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

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Apparent drowning in Wayzata Bay

Hennepin County Sheriff's Water Patrol, Wayzata Fire, and Long Lake Fire searched for a man who reportedly drowned on Wayzata Bay last evening, according to Wayzata Fire Chief Kevin Klapprich.

"Water Patrol, Long Lake Fire and Wayzata Fire searched for about 3-4 hours last night." Klapprich indicated. "Water Patrol and Long Lake are back out searching today."

Authorities stated that a Minneapolis man jumped from his boat to offer assistance to a person operating a personal water craft, and had trouble when returning to his own boat.  This is the first reported drowning on Lake Minnetonka this year.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

U.S. debt crisis threatens to drag down ratings of state's cities, schools | StarTribune

The Star Tribune is reporting that Wayzata may lose it's AAA bond rating if Washington doesn't come togerther on a debt limit solution:

U.S. debt crisis threatens to drag down ratings of state's cities, schools | StarTribune.com: "The nation's debt limit standoff now is threatening the good credit of nearly a dozen top-rated local governments and school systems in Minnesota, as they grappled Friday with news that their prized AAA bond ratings could tumble because of troubles in Washington.

The cities of Minneapolis and Wayzata; Hennepin and Ramsey counties; Edina schools, and six other local government entities learned that Moody's Investors Service included them on a list of 177 jurisdictions nationwide for a potential downgrade in credit worthiness. That rating is equivalent to an individual's credit score. If it goes down, the cost of borrowing for such things as schools, roads and other infrastructure goes up."

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your Wayzata credit score may be affected by the debt ceiling leader.

Wayzata Fire on TV for excercise program


Friday, July 29, 2011

Wayzata Chamber Annual Membership Picnic

A musician entertains guests at
the Wayzata Chamber picnic.
The Wayzata Chamber of Commerce had their annual picnic on July 28, 2011. It was held at the Wayzata Depot with about 150 guests in attendance.

“It went really well!” said Nicole Biskey, Membership Services Director at Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce. The event featured Java Jam, an instrumental jazz band, complementary hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, root beer floats etc.

The picnic was a way of saying thanks to all the members. “It was like an old fashion company picnic,” explained Biskey.

Click here for more photos from the event.

Wayzata Planning Commission Workshop Meeting Agenda for August 1, 2011

Community Room,
600 Rice Street East,
Wayzata, Minnesota

7:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order and Roll Call

2. Workshop Items:
a. Discussion with representative from Black and Veatch Corporation on Telecommunication industry standards and draft of Telecommunications Ordinance

3. Other Items:
a. Review of Development Activities
b. Other items

9:00 p.m.

4. Adjournment

NOTES:

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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wayzata Lacrosse 7/8 blue team wins Woodbury Invitational

Wayzata 7/8 Blue Lacrosse team won the Woodbury Invitational. Submitted photo.
Wayzata 7/8 Blue handily defeated Rosemount 6-0 in the 2011 Woodbury Black and Blue Youth Lacrosse Invitational, en route to their second tournament championship this season. The Trojans did not lose any games, going 5-0 for the tournament. The tournament consisted of 10 teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin in a round robin style tourney with the top two teams in each pool playing for 1st or 3rd place against the other pool. On Saturday they beat both Woodbury (7-3) and Hudson (13-3). On Sunday they played a tough Stillwater team (6-3) and Eden Prairie (9-0), giving them 1st place in their pool and a trip to the championship game that evening.

CONGRATULATIONS 7/8 BLUE - 2011 WOODBURY BLACK AND BLUE YOUTH LACROSSE INVITATIONAL CHAMPS!!

Night to Unite scheduled for Tuesday August 2nd

Minnesota’s Night to Unite is scheduled for next Tuesday, August 2nd. The Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition’s (WCPC) Night to Unite luncheon at the Wayzata Country Club kicks off the day at 12:00 noon. The public is invited and it is always a great, well attended event. The WCPC will present the annual Jim Fish Award for crime prevention. Chief Mike Risvold will speak about some of the more interesting and sometimes bizarre cases that the department has worked on in the last year. The cost is $20 and reservations can be made by contacting the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce at 952-473-9595. Because the country club is closed on Monday, reservations need to be made to the Chamber office by noon on Friday, July 29th.

On Tuesday evening beginning at 6:00 PM, local police officers, firefighters, elected officials, city staff, and McGruff will make neighborhood visits throughout Wayzata and to several parks in Long Lake. Neighborhood block captains in Wayzata have received schedules for estimated times of the visits. The stops in Long Lake include three parks – Harden Park at 6:20 – Dexter Park at 6:55 – Holbrook Park at 7:20. This is a great opportunity to ask questions of your police, fire, city staff and elected officials. Most of all, it’s a great time to connect with your neighbors as a reminder to look out for one another. We look forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday for Night to Unite!!!

Click here to view the schedule!

MIKE RISVOLD
Chief of Police
mrisvold@wayzata.org

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your Night to Unite information leader.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

McCormick's set to open Tuesday, August 2nd

Tim McCormick pours the perfect pint. Photo Dan Gustafson.
McCormick's to open Tuesday, August 2nd at 11:00 am.

The Irish roots are obvious, from the Guinness sign hanging over the door way to the pictures of JFK and golfing legends on the wall. McCormick's Irish pub is set to open next Tuesday. Owner Tim McCormick explained his vision for the place, "My grandparents are from Ireland. An Irish pub is always something that I've been drawn to. And living in Boston and my travels to Ireland have solidified that."

McCormick detailed his passion for the perfect pint of beer, "We have serious quality control on proper pouring of the Guinness in twenty ounce pints. Its kinda a big deal for us.  We pour the beer settled and black to the collar.  Up over the edge so it mushrooms over the top of the glass.  So there is an overflow and that tells me that we poured a good pint, and customers are getting the proper twenty ounce pour."

Owner Tim McCormick explains his passion for his Irish Pub to Ashley Gilles.  Photo Dan Gustafson.
Tim also talked about the other beers the establishment will carry, "We will have obscure beers that do not have any distribution, but its a really beautiful beer." The pub will also carry an assortment of Irish whiskey.

