sacrifices made by our nation to earn our freedom. With the Civil War, a new theme of death, sacrifice and rebirth enters the civil religion. Memorial Day gave ritual expression to these themes, integrating the local community into a sense of nationalism. The American civil religion in contrast to that of France was never anticlerical or militantly secular; in contrast to Britain it was not tied to a specific denomination like the Church of England. Instead the Americans borrowed selectively from different religious traditions in such a way that the average American saw no conflict between the two, thus mobilizing deep levels of personal motivation for the attainment of national goals.[11]
[edit]In literature and music

Charles Ives's symphonic poem Decoration Day depicted the holiday as he experienced it in his childhood, with his father's band leading the way to the town cemetery, the playing of "Taps" on a trumpet, and a livelier march tune on the way back to the town. It is frequently played with three other Ives works based on holidays as the second movement of A New England Holidays Symphony.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Photos of Lake Minnetonka fire at 3944 Enchanted Drive, Minnetrista, MN

Several fire departments from the surrounding communities responded to a house fire located at 3944 Enchanted Drive in Minnetrista this afternoon.

Stay tuned.  We will have more info and hundreds of photos available shortly.

3944 Enchanted Drive, Minnetrista, MN burned to the ground earlier this afternoon. Photo copyright  Dan Gustafson.
Update at 5:26: A neighbor reported that it appeared a gas grill on the back deck caught the home on fire.  It proceeded to the garage, where one of the vehicles inside exploded and caught the rest of the home on fire.

Many Fire Departments responded: Mound, Watertown, Long Lake, Loretto, Wayzata, Minnetonka, Chaska, Maple Plain, and probably a few others I am forgetting.

It was tough for the fire departments to fight this fire, because there are no hydrants in this area of homes.  Each Fire Department brought a tanker truck or two to help douse the flames, would empty, and run back up the street to refill.

According to a number of reports, the family that owned the home was not inside when the fire occurred, but the family dogs were inside and have yet to be found. Other reports indicate that there was an explosion--maybe the gas grill.

Click here to view (and buy) hundreds of photos of the home burning, the fire trucks, the firemen, and more: 3944 Enchanted Drive, Minnetrista, MN - Lake Minnetonka House Fire
Stay tuned to, your Wayzata Fire Department travels to any fire leader.

OBITUARY: Lois-Mary Dunlap

Lois-Mary Apple Dunlap died May 25 at the age of 72, due to complications of a Parkinson’s-related disease. She was a loving daughter and sister, brilliant student, determined research librarian, supportive wife, dedicated mother and “Grandma Lemma,” patient listener, committed volunteer, impassioned poet and pianist, spiritual searcher, and voracious reader. Her first camp counselor remarked on her “persistent curiosity,” a quality she exhibited throughout her life and inspired in others.

Lois-Mary Apple was born in Elgin, IL October 29, 1938 to Elmer and Luella Apple and was the middle sister of Jean and Howard Apple She attended Deephaven Elementary School and Minnetonka High School, where she graduated as valedictorian in 1956.

 She majored in biology and graduated summa cum laude from Carleton College in 1960. She earned her MSLS degree from Columbia University School of Library Service in 1961 and became the Librarian of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She married William D. Dunlap, Jr. in 1961, and they raised three daughters, Kristin, Leslie, and Brenda.

A life-long learner, she began a PhD in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, took many courses at United Theological Seminary, and assembled a vast library of poetry, theology, history, philosophy, science and literature. She was a long-time supporter and board member of the Loft Literary Center, and an ardent patron of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

She is survived and held in loving memory by her sister (and best friend) Jean Owen (Red Lodge, MT), brother Howard Apple and sister-in-law Deb Apple (Winter Park, FL), as well as by her ex-husband Bill Dunlap, with whom she remained dear friends until the end. She is survived by and has sustained her three daughters, Kristin Dunlap, Leslie Dunlap (and husband Seth Cotlar) and Brenda Dunlap (and husband Jim Reidy), as well as granddaughters Kaitlin, Anna, and Ellie Schaible, and grandsons Isaac Cotlar, and Kai and Tae Reidy.

There will be a service celebrating her life at 1 pm on Friday, June 3, at Bigelow Chapel, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, 3000 Fifth Street Northwest, New Brighton, MN 55112. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

