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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bookcase in Wayzata Closing, Read letter from owner Charlie Leonard

Bookcase owner Charlie Leonard posted the following letter on Facebook earlier today:

Dear Bookcase Customers & Friends:

It is with a great deal of sadness, disappointment and regret that I write to you today to announce that, after over fifty years in business, The Bookcase will be closing on October 18.

This has not been an easy decision to make, but the challenges that we have faced -- especially over the last couple of years -- have become insurmountable. Changing shopping habits and the physical reality of the redevelopment and road construction that have been ongoing in downtown Wayzata for several years now have caused a dramatic drop in sales. It was a drop that we hoped we could weather -- as we have a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm for what the "new" Wayzata is going to look like in a few years. But, in the end, we can no longer afford to stay in business. It's that simple.

Bookcase owner Charlie Leonard.
Image Courtesy Bookcase of Wayzata Facebook page.
While I have been the owner of The Bookcase for just over six years, I have been working at the store since I was a kid in college over sixteen years ago. In fact, some of my earliest memories as a child are of coming to the store to buy books. The Bookcase has been a part of my life for nearly my entire life, and having to be the person to make the decision to end it has been very painful.

A lot of love has been poured into the store over the last fifty years by all four of the families that have owned it: To the Case family, Gail See, and Peggy Burnet: thank you for creating a place that will forever be remembered as, in many ways, the heart of downtown Wayzata. I'm lucky to have had an opportunity to carry on that tradition for the last six years.

The Bookcase has been blessed to have amazing and passionate staff members over the years. They have served our customers well, and they deserve all the good things that the future will hopefully bring them. To the handful of people that are holding the store up until the end in a few weeks: Thank you.

To our loyal customers: We couldn't have lasted this long without you. Some of you we have been able to share this news with personally, in advance of this public announcement. Hearing your stories about the store and seeing your genuine sadness that it is ending has been heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. We will miss you as much as (we hope) you will miss us. We hope that we get a chance to see you all one more time before we close our doors.

I've lived in this community for my entire life. Many of you know that I have other personal projects that will keep me here and active (hopefully forever), so this is absolutely not a goodbye. Wayzata truly is a special place to live. And despite the struggles that The Bookcase has gone through, I remain very excited to see what the next chapter is in the life of our little town.

The Bookcase's story, though, has come to an end. It's not a happy ending -- to be certain -- but we all know that happy endings can sometimes seem too contrived and unfulfilling. So perhaps it's a fitting ending, because maybe the moral of the story is meant to challenge us in such a way that we will be a little different -- perhaps a little better -- the next time around.

Sincerely,

Charlie Leonard, owner
The Bookcase

TWELVETV: Hopkins topples Wayzata in overtime


The Hopkins football team defeated Wayzata 28-21 in overtime giving the Royals the program’s first win over the Trojans since November 1999.

HISTORY: State Teachers' Institute - The St. Paul Globe - March 20, 1888

This story ran in the St. Paul Globe - March 20, 1888

Wayzata Public Schools: 17 Students Place Well in NUMATS

Seventeen students from Wayzata Public Schools placed well in the Northwestern University Academic Talent Search for the past year, including two students that earned perfect scores in the math segments of the exam.  As an seventh grade student last year at Central Middle School (CMS), Matthew Qu earned a perfect score on the SAT math segment of the exam and Stephen Chen, as a seventh grade student at WMS, earned a perfect score on the ACT math segment.

In addition, East Middle School Vision 21 teacher Kathy Simson was named an Outstanding Educator by NUMATS for having 100-400 NUMATS registrants in 2013-14 with some scoring in the top 1-2 percent of the almost 20,000 students who participate din the program.

Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search is a program of the Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwester University that offers above grade-level testing for academically talented students. NUMATS uses ACT and SAT testing to provide a more accurate picture of the mathematical and verbal reasoning abilities of talented sixth through ninth grade students. The CTD provides students with materials that aid them in understanding their test scores, locating appropriate educational opportunities, and planning their future education.

Students that placed well on the exam include the following:
  • Hannah Bailey as a seventh grade student
  • Geoffrey Chen as a seventh grade student
  • Stephen Chen as a seventh grade student
  • Ruhi Doshi as a seventh grade student
  • Sophia He as a seventh grade student
  • Ketan Kotla as a seventh grade student
  • Matthew Qu as a seventh grade student
  • Ayush Ram as a seventh grade student
  • Ruhi Shirodkar as a seventh grade student
  • Benjamin Walker as a seventh grade student
  • Cara Fragomeni as an eighth grade student
  • Piljoo Jeon as an eighth grade student
  • Michael Li, as an eighth grade student
  • Brandon Lu as an eighth grade student
  • Raghunandan Nayak as an eighth grade student
  • Jason Weng, as an eighth grade student

WAYZATA HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 'Let's Talk Architecture' scheduled for Oct. 2nd, 2014

WHS October Program
Let’s Talk Architecture
Thursday, October 2, 2014
7:00 p..m.

Wayzata Community Room (next to city hall)

Join the Wayzata Historical Society for the last program of the year. We will look at several different architects that built many of the large homes around Lake Minnetonka, explore the influences of architecture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the impact this had on the building done here in Wayzata and surrounding communities. Some of the architects we will discuss are Cass Gilbert, Harry Wild Jones, William Channing Whitney, Edwin Lundie, and several others.

Belford Estate 1910. Image courtesy Wayzata Historical Society.

KSTP5: Big Island underwater trash may turn sandy lake bottom into zebra mussel habitat

Wayzata Cross Country wins Roy Griak Invitational

Wayzata Boys Cross Country Team celebrating win at Roy Griak invite.
Image Courtesy Wayzata Track & Field.

The Wayzata Boys Cross Country Team won their 5th team title in school history at the Roy Griak Invitational held last Saturday with 80 points in 49 team field. Individual results are available here.

The girls team finished 2nd in a field of 40 teams as well.  Congratulations!

CITY OF WAYZATA: Public Safety Open House scheduled for Monday, October 6, 2014


Wayzata Football Alum with Little Brown Jug

Brandon Lingen, Ben Lauer, and Jeff Borchardt pause for a photo
with the Little Brown Jug. Image courtesy Jaime Sherwood.
Congratulations to Brandon Lingen, Ben Lauer, and Jeff Borchardt on the Minnesota Golden Gopher's victory over the Michigan Wolverines.  Minnesota is the current holder of the jug with a 30–14 victory on September 27, 2014. Through the end of the 2014 season, Michigan leads the series, 73–25–3.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fox 9: Wayzata High School's problem with overall-wearing Hard Hats group

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Wayzata Brew Works expects to submit revised application

Distilling equipment.  Image courtesy Wayzata Brew Works Facebook Page.
The Sun Sailor is reporting that Bill Cavanagh of Wayzata Brew Works is working with an advisor and expects to resubmit a revised application to open a Micro-brewery and distillery at the Boatworks Building in Wayzata.  The article indicates items the company is still working through, including federal and state licensing requirements, distilling equipment set-up, and lease and personnel issues.

