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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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Senior Leighton Zhao and junior Michael Cai earned perfect scores of 36 on the 2014 ACT exam

Leighton Zhao said he took the Princeton Review Course in advance and then took several practice tests on his own the week prior to sitting the June 2014 exam. He said some of his courses at Wayzata High School helped prepare him for the exam by working on vocabulary and math. Currently Zhao is taking Advanced Placement (AP) Biology, AP Literature, AP Statistics and AP American Government. Upon graduation he will have taken 17 AP courses at WHS.

Outside of academics, Zhao is on the Science Olympiad Team, Math Team, Destination ImagiNation and plays the clarinet in the WHS Wind Ensemble. He also volunteers at the Chinese School on weekends at Central Middle School and is a tutor at Project For Pride and Living in New Hope.

Zhao said he is currently applying to colleges but is has not decided on his top three choices. He is still undecided for his future major but is interested in math and science.

Michael Cai said he prepared for the ACT by taking the Princeton Review Course. He said his some of his normal course load at WHS also helped prepare him for the exam. He is current enrolled in AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP U.S. History, AP statistics and AP Composition. Next semester he will be enrolled in Spanish 4, Organic Chemistry and Human Anatomy.

Outside of academics, Cai is on the Quiz Bowl Team, the WHS Cross Country Team, and the WHS Track Team. He plays piano with a private lessons and volunteers at the Plymouth Library and Maple Grove Hospital.


On a recent trip this summer, Cai said he had the opportunity to visit several east coast school and is interested in attending college on either the east or west coast but the University of Minnesota is also an option. He is interested in pursuing a degree in chemical engineering.
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Boys soccer is Class 2AA runner up as game is decided in a 5-4 shoot-out

Congratulations to the Wayzata Trojans Boys Soccer team on an outstanding season! They finished 2nd in the state with a 5-4 shoot-out deciding the game for a final score of 2-1.

Check out the awesome photo gallery of the game here: Wayzata Trojans Boys Soccer vs Anoka 



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

WAYZATA HISTORY: Lake Minnetonka news from 1901

The following story of Lake Minnetonka News ran in the Thursday evening edition of the Minneapolis Journal on August 29, 1901.  



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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wayzata Volleyball defeats Hopkins to advance to Section finals

Your Wayzata Volleyball Trojans defeated the Hopkins Royals on Tuesday evening in 3 straight sets 28-26, 25-20, 25-17.  The Wayzata Trojans will face the Eden Prairie Eagles on Saturday Nov. 1 at 3pm at Benilde St. Margaret.



You can view a photo gallery of the match by clicking this link:
Wayzata Trojans Volleyball Section game versus Hopkins.

MacKenzie Groechel, Sabrina Leuer, Elizabeth Benson, Morgan Baufield, Kate Berg, and Tia Dille-Starks
celebrate during the win over Hopkins in the Section 6AAA Semi-finals. Photograph Dan Gustafson.

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Wayzata Marching Band Concert 2014 Indoor Concert



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trojans defeat previously unbeaten East Ridge to advance to State Soccer Championship

Your Wayzata Trojans Boys Soccer Team defeated previously unbeaten and #1 ranked East Ridge 2-0 Tuesday to advance to the State Soccer Championship.  Lewis O’Connor and Clayton Smith scored goals for the Trojans, who advance to play Anoka on Thursday in St. Cloud at 2:30.

Anoka knocked off previously unbeaten Maple Grove 2-1 to advance to the Championship game.



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Monday, October 27, 2014

STAR TRIBUNE: Wayzata / 55391 is top source of Dayton, Johnson funds

The Star Tribune has an article detailing how generous the 55931 zip code has been to Governor Dayton ($116,000) and Jeff Johnson ($91,000) during this campaign season.  Read the full story here:




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CITY OF WAYZATA: Preserving Trees on Bushaway Road

Pictured (L-R) are Tom Pabst, Bushaway resident volunteer, Manuel Jordan, Certified Arborist, and Greg Brown, URS Engineer. Image courtesy City of Wayzata website.
The City of Wayzata is reporting via it's website: "As the reconstruction along County Road 101/Bushaway Road progresses, there is work being done on the corridor to preserve the trees. The URS Engineer along with the Arborist for the project is getting assistance from Bushaway resident volunteers to place yellow “caution/cuido” tape on trees to save. Trees closest to the construction area are being marked to preserve as much of the beautiful canopy as possible for Historic Bushaway Road."

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MNDNR: Conservative 2014 deer season will rebuild herd, challenge hunters

By Tom Landwehr, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Like more than 400,000 others, I am anxiously awaiting Saturday, Nov. 8, when Minnesota’s firearms deer hunting season begins.

There’s nothing like it. The days of advance scouting. The physical struggle of putting up the new stands. The straining for vision and sound in the pre-dawn light of opening day. Anticipation is in full swing for weeks, and then it is upon us.

As I prepare for this year’s hunt, I am fully aware that I, like many other hunters, am less likely to bag a deer than in recent years. In fact, the lowest deer harvest in decades is expected under a harvest plan designed to rebuild the herd. We are conserving deer – does in particular -- this season to improve deer numbers in the future.

