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

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Trojans take on Minnetonka Skippers for Homecoming

Your Wayzata Trojans (4-0) take on the Minnetonka Skippers (4-0) Friday night at Trojan Field in a Homecoming classic.  Come early for a prefame festival on the Trojan Pride Plaza from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, and get a pulled pork sandwich, chips and pop from Dickey's Barbecue Pit for only $6.00.  Proceeds benefit the Wayzata Athletic Boosters to fund sports programs at Wayzata High School.

Watch the Trojans take on the Skippers, and during half time observe the homecoming royalty, and the Wayzata Marching Band.  Oh, by the way, there is going to be a pretty good football game too!  The Skippers will be looking for revenge after Wayzata's last second win last year to capture the Bay Bell traveling trophy.

Can't wait to see you there! Go Trojans!

Sun sets on 2011 Lake Minnetonka boating season

A boat makes it's way into the docks at the Wayzata Boatworks. Photo Dan Gustafson.

Volunteers needed for fall clean-up

Cold mornings, and dark nights are coming, so it's time to put away all the beautiful summer flowers.

The Wayzata Public Works staff is inviting the Wayzata volunteers to help put the gorgeous gardens to rest for the winter. If you are interested in helping out the Wayzata Public Works staff, leave October 22nd blank on your calender. It will only take about 2-3 hours, and it's a nice way to pay back to your beautiful scenery that surrounds this wonderful town.

If interested, meet at the Wayzata Public Works facility, 299 W. Wayzata Blvd, at roughly 8:00 a.m. Once there, you will receive brief instruction, and be on your way to help.

Wayzata Public Works asks, "that you please bring gloves, shovels, rakes, hand gardening tools, and a friend."

If you are planning to attend, RSVP to Lynn McCarthy at

Stay tuned to, your volunteers needed to put flowers to rest leader.

Quiet zone improvements scheduled for October 3, 2011

The City of Wayzata will be making additional quiet zone improvements at the Barry Avenue and Ferndale Road railroad crossings, beginning Monday, October 3, 2011. Medians will be installed on the north side of the tracks to prevent drivers from circumventing the gate.

North Coast: Abandoned

Today was a particularly desolate day in Downtown Wayzata, and I can't help but notice that the lack of life outside North Coast was unfamiliar.

The patio at NorthCoast. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Windows closed and blinds down, North Coast will never have the same Summer vibrancy as it did a few months ago when I ate lunch with my parents. We even talked about how nice it is to live in a town where we have the luxury of sitting outside on a perfect day with the lake at our feet.

The North Coast sign still stands, but all that is left of the formerly comfortable patio is a blocked off piece of cement. A strip of worn tile lines the middle of that cement block, marking the area where waiters brought customers their plate of bruschetta. Circled patches of sand identify where tables used to sit.

Businesses come and go, but North Coast was a place that the docks of Wayzata will not feel the same without.

Wayzata Police Blotter September 20 - 26, 2011

Reported: 09-26-2011  2211
Addresses Involved
Verbal argument only
1XX Gleahaven Rd , Wayzata

Domestic Assault
Reported: 09-25-2011  1910
Female, 47 yr old from Maple Plain, arrested for misdemeanor domestic assault against her 22 yr old son.
Addresses Involved
4XX Rice St E, Wayzata

Violation of Domestic Abuse No Contact Order/Outstanding Warrant
Reported: 09-24-2011  2359
Male, 28 yr old from Maple Plain, arrested for violation of domestic abuse no contact order and outstanding warrant.
Addresses Involved
2410 Industrial Blvd W, Long Lake

Theft Report
Reported: 09-23-2011  1432
Theft of four aluminum wheel rims and a Honda gas generator from construction yard / loss $2600
Addresses Involved
510 Brimhall Ave , Long Lake

Reported: 09-22-2011  1158
Son reported that his mother who lives in Wayzata was receiving scam phone calls. Advised that a male had called in claiming to be her grandson and requested that she wire $4,000.00 to Mexico. Advised that his mother did try to wire the money but the bank teller knew it was a scam and refused to do it.
Addresses Involved
215 Barry Ave , Wayzata

Lost property
Reported: 09-22-2011  0715
Lost laptop computer in the 300 blk of Walker Ave S / east side of the street. Described as a "LeNovo" brand, black in color, that was inside a red, black, and tan carrying bag.

H & R PDMV 1

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce names Barry Petit 2011 Person of the Year

The Wayzata Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Barry Petit has been named the 2011 Person of the Year. The Chamber will be holding a luncheon in his honor on Thursday, October 27 at the Wayzata Country Club. Barry will greet friends beginning at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon followed by the program at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non members. Call the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce at (952) 473-9595 for reservations by Monday, October 24, 2011.
Barry has been a successful architect in the greater Wayzata area business community for the past 25+years. He currently owns and operates his own architecture firm, Barry Petit & Associates.

Barry’s civic contributions to Wayzata are numerous and noteworthy. He served on the Planning Commission from 1984 to 1990. In 1990, Barry was elected to the City Council. He served on the council until he was elected Mayor in 1996. As Mayor, Barry championed the new Library and City Hall Development. Currently, Barry serves on the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition and Community Foundation Boards.

Barry has put his talents to work for Chamber projects as well. Barry was instrumental on the Bike Task Force which brought bike racks to town and installed a bike kiosk at the Dakota Light Rail Trail head. More recently, Barry designed the new lakeside platform at the Depot.

Below is an excerpt from one of the many nomination forms. “Barry’s indelible fingerprints have graced our community for decades. Because of his foresight, dedication, and uncompromising professional skills, Wayzata is an even better place to work, shop, live, and renew!”

Another nominator wrote, “Barry has a fine sense of humor and is always helpful. His personality and visionary leadership have been demonstrated in countless ways as he has tirelessly served Wayzata! He is Wayzata’s Person of the Year!”

The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce is a vibrant membership organization serving businesses and individuals in the greater Wayzata area. The mission of the Chamber is to advocate and promote the interests of its Retail, Professional, and Community Members.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Homecoming Week at Wayzata

Homecoming is a huge part of the high school culture.

This week, Wayzata is celebrating their annual homecoming week.

Everyday of the week is a dress up day. Each day has its own theme. Monday was "Come as you are day" also known as Pajama Day. Tuesday was Crayon Day, which is to dress in one solid color. Wednesday is Preppy Day, Thursday is 80's Day, which is this years theme for homecoming, and Friday is Trojan Spirit Day.

Monday night was Coronation. In the court this year, was Tia Vegemast with Will Dugan, Emma Katz with Gunnar Sund, Alex Combs with Sam Kushner, Calli Hines with Andrew Brandt, Madison Leone with Andrew Harrison, Dayna Dongoske with Sam Majka, Caitlin Fryer with Phil Paulson, Leah Miller with John Bruer, Nikki Illikainen with Eric Fong, and Elise Path with Mitch Heflin.

Last night, at Coronation, Amanda Kordovsky was named Homecoming Queen. Alongside her, named Homecoming King, was her boyfriend of 5 years, Michael Zweber. The couple is an icon for young love.

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata High School Homecoming leader.

Wayzata welcomes a change in scenery

Submitted photo.
There is no doubt the Fall weather is here. You can feel it in the moist morning dew, and the cold dark nights.

The Fall season, for some, is a time to relax, enjoy time with family, and watch some great football on a cloudy afternoon. For others it's time to start struggling to get back in the groove of school or work after enjoying the long summer nights and sun-filled days.

