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.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Christine Morrison to be honored at July 5, 2011 City Council Meeting

The City of Wayzata will honor Christine Morrison for her years of service at the July 5, 2011 Council Meeting. Morrison served the City for 20 years in the following capacity:

Planning Commision: 1991-1995
Wayzata City Council: 1995-1999
HRA: 1996-2010

Please join the celebration Tuesday, July 5, 2011, 7:00 pm at the Wayzata City Hall Community Room, located at 600 Rice Street E.

Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wayzata Police Blotter June 21 - 27, 2011

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

DWI (controlled substance)
Reported: 06-24-2011  0011
Male, 22 yr old from Shorewood, arrested for DWI / test results pending (not due until November)
Addresses Involved
County Road 101 S & Grays Bay Boulevard , Minnetonka

Reported: 06-22-2011  0201
Male, 29 yr old from Eden Prairie, charged with 4th degree DWI / tested .15
Addresses Involved
801 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN
Names Involved
(Arrested) Weber, Ryan Timothy James

Domestic Assault
Reported: 06-21-2011  2258
Male, 36 yr old from Mpls, arrested for domestic assault
Addresses Involved
294 Grove La , Wayzata, MN
Names Involved
(Arrested) Naula-Jimbo, Luis Eleuterio

Criminal Damage to Property/Tampering with a Motor Vehicle
Reported: 06-21-2011  1944
Addresses Involved
Scratches and gouges in area of ignition, and driver window scratched.
250 Central Ave N, Wayzata

Reported: 06-21-2011  1352
Between Saturday evening, 06-18-11 and 6/21/11, chain link fence cut and $300-$400 worth of stainless steel and aluminum scraps taken.
Addresses Involved
525 Brimhall Ave , Long Lake
No Pay
Reported: 06-21-2011  1030

Addresses Involved
$101 in gas pumped, driver left without paying.
1325 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Damage to Property
Reported: 06-21-2011  0915
Small window on door of business broken / unknown cost to replace
Addresses Involved
1131B Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Reported: 06-21-2011  0146
5 juvenile females cited for curfew violation
Addresses Involved
Minnetonka Ave and Park E, Wayzata

H & R PDMV 1
OTHER ORD VIOL (JUNK CARS, ETC) - Verbal Warning 1
SOLICITATION - Verbal Warning 1
911 HANG-UP 2
Park Violation - Verbal Warning 1
Cancel/No Contact 3

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Street cleaning dust causes commotion on south shore of Wayzata Bay

Dust floats in the air over Wayzata Bay. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The Wayzata Fire Department responded to a call on the south shore of Wayzata Bay just after 8 pm this evening after what appeared to be smoke hanging in the atmosphere startled residents and boaters alike. Upon further review, it was determined the cause of the particulate matter was a street cleaner at a home that was under construction in the area.

While the dust was found to be harmless by authorities, this photographer didn't want a good opportunity for funky light to go unused.

Stay tuned to, your dust in the air causes commotion leader.

Flying pancake breakfast scheduled for 4th of July

Begin your day with a 'Revolutionary' breakfast - a festival celebration for patriots of all ages!

Guests will "catch 'em if they can" pancakes tossed from the grill. Breakfast includes sausage, coffee, cold drink and a Free flag. Breakfast $6.00. USA Veterans eat free.

The Historic Wayzata Depot
(402 Lake Street East)
Monday, July 4
8:00 a.m. to Noon

The 7th Pennsylvania Regiment of Revolutionary actors, will tell tales and interact with guests as they demonstrate the loading and firing of their powder muskets! Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard will return along with Period Costumed Actors to entertain Patriots of all Ages!

Patriots of all ages are welcomed with enthusiasm to 'catch their breakfasts!! and are asked to prepare for any weather. Drizzle will not cause cancellation, but 'your comfort' should be brought with you! ...we cannot provide dry seating
or shade cover for all!

The 5th annual celebration of the American Revolution and Her Patriots will begin at 8:00 A.M. and run through 12 noon on the Fourth of July. Highlights will be the appearance of Period Costumed 7th Pennsylvania Regiment and the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard. Powder muskets will be fired every hour on the hour and pancakes will 'fly onto plates' (if guests are lucky!) throughout the morning.

The Lake Minnetonka Children of the American Revolution originated, produce and man this annual family celebration, which fulfills their motto of, 'Patriotism in Action'. In addition to this major event, they have conducted for the past 5 years, 15 flag installations on 5 separate flag holiday's throughout the year, at Heritage Park, Wayzata. The flag ceremonies are complete with flag awareness, rituals of significance and are inclusive to all youth groups and interested individuals.

The C.A.R. is a 50 l(c)3 organization, dependant on contributions to fund programs and events. The significant achievements of this youth group have been recognized through donations made from corporations, businesses and individuals. Coupled with revenues from the July 4th event, this C.A.R. group has been able tofurther their focus on Patriotic and Educational service through grants
made to:

The Outstanding Graduating H.S. Jr. ROTC Cadet: A partial first semester college scholarship. 'Our Military Kids Foundation', Me Lean, Virginia: Two grants benefiting Minnesota National Guard children of deployed parents, helping them to access tutorial, musicand athletic programs, otherwise unavailable.

'The Minnesota Military Family Tribute': They were the first organization to contribute to this tribute in monument, honoring all family members of service personnel, past and present.

Installation will be on the State Capitol lawn, St. Paul, with completion in 2012.

This 'Patriotism in Action', has been exhibited and recognized! The accomplishments of this C.A.R. group
are recorded in the U.S. Congressional Record. Congressman Paulsen presented their Patriotic Achievements to The U.S. Congress in July 2010, and they are now on record!

The Minnesota Governor's Office issued a Letter of Commendation to the Lake Minnetonka C.A.R. for Outstanding Patriotic Community Service, July 2010. The C.A.R. is the oldest Patriotic Youth organization in America, organized in m 1895 with headquarters in Washington D.C. Inquiries are welcome and should
be directed to Adrienne Morrison, Sr. President 763-473-7600 or go to

Kiddy Parade and Mini-Olympics scheduled for 4th of July

Wayzata Kiddy Parade 1961-2011
Join in the festivities at the 50th annual Wayzata Kiddy Parade. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. at the corners of Park Street and Broadway Avenue North. Come and enjoy refreshments, balloons, face painting and appearances by Uncle Sam, the Statue of Liberty and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. No battery/motorized vehicles are allowed for safety of all participants.

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The Wayzata Fire Department will once again host the 4th of July Mini-Olympics from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Wayzata West Middle School on Wayzata Boulevard and Barry Avenue. Come and Join in relay races and other events. Kids under 12 can join in activities and all leave with a ribbon.

Wayzata Boulevard Open House

City Engineer Mike Kelly, along with WSB and Associates, will hold an open house on Tuesday, July 12 to discuss the proposed Wayzata Boulevard resurfacing project. The Open House will be held in the Wayzata Community Room, at City Hall, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Residents and business owners will have to opportunity to provide input on the plans.