Overall, most hunters in the state will be able to harvest only one deer. In much of northeastern Minnesota, where two consecutive severe winters took a toll on deer, hunters will only be able to shoot bucks. For me, someone who loves to eat venison, it will be tough to let a big doe go by. But, the deer herd can rebound quickly, and passing on the doe this year will contribute to a much larger herd next year.

For much of the recent past, the deer herd has been at historic high levels, and harvests have reflected that. In the past five years, and under a plan devised with hunter and landowner input, the DNR deliberately reduced the size of the herd. Today’s populations are close to the goal numbers we set some six years ago. The severe winters of the last two years have driven herd levels lower than where we’d wanted them.

Over the past two years, we at the DNR have heard from hunters that deer numbers are now too low and that efforts to reduce deer numbers have gone too far. In listening sessions and in other ways, many have said it is time to rebuild the population. We agree.

So, this will be a conservative deer season with more protections for antlerless deer throughout much of the state. The harvest could be as low as 120,000. That’s not many deer compared to recent harvests that have approached 200,000 animals. But, because they respond quickly, we will likely see some liberalization even next year.

Meanwhile, do know the DNR needs your help in re-evaluating deer population goals across the state. This goal-setting process began in 2012 in southern Minnesota and moved to southeastern Minnesota in 2014. Goals for the remainder of Minnesota will be set in 2015 and 2016. We want to hear from you.

How can you get involved? Starting in January, you can send in comments or attend public meetings to discuss deer populations in the region or area where you hunt, live or work. You’ll also be able to provide input through a questionnaire designed for the process. You can even volunteer to serve on one of five advisory teams that will recommend deer population goals for each goal-setting block. You can nominate yourself through Monday, Nov. 17. Apply online at www.mndnr.gov/deer.

Even with the reduced harvest, I am really looking forward to the deer opener. I will be spending much of the season with my son, Hunter. He’s a good partner. Like me, he enjoys the sights and sounds of the woods, likes sharing stories at the end of the day, and really likes the report of his trusty .308.

It’s possible we’ll see some antlerless deer we can’t harvest, like many other folks. And that’s OK. It’s OK because we are rebuilding the herd. And it’s OK because for us success is not only about filling tags. It’s also about spending time together, being hunters, enjoying the outdoors and building the memories. We’Il have a good time together. And I expect even better times ahead.

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University of Minnesota Regent and former Cargill executive David Larson dies at age 70

David M. Larson.
Image Courtesy UofM.
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (10/27/2014) —David M. Larson, retired Cargill executive and University of Minnesota regent, died Saturday (Oct. 25) at age 70. He lived in Wayzata, Minn. Larson is survived by his wife Janis, children David Lance (Leawood, Kan.) and Reid (Plymouth, Minn.), a granddaughter, sister Sandra Swartzmiller (Kalamazoo, Mich.); brother Paul W. Larson (Chicago, Ill.), nieces Nicole and Melissa, and nephews Stefan and Chris. Larson was preceded in death by his parents Helen and Marvin (Marv) Larson.

Shortly after Larson’s birth in Valparaiso, Ind., his family moved to Glenwood, Minn., where he spent most of his youth. Having been impressed with his family’s support of foreign students, Larson attended the University of Americas in Mexico City a year after starting at St. Olaf College. He finished his degree in political science at the University of Minnesota and became a lifelong advocate of that institution, eventually being elected a regent in 2005.

He joined Cargill as a trainee in 1966, and soon turned to Cargill’s feed business, serving in Kansas City, Mo., before a year of military service in Vietnam. When he returned, he managed Cargill’s Research Farm in Elk River, Minn., and was promoted to various management positions in Kansas City and Minnesota. In 1983 he was appointed president of the entire Feed Division, and in 1995 was president of Cargill’s Animal Nutrition and Poultry Group, which then operated in 22 countries. His predecessor, David Wentzell, credited Larson’s ability to understand the business, look critically at opportunities and effectively train new talent. Larson served the entire industry when he was named chairman of the American Feed Industry Association in 1990.

Elected executive vice president of Cargill in 1999, Larson became known for his advocacy of corporate branding, quality and employee engagement and recognition. Always passionate about Cargill’s talent, he wrote that “there is no more significant form of recognition than offering people trust, freedom and responsibility.”

Larson was a mentor to a number of key Cargill executives including its executive chairman Greg Page, who said of Larson, “He was a terrific coach to many of us. He believed that it was important for leaders to be other focused – for us that meant being focused on the success of our customers and employees.”

Todd Hall, a current member of Cargill’s Corporate Center who as a platform leader oversees many of the same businesses Larson led, praised Larson’s ability to bring out the best in people. “He always challenged me and had confidence in me to do what I thought was impossible,” Hall said. Larson was a member of the company’s Corporate Leadership Team and served on the Cargill Board of Directors.

After 44 years, Larson retired from Cargill in 2010, but he continued to seek ways to engage with the community. He served on the executive council of the Minnesota Historical Society, was a trustee of the board of National History Day and a year after his retirement, he was elected to a second term as a regent of the University of Minnesota where he served as vice chair from 2011-2013. He was a Board appointee to the University of Minnesota Foundation Board of Trustees, serving for 12 years. A long-time volunteer at the University prior to serving on the Board of Regents, he was an active member of the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Advisory Board and volunteered for the University of Minnesota Foundation during Campaign Minnesota.