It was revealed that the previous PUD application by Wayzata Brew Works to the City of Wayzata was withdrawn at a Sept. 16 City Council meeting.

Stay tuned.

Women's Luxury Boutique House of 365 Now Open

House of 365 is a premier luxury boutique dedicated to providing customers with distinctive merchandise and superior service. The new storefront in downtown Wayzata offers Minnesotans a unique shopping experience with upscale selections of apparel, accessories, jewelry, beauty, and home designs. The boutique features exclusive designer brands from across the globe. House of 365 opened its doors August 25 along the shores of Lake Minnetonka at 750 East Lake Street.

House of 365 Grand Opening. Submitted photo.
Mother & Daughter, Kathleen and Annalise Bryan, founded House of 365 to share their love for international travel and fashion. Owner/CEO, Kathleen Bryan’s European roots are embodied in House of 365’s selection of high-quality wardrobe staples that reflect timeless elegance. To balance her mother’s classic aesthetic, Annalise Bryan resides in New York City and travels the world for one-of-a-kind pieces and designer looks unique to the Minnesota marketplace. When Annalise is not traveling worldwide, she will be offering her styling expertise to House of 365’s clientele. Together, The Bryan Women deliver levels of appeal to sophisticated women of all ages.

“The House of 365 concept is unlike any other boutique, and we are thrilled to share our
travel experiences through fashion,” says Annalise Bryan, Stylist/Buyer of House of 365. “We look forward to providing clients in the Midwest, with classic style, and timeless beauty.”

House of 365 showcases their favorite designers including Diane Von Furstenberg, Catherine Malandrino, Liviana Conti, and lingerie from Shell Belle Couture. In addition, House of 365 showcases local one-of-a-kind artisans including jewelry by Tess + Trish and Realia by Jen as well as organic beauty lines such as Angelberry Organics. As a full-service retailer, House of 365 offers styling and courier services. Additionally, with an expert tailor on premise, House of 365 has complete tailoring and alteration services available.

House of 365 hosted an invite-only Grand Opening celebration on the evening of Friday, September 19, 2014. Live music welcomed the guests while being treated to champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Friend of the family, Julian Lennon provided photography for a silent auction. In addition, House of 365’s runway show, showcased fall’s latest fashions.

Established in 2014 along the shores of Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata, Minnesota, the women’s boutique strives to make women look and feel beautiful 365 days a year. House of 365’s 4000 sq. ft. space features designer clothing, accessories, and shoes from exclusive brands from local artisans and luxury  labels across the globe. The brand is inspired by global influences and European style to blend elegance and sophistication.

Designers carried at House of 365

  • Diane Von Furstenberg
  • Andrew Marc
  • Kate Spade
  • Liviana Conti
  • J Brand
  • Zelda
  • Ecru
  • Cynthia Vincent
  • White and Warren
  • Rebecca Taylor
  • Rebecca Minkoff
  • Catherine Malandrino
  • Shell Belle Couture
House of 365 is open from Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  The boutique is located at 750 Lake Street East in Wayzata.  Visit the House of 365 Facebook page for more info and for pictures from the Grand Opening.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

HENNEPIN COUNTY: Construction on County Road 101 in Minnetonka, Woodland and Wayzata begins today

Hennepin County will reconstruct County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) in Minnetonka, Woodland and Wayzata. The project extends from north of Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) to US Highway 12 at Wayzata Boulevard. The project is slated to begin mid-September 2014 and is expected to be finished by fall 2016.

Eastman Lane and McGinty Road (Wayzata)

Eastman Lane and McGinty Road in Wayzata will be closed to traffic with only local access permitted on Thursday, September 25. McGinty Road is anticipated to reopen later this fall with Eastman Lane reopening in early spring 2015. Advance notice signs have been placed in the area and a signed detour will be provided.

Closure from Minnetonka Boulevard to U.S. Highway 12

It is anticipated that County Road 101 from Minnetonka Boulevard in Minnetonka to U.S. Highway 12 in Wayzata will be closed to vehicle thru traffic starting in October. This closure will remain for the duration of this project. Advance warning signs will be placed and a signed detour provided.

You can find the detour maps under closures and detours on the project webpage.

As part of the project, crews will begin clearing trees and other vegetation per the approved construction plans. Next, utility work will begin followed by the reconstruction of the road.


Grading of roundabout in Minnetonka

The contractor will begin grading the 90 degree curve of County Road 101 located just north of Minnetonka Boulevard at Breezy Point Curve and McKenzie Point Road, in preparation for installation of a roundabout. This work will also begin shortly after September 22. County Road 101 will remain open at this location during the start of this grading work.

Private utility relocations

Intermittent utility relocation work can be expected throughout the project corridor. Private utility companies will provide advance notice signs in areas of their work.

Railroad bridge

The bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, north of McGinty Road in Wayzata, is currently open and work will begin in this area at a later date. 

Gray’s Bay Marina and boat launch in Minnetonka

Throughout this reconstruction project, access will be maintained to the Gray’s Bay Marina slips and boat launch, although detours may be required to reach the marina. Updates will be provided as needed to slip holders and to launch users, as access may change on a regular basis as work proceeds.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Here's why we support Steve Tyacke for Wayzata City Council

Wayzata stands of the brink of a very bright future. But getting there will require great skill and foresight. Veer too far to the side of commercial development and we could destroy the very thing that makes Wayzata unique and desirable. Fall too far back on our history and we will deny the development that will define and empower that bright future.

Steve has the discipline, background and independence of mind to help guide us in the years ahead. He is neither an ideologue nor a listless observer. He listens. He considers and deliberates carefully. He does the work and shows up for all the meetings. And then he makes sensible decisions that stand up to scrutiny. He will earn every vote. He will get our votes. We hope you will join in.

David & Joan Floren

City of Wayzata: Fall Clean Up Volunteers Needed

Fall volunteers.  Image courtesy City of Wayzata.
You don't have to be a green thumb to help with the Fall Clean Up. We’ve enjoyed the city gardens all spring and summer but now we have to winterize the gardens. New and seasoned volunteers are needed to help with pulling the annual flowers from the city’s gardens on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 8 to 11 a.m. Volunteers will meet at Wayzata Public Works at 8 a.m. To sign up, please contact Pat at volunteers@wayzata.org.


Public Works Facility:
299 W. Wayzata Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391

City of Wayzata: Fall Leaf Pick Up

The Fall Leaf Pick Up will be on Monday, November 10th. Leaves must be bagged and placed curbside by 7:00 a.m.

Effective January 1, 2010, a State of Minnesota law went into effect that requires residents to bag their yard waste in compostable bags only. Compostable bags include paper Kraft bags or compostable plastic bags which are usually clear or a tinted shade of green, white or pink. The bags must state that they meet ASTM D6400 standards for compositing and they are “compostable.” Bags marked “biodegradable” or “degradable” do not meet the state law. For more information, call Randy’s Environmental Services at 763-972-3335.

City of Wayzata: Bell Tennis Courts Temporarily Closed for Repairs

The Bell Tennis Courts will be closed for repairs starting today (Monday, Sept. 22) until the end of Thursday, Sept. 25. Those interested in playing tennis during this time will be directed to the Wayzata West Middle School Tennis courts to play until the work is completed.