Wayzata Theater history presentation scheduled for July 7, 2011

The Wayzata Historical Society presents it's next program from the archives, on Thursday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m. Two family members of the start up partners, Lyle Carisch and Ray Lee will be joining the Wayzata Historical Society to share their stories of how the families worked together to make the Wayzata Theatre a successful business, enjoyed for over 50 years. Please bring chairs as the program will be held outside the historical Wayzata Depot. Ice cream social to immediately follow.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Steamboat Minnehaha visits the Wayzata Docks (photos)

Steamboat Minnehaha on Wayzata Bay. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The Steamboat Minnehaha visited the Wayzata Docks several times while the family and I were walking around the waterfront area Sunday afternoon.  Take a look at the photos of this historical and iconic vessel:

Wayzata's day for dogs

A bulldog is treated to a dog wash as part of Tails by the Lake in Wayzata on Saturday. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Tails by the Lake was held on Saturday from 11:00 - 3:00 all up and down Lake Street.  Despite cloudy skies and rain showers for a good portion of the afternoon, many four legged friends and their owners attended the festivities.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mario Lucio drafted by Minnesota Wild

Wayzata Hockey star Mario Lucia answers questions at the 2011 NHL draft after being selected by the Minnesota Wild.

Lucia indicates in the video: "I'll do whatever it takes to play in the NHL."

Tony Cameranesi drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs

Here is an excerpt from the Toronto Sun about the Maple Leafs drafting Wayzata Hockey star Tony Cameranesi:

It was supposed to be a dream come true and instead it was slipping into a nightmare for the young Minnesota high schooler.
Out for his Saturday-morning run in a Twin Cities suburb, Tony Cameranesi returned home to find out he had been selected 130th overall by the Maple Leafs and was about to make the mad dash to the Xcel Energy Center to meet his new employers.
“I had to change really quickly and for some reason, I couldn’t find my dress pants,” Cameranesi said before speeding to the rink in the 25 or so minutes it takes from his home. “It took a little longer than usual.”
Read the full story here: Leafs prospect couldn't find his pants | Maple Leafs | Hockey | Toronto Sun

Friday, June 24, 2011

OBITUARY: John C. Greiber

Greiber, John C. John Greiber, former Ameriprise Financial executive, died on June 21, 2011, after a tenacious two- year battle with cancer. He was 49 years old.

John was born on March 20, 1962, in Sauk City, Wis. A 1984 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he joined Ameriprise in 1987 and quickly rose through the leadership ranks.

In 2007, he reached the pinnacle of his career as Region Vice President, leading 1,500 financial advisors throughout a nine-state area. Earlier this year he became one of only 150 people in the past century who have been inducted into the Ameriprise Hall of Fame.

Well-respected for his career successes, John's most coveted roles were that of husband to his wife of 20 years, Tami, and father to children Ryan, Ellie and Ben. With them he shared his passions for travel and sports, especially baseball.

In recent years John formed a nonprofit that raised money for countless causes. He always strove to help others find their true calling, believing that "failure is one more step to success."

In addition to his wife and children, John is survived by his mother, Geraldine "Gerry" Greiber; brothers, Bob (Becky) Greiber and Jim (Mary Kay) Greiber; sister, Nancy Walker; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Greiber, and brother, Tom Greiber.

Family and friends are invited to visit with the family starting at 9:30 AM with a service in honor of John's life to be held at 11 AM on Monday, June 27, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 6th Ave. N., Long Lake, followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be donated to charities that were meaningful to John. Memorials may be directed to 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata, Minn., 55391.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

DICK OSGOOD: New aquatic invasive species laws

Dick Osgood
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) commanded some attention at the legislature this past session. The governor, with the support of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), proposed new laws and funding early in the session - a step long-awaited.

Now, with the regular legislative session over, the policy-related elements of the AIS bills have been enacted.

However, the funding elements are in limbo along with most of the rest of the state funding matters. For now, here is a summary of some of what has been enacted into law:

• All water-related equipment, including boats and bait containers, must be drained before leaving any waterbody.

• Criminal citations may be issued for violations of laws pertaining to the transport of aquatic vegetation or failure to comply with the drain plug law.

• Watercraft owners must obtain and display an AIS sticker provided by the DNR.

• Authorized inspectors can now visually and tactically inspect watercraft.

• Inspections now include removal, drainage, decontamination or treatment to prevent the transportation and spread of AIS.

• Authorized inspectors may prohibit the launching of watercraft if the owner refuses an inspection or does not remove and dispose of aquatic vegetation prior to launching.

• Refusing an inspection or a removal order may result in a civil citation and the suspension of the watercraft license for a year.

The governor's proposal also included additional funding for AIS as well as increased penalties. Various funding sources had been included in the House and Senate versions, but all funding bills were vetoed by the governor.

I would expect once the budget impasse is resolved, some additional AIS funding will be provided to support the policy bills. What were not included in any of the legislative versions (but had been included in the original policy bill) however, were the increased penalties.

The Lake Minnetonka Association has recommended increased penalties are critical for an effective AIS prevention program - so this is a disappointment.

So, what does this mean?

First of all, we are grateful the governor, legislature and the DNR are taking the AIS concerns seriously and have finally taken a significant step to improve the overall AIS management system.

DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, in the press conference announcing the governor's AIS proposal, said he knew the proposal did not go as far as many people would like. And, I suppose that will always be the case due to the nature of the AIS Aquademic.

That day, we were reminded by a stakeholder involved in the process, "Let's not let perfect get in the way of good."

Secondly, we can expect the continued spread of AIS to lakes in Minnesota as well as into Lake Minnetonka. I think that spread will now be somewhat slower, but how much slower is uncertain.

Thirdly, we should be grateful for this step, but we must also remain vigilant. There will be more inspectors on Lake Minnetonka this year - good news. However, a significant focus for the inspectors will be on outgoing boats - good news for other Minnesota lakes. In addition, many of the Lake Minnetonka inspectors will not be DNR authorized so they will not have the authority to prohibit the launching of AIS-infested boats or boat refusing an inspection - bad news.

Fourthly, many of the new authorities will require active and aggressive enforcement to be effective. Recently, the enforcement of AIS laws has been minimal, so we hope enforcement actions will pick up the pace along with these new laws and authorities.

Finally, a significant statewide focus will be on zebra mussels, which makes sense from the state's perspective.

Unfortunately, now that zebra mussels are in Lake Minnetonka, we will not benefit from the extra attention. Indeed, we remain exposed to additional AIS like quagga mussels, spiny waterflea, VHS, hydrilla, etc.

We are all going to have to remain on guard. The new laws will help and we are grateful. The DNR commissioner is correct, there can never be enough; although we think the balance remains tipped in favor of AIS.