“The entire University of Minnesota community is saddened by the news that our friend and colleague has passed away,” said Board of Regents Chair Richard Beeson. “Dave was a passionate advocate for students, a strong proponent of efforts to increase employee engagement and a committed leader for the University. His legacy of service will long be remembered.

“We will dearly miss him, and our positive thoughts are with his wife, Jani, his children and their family,” Beeson said.

Larson had a deep love of the University and often said that higher education was the foundation for his successful professional career. Honoring that legacy, Larson endowed a scholarship at the University in 2008 aimed at addressing his concern about the rising cost of education for middle class families. Since its inception, the U has admitted 350 Larson Scholars. Thanks to Larson’s vision and generosity, this community of students has been able to follow their dreams, receive an exceptional education and graduate with minimal debt. A passionate Gopher football fan, Larson has also provided generous support to Gopher Athletics.

“Regent Larson’s service to this University has been remarkable,” said U of M President Eric Kaler. “He gave generously of his time, wisdom and philanthropy because he cared deeply for students and understood the power of education to change lives. I am fortunate to have known him and worked with him as a regent.”

A public memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 1 in the DQ Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. Memorials are preferred to the Coach Kill “Chasing Dreams” Epilepsy Fund, 1600 University Ave. West, Suite 300, St Paul, MN 55104. David Lee Funeral Homes, Wayzata (952-473-5577), will handle funeral arrangements.

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Faces of Boo Blast

Check out the smiling faces of the 2014 Wayzata Boo Blast.


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

WAYZATA FOOTBALL: Trojans take back Bay Bell in Section play with 31-28 victory

Your Wayzata Trojans football team won a back and forth contest on Friday evening while playing the Minnetonka Skippers at Anderson Field for the 2nd week in a row.  Running back Austin Gordon rushed for nearly 200 yards and 2 TD's in the contest.

Click here for a photo gallery of the game: Wayzata defeats Minnetonka in Section football

Austin Gordon rushed for 2 touchdowns and nearly 200 yards against Minnetonka.
Ryan Keup advances the ball.



Friday, October 24, 2014

TWELVETV: Trojans race to section cross country titles

TWELVETV is reporting, "It was another strong showing for the powerhouse Wayzata girls and boys cross country teams Wednesday at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista. The Trojans captured team championships in both the girls and boys Section 6AA meets."



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TWELVETV: Second half outburst carries Wayzata boys in state soccer



After a scoreless first half, the Wayzata boys soccer team got two quick goals from Arthur Parens to open the second half on the way to a 3-0 win over Rochester John Marshall in the Class AA quarterfinals

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FOX9: Burglars target designer eyeglasses in new crime trend

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HENNEPIN COUNTY SHERIFF: School Safety Week

School Safety Week
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office supports National School Safety Week and National School Bus Safety Week which took place from October 20-24. Sheriff Stanek and deputies with the Community Engagement Team visited elementary schools this week to treat students to a certificate for a free ice cream cone for practicing safe habits on their school buses.

DRIVERS:

  • Drivers should always follow the speed limit and slow down in school zones and near bus stops.
  • Remember to stay alert and look for kids who may be trying to get to or from the school bus. 
  • Slow down and stop if you’re driving near a school bus that is flashing yellow or red lights. This means the bus is either preparing to stop (yellow) or already stopped (red), and children are getting on or off.

Please review the following safety tips with your children because injuries can occur if kids are not careful and aware when getting on and off the bus.

TOP TIPS FOR KIDS:

  • Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. 
  • Tell kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.
  • Teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and never to walk behind the bus.
  • If your child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, he or she should take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the driver indicates it’s safe. 
  • Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.

Instruct younger kids to use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door. If your children drop something, they should tell the bus driver and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up.

Information provided by www.safekids.org

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wayzata leads the pack in restaurant trends according to Star Tribune article

The Star Tribune has a piece entitled "Restaurant trends for 2014" featuring a number of prominent Wayzata restaurants including CoV Wayzata, 6Smith, Lunds and Byerly’s Kitchen, and Peoples Organic.  Click this link to read the story:


Screen capture of the Star Tribune story. 
P.S. I borrowed this headline from Andrew Mullin...

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Wayzata Cross Country Teams win Section 6AA, headed to State

The Wayzata boys and girls cross country team won the Section 6AA titles at Gale Woods Farms in Minnetrista yesterday. The teams return to State to defend their state championships next weekend, according the AD Sherwood.  For the girls, Anna French won the individual championship, and for the boys Connor Olson took 2nd place.

Image courtesy Wayzata Track & Field.




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Wayzata Boys Soccer defeats Rochester John Marshall 3-0 in state quarter finals

The Wayzata Boys Soccer team played Rochester John Mayo on Wednesday evening and defeated the Rockets by the score of 3-0. The Trojans will play #1 seed East Ridge Tuesday at 11 am at St. Cloud State in the State Semi-finals.

Below is a picture of some loyal fans taken by AD Jaime Sherwood at the game last night:

Image courtesy @WayzataTrojans



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Anchor Bank Ribbon Cutting Photo

Terra Contractors tweeted this photo of the ribbon cutting held Tuesday afternoon, October 21, 2014 at Anchor Bank in Wayzata:

Image courtesy Terra Contractors.


