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

Sunday, August 31, 2014

WAYZATA FOOTBALL: Clarke and Trojans run past Farmington 55-7

Senior running back Anthony Clarke scored 4 rushing TD's in the first half against Farmington.
Photo copyright Grant Hill Photography -
The Wayzata Trojans football team was back in action Thursday evening against Farmington.  The Trojans overpowered the Tigers, as Anthony Clarke scored 4 rushing TD's in the first half.'s Grant Hill was there to photograph all the action.  View his photo gallery here:

CITY OF WAYZATA: Council Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wayzata City Hall Community Room, 600 Rice Street
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

6+666362.  BUDGET WORKSHOP (APPROX. 5:30 PM)
1 Roll Call
2 Approve Agenda
3 Public Forum - 15 Minutes (3 min/person)
a. Wayzata High School Football Presentation - Coach Anderson
b. JJ Hill Days Presentation - Becky Pierson
4 Consent Agenda
a. Approval of Minutes of August 19, 2014
b. Approval of Check Register
c. Approval of Contract for Watermain Crossing Replacement Project
d. Approval of Municipal Licenses
e. Municipal Licenses Which Received Administrative Approval (Informational Only)
New Business
a. Consider 1st Reading of Ordinance No. 746 Zoning Ord Amendment - Micro-brewery and Taproom
b. Consider 1st Reading of Ordinance No. 747 Authorizing the Issuance of Licenses for Off-Sale Brewpubs, Off-Sale Micro-Breweries, and On-Sale Taprooms
c. Consider Resolution 23-2014 Boatworks PUD Amendment, CUP, and Site Plan
d. Consider Parking Structure Request for Proposals
City Manager's Report and Discussion Items
2a. Strategic Plan Progress Report Update
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 16 & October 7, 2014
Planning Commission - WEDNESDAY, September 3 & Monday, September 15, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

TWELVETV: Trojans swim past Falcons

Defending state girls' swimming and diving champion Wayzata defeated Armstrong 98-80 in the first dual meet of the season for both teams. Madison Preiss of Wayzata won both the 100 backstroke and the 200 Individual Medley and broke the pool record in the 200 IM.


Wayzata Planning Commission Workshop Agenda - Wed. September 3, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Community Room,
600 Rice Street East,
Wayzata, Minnesota

7:00 p.m. 
1. Call to Order and Roll Call, and Approval of Minutes
2. Workshop Items:
a. Discussion of Potential Workshop Items/Ordinance Updates
3. Other Items:
a. Review of Development Activities
b. Other items
9:00 p.m. 
4. Adjournment


 1.  Time(s) are estimated and provided for informational purposes only.

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

2014 James J. Hill Days schedule

The 40th Annual James. J. Hill Days is scheduled for September 5, 6, & 7th.  Highlights this year include the Lake Minnetonka Carnival, a Music & Beer Garden, fan favorite Dachshund Races, a water-ski show, a concert by the Goo Goo Dolls, and a Fireworks Show.  Come on out and join the fun!


iPad for every student in the Wayzata School District

WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: We are Wayzata Welcome Back Video

This year’s Back-to-School video features students who have been inspired by Wayzata Public Schools’ teachers and staff. See for yourself how Wayzata staff members have inspired students to find their passions and give back to others.

Wayzata couple guilty of five counts of theft by swindle

Philip and Virginia Carlson were each found guilty of five counts of theft by swindle in which they took hundreds of thousands of dollars from an office development project in Orono that was never completed, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.

Philip & Virginia Carlson. Images courtesy Hennepin
County Sheriff.
The Hennepin County District Court jury returned the verdict Wednesday morning after less than five hours of deliberation. Sentencing for Virginia, 62, and Philip, 58, was set for Oct. 30 and prosecutors will be seeking about four years in prison for the Wayzata couple.

“We are pleased with the jury’s verdict,” Freeman said. “They were able to see that this couple stole money for the project to buy themselves expensive cars, snowmobiles and to keep up two homes. They did it by funneling money through a company they owned which wasn’t doing work on the project while failing to pay the companies that had done work on the development. Their theft also played a role in the demise of First Commercial Bank of Bloomington.”

The couple was each charged in 2011 with five counts of theft by swindle over $35,000 for crimes that occurred from October 2007 through May of 2008. According to the criminal complaint and testimony during the trial, Philip and Virginia Carlson were the developers and general contractors of the Amber Woods commercial office building development at 2060 Wayzata Blvd. W. in Orono.

First Commercial Bank agreed to loan $6.4 million and nearly half of that was loaned out before the project came to a halt in 2008.

Work began on the Amber Woods project in 2007, as did the swindle. For instance, in Oct. 2007, the Carlsons, through their general contractor company, submitted an invoice and a lien waiver from Sundblad Construction for nearly $174,000 in order for the Carlsons to access the loan money to pay the subcontractor.  However, the invoice was not prepared by Sundblad, nor was the lien waiver. Testimony showed they were prepared by Virginia Carlson. Likewise, the signatures on both documents were not those of the owner of Sundblad Construction.

That scam was repeated several times. However, when subcontractors started to complain about not being paid, the bank told the Carlsons that from now on the checks from the loan would no longer be made out to Carlson’s company and the subcontractor, but just the subcontractor.

So, the Carlsons began submitting invoices for work done by Logan Ryan. What no one knew was that Logan Ryan was a company owned by the Carlsons that performed no work on the project.

“So they came up with a new scheme,” Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Emery Adoradio said in his closing argument Tuesday. “They had false invoices to Logan Ryan saying they did the framing… In short, Logan Ryan in the Amber Woods project was a sham. It was concealed from their (the Carlsons’) partners, it was concealed from the bank. Logan Ryan did not do any work. Philip and Virginia Carlson used Logan Ryan to steal from the bank. It was an artifice, a trick.”

Compiled from Hennepin County Attorney.