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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.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Another fatal crash on Highway 12

The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting an overnight accident with a fatality just west of Wayzata. This is another in a string of deadly crashes that have occurred along the Highway 12 Corridor.  Many community leaders and police departments along the route have been lobbying the legislature and MN Dot to enhance safety along the route.

Highway 12 fatal accident.  Image Courtesy KSTP.
You can listen to the police audio of the reponse here.

Here are the details:

Incident Number: 16504523 Incident Date/Time: 4/30/2016 2:15:00 AM
MSP District: 2500 Incident Contact: MN State Patrol District 2500 - (763) 591-4680
Number of Individuals: 3
Number of Vehicles: 3

Location: HWY 12 and Old Crystal Bay Road Type: Concrete
Milepost: NONE RECORDED Road Condition: Dry
County: Hennepin Number of Lanes: 2
Crash Type: Rear End Divided/Undivided: UNDIVIDED ROADWAY
Incident Classification: FATAL Hazardous Material: NOT PRESENT

Assisting Agencies:
HENNEPIN COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE
ORONO POLICE DEPARTMENT
WEST HENNEPIN PUBLIC SAFETY
  • Person 1: Waters, Melissa A , 25 , OF North St. Paul MN , DRIVER OF VEH 1 , Phys. Cond. : No Apparent Injury
  • Person 2: Info Release Date and Time: Sat Apr 30 18:00:00 CDT 2016
  • Person 3: Casey, Raymond G , 52 , OF Annandale MN , DRIVER OF VEH 3 , Phys. Cond. : No Apparent Injury
Vehicle 1: 2012 Honda Civic
Vehicle 2: 2014 Ford Fusion
Vehicle 3: 2011 Chevrolet Cruz

Incident Description: 2012 Honda Civic and a 2014 Ford Fusion were both traveling eastbound on Hwy 12 when the Ford rear ended the Honda. The Ford then spun out coming to rest in the westbound lanes of Hwy 12 when it was struck by a 2011 Chevy Cruz.

Information Complete: INFORMATION BELIEVED COMPLETE
Last Updated: 4/30/2016 6:45:47 AM

Wayzata boys take St Thomas Invite Team title, Carpenter sets record in 3200

Jarret Carpenter competes in the 3200 meter race. Image courtesy MSHSL.
18 Wayzata boys competed at Hamline Elite Track meet, and won the team title.  Jarret Carpenter is shown here breaking the school record in 3200 meter race.  Results for the meet are posted here.

Greenwood Elementary Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Guess who is turning 50! Current and former Greenwood Elementary staff, students, families and community members will celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary on Friday, May 6 between 4 and 6 p.m. There will be food with pricing reminiscent of the 1960s and a DJ playing songs from the decade Greenwood opened (1965) as well as current hits.

At 6 p.m., the party will transition into the gym where there will be a short ceremony followed by a classic hit movie from the 1960’s. Feel free to bring a blanket to spread out on the gym floor, or sit in the chairs that will be set up for the movie.

The celebration will go on, rain or shine. If the weather doesn't cooperate, the entire celebration will take place in the Greenwood gym.

For more information, please contact Greenwood Principal Brad Gustafson at brad.gustafson@wayzata.k12.mn.us. We hope to see you there!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Lake Minnetonka Trolley begins 2nd season June 14

Be part of a nostalgic experience. Ride along on the Lake Minnetonka Trolley, the LMT, through scenic, historic neighborhoods, past great parks and beaches and among the quaint businesses while soaking up the small town character that can only be experienced around Lake Minnetonka.

Lake 360, Inc., a non-profit organization managing the operations of the LMT, is launching the third season of the trolley servicing the Lake Minnetonka area. The FREE service will run within Wayzata city limits for the 2016 season. With 16 stops marked with LMT signs, the trolley will be seen on the streets of Wayzata Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The service will run on the hour from June 14th to September 1st.

Lake Minnetonka Trolley
Back again for the second season, the LMT will be running on Wednesday evening during the month of July for the concerts featured at the Wayzata Depot. With a special route that will assist people from the east end to west end of Wayzata along Lake Street, visitors can use the trolley from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM as their transportation around town. Park once and the trolley can be a means to get about town. The goal of the LMT is to assist friends, families and seniors make connections with the community, the environment and shop local businesses.