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TWELVETV: Wayzata Boys Gear up for State Soccer

TWELVETV is reporting:

"The Wayzata boys soccer team is back in the state tournament for the first time since 2009. The fourth seeded Trojans meet fifth seed Rochester John Marshall in the AA quarterfinals Wednesday at Chisago Lakes High School."



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HENNEPIN COUNTY: County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

As of TODAY, the Bushaway Road causeway at Gray’s Bay is closed to ALL TRAFFIC. This closure will be in effect until May 2015 or later.

Bushaway residences north of the causeway will only be reachable from the North using Eastman Lane or McGinty Road. Highway 101 residents south of the causeway will need to use the detour from Minnetonka Boulevard.

Access to remove boats from the Gray’s Bay Marina and for fishing remains open from Minnetonka Boulevard. There will be no interference with boats in the water. Ice fishing access from the causeway parking lot will be open this winter from Minnetonka Boulevard.

The railroad bridge is currently being dismantled. Other construction activity includes grading and storm sewer work on McGinty Road, and sanitary sewer and watermain installation on Eastman Lane. Eastman Lane will remain open to local access.

Remember, construction barriers are in place to protect you. Please do not cross work barriers at any time.

Wayzata Police continue to enforce “local traffic only.”

There is one final event at the Yacht Club this weekend so please expect traffic along Eastman Lane.

Reminder: Bicycles are vehicles and must obey all road closure signs.
Safety reminder

Please drive slowly and safely to protect yourself, your vehicle and construction personnel.

Hotline: 866-981-1101

Twitter: www.twitter.com/hennepinCR101

Project website: www.hennepin.us/countyroad101

Email: countyroad101@hennepin.us

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Wayzata Legislative Candidate Forum 2014



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October 21, 2014 Wayzata City Council brief

A very light City Council agenda on October 21, 2014 dealt with the following issues:

  • An update on County Road 101
  • A public hearing on delinquent utility bills, and assessment via the County taxing system
  • Passage of an amendment to the CUP for McCormick's allowing for an expansion of the outdoor patio area
A few other smaller items were addressed, and the Council adjourned the meeting in under an hour.

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Wayzata Boo Blast Scheduled for October 25, 2014

The Wayzata Chamber presents Wayzata Boo Blast:

Boo Blast Scheduled for October 25, 2014. Image courtesy Wayzata Chamber.
Date: October 25, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM – 03:00 PM
Location: Wayzata, MN
Wayzata celebrates Halloween Saturday, October 25 from 11-3 pm! Trick-or-Treat and enjoy spooky specials and family-friendly activities all around town!

Activities:

  • The TROLLEY will be back in town!!! Route TBD.
  • Lunds of Wayzata will be hosting FREE Kids photos, FREE Hot Dogs, FREE Soda, FREE chips, FREE Ice cream, and FREE music and entertainment provided by “Kids Dance”
  • Get your picture with a Gargoyle and pick-up a FREE Popcorn Ball at Lindblom Jewelers. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
  • Business Discount coupons for adults at the UPS Store of Wayzata
  • TCF Bank Tent with games & treats
  • Visit “Newbie” the shoe character at Schuler Shoes
  • Trick-or-treat up and down the Village Shoppes
  • FREE ginger snaps & caramels at Judd Frost/Frost & Budd
  • Scare Hair at Salon Marquee
  • $25 gift certificates for Moms, along with a FREE Photo shoot and trick-or-treat at Monique of Switzerland
  • Title Boxing Club Open House with Treats from 12 pm – 3 pm and Special Halloween Class from 1 pm – 2 pm for adults and children of all ages

Trick-or-Treat at the following locations:

Colonial Square

  • Lunds of Wayzata
  • TCF Bank
  • The UPS Store of Wayzata
  • Lindblom Jewelers
  • Data Doctors
  • Schuler Shoes
  • Sport Clips
  • Noodles & Company

Wayzata Village Shoppes

  • Title Boxing Club

Lake Street

  • Judd Frost/Frost & Budd
  • Steele Fitness
  • Leona Simonett Agency – American Family Insurance
  • Sun & Slope
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Candlelight Floral
  • Salon Marquee
  • Merilou Boutique
  • Monique of Switzerland
  • Wayzata Bar & Grill
  • D’Amico & Sons
  • Lunds & Byerly’s Kitchen

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Lake Minnetonka Conservation District Board of Directors Agenda for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7:00 PM, Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Wayzata City Hall

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
4. CHAIR ANNOUNCEMENTS, Vice Chair Green
 Administer Oath of Office to David Lang- New LMCD Board Member (Minnetrista)
5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES- 10/8/14 LMCD Regular Board Meeting
6. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
A) Audit of vouchers (9/25/14 and 10/16/14 - 10/31/14)
B) September financial summary and balance sheet
C) Draft letter to be forwarded to LMCD Member Cities regarding Board appointments for 2015
7. PUBLIC COMMENTS- Persons in attendance, subjects not on the agenda (limited to 5 minutes)
8. PUBLIC HEARINGS- None
9. OTHER BUSINESS
A) 2014 Final Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM) Harvesting Program Report
B) 2014 Lake Minnetonka Shoreline Boat Storage Count Report
10. UPDATE FROM STANDING LMCD COMMITEES
11. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT
12. ADJOURNMENT

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OPINION: Life long resident supports Tyacke for Council

As a life-long Wayzata resident, I am writing to express my support for Steve Tyacke for Wayzata City Council. Steve has earned my support based on his deep experience of community leadership in Wayzata and the Twin Cities more broadly, as well as his strong character and the leadership, integrity, fairness, and thoughtfulness with which he has approached his long-standing service to our community.