Dick Osgood is executive director of the Lake Minnetonka Association, which is the voice for Lake Minnetonka lakeshore owners and businesses. See

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Another fox in the old Holdridge neighborhood reader and neighbor Guy Grafius sent over these photos of a different fox with this note:

I saw your photo of the fox that I had seen in the neighborhood the past few weeks. Just now I heard an odd animal noise looked out my front window and there were TWO foxes on my front steps. By the time I grabbed my camera they had moved to the back yard and I only got a photo of the mangy looking one. Hopefully they are eating those nasty red squirrels in my yard and a few of the loud crows.

Fox on the deck. Photo by Guy Grafius.

Fox on the move. Note the lack of hair! Photo by Guy Grafius.

Fox sitting down. Photo by Guy Grafius.
Thanks for sending these over Guy! If you have photos of any animals in the Wayzata area, send them over as we would love to share them with the community!

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata nature leader!

Wayzata Community Church Worship on Wednesday picnic and music schedule

Wayzata Community Church invites you to enjoy a picnic dinner and music at 5:30p.m. for Worship on Wednesday evenings.  Enjoy hot dogs and burgers hot off the grill in exchange for a modest fee, and then stick around for the following music events at 6:00 pm.

June 29th: Alison Scott
July 6th: Sara Renner
July 13th: Keri Noble
July 20th: Rick Shaw and The Makeshifts
July 27th: Robert Robinson
August 3rd: Taylor Baggott
August 10th: Harbor Lights Salvation Army Band

Wayzata Boulevard Reconstruction Presentation

Here is a copy of the Wayzata Boulevard Reconstruction Presentation that City Engineer Mike Kelly provided at Tuesday nights City Council meeting.

Click the image to review the Wayzata Boulevard Reconstruction Project the City of Wayzata is currently working on. 
Major benefits, according to the presentation, is the resurfacing of pavement, the completion of sidewalks along the stretch of road, and traffic calming.

Have any comments or concerns about the project?  Let us know in the comment box below.

City Council brief: Force main delayed, Wayzata Blvd construction

Highlights of the June 21, 2011 Wayzata City Council meeting Tuesday include:
  1. A one year delay of the the force main project on Lake Street at the request of a group of Wayzata retailers and the Wayzata Chamber
  2. The go-ahead was given to resurface Wayzata Boulevard from Central Avenue to Ferndale in the fall, subject to a neighborhood meeting for feedback to be held July 12, 2011
  3. The Council moved to allow City Attorney Meller to attempt to work out a subordination agreement with the owners of the Wayzata Boardwalk senior housing facility, and potentially hold a closed meeting on Monday to approve the agreement

Wayzata Police Blotter June 14 - 20, 2011

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

Assault Reported: 06-20-2011 2011
Altercation between skateboarder and motorist / possible charges pending against both persons including disorderly conduct, assault, stop sign violation and skateboard ordinance violation.
Addresses Involved
Broadway Ave and Lake E, Wayzata

Damage Prop/Rpt Reported: 06-20-2011 1355
Two trailers located at the rear of Wayzata Communty Church had tires slashed, one trailer belonging to the Boy Scouts and one belonging to the Church.
Addresses Involved
125 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Bike Theft/Rpt Reported: 06-19-2011 133
Addresses Involved Theft of bicycle taken from bicycle retail store / loss $300 Under investigation.
1786 Wayzata Blvd W, Long Lake

DWI Reported: 06-16-2011 0148
Female, 40 yr old from Plymouth, arrested for 2nd degree Test Refusal, 3rd degree DWI and Obstructing Legal Process.
Addresses Involved
110 Grand Ave S, Wayzata, MN
Names Involved
(Arrested) Schewe, Noel Katherine

Other Fire/Smoke 1
Single Family Home Fire 1
911 HANG-UP 1

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

KSTP: Lucia waits to be drafted by NHL

KSTP has a segment on Mario Lucia getting ready to be drafted in the NHL.  Check it out! For more Wayzata Hockey coverage, visit our Wayzata Hockey page.

Wayzata Women's Chorus headed to UK for competition

The Wayzata Women's Chorus will leave Sunday, July 3rd for Llangollen, Wales to compete in the Llangollen International Musical Eistoddfod on July 8th and 9th, 2011.

"The Chorus will compete with people from all over the world in the Classical and Folk categories of this prestigious music, song, and dance competition. We are extremely honored to be one of four groups from the United States to be selected, " said Carla Erpelding, Publicity Chair for the group.

The Wayzata Women's Chorus is directed by Carole Birch and accompanied by Mary Fadden. Founded in 1985, this award-winning chorus is made up of women who share a love of music and enjoy performing in a variety of venues. The group attained the Bronze Level at the Salzburg, Austria Choral Competition in 1995 and have participated in several musical festivals in recent years.

Stay up to date with the Wayzata Women's Chorus as they travel overseas on their blog:  For more information on the You can get information about the Llangollen International Musical Eistoddfod competition, visit launches new pizza page

New page makes finding pizza easy

Dan Gustafson of announced today the launch of, Wayzata's easiest and most convenient place to order a pizza from.

When asked about it, Gustafson had this to say, "You can find the information for any pizza place to call or visit them.  We make it easy, simple, and convenient to find eat-in places like Punch, bake at home pizzas from the Home Made Pizza Company, or there are delivery places like Frankie's and Maggie's.

When asked if there are advertising opportunities available, Dan replied, "There are advertising opportunities right on the Wayzata Pizza page.  For those who operate a Pizza establishment,  contact us for special pricing and we will make sure your business will be featured and promoted on the Wayzata Pizza Page."

For advertising opportunities for Wayzata Pizza or any other locally based business, call Dan Gustafson at 952-473-5200.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

OBITUARY: Robert Hamilton

Robert B. Hamilton of Maple Plain was born on August 19, 1919 to Philip and Ellen (Russ) Hamilton and passed away June 19, 2011 at the age of 91. He passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends.

He was a World War II Veteran of the Army Air Corp, and was a lifetime farmer in Maple Plain.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn (Beal) of 62 years; children, Bobbi (Ray) McCoy, Don, Ruth (Larry) Richter; 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley (Hamilton) Ericson, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 23 from 5 to 8 pm and funeral Friday at 1:00 pm with visitation beginning at noon at the Maple Plain Community Church, 1815 Budd Ave N, in Maple Plain.

Memorials preferred.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Planning Commission recommends denial for IOCP rental unit development

The Wayzata Planning Commission weighed the appropriateness of rental property versus owner occupied housing while evaluating the latest development proposal by IOCP at their old headquarters on Grand.

The Planning Commission chose to not approve a recommendation for a PUD, shore-land plan approval, a zoning amendment to change the zoning, and a Comprehensive Plan amendment, primarily because the proposal did not accomplish the goals set forth by a 2010 Affordable Housing Task Force policy adopted by the City.