The Lake Minnetonka Trolley cannot roll without the continued support of the community. The LMT is provided through generous donations and volunteered time of local residents. If interested in making a contribution to these efforts, please see contact below. Lake 360, Inc.’s mission is to support projects, programs and services that help people make connections with community, environment, business and one another around the Lake Minnetonka area.

Jack Amdal | jamdal@mchsi.com
Joanie Cunningham | joancunningham1@juno.com

Wayzata Church to Celebrate Historic Building's Centennial

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka (UUCM) will host a centennial celebration of their historic church building with a special worship service and open house on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 605 Rice Street, Wayzata, Minnesota. The public is invited to the celebratory service at 10:30 am, which will be led by UUCM minister Reverend Kent Hemmen Saleska.

The service will honor the building’s 100 years as a home to three congregations, all still active in Wayzata. The Community Open House will be held from 1:00­4:00 pm and will feature tours, information and displays about the historic building, highlighting its dramatic interior and commemorative stained glass windows. Refreshments will also be served.

The open house is co­sponsored by UUCM, the Wayzata Historical Society and the Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board. These events are free and open to the public. For more information contact the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka at office@uucmtka.org, (952­) 473­-5900 or visit www.uucmtka.org

Designed in 1916 by prominent architect Harry Wild Jones (Butler Building, Lakewood Chapel) for Wayzata Community Church, this is the oldest church building in Wayzata, and is the recipient of the Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board’s 2016 Centennial Building Award.

This building replaced Wayzata Community Church’s second building, also designed by Jones, which had burned in February of 1916 and was almost identical in design. The building has housed the Wayzata Community Church (1916­-1949), Wayzata Free Church (1952­-1965) and UUCM (1965-­present). UUCM is preparing to break ground this year for a new church home in the Holdridge area of Wayzata, and this historic building will be offered for sale this spring.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka (UUCM) was founded in 1960 and has been served by The Rev. Kent Hemmen Saleska since 2007. UUCM holds Sunday worship services and religious education classes at 10:30 am year round. UUCM’s mission is to inspire, educate and serve as a welcoming congregation on a quest for meaning and purpose to create a community of conscience in our neighborhood and the world.

UUCM welcomes and affirms the worth of all people regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities, affectional orientation, marital status, or religious beliefs. For more information about UUCM visit www.uucmtka.org, or contact the church at (952)­ 473­-5900, office@uucmtka.org.



Wayzata Fire Department asks citizens to join 2nd Call

Dear Second Call Members and Potential Members,

The Second Call of the Wayzata Volunteer Fire Department wishes to invite you to our annual meeting of the members on Monday May, 16th at 6:30 pm at the Wayza ta Fire Station. Chief Kevin Kl apprich and all of the volunteer fire fi ghters who so honorably serve our community will be on hand to meet you. There will be an introduction of new members (we hope many) and a brief recap of the past year of fire calls and rescues.

As the Second Call has done for many years, we encourage your attendance and ask you to he lp identify potential new members of the Second Call. Our membership categories remain $1,000 for a one time life time membership, $100 for a family membership, $50 for a business membership and $25 for an individual membership. This is the largest fundraiser of the year and we ask that you contribute to the wonderful volunteer team of firefighters, and we ask you to twist the arms of your friends and neighbors to encourage more citizens to become members.

I am a firm believer that every citizen of Wayzata should support this cause. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, our fire fighters are ready to come to your house, apartm ent, or business to stop a fire. They are ready and are o llen the first to respond to any emergency or accident. They are there to take care of you. The proceeds that we raise from the Second Call membership program are used to purchase equipment the fire fighters need, helps pay for training, and promotes safety for our volunteers.

Please give generously, attend the meeting, and help us reach out to the community to encourage each and every person to support the Second Call. The meeting will be fun , and offers a ride up in the 100 foot tall ladder boom to see the best view of Lake Minnetonka. Most importantly, come pay respect to our volunteer fire fighters who do such a great job protecting every Wayzata citizen. See you on the 16th.