The Big Woods is a beautiful backdrop to have in downtown Wayzata. The area is located East of Colonial Square. In the Big Woods, you can see the maple trees beginning to change and show a rich maroon hue. Most of the other trees have yet to even start.

Kurt Klapprich a city forester says, "we should experience our full peak season, in mid October."

Until October, Stay tuned to, your Fall arrives in Wayzata leader.

Michael Zweber and Amanda Kordovsky named 2011 Homecoming King & Queen

Michael Zweber and Amand Kordovsky are selected the 2011 Homecoming King and Queen. Submitted photo.
Wayzata High School seniors Michael Zweber and Amanda Kordovsky were chosen as the 2011 Homecoming King and Queen at a coronation ceremony held the evening of September 26 in the high school auditorium.

The homecoming parade will be held September 30 at 4 p.m in downtown Wayzata, and the football game against Minnetonka will take place at 7:00pm. Advance tickets are available at the Athletic Office.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Wayzata Football Trojans defeat Carmel Catholic Corsairs in gritty fashion 33-27

Your Wayzata Football Trojans defeated the Carmel Catholic Corsairs in a down and dirty contest this evening in Dubuque, Iowa.  The win puts the Trojans at 4-0 on the season.

Trojans celebrate the win over Carmel.  Photo Kurt Miller / Wayzata Photography.
Stay tuned to for all the latest.  Also, you can review some of the more exciting plays by viewing our Facebook and Twitter streams:

Stay tuned to and, your Wayzata Football beat a private Catholic school out of Chicagoland leader.

Presbyterian Homes Working With The City Of Wayzata

Presbyterian Homes Working With The City Of Wayzata To Begin

Construction Of The Promenade Of Wayzata In December

For Immediate Release:

Wayzata, Minnesota. (September 22, 2011). Presbyterian Homes has submitted to Wayzata city officials plans and proposed amendments to the general plan that would allow construction on the first two buildings of the Promenade of Wayzata to begin in December 2011. These two buildings are part of the senior housing component of the project, named Folkestone. Negotiations are also underway on the final financing package for the project.

The amended general plan before the city calls for the Promenade to be built in three phases. The first phase slated to begin by year end, Phase 1a, would include the two independent senior housing units, Terrace East and Terrace West, in addition to the portions of the community for higher levels of care. Construction completion and occupancy is planned for spring of 2013.

The current amended plan calls for a second phase of construction, Phase 1b, that would break ground for the third of five scheduled buildings in late 2012. On the original plan, this building was named the West Block and consisted of a mix of retail and all age condominiums. Given the current housing market, the amended general plan calls for the housing in the West Block to be converted from all age condominiums to 55 plus independent living senior apartments. Occupancy for the West Block is planned for spring of 2014.

When asked why Presbyterian Homes is seeking to amend the Promenade plans, John Mehrkens, Vice President Development, Senior Housing Partners, commented, “There are three primary reasons why we believe the amended general plan is much better for the total project. First is the continued weakness in the condominium 
market both in the Twin Cities and the Wayzata market area. Currently, there are over 1,700 condominiums for sale or in foreclosure in the Twin Cities metro area. As a result, it may be several years before there is sufficient demand or available financing for new condo construction. Secondly, the response to the Senior Housing has been overwhelming, demonstrating the need and demand for this type of housing in Wayzata. All 91 units in the first Folkestone building, Terrace West, have already been reserved and reservations for the second building will be taken beginning in a few weeks. The final reason for the general plan amendment is it allows for a major retail component of the plan to be built as soon as possible. There will be 46,000 square feet of retail space in the West Block, and by converting the housing component to senior housing, it will allow us to get this important anchor retail space occupied years earlier than would be the case with the original plan. This, combined with the retail on the first floor of the Superior Block, represents nearly 60% of the total retail planned for the project. We continue to be committed to the original architecture design and character of the West Block as it was depicted in the general plan.

It will merely be designated for individuals 55 or older. Lastly, the Park Plaza green space is part of Phase 1b and we feel it’s important to get that element of the project in place as soon as possible.”

The amended general plan calls for Phase 2 of the project, the Plaza Block (retail and all age condominiums) and the East Block (retail, hotel and office), to begin construction as the additional retail space can be absorbed and as condominium market demand improves.

Because of the unique design of the Folkestone buildings, over 40 different floor plans and designs are available in 8 distinct types of units. To view the units and floor plans, and learn more about living at Folkestone, go to When asked to comment on the response of the Wayzata community to Folkestone, Dena Kuenzel, Housing Advisor, stated, “The reservation response to Folkestone is one of the strongest we have ever seen. People are particularly excited about the location in the heart of Wayzata and the unique floor plans and amenities that will be incorporated in Folkestone.

For more information on the Wayzata Bay Center Redevelopment, go to

For more information on Presbyterian Homes senior housing, go to

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wayzata Football set to play Carmel Catholic at University of Dubuque

Your Wayzata Football Trojans are set to travel to Dubuque, Iowa to take on the Carmel Catholic Corsairs tomorrow night at the University of Dubuque.

Trojans Quarterback Nick Martin. Photo Wayzata Photography.
It's going to be a fantastic test for Trojans as Carmel runs triple option football. Last week against Marion Catholic, QB Brian Brennan had 8 carries for 50 yards including a 14 yard touchdown run. Running back Jordan Kos had 20 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Panico carried 16 time for 150 yards with two touchdowns.

Will the Wayzata defense be able to slow down the horses from Carmel?  Can the offense put up enough points to win the game?

Watch a video of Head Coach Brad Anderson's comments on the upcoming game here:

You can also see a map of how to Dubuque here:

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter feeds during the game for updates!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lunchroom Harvest scheduled at Central Middle School

An event to celebrate Farm2School Month introduces students to farmers, bakers, and others who supply food for school lunches

Elementary school students in Wayzata will sample farm fresh foods, milk a cow, and plant their own herbs during a fun, family event this Saturday, September 24th.  The event, called A Lunchroom Harvest; Fresh and Local Tastes of Culinary Express, is designed to strengthen the connection between students and the people who grow or produce food for school lunches.

“We are committed to providing our students with fresh, healthy lunches and it’s important to teach kids about what they’re eating,” says Mary Anderson, Director of Culinary Express, Nutrition Services of Wayzata Public Schools.  “When kids have an opportunity to meet the farmers who grow their apples or carrots and bakers who make their hamburger buns, they become more engaged.  They learn that fresh food not only tastes better, but is better for us and that helps create lifelong healthy eating habits.”

Wayzata Public Schools continues to expand its participation in Minnesota’s Farm2School program, which connects schools with local farmers.  Twenty-five percent of its food is sourced locally, including milk from Hastings Dairy Co-Op, whole grain breads from Denny’s 5th Avenue Bakery in Bloomington and cheese from Bongards’ Creameries.  The State of Minnesota has designated September as Farm2School Month.

Teachers, students and lunchroom staff are also proud of the district’s own student-run greenhouse at Central Middle School.  After years of disuse, the greenhouse was renovated and reopened with resources from Culinary Express. The greenhouse lets students to learn lessons in science, nutrition and service to others: the harvest of vegetables becomes a healthy lunch for fellow students.  A recently produced video showcases the hands-on curriculum and coincides with a district-wide campaign about healthy lunch options.