Steve Bohl of IOCP argues his case for rental property before the Wayzata Planning Commission. 

The Affordable Housing Task Force was put together by Mayor Willcox and the Wayzata City Council in 2009. This Task Force studied the issue of affordable housing, and then made a recommendation to the Council indicating the rental housing stock within the City meets the Metropolitan Council's guidelines.  The policy further stated developers within the City of Wayzata need to focus on providing owner occupied affordable housing and listed a preference of single family, townhomes, and condos.

Planning Commission indicates sufficient rental units available

Planning Commissioner Lynn Gruber raised the question, "I received a number of calls over the weekend that indicated that [the Planning Commission] had not read the Wayzata Affordable Housing Task Force Report, and bottom line is that we have sufficient rental units.  What we should be looking for is housing units available for purchase." Gruber continued, "I think we need to take this into consideration."

The City Council had previously adopted the Affordable Housing Task Force Report in 2010, according to City Planner Bryan Gadow, "The report serves as a policy statement, giving guidance to the City, developers and citizens on the preference for [owner occupied] affordable housing in the City of Wayzata."

Commissioner Rufus Winton stated, "We are not here to just discuss design tonight, but as part of the general plan we can talk about... appropriateness." Winton summarized the report prior to the discussion by the board, indicating that it does not supersede City Code or the Comprehensive Plan, but that, "The report indicates that the focus of the City should be on owner occupied affordable housing."

IOCP defends the project

Steve Bohl from Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners answered questions, "I did spend some time looking through the Affordable Housing Task Force Report, and I have seen it before."

Bohl continued, "Our original request was to bring this forward as the best use for the site, and to determine whether residential use, or if commercial use is the best use, or what best fits on this site. I think we have presented that and received favorable comments about that idea. Our intention wasn't to put the issue of affordability as the primary focus, although that is our primary concern for how we can provide housing to the community.  I don't know if that is the most important issue--how much people are going to spend to live in this type of unit.  I would hope we can look more at how this particular proposal fits into the site."

Task Force Policy in favor of owner occupied housing

During the open forum a number of citizens spoke in favor of the project being owner occupied style as opposed to rental units: Jim Wilson, Affordable Housing Task Force Chair David McGill, Council Member Tom Tanner, as well as Task Force Member Sandy Maclean, and Roger Wothe who also served on the Task Force.

Planning Commission Unaware, disappointed

Merrily Babcock indicated that the Planning Commission was unaware of the policy, "I knew nothing about this. I know we have a lot of multi-family in this town.  Once the Bay Center gets put in we are going to have a lot more multi-family in our small town."

Babcock indicated her disappointment that a well kept and free of cost home was offered to IOCP recently to relocate anywhere they desired. "There was a house in my neighborhood, the old Holdridge neighborhood, that was offered to IOCP.  It was a 1914 farmhouse that had been renovated, it was offered to be given to IOCP, they could move it and put it on a piece of land, and it was turned down. I'm a little upset about the whole thing."

Recommending denial of the application
Ultimately the Planning Commission recommended a denial for the application, and the issue will come before the City Council.  Regardless, IOCP will have options as the site is commercially zoned. The building could be rented as is to generate cash flow to support IOCP's mission, redeveloped commercially, or the property could be sold.

Stay tuned to, your City of Wayzata prefers owner occupied housing leader.

Portions of Wayzata without power early Tuesday

Many areas of Wayzata and the surrounding community were without power this morning.  Areas that had downed power lines included Margaret Circle, Ferndale North, and Maplewood Circle. Additionally, there were tree limbs down all over town, including a tree in the road near the Gray's Bay Bridge.

Stay tuned to, your electrical power status in a strong storm leader.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Presidential candidate Cain used to live in Wayzata, KSTP reports

KSTP is reporting that Presidential candidate Herman Cain used to live in Wayzata:

Here is an excerpt from the story, as well as a link to full article:

"A name you might not be very familiar with. But the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza actually leads Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann in some polls.

Cain's Minnesota twist is that he spent six years in the late 80s and early 90s working for Pillsbury in Minneapolis and living in Wayzata.

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He's winning support with solid performances in two major debates. He enjoys running against the two other Minnesotans in the race."

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday night lights

Saturday night lights. Photo Dan Gustafson.

Saturday night on Lake Street. Photo Dan Gustafson.

The last couple of nights in Wayzata have been marked with temperatures in the the low 60's, with lots of humidity hanging in the air.  Take a look at these two photos from Saturday night as I tried to capture some of that moisture and light on our beautiful mainstreet.

Wanna see more of the experiment with moisture and light? Click this link: Saturday night lights on Lake Street in downtown Wayzata.

OBITUARY: Arthur J. Nelson

Nelson, Arthur Joseph

Age 80, of Long Lake passed away on June 15th. Art’s family was by his side.

Preceded in death by his loving wife Edie. When Edie passed, life lost much of its meaning for Art.

Art Nelson was born in Pequot Lakes, Mn to Marshall and Alma Nelson on December 28, 1930. After graduation from high school, Art served honorably in the United States Air Force. Retired after 30 plus years at Honeywell.

Art was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and was much loved by his family. Art was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.

Art is survived by daughter, Cindy and son-in-law Dennis Nelsen of Maple Plain, MN, and grandchildren Daniel(Kristin), Ashley, Chelsea(Jon) and Elizabeth; son, Mark and daughter-in-law, Sandy of Buffalo, MN and grandchildren David and Kristin; son, Daniel and daughter-in-law, Ellie of East Bethel, MN, and grandchildren, Emily, Adam and Abbey, and 3 great-granddaughters, Haley, Julia, and Edith.

Funeral service 12:00 PM (Noon) Monday, June 20, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 6th Ave. N., Long Lake with visitation beginning at 10 AM at the church.

Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fox in Wayzata

This fox has been roaming around the old Holdridge neighborhood, trying to eat all the rabbits in mine and my neighbor's yards.

Red fox in the old Holdridge neighborhood. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Have you seen him, or his brothers and sisters?  Did you get any photos of the fox or any other animals you would like to share with the community?  Send them to and we will publish the best ones!

Update 6/23/2011 - More photos here of a different fox here!

Stay tuned to, your red fox in the old Holdridge neighborhood leader.

Boys and Girls Golf Teams are State Champions

The Girls Golf Team edged out Stillwater for the Class 3A State Championship on June 16. A day earlier, the Boys team tied for the Class 3A title with Rogers.