Bell Tennis Court notes from the City of Wayzata.

HISTORY: Launch for Sale at the Moore Boat Works - June 10, 1905

Minneapolis Journal advertisement for the Moore Boat Works - Minneapolis Journal - June 10, 1905

Monday, September 22, 2014

WHS Brothers Named Rainbow of Hope Award Recipients

Wayzata High School brothers Jacob and Nathan Ritter
were named recipients of the Rainbow of Hope
award for their work in the community and school.
Wayzata High School (WHS) juniors and twin brothers Jacob and Nathan Ritter were recently named the recipients of the Rainbow of Hope award.

Rainbow of Hope is an award given by Shriners Hospitals each year to three current or former patients who are recognized for contributions they have made to their respective communities and schools, and for overcoming life’s challenges. They are considered to be role models in their community.

The two are a “dynamic duo” sponsored by Zuhrah Temple. While Jacob and Nathan definitely stand alone in their particular areas of interest, they speak loudly as a pair when it comes to being the definition of role models.

The two brothers both consistently maintain a 4.0 GPA, and manage to pull it off while also pursuing outside interests, tutoring, and playing adaptive sports. Both Jacob and Nathan are accomplished pianists, playing at a college level. Recently they planned, coordinated and performed a piano concert at WHS to raise money for Feed My Starving Children. They raised enough money to provide over 1,000 meals, and as a result were recognized by Mark Crea, CEO of the foundation. When they were asked to play piano at the Minnesota Physical Education Conference luncheon held at WHS last year, they agreed as long as they could donate any money they received in tips to Feed My Starving Children.

Jacob and Nathan frequently give concerts at nursing homes, senior programs and assisted living facilities, adjusting their selection of music to meet the needs and musical familiarity of the particular group. In addition to being gifted musicians, the two have won numerous awards for their ability at the game of chess. Jacob was the first place winner in the 2011 Plymouth’s Got Talent competition. Nathan took 1st place honors at the same competition the next year. Enjoying the game doesn’t seem to be enough for these two, so they have taken it another step by mentoring elementary age students eager to learn to play chess.

According to a Shriners International press release, “Both Jacob and Nathan exhibit courage and a strong will to succeed at whatever they choose to do. They are kind, considerate of others, and always willing to go the extra mile for someone else.”

Rainbow of Hope Award recipients receive a monetary scholarship award in the amount of $1000 and their name is placed on the Rainbow of Hope perpetual plaque, which remains on display in the main lobby of the Twin Cities Shriners Hospital

HISTORY: Frank Millman's death ruled murder - The St. Paul Globe, Thursday August 3, 1899

The St. Paul Globe published this story of Frank Millman's death being ruled a murder and not a suicide by the County Coroner.  According to the article, his body was found near the Wayzata Depot, and a bullet was found in his brain.


Wayzata Chamber: Roger Miller Golf Classic scheduled for September 22, 2014

Roger Miller Golf Classic - Image courtesy Wayzata Chamber.
Each September, the Chamber hosts an Annual Golf Classic alternating between Wayzata Country Club and Woodhill Country Club. This long standing tradition has taken place for 53 years. In 2011, the Chamber renamed the tournament, The Roger Miller Golf Classic, in honor of Roger Miller and his 33 years of service as committee chair. Roger Miller was an incredible man and a pillar in our community. The tournament continues on as a celebration of Roger’s love for the game of golf and his contributions to the Wayzata community.

Alex Plechash – Business leader, Marine Corps Veteran, and Wayzata Firefighter, Announces Candidacy for City Council

Alex Plechash
I am announcing my candidacy for the Wayzata City Council. In the twenty plus years I have lived here, I’ve seen the city change … a lot! The explosion in downtown density with the resultant increase in traffic and its effect on public safety and parking constraints is a problem the city will have to deal with. As a Wayzata firefighter, I’ve already had to deal with it. I suspect all of the candidates would agree that this is an issue the city council will have to address. The decision faced by voters will be to decide which of the candidates they feel will bring the best mix of commitment, community support, demonstrated experience, and decision-making ability to the council.

My entire adult life has been about leadership and service; whether it was service to our country as a Marine fighter pilot; to my church as a deacon; in the non-profit world as President & Chairman of a national 501(c) 3 organization (Tee it up for the Troops, Inc.); to my alma mater as a National Trustee and President of the U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association; to our state as a Governor-appointed/Senate-confirmed board member of the Perpich Center for Arts in Minnesota; or to our local community as a volunteer firefighter. I have broad community support including our current mayor who encouraged me to run as well as the public support of our two previous mayors. In addition, I have the support of City Council Member Tom Tanner who decided not to run again this year. He called me a few months ago to let me know he would not be running again and said I was at the top of his list of potential candidates to fill that seat. So, with the counsel of people I trust and the support of my wife, I decided to throw my hat in the ring.

My love of Wayzata was not developed in a vacuum. Before moving to Wayzata in early 1994, I had lived in twelve different states since graduating from Annapolis in 1975. That’s in addition to two deployments overseas with the Marine Corps. I have lived East, West, North and South all across this country and I’ve been to 38 different countries around the globe. I know what a great community we have here in Wayzata because I’ve lived in and been to so many other places. This is where I choose to live. As a council member, I plan to do my best in helping to keep our city family-friendly and safe while also supporting the needs of our local businesses. Wayzata is a great place to live and I want to see it stay that way.

I encourage you to go to my website to find out more about my background and the skills & experience I will bring with me to the City Council. Go to - www.plechashforwayzata.com. The site also allows you contact me with your questions and concerns. Please check it out.

Friday, September 19, 2014

HISTORY: Ice remains practically intact - Minneapolis Journal - April 18, 1904

Wayzata news from April 18, 1904 - Minneapolis Journal

Trappers Cabin History Event

Trappers Cabin. Image courtesy Andrew Mullin.
The Heritage Preservation Board is holding a history/storytelling event on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  Attendees will hear the history of Bushaway Road and other historic buildings, homes and neighborhoods throughout Wayzata. The event begins promptly at 11:00 am.

CITY OF WAYZATA: Applicants sought for Commisions, Boards, and Authorities

The City of Wayzata has the following vacancies on Commissions, Boards, and Authorities:
  • Planning Commission (three 3-year terms expiring December 31, 2017)
  • Housing and Redevelopment Authority (one 5-year term expiring December 31, 2019)
  • Heritage Preservation Board (three 2-year terms expiring December 31, 2016)
  • Communications Board (three 3-year terms expiring December 31, 2017)
  • Lake Minnetonka Conservation District Board (one 3-year  term expiring January 31, 2018)
  • Park and Trails Board (two 3-year terms expiring December 31, 2017).
If you are a Wayzata resident and interested in serving your fellow Citizens and the City of Wayzata through one of these open positions, please visit Wayzata.org on or after Monday, September 22nd to download an application which is due October 31, 2014 at 11 a.m.