The restaurant and bar should clear the last remaining hurdles in the next couple of days, including checks from the health department and clearing all required construction codes.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your perfect pint of Guinness is now available leader.

MNDOT meeting tonight at City Hall

Representatives from MNDOT will hold an informational meeting tonight from 6:30 pm to 8:00pm at Wayzata City Hall to discuss the Community Roadside Landscape Partnership program.

The City of Wayzata is encouraging residents and interested parties who live along or close to Hollybrook Road to attend.

Click here for a printable notice to residents.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your MNDOT information meeting leader.

Areas of Wayzata without power according to KARE 11

KARE 11 is reporting that areas of Wayzata are without power, according to officials at XCEL Energy.  The outage is also having an impact in portions of Plymouth, Minnetonka, and Edina.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your TV station says your power company messed up leader.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Bridget Ulrich Calls "Reach for Ralph" Event a Success

Dan Egan and Rena Sarigianopoulos at the Reach
for Ralph event. Submitted photo.
This years' "Reach for Ralph" event went off with great success. Bridget Ulrich, Development and Communication Specialist at Hammer, said,"Everybody had a great time. It went really well!"

It was the fifth consecutive event of its kind. Last year, Hammer raised $75,000 and this year they are hoping to have surpassed last year. The event featured live jazz music, “nostalgic food” by SEVEN, over 100 silent auction items, nine live auction items, a classic car show, a vintage photo shoot (for the guests) and was hosted by KARE 11’s Rena Sarigianopoulos. There were about 400-450 attendees.

The amount of money that was raised is still being evaluated and will be in about two weeks.

Council Weighs Major Funding Policy Shift

Mayor Ken Wilcox indicated via a telephone interview Friday that the Wayzata City Council is contemplating a major funding policy shift, “We’re probably going to have to wind up considering things like assessing routine maintenance and road maintenance.”

The projected budget shortfall  for the next ten years is in the neighborhood of roughly five million dollars.

Even though new policy has not been enacted, it was on the table at the recent Council Budget meeting, according to the Mayor. “We need to get our ducks in line. We’re laying out a budget, we’re laying out our tax levy... All of those elements will come into play as we do that. We’re trying to get ahead of the schedule too,” said Wilcox.

The policy decision will be discussed in coming meetings of the Council, and is related to the request from citizens to include medians for the Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction project which is currently on hold.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your assessments to fund road construction are on the table in Wayzata leader.

Sailing on a Sunday

Light breezes made for slow sailing on an otherwise picture perfect Sunday on Lake Minnetonka. Photo Dan Gustafson.

The Wayzata Yacht Club on Lake Minnetonka. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Photo Dan Gustafson.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Severe weather risk

A storm rolls over Wayzata Bay early Saturday morning. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Saturday, July 23, 2011 for much of southern and central Minnesota including the Lake Minnetonka area.  Wayzata has been on alert already this morning, as the sirens were sounded from around 8:30 am until about 9:15 am.  Here is the weather alert from the NWS:


THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS MUCH OF
SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN THROUGH
TONIGHT. SCATTERED STORMS THROUGH LATE MORNING MAY CONTAIN A FEW
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. IN
ADDITION...SOME STORMS MAY PRODUCE LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL. A VERY
UNSTABLE AIR MASS NEAR AND SOUTH OF A WARM FRONT WILL BUILD INTO
THE AREA TODAY. AS A COLD FRONT MOVES INTO WESTERN MINNESOTA LATE
IN THE AFTERNOON AND TRACKS EAST...SCATTERED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
MAY DEVELOP INTO THE EVENING. THE PRIMARY THREATS WOULD BE
DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL. TORNADOES MAY ALSO BE POSSIBLE
ALONG WITH SOME ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL.



Note how the bulletin indicates tornadoes and heavy rainfall may be possible! Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your Wayzata Weather leader.

Car / bicyclist accident

Wayzata Firemen check the status of a bicyclist who was stuck by a vehicle this morning.  Photo Dan Gustafson.
A minor car and bicyclist accident occurred at the Wayzata Bay Center Saturday morning.  A man driving a black sedan appeared to have struck another man riding a bike.  Wayzata Police and Fire were summoned to the scene at around 8:43 am.  The bike rider appeared to sustain only minor injuries.

Wayzata Police and Fire respond to a personal injury call. Photo Dan Gustafson.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wayzata Blvd. Decision Delayed


The Wayzata City Council delayed the reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard at their July 19, 2011 meeting. The decision was based largely on the feedback gathered from residents who attended an open house on July 12, 2011.

Al Orsen, City Manager, presented several options for City Leaders to review. The budget for the overall project is $1.2 million from TIF dollars and $400,000 from street maintenance (CIP) plan. The total proposed budget is $1.6 million.

Option 1: Complete an overlay of the pavement without any curb correction or filling of missing sidewalk pieces - $1,499,900.

Option 2: Narrow the roadway, mill and resurface while providing missing links of sidewalk along Wayzata Blvd. - $1,607,000.

Option 3: Narrow the roadway, add the missing sidewalk, add bump outs at various intersections to narrow the distance at an intersection of the crosswalk - $1,641,800.

Option 4: Parkway concept (from Benton to Minnetoka) with a raised median in the middle of the road -$1,879,200 with a $280,000 short fall.

The Council instructed City Staff to study the options carefully and present them at a future meeting.

Wayzata Lions Club Recognizes Dwight Maxa

Lions 5M5 District Governor Jan Cariveau presents the Melvin Jones Fellow to Dwight Maxa.
The Wayzata Lions Club held their annual picnic on July 19, 2011 at the Parker’s Lake Pavilion. The club announced new officers for the upcoming year, and delivered the Melvin Jones Fellow Award to member  Dwight Maxa, while enjoying a steak dinner from Village Meets in Wayzata.

"I am proud to be one of the Wayzata Lions that has been selected for the Melvin Jones Award,” said Maxa, “I thank my Lion peers who have chosen me for this important humanitarian service recognition."

The recognition is for humanitarian work and is awarded to those who donate $1,000 to Lions Club International Foundation. Established in 1973, the fellowship takes its name from Lions Clubs International (LCI) founder, Melvin Jones. The fellowship was established as the highest form of recognition to acknowledge an individual's dedication to humanitarian service within the club.