Steve’s strong qualifications have been well recognized, and he has numerous endorsements from community leaders and citizens from across Wayzata, including several current and former Council Members, Mayors, and Planning and Charter Commissions members.

I will be voting for Steve on November 4, and I encourage my fellow Wayzata citizens to do the same.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellie Pidot
Wayzata

WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Julie Fischer of Sunset Hill Elementary is Employee of the Month



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Monday, October 20, 2014

WAYZATA POLICE DEPARTMENT: Seat belt enforcement Monday afternoon



The following email came in from the Wayzata Police Department on Monday afternoon:

"Traffic Enforcement: Officers from several police jurisdictions will be working a traffic saturation in Wayzata this afternoon and evening. Seat belts will be the main focus. We always like to give fair warning when we host these enforcement initiatives. Buckle up and drive safe!!!"

The email was signed by Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold.  Take it easy out there!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wayzata celebrates 1959 State Championship Basketball Team with podia unveiling

Coaches Jack Thurnblad, Norm Schroeder and members of the 1959 State Champion Wayzata Trojan Basketball gathered at a community event to dedicate a podia on Lake Street commemorating the team on October 19th.  The day was a picture perfect October Sunday afternoon, with a crowd of hundreds in attendance to celebrate.  The event was championed by the Wayzata Historical Society, the podia was approved by the City Council, and the 1959 trophy was presented by the Wayzata School District.  


Members of the 1959 Wayzata Basketball team. Image courtesy Wayzata Basketball on Twitter.



The 1959 State Championship Trophy.



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OPINION: Vote Jack Back--Every Vote DOES Count

If you live in or have been visiting Wayzata, you’ve noticed the campaigning for the 2014 election for the Wayzata City Council is in full gear. The candidate leading the pack is Jack Amdal, the only incumbent on the ballot. I have had the privilege of working with Jack on the City Council for the past two years and find his character, integrity, professionalism and ethics are bar none.

Jack’s devoted service to this community and its residents is above reproach with the countless hours he has dedicated to all aspects of the community from the moment he moved into town some 33 years ago. As a charter member of the Wayzata Historical Society, Chair of the Bushaway Task Force,(allowing him to save hundreds of trees and controlling the scale of Bushaway Road improvements) to providing his professional expertise on the Planning Commission and City Council for the past 20 years, Jack has proven, time and time again, he has the fortitude, motivation and knowledge to be a continued leader for Wayzata. His thoughtful, quiet demeanor along with his poignant words should not be mistaken for anything less than that of a person who is committed and cares deeply for the small town character and identity of Wayzata we enjoy.

For these reasons, I ask you to join me in supporting Jack Amdal for Wayzata City Council.

Statistically a non-Presidential election year will bring a lower voter turnout. I want to encourage ALL residents to shatter that enumeration and VOTE on November 4th.

Almost two years ago, the residents of Wayzata proved the point – EVERY VOTE COUNTS - with me winning my seat by 3 votes. This was the closest race in Wayzata history for City Council. I can’t tell you the number of times, since then, people have come up to me to share their story of how they just know it was their vote that made the difference. It was their vote that counted for something. Without neighbors, volunteers, the great residents at the Boardwalk, the family of three over on Hillside Drive or the residents I met for the very first time door-knocking, I wouldn’t be doing this incredible and humbling job – serving the community of Wayzata.

Please, take the time out of your day between now and November 4th to vote. It couldn't be more convenient in Wayzata with the polling place at City Hall or early/absentee voting now available. Visit www.wayzata.org for general election voting information.

Please Vote! And Vote Jack Back!

Sincerely,
Bridget Anderson
Wayzata City Council Member

Jeff Shore catches 45" muskie in Wayzata Bay

Wayzata resident Jeff Shore caught this 45" muskie in Wayzata Bay over the weekend. Submitted photo.
Send a quick note or photo of your accomplishments to dan@wayzata.com for publication.

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Shaver Park wrapped in fall colors

You may notice the background of Wayzata.com changed this weekend.  It was such a beautiful Sunday at Shaver park, and the photos so striking I couldn't resist changing it up.  More photos are available here: Fall 2014 Shaver Park.


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Boys Soccer State Tournament Bracket

Your #4 Ranked Wayzata Trojans will take on #5 ranked Rochester John Marshall on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Chisago Lakes High School.



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Former Boston and Santana group members headed to Excelsior for Charity Concert

Alex Ligertwood, the lead singer for Santana from 1979-1994 and Fran Cosmo, lead singer for Boston from 1990-2005 are coming to Excelsior, MN on Friday November 28th to sing classic rock hits, honor friends who passed away recently and to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer research at the University of Minnesota. The concert will be held at the Minnetonka Country Club from 7-10:30 pm on Friday November 28th.