Of 10,000 total Wayzata Public Schools students, 6,000 buy daily school lunches. All meals are assembled and cooked in school kitchens, avoiding pre-produced, frozen meals.

WHAT: A Lunchroom Harvest
WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 2011 9am – 1pm
WHERE: Wayzata Central Middle School Lunchroom
305 Vicksburg Lane, Plymouth 55447

Wayzata Public Schools Culinary Express 763.745.5154

Wayzata Bay Center editorial cartoon

Click the cartoon for an expanded view...
We'll build something at the Bay Center next year! - Editorial by Dan Gustafson.

Presbyterian Homes proposes building one block, performance delay at Wayzata Bay Center

Thought you might want to see what Presbyterian Homes is up to...  They want to change the development agreement, and forgive me if I miss or have a detail wrong, but here it is to the best of my comprehension:
  • Pres. Homes wants to build only one of the five blocks that has been proposed instead of the three previously agreed upon in order to demolish the structures--however they will settle for two blocks of senior housing
  • Pres. Homes wants to delay and extend the timeline for completion to 2014 for Phase I (originally three blocks, now one or two blocks of senior housing) and 2016 for Phase II, the balance of the project.
  • Pres. Homes wants to restart the TIF District in 2011 or 2012, as opposed to the false start that occurred in 2009.
Long and short of it is that Presbyterian Homes wants to build one, maybe two blocks of senior housing on the Wayzata Bay Center site, and the rest of it is for sale whether directly from Prebyterian Homes, via a different developer like Opus, etc.

Know this as well, the City Council is now weighing a contingency plan for what the demolished blocks should look like in case it takes a number of years for a different developer to purchase and build on the sites.

Have a comment of your own?  Something overlooked? Put it in the comments box below this post.  

Also, please find a memo to the City Council and City Manager from Jay R. Lindgren of Dorsey & Whitney that summarizes Pres. Homes requested changes to the development agreement.  DG


This memorandum outlines the terms of the proposed Second Amendment to the Wayzata Bay Center Redevelopment Agreement.

1. Demolition Timing

A special law passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2010 permits demolition of the shopping center without jeopardizing the ability of the City to continue to use tax increment.  The Amendment allows the Redeveloper to demolish the entire shopping center upon receiving a Go Ahead Letter for any one of the following Blocks: East Block, West Block, North Block, Superior Block or Plaza Block.  The current Agreement requires a commitment for three Blocks before demolition occurs.

2. DNR Parcel

The Amendment acknowledges that City purchased the DNR Parcel.  Consistent with the terms of the existing Agreement, the City agrees to convey the DNR Easement (or an equivalent license) to the  Redeveloper at the Land Transfer Closing, subject to DNR approval.  This reflects the progress to-date on the DNR transfer.

3. FOFR Agreement

The FOFR Agreement provides the Redeveloper with a right of first offer, first refusal (“FOFR”) on a portion of the Old Superior Boulevard Parcel and the Gas Station Parcel (the “FOFR Parcel”).   The FOFR Agreement has a term of five years and was triggered when the City improved the FOFR Parcel with parking this spring.  The Amendment acknowledges that the 5-year FOFR term started on April 29, 2011 and will expire on April 29, 2016.  The Amendment further stipulates that for a period of five years after the FOFR expires, the City will provide notice to the Redeveloper of its intent to sell the FOFR Parcel or if it considers any offers to sell the FOFR Parcel.  This brings greater clarity to what your advisors believe was
originally intended.

4. Maximum Redeveloper Amount 

 Under the Agreement, the Redeveloper had a maximum obligation for Public Infrastructure Costs up to a total $9,839,500.  When the First Amendment was adopted in December 2009, this maximum remaining obligation was estimated to be $6,285,000 (the 09202011_CC_Packet Page 6 of 2212 “Maximum Redeveloper Amount”) because of the public improvements costs already paid for by the Redeveloper (like the initial Superior Boulevard Improvements).  As a result of the construction of the Initial Superior Boulevard Improvements and the Sanitary Sewer Improvements, the Redeveloper has requested that the remaining Maximum Redeveloper Amount be further reduced to reflect the additional public improvements since the First Amendment.  Please note that the actual amount of this number is still being calculated and the
number may actually rise prior to Council consideration of the proposed Amendments as a result of inflation and delayed deadlines.

5. Minimum Improvements Completion Timeline

The Amendment extends the commencement and completion dates in the Minimum Improvements Timeline by twelve months.  Commencement for Phase I (senior housing on North and Superior Blocks, plus North Linear Park) is now June 30, 2012, with completion by December 31, 2014.  Phase II commencement is now March 31, 2015, with completion by September 30, 2016.

6. Public Infrastructure Completion Timeline

The Amendment acknowledges that the Initial Superior Boulevard Improvements, certain Lake Street Improvements and most Sanitary Sewer Improvements have been completed and were financed through special assessments levied against the Minimum Improvements Area.  The Amendment requires completion of the Remaining Public Infrastructure Improvements by the earlier of October 1, 2016 or upon issuance of a certificate of occupancy for either the East Block or West Block.

7. Timing and Sequence of Blocks

The current Agreement required the Redeveloper to construct at least three blocks under the Phase I timeline.  The Amendment requires only two blocks under the Phase I timeline.  All other blocks must be completed under Phase II timing.  The current Agreement required construction of the East Block Linear Park simultaneously with the first Block that is constructed.  The Redeveloper has instead requested that the North Block Linear Park be constructed simultaneously with the North Block (starting by June 30, 2012 and completed by December 31, 2014) and the East Block Linear Park be constructed simultaneously with the East Block (completed by September 30, 2016).

8. TIF District

The Amendment provides for the decertification and then recertification of the TIF District for purpose of resetting and therefore maximizing the term of the TIF District to include 26 years of collection.  The Amendment further provides that the Authority will defer receipt from the TIF District for four years unless the Redeveloper requests earlier collection.  This “resetting of the clock” doesn’t increase the maximum amount the Redeveloper can receive, but it likely allows more amounts to flow earlier and makes it more likely the Redeveloper will actually receive the amounts already authorized.

9. Gas Station Parcel Purchase

The Amendment acknowledges that the Redeveloper satisfied its obligations to purchase and transfer the Gas Station Parcel and the transfer and payoff of the Contract for 09202011_CC_Packet Page 7 of 2213
Deed to the City.  It further acknowledges that the City has satisfied its obligation to pay $50,000 to the Redeveloper and now has fee title to the Gas Station Parcel.  This reflects the current status of the development.

10. Satisfaction of Affordable Housing Requirements

The Amendment acknowledges that the Redeveloper has satisfied its obligation to make contributions for offsite affordable housing as required under the Agreement. This reflects the current status of the development.

11. Park Dedication

The Amendment provides that the Redeveloper will have satisfied all park dedication requirements upon completion of the North Linear Park, East Linear Park and Park Plaza.  It further provides that the Redeveloper will not be required to make a cash payment for park dedication if the Redeveloper provides the City with all Public Access Area Easements and Park Improvements Easements as required in the Agreement.  Your advisors believe this was always your intent, and the Redeveloper has requested this confirmation.

12. Deadline Extensions

The Amendment provides the Mayor with the ability to postpone any deadline in the Agreement, including the deadlines adopted under the Amendment, for up to 90 days if the Redeveloper agrees in writing to each extension.