Sincerely,
Judson Dayton
Chief of the Second Call

Send your contribution to:
Wayzata Fire Department Relief Association

600 Rice Street

Wayzata, MN 55391

Individual $25
Family $100
Lifetime $1,000
Business $50.00


Wayzata Math Team wins State



Wayzata High School’s Math Team took first place at the State Math Tournament, making it the tenth first-place finish in 14 years.

The tournament varsity team included seniors Seri Choi, Jeffrey Lee, and Daniel Qu, juniors William Drew and Rithvik Pasumarty, and freshmen Stephen Chen, Matthew Qu, and Ayush Ram. In addition, junior Kaustubh Verma, sophomores Matthew Jeon, Joe Kammann, Akash Kaul and Andrew Tang and freshman Caroline Zeng were invited to participate in the state tournament based on their individual season scores (top 60 out of nearly 3,000 students statewide).

Other varsity team members contributing to the team’s success throughout the season include seniors Amrit Bhatia and David Mo. Prior to the tournament, Wayzata also took first place in cumulative scoring over the five meets of the regular season, making it the ninth year in a row the team finished first.

In addition to winning the season and the state championship, Daniel Qu and Seri Choi represented Minnesota in the prestigious Harvard-MIT Math Tournament in February. Sixteen of the top students from the Minnesota All-State Math Team traveled to Boston to compete in the annual Mathematics Tournament, hosted by Harvard and MIT. More than 90 teams from around the world and the country participated in this tournament.

Of the 90 teams, Minnesota’s team placed in the top ten. A number of the students named above will be head to Iowa the first weekend of June as members of the Minnesota teams that participate in the American Regional Mathematics League competition.

IOCP fundraiser Empty Bowls scheduled for May 19, 2016

Wayzata High School’s 24th annual Empty Bowls event, which raises money for Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP), will be held Thursday, May 19 from 5:00-7:00pm. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots fundraising effort to unite arts education and the prevention of hunger.



Advanced pottery students, WHS alumni, and teachers design and craft beautiful ceramic bowls. These bowls are used to bring the community together for a simple soup meal to help fight local hunger. Wayzata pottery students, alumni, and staff work with donated clay to craft over 500 bowls throughout the school year.



When Wayzata High School held its first Empty Bowls event in 1992, it was the first in Minnesota. Since that first event, the annual event has raised over $100,000 for IOCP and increased awareness of hunger in the community. Stop by the Wayzata High School cafeteria for delicious soups and tasty bread generously donated by local businesses.

The suggested donation is $10/person and includes dinner and a hand-crafted bowl. 100% of proceeds will benefit the IOCP Food Shelf. There will also be a silent auction and students selling additional handmade wares. Tickets can be purchased at IOCP or the night of the event at the door. Suggested donation is $10/person.

New location for Wayzata Farmers Market; 2016 season starts May 12

It's that time of year again, as the Wayzata Farmers' Market gets ready to gear up for another season.  Organizer Debra Hoen recently tweeted this image, and I'm posting it so the Wayzata Community knows the changes.

New this year is the location of the market--301 Promenade Avenue.  In years past it had been held in the American Legion parking lot.

Patrons can expect to find local produce, meats, honey, salsas, jams, breads, perennial plants, flowers, and more.



Wayzata Symphony Orchestra performs Sunday May 1, 2016

The Wayzata Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 at the Wayzata Community Church. The concert is free, and will feature Soprano Maria Jette singing selections from Sound of Music.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wayzata Lake Effect Community Forum Recap

Boardwalk contemplated as part of the Wayzata Lake Effect. Image courtesy Civitas.
The City of Wayzata sent out the following email today:

"In a great show of interest in the Lake Effect Signature Park, about 100 community members attended the Wayzata City Council’s Tuesday, April 19, public forum on the proposed future park. The City Council scheduled the forum to bring forth the community’s questions, concerns and expressions of support.

Mark Johnson of Civitas led off the evening with a final presentation of the Lake Effect proposal. Key among Johnson’s points were refined findings on funding long-term maintenance and operations of the phased-in park.  You can find both the Civitas presentation and video from the forum on the Lake Effect website.

About 30 community members spoke during the April 19 two-hour forum. All comments were heard and appreciated! Community members are encouraged to get current information regarding funding and phasing from the Lake Effect FAQ and the Civitas presentation.

On May 3, the City Council will vote on a resolution about moving forward on the Lake Effect."