Congratulations Dwight!

The Wayzata Lions Club gives people of all ages an opportunity to help volunteer in the Wayzata community and gain skills during the experience! For more information, visit www.WayzataLions.com.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your Wayzata Lions leader.

Blue Water Theatre Presents "Anything Goes"


Blue Water Theatre Company announces their upcoming production of the classic Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes."

Set on a ship during a trip across the ocean, "Anything Goes" is the hilarious story of famed singer Reno Sweeney, stowaway "public enemy" Moonface Martin, his accomplice Bonnie, the romantic Billy Crocker, and his love Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to the well-bred, but bumbling, Evelyn Oakleigh. Famous songs include: "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "Friendship," "It's De-Lovely," "Anything Goes," and "Blow Gabriel, Blow."

Performances will take place at Wayzata Central Middle School (305 Vicksburg Lane, Plymouth) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30.

Directed by Charlie Leonard, with choreography by Barb Brauch and music direction by Kirsten Hoiseth Thayer, Blue Water's "Anything Goes" features a cast of 54 middle school and high school students from throughout the Twin Cities.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $11 for students and seniors. They may be purchased at the door prior to each performance, or in advance at www.bluewatertheatre.com.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Giving KARE to Hammer

“It’s not only a fun evening, but you learn more throughout the experience you have,” said Bridget Ulrich, development and communication specialist with Hammer Residences.

Hammer Residences, often referred to as “Hammer”, is a non-profit organization based in Wayzata. Their mission: to provide adults and children, with developmental disabilities, the opportunity to experience life to the fullest.

Hammer has held their largest, annual fundraiser, "Reach for Ralph", with the theme 'making dreams come true'. That is exactly what they did with one of their own residents. “She is a HUGE Vikings’ fan and [she] went with, KARE 11’s, Rena Sarigianopoulos to Winter Park! Not only did she meet Adrian Peterson, she went home with autographed items," said Ulrich.

They are continuing the tradition of the fundraiser on Thursday, July 21, 2011. It will be the fifth year this event is put on.

BMW of Minnetonka will house the event which consists of: live jazz music, “nostalgic food” by SEVEN, over 100 silent auction items, nine live auction items, a classic car show, a vintage photo shoot (for the guests) and is being hosted by KARE 11’s Rena Sarigianopoulos.

There will be valet parking, included in the ticket price, and special greetings at the door from some of Hammers’ own residents.

They hope to raise $75,000 in the night. It will help benefit all of the residents and organizations’ costs. Tickets range from $45 to $80 for VIP Retro Cocktail Class Admission. Click here for details on tickets.



Wayzata Police Blotter For July 12-18, 2011


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 www.wayzatacrimeprevention.org. Take a bite out of crime!


DWI Reported: 07-16-2011 2211
Addresses Involved PENDING TEST RESULTS
400 block of Lake Street E, Wayzata, MN 55391


Vandalism Reported: 07-15-2011 1042
Marker used for writing graffiti on footbridge
Addresses Involved
200 block of GROVE LN , Wayzata


3rd degree DWI / Suspicious Vehicle Reported: 07-15-2011 0420
3rd degree DWI / Male, 41 yr old from Mound, tested .13
Addresses Involved
2345 Wayzata Blvd W, Long Lake, MN 55356
Names Involved
(Arrested) Peterson, Erik Jon


Damage Prop/Rpt Reported: 07-14-2011 2059
Car windshield hit by BB gun pellet
Addresses Involved
Central Ave N & WB Hwy 12 Ramp , Wayzata


Tampering with Vehicle Reported: 07-14-2011 1530
Unlocked vehicle "ransacked", but no loss.
Addresses Involved
3XX Hampton St. S, Wayzata


Tampering with a motor vehicle Reported: 07-14-2011 0826
Interior of car "gone through", but no loss.
Addresses Involved
14XX LaSalle St , Wayzata


MISSING/LOST PROPERTY 1
FOUND PROPERTY 1
PDMV 3
FIRE ALARM 4
GAS LEAK/SMELL 1
OTHER MEDICAL 5
WELFARE CHECK - ADULT 3
INFO REC'D 8
DOMESTIC 2
CIVIL MATTER 3
RECEIVE COURT ORDER/OFP 1
SUSPICION 7
OPEN DOOR/WINDOW 2
MISC. JUVENILE PROBLEM 1
DRIVING/TRAFFIC COMPLAINT 8
PARKING COMPL 5
RECORD CHECKS 4
FIREARM PERMIT 1
ANIMAL COMPLAINT/CHECK 2
DOG LICENSE ISSUED 1
PATROL REQUEST 1
ASSIST CHILD PROTECTION 1
MOTORIST ASSIST/STALL 3
UTILITY PROBLEM 4
PUBLIC ASSIST 7
LOCKOUT 1
BUSINESS ALARM 4
HOME ALARM 4
911 HANG-UP 2
ASSIST OTHER DEPT 4
TRAF-AC-GM-3RD DEG DWI-UI ALCOHOL-MV 1
TRAF-AC-GM-3RD DEG DWI-08 OR MORE -MV 1
PROP DAMAGE-MS-PRIVATE-OTHER INTENT 2
THEFT-500 OR LESS MS-SELF SERVE GAS-GAS ONLY 1
FRAUD-FE-FIN-TRAN-CARD-NO-CNSENT-2501-19000 1
FRAUD-MS-FIN-TRAN-CARD-NO-CONSENT-250-LESS 1

Too Hot For Power

Fire Chief Kevin Klapprich examines a
power pole. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The Wayzata Fire Department was called to Margaret Circle at noon on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, to address a burning power pole.

“It really was a fuse and it was glowing red,” said Wayzata Fire Cheif Kevin Klapprich. The fuse that was emitting red is located next to the transformer; it helps to close the circuit. “I’m sure that the temperatures have something to do with it,” added Klapprich.

The area of Margaret Circle lost power shortly thereafter. By the time the fire department arrived to the scene, the fuse had burned off and fallen to the ground.