CITY OF WAYZATA: County Road 101 / Bushaway Road construction begins September 25, 2014

The road reconstruction project for Hennepin County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) in Minnetonka, Woodland and Wayzata begins Thursday, September 25, 2014. At that time, Eastman Lane and McGinty Road in Wayzata will be closed to traffic with only local access permitted. During this initial phase of the construction, County Road 101 from Minnetonka Boulevard to U.S. Highway 12 will remain open. Work will also begin on the grading of County Road 101 just north of Minnetonka Boulevard at Breezy Point Curve and McKenzie Point Road in preparation for the installation of a roundabout. County Road 101 will remain open in this area during the start of this grading work.

As part of the project, crews will begin clearing trees and other vegetation per the approved construction plans. Next, utility work will begin followed by the reconstruction of the road.
County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) reconstruction is designed to address safety concerns. The new road will accommodate increased traffic and replace the aging roadway and infrastructure. Segments will be closed during different stages of construction. Completion is scheduled for 2016.

Drivers are reminded at all times to proceed with caution through all construction areas. For more information, visit www.hennepin.us/countyroad101, email countyroad101@hennepin.us or call the
project information line at 1-866-981-1101.

Letter in Support of Alex Plechash

I’ve just recently learned that Alex Plechash is running for Wayzata City Council.  I’m writing to enthusiastically endorse him to this position.   I have had an excellent opportunity to get to know him in a unique way over the last several years that leads me to believe he would be a wonderful city councilman.

Several years ago, I was charged with taking over the Leadership class at Wayzata High School.  As a part of the class curriculum, I thought it very important to include speakers with a strong background in leadership.  So I set out to find leaders that were not only successful, but could also communicate to students how they got there.  Through this process I met Alex, who graciously volunteered to speak with my students.  After watching him interact with kids, listening to his numerous life lessons, and hearing from my students how much they learned about leadership, I’ve kept inviting Alex back to every class since.

Over the years, I’ve heard a number of his life stories, and it seems like nearly all of them consistently connect to the themes of service, ethics, and leadership.  Most of his stories demonstrate how throughout his life he has chosen to serve others.  Whether it is through his military service, his work at his church, his presence on the volunteer fire department, or even coming in to speak with my classes, he unfailingly puts himself out there to help his community.  All the while, he does it in a moral way.  In fact, one of the points he focuses on with every class is making sure they understand that unethical leadership does not lead to success in life.

It would be difficult to find a better qualified person in terms of character, leadership, and dedication to the community.  Alex is a good man, the type of person people would be proud to have as a representative.

Sincerely,
Jon Honza

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DNR: Time to inspect boats and water equipment for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks every cabin and lakeshore owner to watch for aquatic invasive species (AIS) when removing docks, boat lifts, swim rafts and other equipment from the water.

“Since those items have been in the water for several months, now is the ideal time to spot invasive species that may be attached to them,” said Heidi Wolf, DNR invasive species unit supervisor. “Carefully inspect everything you remove from the water to see if there are invasive species attached. Your observations will provide invaluable information to the DNR in tracking the distribution of AIS – and give us a chance to rapidly respond if new infestations are found.”

People should look on the posts, wheels and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any parts of boats, pontoons and rafts that may have been submerged in water for an extended period. In newly infested waters, adult zebra mussels may not be abundant and there may only be a few mussels on a piece of equipment. On a smooth surface, juvenile mussels feel gritty, like sandpaper.

If a new infestation of zebra mussels, faucet snails or other aquatic invasive species is suspected, the exact location should be noted, a photo taken and a specimen should be kept for positive identification.

Call 888-646-6367 or contact a local DNR AIS specialist or a fisheries office. Responding quickly to new AIS infestations is critical to help curb the spread into other water bodies.

There are also specific legal requirements for cabin owners and boaters when removing and storing watercraft and equipment for the winter – or hiring someone to handle it:

Transporting and storing watercraft

When hauling boats or other watercraft to a storage facility away from the shoreline property, make sure there are no invasive species attached. It is illegal to transport watercraft with invasive species attached. A list of permitted lake services providers is on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/lakeserviceproviders.

The form should be downloaded, completed, signed and kept in possession during transport. Zebra mussels and other invasive plants and animals must be removed before transporting the watercraft back to a lake or other water body.

Transporting and storing docks, lifts and equipment

It is legal to remove a dock, boat lift, dock, weed roller, swim raft, or irrigation equipment from infested waters and place it on the adjacent shoreline property – even if there are zebra mussels or other prohibited invasive species attached. A permit is not required to place equipment on the shoreline. Contact a DNR AIS specialist if an invasive plant or animal is found that has not been sighted on the lake before.

However, if someone wants to transport equipment from infested waters to another location for storage, cleaning or repair, they must have an authorization form to transport equipment to legally move it to another location. If equipment is to be installed in another water body, all aquatic plants and animals such as zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil, must be removed – and equipment must be dried for 21 days before placing in other waters.

Hiring a business or individual to remove boats and equipment from any water body

Any business or individual in Minnesota paid to decontaminate, install, or remove boats, docks or water-related equipment is legally required to complete AIS training and obtain a permit before working in state waters. Anyone hired to remove a boat or dock must have a current DNR permitted service provider sticker on their windshield. If they work for a lake service provider business, ask to see an employee certificate. A list of permitted lake services providers is on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/lakeserviceproviders.

Learn more about Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species rules and regulations, and the DNR’s lake service provider program at www.mndnr.gov/AIS.

TWELVETV: Girls soccer team improves to 6-2-2 with win over Minnetonka


"Wayzata’s girls soccer team improved to 6-2-2 on the season with a 2-1 overtime win over Minnetonka Tuesday. Addison Clark scored the game-winning goal for the Trojans. Kaylyn Billmeyer scored the other Wayzata goal. The Trojans host Cretin-Derham Hall Saturday."

WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: WHS Addition and New Elementary School Design Development Progress

Thanks to supportive voters last February, committees have been busy this summer moving plans forward to add onto to Wayzata High School (WHS) and build an eighth elementary school to meet the needs of our growing resident student population.

These planning committees are made up of representatives from: district staff, parents and students, Wold Architects and Engineers and Kraus Anderson. A full list of committee and subcommittee members can be found in the menu to the left.

After touring other metro schools to see what else is out there and developing guiding principles to serve as a foundation for the design process, the High School and Elementary Core Planning Teams have been working with architects to develop schematic designs.

The preliminary designs for the WHS addition were shared with the Wayzata School Board at its August 25 Work Session and additional input will now be gathered in September and October from user groups, made up of staff, parents, community members and students, who will share their insights on specific aspects of the high school construction project. The schematic design for the new elementary school will be presented to the School Board at the end of September.

Wayzata High School
Once the user group feedback is incorporated, design development will continue and each schematic design will then be analyzed for feasibility based on financial, structural, mechanical and other realities. The design development phase for the high school is anticipated to be final by the end of October or early November. The design development of the elementary school will be complete by late November or early December. It is possible that preliminary site utility work may begin at Wayzata High School yet this fall, with formal ground breaking for both the WHS addition and new elementary school happening in the spring of 2015.