New Real Estate Listings in Wayzata

New Wayzata homes for sale this week is brought to you by Gustafson & Gustafson - Coldwell Banker Burnet.  

412 Rice Street, Wayzata, MN
412 Rice Street
Home size: 3,808 sq ft
Lot size: 7,840 sqft
Year built: 2009
5 beds
1 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
$1,175,000
Listed with Coldwell Banker Burnet

Village living in Wayzata ready to go and enjoy! Walk one short block to Lake Minnetonka village beach and park. High level of finish shows like new! Great separate office or guest space over garage.



613 Gardner Street, Wayzata, MN
613 Gardner Street

Home size: 896 sq ft
Lot size: 7,405 sqft
Year built: 1931
2 beds 
1 full bath
$280,000
Listed with Fazendin REALTORS

Dream location in Wayzata with walkability to downtown shops, restaurants and waterfront. Convenient to Klapprich park, Bell tennis courts, and the Luce Line trail. Old world charm with updates in the kitchen. Hardwood floors, gas fireplace, eat-in kitchen, granite counter tops. Opportunity in the lower level for creating additional finished space. A must see in this wonderful neighborhood.



670 Ferndale
Home size: 6,128 sq ft
Lot size: 1.28 ac
Year built: 1968
5 beds
3 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
$4,900,000
Listed with Coldwell Banker Burnet

Come live on the lake or build your dream home on this spectacular 1.28 acre site. 191 ft of incredible shoreline with unobstructed south lake views from serene Browns Bay on Lake Minnetonka's Gold Coast. This landmark property has only had two owners since 1905!



16103 Crosby Cove Road
Home size: 6,948 sq ft
Lot size: 25,264 sqft
Year built: 2008
5 beds
3 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
$3,095,000
Listed with Coldwell Banker Burnet

Located in the prestigious Crosby Cove neighborhood, this masterfully crafted L. Cramer home offers unmatched finishes & details at every turn. Formal spaces with modern conveniences. High-end chef's kitchen with top of the line appliances & preparation area. Exquisite Owner's suite with sitting area, wet bar & luxurious bath with heated floors. The lower level offers an exercise room, game room & wet bar overlooking the meticulously landscaped yard. Dock access on Lake Minnetonka available.

263 Bushaway Road
Home size: 4,395 sq ft
Lot size: 21,344 sqft
Year built: 2010
4 beds
2 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
$950,000
Listed with Coldwell Banker Burnet

Walkout rambler sheltered by soaring pines on historic Bushaway Road. Custom built home with an open plan and tons of natural light. Immaculate condition with a large center island kitchen, open to the dining and family rooms. Main floor master suite with fantastic tile work and a private view. Spacious and bright walkout level features 3 bedrooms, one with a private bathroom. LL in-floor heat. Nice patios, up and down, for your outdoor activities. Easy walk along the new boardwalk.

752 Widsten Circle, Wayzata MN


Home size: 3,118 sq ft
Lot size: 10,018 sqft
Year built: 1996
3 beds
2 full, 1 half baths
$795,000
Listed with Coldwell Banker Burnet

One level living in the heart of Wayzata, in the coveted Widsten community. Open flow main level offers a master suite, four season porch with access to a deck, vaulted ceiling and large windows with curved accents. The spacious walkout lower level offers an amusement room with a gas burning fireplace, two bedrooms and a huge storage room. Rare THREE stall garage!





These properties have been listed in Wayzata, MN and are noted here on Wayzata.com in the public interest.  Dan Gustafson, publisher of this blog is a Realtor licensed under MN laws and affiliated with Coldwell Banker Burnet.  Wayzata.com has been registered as a publishing platform with the Minneapolis Association of Realtors and the properties are displayed under the broker reciprocity agreement:


20-25 Volunteers still needed for garlic mustard pull

Wayzata Big Woods.  Image courtesy Merrily Borg Babcock.

The City of Wayzata is still seeking 20-25 volunteers for the annual garlic mustard pull scheduled for May 7, 2016 in the Wayzata Big Woods. Contact Merrily Borg Babcock at merrily.babcock@gmail.com if you have interest.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sports Jam Interview: Wayzata Baseball


Jay Wilcox talks with Wayzata baseball players Tom Skoro, Parker Hlavacek and Cameron Keenan. The Trojans are unbeaten this season and ranked first in the state in Class 4A. Airing on the April 25, 2016 edition of Channel 12’s Sports Jam.


