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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New management brewing at Caribou Coffee

Monday, August 29th 2011, Theresa Talbot received the manager position at Caribou Coffee.

Before Caribou, Talbot worked at Leeann Chins, and needed a change. She then decided to apply elsewhere, and found the job at Caribou.

Talbot wants to improve the store in more ways then one. She says, "the store needs to be cleaned, and reorganized." She also wants to work on guest relations, and consistency.

So far Talbot has been enjoying herself in the Wayzata community. "I really love Wayzata, it's really cute and quaint, and I love the idea of everyone knowing each other." said Talbot.

In her free time, Talbot enjoys playing Frisbee golf and going to the puppy park with her fiance and dog. She also likes to play strategic boardgames like munchkin, settlers, and Agricola. Talbot is also a fan of Anime movies like Memoirs of a Geisha.

A lot of Talbot's free time is taken up by the planning of her Wedding that will take place next year.

Overall, Talbot is really excited to be in this new position and plans on being there for a long time.

See Talbot and the rest of the Caribou staff at 609 East Lake Street.

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Wayzata Police Blotter August 23 - 29, 2011

McGruff says, "Take
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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!

Juvenile Problem-Curfew Violations
Reported: 08-28-2011  0252
3 juveniles cited for curfew violation at Wayzata Beach
Addresses Involved
220 Grove La E, Wayzata, MN

Other Fire/Smoke 1
Grass/Brush Fire 1
PUBLIC NUISANCE - Verbal Warning 1
NOISE VIOLATION - Verbal Warning 1
911 HANG-UP 2
Cancel/No Contact 1

Northcoast closes

Workers carry equipment and furnishings out of Northcoast. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Wayzata's own Northcoast closed earlier this week.  Workers carried out furnishings and equipment on Wednesday.  Brenda Kaminski indicated she hoped to open in another location such as Bloomington last week in an interview with  Kaminski also indicated that the rent was raised by the new management of the Boatworks to a point where it was unsustainable.

View more photos of Northcoast closing here.

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata restaurant closing leader.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wayzata Community Church to honor 9/11 with rally day

September 11, 2011
9/11 Commemorations & Rally Day

Wayzata Community Church
125 Wayzata Blvd E.
Wayzata, MN 55391

As friends and members of Wayzata Community Church celebrate the homecoming spirit of Rally Day, they will also commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. From dawn to dusk, our faith community will gather to not only remember a tragic day, but also to worship God who makes all things new. Varied worship experiences taken as a whole, will aid us in the restoration of hope, unity, and peace.

Morning Services of Remembrance & Hope

9 and 10:45 a.m.  (Identical services in the sanctuary)
Glorious music by our choirs and the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra will create the inspiring backdrop for prayers for peace.  Senior Minister Dr. John F. Ross will preach a sermon based on Galatians 5:2 where it is written, “For freedom Christ has set you free!”

Moments of silence will be observed throughout the morning, giving pause at the very times when planes crashed and lives were lost in senseless violence.
8:46 a.m. (American #11); 9:03 a.m. (United #175); 9:37 a.m. (American #77); and 10:03 a.m. (United #93)

Evening Service of Unity and Healing

6:33—Seek First  (6:33 p.m. in the sanctuary)
Leaders from the Jewish and Muslim faith communities will join us and participate in our worship in the unique style of 6:33—Seek First.  Coming together in unity, we will share prayers of peace from all three Abrahamic traditions.

With Senior Minister Dr. John F. Ross preaching, prayers for peace will be offered from leaders of the Muslim and Jewish faith communities, including Imam Dr. Hamdy El-Sawaf, Board President of the Islamic Community Center of Minnesota, Imam of Masjid Al-Iman (Mosque of Faith), and Rabbi Simeon Glaser, Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Minneapolis.

Acknowledging that people from all faiths died that day, we stand together under a banner of unity.  The violence of that day in 2001 was about power, not God—our unified response will be one of healing and peace.  All are invited to come for candle lighting and communion.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Man arrested at Wayzata jewelry store

At approximately 12:35 p.m. Monday, August 29th 2011, Wayzata Police escorted a man in handcuffs to a squad car from Jannie Bean Designs.

Julie Faulkner, indicated she saw "officers leading a man outside to the squad car handcuffed and searched." Faulkner also said, "the man was agreeable and not fighting."

When asked about the incident, Jan Bean of Jannie Bean Designs said, "the situation is taken care of."

A Police spokesperson did not have any further information on the topic, but said "the suspect has just be transported down to jail."

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Wayzata Volleball aims high

Literacy Volunteers needed to help students practice reading

Wayzata Public Schools is in need of volunteers for the district’s Literacy Volunteer Program which pairs adults with third through fifth grade students that are struggling readers.

Students read to the volunteers using a curriculum that is focused around award-winning children’s literature. Volunteer options include once or twice a week or every other week for a half hour at a time. Training is provided by the district’s language arts resource teacher and there is room to work around individual schedules. For more information, contact Charlene Barghini at 763-745-5208 or by email at

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wayzata City Manager Announces Retirement

Allan Orsen, Wayzata’s longest serving city manager, has announced that he will retire at the end of April, 2012, the month of his 65th birthday. He informed the city council of his decision at the end of the council’s annual retreat on August 25. Orsen began his career with the city 35 years ago as the city engineer. He was promoted to city manager in 1985 and has served in that position since then.

Mayor Ken Willcox said the council expects to hire a professional search firm to help the city find a replacement for Orsen. “Al has seen our city through many good years as well as several challenging ones,” the Mayor added. “We are extremely grateful to him. He leaves the city in excellent shape, and we appreciate his willingness to help us make this a smooth transition period.”

During Orsen’s tenure as city manager he has overseen a staff of more than 40 full-time employees and many part-time employees. He has also supervised the construction of major new city facilities, including the City Hall - Library complex, the Public Works building, and the recently completed municipal liquor store and restaurant. In fact, since he became city manager, almost every city-owned building and facility has been replaced.

In announcing his retirement, Orsen said, “It was not an easy decision to wrap up my 35-year career with Wayzata, but the timing is right for me and my family, as well as for the city.”

OBITUARY: Donald "Don" Johnson

Age 87, of Plymouth, MN. Passed away August 24, 2011.

Survived by wife, Edna; daughters, Kirsten Johnson and Lisa (Philip III) Fortin; sister, Carol Cofey; grandson, Christian Esping Fortin(Jill); and great granddaughters, Kaya Hazel and Mia LaRue; and many friends.

Don was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather. Don’s education included a Bachelor’s of Arts in mathematics and physics from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL in 1948, and a second Bachelor’s of civil engineering from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA in 1949. Don also attended the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL from 1945-47.