Due to the lack of flames, the Wayzata Fire Department crew stayed for only ten minutes. Klapparich said that XCEL Energy had been called and would be there in approximately thirty minutes. Power should be restored within the next few hours.

OBITUARY: Kecia L. Erickson

Erickson, Kecia L. Age 46 of Plymouth. Passed away peacefully early July 18, 2011, while husband Tony Clapp was at her side.

Also survived by son, Kaeden Erickson, and son, Jordan Sell and his father, Jim Sell; loving parents, Sue and Bob Erickson; brother, Brent (Katie), Alex, Ryan; and brother, Chad (Kerstin), Kaj, Tait, Ava.

As a 6 year cancer survivor she leaves her trials and tribulations behind. Her family, relatives, & friends celebrate her courageous, compassionate, and celebratory life- style, all of which will be missed by many. She left her mark graduating from Hopkins High School (1983), Gustavus Adolphus College (1987), and University of Indianapolis, Krannert School of Physical Therapy (1993).

Her work life centered around Fairview Institute for Athletic Medicine (IAM) as Director of Quality for the Orthopedic Service Line. While passionate about her work and relationships, she lived each day to the fullest and gave of herself to others. Her commitment to spiritual values was paramount. The family thanks all who have used CaringBridge.org (keciaerickson) to acknowledge her specialness and uniqueness. Her legacy will be remembered.

Visitation will be Thursday, 21 July, 5-7 PM at David Lee Wayzata Chapel, 1220 Wayzata Boulevard East, with a casual memorial service Friday, 22 July, 1 PM at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Maple Grove, 18500 Co. Rd 101.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fairview Foundation, either Common Thread/Younger Cancer Patients, or IAM.

David Lee
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Notice of Filing Date for Election to the School Board


NOTICE OF FILING DATES FOR ELECTION TO THE SCHOOL BOARD INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 284 (WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS) STATE OF MINNESOTA

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the period for filing affidavits of candidacy for the office of school board member of Independent School District No. 284 shall begin on August 2, 2011, and shall close at 5:00 o'clock p.m. on August 16, 2011. The general election shall be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. At that general
election, four (4) members will be elected to the School Board for terms of four (4) years each.

Candidate filing information packets and affidavits of candidacy are available from the office of the School District Clerk, Independent School District No. 284, 210 County Rd. 101 N., P.O. Box 660, Wayzata, MN 55391. The filing fee for this office is $2. A candidate for this office must be an eligible voter, must be 21 years of age or more on assuming office, must have been a resident of the school district from which the candidate seeks election for thirty (30) days before the general election, and must have no other affidavit on file for any other office at the same primary or general election.

The affidavits of candidacy must be filed in the office of the school district clerk and the filing fee paid prior to 5:00 o'clock p.m. on August 16, 2011. Dated: July 11, 2011 BY ORDER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD /s/

School District Clerk
Independent School District No. 284
(Wayzata Public Schools)
State of Minnesota

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wayzata City Council Budget Workshop scheduled for July 21, 2011

Wayzata City Council
Budget Workshop Meeting Agenda
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wayzata City Hall Community Room
600 Rice Street East
Wayzata, Minnesota

7:00 a.m.

1. Call to Order/Roll Call

2. Business
a. 2012 General Fund Budget
b. Review Equipment Replacement Fund
c. Review T.I.F. & CIP Projects
d. Review Enterprise Funds

3. Adjournment

Monday, July 18, 2011

OBITUARY: Candyce Elin Smith

Smith, Candyce Elin, of Dayton. Born 12/29/55 in Mtka. Died 7/17/11 peacefully at her childhood home surrounded by her loving family.

Graduate of Minnetonka High School and Gustavus Adolphus College.

Candy will be remembered for her effervescent smile, unconditional love and the ability to always see the good in people. She looked at her cancer as a speed bump that she would overcome and was always looking at how she could help others cope with their diagnosis. Even though her life has been cut short, she touched everyone she met with her zest for life and her attitude that her cup was not half full but "overflowith".

Preceded in death by her father, Donald K. Smith.

Survived by mother, Micki; brothers, Mark (Sherri) and Ben (Jeannine); nephews, Alex and Harry and nieces Bri, Madison and Montana.

Memorial service 10 AM Friday, July 22 at St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3121 Groveland School Road, Mtka.

Visitation 1 hour prior to service at church.

Memorials preferred to Susan G Komen Foundation.

Heartfelt thanks to Candy's many wonderful friends who enriched her final weeks.

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

Blazing hot yellow Lamborghini

This blazing hot yellow Lamborghini was parked outside Caribou Coffee this morning, so I grabbed a couple of shots of it for your review. See more photos here: Lamborghini

On a totally unrelated topic, It's hot out there!

Lamborghini. Photo Dan Gustafson.

Top ten ways to beat the heat in Wayzata

Ice cream is a sure fire cool treat on a hot day like today. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Searching for a way to survive in the sizzling heat?  Look no further! Wayzata.com will end your search for ways to stay cool.

Today there is a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1:00 pm. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 96 degrees and humidity at 75%.

Here are the top ten ways to stay cool:

1. Take a dip in the cool waters of Lake Minnetonka at Wayzata Beach
2. Dive into a Vermonster challenge bucket of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream
3. Feel the breeze riding a sail boat on Wayzata Bay
4. Cruise down to Dairy Queen in Navarre for a cool treat
5. Grab an iced coffee or smoothie from Caribou and visit with friends on the Lake St. patio
6. Stick your head in a freezer at Lunds
7. Enjoy a popsicle from the food vendor at Wayzata beach
8. Pick up a new water bottle at the Epic Grind
9. Go tubing or water skiing around Lake Minnetonka
10. Play catch on the shores of Big Island

Any other ideas or comments? Leave them in the comments box below.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your Wayzata sweltering heat leader.