OBITUARY: Mary Ferne McDonald

Mary Ferne McDonald left this life on Thursday, May 26. at the age of 91. She was born March 2, 1920, in Lucas, Missouri, the youngest child of Thomas A. Swackhamer and Mary Irene (Thompson) Swackhamer. After a happy childhood on the family farm, she entered Park College in Parkville, Missouri at age 17; then attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, receiving her RN in 1942. She married Joseph Gerald McDonald on January 1, 1941.
Most of her adult life was spent in the Twin Cities, where Joe worked for Honeywell. While raising her children, she also spent time working at the New Brighton Clinic and Midway Hospital in St. Paul. She was always active in the community, and was one of the earliest members of Centennial United Methodist Church in Roseville.
Mary Ferne was the quintessential nurse, always caring for and helping others. She had a love for music and nature, in particular, shells and butterflies. She was a life-long learner and displayed great strength of body and character.
The last ten plus years of her life were lived at Gianna Home in Minnetonka, where after her strokes, she received the very best of care in a beautiful family-like setting. Although she declined substantially, she retained her ability to show her comprehension and react with a smile. She was well loved at Gianna for her sweet nature.
Mary Ferne is survived by four of her children, Lee Ann, of Westfield, Wisconsin; Jim of Toronto, Ontario; Lisa of Maplewood, and Douglas of Plymouth. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Earl Swackhamer, of Springfield, Missouri; a devoted friend, Billie Schacht (who wrote to her almost weekly for ten years); nine grandchildren, and five great-children. She was preceded in death by her husband Joe in 2000 and her daughter Jeanine in 2006.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 4 at Gianna Home, 4605 Fairhills Road East, Minnetonka. The family will receive visitors starting at 12:00, with the service at 1:30. Memorials may be made to Gianna Home.
David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: IOCP ignored Wayzata Affordable Housing Taskforce report it helped create

Assertions from non-profit should be challenged

As a member of the 2009-2010 Wayzata Affordable Housing Taskforce, I would be remiss if I did not speak to the latest IOCP development of six new affordable rental units to be located on the site of their old headquarters at 110 Grand Avenue. After viewing the April 18th Planning Commission minutes, it became very clear that the IOCP chose to ignore and dismiss the Wayzata Taskforce recommendations and at the same time misrepresented the affordable housing market in Wayzata to gain city and public approval for this project. It was disappointing to learn that the final Taskforce report summarizing recommendations and policies to be used when affordable housing projects were presented to the city was not referenced nor made available to the Planning Commission or City Council members to help guide the decision making process for this project.

The Affordable Housing Taskforce was created to study the issue of affordable housing as it relates to the City of Wayzata. Our objectives were:

  1. To determine if the city can accommodate more affordable housing. 
  2. If so, what type of housing should it be; what should it look like?
  3. Where could it be located?

The Taskforce felt it was important to first determine the need for affordable housing in Wayzata. According to the 2009 Wayzata Affordable Housing Taskforce Narrative Report, “It is clear that the city of Wayzata had met the Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Act benchmark goals in 1996 and nearly doubled the affordable rental housing benchmark goal in 2009.” (pg. 7)

In Addition, per our discussion with Guy Peterson, Metropolitan Council Housing Director, we learned that the City of Wayzata is in conformance with the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Just because IOCP continues to claim there is a dramatic need for more affordable rental housing in Wayzata does not make it true. Just because they claim that we need more affordable units to meet the Metropolitan Council housing goals does not make it true.

The Taskforce reviewed the housing study done by the Wayzata City Assessor, who determined that 15% of owner-occupied homes were considered affordable at the 80% area median income. This figure drops to 9% for those making 60% of area median income. The conclusion was that the city is lacking in owner occupied starter homes. The Taskforce recommendations were to focus efforts in the area of affordable owner-occupied housing and NOT rental properties. As Wayzata is a 3.2 square mile city this will prove to be challenging. Land values in Wayzata are high. Given the fact that IOCP owns the 110 Grand Avenue property, this would have provided the perfect opportunity for them to do what is right for the city!

A viable option for IOCP would be to work with the West Hennepin Affordable Housing Land Trust (WHALT), an organization that assists in the development of owner-occupied affordable housing. I contacted the WHALT office and learned that, although their current focus is to develop foreclosed properties for owner occupancy, they are very interested in helping Wayzata due to its unique position as nearly built-out. They stated that there is definitely funding available on a case by case basis and they want to further explore an opportunity to make owner-occupied housing a reality. Why was this option not pursued?

It is noteworthy that IOCP’s Phil Milne, Housing Board member, also served on the 2009-2010 Wayzata Housing Taskforce and participated in decision-making and report writing. And, Kim Vohs, IOCP Housing Director, attended a number of Taskforce meetings and was present when the final draft of the Affordable Housing Policy Statement was written. Therefore, IOCP was well aware of the need for affordable owner-occupied starter homes and the directives of the city.

The rationale behind owner-occupied starter homes is to enable families to build equity in their first home and then, hopefully, go on to purchase a larger single family home within Wayzata.

IOCP seems to carry a key to the city and has gone unchecked far too long. The assertions they make regarding the need, type and statistics for affordable housing in Wayzata need to be challenged. Although this project is already approved, I am asking IOCP to adhere to what is true and right for the city by halting this project. The Taskforce Policy Statement MUST be taken into consideration!

A copy of this report can be obtained through the city offices.

Sandy Maclean


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Coming to a city near you - limited water supply

Most of us, I’m sure, appreciate our abundance of fresh potable water in the upper midwest and perhaps sometimes take for granted the seemingly limitless supply. As more and more of the United States and the world see the water supply become limited and in some cases restricted, it makes sense that we take a closer look at our water policies, our water usage, and our general perception of this most valuable resource.