Don’s career began as a design engineer with Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., New London, CT, where he contributed to the design and building of the first nuclear powered submarines, The U.S.S. Nautilus and the Sea Wolf. Don led the non-destructive testing department at Twin City Testing from 1971-1989.

Don’s career led him to develop his own company, Esping Forensic Engineering. His career also included working for the Naval Intelligence, the F.B.I. in cities across the country in structural investigations and failure analysis.

A memorial service for Don will be held on Saturday August 27, 11 AM at Peace Lutheran Church, 3695 Highway 101 North in Plymouth with a visitation beginning at 10 AM.

Private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to Animal Human Society of the United States.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

OBITUARY: Mary Knoblauch Dalrymple Morrison

Morrison, Mary Knoblauch Dalrymple age 95, passed away peacefully at her home on Cedar Point, Lake Minnetonka, on August 22.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 36 years, Clinton Morrison; her children: Florence McMillan, Chicago, Susan Wilson (Steve), Long Lake, Judy Wood (Michael), Wayzata, and North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple (Betsy), Bismarck, ND; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Mary was devoted to her family and was the focus of many family gatherings. Mary was preceded in death by her first husband, John S. Dalrymple, Jr.; her brothers, Dan and Fran Knoblauch, and her sister, Emily Thorpe.

She graduated from Northrop Collegiate School in 1932 and Smith College in 1936 and was involved in many aspects of her community, including Stevens Square, Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, Northwestern Hospital Auxiliary, U.S. Senior Women's Golf Association, Boca Grande Health Clinic and St. Andrew's Church in Boca Grande, FL. Mary was an avid golfer, a crack shot, a fierce competitor and her spirit brought great joy to all of her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Friday, August 26 at 4 PM at St. Martin's Church (2801 Westwood Rd, Minnetonka Beach, MN). A reception will follow at the Morrison home.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to Smith College (The Smith Fund, P.O. Box 340029 Boston, MA 02241-0429), The Blake School (110 Blake Road, Hopkins, MN 55343), Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2501 Steven Avenue, Minneapolis 55404) or Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2400 Third Avenue S., Minneapolis 55404).

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Be a part of the 2011 Wayzata Football season

We are now offering a new opportunity for businesses to have their name displayed for the Wayzata community.

Businesses will now be able to advertise and sponsor our professional coverage of the exceptional Wayzata Football team.

Summer is coming to a close, the days are getting shorter, and as sad as we are to say good-bye to summer, we have one reason to be excited. The 2011 Season of Wayzata Football is just around the corner. As the students at WHS begin to prepare their outfits of blue and gold, buy glitter, or order a new pair of Trojan mittens…business owners in the area should be thinking about the immense level of coverage that the Trojan football team receives.

Throughout the 2010 Wayzata Football season, our three websites had a total of 1,000,000 views. For a local business that is a lot of eyes looking at your company’s name.

All of the photos taken, all of the articles written, all of the captain/coach interviews; within each of these there will be an opportunity to advertise or sponsor the coverage. Our news team displays editorial and media content on,, and Advertising on the network of these three websites expands your advertisements reach to the entire local community.

If you would like to take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity, please contact Andrea at for further information.

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata Football coverage leader.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Blue Water Theatre follows the yellow brick road

Blue Water Theatre Company has announced that their fall show will be The Wizard of Oz.

Blue Water Theatre is a local, non-profit organization that gives students an opportunity to experience the theatre world with kids from multiple schools across the metro.

Auditions for The Wizard of Oz will take place on September 12th, and 13th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The auditions are open to all students who, as of September 2011, are in grades three through twelve.

You can catch the show at 7 p.m. on December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the Eisenhower Community Center.

No preparation is needed for the auditions, but Blue Water Theare Company asks that you please come with a filled out Production Information Packet; the packet can be found at

Charlie Leonard, executive and artistic director, says "The Wizard of Oz has been one of my favorite shows since I was a young child. Having the chance to be a part of the production is going to be a lot of fun, and sharing it with (hopefully) an audience full of little kids is going to be even better!"

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OBITUARY: Jerald "Jerry" Grund

Grund, Jerald W. “Jerry” age 74 of Plymouth died August 21, 2011.

Preceded in death by his wife Beverly; parents, Walter and Helene; brothers, Jeffrey and Jim; sister, Judy Harrington; daughter-in-law, Risa Grund.

Survived by his sons, Jason and Jody and his wife Jessica; grandchildren, Gabe, Sam and Ellory; sisters, Shirley Bernhagen and husband Chuck, Mary Nauman, Sue Kostka and husband Bob; brother, John Grund and wife Betty as well as other loving relatives, friends and neighbors.

Memorial service 1:00 PM Friday, August 26, 2011 at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata with visitation one hour prior to the service.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Monday, August 22, 2011

City plans to replace ceiling tile at the Muni due to loudness

The city council talks about making adjustments the Wayzata Bar and Grill.

Wayzata Bar and Grill, also known as the Muni, is used as an icon for the community of Wayzata. It is owned and operated by the City of Wayzata. Every penny of profit made goes directly to helping maintain the city.

The new location opened on April 28th 2011. Although they have only been in their new location a few months the city is already talking about an issue they have found. Andrew Mullin, council member said, "The core issue is noise, noise, noise!"

The issue creating the noise is the ceiling tiles. The tiles being used are not the right type of tile to restrain sound. "In the bar area the tiles should be perforated with sound backing, but if you look right now it's just a solid tile." said council member Tom Tanner. A perforated tile is a tile with holes in it, to help absorb the sound.

The council decided this was a valid issue to bring up due to the number of comments regarding the muni's excessively noisy atmosphere. The council believes that if nothing is done about these concerns the muni could potentially lose customers.

The new ceiling tiles will take about 2-3 weeks to be put in.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Fire at 709 Wayzata Boulevard, no injuries

Fire at 709 Wayzata Boulevard.  Photo credit Jim Wilson.
The Wayzata Fire Department responded to a house fire call at 709 East Wayzata Boulevard at around 4:45 am Friday morning.  A passerby called Hennepin County dispatch with a report of smoke coming from the home.

Eyewitness Jim Wilson described the situation in an email this morning, "Upon arrival of Wayzata Fire, there was extensive smoke coming from the upper floors of the house. Soon after fire arrived flames started coming from the roof of the house. Fire departments from Wayzata, Plymouth, Minnetonka and Mound (possibly others) helped fight the fire. The fire was knocked down and extinguished after about an hour or so. At 0620 fire fighters were still on the scene mopping up."

Additionally, Long Lake and Golden Valley Fire Departments also responded to the mutual aid call.

Officials on scene indicated that the home had been undergoing some renovations and or painting, however the occupants were not home at the time of the fire.  Additionally, there were no injuries reported.