“It has been a tough year. It will be good for us to get together for some musical healing.” said Alex Ligertwood, recognized as the “voice of Santana”. “We lost Fergie Frederksen (former Toto lead singer) and Jimi Jamison (Survivor lead singer) recently and we miss them so much. To honor their memory and also raise money for a killer disease like Pancreatic Cancer was a perfect fit.”

Ligertwood is no stranger to Minnesota, as he has performed in the annual Pancreatic Cancer concert in the past with Frederiksen and Jamison. The cause has united other rock legends as well who have converged to Excelsior, MN the last two years. This third annual benefit concert also features Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of Boston from 1990-2005. “I wanted to be there,” said Cosmo. “I loved those guys (Frederiksen and Jamison) and I changed my plans so I could support this concert.” When flight arrangements were being made for Cosmo, who lives in New York and Ligertwood, who lives in California, they both compromised Thanksgiving with their families to arrive in Minnesota a day earlier to sound check and better prepare for this musical event.

Those attending will hear the classic hits that Ligertwood sang lead for Santana such as “Black Magic Woman”, “Winning”, “Evil Ways”. “Oye Como Va” “Hold On” and more. Fran Cosmo will sign lead on Boston classics “More Then a Feeling”, “Peace of Mind”, “Long Time”, “Smokin”, “Don’t Look Back” and more. The band Headliner will back both musicians. Headliner has backed many national lead singers in the recent past, including Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Fergie Ferderiksen (Toto), and more.

Tickets are available online at TickerRiver.com (Remembrance Rock Friday). General Admission tickets are $25 in advance, Reserved VIP seats are $40 in advance. At the door General admission admission will be $35 and $50 for reserved seats if not sold out. For more information, group tickets or sponsorship, contact Mike Woodley at 612-386-0082

About University of Minnesota Wellner Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
501C3 charity funding research of Pancreatic Cancer at the University of Minnesota. In honor of Gary Wellner, who was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer in 2009. “Our goal is to develop an arsenal of treatments and then selectively target them to patients," said Dr. Selywn Vickers Surgical Oncologist, Former Chair of Department of Surgery. University of Minnesota. http://www.Garysgift.net

For more information:
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Planning Commission Meeting scheduled for 7:00pm, Monday, October 20, 2014 is cancelled.

Wayzata Planning Commission
Workshop Meeting Agenda
Monday, October 20, 2014
Community Room,
600 Rice Street East,
Wayzata, Minnesota

The Planning Commission Meeting scheduled for 7:00pm, Monday, October 20, 2014 is cancelled.
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2014 City of Wayzata Volunteer "Pull It Day" a success

Twenty-nine civic minded community volunteers gathered at the Wayzata Public Works building early morning on Saturday October 18th to participate in Pull It Day, the City of Wayzata's Volunteer Program to remove annual flowers from City owned flower beds around town.  The event is held annually, and mirrors a planting day held by the same group in the spring, in addition to an Adopt a Garden program that runs through the summer.

The Volunteer Program was started in 2009 as budget constraints caused the City of Wayzata to seek new ways to meet staffing requirements.  Other arms of the volunteers include staffing for administrative tasks, Big Woods maintenance, and programming for seniors within the community.

"Pull It Day." Members of the City of Wayzata Volunteer Program gathered outside Public Works for a photograph prior to conducting seasonal maintenance on the municipal flower beds. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The group completed the herculean task of removing flowers from City owned flower beds in record time this year, according to Pat Broyles, Co-Chair of the Garden Initiative group.  For more information on how to particpate in the Volunteer Program, visit this webpage at the City of Wayzata.

Click any of the photos below to view the 2014 Pull It Day photo gallery by Dan Gustafson.

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WAYZATA GIRLS SWIM & DIVE: True Team State Champions!

From the Wayzata Girls Swim & Dive page:

"True Team State Champions! Thursday night was one for the record books, literally. The Trojans won True Team State with a whopping, new point record of 2447 points (Minnetonka was second with 1999 points and Edina was third with 1973.5 points). On top of that, the girls set four new meet records: the 200 Medley Relay (sophomore Carly Quast, junior Madison Preiss, sophomore Lexi Schaaf and junior Colleen Donlin), the 200 Freestyle Relay (senior Mary Whiting, Schaaf, junior Sarah Lingen and Preiss), Carly Quast in the 100 back, and the 400 Freestyle Relay (Whiting, senior Megan Larson, Lingen and Donlin). As if that weren't enough, there were also four school records broken: the Medley Relay, Carly Quast in the 200 free (1:51.08) and the 100 back (55.00) and Lexi Schaaf in the 100 fly (56.17). Congratulations to the entire team for making the night a memorable one! Results, the Best Times/Scores and the Record Boards links have all been updated.

Star of the Meet: Congratulations to Tessa Anderson for winning Star of the Meet at True Team Sections. Tessa dove a season best score of 426.40 in the 11-dive list. She also swam the 50 breast on the Medley Relay in a time of 32.38 and the 50 free on the 200 Free Relay in a time of 26.80, earning her two swimming spots at True Team State. Way to go, Tessa!"


View the Wayzata Swim and Dive webpage and blog.

Image courtesy Wayzata Girls' Swimming and Diving.