Girls Class 3A State Golf Tournament Results:
1. Wayzata 661
2. Stillwater 668
3. Eden Prairie 682
4. St. Cloud Apollo 706
5. Elk River 707
6. Northfield 735

Top Wayzata Girls Finishers:
5. Sarah Burnham (Grade 9)... 155
T-23 Taylor Fontaine (12) ... 167
T-25 Liz Bauernfeind (11)... 168

Boys Class 3A State Golf Tournament Results:
1. Wayzata 592
1. Rogers 592
3. Eden Prairie 602
4. Moorhead 612
5. Eastview/AV 617
6. Lakeville North 618

Top Wayzata Boys Finishers:
T-3 Tyler Lowenstein (Grade 12)... 146
7. Jack Holmgren (9)... 147
T-8 Miles Death (11)... 148

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata Golf leader.

Fire call to the pumping station

The Wayzata Fire Department was called out to 320 East Grove Lane--the Metropolitan Council's waste pumping station by the Marina about 1:30 this afternoon.

A diesel generator had been undergoing a load test for several hours, and the back wall surrounding the exhaust pipe bagan smoking as a result.

Wayzata Police, Fire, and a medical team were on site for about an hour.

Stay tuned to, your sewer pumping station is on fire leader.

Wayzata City Council Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wayzata City Hall Community Room, 600 Rice Street

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


1. Roll Call

2. Public Forum - 15 Minutes (3 min/person)
a. Presentation of Exceptional Service Award Douglas

3. Approval of Minutes
a. Minutes of June 7, 2011

4 New Business.
a. Amendment to On-Sale Liquor License-addition of outdoor patio at Sunset's Orsen
b. Wayzata Blvd. Street Reconstruct Kelly
c. MCES - Phase II Presentation MCES
d. Boardwalk Apts. Subordination Agreement Meller
e. Resolution No. 24-2011 635 Wayzata Blvd - Fence CUP Gadow
f. Enchanted Woods Development Agreement Gadow
g. Resolution No. 25-2011 Epic Grind Sidewalk Café CUP Gadow
h. Motion to Approve Pay Equity Adjustments Orsen
i. Amendment to On-Sale Liquor License-addition of outdoor patio at Gianni's Steakhouse Orsen
j. Consider and Approve Municipal Licenses (staff recommends approval) Orsen
k. Consider and Approve Municipal Licenses (Administrative) Orsen

5. City Manager's Report and Discussion Items

6. Public Forum (as necessary)

7. Adjournment

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

Upcoming Meetings:
City Council - July 5 and 19
Planning Commission - July 6 (Wednesday) and July 18

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

Wayzata Planning Commission Meeting Agenda for Monday, June 20, 2011

Community Room,
600 Rice Street East,
Wayzata, Minnesota

Printable version here.

7:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order, Roll Call, and Approval of Minutes

2. Regular Agenda Public Hearing Items:

a. 324 Bushaway Road – BCLW Investments – 3 lot subdivision
i. Preliminary and Final Plat Subdivision
ii. Variances for Private Roadway access to property

b. 110 Grand Avenue South – Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP)
i. Planned Unit Development (PUD) - General Plan
ii. Rezoning from C-1 to PUD
iii. Comprehensive Plan Amendment from Mixed Use Commercial (MUC) to Medium Density Multiple Family Residential (MDMFR)
iv. Shoreland Conditional Use Permit
v. Project Design Review

c. 101 Hunter’s Glen Road – Sharon Gehrman-Driscoll and Jerry Driscoll
i. Front Yard Setback Variance
ii. Side Yard Setback Variances

3. Other Items:

a. Review and Adoption of Planning Commission Report and Recommendation for Fence CUP at 635 Wayzata Blvd E.

b. Review and Adoption of Planning Commission Report and Recommendation for Outdoor Sidewalk Café at 315 Lake St. E.

c. Review of Development Activities (Meeting Agenda Continued on Next Page)d. Other items

9:00 p.m.

4. Adjournment


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

Mackenzie-Olson and Reesnes chosen for 2011 All-State Lutheran Choir

Lily Mackenzie-Olson, a senior at Wayzata High School, and Aaron Reesnes, a recent alum--have been selected for the Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir. The pair were chosen through auditions from all over the state to the select group of 40.

The choir has attained wide acclaim with its fine choral technique and unique style of performance--and is in great demand each summer as it tours throughout Minnesota, according to Conductor Dr. Thomas Rossin.

The 2011 All-State Lutheran Choir will perform Wednesday, June 29, 7:30 PM at Normandale Lutheran Church.

If you go:
What: 2011 All-State Lutheran Choir performance
When: June 29, 7:30 pm
Where: 6100 Normandale Road in Edina
Cost: Free. An offering will be collected.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Gianni's sidewalk cafe opens with a bang

Gianni's sidewalk cafe opens with a bang.  Photo Dan Gustafson.
It was a gorgeous evening in the best town in Minnesota this evening, and to prove it, I can vouch that every parking space in town was taken at around 7:30 pm.

Patrons rewarded Wayzata restaurants with their business, including the steakhouse that just took the wraps off their outdoor sidewalk cafe--Gianni's.  Diners were quick to embrace the outdoor facility as seen above.

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata restaurant leader!

Tails by the Lake scheduled for June 25, 2011

Shop Wayzata and enjoy a dog day in Wayzata with fun, pooch-friendly activities and great specials all around town. All Twin Cities Dogs are welcome to bring their well-behaved owners to this fun-filled event in downtown Wayzata.

Tails by the Lake in Wayzata. Submitted image.
The sidewalks will be lined with pet and family friendly activities such as: warm water dog washes, puppy art, bobbing for hot dogs, free face painting for kids, plus food & treats for everyone! Activities will take place at Lake Street (“Bone Adventure” Parking Lot), Wayzata Village Shoppes and Colonial Square.

Puppy Passports will be handed out to all visitors the day of the event. Each Puppy Passport will include a map and a place to stamp after visiting participating merchants, as well as Major “Paw” stops. The passports are then entered into a drawing for gift baskets! This event is completely free. For more information please visit or contact Wayzata Chamber of Commerce at 952.473.9595 or

The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce is the premier business organization in the Wayzata area, dedicated to advocate and promote the business interests of the area’s retail, professional and community members.

Fire at 167 Gleahaven Road

Firefighters head into the home at 167 Gleahaven Road. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Firefighter Kurt Klapprich at the scene of the fire. Photo Dan Gustafson.

Wayzata, Plymouth, Minnetonka and Long Lake fire departments responded to a call at 167 Gleahaven Road at approximately 9:00 am this morning.

Black smoke was billowing out of all sides of the property.  Witnesses on scene indicated that the owner had passed away in January, and that the home was unoccupied.  Employees at the Wayzata Village Bargain Lot called in the fire.

The fire was contained, with primarily smoke damage to the structure, and no one was harmed. The source of the fire remains under investigation.

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata Fire Department leader.

Proof mother nature has a sense of humor

Yesterday when I was out photographing a turtle that was crossing the road, who should run past but a rascally rabbit!?