Stay tuned to, you fire at 709 East Wayzata Boulevard Leader.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wayzata City Council approves two year Police contract

The Wayzata City Council approved a two year contract with the Police Union on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. The primary negotiating points included an increase in wages of 1 percent for the first year and a half percentage point in the second year.  Another minor concession was the implementation of mandatory dental coverage for all Police employees.

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata P.D. has dental insurance leader.

Wayzata City Council workshop scheduled for Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Wayzata City Council will meet at 7:00 am for a Half-Day Workshop Retreat Thursday, August 25, 2011 at the Wayzata Fire Department Training Room located at 600 Rice Street East.

Stay tuned to, you Wayzata City Council public meeting notice leader.

Seven candidates file for school board

Seven candidates filed during the August 2-16 filing period for four open seats on the Wayzata Public School board.

Candidates that have filed are Greg Baufield, Linda Cohen, Joan Curtis, Jay Hesby, Carter Peterson, Cheryl Polzin and Nick Roehl.

August 18 was the last day to file an affidavit of withdrawal as a candidate for school board. October 19 is the first day absentee ballots must be available to voters and election day is November 8. More information about the individual candidates will be available shortly.

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata School Board candidates leader.

Wayzata Woofstock 2011 scheduled for Saturday, August 27 2011

A Bone-a-Fit for Ruff Start Animal Rescue

Meridian Manor 163 W. Wayzata Blvd. Wayzata, MN 55391 952-473-3200 Live the Experience...of Excellence


1:00 p.m. The Teddy Bear Band Goes to the Dogs
2:00 p.m. Sons of the Beach

All Day

  • Come, Sit, Stay CafĂ©
  • Demonstrations
  • Pet Seminars
  • Doggie Spa
  • Flea-Less Market
  • Puppy Kissing Booth
  • Pet Communicator
  • Pet Adoptions
  • Donation Barrel
11:15 Paw Print Painting
12:00 Pet Blessings


CONTESTS: 11:15 A.M.

  • Prettiest Dog Best Trick
  • Most Unusual Dog Best Dancer
  • Most Outrageous Best Talker/Singer
  • Best Dressed Best Kisser
  • Biggest/Smallest Dog Best Treat Catcher
  • Longest Tail Pet/Owner Look-a-Like Best Behaved Best Wag
  • To sign up for the Pet Parade and Contests: Call 952-473-3200 or email Include your name, phone number, pet’s name, and categories entering. 
Note: Events subject to change

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wayzata Police Blotter for August 9 - 15, 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!

Vandalism- Agency Assist
Reported: 08-13-2011  2324
Report of a house that was toilet papered. The location was near the City of Long Lake. Two car loads of juvenile found in the McDonalds parking lot. The group admitted to the act. They were escorted to the Salem Court address to start the clean up.
Addresses Involved
2XXX Salem Ct , Orono, MN

Theft of Services
Reported: 08-13-2011  1702
Attempted theft of services for cab ride / suspects identified and charges pending / loss $40
Addresses Involved
539 Lake St E, Wayzata

4th Degree DWI
Reported: 08-13-2011  0231
Male, 32 yr old from Long Lake, arrested for 4th degree DWI and driving on wrong side of roadway. / tested .17
Addresses Involved
Orchard Lane & Dexter Drive , Long Lake, MN 55356
Names Involved
(Arrested) Sturos, Mark Allan

Theft From Auto/Criminal Damage to Property
Reported: 08-10-2011  2249
Theft of GPS unit from vehicle / loss $150
Addresses Involved
1151 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Reported: 08-09-2011  0047
Two juvenile males out after curfew, escorted home, and given warnings.
Addresses Involved
400 block of Lake Street E, Wayzata

H & R PDMV 1
NOISE VIOLATION - Verbal Warning 2

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Hundreds of protesters at Boehner event

Hundred of protesters turned out at a $10,000 per person golf fundraiser attended by Republicans John Boehner, Erik Paulsen, and Chip Cravaak Wednesday afternoon at the Wayzata Country Club.  Here are a couple of videos on the topic:

OBITUARY: Luke Johnson

Luke C. Johnson Age 22, of Wayzata, passed away unexpectedly August 16, 2011.

Luke was born September 11, 1988 in St. Louis Park, MN. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran in Benson by his grandfather, the late Rev. Donald Johnson, and confirmed at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth.

He graduated from Wayzata High School in 2007, and graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in May 2011 with a BFA in graphic design.

Luke worked for several years for Lund’s in Wayzata. Among the things he enjoyed were art, sports, animals, gaming, music, film making, and being with his family and friends.

Luke is preceded in death by his grandparents, Clint and Millie Estenson, and the Rev. Donald Johnson, all formerly of Benson, aunt, Karen Bauerly, and uncle, Tom Estenson.

He is survived by his parents, Daryl and Susan; brothers, Daren and Jeffrey, all of Wayzata; grandmother, Carolyn Johnson of Duluth; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

Visitation Friday August 19 from 5-8 PM at David Lee Funeral Home 1220 East Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata.

Funeral service Saturday August 20, 2 PM at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, 17205 County Road 6, Plymouth, with visitation one hour prior to the service at church.

Interment service at the Benson City Cemetery on Monday, August 22 at 11:30 AM.

Memorials preferred to the Animal Humane Society.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Hammer Residences mourns the loss of CEO Tim Nelson

Tim Nelson has passed away. Submitted photo.
Hammer Residences, Inc. is saddened to announce the death of their  CEO, Tim Nelson. He passed away Tuesday, August 16, while on vacation in Colorado  at the age of 58. Nelson had been an employee of Hammer for  34 years. “Hammer has lost an amazing leader, co-worker and friend in Tim. We have all lost a great man and advocate, who made this world a better place, not only for the people we serve with developmental disabilities, but for everyone,” said Lisbeth Armstrong, Hammer’s Director of Program Services, who has been named interim CEO of Hammer. Nelson started working for Hammer in 1977 as a direct support professional. He  was appointed CEO in 1998 after having served Hammer in a variety of capacities. Armstrong, who worked closely with him for most of those years, said “Tim had such a passion for the people we support. It was his dream that each person we serve has love, joy and peace in their life.” During his tenure as CEO,  Nelson  worked tirelessly to elevate Hammer as a visionary organization that employs dedicated staff members who help people with disabilities experience the highest possible quality of life and independence.  

Under Nelson’s leadership, Hammer was named a Top Ten Minnesota Workplace by The Star Tribune in 2010 and 2011. In, 2010 Hammer was also named a “Top 50 Places to Work” in a national survey conducted by the Nonprofit Times, a national publication for nonprofit executives. In June, 2011, Nelson received a Changemaker Award from The Arc Greater Twin Cities for his efforts in changing systems and policies that benefit individuals with disabilities and their families. Nelson was a strong advocate and visionary for people with developmental  disabilities. He was the current board president of The Arc of Minnesota, where he advanced public policy efforts locally and at the federal level. Pat Mellenthin, The Arc Minnesota’s Chief Executive Officer said “Tim was a superb leader for The Arc Minnesota and an exceptional human being. His passing is a huge loss for The Arc Minnesota and The Arc movement, and he will long be remembered for his leadership in the disability community.” He also served as the former vice-president and board member at ARRM. “Tim was one of the truly great leaders in the disability community,” said ARRM CEO, Bruce Nelson.