Image courtesy Wayzata Girls' Swimming and Diving.
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WAYZATA HISTORY: "Wayzata is Divided," The Minneapolis Journal, May 25, 1905

This story ran in the Minneapolis Journal, May 25, 1905 and details concessions sought by the Great Northern railroad that caused a great debate at the time.  The railroad asked to add two additional feet of fill on top of the 18 inches that was under the tracks next to Lake Minnetonka, and offered in return a new railroad station and steamboat dock.



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Friday, October 17, 2014

TWELVETV: Minnetonka defeats Trojans 17-6 in Bay Bell football contest


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WHS 2014 Homecoming Coronation


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HENNEPIN COUNTY SHERIFF: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence is not a private matter and it should not be kept behind closed doors. It is against the law, it is a violation of human rights and domestic violence will not be tolerated in Hennepin County.

If you are the victim of domestic violence and need help—call 911 immediately!

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to advocacy and assisting victims of domestic abuse. Last year the Sheriff’s Office served nearly 1,800 Orders for Protection. All Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatchers and deputies on patrol are trained to help victims and respond to domestic incidents.

The Sheriff’s Office has established a strong partnership with Cornerstone, a violence prevention organization that provides resources and help to individuals and families affected by domestic violence. Last year, 2,338 women, 334 men, and 853 children received direct services from Cornerstone. The organization also provided 12,672 victims with an immediate connection to safe housing through the Day One MN Domestic Violence Crisis Line. To learn more about Cornerstone visit their website at:http://cornerstonemn.org/

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Wayzata Planning Commission Workshop Meeting Agenda Monday, October 20, 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. Alternative Energy Ordinance Discussion
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.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Girls Soccer upended by Hopkins: PHOTO GALLERY & VIDEO


The Wayzata Girls Soccer team took 2nd in Sectional play. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Two things for Wayzata.com readers on the recent contest between Wayzata & Hopkins in girls soccer, the first is the TWELVETV newsclip which is featured below, and the second is a photo gallery of the game located here.





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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tough comments and questions for School Board regarding 'Hard Hats'


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PHOTO GALLERY: Boys Soccer advances to State


Clay Elmore scores one of his three goals against St. Louis Park.  Photo Dan Gustafson.



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FOX9: Wayzata Hard Hats look to make peace

KMSP-TV

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TWELVETV: Wayzata Boys Soccer wins section semifinal in overtime



TWELVETV is reporting that, "The Wayzata boys soccer team had some good scoring chances but couldn't put them away in regulation against Roseville in Saturday's Section 6AA semifinals. The Trojans did convert in overtime though, as Arthur Parens scored to send the Trojans to the section title game Tuesday night against St. Louis Park."

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Dan Gustafson Joins RE/MAX Results As New Sales Associate

Dan Gustafson has joined RE/MAX Results as the newest member of its dynamic sales team. Gustafson brings to the office 12 years of experience in residential real estate.


Dan Gustafson has joined
Re/Max Results as a REALTOR.
“My clients are my first priority," Gustafson said. “Providing Wayzata, Minnetonka, and Plymouth homebuyers and sellers with the opportunities the RE/MAX brand has to offer, as well as its abundant resources, is a huge benefit for them. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

As one of the most recognized names in real estate, RE/MAX has more than 90,000 Associates in over 90 countries. Gustafson believes another advantage offered by his new company is the focus on continued education. RE/MAX offers on-demand real estate courses through an online platform that allows Associates to access hundreds of full-length training programs on their own time.

"No other real estate organization has a higher percentage of Associates with advanced, professional designations," said Gustafson. "Keeping on top of the changes in protocols and procedures is extremely important. As an agent, I need to know the latest techniques so I can in turn provide the best quality of service to my clients."

For more information about Dan Gustafson RE/MAX Results Wayzata, please contact him at 952-473-1000, or visit results.net.

Disclosure: Dan Gustafson owns Wayzata.com and makes the editorial decisions regarding the content on this website.

Wayzata Public Schools: 2014 Homecoming Parade


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TWELVETV: Standout Student Andrew Quirk



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WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Global Day of Play at Greenwood Elementary


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WAYZATA HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Wayzata Basketball Tribute and Podia Unveiling scheduled for October 19

State Champs in 1959. Image courtesy WHS.
The City of Wayzata's official website Wayzata.org indicates that, "The Wayzata Historical Society is dedicating a pictorial memorial to the 1959 Wayzata High School State Basketball Champs on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m. The unveiling of the memorial podia will take place on the lake side of Lake Street across from Caribou Coffee. Coaches Jack Thurnblad and Norm Schroeder plus members of the 1959 team will be present. The public is invited to help celebrate. A reception at the Depot will follow the dedication."
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EDEN PRAIRIE NEWS: Eden Prairie crashes Wayzata Homecoming, runs win streak to 24 games

The Eden Prairie News has a nice write-up on the Trojans loss to the Eagles last Friday evening.  You can view the story by following this link: rem.ax/1EOLUWE

Eden Prairie News story on the Trojans and Eagles football game. 


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TWELVETV: Cross Country Sweeps Lake Conference races


"The defending state Class AA champion Wayzata boys and girls cross country teams each won the Lake Conference championship races Thursday. Both Trojans teams will try to defend their Section 6AA championships October 22nd at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista."