New Elementary School Site Determined

Pending necessary approvals, the new elementary school will be built near the intersection of Lawndale Lane and County Road 47. The new school will be adjacent to property recently purchased by the City of Plymouth at the corner of Lawndale Lane and County Road 47 as part of its Northwest Greenway Plan.

School Boundary Adjustment Process to be Shared this Fall

With the addition of an eighth elementary school, a process to reconfigure school attendance areas and balance enrollment at all elementary schools will be shared with parents and the community this fall. Both the new elementary school and key portions of the WHS additions are scheduled to be open in the fall of 2016.

Safety, Security and Technology Infrastructure Improvements

Remodeling to enhance security was completed over the summer to the front entrance of Central Middle School. Security enhancements at East and West Middle Schools are expected to begin in the spring of 2015 and be completed sometime during the summer or fall of 2015. In addition, a multi-year fiber optic infrastructure update got underway this summer to modernize and increase connectivity to meet our growing and evolving technology needs.

Updates will continue to be shared as the construction projects proceed. For more information, call and leave your questions on the Construction Hotline at 763-745-5050, or send an email to construction@wayzata.k12.mn.us.

HISTORY: Belle of Minnetonka advertisement - July 20th, 1884

This advertisement appeared in the St. Paul Sunday Globe on July 20th, 1884.  It features train rides on the Manitoba Short Line from Minneapolis & St. Paul, and offers tours of the Upper and Lower lakes on the Belle of Minnetonka and the Hattie May.

Belle of Minnetonka advertisment from the St. Paul Globe - July 20th, 1884.

Council deliberates cell phone tower options, plans user friendly workshop

The water tower cell phone equipment debate continued at the September 17, 2014 Council meeting with an extensive discussion around this sensitive topic.  A citizen group led by residents on Gardner Street recently submitted a petition with 500 signatures supporting removal of the equipment on the water tower.

Mayor Wilcox recognized the impact of the petition on the decision making process, "We don't often get petitions like this, and we recognize this represents a depth of concern and emotion regarding this issue.  This has been one of the most complex issues that we have had to deal with for quite some time, mostly because there are very few good solutions."

After hearing four options to help improve the aesthetic issues of the current site with cost estimates ranging from $65,000 to $450,000, the council agreed to study the issue at an upcoming workshop with options that may include multiple sites in town both east and west, as well as a sequencing of events that would allow for removal of the equipment from the tower for reconstruction at another location(s).

The date of the workshop to study the issue was not immediately identified.  The council did indicate the workshop would be open to the public and user friendly.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com.

Wayzata Chamber of Commerce seeks Director of Membership Services

The Wayzata Chamber is currently looking for a Director of Membership Services:

Position Description | Membership Services Director
Job Title Membership Services Director
Position Type Full-time, exempt (salaried)
Pay and Benefits Salary and benefits package commensurate with experience
Location Wayzata, Minnesota

Primary Responsibilities

Membership Retention & Engagement
  • Develop and foster relationships with Chamber members and key stakeholder
  • Maintain a retention rate of 85% or otherwise designated
  • Educate members on benefits offered, promotional and sponsorship opportunities, and relationship building in order to ensure success
  • Collaborate with Membership Engagement Committee to retain current membership base and enhance member engagement opportunities
  • Work with Ambassador Committee to welcome and encourage new member involvement
  • Develop and implement member retention strategies
Membership Development
  • Grow membership base through the strategic recruitment of new members
  • Prospect development and maintenance of Master Prospect List
  • Meet designated budgetary goals outlined by board of directors
  • Consistently communicate Chamber brand and promote organizational mission to members, prospective members, and the greater community
  • Collaborate with Membership Development Committee to recruit new members and develop growth strategies 

Event Planning & Program Development
  • Plan, coordinate, and recruit sponsors for Member Networking Opportunities (Luncheons, Seminars, Networking Events, New Member Breakfasts, etc.) 
  • Manage all Young Professionals activities (events, sponsorship recruitment, and member engagement)
  • Manage all Wayzata Women in Business activities (events, sponsorship recruitment, and member engagement)
  • Facilitate Lunch Net program
  • Coordinate and schedule Ambassador Visits 
  • Coach member event hosts for successful implementation of events 
  • Plan the Roger Miller Golf Classic. Recruit sponsors and golfers. Meet revenue goals. Gather prizes for awards ceremony.
  • Manage street banner program
  • Manage online banner program
  • Collaborate with Chamber President on the Exceptional Service Award of Excellence program
  • Assist staff members with sponsorship recruitment, member participation, and execution of Community events: James J. Hill Days, Chilly Open, Wayzata Art Experience, and Summer Concerts
Administrative 
  • Update membership materials annually (membership application, membership brochure, sponsorship listing, committee listing, folders, videos, etc.) 
  • Maintain member database (ChamberMaster) and Email database (Constant Contact) 
  • Manage accounts receivable, member billing, member renewal process, and collections 
  • Generate membership reports using ChamberMaster 
  • Answer phone calls 
  • Greet and help Depot visitors
Skills & Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Ability to build relationships and connect with a wide variety of people
  • Sales, fundraising, sponsorship and revenue generation experience
  • Creative thinker in problem solving and project planning
  • Marketing and communications experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial perspective
  • Self starter with ability to work independently or within a team
  • Exceptional work ethic and professional presence
  • Volunteer management and committee work experience
  • Outstanding planning, organizational, project management and follow-through capabilities
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Ability to provide exceptional customer service to members and non members alike
  • Proficiency with current computer and online-based marketing programs (Microsoft Office , Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn)
  • Promoter and supporter of small business and shopping local
  • Chamber or association experience preferred, but not required
  • Photoshop and video production experience a plus
  • Valid MN Driver's License, and must be willing to travel locally
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Assist with other duties as needed 
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume by Monday, September 22, to:

Becky Pierson, Chamber President
Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce
402 E. Lake Street
Wayzata, MN 55391
bpierson@wayzatachamber.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Public-Private Partners Invite Community to Wayzata Big Woods 10th Anniversary Event

Tapping maple syrup in the Big Woods.
Photo Dan Gustafson
The four partner organizations that collaborated to preserve the Wayzata Big Woods in 2004 are reuniting to recognize the Wayzata Big Woods 10th anniversary on Sept. 25. The event – free and open to the public -- will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Big Woods and the adjacent lawn of The Retreat recovery center. There will be a short program at 5:30 p.m.

The anniversary event will feature tours of the woods, tours of The Retreat, a French horn quartet, hors d’oeuvres, and a short program. Special activities planned for children include raptor demonstrations and mini-hikes by Three Rivers Park District personnel and a nature scavenger hunt by Wayzata Boy Scout Troop 283.