Nelson was a member of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), where he served on the International Program Committee. He was a member of The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) Board and served on its Executive and Quality Committees. He has served on several other boards of directors for organizations that provide various services to people with developmental disabilities. Nelson had also participated on several MN Department of Human Services (DHS) task forces.  Current  Hammer  Board President, Jon Matejcek says, “Tim created a culture of excellence that any organization – non-profit or otherwise – would be lucky to have. He was never satisfied with the status quo, always encouraging others to express their ideas and opinions, even when they differed from his own.  His leadership and vision for Hammer, and for the disabilities community at large, will truly be missed.”

Tim Nelson is survived by his wife, Jean Nelson, and two children and one grandchild. Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized. Hammer Residences, Inc. was founded by Alvina Hammer in 1923.  Hammer provides personalized services for  individuals with disabilities in the Twin Cities.  Hammer’s mission: to provide adults and children with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience life to its fullest.

Rummage sale bargains for 90 years

Wayzata Community Church has been hosting an annual Rummage Sale for 90 years.

The sale brings in volunteers and shoppers from all over the twin cities. With the wide variety of items ranging from furniture to sporting goods, and everything in between, the sale is likely to have something for everyone not only can you find something for yourself, but the proceeds from the sale are donated to charity. organizing volunteer Christina Ruiz described the process, “It’s something productive to do during the summer and my whole family gets involved, plus I meet some really great people while helping out. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s all worth it when you think about the people you’re going to help.”

The profits from the rummage sale are donated to non-profit organizations both locally and worldwide. Wayzata Community Church chooses the organizations through their Monetary Grant Process.

Non-profit organizations seeking help for funding fill out an application. Staff from the monetary grant process look through the applications and decide which organizations they are going to help fund.

Dena Naylor, Director of Rummage Sale Ministries for the past 15 years spoke about the impact the sale has had, “ It’s not just about the stuff, it’s about the service, and the community the rummage sale brings together.”

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata Community Church rummage sale leader.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Golf tournament scheduled for August 21, 2011

Holy Name of Jesus School’s third annual Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, August 21 beginning at 12 p.m. at Pioneer Creek Golf Course in Maple Plain. Money raised will provide scholarships to those families who want to send their children to Holy Name of Jesus School but are unable to afford it.

The cost of the tournament is $120 each. Included in the cost: 18 holes of golf, range balls at driving range, a meal and two drink tickets, and much more. For more information and to register, visit

37th Annual James J. Hill Days

Stars N’ Stripes: The All-American Get Together scheduled for September 10 and 11, 2011

Along the shores of Lake Minnetonka the Wayzata area community gathers to celebrate the 37th Annual James J. Hill Days, presented by The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce and M&I, a part of BMO Financial Group.  Combining community tradition with fun filled activities and events the festival provides something for the whole family.  This year’s theme is “Stars N’ Stripes: The All-American Get Together”!

Since 1975 the weekend following Labor Day in Wayzata has been dedicated to celebrating this community tradition.

Youngsters gather candy at James J. Hill Days. File photo.
This year’s great line-up of activities promises to attract over 5,000 area community members.  Many traditional activities will return including the Arts Bazaar sponsored by Renewal by Anderson, the Health and Wellness Expo sponsored by The Brost Clinic, Business Expo, Coaster Cart Derby sponsored by Youngstedts Goodyear, Dachshund Races, and Kids Carnival.  Additional benefactors include Wayzata BP and Folkestone Senior Living Community. And if that’s not enough the Wayzata Rotary Charity Auto Show and the James J. Hill Days Parade are also part of the festivities.

Dachshunds from across the Twin Cities gather Saturday afternoon to compete in the 27th annual Dachshund Races followed by the Pet Tricks and Costume Contest.  Sprinting, hurdling and jumping their way to success these power-pooches show off their speed, skill, and style in an adorable presentation no pet-lover would want to miss!

For addition information on James J. Hill Days please visit The Wayzata Chamber is a client of

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OBITUARY: Roger Stachour

Stachour, Roger John of Wayzata, MN, went home to be with his Lord on August 12, 2011at the age of 79, following a 5-year battle with cancer.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Clarice (Niehaus) Stachour; daughter, Carol; husband, Curt Eslinger and their daughters Katie and Emily of Minnetonka, MN; son, David, wife Beth, and their daughters Emma and Bella of Minnetonka, MN; and brother, Dilman & wife Sharon of Nisswa, MN.

Roger was born on September 18, 1931 to John and Emma (Petersen) Stachour in Grundy Center, Iowa and graduated from Grundy Center High School. He received a BA degree in journalism from the University of Iowa, and following that, spent 2 years in the Army at Fort Monmouth, NJ and at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, where he taught rocket guidance systems to officers. Roger married Clarice Niehaus on August 12, 1955 and then returned to the University of Iowa to complete a Masters degree in mass communications in 1956.

Roger dedicated the next 37 years of his life to working as the owner/operator of several businesses in the printing and publishing industry, including The Vinton Livewire in Vinton, IA; Lithocraft, a church bulletin printing business in Grundy Center; Metricomp, a college book publishing business; and finally as tri-owner of The Spokesman Press, printer and publisher of several Iowa Farm Bureau newspapers. In addition, he served as an elder of the Bethany Presbyterian Church and later was a member of The United Methodist Church, both in Grundy Center.

Following retirement, he was a member of Valley Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, AZ and St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN. Growing up, Roger attained Eagle Scout status, and throughout his life, he was passionate about model railroading, photography, short-wave radio, classical music, and travel to Colorado and abroad.

His sharp intellect, devotion to family, strong faith and belief in God's saving grace will be deeply missed.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 26 at 11:00 am at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, 17205 County Rd 6 in Plymouth, MN.

Roger's family would like to especially thank the staff of the North Memorial Residential Hospice, where he was so gently cared for during the final days of his life.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

OBITUARY: Harriet Silver

Silver, Harriet A. (Dunning) age 80, of Plymouth, MN, passed away August 10, 2011.

Preceded in death by parents, Leslie & Harriet Dunning; husbands, Helmuth Geiger and Howard Silver; and daughter, Carol Hadfield.

Survived by children, John Hadfield, Mary (Keith) Nelson, David (Angie Toulouse) Hadfield, Barbara Hadfield, Bob (Pam) Geiger, Sue Coonradt, Jennifer (Mark Anjaria) Silver, Jessica (Kevin) Fix; 17 grandchildren; 2 great- grandchildren.

