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

Thursday, May 26, 2016

WAYZATA CRIME ALERT: Items stolen from vehicles overnight

Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold put out the following crime alert:

"Several vehicles in the Ridgeview Drive neighborhood were entered overnight. Items were stolen from some. An alert neighbor called 911 immediately after seeing someone in their driveway enter their vehicle around 4:00 AM. Subjects were stopped and identified and the case is under investigation. Do not leave valuables in your vehicles and lock the doors. Report any suspicious activity by dialing 911."

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

INTERVIEW: Deb Hoen of Wayzata Farmers' Market

Deb Hoen, coordinator for the Wayzata Farmers' Market joins Dan to discuss the new location, the offerrings from vendors, hours, and more.  Can you guess which is Deb's favorite flavor of preserves?

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Dig it day underway

Come join us!  Saturday at public works.  We'll be planting all over town!

Also pictured new elm trees at public works.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New City Manager Jeffrey Dahl sworn in

New City Manager Jeffrey Dahl is sworn in at the Wayzata City Council meeting on May 17, 2016.

Wayzata Assessor Dan Distel retires

City Assessor Dan Distel was recognized for 26 years of service at the Wayzata City Council meeting on May 17, 2016.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Dig It Day Volunteers Needed

From the City of Wayzata's weekly update:

"The City of Wayzata is seeking volunteers for the annual flower planting day—Dig It Day on the morning of Saturday, May 21. Volunteers will meet at Wayzata Public Works at 8:30 a.m. to get their assignments and then at 9 a.m. everyone will disperse to the city gardens to plant all the vibrant and colorful flowers we all enjoy all summer long in Wayzata. To sign up to volunteer, contact Pat Broyles by calling 612- 270-3008 or email Bring your kids, friends and family! No gardening experience needed!"

Dig it Day Volunteers.  Submitted image.

TwelveTV: Wayzata downs Hopkins in Tennis

Wayzata Football team pulls buckthorn in Big Woods

Twenty six members of the Wayzata Football team and Head Coach Brad Anderson joined the Wayzata Volunteers to pull buckthorn on Saturday, May 14th.  The effort was coordinated with the Merrily Borg Babcock and the City of Wayzata Volunteers in Action.  Joel Papa, Bill Berneking, and yours truly also helped to lead the group of young men during the session.


Dan Gustafson, Bill Berniking, and Joel Papa at the Buckthorn pull. Courtesy Merrily Babcock.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ken Barlow thanks Wayzata Chamber Women for invite

Coldwell Banker Burnet's Waterfront Home Tour

Properties in the tour include lakeshore, river frontage, and deeded access.

Visit these open houses or any Coldwell Banker Burnet office on Sunday, May 15th to register to win a $100 American Express gift certificate. Complete details available at the open houses and offices.

View the property information featured below and click on any listing to see complete property details, including directions to the open houses. Call the Dan Gustafson for any additional information you may need.

You can view all the homes on the tour by clicking this link:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lake Minnetonka license plates

Couldn't resist posting my brand new license plates, purchased at the Wayzata Motor Vehicle office. Check it out:

Summer fun in Wayzata


Amazing Tots
Ages 20-35 months
June 13-July 25
Klapprich Park

Amazing Athletes
Ages 3·7
June 13-July 25
Klapprich Park

Grades K-5
June 13-29. July 11·27
or Aug. 1·17
Bell Tennis Courts

Summer Rec
Ages 6-12
June 21-Aug. 16 or
June 22-Aug. 17
Klapprich Park


Ages 12-17
July 16
Wayzata Beach

Archery Camp
Grades 3-8
July 18-21 or Auf, 22-25
Waylata Public Works

Teen Paddle & Play
(Stand Up Paddleboarding)
Ages 12 -17
June 22 & July 13
Wayzata Beach

Youth Run Club
Grades 5-9
Jun 13-July 25
Klapprich Park


Kickball League
Ages 18 and up
June 10 through July 22
Klapprich Park

Tennis (multiple levels)
Ages 18 and up
Multiple start dates
Bell Tennis Courts

Sharpies & Shakespeare
Art and Book Club
Ages 18 and up
Wayzata City Hall Park

Morning Yoga
Ages 18 and up
June 20
Wayzata Beach

Register for these classes at


Wayzata Brew Works Grand Opening

Wayzata Bay IPA.


Erin's Alibi 4pm-6pm
RubberSoul 6:30pm-9:30pm
Kingsview 9:30pm-11pm

Shawn Stelton 12pm-2pm
David K 2:30pm-5:30pm
Shagagogo 6pm-9:30pm

Shalo Lee Band 3pm-6pm

20th Annual Reno Street Plant Sale

20th ANNUAL MEMORIAL WEEKEND Perennial Plant Sale, Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. 6 a.m-3. Bee friendly and field grown plants. Visit Reno St. Perennial Plant Sale for flower varieties and a few photos on <craigslist> posted today. Still lots of digging so more photos will be posted! Sun, shade and wildflowers for MN gardens.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

60% of East Neighborhood Traffic is Cut Through, residents seek solution

East Neighborhood daily traffic counts from a 2009 SRF Counsulting report.
The East Neighborhood again asked the City of Wayzata to come up with a practical solution to address cut through traffic on May 3rd at the City Council Meeting, this time with speed humps.  The Council decided to table the speed hump petition and revisit the issue in a workshop.

According to consulting work done on behalf of the City of Wayzata by SRF in 2009, approximately 60% of traffic in the East Neighborhood is cut through traffic. One of the reports from the City of Wayzata states, "Traffic volumes in the East Neighborhood exceed levels perceived to be appropriate."