My mind instantly raced to the classic tale we all know and love.  Now for your enjoyment, the Tortoise and the Hare from Aesop's fables:

Once upon a time there was a hare who, boasting how he could run faster than anyone else, was forever teasing tortoise for its slowness. Then one day, the irate tortoise answered back: “Who do you think you are? There’s no denying you’re swift, but even you can be beaten!” The hare squealed with laughter.

Youngsters marvel at the size of a snapping turtle crossing the road in Wayzata. Photo Dan Gustafson.
"Beaten in a race? By whom? Not you, surely! I bet there’s nobody in the world that can win against me, I’m so speedy. Now, why don’t you try?”
The rabbit runs past at lightening speed.  Photo Dan Gustafson.
Annoyed by such bragging, the tortoise accepted the challenge. A course was planned, and the next day at dawn they stood at the starting line. The hare yawned sleepily as the meek tortoise trudged slowly off. When the hare saw how painfully slow his rival was, he decided, half asleep on his feet, to have a quick nap. “Take your time!” he said. “I’ll have forty winks and catch up with you in a minute.”

The hare woke with a start from a fitful sleep and gazed round, looking for the tortoise. But the creature was only a short distance away, having barely covered a third of the course. Breathing a sigh of relief, the hare decided he might as well have breakfast too, and off he went to munch some cabbages he had noticed in a nearby field. But the heavy meal and the hot sun made his eyelids droop. With a careless glance at the tortoise, now halfway along the course, he decided to have another snooze before flashing past the winning post. And smiling at the thought of the look on the tortoise’s face when it saw the hare speed by, he fell fast asleep and was soon snoring happily. The sun started to sink, below the horizon, and the tortoise, who had been plodding towards the winning post since morning, was scarcely a yard from the finish. At that very point, the hare woke with a jolt. He could see the tortoise a speck in the distance and away he dashed. He leapt and bounded at a great rate, his tongue lolling, and gasping for breath. Just a little more and he’d be first at the finish. But the hare’s last leap was just too late, for the tortoise had beaten him to the winning post. Poor hare! Tired and in disgrace, he slumped down beside the tortoise who was silently smiling at him.

“Slowly does it every time!” he said.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wayzata Police Blotter June 7-13, 2011

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

Damage Prop/Rpt Reported: 06-12-2011 0940
Window broken by rock at the chalet building of the Bell Courts.
Addresses Involved
415 Park St E, Wayzata

Impersonating Police Reported: 06-10-2011 2001
1990's Jeep Cherokee, dark gray, used siren and lights to pull over vehicle and then continued on westbound on Cty. 15. Appeared to be occupied by several juveniles.
Addresses Involved
Co 15 & Hwy 12 , Wayzata

Vandalism/Rpt Reported: 06-10-2011 1751
Vandalism reported. Someone had light off fireworks inside mailbox. No damage was done to mailbox.
Addresses Involved
1XX Grove La E, Wayzata

Theft from Vehicle Reported: 06-09-2011 1238
Theft from unlocked vehicle / loss approx. $1000 in car stereo, clothing and small amount of cash.
Addresses Involved
1XXX Hollybrook Dr , Wayzata

Curfew Reported: 06-09-2011 0136
Four juveniles from Plymouth cited for curfew.
Addresses Involved
900 block of Wayzata , Wayzata

Juvenile Problem Reported: 06-08-2011 1712
Juveniles jumping off the bridge over the lagoon. Officer found juveniles on the bridge. Two of the juveniles were still dripping water. The group was advised to stop.
Addresses Involved
220 Grove La E, Wayzata

H & R PDMV 1
Other Fire/Smoke 1
72 Hour Hold/Emergency Admission 1
Cancel/No Contact 6

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Opinion: Wal-Mart

As a property owner in eastern Plymouth I would like to voice my displeasure at the public Wal-Mart bashing by members of the Plymouth City Council in last week's Lakeshore Weekly News, "Wal-Mart makes its concerns known."

Wal-Mart purchased and plans to redevelop a property that has been blighted for years to the benefit of the community.

Shortly thereafter, city leaders stunt the progress with a moratorium to study the issue in a thinly veiled attempt to block or delay the project in favor of senior housing, medical facilities or other uses.

When Wal-Mart objects to the council's actions, Councilwoman Ginny Black is astonished Wal-Mart didn't talk with her personally and threatens not to change the zoning. Indignation by the leaders won't change the fact that the council was the first party to offend via the moratorium.

Local governments can cause harm by blocking developments even as they intend to protect the community. The Wayzata Bay Center is a recent example that stands out. Condos, retail space, coffee shops, restaurants and the like would have been built to the betterment of the community long ago had the Wayzata City Council approved the first or second plans presented.

Instead, it took three applications and the better part of a decade for the latest development to be approved in Wayzata.

The delay in planning, approval and construction has stunted and continues to stunt the business and residential community.

While those in charge of the project claim momentum in moving forward, the Bay Center basically remains as it did at the turn of the century and Wayzata has suffered as a result.

Further, the possibility only senior housing will be built in the near future while the rest of the property sits vacant and for sale for years to come is plausible.

Wal-Mart operates over 6,000 stores worldwide. If the company believes it can redevelop the Four Seasons property while being a good steward in the community, I am inclined to believe them over any local market study and the whims of the self important who place ego in front of benefit to the community.

Got a different take?  Let the community know in the comment box.

John Estrem Day scheduled for June 26, 2011 at Wayzata Community Church

Wayzata Community Church, one of the largest congregations of the United Church of Christ in the U.S., will host a celebration of John Estrem’s 30 years of ministry. John is the long-time Director of Buildings and Grounds and serves as the church’s wedding coordinator. He is active with mission work in Haiti, supporting St. Joseph’s Home for Boys since 1983 when he made his first trip to Haiti.

For 30 years John Estrem has lovingly cared for Wayzata Community Church. “This place changes lives,” he says, “I know, because it changed mine.”

“John Estrem is a true ambassador of grace. “ says WCC Senior Minister John F. Ross. “He exemplifies a spirit of radical hospitality and demonstrates a daily willingness to serve others.  In short, for 30 years John Estrem has embodied the command of Jesus to love neighbor...and love oneself.  I consider him among the most effective ministers this church has ever known."

John will be celebrated at all worship services on June 26th and will share his Faith Story at 10:00 a.m. that morning. Join us following the evening service, at 7:30 pm, for music and an ice cream social celebrating John’s 30 years of service to the church.

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.

Fr. Steve Ulrick named new pastor at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community

Fr. Steve Ulrick has been appointed as the new pastor at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community (HNOJ) in Wayzata, beginning July 1. Fr. Tim Morin, pastor at HNOJ for the past four years, will complete his role as pastor June 30 to go on sabbatical.