My research into Wayzata water policy and usage reveal some very interesting data. My hopes for the initial piece of this study is to raise public awareness about water supply, usage, and pricing. Hopefully, conservation will be a fundamental element of this endeavor.

It only makes sense that all of us gain a better understanding of this essentail resource and to have a strategy ready for the day that our water supply becomes limited.

Dan Goodmundson

Crime Prevention picnic well attended

The Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition's 2nd annual Community Picnic was a hit last night as about 70 neighbors met at the Wayzata Depot.  Hot dogs, root beer floats, chips and water were served to the community by the board members of the WCPC.

The Mound K9 unit gave a demonstration of their capabilities of stopping a suspect, and the Wayzata Fire Department showed how they utilize their rescue and fire fighting boat.

The highlight of the evening came as members of the Lake Minnetonka SWAT team set off a flash that showed how disorienting the tool can be when entering a building.

For more information on the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition, visit

Memorial Day Honor Guard Ceremony schedule

Wayzata American Legion Post 118

Pay tribute to fallen soldiers this Memorial Day - Monday, May 30th at the local cemeteries and Heritage Park.

Honor Guard Ceremonies (Parker's Lake is in Plymouth, all others are in Wayzata):
8:30 AM Parker's Lake Cemetery
9:15 AM Greenlawn Cemetery
9:45 AM Old Wayzata Cemetery
10:30 AM Summit Hill Cemetery
11:30 AM Heritage Park Memorial Day Program

You are invited back to the post for refreshments after the Heritage Park program.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

OBITUARY: James Edward Craddock

Craddock, James Edward age 84 of New Hope, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Lena; brothers, Eugene W and
Lawrence; and sister, Mary Oliver.

He is survived by sister, Jane Wydo;11 nieces and nephews; 9 great-nieces and nephews; and great-great nephew, Nick Jr.

10am Visitation followed by 11am Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, May 26th at St Joseph's Parish Center, 8701 36th Avenue North in New Hope.

Interment at Gethsemane Cemetery in Crystal.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Crime Prevention picnic tonight

Flyer for the Crime Prevention Picnic. 
McGruff the Crime Dog and the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition invite you to the community wide 2011 Crime Prevention picnic!

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at the Wayzata Depot. Hot dogs, chips, and root beer floats will be served.  In addition to dinner, a short program will include a K9 officer demonstration, members of the local SWAT team, a rescue boat demonstration by the Wayzata Fire Department, and remarks from Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold.

The 2011 Crime Prevention Picnic is free and open to the public, and donations to the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition will be accepted.

For more information, call Dave Herzuck at 952-237-0562.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Plymouth Creek Elementary student wins 2011 National Chess Championship

Andrew Titus, a third grade student at Plymouth Creek Elementary School, won the 2011 National Chess Championship in the primary (K-3) championship section held in Dallas, Texas on May 6-8.

Titus won the first place in a three-way tie becoming the National Primary Co-Champion.

Joshua Titus, a second grade student from Plymouth Creek also played in the tournament and won 14th place in the K-3 Under 800 section.

WHS student places in top 15 nationally

Abram Sanderson, a sophomore at Wayzata High School, placed in the top 15 in the country on the United States of America Junior Math Olympiad which is a nine hour exam to solve six problems.

Sanderson is part of the Wayzata Public Schools district math program.

WHS senior wins first place nationally for InvestWrite essay

Jack Alexander won first place in a national writing contest. Photo courtesy WHS.
Jack Alexander, a senior at Wayzata High School, won first place in the state and national SIFMA Foundation's InvestWrite student essay competition, sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation and SIFMA member firms at the Best Prep awards event.

Alexander will be awarded with a "Wall Street Experience" and he will travel to New York City this summer for three days where he will visit financial landmarks and even go on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Best Prep is a statewide, nonprofit organization with a mission to best prepare Minnesota students with business, career and financial literacy skills through experiences that inspire success in work and life. The SIFMA Foundation is proud to partner with Best Prep to deliver The Stock Market Game and InvestWrite in Minnesota.

Bushaway Neighborhood Trolley Trip cut short by severe weather

Irene Stemmer leads the Bushaway Neighborhood Trolley Trip prior to it being cut short by weather. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The Bushaway Road Neighborhood Trolley Trip detailing the history of the area was cut short yesterday by severe weather in the area.

Irene Stemmer of the Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board, who is also the narrator indicated, "We were parked in front of one of the houses on the tour, and the lightning and thunder shook the entire trolley. We didn't get to finish our trip, as the trolley driver took us back to Wayzata."

The Wayzata Trolley carries passengers along the Bushaway Neighborhood tour. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Stemmer continued, "We had such a good group, but we only made it about halfway through the presentation and we had to go home."

Stemmer did not know whether or not the group would try to reschedule the tour.  "It depends on the Chamber and City.  I thought I might offer it, but we'll see."

Stay tuned to, your lightning and thunder shakes the Wayzata Trolley leader.