Wayzata Police Department Media Report September 13 - 19, 2011

Reported: 09-17-2011  1252
Car Tire Slashed
Addresses Involved
412 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Reported: 09-16-2011  1121
Addresses Involved
$60 missing from cash register
820 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Vandalism/Rpt (Suspicious Activity)
Reported: 09-15-2011  2222
Addresses Involved
Light bulbs in outside fixture unscrewed
1XX Glendale Dr , Long Lake

Damage to Property
Reported: 09-14-2011  1510
Tires flattened on bicycle, possibly by former tenant
Addresses Involved
645 Wayzata Blvd E

Reported: 09-14-2011  1055
850# American Security safe removed from home listed for sale / loss $2000
Addresses Involved
1601 Wayzata Blvd

SOLICITATION - Verbal Warning 2
911 HANG-UP 2

2011-12 WHS National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists named

2011 National Merit Scholorship Semi-finalists. Submitted photo.
Twenty-six students from Wayzata High School's class of 2012 have been named National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists. This year’s semi-finalists are Aneesha Ahluwalia, Ishmam Ahmed, Alex Bahls, Philip Cerles, Evan Chen, Mitchel Croal, Connie Dong, Cosette Haugen, Oliver He, Duligur Ibeling, Timothy Isdahl, Naveen Jain, Xun Liu, Peter Lorbiecki, Samantha Meyer, Rachel Mohr, Ivan Poteryhakin, Caroline Qian, Derek Schindelman, Sah Singh, Rishi Sinha, Alexander Spencer, Lesley Sun, Frederick Sutton, Amy Wu and Jeff Zhang.

Students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

These students will continue in the National Merit program and will be candidates to receive a scholarship from the program. The scholarships will be announced next spring.

Wayzata High School has consistently had a high number of National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists over the past several years:

  • Class of 2011 = 35 National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists
  • Class of 2010 = 23 National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists
  • Class of 2009 = 15 National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists
Stay tuned to, your National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalist leader.

Depot in preservation contest on Facebook

The Wayzata Depot is in a Facebook popularity contest. Submitted Photo.

The Wayzata Depot is one of 25 historic places competing in Facebook voting contest for funding from American Express and National Trust for Historic Preservation

The City of Wayzata is happy to announce that American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation just named the Wayzata Depot as one of only 25 local historic places selected to participate in Partners in Preservation and are eligible to receive preservation funding from American Express.

Beginning September 20th until October 12th, the Wayzata Depot will be competing in a Facebook voting contest, with a total of $1 million in grants going towards preservation projects. The public will be voting for the places they want receive funding at The historic place that receives most votes is guaranteed to receive funding. If the Wayzata Depot wins, the City would look to replace the aging roof and repaint the building.

About Partners in Preservation

Launched in 2006, Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has awarded $5.5 million over a five-year period toward preserving 56 historic places throughout the United States. American Express renewed its commitment to Partners in Preservation in 2010 by pledging $10 million toward the program over the next five years. Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic and cultural places. The program also seeks to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic sites at the heart of their communities.

About the Wayzata Depot

The Tudor revival Style railway station built for the Great Northern Railroad in 1906 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a local heritage preservation site. Designed by the St. Paul architect Samuel L. Bartlett (1868-1944), it was intended to reflect the prestige of the Great Northern as well as Wayzata’s economic and social character.

The Wayzata Depot is a significant example of small town train depots that were common across Minnesota at the turn of the century. The Depot was the result of a decades-long confrontation between the community and James J. Hill, who owned the Great Northern Railroad. Hill constructed the first depot outside the downtown, but after a long battle the City prevailed and this English Tudor style Depot was constructed in 1906 as the primary stop for all passenger rail. The building is now home to Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wayzata Historical Society, which displays train memorabilia and other historical information. The Depot and its grounds also serve as a major destination point for the community, hosting a garden model railroad, community concerts, and the docking terminus for the Steamboat Minnehaha. For more information, visit

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata Depot Facebook popularity contest leader.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Trojan sports minute

Boys Cross Country: The boys ran to 5th place at the St.Olaf college showcase on September 16th. The most recent match, was the 6th Heartland Classic Varsity Boys Event. Senior Josh Thorson wasn't playing around and stormed his way to place 1st at the meet. Overall, the team tied for second with Edina.

Girls Cross Country: The girls that run for the Wayzata Cross Country team know how to get things done. The girls both varsity and JV placed first at the Marshfield invitational. At the Iowa State University meet, Freshmen Anna French set a new school record, with a time of 14:48.

Boys Soccer: The boys haven't been as lucky as they have been in the past. The team is 0-1 with a devastating loss to Edina. Their next opportunity is against Eden Prairie on September 22nd at 7 p.m. The game will take place at the Wayzata High School.

Girls Soccer: Just like the boys, the girls will take on Eden Prairie on September 22nd at WHS, but their game will set stage at 5 p.m. They also play on September 24th at 11 a.m. vs. Buffalo

Volleyball: The Wayzata High School Volleyball team is something to take pride in. Ranked 22nd, and a record of 8-3-0 the girls are a strong contender for the title. The girls took on Edina on September 15th, and cleared them out with a win of 3-0. Their next game will take place tonight, September 20th, vs. Hopkins.

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata High School sports leader.

OBITUARY: Patricia A. Anderson

Patricia A. (Crose) Anderson , age 80, of Pequot Lakes and Plymouth, MN, passed away peacefully Sept. 18.

Pat was born on 6/13/31, in St. Cloud, MN, to Lyle “Choppy” Crose and Fran Lucas Crose. She graduated from St. Cloud Tech in 1949, and went on to St. Cloud State where she met the love of her life, Curt Anderson.

She and Curt married in June, 1953, and moved to Hibbing, MN, where they both began their careers in public education.

After raising her children to school-age, Pat became a teacher for Wayzata Public Schools. She taught for 16 years as both a special education teacher and then a business teacher at Wayzata High School.

Pat’s life was centered on her husband, children and grandchildren, as she created happy, lasting memories for her family. Her hobby was publishing a class newsletter and distributing it to members of her high school class. At the time of her death she had published 39 issues. It was her wish to keep the 260 students from the Tech Class of ’49 together until the very end.

She was a charter member and elder of Plymouth Presbyterian Church. She spent time in her retirement years volunteering at Wayzata High School and Summerwood retirement center. Her favorite spot in the world was their home on Lake Bertha on the Whitefish Chain where many happy memories were made for family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Curt and grandson Jason.

She is survived by children: Scott (Nancy) Anderson, Bruce (Becky) Anderson, Sue (Ken) Iverson. Grandchildren: Megan (Ed) Dohm, Zachary Anderson, Ryan Anderson, Julie (Peter) Eshenaur, Caitlin Iverson, KC Iverson, Sarah Iverson, Great Grandchildren Ashlyn Dohm and Ethan Eshenaur (due any day), brother Robert (Laverne) Crose and many special cousins, nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at David Lee Funeral Home in Wayzata on Thursday, September 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. ¬ A private service will be held at the family’s lake home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Wayzata Public Schools Education Foundation or the North Memorial Hospice Residence.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

OBITUARY: Howard L. Alger

of Maple Plain, passed away on September 16, 2011 at the age of 88.

Howard was born in his family home in Independence. Longtime resident of Maple Plain. Worked in the dairy business for 32 years. Served his country enlisting in the army in 1945, serving as staff sergeant. Member of the American Legion Post 514 for 64 years. Member of the Maple Plain Volunteer Fire Department for many years.