Harriet was a retired Wayzata school teacher; she enjoyed singing with the Plymouth Rockers and church choir. She was active in Story Time Players and Cornerstone social events. We were blessed by her wisdom, humor and love of life.

Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 AM Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Messiah United Methodist Church, 17805 Cty. Rd. 6, Plymouth. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church.

Interment Acacia Park Cemetery, Mendota Heights.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Messiah United Methodist Church.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

OBITUARY: Kenneth "Ken" Olson

Olson, Kenneth "Ken" Longtime resident of Wayzata.

Dearly beloved by family and friends alike, Ken, passed away on Friday August 12, 2011. He just celebrated his 80th birthday with family and friends. Ken was "One of the good guys!" "One of the most honorable gentlemen we know".

Born July 28, 1931 He went to Henry High School, the U of M, was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and served in the military during the Korean War. Ken was a small business man who had a wholesale apparel company that spanned more than 55 years. He was a 2nd generation Rag Peddler, his father Palmer was in the apparel business as well.

Preceded in death by his parents, Palmer and Clara and step-mother, Peggy.

He will be dearly missed by his family and friends; wife, Dorothy (Pat) Olson who were married for just shy of 52 years; sons, John and wife Ann, Mark and wife Sandra, Bill and wife Doneta; grandchildren, Maggie, Jack, Chase, Amilya and Kendell; sister, Marlys Christoferrson, other loving relatives, the Ridgeview Drive Gang, the ROMEO Club (Retired Old Men Eat Out), and countless others that he touched in many ways.

Funeral service 11 AM Friday, August 19, 2011 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 115 W. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata. Visitation 5:30-8 PM Thursday at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata and one hour prior to the service at church.

Interment Sunset Memorial Park. Memorials may be directed to the Special Olympics or to Camp Idihopi.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

OBITUARY: Hadlai A. Hull

Hull, Hadlai A. of Wayzata, MN, age 97, passed peacefully on August 12, 2011.

Born in New London, Connecticut on May 30, 1914, Hadlai graduated from Yale University and later Yale Law School. Following law school, he was hired by the Sullivan & Cromwell law firm in New York and, two years later, was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy at the start of World War II. Serving five years overseas, Hadlai rose to the rank of Commander overseeing a series of destroyer escorts including the Solar, Tomich, and Burdo.

Following his military service, Hadlai moved with family to Minneapolis and was employed by the Minnesota and Ontario Paper Company as treasurer. In 1956, he was hired by the Dayton Company (currently Target) where he was promoted to chief financial officer over a career spanning 15 years.

In 1971, he accepted a government position as Assistant Secretary of the Army and moved to Washington DC, the family home for the next 30 years. Following a five year stint with the US Defense Dept., Hadlai dedicated his time to the Nature Conservancy and later co-founded its spinoff, the Conservation Fund.

Hadlai served on several community service boards, including Minneapolis Institute of Arts, United Way, Blake School, Yale Alumni, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Woodhill Country Club and Wayzata Community Church.

Hadlai is survived by his wife of 72 years, Anne Dalrymple Hull, sons; Tex (Susan), John and Tom; grandchildren, Clifton (Melissa), Kathryn Meek (JB), Chase and Andrea, and great- grandchildren, Alexandra and Darien. He will be remembered and missed by all.

Service on Monday, August 22, 11:00 AM at the Wayzata Community Church Chapel, 125 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Conservation Fund, 1655 North Ft. Myer Drive, Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22209 or to Wayzata Community Church.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Monday, August 15, 2011

DICK OSGOOD: Due Diligence

The Lake Minnetonka Association (LMA) receives concerns from time to time about supporting the use of chemicals for controlling milfoil in Lake Minnetonka. Recently, an anonymous person commented:

“While we do believe the LMA has done a good job to mitigate these risks (e.g., concentration levels, application, etc.), we'd prefer to avoid the use of chemicals least until consensus can be gained on the risks. Until then, I think we owe to ourselves to do the research and make informed decisions on what risks are acceptable.”

The LMA has done our due diligence. More research on acceptable risks may sound good, but in my experience this request is usually a stalling tactic. We do not need more research on the safety of these products. Here is why I think that.

First of all, the chemical products that are used in the milfoil control program are registered for use by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which conducts extensive research before allowing any herbicide to be allowed for use. In addition, the herbicides are permitted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Suggesting that the LMA or any local organization ‘do research’ is unrealistic. The investment in and thoroughness of the testing for the chemical triclopyr, the main herbicide used in the milfoil control project, has been supported by:

· Over 180 peer-reviewed scientific reports and technical documents on file with the US EPA.

· Over $100 million dollars have been invested in development and scientific regulatory studies to meet data requirements of US EPA herbicide registration.

· The US EPA uses these assessments in their evaluation process: Residue Chemistry Data, Environmental Fate Data, Degradation Studies, Metabolism Studies, Mobility Studies, Dissipation Studies, Accumulation Studies, Hazard to Humans and Domestic Animals, and Teratogenicity Studies, Mutagenicity Studies.

The US EPA requires these studies to assure there are acceptable risks to human health and the environment. The US EPA criteria are:

· An acceptable toxicity level for humans is defined as the level of pesticide present in fish or water in which a lifetime of human consumption is not likely to cause adverse health effects in humans.

· Environmental tolerance levels are determined to have “no observable effects” in animal diets and quantification of residues in fish and water.

The LMA (or any other local or state agency) does not have sufficient resources to do a credible, objective job over-and-above what has already been done. Indeed, we would submit no additional tests or research are needed.

The LMA believes that there are no other feasible (non-chemical) control options that accomplish our management goals, which are to control milfoil in a safe manner without harming native plants.

Selective hand-pulling of milfoil, which we know can be very effective, is not feasible. Waterfront Restoration offers hand-pulling milfoil control services. Their owner, Tom Suerth, estimated costs between $6,500 and $17,400 per acre for this service. This compares to less than $500 per acre for herbicide control. Selective hand-pulling is very effective and many lakeshore owners value this service, but it is cost-prohibitive for larger-scale projects.

Similarly using milfoil weevils for selective milfoil control is not feasible. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has funded (about $5,000) a small-scale pilot project overseen by a concerned citizen. However, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has invested over $1.3 million dollars spanning ten years for a University of Minnesota researcher to evaluate whether milfoil weevils could be an effective milfoil biological control. That research is no longer funded as weevils did not control milfoil on any kind of operational basis. Unfortunately, the weevils are readily eaten by bluegills.

Finally, harvesters are not an alternative to selective milfoil control. The harvesters are not selective and that program is designed to facilitate navigation in critical areas and not to control milfoil.