Wayzata Cub Scouts help plant City garden

Scouts Justin, Zach, Nate and Jack help to plant the garden at Crosby Road and Wayzata Boulevard. Photo Dan Gustafson.
See the photos of the Wayzata Cub Scouts Pack 283, Den 11 as they plant the gardens located at Crosby Road and Wayzata Boulevard on a soggy Sunday: Wayzata Cub Scouts Adopt-a-Garden.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Soggy Sunday

Clouds Sunday evening. Photo Dan Gustafson.
It was another soggy weekend here in Wayzata.  Here is a photo full for wonderful colors as they appeared over Wayzata Bay on Sunday evening. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Storm rolls through Lake Minnetonka area

Storm rolls over Lake Minnetonka late Saturday evening. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Apparently a tornado touched down in the Medina area around 6:30 this evening--at least that is what Mike Lynch from AM 830 WCCO indicated earlier.

After taking photos of the Wayzata Art Experience winners, I wandered down to the docks on Wayzata Bay and watched dark cloud after dark cloud roll through and over the Wayzata area.

Take a look at the photos as the storm rolled through: May 21, 2011 Storm on Lake Minnetonka.

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8th Annual Wayzata Art Experience Winners & Best in Show

The Wayzata Chamber of Commerce announced the Winners and Best in Show for the 2011 Wayzata Art Experience Saturday evening at Wayzata Wine and Spirits:

Wayzata Art Experience Chair Ellen Timmerman-Borer (left) and Mayor Ken Willcox (right) congratulate Pam Fox (center) for winning 1st Place for her jewelry entry. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Best in Show:
  • Sharon & Diane Tessaman - Fiber
  • Suzanne Theisfeild - Painting
  • David Royce - Glass
  • Kerri Norman - Jewelry
  • Dianne Gier - Mixed Metal
  • 3rd Place - Chris Holmquist - Clay
  • 2nd Place - Jean Haefele - Mixed Media
  • 1st Place - Pam Fox - Jewelry
Congratulations to all the artisits!  Stay tuned to, your Wayzata Art Experience leader!

Photos from 2011 Wayzata Art Experience

Wayzata Art Experience Chairwoman Ellen Timmerman-Borer danced the blues away during the rain showers. Photo Dan Gustafson.
While the sun did come out later in the afternoon, the 2011 Wayzata Art Experience started out soggy and stayed that way for a good portion of Saturday.

Few people attended the show early on, as showers kept art enthusiasts away until later in the afternoon.  Volunteers and staff of the Wayzata Chamber putting the show on, kept busy while smiling as the rain drenched everything on Lake Street.  Wayzata Art Experience Chairwoman Ellen Timmerman-Borer kept the blues away by dancing on Lake Street.

See all the photos of the show by clicking this link: 2011 Wayzata Art Experience.

The sun did come out, as did the art enthusiasts later in the afternoon.  The show continues tomorrow from 10-4 on Lake Street.  Stay tuned to, your Wayzata Art Experience news leader.

Photos from Wayzata Volunteer efforts

The Wayzata Volunteers had some great help today from the Wayzata Boy Scouts and the Wayzata Football team.

The Wayzata Boy Scouts and a group of Wayzata Volunteers met at the Wayzata Big Woods to clean up buck-thorn and garlic mustard this morning.  Click here to view the photos from the event: 2011 Garlic Mustard Pull in the Wayzata Big Woods.

Volunteers remove garlic mustard for the Wayzata Big Woods. Photo Dan Gustafson.
50 members of the Wayzata Football team showed up at the Wayzata Boardwalk Apartments this morning as well.  They cleaned up buck-thorn, garlic mustard, and removed a tremendous amount of trees and brush that had accumulated on the property.  Click here to view the photos from the event: Trojans Say Thanks - Wayzata Boardwalk Clean-up.

Photo Dan Gustafson.
The Wayzata Trojans Football Team helped to clean up the Wayzata Boardwalk Apartments this morning. Photo Dan Gustafson.

Connie Doepke: Governor meets with Legislature on the budget

Yesterday was a major day at the State Capitol. This afternoon, Governor Mark Dayton accepted Republicans’ invitation to meet with us and discuss the state’s budget. It was a respectful and civil meeting where we all discussed our principles for how we should balance the budget for the next two years.

I believe we have met the Governor halfway in our goal of balancing the budget by Monday. Governor Dayton began the year wanting to raise state tax collections to $37 billion. We collect $31 billion now. Republicans decided to meet in the middle. We did this without raising taxes, the slowly improving economy created $3 billion more tax revenue.

It is fair to say I was disappointed with the Governor’s insistence that we pass a tax increase and spend well over $35 billion. His proposal is not the middle, it is on the wrong side of compromise. He has indicated he will veto our budget, which would almost certainly force a special session. That isn’t something Minnesota needs. We need to get our work done, compromise on a budget that grows spending $3 billion without raising taxes, and let the economy continue its path to recovery.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hundreds attend 2011 Empty Bowls fundraiser

Hundreds of people attended the 2011 Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit the IOCP food shelf last evening at the Wayzata High School cafeteria.