Wayzata City Council Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wayzata City Hall Community Room, 600 Rice Street
CITY COUNCIL MEETING - 7:00 PM

1. Roll Call

2. Public Forum - 15 Minutes (3 min/person)
a. Presentation of Community Partnership Grant Check Award-Luke Litteken CenterPoint Energy Litteken

3. Approval of Minutes
a. Minutes of July 5, 2011 2

4. New Business
a. Consider Resolution #27-2011 - 740 Lake Street Outdoor Sidewalk Café CUP Gadow 5
b. Consider Resolution #28-2011 - 101 Hunters Glen Variances Gadow 39
c. Update on the Wayzata Blvd. project Orsen 100
d. Consider Emergency Interim Ordinance #719 Amending Chapter 802 of the Building Code Johaneson 134
e. Accept Petition to Replace Fence Between Rosswood Lane & Central Avenue Dudinsky 137
f. Consider and Approve Municipal Licenses (Staff Recommends Approval) Orsen 147
g. Consider and Approve Municipal Licenses (Administrative) Orsen 148

5. City Manager's Report and Discussion Items
a. Sandwich Board Signs 157

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 - August 3 (Wednesday) and August 16
Planning Commission - August 1 and 15

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 Agenda for July 18, 2011

Community Room,
600 Rice Street East,
Wayzata, Minnesota

7:00 p.m.

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

2. Workshop Items:
a. Discussion of Minnesota Variance Statute
b. Discussion with representative from Mill City Electric on Telecommunication industry standards and draft of Telecommunications Ordinance

3. Other Items:
a. Review and Approval of Planning Commission Report and Recommendation for Outdoor Sidewalk Café at 740 Lake Street.
b. Review and Approval of Planning Commission Report and Recommendation for Variances at 101 Hunters Glen Road.
c. Review of Development Activities
d. Other items

9:00 p.m.

4. Adjournment

NOTES:

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.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

OBITUARY: Clarabelle Foushee

Foushee, Clarabelle C. age 80 of Deephaven died July 14, 2011.

Preceded in death by her husband Virgil and two brothers.

Survived by her son, William (Teresa) Foushee; daughters, Rochelle (William) Marceau and Paula (Todd) Elert; grandchildren, Mimi Marceau, Liz (Peter) Gensmer and Jackie Marceau; great-grandchildren, Isabelle Gensmer and Benjamin Gensmer.

A wonderful mother and grandmother, Claire will be deeply missed by those who loved her.

Private family services will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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

Friday, July 15, 2011

Wayzata School Board Meeting video from July 11, 2011

Medians will add $700,000 to Wayzata Boulevard project

Wayzata.com reported on the Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction project earlier this week in which a majority of submitted comments were in favor of including medians as part of the plan.

Here is a quick update from City Manager Al Orsen this morning regarding the project:

  1. The current resurfacing project is budgeted for $1.6 million
  2. Adding medians will cost an additional $700,000
  3. Maintaining the medians with weeding, feeding, and irrigation may run $15,000 per year
  4. The City has recently cut back in staff in this particular area
The item is likely to be discussed at the upcoming Council meeting scheduled for July 19.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, you Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction leader.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Comments at Wayzata Boulevard Reconstruction open house overwhelmingly in support of medians

The Wayzata City Council recently approved the mill and overlay of Wayzata Boulevard from Superior to Old Highway 12, subject to an open house on the topic. The open house was held Tuesday, July 12 from 5-8 pm at City Hall, where community members voiced their concerns.

Residents express their concers about the Wayzata Boulevard resurfacing project. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The proposed construction is set to include resurfacing the pavement and the addition of missing sidewalk space in some locations. It will also include narrowing of the existing street width to increase boulevards and provide for traffic calming. However, the existing plan does not include the median desired by the majority of the twenty community members who left comment cards at the open house.  Seventeen were pro median, one against, and two comment cards were related to parking and school zones.

Homeowner Karen Heinrich voiced her opinion, "The Wayzata Blvd project should increase safety, walkablity, neighborhood interaction and general attractiveness, all of which increase property values. The current proposal makes progress in those areas but doesn’t maximize the potential, as the previously discussed center median / boulevard vision did."

Matt Brinza of Wayzata noted, "The proposal seems to be engineered rather than designed. Designing for cars, people, and families of Wayzata rather than just for vehicles using Wayzata Boulevard as a through fare."

A few community members were satisfied with portions of the proposed plan. Mary Himes of Wayzata said, "I am pleased to see the new sidewalks!"

In addition to the mill and overlay resurfacing, bump outs are in consideration. Cory Devor of Wayzata commented, "It would be great to shorten cross walk length with bump outs!"

"I encourage the council to endorse the 'build it and they will come' concept," Lynn McCarthy of Wayzata voiced her opinion.

Irene Stemmer and Director of Public Works Dave Dudinsky exchange ideas. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Mayor Ken Willcox gave his impression of the open house the day after, " It was better attended than I had expected and even brought in people who lived some distance from the boulevard.  Still others who even lived in neighboring communities, but who care about Wayzata." Willcox commented about the purpose of the meeting, "There were some misconceptions of what the city was proposing and why, so there was a fair education component."

City Engineer Mike Kelly indicated via email, "I think the open house went well. Lots of interested residents."

The council will meet next Tuesday to review the comments. What impact they have on the project moving forward remains to be seen. Funds for the proposed project will come from an existing TIF district.

The proposed work is scheduled to begin in late August and will be completed in 6-8 weeks.

For questions or comments leave them in the box below or email wayzata@gmail.com.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction leader.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Zeppelin visits Lake Minnetonka

The Zeppelin visits Lake Minnetonka. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The Farmer's Zeppelin caused quite a stir in the Lake Minnetonka community at around 11:00 am Wednesday morning. It floated over Wayzata Bay and back towards Excelsior.  This amateur reporter fielded calls from several interested parties.

The Star Tribune reported yesterday that the ship flew in from Milwaukee and arrived in Eden Prairie last evening around 7 pm.

A zeppelin is different from a blimp in that it has motors and a skeleton inside.  This is reportedly one of two in existence in the world.

Rides will be available at Flying Cloud airport through the weekend, and start at $375.  For more info, visit www.airshipventures.com/tracking.php.

Wayzata Police Blotter July 5-11, 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 www.wayzatacrimeprevention.org. Take a bite out of crime!