So, the LMA believes the use of herbicide in this project is safe and there are no other feasible alternatives. We appreciate some may prefer other methods or no control at all; however, on an objective, scientific basis, we know the risk to public and environmental health is very small. The EPA uses a criterion that there be less than one chance in a million for these products to cause harm. To put this into perspective, we have a one chance in one hundred of being killed in a car accident in our lifetimes, a risk that millions of people readily accept. So, in contrast, the risk than of being harmed by aquatic herbicides is at least 10,000-times smaller.

The Lake Minnetonka Association wants Lake Minnetonka to be healthy and enjoyable for all. On balance, we believe the use of herbicides in this project represents minimal, acceptable risks.

Last pancake served signals end of an era

The last patrons ever at the Pancake House in Wayzata.
Photo Drew Arvidson.
August 15, 2011 at 3 p.m., the Original Pancake House closed.

The Wayzata Bay Center has been the home to OPH for the past 17 years, but it is no longer. Due to the reconstruction of the Bay Center, the Pancake House will be moving to Plymouth.

When asked about the move, Charlie Mejia, restaurant manager, said, “it’s hard because our customers have been so loyal to us, and now we have to leave.” But he made clear that the new location will be better. He is very excited to see the faces of their loyal old customers, as well as a crowd of new faces at their new location.

The new location is at the intersection of CR-6 and 101, OPH is unsure on a date that the new location will open, but Mejia is hoping for the end of October or the beginning of November.

The Pancake House in Wayzata sits empty.
Photo Drew Arvidson.
Mejia ended with saying “I would like to thank all of our customers for your loyalty. We are looking forward to seeing you at our new location.”

Stay tuned to, your Original Pancake House is moving up 101 leader.

Three incumbents and one challenger have filed for Wayzata School Board

Joan Curtiss, Wayzata resident, has filed for the first time.

Also filing for open seats are Current Wayzata School Board incumbents, Linda Cohen and Jay Hesby, and Vice Chair Carter Peterson.

One current seat holder that will not file, Wayzata School Board Chair Patricia Gleason. Gleason has decided not to run for reelection.

Those interested in filing must have their affidavit of candidacy filed with the school district clerk, and have a filing fee paid by August 16th, at 5 p.m. Those filing, will find their information packets at the office of the school district clerk, 210 County Rd. 101 N, Wayzata.

A candidate must be a resident of the school district for 30 days prior to the general election, be an eligible voter, 21 years of age when filing, and they may not have any other affidavit on file for any office during the primary or general election.

Terms for Gleason, Peterson, Hesby, and Cohen end this year. Filing ends tomorrow, August 16th, at 5 p.m. The general election will take place on Tuesday, November 8th.

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata School Board has four open seats leader.

A good time to benefit the Trolley

A group of Wayzata men on the Trolley Smoker. Photo
The Trolley is constantly listed as one of the the most iconic and fun attractions in Wayzata.  Young children and families are whisked from one end of Wayzata to another in it, Gold Coast tours allow curious visitors to see the large homes on the lake, in addition to all the private bookings through out the year.

Manufactured approximately 19 years ago, some might argue that the useful lifespan of the local people transporter has come and gone.  Yet a group of men has been riding the Trolley in an annual event called the Trolley Smoker for the last three years to help raise funds and pay expenses for repairs to the Wayzata icon.

Organizer Mike Lee talked about the most recent fundraiser, which occurred Thursday August 11, "We raised about $1,000 this year.  The idea came together because I serve on the Board of Directors for the Chamber, and also on the Trolley Task Force.  We started this three years ago to raise money for tires and brakes."

The group started at the Wayzata Bar and Grill, spent some time at Bayside around a campfire and overlooking the lake, and finished the night at Lord Fletcher's.

The view from Bayside as the Trolley Smoker made a pit stop. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The Trolley is owned by the Wayzata Community Foundation and operated by the Chamber of Commerce. The fundraiser could not have come at a more appropriate time, as the Wayzata Trolley is currently at Village Chevrolet waiting for parts and repairs.  The Stillwater Trolley was booked as a substitute, and the event went on as planned.

Watch for the Trolley Smoker event next year, and stay tuned to, your Trolley Smoker leader.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wayzata City Council Meeting Agenda for August 16, 2011

1. Roll Call

2. Public Forum - 15 Minutes (3 min/person)
a. The Trojan's - Wayzata High School's Football Team Ryan Johnson

3. Approval of Minutes
a. Minutes of August 3, 2011 2

4. Public Hearing
a. Consider On-Sale Beer License and On-Sale Wine License for Wang Hua, Inc. (Jade Fountain Chinese
Restaurant) at 838 Lake Street E Orsen 4
b. Consider Res. #30-2011 Authorizing On-Sale liquor & Sunday License for Sakana, Inc. (Sakana) at 683
Lake Street E Orsen 5

5. New Business
a. Consider and Approve 2011-2012 Law Enforcement Labor Services Agreement (Union Contract) Madden 17
b. Second Reading Ordinance #717 Adopting the Amended Surface Water Management Plan Kelly 33
c. Second Reading Ord #718 Amending Chapter 409 of the City Code Regarding Land Disturbance Kelly 34
d. Consider Bid Award for Lake Street Sidewalk Replacement project Kelly 35
e. IOCP Grand Avenue PUD Project Gadow 36
f. Consider and Approve Municipal Licenses (Staff Recommends Approval) Orsen 37
g. Consider and Approve Municipal Licenses (Administrative) Orsen 38

6. City Manager's Report and Discussion Items

7. Public Forum (as necessary)

8. 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 - September 6 and 20
Planning Commission - September 7 (Wednesday) and 19

Wayzata Panning Commission Agenda for August 15, 2011

Meeting Agenda

Monday, August 15, 2011

Community Room,
600 Rice Street East,
Wayzata, Minnesota

7:00 p.m.

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

2. Regular Agenda Public Hearing Items:
a. 456 Arlington Circle, 1000 Eastman Lane,1100 Eastman Lane, 1100 Eastman Lane, 1200 Eastman Lane, and 1400 Eastman Lane – Wayzata Yacht Club/Wayzata Sailing Foundation
i. Master Site Plan Review
ii. Concept/General Plan PUD
iii. Comprehensive Plan Amendment
iv. Zoning Text and Map Amendment
v. Shoreland/Floodplain CUP
vi. Fence Variance

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

9:00 p.m. 5. 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.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Softball team places 9th out of 66, wins Sportsmanship trophy

MN Vortex 16 U Elite Fastpitch team. Submitted photo.
The MN Vortex 16 U Elite Fastpitch team just returned from a fabulous week at the USSSA National tournament in Overland Park, KS.  The girls won 7 and lost 3 games,  and placed 9th out of 66 teams in the 16 U division. They were also one of the last 3 MN teams in the final rounds AND, most impressively, they won the tournament’s Sportsmanship award and trophy in the 16U class!