The four organizations that collectively preserved the Big Woods are the City of Wayzata, which purchased the majority of the property; The Retreat, which purchased the center of the property and restored the historic house there; the Trust for Public Land, which facilitated the process; and the Minnesota Land Trust, which holds a permanent conservation easement on the property.
More than 250 private donors also contributed a total of $1.6 million to complete the purchase of the property.
The Wayzata Big Woods, a rare urban remnant of the historic Big Woods that once covered a large swath of Minnesota and the Eastern United States, is a public park co-located with The Retreat recovery center at 1221 Wayzata Blvd., directly east of Colonial Square in Wayzata. The property formerly was known as the Cenacle, a spiritual retreat house owned by Catholic nuns.

The woods are open to the public year round. Visitors are welcome to walk its rustic trails to enjoy wildflowers in spring and colorful maple leaves in fall. Volunteers are invited to help eradicate invasive species from the woods in spring. Many Wayzata citizens, as well as the Wayzata High School football team, area Eagle Scouts, and employees of Keller Williams Realtor and TCF bank have volunteered to help maintain the Big Woods for future generations to enjoy.

Beach parking stickers no longer available for non-residents; policy protects against abuse

During the tax levy and revenue discussion at the September 17, 2014 City Council meeting, City Finance Director Don Uram indicated that beach parking stickers for non-residents will no longer be available,

"The City will no longer be selling beach passes to non-residents."  Uram stated. "This year we have sold a number of parking passes, within that parking lot, either to employees of existing businesses or construction workers.  We have 51 some parking spaces down there, and we have 700 parking passes, that have been issued.  This just compounded our issues, by people who were just looking for a place to park."

Wayzata Beach.  Image courtesy City of Wayzata.

Voting for Tyacke

When candidates for public office campaign by complaining, I want to cover my ears. When I find a candidate who wants to listen, weigh all sides, follow a fair and open process, and make independent decisions that balance past, present, and future, I’m interested.

Steve Tyacke is the only candidate, other than the incumbent, running for the an open seat on the council with experience in Wayzata city government. He’s demonstrated his commitment to our city on the Planning and Charter Commissions. The Charter Commission voted him chair in his first year based on his leadership and intellect.

He is committed to the kind of open and independent thinking that will help our city thrive for all our citizens and grow without sacrificing the historic character we all treasure. His private sector experience and instincts for public process and municipal strength make Steve right for Wayzata.

My vote for Steve Tyacke is a positive vote for Wayzata’s bright future.

Kitty Winsor Petit

Wayzata Brew Works withdraws micro-brewery application

At the September 17th Wayzata City Council meeting, it was anounced that Wayzata Brew Works had withdrawn their application to establish a micro-brewery at the Wayzata Boat Works.  Emails to the company and to City Planner Bryan Gadow seeking comment were not immediately returned.

Update: 10:55 am: "They had a change in their business plan and decided to withdraw their application," stated City Planner Bryan Gadow via email.

Wayzata Brew Works has withdrawn it's application at the City.
Image Courtesy Wayzata Brew Works facebook page.

Wayzata Public Schools: 2014-15 WHS National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists named

2014-2015 Wayzata High School National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists.
Image couresy Wayzata Public Schools
Twenty students from Wayzata High School's class of 2015 have been named National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists. This year’s semi-finalists are Michael Ansusinha, Kaylyn Billmeyer, Alan Chiang, Jakob Cornell, Jason Dong, Katherine Gehling, Nicholas Lawrence, Henry Lee, Sruti Paladugu, Shravankumar Panneerselvam, Changyeon Park, Neha Potlapalli, Michelle Qia, Bella Roussanov, Luke Soucy, Orien Zeng, Mason Zhang, Thomas Zhang, Leighton Zhao and Jenica Zhong.  

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.

TWELVETV: Highlights from Trojan loss to Maple Grove



"It was a homecoming for Matt Lombardi. The long-time Wayzata football assistant and current Maple Grove head coach won the first meeting between the two teams since Lombardi left Wayzata four years ago."

"Maple Grove broke open a close game at halftime scoring three second-half touchdowns as the Crimson beat Wayzata 34-7 in prep football. It was the first-ever regular season meeting between the two teams and the first overall since 2007."

"Maple Grove (3-0) faces Champlin Park this week as the Crimson look to extend its 20-game regular season winning streak."

http://twelve.tv

Ken Willcox named 2014 Wayzata Chamber Person of the Year

The Wayzata Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Mayor Ken Willcox has been named the 2014 Wayzata Chamber Person of the Year.  Congratulations Ken!

Mayor Ken Willcox named 2014 Person of the Year.
Photo courtesy Wayzata Chamber Facebook page.

OBITUARY: George Everett Hehl, 72, Motley

George Hehl
September 21, 1941 – September 12, 2014

George Everett Hehl, 72, of Motley, died Friday, September 12, 2014 at Lakewood Health System Care Center Hospice Suite in Staples. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples with Father Joe Korf officiating.

George was born September 21, 1941, in Minneapolis, MN, the son of George H. and Alma E. (Balcome) Hehl. He grew up in Wayzata and graduated from Wayzata High School. He furthered his education by taking Architecture courses. For many years he worked in the automotive industry as well as owning and operating Rainbow Construction. He enjoyed working on building and remodeling projects. More recently, George sold RV’s for Hilmerson in Little Falls and Pleasureland in Baxter.

George was first married to Margaret Dunn on June 15, 1963 in Wayzata and they were blessed with two children, Anne and Stephen. Later George married Kathy O’Brien Krause on October 16, 2002 in Brainerd.

George had been a member of the Scandia Valley Lions Club for numerous years and a lifetime member of the Wayzata Historical Society. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, boating and snowmobiling.

He will be missed by his wife, Kathy; his daughter, Anne Hale, of Kirkwood, MO; step-children, Mitchell Kelly, of Santa Rosa, CA, Jesse Krause, of Duluth, and Katlin (Luke) Beckwith, of Sartell; grandchildren, Jessa (Kris) Schmitz, of St. Cloud and Christopher (Lisa) Hehl, of Princeton; and great-grandchildren, Ella Hehl, Matti Hehl, Becca Schmitz, and Kody Schmitz. He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen; parents; and sister Joan Hehl.

Courtesy: WJON

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WHS Student Takes First at North American Chess Championship

Andrew Tang. Photo courtesy Wayzata Schools.
In nine rounds of intense competition, eighth seeded Wayzata High School freshman Andrew Tang took first place in the North American Junior Chess Championship by finishing 7.5 out of 9 and defeating some top junior players from USA and Canada.

He earned the International Master title and his first Grand Master norm. The North American Junior (U20) Chess Championship was held from July 31 to August 4 in Kichener, Ontario.

Tang started learning chess at the age of four in his preschool. He became a US National Master while in sixth grade at East Middle School. He is one of a few junior players in the U.S. who have earned the International Master title and is working toward the Grand Master title, which is the highest title that can be achieved by a chess player.

McCarthy, Wayzata’s First Female Firefighter, Announces Bid for City Council

Johanna McCarthy
I am announcing my candidacy for City Council in a community my family has been privileged call home for 18 years. My campaign will emphasize preserving our neighborhoods, promoting public safety, and ensuring fiscal responsibility–critical areas for the sustainability of Wayzata.