Fr. Steve Ulrick has been named new pastor at HNOJ. Submitted photo.
Fr. Steve Ulrick has served as pastor at the Nativity of Mary in Bloomington for six years. In coming to HNOJ, Fr. Ulrick--who grew up in Mound--returns to his roots in the western suburbs. He left Mound in 1974 to begin studies at St. John Vianney Seminary, the University of St. Thomas, and the St. Paul Seminary. Fr. Ulrick was ordained a priest in 1982 and has served in a variety of parishes for the past 29 years. Along with his experience as pastor, Fr. Ulrick has served as chaplain at United/Children's Hospitals, as well as on the board of directors for St. Francis Regional Medical Center. He is currently on the board of directors for St. Gertrude's Health & Rehabilitation Center.

"I am looking forward with great excitement to July 1, when I begin as pastor of Holy Name of Jesus," Fr. Ulrick said. "I have visited the parish many times and have been impressed with the different expressions of life and service which flow from the Eucharist. It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of great priests such as Fr. Arnold [Weber, pastor at HNOJ from 1981 to 2003] and Fr. Tim, as I have admired both of these men and their service to Christ and His Church."

Monday, June 13, 2011

Legislative Update From Connie Doepke

Dear Neighbor:

The 2011 Legislature passed a balanced budget before adjourning on May 23rd. Unfortunately, the next morning, Governor Dayton vetoed all the spending bills underlying the proposed budget and indicated that without a tax increase, there would be a “strong likelihood” of a government shutdown. A shutdown would be bad for everyone – the Legislature, the Governor, and most of all, for the citizens of Minnesota.

Summary of Budget Sent to Governor Dayton:

The balanced budget presented to the Governor increased General Fund spending by $3 billion, resulting in the largest budget in Minnesota history – all without a tax increase. It set priorities, included significant reform, and set us on a path toward sustainable future spending.

I felt this was a good compromise between our position and the Governor’s. Republicans wanted to cut spending. The Governor wanted to raise taxes. The budget we put on his desk was a compromise between those positions – it neither cut spending nor did it raise taxes.

After the Vetoes, a Legislative Compromise:

After the vetoes, members of the Legislature have been meeting with Governor Dayton or his top staff several times each week. On Monday, June 6th, we made a new offer to the Governor. We agreed to accept his proposed funding levels for K-12 education, public safety, and the courts. These three areas make up half the state’s budget. I felt it was a major move on our part to get half the budget off the table.

The Governor’s response to our offer was more of the same – basically, that we shouldn’t come back unless we are ready to raise taxes to spend more.

The current 2010-11 budget spends $31 billion in General Fund money from Minnesota taxpayers. The governor proposed spending $36 billion – a $5 billion increase! The budget we most recently submitted to the Governor was for $34 billion in expenditures, with no increase in taxes. The Governor has stuck with his $36 billion spending plan that would require an additional $1.8 billion in new taxes! The Legislature has already compromised and met the Governor more than 50% of the way.

I hope the Governor recognizes our compromise and realizes that there is truly no need for a tax increase. We can keep government operating without raising taxes!


Thank you letter for Empty Bowls

Filling a bowl with soup for dinner seems such a simple task, but far too many people have neither the bowl, nor the soup and spend the evening listening to their hunger and wondering when they will have their next meal.

I have watched students at Wayzata High School grasp this concept for 20 years and have been amazed by the level of talent these students achieve as they craft art bowls to raise money for hungry Twin Cities’ residents. But I am also profoundly touched, and especially this year, by the hundreds of patrons who arrive at our annual Wayzata High School Empty Bowls event to donate their time and money for this cause.

It is with gratitude and humility that I write this letter to thank those who came to our event this year and shared our company and table to help out those in need. But without our sponsors, and there were many this year, the event would not take place.

A very special thank you is deserved by the many local businesses that provided the meals, financial support and talent to make this year’s event the most financially successful the school has hosted in the last 20 years.

This year’s event raised more than $7,000 to benefit Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners and its fight against hunger in the Twin Cities. This year’s success is due in no small part to the contributions made by Great Harvest; At Last Gourmet Foods/Dunn Brothers; Breadsmith; General Mills; Minnesota Clay; Noodles; Olive Garden; Sunset’s; WHS pottery students, their families and friends; WHS pottery alumni; WHS administration; and school board members of Wayzata Public Schools.

Your contributions have made it possible for many residents to know when their next meal will be, promoted the arts among our children, brought together our community for a good cause and instilled in me another moment of awe and respect as I watched a simple lump of clay transform into a bowl, then a meal and finally into a community of love and nourishment.

Nancy Hanily-Dolan
WHS pottery instructor

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I love this town! 2 Ferraris parked on Lake Street Sunday afternoon!

For the automotive enthusiasts out there, here is a preview of the Ferraris on Lake Street Sunday afternoon. One was a 458 Italia, the other a Testarossa.

Click here to see hundreds of photos: Pair of Ferraris on Lake Street

Check out the Youtube video below for the official Ferrari video that demonstrates the 458 Italia.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Wine on Wayzata Bay photos

The Wayzata Yacht Club held it's 4th annual Wine on Wayzata Bay event last evening, and was there to capture photos of attendees enjoying spirits, hors d'oeuvres and a good time with others.

Guests at Wine on Wayzata Bay. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Want to see hundreds of photos from the event?  Visit this link: 2011 Wine of Wayzata Bay Photos

Bethany offers sail boat rides. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Ahoy mate! Photo Dan Gustafson.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Steamboat Minnehaha Returns to Big Island

“Wilderness Adventure” will bring people back in time

Excelsior, Minn. – The Steamboat Minnehaha will return to Big Island on June 18 and 19, recreating a voyage it made last year for the first time in eight decades. Visitors who board the historic steamboat at the Excelsior Dock will experience a restored wilderness park full of the wonders nature has to offer. They’ll walk along wooded trails, picnic on a grassy knoll, swim at a sandy beach and view a pair of bald eagles nesting atop an old tree.

The “Big Island Wilderness Adventure” is an outing for the entire family to enjoy. “Families can pack a picnic lunch and take the steamboat to the island for a day of hiking, swimming and exploring this beautiful island, which was made possible by financial support from the City of Orono and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District,” said Jim Murphy, President of the Museum of Lake Minnetonka. “This weekend is part of an ongoing commitment to have the island be accessible to the public and providing low-cost transportation is our way of making sure that happens,” he said.

To enhance the visitors’ experience, there will be tour guides on hand to provide historical background on the island, including its days as an amusement park and a veterans’ camp. There also will be signs placed throughout the park showing where the amusement rides were located and identifying what remains from the period of 1906-1911.

Since all but one of the structures were removed last winter, this will be the first time the public will see the park restored to its natural beauty. As a wilderness park, Big Island does not offer food or beverage service or provide restroom facilities. A restroom is available on the boat.