New Adirondack Chairs

The Wayzata Parks and Trails Board has been busy at work the past couple of years. Merrily Borg Babcock recently posted the following info on Facebook: "PARK PERK! announcement. The wild and crazy new wooden Adirondack chairs have been delivered! Watch for them at the Wayzata Beach soon."

Wayzata Parks and Trails Board 
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Dan & Elisha Gustafson
Coldwell Banker Burnet

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2016 Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest hosted by Orono Lions

The date has been set and everything is in place for the 2016 Lions Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest for Children Diabetes! This year the event is going to take place on April 30th, 2014 at Bayview Events Center and Bayside Bar and Grill. Some changes are being made from last year but the big one is that all proceeds are going to benefit the American Diabetes Associations Camp Needlepoint where children ages 8 to 17 can go and learn how to manage diabetes. 

Last years Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest. Photo Courtesy Orono Lions.
CRAPPIE FISHING PRIZES:

1st – $200
2nd – $100
3rd – $50
15th – Ipad – You read that right, 15th largest Crappie will win. Even if you don’t have the biggest make sure you weigh in with what you did catch!. In case of tie the first or earlier weigh in breaks the tie.

EVENTS

Fishing – Start fishing anytime the morning of the 30th but make sure you weigh-in by 1pm.

Raffle – This year our big raffle drawing will take place at 1:30pm. See below for how to enter for the boat, motor, and trailer

Bucket Drawings – Starting at 11am and going until 2pm we will have bucket drawing with tons of great prizes!

Kids Educational Booths – All kids that come and participate in the five educational and fun booths will earn a prize bag along with a new fishing pole!

Silent Auction – A silent auction will be set up from 11am to 2pm. Items you can bid on include jewelry, art, and gift baskets.

RAFFLE PRIZE: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

14′ Aluminum fishing boat with 15hp Mercury motor and trailer from Tracker Boating Center of Shakopee.

Simply bring your free registration to the weigh in to enter for the drawing.

Check out Tracker Boating Center on Facebook to get a promo code for FREE Registration!


Sponsored by:
Dan & Elisha Gustafson
Coldwell Banker Burnet

(952) 473-1000
Wayzata Real Estate.com
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Railroad Repairs at Arlington Street and Crosby Road Crossings Scheduled May 3-5

In the spirit of never ending construction here in Wayzata, this notification just came across the wire!



Wayzata Public Works staff has been informed that the BNSF railroad will be making repairs to the concrete crossing panels at the Arlington Street crossing on May 3. This work will require a one day closure on May 3. Advanced notification signage will be placed on April 27, at the crossing, to inform motorists of the upcoming closure. During this closure, traffic will be routed via Crosby Road. A copy of Wayzata’s detour is linked here.



BNSF will then be replacing the RR crossing on Crosby Road, in Minnetonka on May 4 & 5. This work in Minnetonka will close Crosby Road, at the crossing for two (2) days. Minnnetonka will not be having a formal detour. Those south of the crossing will be directed to Eastman/McGinty to get to downtown Wayzata or Minnetonka Blvd. Those north of the crossing will be directed to Wayzata Blvd. to get to Hwy. 12 or I-394.

Sponsored by:
Dan & Elisha Gustafson
Coldwell Banker Burnet

(952) 473-1000
Wayzata Real Estate.com
Licensed in MN. Affiliated with Coldwell Banker Burnet. Operated by NRT, LLC. Equal Housing Opportunity.

March 2016 Wayzata Real Estate stats

There is a lot of activity happening in the Wayzata Real Estate market!  There were 159 new listings in March, 2016, 101 pending sales, and 48 remaining homes for sale.

Median days on market for all property types and price points was 82 days, while the average days on market was 148 days. Given this activity there is a 6.3 month supply of homes which is down 13.7% compared to February of the same year.

Median sales price fell 17.1% compared to February at $526,5000, while the aveage sales price was down 21.5% from the previous month at $733,004.  The median price per square foot remained stable at $207, and the average was $249.