He is survived by; daughter, Katy; son, Brent (Jan); grandsons, Jeff and Jon; sisters, Madelyn Lebovsky of Delano and Carol Strassburg of Maple Plain; many loved nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Marion; daughter, Sue; parents, Daniel and Grace; brothers, Loren and Irvin.

Family & friends may visit from 4-8pm Wednesday September 21, at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 East Wayzata Blvd in Wayzata. Private family service will be held.

Interment Lewis Cemetery, Maple Plain.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577.

MTV comes to Wayzata High School

The popular MTV show Made will be auditioning Wayzata students tomorrow at Wayzata High School.

The show features an individual each episode who wishes to be "made" into something they're not, turning the tables on typical high school stereotypes. Maybe a theatre kid wants to become a hockey player, or a football jock wants to be made into a dancer.

Students who wish to be Made will attend an open casting call tomorrow in the school's media center from 2:30-5:00 pm. Students who attend will be interviewed, putting their name into the pool of applicants MTV will chose from.

This isn't the first time MTV auditioned at Wayzata High School. In 2008 Wayzata students lined up in the lunch room for their casting call. A Wayzata student was not chosen, but the 2011 season gives Wayzata another chance.

Stay tuned to, your MTV at Wayzata leader.

Fire department tries new bio-degradable gel

Wayzata Fire Department training excercise. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The Wayzata Fire Department has a new weapon in fire fighting: a gel additive for the water in the department's tanker truck.

The gel is added to the 1,000 gallons of water contained in the tanker, and is intended to increase the fire fighting ability and stickiness of the water.  Assistant Fire Chief Kurt Klapprich indicated that the gel turns 1,000 gallons of water into the equivalent of 10,000 gallons of water.  Additionally, the gel sticks to surfaces and therefore requires less water to be used at the scene of a fire.

Wayzata Fire Fighters test a new gel additive to contain fire on Monday evening. Photo Dan Gustafson. 
The Wayzata Fire Department tested the gel on Monday evening at Wayzata Public Works.  It seemed to work quite effectively, as the crews that tested it had trouble relighting the test fire because the gel was sticking to everying and retarding the fire.

Wayzata Fire Fighters look on. Photo Dan Gustafson.

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata Fire Department has gel in their tanker trucks leader.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011


Lakeshore owners have a strong affinity for and love of the lake where they live.  This often translates into advocacy and action for preserving, protecting and improving the lake environment – a good thing.  Unfortunately, this may also viewed as an indication that lakeshore owners really think it is ‘their’ lake.  Or even worse, many think lakeshore owners want and expect ‘their’ lake to become their ‘private’ lake.

I say ‘their lake’ because most lakeshore owners say this, not in the sense they actually own it, rather in the sense that they take ownership in the welfare of the lake.

The position of the Lake Minnetonka Association is that Lake Minnetonka is a public resource for all to enjoy.  Lake Minnetonka, as well as many lakes in Minnesota, benefit from lakeshore owners’ sense of ownership because lakeshore owners make significant investments in protecting and managing ‘their’ lakes.

Lakeshore owners welcome others’ use and enjoyment of Lake Minnetonka, but they also expect the same high level of caring and stewardship from visitors as lakeshore owners themselves.

Unfortunately, fingers often point both ways.  Lake visitors point to shoreland modification, excessive weed and aquatic plant removal and large docks.  Lakeshore owners point to excessive noise and speed, introduction of exotic species and sometimes rude or obnoxious behavior.  Certainly, improvements can be made on both sides, but let us not forget Lake Minnetonka belongs to us all and its care ought to be borne by us all.

The Lake Minnetonka Association, on behalf of lakeshore owners, has been an unapologetic advocate for the highest level of protection and management for Lake Minnetonka.  We believe aquatic invasive species (AIS) have harmed the lake and additional AIS will add to the damage.  It is a reality that when AIS are introduced into a lake, it is there forever.  From lakeshore owners’ perspective, AIS are brought to the lake from a visitor who can come and go, but the impacts are seen and experienced every day by lakeshore residents.  From a lake users’ perspective, suggestions to control or restrict their access to minimize the threat of an AIS introduction is seen as a way to keep them out.  While neither view is totally accurate, these opposing views work to keep us from addressing the underlying problems.

We must all work to see the others’ perspectives, understand the damage AIS is doing to our lakes and work to solve this huge challenge.  Unfortunately, AIS exploit the way we move from lake-to-lake, and visitors move between lakes much more then lakeshore residents.  So, the movement must be addressed to materially address the concern of AIS.

The better we understand and appreciate everybody’s concern for and love of this lake, and the more effort we put into finding common ground, the better, more lasting solutions will be forthcoming.

Let us (all of us) start by referring to Lake Minnetonka is ‘our’ lake – as it belongs to all of us.  Then, let us think of solutions that involve all of us.

Dick Osgood

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Trojans defeat Anoka 44-21

Your Wayzata Trojans defeated the Anoka Tornados Friday evening at Wayzata Stadium in Plymouth.  Senior running back Erik Roti ran for two and caught a third touchdown in the effort.  For extended coverage, visit: Wayzata Football Trojans defeat Anoka Tornados 44 - 21.

Trojan QB Nick Martin throws a pass on the run against the Anoka Tornados Friday night. Photo Wayzata Photography.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Battle of undefeateds as Wayzata hosts Anoka in Football

Your Wayzata Trojans football team (2-0) plays the Anoka Tornados (2-0) Friday night in a test of unbeaten teams early in the season.  Anoka is much improved over last year, as the team won only two games all season.

Watch for the Trojans to build on their performances against Prior Lake and Eagan, as Coach Anderson no doubt spent time working on eliminating turnovers and mental mistakes this week in practice.

Come on out, it's going to be a great one!  If you are looking for dinner, here is a special offer from the Wayzata Booster Club - Cheeseburger, chips, and a pop for $6, with proceeds to benefit Wayzata Athletics.  Plan on getting there early with the whole family!

Stay tuned to for all the latest news and info as the Trojans get ready to take on the Anoka Tornados in Football!

Wayzata Planning Commission Workshop and Regular Meeting Agenda Monday, September 19, 2011

Community Room,
600 Rice Street East,
Wayzata, Minnesota

5:00 p.m.

Workshop on Wayzata Yacht Club/Wayzata Sailing School Application –
456 Arlington Circle, 1000 Eastman Lane,1100 Eastman Lane,
1100 Eastman Lane, 1200 Eastman Lane, and 1400 Eastman Lane

7:00 p.m.

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

2. Regular Agenda Items:
a. 364, 366, 392, and 410 Ferndale Road South – Ralph and Peggy Burnet
i. Concurrent Preliminary/Final Plat Subdivision

3. Other Items:
a. Review and Adoption of Planning Commission Report and Recommendation for
Manitoba At Rice Subdivision at 207 and 221 Manitoba Avenue South.
b. Review of Development Activities
c. 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.