My motivation is public service, which is not new to me. In 1997, after my husband and I moved to Wayzata, I joined the Fire Department serving as its first female firefighter. For over 5 years, I was a firefighter and first responder until leaving in 2002 after the birth of our first son, also I have been a tenacious advocate for the safety and well-being our citizens.

Wayzata is experiencing rapid change, including increased traffic and serious safety issues for pedestrians and bicyclists. There are increased demands on our police and fire departments, businesses need parking, individual neighborhoods want their unique problems solved, and everyone wants city fiscal resources used wisely. As our city’s challenges continue to expand, I will advocate for thoughtful and fiscally responsible city improvements that reflect the needs of the entire community.

Experience as a project manager for Fortune 100 companies, financial analyst, and as executive director of a global public relations firm make me well qualified to wade through difficult issues and find solutions in a strategic, budget friendly, yet decisive manner.

All members of the community may contact me with their own concerns or issues at https://www.facebook.com/johannamccarthy4council or by phone at 612-803-3038.

Submitted by the Candidate

AMENDED - WAYZATA CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA for Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wayzata City Hall Community Room, 600 Rice Street

5:00 PM - BUSHAWAY ROAD/COUNTY RD 101 PRE-CONSTRUCTION OPEN HOUSE
7:00 PM - CITY COUNCIL MEETING
1. Roll Call

2. Approve Agenda

3. Public Forum - 15 Minutes (3 min/person)
a. Basketball Fever in Wayzata - Update on Podia from Wayzata Historical Society

4 Consent Agenda
a. Approval of Workshop Minutes of September 2, 2014 and Minutes of September 2, 2014
b. Approval of Check Register
c. Municipal Licenses Which Received Administrative Approval (Informational Only)
d. Police Activity Report
e. Building Activity Report

5 Public Hearing
a. Consider Resolution #27-2014 Business Subsidy Criteria & Public Financing Policy

6. New Business
a. Second Reading of Ordinance 746 Amending Zoning Ordinance to Allow Micro-Production Facilities and Taprooms/Tasting Rooms as Conditional Uses and Second Reading of Ordinance 747 Authorizing the Issuance of Licenses for Microproduction Facilities, On-Sale Taprooms and On-Sale Tasting Rooms
b. Consider Res. #24-2014 Certifying the Prelim. Property Tax Levy Payable for 2015
c. Consider Resolution #25-2014 Adopting Municipal Fees for 2015
d. Presentation of Telecommunications Compound Site Options
e. Consider Res. #26-2014 Granting Cable Franchise Extension Beyond 09-30-2014

7 City Manager's Report and Discussion Items
a. Update on Mill Street Parking Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
8 Public Forum (as necessary)
9 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 7 & 21, 2014
Planning Commission - October 6 & 20, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

CITY OF WAYZATA: Bushaway Road/County Road 101 Pre-Construction Open House

Bushaway Road sign. Submitted photo.
The Bushaway Road/County Road 101 Pre-Construction Open House is scheduled for September 16th 5-6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall.

Once the construction begins, updates of the project work details can be sent to you directly via email or text message by signing up at www.hennepin.us/countyroad101 and click the link labeled "sign up for project updates" to enter in your contact information.

$50,000 crowd funding campaign underway for Wayzata Community Sailing Center

Current home of Wayzata Community Sailing Center. Submitted photo.
Calling all boaters and landlubbers! The Wayzata Community Sailing Center is doing a crowd funding campaign to create a new sailing center for the community. Please take a look at http://igg.me/at/itslaunchtime

The new community center will allow WCSC to expand its programming in order to provide sailing for EVERYONE!

The $50,000 goal is the first leg of an overall $2,000,0000 campaign, according to the link.


James J. Hill Days Photos

View the slideshow of the James J. Hill Day Parade here:
http://wayzata.smugmug.com/James-J-Hill-Days-2014

A toddler waves a flag at the J.J. Hill parade.

Girls cross country: 1st place at 44th Mayo Invite

The Post Bulletin has a nice write-up on the Wayzata Girls Cross Country team winning the Mayo Invitational, read it here:

Picture courtesy https://twitter.com/milesplit/status/506245893855907840/photo/1

500 signatures on cell phone tower petition asking for removal

A decades long cell phone tower controversy continued at the September 2nd Council Meeting as a petition bearing 500 signatures opposing the use of Klapprich Park for cell phone tower equipment was presented.

Lucy Bruntjen, Polly Grose, and Lynn Gruber all expressed their concerns.  Susan Hughes of 415 Gardner Street, presented a petition of 500 signatures to the Council asking them to remove the telecommunications site from North Klapprich Park.

The Council will be deliberating more cell phone tower options on Sept. 16th at the regular council meeting.

Boys cross country: Wayzata, Stillwater 1-2 at Mayo Invitational

The Post Bulletin has got a nice update on the Wayzata Boys Cross Country team winning the Mayo Invitational.  Read it here: http://www.postbulletin.com/sports/localsports/boys-cross-country-wayzata-stillwater---at-mayo-invitational/article_97c39efa-5f7f-5b53-98cc-f92ca0bc4cab.html

Additionally, here is a video of the medal ceremony:

TWELVETV: Full broadcast of Trojan loss to Maple Grove

Council selects Mill Street for location and "Owners Rep" for delivery method for parking structure

At the Sept 2nd Council Meeting, the City leaders gave the go ahead to draft a Request For Qualifications to begin selecting an "owners representative" to deliver a parking structure on Mill Street.

Background

City Manager Heidi Nelson reported to the Council that the City of Wayzata is proposing to construct a parking structure to better serve the downtown public amenities and business district. She also indicated The City recently updated its downtown parking study in an effort to better understand parking demand in the downtown district. Manger Nelson sought feedback on weather a study was warranted in determining the location of a proposed parking structure, as well as other how to oversee construction of any new parking facility.

Location, location, location...

The Council deliberated on the location of the proposed parking structure, and also weighed whether or not a consultant could provide a better study on the topic.  The majority of Council Members expressed support for Mill Street which has been eyed as a ramp site for decades.

Council member Tom Tanner indicated, "The only really logical place, and has been... is obviously on the west end of Mill Street. That's pretty much a given as the site we should go after."

"The parking problem we have is obvious. I think Mill Street is the most logical place to put a parking ramp." stated Mayor Willcox.

Widsten & Height

Council member Jack Amdal expressed concern on behalf of the Widsten Townhomes that would overlook the new structure, "I'm sure the residents to the north would be concerned with how tall it is and so forth.  Maybe the ramp on Mill Street to make it work needs to be too big, and all the stakeholders don't like a big ramp, so I think we should be thinking about other sites in town and other alternative locations."

Long term planning

Council Member Bridget Anderson expressed her concern that selecting Mill Street would limit the possibility of looking at alternative site locations, "I think we need to look not at just the 6 or 700 block of Lake, but the whole of Wayzata and find a balance needed to make an informed decision for the best long-term interests."

Comrehensive Approach

Council Member Andrew Mullin expressed his desire for the City, "My hope is that we will take a holistic approach to parking for our downtown that could include a public private partnership on this site and also find ways to add more parking to existing locations of Marquee Plaza and the Folkstone project."