Burglary/Rpt
Reported: 07-11-2011  0803
Addresses Involved
Business forcibly entered overnight and cash register with opening cash stolen / under investigation
1313 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN

Theft/Rpt
Reported: 07-09-2011  1310
Addresses Involved
Boat motor stolen off of boat located in an unsecured storage area / loss approx. $3000
2340 Daniels St , Long Lake

Domestic Assault
Reported: 07-08-2011  1755
Charges pending against Female, 37 yr old from Wayzata, for domestic assault.
Addresses Involved
1XX Broadway Ave N, Wayzata

Theft/Rpt
Reported: 07-08-2011  1428
Addresses Involved
Large order of pizza prepared and delivered, then customer refused to pay. Customer paid prior to police arrival.
1310 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Felony DWI
Reported: 07-08-2011  0349
Addresses Involved
Broadway Ave & Indian Mound E, Wayzata, MN
Names Involved
(Arrested) Hanson, John Russell (Age:49)
Tested .13

DWI
Reported: 07-06-2011  2356
Male, 39 yr old from Mound, arrested for 4th degree DWI / tested .18.
Addresses Involved
1450 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Names Involved
(Arrested) Albers, Steven Michael

Solicitors
Reported: 07-06-2011  1756
DOOR TO DOOR TRYING TO GET MONEY FOR TROOP PACKAGES
Addresses Involved
Two males (one from TN & one from MT) cited for soliciting without permit.
200 block of Ridgeview Dr E, Wayzata

FOUND PROPERTY 2
PIMV 2
PDMV 2
FIRE ALARM 2
OTHER MEDICAL 5
72 Hour Hold/Emergency Admission 1
WELFARE CHECK - ADULT 1
CIVIL MATTER 3
TRESPASSING WARNING GIVEN 1
DISTURBANCE/FIGHT/LOUD PARTY 1
SUSPICION 5
BURNING COMPL 2
FIREWORKS COMPL 2
DRIVING/TRAFFIC COMPLAINT 7
PARKING COMPL 2
RECORD CHECKS 4
FIREARM PERMIT 1
SOLICITATION Complaint 1
SOLICITATION - Citation 1
ANIMAL COMPLAINT/CHECK 5
PATROL REQUEST 1
MOTORIST ASSIST/STALL 5
PUBLIC ASSIST 5
LOCKOUT 1
BUSINESS ALARM 3
HOME ALARM 2
911 HANG-UP 3
WARRANT/ATTEMPT/ARREST 2
TRANSPORT 1
Cancel/No Contact 2
DOM ASLT-MS-INFLT BODILY HARM-HANDS-AD-FAM 1
DRUGS-DRUG PARAPH-POSSESS-UNK-UNK 1
TRAF-ACC-M-4TH DEG DWI-UI ALCOHOL-MV 1
TRAF-ACC-MS-4TH DEG DWI-08 OR MORE -MV 1

Wayzata Women's Chorus update

The Wayzata Women's Chorus has been competing at the 2011 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales.  The following is a quick excerpt of an email from Bob Ambrose to Mayor Ken Willcox:

Dear Family & Friends,

Elaine and I arrived safely in the lovely perched village of Eze last evening, still so excited about the Llangollen experience, but very tired! This photo shows the view of Eze village from our place. The Med is to the left of the photo and about 1,500 feet down!

Eze village as seen from Bob and Elaine Ambrose's room. Submitted photo.
The Wayzata Women's Chorus performed perfectly during their appearances in competition on the main stage at the 4,000 seat Royal International Pavilion at the 2011 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. However, we discovered that a choir must be "more than perfect" to win the Pavarotti Trophy as Choir of the World. That honor went to the official national choir of the Philippines. Nonetheless, the Wayzata Women's Chorus and their director, Carole Birch, left knowing that they had given the best performances of their lives and that they are one of the "Top Five Female Choirs in the World" this year.

The Chorus and the spouses privileged to accompany them will remember this "magic carpet ride" forever!

Ken, the Chorus loved the Wayzata pins and we spread them far and wide. Many members gave up their own pins as gifts to new friends in other choirs. I hope we can replenish our stock when we return home!

Lenore, Joan and Carole, thanks for all that you have done to make this journey possible!

Peace and Love,

Bob

Congratulations and safe travel to the Wayzata Women's Chorus.  See you back in town soon!


Firefighters honored by Masons

BAR-B-Q Rib Dinner held to honor local fire department

Wayzata Firefighters help themselves to a rib dinner provided by the Wayzata Masons. Photo Dan Gustafson.
50 people including State Representative Connie Doepke attended as the Wayzata Masons held a complimentary rib dinner for the Wayzata Fire Department on Monday evening.  This is the second time in as many years that the Lodge fed the local smoke eaters.

Mason Rob Miller described why the Masons hold the event, "We decided to honor and thank the members of the Fire Department for their dedication and work within the community. The annual BBQ dinner is a way for us to meet and get to know the members of the Fire Department and express our gratitude for their service to the community."

The Wayzata Masons have been a part of the Wayzata community since 1893. For more information, visit www.wayzata205.org

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Letter to the Editor: Wayzata Boulevard

To the Editor:

This is an alert to citizens of Wayzata about an important meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 at Wayzata City Hall.

But the July 12 session is not a public hearing. More of an open house.

The purpose of the meeting is to "discuss redesign and construction work planned for Wayzata Boulevard this year... or next."

But the plans - driven by available TIF funds - will deliver a product far from what citizens have been seeking for two or more administrations.

The work is being presented as part of a scheduled program of street repair and upgrading. But it takes away perhaps any chance of ever creating the city avenue that was part of the prior vision.

The process thus far ignores input from a series of goal setting public workshops and citizen surveys from the recent past.

Moreover the work is expected to impact the looks, uses and continue the problems of Wayzata Boulevard for at least another generation of citizenry.

Joseph M. Mccarthy

OBITUARY: Jack Manders

Manders, Jack D.age 57, of Plymouth unexpectedly passed away on Friday, July 8, 2011 following complications due to surgery.