Empty Bowls is a grassroots program to raise funds and awareness in an effort to end hunger and food insecurity.  The program, now in it's 20th year, was started by pottery instructor Nancy Hanily-Dolan  "I have had a lot of help, and a lot of talented AP students along the way." Nancy indicated when asked about starting the event.

Nancy Hanily-Dolan, pottery instructor at Wayzata High School, started the Empty Bowls program 20 years ago. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Contributors who donated $10 received a handmade bowl, which was filled with soup and accompanied by bread sticks.  There was also a cake celebrating the 20th anniversary of the event, and a silent auction to raise even more funds.

Empty Bowls 2011.  Photo Dan Gustafson.
View the photos from the event last night here: Wayzata High School 2011 Empty Bowls

Fundraiser, Collection at Wayzata Parish Nets $113,000 for North Minneapolis School

Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community in Wayzata, whose relationship with Church of the Ascension in North Minneapolis spans two decades, hosted its 20th annual St. Pat's Day Gala fundraiser in March. This week, HNOJ presented Ascension School with the proceeds from this event, combined with money raised from a second collection during Mass--for a total donation of $113,000.

The volunteer-driven St. Pat's Day Gala raises tens of thousands of dollars for Ascension each year. The 2011 event included both a live and a silent auction, with items ranging from CMA Music Festival tickets to handmade artwork by HNOJ School students. The evening also featured dueling pianos and dinner catered by Broders' Pasta Bar.

The attendance at this year's gala was the greatest in recent years, with an estimated 450 attendees, and the event raised a gross total of $144,753--nearly doubling the $73,779 raised in 2010. The majority of the proceeds went to Ascension, and some of the money raised will go to support HNOJ School, celebrating the partnership between the two schools and the value of Catholic education.Contributions from the HNOJ community over the past 20 years have been of great assistance to Ascension, where approximately 85% of students come from families with income below the poverty level. Most of these families cannot afford the subsidized $1,400 per year tuition, but instead of turning children away, Ascension relies on charitable donations for their success.

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In spite of the formidable challenges these children face, the environment of safety and achievement fostered at Ascension pushes them to achieve at levels equal to or exceeding their more affluent peers. In 2010, 76.1% of Ascension eighth graders scored proficient or above in math on the state MCA-II test and 85% scored proficient or better in reading--numbers comfortably exceeding the state average.

"Our students are successful because we are dedicated to meeting the needs of every individual student no matter what," explains Dorwatha Woods, Ascension principal and administrator of 24 years. "At Ascension, meeting the needs of a particular student may include extra tutoring through our Catapult and TCF tutors; working with parents to enable them to help their child at home; an extra portion of breakfast on some mornings; or attendance in our summer program, Super Language and Math. But most importantly, we provide a disciplined, values-based, safe and supportive environment alongside a rigorous academic curriculum."

The hope that this school offers its students was--and remains--the greatest motivator for bringing community members together for this fundraiser each year.

"In North Minneapolis, there are not a lot of bastions of hope, but Ascension provides the beacon and the tools so that kids can be kids," said Ed Cannon, a parishioner at HNOJ who has been involved with the St. Pat's Day Gala for over 15 years. "At Ascension, kids get the opportunity to excel and use the many God-given talents they have to pursue their passions. They are given love and respect, challenge and reward--a foundation."

Located in the northwestern suburbs of Minneapolis, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community is a vibrant, diverse parish devoted to living and sharing our faith. Our mission is to know the heart of Christ, see the face of Christ, and be the hands of Christ in all we do. Contact us at Holy Name of Jesus, 155 County Road 24, Wayzata, MN 55391. Phone: 763-473-7901. Fax: 763-745-3488.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

OBITUARY: Phyllis Elaine Johnson

Johnson, Phyllis Elaine Lillegren, age 85 of Maple Grove,

December 11, 1925 – May 18, 2011. Phyllis Elaine was born to John Alfred Lillegren and Ellen Marie (Johnson) Lillegren in Oxford Township, Isanti County, Minnesota December 11, 1925. She was their only child. She was baptized and confirmed in Salem Lutheran Church (near Stacy, MN).

Phyllis and Bernard were married on July 9, 1949 in Salem Church. Phyllis received her elementary education in the Isanti County rural schools, graduating from North Branch High School in 1943 and from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in 1948. In addition to being a homemaker, she was a nurse at Miller Hospital in St. Paul, the College Health Nurse at Golden Valley Lutheran College in Golden Valley, and Infection Control Nurse in several long term care facilities.

Phyllis and Bernard lived in Colorado, England, Indiana, and Minnesota.

She is survived by her husband, Bernard; children, Daniel Bernard, married to Patricia with three children: Brent, Reid, and Camille; David Michael with his son, Bernard; and Debra Ellen, married to Michael Zaic and their three daughters, Alexandra, Megan, and Hattie. She is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Jane Johnson, Myron and Beatrice Johnson, Gerda and Jon Scheele, Bernice Johnson, Edward and Carol Johnson, Pastor Harvey and Pauline Johnson, together with nephews and nieces too numerous to mention here.