"The presenter said they were the “classiest” team there," indicate Jill Combs, "he had talked to coaches, umpires, and observed games."

The entire team is from the Wayzata/Plymouth/Medina area – all but one are students at WHS; one player attends West Lutheran in Plymouth.

The co-head coaches are Missy Laatsch and Kaja Martinson; Kent Sticha is the assistant coach.

Stay tuned to, your Vortex Softball wins a Sportsmanship award leader.

Fresh digs for local gift shop

Five Swans has relocated to a new building only 2 doors down from their old space.

The local favorite is a unique home gift shop that will help you find the perfect gift for any occasion. the store has been in the Wayzata community for 43 years. They take pride in their hard work and offer the best personalized customer service possible.

Five Swans has moved due to the plans of reconstruction for their old building. Kim Zitzloff, Store Manager, says “ it’s great timing, the new space has already helped our business.” Five Swans has only been in the new space a month, and already they have new customers. The new customers aren‘t the only ones that like the new location, “the old customers like the new space too,” said Zitzloff.

The new customers may be drawn in because of the new merchandise. Five Swans has added kitchen ware to their store to help draw in new shoppers. Zitzloff said, “we decided to expand into kitchen ware to get a new clientele and overall more sales.”

If you’re looking for a gift to give, or a little something to add to your own home, visit Five Swans Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 315 East Lake Street, Wayzata, MN.

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Wayzata Beach Closing For the Season

Wayzata Beach will close August 14, 2011. File Photo.
All of the back to school commercials are a sign that Summer is coming to a close. Another sign is the Wayzata Beach closing on Sunday, August 14, 2011.

The lifeguards will finish out the week but as of early next week there will not be any lifeguards at the beach.

Meet the 1977 Citizen of the Year: John Berryhill

John Berryhill, 1977 Wayzata Citizen of the Year. Photo courtesy Facebook. caught up with the famous John Berryhill, Wayzata's 1977 Citizen of the Year recently.  Here is a Q&A with John!

Q: How long have you lived in Wayzata?
A: 51 long years!

Q: What has drawn you to this city?
A: [Chuckling in the background]

Q:John, why were you the 1977 person of the year?
A: Citizen of the year (he corrected) Well, I served on a Wayzata planning commission for six years (1971-1976). The major function of the six years were the red condos on the north side of Lakestreet and getting all of that approved. I was also very active in boyscout troup 283 at Wayzata Community Church. I was scout master. We took hearing after hearing and we finally got it done. The planning commission was extrememly important to have residential in downtown Wayzata. Those who were opposed to it because it was going to take up commercial space but certainly back in the 1970s there wasn't anybody doing that commercial building in downtown Wayzata. So we went to the condos. There were some very opinionated groups of citizens we had to deal with.

Q: What are you doing now?
A: Well, I'm a volunteer in Wayzata Big Woods Park. I do anything from woodchipping the trees to pulling Buckthorn. I'm working on a little patch on the Macgyver facility. There's a little patch back there.

Q: How did you get involved in that?
A: That was a long arguous process. I was not involved in the process. Providence Academy required the property from the Nuns and fortunately the council let them cut down little trees for their football fields.

Q: You've lived in Wayzata for 51 years....
A: 51 LONG years.....[chuckle]

Q: Have you lived in the same place?
A: Yea same old place.

Q: Did you raise a family here?
A: Yes, three kids. We put them through Wayzata schools.

Q: What is important about you Mr.John Berryhill?
A: Well, I was a 1948 Eagle Scout and 1977 citizen of the year....

Q: I understand you tell that to people when you meet them?
A: That is correct. I mean whenever I speak in front of Wayzata City Council I always remind them. They won't let me walk away from the podium without reminding them. It's a longstanding joke.

Q: Why do you do that?
A: Just to jerk people's chain. I am a chain jerker from way back. A joke with people, in a way.

John Boehner Expected to Visit Spring Hill Golf Club on Wednesday August 17, 2011

Spring Hill Golf Club, located in Wayzata, is expecting Speaker of the House John Boehner on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 to host a fundraiser for Republican House members from Minnesota, John Kline, Erik Paulsen, Chip Cravaack and Michele Bachmann.

According to the 18-hole "Spring Hill" course at the Spring Hill Golf Club facility in Wayzata, Minnesota off of County Road 6 features 7,020 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.

The Spring Hill Golf Club course opened in 1999 and is currently managed by Jeff Kringen.

Minnesota Public Radio News announced that the invitation they received read $10,000 for golfing with the Speaker of the House with lunch or $1,000 for lunch with the Speaker.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Summer Fest 2011 enforcement upsets Long Lake Council Members

Long Lake Council Members Tom Skjaret and
Donny Chillstrom indicate they are upset over
enforcement of a liquor permit at Summer Fest 2011.
When the Long Lake City Council invited Police Chief Mike Risvold to address the group on routine business in July, they didn’t anticipate a confrontation over Summer Fest enforcement.

The way the Wayzata Police Department closed the adult beverage tent was upsetting to two Long Lake City Council members, Tom Skjaret and Donny Chillstrom. The pair complained that an officer on duty had been rude to them at Summerfest.

The connecting factor behind the cities of Long Lake and Wayzata is the Wayzata Police Department contract. Wayzata PD has been under contract to provide services to Long Lake since the beginning of the year.

Beer sales did not cease

The City of Long Lake granted a permit to the Long Lake Lions that allowed the sale of beer until 11 PM at Summer Fest. When the clock struck eleven, Long Lake Lions who are Council Council Members
(Skjaret and Chillstrom) drug their feet wrapping up the beer sales. Wayzata Police Officers enforced the permit, and were forceful in seeking compliance with the law. Days later at the Long Lake City Meeting, it appeared Skjaret and Chillstrom were still smarting from the rebuff that had occurred.

Council members upset

Tom Skjaret indicated in the July 5th Council Meeting , “...we may have been in the wrong for continuing to serve beer, but the attitude of the officer to me was unacceptable. In fact, that gentleman was downright rude to my wife. He did not apologize when he was given the opportunity, in fact the man looked at me like I was an idiot and he walked away when I asked him to apologize for whistling at my wife.
I'm only going to say this once, I will not stand for that ever again. I was very, very upset, my wife was very upset, the officer, like I said, was downright rude. You are not hearing me chief. He was rude. We don't need that.”

“I'm hearing you,” Risvold answered, “Perhaps you and I can talk about the specifics of that [in private].”

There was confusion for Skjaret on the guidelines of what the permit stated. He thought that sales of beer were allowed until 1 AM. Fellow council members explained to Sjkaret the permit guidelines had been in the book they had received and said sales would stop at 11 PM. Even though Skjaret was corrected, he insisted that the permit stated otherwise.