During the “Big Island Wilderness Adventure” all trips leave from and return to the Excelsior City Docks. The scheduled departures are at 9:30 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 2:20 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Round trip tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. It is strongly suggested people order tickets online at

For more information on the Steamboat Minnehaha and the Museum of Lake Minnetonka - including the 2011 schedule, how to order tickets, and volunteer opportunities - visit
About the Museum of Lake Minnetonka and Steamboat Minnehaha The Museum of Lake Minnetonka, an all-volunteer, 501-C3 museum, is in its 16th year of offering cruises to the public on its historic steamboat Minnehaha. Passengers have traveled from all corners of the world to enjoy a ride aboard this floating museum.

View pictures of the Steamboat Minnehaha here.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

anne & friends closing July 16, 2011

Dear Friends,

In October 2001, I opened my first retail venture, The Good Life, in the Wayzata Village Shoppes, a mere 1,200 sq. feet of retail. It was my dream, a passion and an adventure. Over the years, I expanded upstairs, doubling my space and adding an Artists’ Gallery where we had some great art openings. When the economy crashed in 2008, we had to make a hard decision and we ended up closing The Good Life the following March. But with faith and good fortune it gave birth to my newest venture ~ anne & friends. Now after almost 10 years of brick and mortar retail in Wayzata, it’s time for an intermission. This is my Thank You to hundreds of People who became longtime customers and friends. Each and every one of you have made a difference and put us on the map as one of the dwindling “independent retailers” out there…THANK YOU! Your support, ideas, referrals and purchases have kept us going despite a sluggish economy.

When anne & friends opened at The Wayzata Bay Center in November 2009, I changed the business model to 100% consignment. We were offered an attractive temporary lease. I thought we were popping up for a 6 week Holiday Season and it turned into a great run of 21 months. I didn’t know that I would come to love the Wayzata Bay Center as I do. I’ve learned that it is a community space. We have “walkers”, “little dancers” and “pancake wait liners”. We have piano recitals, elementary art shows, indoor farmers’ markets, estate sales and “train mo-modelers”. There is a sense of history in this mall…if these walls could only talk. While it is the end of an era, it is with great anticipation of newer places and spaces that the Wayzata Bay Center will shutter its doors this fall. It has been a GOOD home for all of us. The new “muni” is open across the street. Superior and Lake Streets have been improved and have become more pedestrian friendly. The site is ready for redevelopment.

The beloved Original Pancake House (OPH) is open through August 15. Presbyterian Homes, the owner and developer of the Bay Center Redevelopment project have been excellent and friendly landlords. They have invested financially in the marketing and promotion of The Bay Center during these tentative times. But they have finally asked the remaining businesses in The Wayzata Bay Center to close July 16 to ready the space for the next steps. It is bittersweet that I must announce the last day for our “brick & mortar” space is JULY 16. We will be here through July 31 for Artists to pick-up their wares and for us put our displays in storage. And then what?

Expect to find us online with a new e-commerce site (under development). The new website will be “my favorite art picks” for sale. In the meantime, you can find us on Facebook. In the coming weeks, I will announce my new blog, where you can follow my travels and adventures. I will be heading to Kansas City to see my BFF – Lori and then to Mt. Dora, Florida to spend a bit of time with Mom…along the way, I will be treasure hunting, junking, antiquing…all in search of inspiration for my jewelry designs and mixed media art.

Jewelry design is where this all started for me in 2001 and it is what I will return to in 2011. My jewelry designs have evolved from simple beaded bracelets to a fun eclectic mixed metal style that is very wearable, stylish and affordable. I will be focusing on branding this new line of jewelry and showcasing it in Galleries along my way.

Before I hit the road, you can find me at the following sales/events this summer.
Mudd Lake Furniture Co. – Junk in the Trunk – July 22 – 24, Watertown, MN
Otten Brothers – Junk Market Style – September 8 – 10, Long Lake MN

My goal is to re-open a smaller retail and studio space in the Spring of 2012. Keep an eye out for me and let me know where you would like me to pop-up!

Here is where I need your help! We need you to gather up your family, friends and business associates and make a trip to anne & friends before we close. Think birthdays, think hostess gifts, think Christmas in JUNE/JULY! We support 100+ local artists and we need you to open your checkbooks for a proper send-off. This isn’t about a sale. This is about supporting local artists and designers and fine craftspeople. Fill the gift closet, get ready for the holidays early, select a piece of local art for that special space, buy a bunch of handmade cards. While there are some items on sale and there is a small clearance section, this is not a storewide sale. We are trying to put some dollars in our artists’ pockets to weather the sluggish economy. So shout it from the Mountain Top! We will have a “send-off” party on Saturday, July 16. Follow us on Facebook for more details.

So finally, a heartfelt thank you to everyone! Thank you to my customers, my Facebook fans, fellow retailers, the press, the chamber of commerce, the artists and my good friends and family that have been a part of this 10 year journey. And a special thanks to Oliver…he warms my heart everyday as “shop dog”…I will miss our daily shop adventures.

A special shout-out to Corrine, Ken, Lori, Peter, Diane and my Parents for all of your support these past 10 years! I could not have done it without You ALL!

Onward…to a new adventure. I am NOT going out of business. anne & friends will continue selling online, blogging, facebooking and making jewelry to sell online and at art shows. I have every intention of building a kickin’ online store specifically with MY favorite one-of-a-kind PICKS! I will be on the road, making jewelry, treasure boxes, blogging and learning how to shoot photos for the website. I want my creativity to soar. I will be available for creative consulting projects…the skies the limit.

I will hit the road mid-September…Kansas City & Florida here I come! Please stay tuned for the next anne & friends event or storefront!

Have a great summer!
Anne Davidson
anne & friends

What is happening with the Wayzata Bay Center?

Wayzata resident Jeff Shore posed the question at a recent Wayzata City Council meeting, and sought an answer to whether or not the Bay Center would move forward.  "Are we holding Pres Homes to what they originally agreed to do?  Our biggest exposure is that it ends up being a hole in the ground. This would be, in my opinion, a tremendous blow to the community if they can't finish what they agreed to start."

Mayor Ken Willcox met with representatives from Presbyterian Homes as recently as last week, and indicated, "My understanding is that they have every intention of going forward with the plan as it was structured.  The lurching has been happening because of the financial crunch, and that the key markets they would have been building into, namely condos and retail have fallen on hard times.  They have readjusted the schedule of what they are going to build first.  Everything is still on course."

Councilwomen Mary Bader asked if their was a possibility that the property along Lake Street would sit vacant.  "We know the market for retail has been difficult, the condo market has been difficult, we don't know about the hotel.  The sequence originally was that the buildings along Lake Street would be built first, and the senior housing last.  Now that sequencing will be changing, the senior housing will be built first.  What is the possibility that the buildings on Lake Street, the hotel, and the retail sections--could that land along Lake Street sit undeveloped for years or decades?

City Manager Al Orsen indicated, "There is no way to guarantee that it will get built. They are promising to deliver the utility construction schedule within the next 30 days."

An email seeking an updated timeline from Presbyterian Homes representatives was not immediately returned.