He was loved and will be incredibly missed by his loving wife, Mary; children Michael Manders and Tricia (Tom) DeBleeckere; parents Robert Manders and Shirley Williamson; brothers and sisters Tom Manders, Jerry (Diane) Manders, Bonnie (Stan) Schultz, Mike Manders and his many wonderful in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Jack was an amazing husband to Mary for 37 years, an exemplary father and successful CPA in Minneapolis. Jack’s clients have been like an extended family to him and Mary. He was such a strong, quiet and unendingly hard working man, the world will be a lesser place without him and his sage advice.

The visitation will be held Tuesday July 12 from 5-7pm with funeral service at 7pm at David Lee Funeral Home 1220 East Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata.

Graveside service will be Thursday 11:30 AM in Osakis, MN at Calvary Cemetery, details to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

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

Friday, July 08, 2011

Photos from the History of the Wayzata Theater

The Wayzata Historical Society put on a program about the history of the Wayzata Theater last night. Members of the Lyle Carisch and Ray Lee families were on hand to discuss the construction, financing, and operations of the iconic piece of history.

Here are a number of photos for your review.

Additionally, Wayzata Community Television recorded the event and will be broadcasting it on Channel 8.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your Wayzata Theater history event leader.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Crime Alert: Selling Care Packages

Wayzata Police have come in contact with a new organization soliciting from door to door in our city. The name of the organization is FREEDOM UNITED SALES. They are soliciting for donations for Care Packages for military troops. As their information states, they are a FOR-PROFIT business “selling care packages.” They are transient merchants, very similar to the magazine sales organizations we have encountered, staying at local hotels and being dropped off in neighborhoods by van.

 As with any for-profit sales organization, they are required to obtain a permit from the city of Wayzata prior to selling door to door. They have not done so. Please report any solicitors in the area that do not have a city of Wayzata permit to the Wayzata Police Department by dialing 911.

Hackercraft photos

A beautiful Hackercraft at the Wayzata Boat Works. Photo Dan Gustafson.
See more photos of the Hackercraft here.

Wayzata Boulevard Resurfacing Project Open House scheduled for July 12, 2011

YOU'RE INVITED TO ATTEND:

A Public Informational Open House for the 2011 Wayzata Boulevard Resurfacing Project
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wayzata City Hall
Community Room
600 Rice Street East
Wayzata, Minnesota

Members of the Wayzata City Council may be in attendance at this Open House.

Summer concert photos

The Wayzata Chamber held their first in a series of concerts last evening at the Wayzata Depot.  Last nights performance featured the Bend in the River Big Band, and was well attended by area residents.

The Bend in the River Big Band performs at the Depot. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Chuck plays the sax. Photo Dan Gustafson.
View a number of shots from the concert here: Bend in the River Big Band

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Pancake breakfast hosts say thank you to community

THANK YOU PATRIOTS,

All 1150+ of you who joined with us once again at the Wayzata Depot Gardens to celebrate Independence Day!!

Over 1150 people attended the Flying Pancake Breakfast on the 4th of July. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The Pancakes Flew, (thousands of them aimed for plates, with hundreds landing elsewhere!!); Revolutionary Actors Marched and Shot Muskets; the SAR Color Guard raised both the Betsy Ross Flag (with the assistance of Betsy herself) and our current American Flag with the support of the Wayzata Community Church Flute and Fife band; and Wayzata Mayor Wilcox greeted guests, which numbered over 1150 this year... A RECORD!

We were blessed with bright sun, blue skies, gentle breezes, and were honored to thank 75 Veterans with free breakfasts!!

Thank You to our supporters and to the greater Lake Minnetonka community for making this a truely Patriotic 'Family-Fun' Event.

-The Lake Minnetonka Children of the American Revolution.

Wayzata Police Blotter June 28 – July 4, 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 www.wayzatacrimeprevention.org. Take a bite out of crime!

Theft Frm Auto
Reported: 07-02-2011  1532
Addresses Involved
Car window smashed, purse and contents stolen / loss approx. $500
200 Wayzata Blvd W, Wayzata


No Pay
Reported: 07-02-2011  1004
Addresses Involved
$19 loss
1905 Wayzata Blvd W, Long Lake


House Fire
Reported: 07-01-2011  2024
House Struck By Lightning, blew out electrical sockets-smelled smoke-no initial sign of fire
Addresses Involved
2XX Benton Ave N, Wayzata


Curfew
Reported: 07-01-2011  0231
Four juveniles cited for curfew violations
Addresses Involved
1325 WAYZATA BLVD E, Wayzata


Damage to Property
Reported: 06-30-2011  1125
Gas line to gas grill cut, phone wires cut, damaged to parked vehicle / under investigation
Addresses Involved
2XX Brown Rd N, Long Lake


Damage to Property
Reported: 06-29-2011  1446
Mail box was damaged sometime Monday night, appeared someone had hit it with a baseball bat.
Addresses Involved
1XX Lakeview Ave , Long Lake


Damage to Property
Reported: 06-28-2011  0822
Mailbox damaged, as well as neighbor's mailbox / no cost estimate
Addresses Involved
243 Glenmoor Lane , Long Lake


Curfew
Reported: 06-28-2011  0129
3 juveniles cited for curfew violation
Addresses Involved
402 LAKE ST E, Wayzata


MISSING PERSON 1
MISSING ANIMAL 2
MISSING/LOST PROPERTY 1
FOUND PROPERTY 1
PDMV 1
Other Fire/Smoke 1
Single Family Home Fire 1
Structure/Object Fire 1
FIRE ALARM 3
SUDDEN DEATH 1
OTHER MEDICAL 11
72 Hour Hold/Emergency Admission 1
WELFARE CHECK - ADULT 1
INFO REC'D 5
DOMESTIC 1
DISTURBANCE/FIGHT/LOUD PARTY 3
SUSPICION 6
OPEN DOOR/WINDOW 1
FIREWORKS COMPL 2
DRIVING/TRAFFIC COMPLAINT 9
PARKING COMPL 3
RECORD CHECKS 5
FIREARM PERMIT 1
OTHER ORD VIOL (JUNK CARS, ETC) 1
ANIMAL COMPLAINT/CHECK 3
PATROL REQUEST 1
FINGERPRINTS 1
MOTORIST ASSIST/STALL 7
UTILITY PROBLEM 1
PUBLIC ASSIST 4
LOCKOUT 1
BUSINESS ALARM 1
ASSIST OTHER DEPT 2
WARRANT/ATTEMPT/ARREST 1
JUVENILE-CURFEW 1
PROP DAMAGE-MS-PRIVATE-OTHER INTENT 3