The median original list price for the period was $699,000, while the average list price was $990,326.   The median and aveage sales price when compared with the original list price were 93% and 94% respectively.  There was $76,09,8243 dollar volume in residential sales for March 2016.

If you would like to have a conversation about buying or selling a home in the Western Suburbs of Minneapolis please reach out to me at 952-473-1000 or dan@wayzata.com.  Have a great day!

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Dan & Elisha Gustafson - Coldwell Banker Burnet
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Wayzata wins triangular track meet



The Wayzata boys track and field team usually shows up on the medal stand at the state meet, and the Trojans look solid again this spring. Wayzata easily outdistanced Stillwater and Rosemount Friday at Wayzata High School, scoring 104.5 points to 35 for Stillwater and 27.5 for Rosemount.

Sponsored by:
Dan & Elisha Gustafson
Coldwell Banker Burnet

(952) 473-1000
Wayzata Real Estate.com
Licensed in MN. Affiliated with Coldwell Banker Burnet. Operated by NRT, LLC. Equal Housing Opportunity.

Amy Klobuchar to speak at Chamber breakfast May 4, 2016

Minnesota native and Wayzata High School graduate, Amy Klobuchar will speak at a Wayzata Chamber of Commerce breakfast scheduled for May 4, 2016 at the Wayzata Country Club.

Klobuchar is the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate. Since arriving in the Senate, Amy has built a reputation of putting partisanship aside to help strengthen the economy and support families, workers and businesses.

If you go:
Name: Speaker Breakfast featuring Senator Amy Klobuchar
Date: May 4, 2016
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM CDT
Tix: $25 for Members, $40 for Non-Members
Location: Wayzata Country Club

Sponsored by: Wayzata Real Estate, for all of your property buying and selling needs in 55391 and School District #284. By the way, know someone ready to buy or sell? I'm never too busy for your referrals! Dan (952) 473-1000.

Zebra mussels are impacting Lake Minnetonka’s water quality

MCWD releases findings of five-year study

Zebra mussels have caused significant changes in Lake Minnetonka’s water quality, according to findings of a study by Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD). The District has been monitoring the lake’s zebra mussel population since they were first detected there in 2010. Five years into the study, which was developed in partnership with Blue Water Science, MCWD released its findings on Thursdsay, April 21 at its AIS Spotlight, a gathering of community leaders at Minnetonka Community Center.     

The District has discovered the biggest water quality changes are occurring among bays with the highest number of zebra mussels. In Wayzata Bay, which the population topped out at an estimated 200,000 zebra mussels per square meter in 2014, there has been an increase in water clarity and a decrease in algae (Chlorophyll) and Phosphorus. Those changes are not as prevalent in bays with lower zebra mussel populations. In Halsted Bay, which has 28 zebra mussels per square meter, there has been little change in water clarity, Chlorophyll and Phosphorus.



MCWD has also learned what conditions zebra mussels need to thrive. The highest populations are in bays with moderate levels of algae, an important food source for zebra mussels, and the lower populations are in bays that either have very high or very low levels of algae. Lakes with very high algae levels tend to be dominated by blue-green algae, a poor food source for the mussels, and lakes with very low algae content simply don’t have enough food available.

“This detailed data on how zebra mussels spread in different types of lake conditions will be valuable for predicting the severity of infestations in lakes across the state, and the impacts they may have on water quality,” said MCWD AIS Program Manager Eric Fieldseth. “This is new information in the field of zebra mussel research.”

The long-term impacts of zebra mussels on Lake Minnetonka are not yet known. As water quality changes in some bays, they could alter the food web which support fish communities and other aquatic life. Changes in algae communities could also lead to more harmful blue-green algae blooms. The native mussel population is also at risk. In parts of the lake, native mussels are being suffocated by their invasive cousins.

“Lake Minnetonka is a uniquely valuable place to study the effects of zebra mussels because of the diversity of water quality, depths and lake bottoms among its numerous bays,” said MCWD Director of Research and Monitoring Craig Dawson. “The findings are extremely valuable in helping inform future lake management decisions.”

The District plans to gather additional data as part of this study. It will increase the number of monitoring sites on Lake Minnetonka to assess the long-term impacts of zebra mussels.

For more information about MCWD’s AIS Program, visit www.minnehahacreek.org/AIS.