Phyllis served the church as a Sunday School and Midweek School teacher; a Bethel Bible Class teacher; and as a choir member. She was an accomplished pianist, led the family in singing, and often played for special services at which her husband presided. She also assisted him in selecting hymns for worship services, and she chose the hymn’s for her service.

Memorial service 11 AM Monday, May 23, 2011 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 7401 County Rd. 101, Maple Grove with visitation one hour prior to the service at church.

Memorials may be directed to Lord of Life Lutheran, Maple Grove or to Salem Lutheran Church, North Branch, MN.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Wayzata Young Professionals visit Sunsets

The Wayzata Young Professionals had lunch this afternoon at Sunsets in downtown Wayzata.

Christa Steiner and Don Tran enjoy networking and lunch at Sunsets. Photo Dan Gustafson.
In attendance were Jason Touw, DeAnn Larson, Whitney Windmiller, Nicole Biskey, Alysa Wiesner, Charlie Dissman, David Tolbert, Adam Fonda, Jason Massie, Justin Hallen, Clement Wong, Dr. Paul Boettner, Dan Eveland, Dr. Ashely Anderson, Kelly Woods, Connie Crawley, Shanon Brooks, Christa Steiner, Don Tran, and Christina Drews.

To view photos from the gathering, visit this link: Wayzata Young Professionals visit Sunsets

To learn more about the Wayzata Young Professionals, visit

Wayzata Celebrates Spring with Art and Community!

The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce and TCF Bank will welcomes spring and art lovers across the Twin Cities with the 8th Annual Wayzata Art Experience. In Minnesota nothing says “Spring” like one of the first outdoor art shows of the season. This high quality juried art show runs Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Downtown Wayzata’s charming Lake Street transforms into a sophisticated showground with an ambiance of the finest visual, culinary and performance art in the region. This exquisite experience gives the arts community a wonderful opportunity to showcase their work along a breathtaking lakeside setting.

The Wayzata Art Experience teamed up with several local landscapers and garden designers to create Outdoor Garden Art Exhibits throughout the event. These unique areas will feature outdoor art and great ideas for your own outdoor living.

Although this event reflects the elegance of the Lake Minnetonka community, the Wayzata Art Experience appeals to art lovers of all ages. Artist’s demonstrations will allow guests to attempt their own craft. Youngsters can experience art by contributing to the Children’s Area. All the while, performing artists will stroll through the crowds, giving visitors a variety of acoustical enjoyment.

This cultural event features the most excellent culinary vendors from area restaurants, reflecting Wayzata’s charming and authentic community. These chefs will not only tempt your taste buds, but also demonstrate a few tricks to create your own cuisine. Don’t miss out on meeting the winning artists, as the New Wayzata Wine & Spirits will be hosting an “Afterhours Event”. Award Ceremony is Saturday, May 21st and 6:30. Wine Tastings from 4 – 8 p.m.

The Wayzata Art Experience is presented in partnership with the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce and TCF Bank. Additional 2011 event sponsors include Mediacom, Star Tribune, Tonka Times, Sun Sailor, Well’s Fargo, Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens, Otten Brothers, Outdoor Excapes, Candlelight Floral, Frost & Budd, Color Me Mine, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Hammer Residences, Rainbow Party Arts, and Fantastic Faces Facepainting.

Roti wins 100 meter dash championship in Lake Conference

John Sherman of the Sun Sailor has an article about the Wayzata Track team, including a 100 meter dash championship in Lake Conference action for junior Erik Roti. Here is an excerpt, as well as a link to the story:
This spring, he decided to try running without a football, and now he's the 100-meter dash champion in Lake Conference boys track.

The stars and planets aligned perfectly for Roti and the Wayzata team, as well, during the Lake meet May 17 at Hopkins High Stadium. Wayzata was the team champion in a close race with Minnetonka, and Roti had a gold medal to show or his effort."
To read the full story, visit this link: Wayzata sprinter takes off

Douglas speaks to Lions at monthly dinner

Wayzata Chamber of Commerce President Peggy Douglas spoke to the Wayzata Lions during their monthly meeting on May 17, 2011, held at the Wayzata Country Club.

Wayzata Chamber President Peggy Douglas addresses the Wayzata Lions at a monthly meeting held at the Wayzata Country Club. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Douglas detailed her involvement with the Wayzata community, dating back to 1972 when she moved to the area. She was the Executive Director from 1992 - 1999 and has been President of the Chamber since 2006.

Her recent contributions to the community include serving on the City of Wayzata's Financial Task Force, participating in commercial property meetings, and helping to market Wayzata outside the community.