2011 Night to Unite scheduled for August 2, 2011

Police Chief Mike Risvold and McGruff the Crime Dog invite you to Night 2 Unite.
For 29 years, the Wayzata Police and Fire Departments, the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition, and the citizens of Wayzata have recognized crime prevention and public safety in the City of Wayzata on the first Tuesday in August. This year, Minnesota Night to Unite kicks off at noon on Tuesday, August 2 with the annual Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition’s Night to Unite Luncheon at the Wayzata Country Club. This is a joint luncheon with the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce and the Wayzata Rotary. The keynote speaker is Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold. He will provide an inside look at the department and highlight some of the most significant, and sometimes “bizarre,” cases investigated within the past year. The public is invited. Tickets for the luncheon are $20 and can be purchased through the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce at 952-473-9595.

Later in the day, Wayzata Police, Fire, City staff, elected officials, and McGruff (Crime Coalition Mascot) will visit two-dozen neighborhood parties throughout Wayzata and Long Lake. Along with the police cars and fire trucks, there will be trinkets for kids and a crime prevention message at each stop. This is always a great time to ask questions of elected officials, police officers, firefighters, and city staff. It’s also a great way to get out, meet and visit with your neighbors. Call the Wayzata Police Department at 952-404-5340 for more information about Wayzata’s Night to Unite.

City recognizes Christine Morrison for service

Mayor Ken Willcox recognizes Christine Morrison for her years of service to the City of Wayzata. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The City of Wayzata recognized Christine Morrison for her years of service to the community at the Wayzata City Council meeting last evening.  Christine served in the following capacities:

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

Morrison was praised by colleagues and peers on the Wayzata City Council, the Wayzata Planning Commision, and most recently the HRA.

"I am deeply honored and humbled by all of this," Morrison indicated in her remarks while accepting the award.  "In thinking about what is going on here in this community and our State, I can't help but think about these tempestuous times in government, especially at the State and Federal level.  It gives me all the more appreciation for what goes on in the City of Wayzata... The real truth about Wayzata that makes it so extraordinary, is the people.  What I will remember of my service to the City of Wayzata was the opportunity I have had to get to know so many people that I would not have known otherwise."

A cake was served during a brief adjournment to recognize Christine Morrison Day. Photo Dan Gustafson.
See more photos from the presentation here: Honoring Christine Morrison 

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your City of Wayzata civic award leader.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Neon colors combined with a magical sunset

Elisha and I like to drive to the Dairy Queen in Navarre for a treat during the summer as we wind our way around Lake Minnetonka. When we were headed home last evening, we saw some spectacular colors we wanted to share with you.

I love the neon colors in contrast to the color in the sky.  This almost looks like it belongs in Florida. Photo Dan Gustafson.
More photos: North Shore Marina

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Sunset over Lake Minnetonka. Photo Dan Gustafson.
More photos: July sunset over Lake Minnetonka

1932 Ford Deuce Coupes on Lake Street. Photo Dan Gustafson.
More photos: 1932 Ford Deuce Coupes on Lake Street

OBITUARY: Lucille Armstrong

Armstrong, Lucille (Kay) age 91, of Plymouth passed away on June 28, 2011.

Preceded in death by husband, Hugh; son, Louis; brothers and sisters, Norbert, Leo, Al, Joe, Rose, Lorette, Bill, Toots, Lawrence and Lenny. Survived by daughter-in-law, Shelly Haeg; daughters, Pat (Keith) Jacobson, Kitty (Clint) Schroeder, Karen (Jim) Kritzeck, Bess Armstrong and Maureen (Brad) Carlson; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and many other loving relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, July 9th, 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, 155 County Road 24, Medina.

Visitation one hour prior to Mass at church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.

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

Zebra mussels spreading quickly

Unscientific survey finds them on 1 out of every 2-3 rocks in Wayzata Beach swimming area

Zebra mussels growing on a rock found in the Wayzata Beach swimming area this weekend. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Many local families spent time swimming and boating in Lake Minnetonka this holiday weekend.  My family spent several days swimming, playing and picnicking at Wayzata Beach.  To our dismay, we discovered zebra mussels.  Lots of zebra mussels.  A lot more zebra mussels than I thought we would find during the first summer with the invasive species.

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Our unscientific survey went like this:  walk out past the initial rocks on Wayzata Beach, to water that was higher than waist deep, pick up a rock, and evaluate.  Our results were surprising: we found that just about every other rock had a zebra mussel, or two, or three, or more on them.

Zebra mussels on a rock at Wayzata Beach. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The questions for the Lake Minnetonka community:
  • How quickly is the first wave of zebra mussels going to grow from babies to adults?
  • How quickly are they going to spread?
  • What can be done at local beaches if zebra mussels live up to their reputation and grow on every hard surface in the lake?
  • Is this going to make it impossible to swim without protective footwear? 
While I don't have the answers to questions, I sure admire the problem.

Five zebra mussels on a rock at Wayzata Beach. Photo Dan Gustafson.
A pile of rocks at Wayzata Beach with any number of zebra mussels on them.  Photo Dan Gustafson.
Have some insight into zebra mussels around the lake, or in the area?  Found some at your beach? We would love to hear from you.  Email wayzata@gmail.com or use the comment box below.

Fire at 325 Crestview Avenue, Orono

A fire at 325 Crestview Avenue, Orono, MN. Photo by Dan Gustafson.
Click here to view the photos from the fire at 325 Crestview Orono, MN.

The Wayzata Fire Department responded to a mutual aid call at 325 Crestview Avenue in Orono last evening.  Fire Departments from Long Lake, Wayzata, Excelsior, Minnetonka, Maple Plain, Mound, and St. Bonifacious responded.

According to property records, Wendy Sullivan purchased the property in 2004.  The tax value of the property is $491,000.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com as more details develop.