Council Member Chillstrom commented on the officers actions, “What I saw was the one officer just really didn't wanna be there, was the attitude that I got. I said something to him, and he said, if you wan't special treatment, there is going to have to be extra overtime. I don't know if he was supposed to be done at eleven o'clock and outta there, or...”

Council member Liz Olson defended Wayzata PD, “I think the officers were frustrated that we were selling beer past the time listed in then permit. You can't blame the police for doing their job.”

Long Lake City Administrator Terrance Post indicated, “It was kind of surprising...everybody was kind of taken aback,” When Chief of Wayzata Police Department, Mike Risvold, took the floor-he addressed the community on events that had occurred in the city like normal. “The issue was complete news to me and took me by surprise. I couldn’t understand what the issue is pretty black and white,” Post stated in a telephone interview.

Post continued, “I guess my reaction was that some of the comments were very personal in nature and kind of inappropriate for the public meeting,” After the second altercation from the meeting, Post personally apologized to Risvold the following Wednesday morning. He said,” I apologized on behalf of the whole incident and thought it was kind of inappropriate.”

Prior to these events there had been no record of any tense feelings between the city of Long Lake and their newly contracted police department. Post described the relationship as very solid.

When Chief of Wayzata Police Mike Risvold responded to the Council, he appeared to have a positive attitude about the future and laying out guidelines ahead of time. He recommended a face to face meeting prior to any future events. “We will have no issues going forward.”

What is your take on the events?  Did the Council Members overstep their bounds thinking they were above the law?  Does a Police officer have to be polite when enforcing a law?  Let us know in the comments box.

Blue Water Theatre chosen for Fringe Festival

The Fringe Festival is an event held every summer to showcase theatrical talent. The mission of the festival is that they believe everyone has the capability to make great art, and more importantly, everyone should get their chance to try.

Blue Water Theatre Company is a non profit organization that is founded by Charlie Leonard, Executive and Artistic Director. The mission of Blue Water Theatre Company is “to build and sustain a theatre community that will provide young actors with opportunities to perform, learn, and experience theatre that is important, meaningful, and life-changing.”

The way the festival honors their mission, is by their unique way of picking the shows that will be performed. Every production company gets one numbered ping pong ball, which is then transferred into a bingo cage, and pulled out one by one. They do this, to ensure no bias is in place.

One show that was randomly selected from the cage is Blue Water Theatre Company’s original show “…a Murder.” This show was written and directed by Cody Bursch, 18. The show is about two detectives that are in charge of solving a multi murder case. This show is a comedy, drama, sci-fi, mystery. “it‘s unique, and unusual but it‘s very well done and creative” says Leonard. The show is performing at the Minnesota theatre garage in uptown. If you haven’t seen it already there are two opportunities left, Saturday August, 13th at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday August, 14th at 7:00 p.m. “it took me awhile to write it, but it’s been an enlightening experience, and I’ve received a new angle on acting now that I’ve directed.” says Bursch.

Stay tuned for more at, your Blue Water Theatre Company's fringe festival show leader.

Wayzata Public Schools launches new website

Wayzata Public Schools new website.
Last Friday, August 5th, Wayzata Public Schools launched their new website to the public.

The new website is designed to be a quick easy way for you to learn about the district. It will also allow you to see stories about the accomplishments of students, and staff. This website will give you the chance to explore all 11 schools and programs the district has to offer. Bob Noyed, Director of Communications, said “(the website) is a primary way to engage and communicate with the parents and community.”

The district decided to change their website last fall. Noyed said “It was outdated.” When asked why they were looking to change their website Noyed answered, “we were looking for a fresher look and better navigation, so it could better meet the needs of our parents and our community.”

One of the features offered is an electronic tour of the website. The tour will give you an overview of the district.

“We are very pleased with it, and the feedback from parents has been positive.” says John Sucansky, Communication Specialist for the district.

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata Public Schools launches a new website leader.

Wayzata Police Blotter August 2 - 8, 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!

Burglary Reported: 08-08-2011  1409
Missing jewelry from apartment / under investigation / loss not yet determined
Addresses Involved
163 WAYZATA BLVD W, Wayzata

No Pay Reported: 08-07-2011  0718
No pay for gas / $118 loss / registered owner contacted and returned to pay.
Addresses Involved
1325 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Threats/Disorderly Conduct Reported: 08-04-2011  2037
Threats to "blow someone's head off" during altercation as gas pumps / charges pending
Addresses Involved
1325 WAYZATA BLVD E, Wayzata

Solicitor Reported: 08-04-2011  1849
23 yr old male from Evergreen, CO arrested for soliciting magazine sales without a permit.
Addresses Involved
3XX Waycliffe South , Wayzata

Solicitor Reported: 08-04-2011  1849
19 yr old female from Lancaster, OH arrested for soliciting magazines without permit.
Addresses Involved
100 block of Ridgeview Drive , Wayzata

Theft (Over $1000) Reported: 08-04-2011  1559
Possible shoplifting of jewelry / loss $1775 / under investigation
Addresses Involved
1250 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Theft of Purse Reported: 08-03-2011  0811
Theft of purse and contents from coffee shop / loss $1350
Addresses Involved
740 LAKE ST E, Wayzata

Malicious Mischief Reported: 08-03-2011  0357
Officer observed portable crosswalk signs, orange road construction barrels and a portable toilet (porta potty) tipped over along the 900 block of Wayzata Blvd East.
Addresses Involved
900 block of Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Loud Party Reported: 08-02-2011  2355
three citations issued for underage consumption of alcohol after officers were called to a loud party complaint.
Addresses Involved
412 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

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Wayzata Trolley Out of Order

The Wayzata Trolley is out of commission.  File photo.
Signs at the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce indicate that the Wayzata Trolley is currently not up and running until further notice.

Peggy Douglass, President of the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director, could not be reached for comment.

Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community's Fall Festival

Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community’s Fall Festival will be held Saturday, September 10. The event begins with worship at 4:30 p.m. Dinner and games follow, with live music starting at 6:30 p.m. as local Christian band Sonar takes the stage. At 8:30 p.m., Tim Mahoney—recently seen on NBC’s The Voice—will be performing. Admission is free and open to the public.

"It's a tradition here and one thing we wanted to focus on is it's really open to everybody!" said Nicole Mamura, Communications Coordinator at Holy Name of Jesus.. "Bring your neighbor, your family, your friends, your Starbucks Barista even!" she added.

The event is focused on kicking off the new year and enjoying games, music and a fun time.

Wayzata Football "Trojans Unite" video

Check out the new video posted on our site dedicated to Wayzata Football: It's the Trojans Unite video! It features players like the Barber brothers, James Laurinaitis, and other stars from Wayzata over the last several years!

Click this image to be taken to the page on to watch this video!
Also, you can check out the 2011 Wayzata Trojans Football schedule. Stay tuned to, your Wayzata Football leader!