Wayzata City Council Meeting Agenda for Tuesday September 20, 2011

Wayzata City Hall Community Room, 600 Rice Street

  • 4:30 PM - Special Closed Meeting Regarding the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka (UUCM) V. City per Minn. Stat. Sec. 13D.05 Subd. 3(b)
  • 5:30 PM Joint Planning Commission / HRA / City Council Workshop - Wayzata Bay Center Redevelopment Project

1. Roll Call

2. Public Forum - 15 Minutes (3 min/person)

3. Approval of Minutes
a. Minutes of September 6, 2011

4. New Business
a. Presentation of the Wayzata Bay Center 2nd Amendment Lindgren/Soule
b. Consider Boardwalk Apartments Development Agreement Request Soule
c. Manitoba @ Rice - Concurrent Prelim/Final Plat, Comp Plan Amend, Rezoning, Shoreland CUP Gadow
d. Scenic Byways Designation Amendment Gadow
e. Consider & Adopt 2nd Reading of Ordinance #721 - Rezoning IOCP from C-1 to PUD Gadow
f. Consider & Adopt 2nd Reading of Interim Ord #720 Extending 6 Mo Moratorium on Wireless Telecomm Facilities Gadow
g. Consider Resolution 36-2011 Creating a Prioritized Bridge Replacement List Kelly
h. Consider and Approve Municipal Licenses (Administrative) Orsen

5. City Manager's Report and Discussion Items

6. Public Forum (as necessary)

7. Adjournment

Meeting Rules of Conduct:

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

Upcoming Meetings:
City Council - October 4 & 18
Planning Commission - October 3 & 17

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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

OBITUARY: Gregory "Greg" Ritland

Ritland, Gregory D. Age 63, of Plymouth, MN. Died September 12, 2011.

Preceded in death by father, Donald Ritland of Austin, MN. Survived by mother, Reva; wife, Linda; daughters, Nicole (Kyle) Kustermann, and Katharine Ritland; three grandchildren; sisters, Marcia, Jane and Janet; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation to be held Sunday Sept. 18 from 4:00-6:00 pm at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 East Wayzata Blvd in Wayzata.

Funeral Service celebrating Greg's life at 11:00 am with visitation 1 hour prior on Monday Sept. 19, at St. Philip the Deacon Church, 17205 County Road 6 in Plymouth.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Wayzata Police Blotter September 6 - 12, 2011

Car Theft/Rpt
Reported: 09-12-2011  1541
Addresses Involved
Unfounded, driver just forgot where she parked the vehicle.
240 Central Ave N, Wayzata

Found Property - Camera
Reported: 09-12-2011  1156
Addresses Involved
200 block of Grove Lane E, Wayzata

Motor Vehicle Tampering
Reported: 09-10-2011  1637
Two vehicles parked in driveway were entered and rummaged thru over the Labor Day weekend. No loss.
Addresses Involved
3XX Broadway Avenue N, Wayzata

Thft Frm Auto Rp
Reported: 09-10-2011  1345
I-pod and eye glasses taken from unlocked vehicle / loss $1800
Addresses Involved
700 block of Mill Street E, Wayzata

Reported: 09-10-2011  0654
House "TP'd" and car in driveway sprayed with "Silly String" / no permanent damage
Addresses Involved
5XX Broadway Ave N, Wayzata

Reported: 09-09-2011  1201
Zodiak boat and Yamaha motor stolen from boat lift. Boat later recovered but motor still missing/ value of boat and motor $15,000
Addresses Involved
456 Arlington Cir S, Wayzata

Forgery/Rpt (Passing Counterfeit $ 20 Bills)
Reported: 09-09-2011  0246
Addresses Involved
2400 Industrial Blvd W, Long Lake

Grass/Brush Fire 1
72 Hour Hold/Emergency Admission 1
BURNING VIOLATION - Verbal Warning 1
911 HANG-UP 1

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

IOCP plan approved by Wayzata City Council

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners launched its new housing plan last Tuesday, despite controversy regarding the amount of multi-family housing Wayzata currently has.

Wayzata City Council approved IOCP's plan to tear down the current 6,600 square-foot building on Grand Avenue for the Legacy Townhomes project.

The major issue concerning the project was the current amount of multi-family homes in Wayzata, which is approaching 57 percent.

Through any concerns, City Council felt confident enough to pass the general plan and design.

A last City Council reading on September 20th will allow IOCP to continue with the plan once the zoning map for the planned unit development is approved.

The project, which will include three units with two bedrooms and three units with three bedrooms, was passed on a vote of 3-2.

Rent at IOCP will be 10 to 20 percent less than fair market.

Stay tuned to, your IOCP project approved by the Wayzata City Council leader.

Meridian Manor grooves to the Wayzata Fire Department

The Meridian Manor is hosting a 50's fever benefit in remembrance of the 9-11 first responders to benefit the Wayzata Fire Department.

Becky Nelson housing specialist said "When we heard about how the New York Firefighters, and how they weren't invited to the 9-11, 10 year anniversary event, it really got us angry."

"If we were to have a fire here, we would be so dependent on the Wayzata Fire Department, so we are doing the event to show how much we appreciate the great Fire Department we have here in Wayzata," Nelson said.

To show how much they really do appreciate the local fire department, all proceeds of the event will be directly donated. "Our goal is to raise enough money to knock the socks off Kevin." Kevin Klapprich is the Wayzata Fire Department Fire Chief.

In the theme of the 50's, Meridian Manor has spectacular activities planned. There is a costume contest scheduled, as well as hula hoop spinning contest, bubble gum blowing, a 50's trivia contest, and a classic car show .

The entertainment for the day includes, Rich and the Resistors, a great local band, and a Elvis impersonator, called Echos of Elvis. "I know the director of the band, which is awesome, and the impersonator, you swear it's Elvis," said Nelson.

After all the performances and contests, you can grab a bite to eat at the Doo Wop Diner, which will be serving classic 50's items, such as, malts, cream soda, burgers, and cherry cokes.

The event will take place on September 24th, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Meridian Manor, 163 W. Wayzata Blvd. Wayzata, MN 55391.

Stay tuned to, your Meridian Manor grooves into the 50's to support Wayzata Fire leader.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Bushaway Road to close Wednesday

Bushaway Road, from the South side of Bushaway & McGinty intersection to the South side of Grays Bay Bridge will be closed starting at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 to repair a small leak in a sewer force main at 511 Bushaway Rd. Since the road will be closed, Killmer Electric will be working on the lighting on Grays Bay bridge and Center Point Energy will be installing a gas service at 401 Bushaway Rd. If all goes well, the road is planned to re-open by 4:00 p.m.

Wayzata Women's Chorus seeks singers

Do you have a passion for singing a great variety of fabulous music including Classical, Spirituals, Jazz and Pop?  The Wayzata Women’s Chorus is looking for experienced choral singers in the Twin Cities area who share our passion for music and are available to rehearse Monday evenings starting September 12th for the 2011-2012 Season.  Rehearsals start at 7:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 3965 Co. Rd. 101, Plymouth, MN .  Please come a bit early to get music and register.  (Rehearsals are every Monday from 7:00 p.m.-9:15 p.m. at Peace.)  The WWC performs two major concerts each year along with numerous outings.

This award winning chorus is directed by Carole Birch and accompanied by Mary Fadden. The Wayzata Women’s Chorus competed in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales in July, 2011.  They placed fifth in the world in the Female Folk Category and ninth in the world in the Classical competition.  This was an exciting and wonderful opportunity for the Chorus!  They previously earned a bronze award at the Salzburg Music Competition.  It is well respected both for the depth and breadth of its repertoire and the quality of its sound.

The 2011 holiday season will bring two dynamic choruses together.  The Apollo Male Chorus has invited the Wayzata Women’s Chorus to join them in their holiday concerts on Saturday, December 3rd at Hamline University at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 4th at the Hopkins Center at 3:00 p.m.  Watch for more details.