The Wayzata Lions were founded in 1952, and meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month at the Wayzata Country Club.  For more information, visit their web page at

Heritage Preservation Board and Irene Stemmer to lead trolley trip through Bushaway Neighborhood

On Sunday, May 22, the Heritage Preservation Board, led by Irene Stemmer, will be hosting one trolley trip through Bushaway Neighborhood. The trip will leave from City Hall at 1:00 p.m. Space is limited so do not forget to sign up by calling 952-404-5303.

Garlic mustard pulling event scheduled for May 21, 2011

Wayzata Volunteers, Boy Scouts, and members of the football team will all participate in a multi-location "garlic mustard pull" on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

Eagle Scout Dan Dorland and volunteers will pull garlic mustard and buckthorn out of the Wayzata Big Woods starting at 9:00am.  This will contribute to the preservation and maintenance of this rare remnant of the hardwood forest that once covered a large part of Minnesota. Dan has also designed and will install two benches for visitors to the woods.

Approximately 50 Wayzata High School football players will pull garlic mustard and buckthorn out of the Wayzata Nature Center, from 10 a.m. to noon.  

The Wayzata Nature Center can be accessed to the rear of the Boardwalk Senior Apartments, located at Central Avenue and Wayzata Boulevard.  

In addition to containing the spread of invasive species, the football team members will be enhancing an outdoor area where seniors who live at the Boardwalk gather. That area abuts the Nature Center and has
been degraded by invasive species thriving there.

Trojan Pride Festival planned May 21 at EMS

The annual Trojan Pride Festival will be held at Wayzata East Middle School on May 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This outdoor event includes 14 different inflatables, music, entertainment, food, and a silent auction. This event will raise funding to purchase a new school sign for EMS. Wristbands can be purchased in advance in EMS’s main office for $10 each, or they can be purchased at the event for $14. Fire and police units will be on site.

For more information, contact Associate Principal Curt Slater at 763-745-6211 or at

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

LOST: Beagle mix, Male dog. Answers to Rocky.

Rocky wandered off around noon today. Indoor dog, very friendly. Beige and white markings. His eyes match the beige in his coat. Collar, but no tags. About 1 yr old. Wayzata/ Long Lake area by the country club. 612-309-9189

Update at 9:44 pm - Rocky has been found!

Wayzata Police Blotter May 10 - 16, 2011

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No Pay
Reported: 05-14-2011  1600
Gas Drive Off / loss $49
Addresses Involved
1905 Wayzata Blvd W, Long Lake

No Pay
Reported: 05-14-2011  0804
Addresses Involved
Loss $46
1325 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

3rd Degree DWI
Reported: 05-14-2011  0147
Addresses Involved
Wayzata Boulevard W & Martha Lane, Long Lake , MN 55375
Names Involved
(Arrested) Vickerman, Andrew Strand of Orono (Age:23)
Tested .13

(11002137) 4th Degree DWI
Reported: 05-11-2011  1952
Female, 42 yr old from Shorewood, arrested for 4th degree DWI / tested .09.
Addresses Involved
200 block of Lake Street E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Names Involved
(Arrested) Hoganson, Tracy Christine

Juvenile Prob
Reported: 05-11-2011  1945
Observed kids jumping off of the bridge and swiming inthe lagoon. Advised to cease activity.
Addresses Involved
220 Grove La E, Wayzata

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

OBITUARY: Harold C. Johnson

Johnson, Harold C. age 84 of Plymouth died May 15, 2011.

Survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruth; children, William (Colette), Christine Majka (Paul), Charles (Terri), James (Juliann), Todd; 11 grandchildren as well as other loving relatives and friends.

Funeral service 11 AM Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Peace Lutheran Church, 3695 Cty. Rd. 101 N., Plymouth with visitation one hour prior to the service at church.

Interment Crystal Lake Cemetery, Minneapolis.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Monday, May 16, 2011

Zebra Mussel’s Ugly Cousin: Dick Osgood

Guest columnist Dick Osgood.
Zebra Mussel’s Ugly Cousin

We were all disappointed last summer to learn of the discovery of zebra mussels in Lake Minnetonka. After a decade of warning that we were inadequately protected, zebra mussels invaded our lake. Now, Lake Minnetonka, along with Gull Lake, Prior Lake, the Alexandria Chain of Lakes and Mille Lacs Lake, are ‘super-spreaders’ and I would not be surprised if ten additional lakes have zebra mussels discovered this year.

Lake Minnetonka and all of Minnesota’s lakes remain under-protected.

We have yet to realize the full impacts of zebra mussel in Lake Minnetonka. I expect substantial increases in the zebra mussel population over the next two or three years. All hard surfaces will be coated with zebra mussels, shells will wash up on lakeshores, fish habitat will be degraded, water clarity could increase, milfoil growth will expand – it will be a headache we will have to learn to cope with.

So what could be worse?

Let me introduce zebra mussel’s ugly cousin, the quagga mussel. The quagga mussel is related to the zebra mussel, but its impacts will be more severe. The quagga mussel can grow on all surfaces, including muck, wood and vegetation, which are extensive in Lake Minnetonka. The quagga mussel grows in deeper water than zebra mussel. The quagga mussel reproduces throughout the open water season, whereas the zebra mussel reproduces only in mid-summer. In lakes where both mussels have been introduced, the quagga mussel takes over. As bad as zebra mussel will become, the quagga mussel will be worse.