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Little Brown Jug makes appearance at Chamber Person of the year luncheon

Mayor Ken Willcox holds the Little Brown Jug. Image courtesy Andrew Mullin.
Mayor Ken Willcox is shown holding the Little Brown Jug at his celebration for Wayzata Person of the Year, presented by the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce at the Wayzata Country Club on October 9th.

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Camryn Wentzel and Anthony Clarke named 2014 Wayzata Homecoming King and Queen

Camryn Wentzel & Anthony Clarke were named Queen and King
at the Wayzata Coronation ceremony held on Oct. 8th, 2014.

OPINION: Plechash a leader committed to safety

I am writing this letter in support of Alex Plechash for the Wayzata City Council. Alex has demonstrated his leadership and service to the community over his career by serving as Crime Prevention Block Captain for nearly a decade, as a volunteer firefighter in Wayzata since 2006, and as an Executive Board member of the non-profit Tee it up for Troops- providing support to our troops and their families.

 Alex truly “walks the talk” in his community service. As a Wayzata resident for the last 20 years, Alex is committed to keeping the community family friendly and a safe place to live. I hope you will join me in support of Alex Plechash for City Council.

Rich Stanek
Hennepin County Sheriff

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

WAYZATA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Person of the Year Luncheon scheduled for Oct. 9

Wayzata Chamber Person of the Year Luncheon
Thursday, October 09, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Join us in celebrating the 2014 Chamber Person of the Year, Mayor Ken Willcox and the many years of service he has given to the greater Wayzata community!

Thursday, October 9, 2014
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd. W.
Wayzata, MN 55391

For tickets please contact the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber.

Wayzata Council Candidate Forum scheduled for Oct. 14

According to the official website of the City of Wayzata, "The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a Wayzata City Council Candidate Forum on Tuesday, October 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Wayzata City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend this informational meeting with the four candidates that have filed for two positions. Questions from the audience will be presented anonymously to the candidates by Moderator Jeff Lambert."

TWELVETV: Wayzata Girls Soccer Ready for Playoffs

HENNEPIN COUNTY SHERIFF: Heroin Town Hall for Hopkins & Minnetonka

The Hennepin County Sheriff Office is working in partnership with the Hopkins Police Department and the Minnetonka Police Department to hold a Heroin Town Hall.

WHEN: Wed. Oct. 15 from 6:30pm-8pm
WHERE: Hopkins Center for the Arts (1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins)
WHO: Parents, grandparents, educators, and all community members are urged to attend this informative meeting.
MORE: Law enforcement leaders will describe efforts to combat illegal drug sales & distribution in Hennepin County.

Prevention experts will describe what you can do in your home to reduce the risk of illegal prescription medication use and heroin use.

A young man who fought addiction and now speaks on behalf of the organization "Know The Truth - MN Adult & Teen Challenge" will describe how young people hide addiction from family and what factors typically lead to addiction.


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

CITY OF WAYZATA: Railroad Crossing Replacement on Barry Ave Schedule for Oct. 13-16

The City of Wayzata has recently posted the following update on the official City website Wayzata.org:

"Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) will be replacing the railroad crossing at Barry Avenue South beginning Monday, October 13th. This railroad crossing is located just south of Lake Street, near the Wayzata Depot and the Boatworks building. The railroad crossing will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic as of 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 13th, with restoration of the crossing anticipated by late Thursday, October 16th. 

The City of Wayzata will be responsible for traffic control for the detour. A portable traffic signal system will be utilized to allow access to and from the city beach, marina, 6Smith, Boatworks building tenants, and the Depot via Lake Street to Ferndale Road South to Grove Lane East (see link below of detour map).

Image courtesy City of Wayzata via Wayzata.org.
Phone contact regarding the detour call the non-emergency police dispatch at 763-525-6210."

HISTORY: Minnetonka Property from the Minneapolis Journal, May 2nd, 1902

This real estate advertisment appeared in the Minneapolis Journal,
May 2nd, 1902.

OPINION: Plechash is a Proven Leader

I am writing this letter in support of Alex Plechash for Wayzata City Council. I first met Alex many years after his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, his service as a Marine Corps pilot during which he earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and his entry into the business world, where he became a successful private sector professional.

Our first meeting was about ten years ago, when we were both community volunteers. Over the intervening years, what I have learned about Alex is that he is a principled, conscientious man, who thoughtfully spends time seeking out organizations where his experience is needed and his leadership skills will help them meet their goals.

Alex is motivated by a genuine desire to serve – he has never used a Board position simply to develop his resume. He has spent many years on the Wayzata Fire Department – helping to save lives and homes in our community. He has also served many years as an advisor for young military recruits, and countless hours have been devoted to military families and their wounded warriors. His two terms as Board Member for the Perpich School expanded his experience to the education community – dealing with its finances, student performance issues, and family involvement.

Alex is an experienced leader who is a straight talker, who is not afraid to ask questions, and who has learned to work smart. He also listens, with a sense of humility, in order to solicit input from others in the solution of problems.

The Wayzata Community is very fortunate to have a candidate like Alex Plechash running for its City Council.

Connie Doepke
Former MN State Representative