Follow-up

City Manager Nelson indicated she would present more info to the Council on September 16, 2014 Council Meeting based on the feedback and vote.


Wayzata Drive 4 Excellence Golf Event Benefits all Wayzata Public Schools

Golfers enjoy the 2013 WPSEF golf event. Submitted photo.

The Wayzata Public Schools Education Foundation (WPSEF) will be hosting its second annual golf event at the Wayzata Country Club on Monday, September 15 with an 18-hole best ball scramble. The event includes a chance to win a hole-in-one car, putting contest prizes, a general drawing for prizes and appetizers following the event.

Sponsorship and golfing opportunities are still available. If you are interested or have any questions, contact Roger Remark at remark4@msn.com or visit the WPSEF website at www.WPSEF.org.

WPSEF’s sole focus is to help sustain the high quality of education in the Wayzata Public Schools. Since 2007, nearly $130,000 has been awarded in grants to the Wayzata Public Schools.

WHS Seniors win Twin Cities Regional High School Muskie Tournament

Mavrik Joos and Justin Bergeron. Image coutesy Wayzata Public Schools.

2014 graduating Wayzata High School seniors Mavrik Joos and Justin Bergeron won the 2014 Twin Cities Regional High School Muskie Tournament. They advanced to and competed in the state tournament this summer. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tyacke announces candidacy for City Council

Steve Tyacke
Steve Tyacke has announced his candidacy for Wayzata City Council. “I am excited and very positive about Wayzata’s momentum and I want to continue to build on it for the future” he said.

Steve’s campaign theme: Help Wayzata Continue to Thrive! His priorities as council member will be:
  • Addressing parking, traffic and access issues
  • Bringing Lake Effect improvements to reality
  • Maintaining Wayzata’s financial strength and investment grade credit rating
  • Provide leadership to develop new community leaders, and 
  • Promoting diversity in residential housing and rental stock.
Steve is a member of the Wayzata Planning Commission and Chair of the Charter Commission. “I have learned to critically analyze many issues significantly affecting Wayzata’s future, and will continue to use this independent approach to issues which come before the City Council” he said. Steve also has experience as an attorney with Briggs and Morgan and as an Adjunct Professor at University of St. Thomas, practicing and teaching energy law. He noted “based on my experience I believe there are many opportunities for both public and private development that can benefit and enhance the livability and character of Wayzata and its business climate”.

Steve is a member of the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Energy Policy Committee. His past and present non-profit board service includes Chair, Grace Pointe Homeowners Association Board, Governing Member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Board member for the Duluth Public School Teacher’s Endowment Fund.

Steve has been married for 32 years. His spouse, Linda, is an instructor at St. Catherine University in the health information management field. Steve and Linda have two daughters and a son-in-law living in the Twin Cities.

His website is found at tyackeforcouncil.com and on Facebook. Co-Chairs of his volunteer committee are Kitty Petit and Alison Humphrey. Steve was joined by a large group of enthusiastic supporters in the James J. Hill Days Parade and will continue to meet the Wayzata public at every opportunity to discuss issues.

Submitted by the Candidate

Thank you Tom Tanner, looking ahead to Wayzata's future

Tom Tanner, on behalf of the thousands of residents that have benefited from your years of public service to Wayzata and the greater Lake Minnetonka area, please accept our heartfelt thank you. Public service is important. By choosing to serve, you carried on a proud Wayzata tradition. You will be missed.

Your contributions are many and include Wayzata City Council, Planning Commission, Lake Minnetonka Conservation District, Heritage Preservation Board, and the Comprehensive Plan, just to name a few. As we look forward to Wayzata's future, please join me in supporting Jack Amdal and Steve Tyacke for Wayzata City Council.

Their collective experience on Wayzata City Council, Planning Commission, Charter Commission, Historical Society best qualifies each of them for the role and to lead Wayzata into the future. Tom, thank you again, for your service, your sacrifice, and the things you do every day for this community that we all love so much.

Andrew Mullin, Wayzata City Council (2009 - present)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Star Tribune: Maple Grove runs past Wayzata 34-7

David La Voque of the Star Tribune wrote an article on the Trojans loss to former Wayzata defensive coordinator and present Maple Grove Head Coach Matt Lombardi.

"Former Wayzata defensive coordinator and current Maple Grove football coach Matt Lombardi hoped to greet former comrades before Friday’s game at Wayzata High School, his first return since leaving in 2011.

But construction on Peony Lane forced the Maple Grove team buses to detour. Several red lights later, a frazzled Lombardi walked onto the turf about 45 minutes before kickoff and got right into his coaching duties.

His team didn’t need much time to feel comfortable. Isaac Collins returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. The Crimson’s fast start and physical advantage on the line of scrimmage produced a 34-7 victory."

Friday, September 12, 2014

WAYZATA FOOTBALL: Trojans host Maple Grove

Your Wayzata Football Trojans host Maple Grove and Head Coach Matt Lombardi this evening at the Wayzata High School.  You may recall the Lombardi served as the defensive coordinator and as assistant Head Coach under Wayzata Head Coach Brad Anderson for many years.

2014 Wayzata Trojans.  Photo courtesy Wayzata Football flickr stream.

The Trojans are 1-1 after dropping a tough game 16-17 to Eagan in which a two point conversion as time expired failed.  Maple Grove defeated Armstrong last week 47-13 to move to 2-0. View Wayzata Trojans pictures here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WHS Future Problem Solvers Take First at International Competition

Pictured are the members of the 2014 Wayzata High School Future Problem Solvers team that defied statistics during its four year run. Team members include Christine Gu, Zachery Yan, Jenny Lai and Amy Xiong.
The Wayzata High School Future Problem Solvers (FPS) team of seniors Lydia Boike, Isaac Foote and Trisha Morrison, placed first at the International Competition in the main team competition. Senior Emily Chen was a part of the team through the regional and state rounds, but could not join the team for the International Competition.

The International Competition comprises the best teams from most of the states and many other countries around the world. Only about three percent of students involved in FPS ever make it to the International Competition in their entire careers, much less place at the competition. This WHS team has attended three of its four years in high school and this year, beat every other team for the win.

MSPJ: Anthropologie joining Wayzata's Lake Street retail scene

The Minneapolis St. Paul Business journal is reporting that Anthropology has signed a lease for a retail store in the Promenade of Wayzata development.

An Anthropologie store front.  Photo: Huffington Post
"Anthropolgie is leasing 10,000 square feet in the $250 million Promenade development, said Stefanie Meyer of Mid-America Real Estate, who represented the landlord, Presbyterian Homes."

The story indicates that the retail store will open about this time next year.

Wayzata Planning Commission Meeting Agenda Monday, September 15, 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. Regular Agenda Public Hearing Items:
a. 151 Westwood Lane – White Birch Properties and Development Group
i.  Concurrent Preliminary and Final Plat of Subdivision for a three (3) lot residential Subdivision
3. Other Items:
a.  Review of Development Activities
b.  Other items

 9:00 p.m.      
4.  Adjournment


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