Here is the issue – despite these being two distinct species mussel genus with different, severe impacts, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has classified these as the same animal.
Now that Lake Minnetonka has zebra mussel, more protection efforts are being focused on boats leaving the lake to help keep zebra mussel from spreading, meaning less attention will be spent on boats entering Lake Minnetonka. Because zebra and quagga mussel are classified as the same animal, the quagga mussel is not recognized as a separate threat.

Lacking this official distinction, inspectors and others may let down their guard for this new invader.

The quagga mussel has been in Lake Pepin and the Duluth-Superior Harbor and since 2006 and in the Mississippi River at Winona since 2005. Because the quagga mussel is not recognized by our regulatory programs to be different than the zebra mussel, Lake Minnetonka is inadvertently exposed. This oversight will, I fear, lead to a second wave of devastating mussels in Lake Minnetonka and across Minnesota.

It is tragic how we are learning of all the protection methods that are not effective – voluntary compliance, miniscule fines, minimal enforcement, practically non-existent oversight of angling tournaments and special events – if we really want to protect our lakes, we should be as aggressive with our protection actions as invasive species are in exploiting our ineffective protection measures.

Unfortunately, we now know the protections we had for Lake Minnetonka were not adequate. Because these protections have not improved, we can very well expect the zebra mussel’s ugly twin, the quagga mussel, is not far behind.

Legislative Update From Connie Doepke

Connie Doepke
With one week to go in the legislative session, the Republican-led legislature is working to balance the budget by making government live within its means, reversing unsustainable spending, and implementing significant reforms across all areas of government. As we head to the final days of this session, I want to recap what we’ve done to this point and lay out how the next week may progress.

After less than 100 days in session, the House passed a balanced budget that focuses on priorities, reform and sustainability. Highlights include:

The tax bill reduces the 1st-tier income tax rate from 5.35% to 4.75 percent and reduces the 2nd-tier from 7.05% to 6.75%. The bill also includes business tax relief designed to improve the state’s economic climate, most notably an upfront capital equipment sales tax exemption to provide businesses more capital for expansion and new jobs.

Our education bills focus on students by increasing the overall state funding for K-12 education by 3 percent and by properly funding programs that help students pay for college. The House's k-12 education bill also proposes many reforms, including enhanced accountability measures and changes to school grading, expanded family choice in education, and significant mandate relief.

State Government
The state government bill reduces agency spending by over 30 percent and contains perhaps the most reforms out of any piece of legislation in recent memory, including:

  • 15 X 15 Initiative (15% reduction of state workforce by 2010 through attrition and early retirement)
  • State employee pay freeze for two years.
  • 5% salary reduction for all State House Representatives.
  • Sunset Commission to review and retire unnecessary state activities and spending, identify opportunities for innovation and drive continued reform.
  • Zero based budgeting principles

With reforms like these, we can drive government into the 21st century, give our citizens the results they deserve and set our state up for a sustainable future.

THe HHS bill does what no bill has ever done before, cutting almost $2 billion in state spending. While protecting priorities like seniors in nursing homes and the disabled, the bill reduces projected spending increases by 15 percent and sets our state on a sustainable path.

Last week, the House passed their Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Policy bill. Included in this bill is a bill I co-authored that includes a comprehensive plan to address Aquatic Invasive Species, including zebra mussels. I have also been selected as a member of the conference committee with the Senate and will continue to work towards a consensus solution that helps protect and strengthen our lake environment.

In summary, the House Republican budget is a fiscal responsible approach that protects priorities while reducing state spending; promotes reform and innovation; and helps improve Minnesota’s business climate by letting families and businesses keep more of your hard earned money.

As of this update, all of our budget bills are in the conference committee process with the Senate, and we are working to wrap up this legislation and move into final negotiations with the Governor in the coming days.

We are working hard to get finished on time by using a new innovative framework for resolving the state budget that allows Governor Dayton and the public to weigh in on each budget bill before the conference committee finalizes its work. As each budget bill is completed by the conference committee, it is immediately posted online for a review period. The House intends to vote out all spending bills, pending negotiation with Governor Dayton by Thursday, May 19. This system is a compromise with the Governor to the traditional session-ending bill process and proposed by Governor Dayton. It allows the Governor to participate in the process and if successful, will avoid a chaotic, hurried and unproductive finish to the session.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Soggy fishing opener

Fisherman all over the state, including on our own Lake Minnetonka, were subjected to a cool and damp fishing opener.

Wayzata's own Jeff Shore caught this 23" walleye today--Shore is an avid fisherman and travels the upper mid-west looking for the best fishing spots.

Wayzata resident Jeff Shore caught this 23" walleye on the fishing opener. Submitted photo.
Stay tuned to, your soggy fishing opener leader.

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