We look forward to welcoming new singers to the Wayzata Women’s Chorus rehearsals!  Please call Carole Birch at 952-473-8029 with any questions you might have.

We are now taking bookings for the Holiday season.  If you’d like to book the Wayzata Women’s Chorus for your event, please contact Lenore Miller at 952-484-8835 or

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Detailed agenda for 9/11 Ceremomy in Wayzata

The following is a detailed agenda for Wayzata's 9/11 ceremony, submitted in an email from Bob Shadley.

11:30: Band forms at start point on Edgewood.

1;00: Parade starts.
(1). Band is second march unit behind the American Legion Color Guard.
(2). Band stops for 15 seconds or so in front of reviewing stand, begins "The Army Song" and then steps off. Master of Ceremonies (Greg Rye) will read narrative about the band.

1:35 (approx.): Color Guard and Band do a column left onto Superior and than another column left onto Mill in front of the "Muni". Marty will have water and chairs prepositioned.

2:00 (or on order): Band plays "Ruffles and Flourishes" to signify beginning of the ceremony.
(1). Greg Rye will welcome everyone, introduce the band again and announce the playing of the National Anthem to be followed by "STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER" AND "THE ARMED FORCES MEDLEY". GREG WILL ALSO ANNOUNCE THAT VETS AND CURRENT SERVICE MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO RAISE THEIR HANDS WHEN THEIR SERVICE SONG IS PLAYED.)
(2). The American Legion Color Guard will render honors as the band plays "THE NATIONAL ANTHEM".
(3). Greg Rye will introduce DR. AAMOTH WHO WILL SAY A FEW WORDS IN REMEMBRANCE OF HIS SON AND THEN GREG will introduce Gordy Engel (Note: GORDY ENGEL PARTICIPATION HAS BEEN CONFIRMED)who will give a short prayer ,and, at the end of which, the band will sound "Retreat."
(4). Greg Rye will introduce Mayor Willcox who will then speak and recognize vets and first responders. (5). At the end of the Mayor's talk, Greg Rye will ask the audience to join the band in singing "God Bless America."

2:30: Ceremony ends. Bob Shadley will present each band member a Rotary coin as a token of our appreciation.

2:40: Band members partake of free lunch at the "Muni"the band then performs duties as directed by CW4 Eckhoff.

Friday, September 09, 2011


Wayzata Football defeats Eagan 28-7

Your Wayzata Trojans Football team won over a scrappy Eagan Wildcat club tonight.  Erik Roti scored two touchdowns and the defensive unit is really beginning to get up to speed.

Visit to read all about it.  Stay tuned to, your Wayzata Football is 2-0 on the season leader.

9/11 Alert from Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold

As we remember the events and honor the heroes of 9/11/01 over the course of this weekend, we ask that you remain vigilant to suspicious activity, people, or objects.  The latest intelligence from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI is that there is no known credible threat at this time.  Having said that, DHS asks us to remind our communities of the importance of reporting any suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

I’d also like to invite all to two weekend events in Wayzata.  First, the annual Wayzata Police vs. Wayzata Fire softball game is tonight at Klapprich Park.  First pitch is at 6:00 PM.  Second, there will be a 9/11 “Wayzata Remembers” ceremony to honor the heroes of 9/11 and first responders in and around Wayzata.  This event will take place after the parade (approximately 2:00 PM) on Sunday on Mill Street in front of the Muni.  The 451st Army Band out of Ft. Snelling will be on hand and Mayor Willcox will address the crowd.  The ceremony should last 20-30 minutes.  Enjoy the weather and have a safe weekend!

Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold  

Thursday, September 08, 2011

IOCP Grand Opening

A line forms around the building to see
 the new IOCP facility. Photo Drew Arvidson.
An enthusiastic crowd gathered around IOCP's newly acquired and renovated 40,000 square foot headquarters Thursday afternoon. The non-profit organization moved from Wayzata to Plymouth to expand its offerings in the Western communities.

The new facility holds IOCP headquarters, a resale shop, Wayzata Public Schools office space, and Hennepin County Social Services.

Stay tuned to, your "IOCP Grand Opening" leader.

James J. Hill Days remember 9-11

Along the shores of Lake Minntonka, the Wayzata area community will gather to celebrate the 37th annual James J. Hill Days, presented by The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce.

James J. Hill Days is held on Lake Street in downtown Wayzata, on September 9th, 10th and 11th. It is a great opportunity to bring the community together to have fun with family, friends,neighbors and the local businesses.

The festival combines community tradition with fun filled activities and events sure to provide something for the whole family, including a dunk tank and a parade expressing local Wayzata activities.

In honor of the 10th anniversary for 9-11, the theme for the festival this year is "Stars N' Stripes: The All-American Get Together"!

Stay tuned to, your James J. Hill Days leader.

Schedule for this years James J. Hill Days festival...

Sunday, 1:00 p.m.

Health & Wellness Expo
Sat: 10 - 6 & Sun: 10 - 4

Home & Garden Expo
Sat: 10 - 6 & Sun: 10 - 4

Business & Non-Profit Expo
Sat: 10 - 6 & Sun: 10 - 4

Kids Activity Corner
Sat: 10 - 6 & Sun: 10 - 4

James J. Hill Days Classic Car Show
Sun: 10 - 4

Rain or Shine. Located on Mill Street downtown Wayzata.
Hosted and organized by Wayzata Rotary

Coaster Cart Derby
Sat: 10am - 12pm

Dachshund Races
Sat: 1 - 3 pm

Arts Bazaar
Sat: 10 - 6 & Sun: 10 - 4

Wayzata Remembers Ceremony
Sun: 2:00 p.m. in the Wayzata Bar & Grill parking lot on Mill Street

For the complete schedule go to

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Wayzata Police Blotter August 30 – September 5, 2011

Damage to Property
Reported: 09-05-2011  1228
Addresses Involved
Someone broke outside plants and threw soil onto porch; former tenant suspected.
6XX Wayzata Blvd , Wayzata, MN 55391

Vandalism/Damage to Property
Reported: 09-05-2011  0929
Addresses Involved
Home “egged” and “TP’d”, one window broken during the vandalism
4XX Highcroft Rd , Wayzata

Damage to Property
Reported: 09-01-2011  0912
Addresses Involved
Door knob pried off security door / loss $60
111 Grand Ave S, Wayzata

Phone Scam
Reported: 08-31-2011  1039
Long Lake resident received telephone call from person claiming to be calling from Mexico, indicating the grandson of resident had been in trouble and money was needed to be sent. Resident knew the call was an attempted scam and hung up on caller.
Addresses Involved
2XX Greenhill Lane , Long Lake

Damage to Prop
Reported: 08-31-2011  0814
Addresses Involved
Vehicle that had been left in parking lot overnight had window broken by small rock
2435 Industrial Blvd W, Long Lake

Theft From Auto
Reported: 08-30-2011  1416
Addresses Involved
Small amount of cash taken from unlocked vehicle approx. one week earlier / no other loss or damage.
1XX Birch La W, Wayzata

Theft From Motor Vehicle
Reported: 08-30-2011  1302
Addresses Involved
Approx. $177 cash taken from unlocked vehicle while victim inside bank conducting business.
12XX East Wayzata Blvd. , Wayzata

Vehicle Fire 1
911 HANG-UP 1

OBITUARY: Julianne Peterson

Peterson, Julianne (nee Hubbard) Age 63. Born October 2, 1947, Fort Dodge, IA; died September 3, 2011, Mpls. Long time resident of the Lake Minnetonka area.