Sponsored by: Wayzata Real Estate, for all of your property buying and selling needs in 55391 and School District #284. By the way, know someone ready to buy or sell? I'm never too busy for your referrals! Dan (952) 473-1000.

1951 Cub Scouts


The Cub Scouts were alive and well in Wayzata circa 1951. Help me out with any names you know from troupe 283. Front row, our left to right, Tim Streeter, Mrs. Streeter, unknown, Fred Meister, Mrs. Bassen, Dan Bassen, 2nd row left Harwood Nelson, tallest unknown and Philip Braden, Jr. All were from class of 1960 and 1961. Photo credit Facebook.

Sponsored by: Wayzata Real Estate, for all of your property buying and selling needs in 55391 and School District #284. By the way, know someone ready to buy or sell? I'm never too busy for your referrals! Dan (952) 473-1000.

City begins removal of Ash trees to manage Emerald Ash Borer


The City of Wayzata announced recenlty that the City’s tree contractor, Emery's Tree Service, will start the removal of the poorly rated Ash Trees on Broadway Ave. N. (just north of Wayzata Blvd.) starting at about 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26.

The contractor will remove the trees from one side of the street and then move to the Ridgeview Dr. area and return when done to remove the poorly rated ash trees on the other side of Broadway Avenue North.

It’s anticipated that all 32 ash trees marked for removal will be removed by the end of Tuesday. Removal will continue on Wednesday morning if necessary. Emery Tree Service will also start grinding out the tree stumps on Wednesday.

Restoration work (backfilling with black dirt and seeding) will be completed by the City of Wayzata Parks Department.

For more information about the Emerald Ash Borer Management project, visit www.wayzata.org/eab.

Sponsored by: Wayzata Real Estate, for all of your property buying and selling needs in 55391 and School District #284. By the way, know someone ready to buy or sell? I'm never too busy for your referrals! Dan (952) 473-1000.

Wayzata Fire Department Second Call meeting scheduled for May 16, 2016

Wayzata’s Second Call Fire Department was formed in 1934 to help morally, as well as financially, the Wayzata Fire Department. Today, the money donated from this organization is used primarily for unbudgeted fire equipment. Thanks to supporters in the Second Call Department, the Fire Department was able to purchase special equipment to respond to emergencies.

In 2015, a Lucas C.P.R. machine was purchased with funds from the Second Call Fire Department. The Wayzata Fire Department would like to thank you at the Annual Second Call meeting taking place on Monday, May 16 at 6:45 p.m. at the Wayzata Fire Station. Fire Chief Kevin Klapprich and volunteer firefighters will be there to greet attendees and answer questions. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, contact 952-404-5337 or fire@wayzata.org.

Sponsored by: Wayzata Real Estate, for all of your property buying and selling needs in 55391 and School District #284. By the way, know someone ready to buy or sell? I'm never too busy for your referrals! Dan (952) 473-1000.

Wayzata boys earn 3rd straight Lake Conf Relay team title in first outdoor meet of year




Sponsored by: Wayzata Real Estate, for all of your property buying and selling needs in 55391 and School District #284. By the way, know someone ready to buy or sell? I'm never too busy for your referrals! Dan (952) 473-1000.

Elite sports car drivers exceeding 100 mph caught, ticketed and identified.


The State Patrol has released the identies of the drivers of elite motor vehicles that were caught racing up and down 394 recently.

They are as follows:

John T. Wanninger, 52, Edina, 2005 Ferrari convertible.

Austin J. Kemmer, 24, Fargo, N.D., 2010 Nissan GTR.

Justin M. Krueger, 24, North Dakota, 2009 Dodge Viper.

Goran Vejovic, 33, St. Paul, 2009 Audi R8 4.2.

Adam C. Isaacson, 42, Eden Prairie, 2015 Audi R8.

Dung M. Nguyen, 37, Brooklyn Park, 1991 Acura NSX.

John A. Biancini, 66, Vadnais Heights, 2009 Maserati Granturismo.

David K. Morgan, 25, St. Louis Park, 2016 McLaren 675LT.

Swen D. Corbin, 42, Minnetonka, 2012 Lamborghini Aventador.

Ethan E. Hoover, 27, Bloomington, 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo.

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