Preceded in death by parents Robert F. and June Anne Hubbard, grandparents, and other dear relatives.

Survived by loving husband and long term caregiver, Greg; her beloved sons, Joshua (Shivani) and Chad (JaNaye). Loving brothers and sisters: Jon Hubbard (Linda), Jayne Hubbard, Sharon Hahn, Jack (Merle) Peterson, Jim (Karen) Peterson; aunts and uncles; niece Jessica (Tony) and grandnieces (Jordan and Avery); many cousins; and wonderful Abbott NW colleagues, where Julie served as Cardiovascular Diagnostic Services Manager since 2004, as well as HCMC colleagues where Julie worked in many capacities over a 33-year career.

We lost our precious, beautiful Julie after an almost 20-year battle with LGL Leukemia; as with everything else Julie did in life, she met these serious challenges head on, fighting their ravages day by day.

Julie was active at Woodridge Church, Medina, and especially loved our small group. Julie was an accomplished gardener...Oh, what Julie could do with her flowers! What an amazing, sweet spirit Julie displayed...because of her deep love for and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Well done, thou good and faithful servant...Enter into your rest.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 pm Friday, Sept. 9, at the David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 Wayzata Blvd E., Wayzata.

The celebration of Julie's life will take place at 10 am Saturday, Sept. 10, at Woodridge Church, 1500 CR 24, Medina.

Memorials are preferred to the family for distribution to Julie's favorite charities; of course, you may give to a cause dear to your heart instead.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Wayzata District launches 2011-12 school year

The Wayzata School District started the school year today, and with the new year come changes in staff, technology, and population.

The school district’s demographer projected as of August 2nd that enrollment is going to reach a high this year with 10,367 kids in the district. According to School Board Director John Moroz, the school district will not necessarily stay at the projected numbers because of continual variation in enrollment.

While projected enrollment is not definite, Moroz said “if in fact projections hold, we will have more kids.” In 2001-02, the district projected 9,420 students for 2011, less compared to the current projections. In 2001, the district expected to lose more students than they would gain by 2011, but “we are at capacity,” said Moroz.

The 9th grade class for the 2011-12 school year is the biggest class in the High School at 843 students, but the class is not expected to graduate at that size. Enrollment is likely to decrease due to students leaving the district.

“Some schools are exploding,” said Moroz. “Others have room, particularly in elementary schools.”
Increasing population aside, the Wayzata District launched its new website on August 8th. The new website is intended to make communication and access easier for parents.

The biggest staff change this year was the change in Birchview Elementary’s principal. Principal Jason Wenschlag took over this year after being Richfield Public School District administrator.

Stay tuned to, your “2011-12 school year” leader.

IOCP project before City Council tonight

The IOCP Grand Avenue project will once again be before the City Council tonight, and will be covering all the action.

Will the Council elect to follow the recommendation and guidelines of the Wayzata Planning Commission, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and the City Charter by voting the project down? Or will the members succomb to pleasing IOCP by allowing this project?  We will find out tonight!

ICOP Project at Grand Avenue seeks to add multi-family rental housing stock
to the City of Wayzata. Numerous reports from the City and committees indicate
a preference and need for single family owner occupied housing to be created. 
Read a special editorial by Dr. J. David McGill on the IOCP Grand Avenue project here.

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata Council is voting on the IOCP project tonight leader.

Wayzata Planning Commission Meeting Agenda Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Community Room,
600 Rice Street East,
Wayzata, Minnesota

6:00 p.m.

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

2. Regular Agenda Items:

a. 207 and 221 Manitoba Ave South – Manitoba At Rice LLP
i. Concurrent Preliminary/Final Plat
ii. Rezoning from PUD to R-3A
iii. Comprehensive Plan Amendment from Medium Density Multiple Family Residential to Low Density Single Family
iv. Shoreland Conditional Use Permit (CUP)

b. 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
(Continued from August 15, 2011)

c. Discussion of Revisions to Local Scenic Byways Designation Text Amendment

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.

Wayzata City Council Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wayzata City Hall Community Room, 600 Rice Street
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

1. Roll Call

2. Public Forum - 15 Minutes (3 min/person)

3. Approval of Minutes
a. Minutes of August 16, 2011 2

4. Public Hearing
a. Hearing on Fence Improvement Adjacent to Rosswood La N along CSAH 101-Consider & Adopt
Resolution No. 34-2011 Ordering Improvement & Preparation of Plans Dudinsky 7

5. New Business
a. Consider and Adopt Resolution No. 31-2011 Preliminary Property Tax Levy Payable for 2012 Orsen 21
b. Consider and Adopt Resolution No. 33-2011 IOCP General Plan PUD/Ordinance No. 721 Gadow 23
c. Consider and Adopt Resolution No. 32-2011 Authorizing Transfers from TIF District Orsen 47
d. Consider & Adopt Interim Ord. #720 Extending 6 Mo Moratorium on Wireless Telecommunication Facilities Orsen 49
e. Consider and Approve Municipal Licenses (Staff Recommends Approval) Orsen 51
f. Consider and Approve Municipal Licenses (Administrative) Orsen 53

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 20 & October 4
Planning Commission - September 7 (Wednesday) & 19

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.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Wayzata defeats Prior Lake in season opener

The Wayzata Trojans started off their season at Prior Lake, defeating the Lakers 47 - 20. The 2010 class 5A champion Trojans were able to continue their winning streak, with strong performances by quarterback Nick Martin and wide reciever Jeff Borchardt.

Wide receiver Jeff Borchardt catches one of two touchdowns Thursday night against the Prior Lake Lakers. Photo Wayzata Photography.
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Alexis Gaither joins as Interim Editor

Alexis Gaither, Interim
Editor -
I have been welcomed to the community, and what better way to start out my career here than by writing about...myself? The basics: I’ll be a Senior at Wayzata High School and have lived here each of the 17 years of my life.

I started my journalism career at Wayzata High School as a writer (and now Editor) for the Trojan Tribune and am excited to continue it here at as an Editor.

Not only do I hope to provide with stories and information, but I hope to continue to learn about journalism, editing, and news writing (in fact, I’m already reading the 2nd edition of “the Weekly Writer’s Handbook.")

I am looking forward to writing for the readers and community of

Local window washer branches out

Adam Hokens launches Lake Minnetonka Tree Service.

Hokens and his team can thin trees, remove dead wood, remove trees, prune, and plant. They can also do bushes and hedges.

"We don't have a gap between our management and our employees, I'm on the job, so if they hire me I'll be there with the customer or home owner," said Hokens while comparing his company to his competitors. "There will be no middle man, which eliminates the communication barrier, and they will talk with the man that will be there working."

This isn't Hokens first buisness. He has been running Lake Minnetonka Window Cleaning, a successful window cleaning buisness for homes around the West Metro. Lake Minnetonka Window Cleaning is a trustworthy and respectful buisness that pleases the customers and leaves the windows squeaky clean.

"I love being able to work outdoors," said Hokens. Hokens became interested in the tree buisness from his passion for the outdoors that he got from his window cleaning buisness.

"Feedback from my customers has been really positive. They say I'm very thourough, they have referred me to their friends, and they like my work," said Hokens.

For more information, or to contact Adam, please call 952-200-1198.

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