Lisa Penningroth who lives on East Lake Street voiced her concerns at the meeting, indicating the speed humps were a band-aid to address the larger issue of traffic volume.

66% surveyed supported permanent closure

A 2009 survey of residents after a temporary closure of the intersection of Lake Street and East Circle Drive showed broad support for the permanent closure of the intersection, with 86% of respondents with a preference reporting a reduction of cut through traffic.  Additionally, 61% or respondents with an answer believed that speed was reduced, and 66% of respondents with an answer supported a permanent closure.

The neighborhood continues to collaborate on what to do with regard to the issue.  Have a suggestion as to how to address the issue?  Fill out this survey. publisher Dan Gustafson, who lives in the neighborhood asked the Council to make a determination of policy regarding the use of the streets, posed a number of questions, and reviewed the results of consulting work from 2009. Watch for the City Council to continue to work on the issue in the coming months.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Wayzata makes Minneapolis St. Paul magazine best neighborhoods list

Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine recently put out a guide to the best neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, and there is no surprise Wayzata ranked at the top for suburban locations.  Check out the article here:

Wayzata Residents Sarah and Doug Crowther are featured in the article. Image courtesy MSP St. Paul Magazine.

2016 Wayzata Instrument Consignment Sale

June 7 and 8, 2016 (13th Annual!)

Sale Location:
Wayzata High School
4955 Peony Lane
Plymouth, MN 55446
Enter at the main entrance

Volunteers - need to recheck your assignment or time slot? Click here to access Sign-Up Genius. To download this page as a PDF, click here.

June 7, 2015 – 5 to 8 pm (Seller's Day) Sellers drop off the instruments they would like to sell. We encourage you to set the instrument's price and determine what repairs might be required before you arrive. This will save you significant time on Seller's Night and may increase the likelihood of selling your instrument. The “Sellers Guidelines” below will help you make these decisions. Specialists will be on hand to determine repair needs and to provide pricing recommendations for those who need this service. Sellers receive the proceeds of their sale less a small commission which supports the music programs in our schools.

June 8, 2015 – 5 to 8 pm (Buyer's Day) Buyers looking to upgrade to a better instrument or to find a starter or second instrument shop on this day. Many quality instruments will be available, each one pre-screened by area music professionals prior to the sale. Cash or check only.

Questions? Contact Dave Elmhirst (band instruments) at or Mark Gitch (string instruments) at

WHS Freshman Raises Tourette's Syndrome Awareness Through Leadership

Jack Shink. Submitted photo.
Wayzata High School freshman Jack Shink has been named Minnesota's 2016 Youth Ambassador for the Tourette's Syndrome Association, an organization dedicated to making life better for all people affected by tic disorders.

Jack represents the state of Minnesota by assisting in media-related activities to spread awareness and raise funds for research and treatment. He shares his personal story, what Tourette's has meant for him, what it means for those around him, and he challenges people to think about their definition of inclusion.

In March he attended the Tourette's Syndrome Association's national conference in Washington DC with 49 other state ambassadors for leadership training and to lobby with both Senator Franken and Senator Klobuchar.

WAYZATA VOLUNTEERS: Garlic Mustard Pull Photos

Image courtesy Merrily Borg Babcock.
Image courtesy Merrily Borg Babcock.
Merrily Borg Babcock posted these images and text on Facebook detailing the recent Garlic Mustard Pull hosted by the City of Wayzata Volunteers:

"I know you may be bored to tears w/me promoting our parks but...whatever. Here is another PARK PERK! The volunteers who came out for the GARLIC MUSTARD PULL this morning at the Wayzata's BIG WOODS. Although our team was small (7), it was exceptional! Thanks for answering the call for help at the last minute-Holly Sandeen Evans and Brianna, Mary Bader, Lynn McCarthy, Johanna McCarthy and Judith Fansler! You're the best!"

Ruby Stauber is WHS 2016 Athena Award recipient

Friday, May 06, 2016

City Adopts Lake Effect Resolution Outlining Next Steps

The City of Wayzata issued the following press release recently:

On Tuesday, May 3, the Wayzata City Council adopted a resolution acknowledging receipt of Civitas’ Lake Effect Signature Park Schematic Design Proposal and outlining project next steps.

Through the resolution, the Council defined a process to study and deliberate on the Proposal, to decide what project components are supported by the community and feasible, and what the priority and sequencing of the project components would be.

The resolution specifics include:
  • Explore implementation of the schematic design and recommendations under close guidance and direction of the City Council and with continued public engagement
  • Initiate the Lake Effect Conservancy to raise private and public funding, and the supporting City/Conservancy public/private partnership agreement 
  • Review phasing recommendations and evaluate within city's capital improvement plan and Comprehensive Plan
  • Evaluate the maintenance and operations expenses and revenue options. 
Although not part of the resolution, Council wanted to emphasize their interest in focusing on the following project components: a continuous lake walk between Broadway and Wayzata Beach, enhancing rail crossings at Broadway and Barry and adding a new crossing at Walker, creating an Eco Park adjacent to the Section Foreman House, providing enhancements to the existing Beach and Depot area, making Lake Street more pedestrian and bike friendly, and creating a safer and better connected bike trail.

Staff will be reporting back to Council with information and recommendations for deliberation and direction.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Over-turned semi on 394 in Wayzata / Minnetonka

Something serious happened near the Carlson Parkway / Linner Road Exit today.  Check the video here!  Stay tuned for more info, we'll add to this post as it becomes available.

Council Moves Lake Effect Forward

The Wayzata City Council voted 3-2 to accept the Lake Effect Plan from Civitas and additionally create the Conservancy--the body charged with fundraising for the project.

Wayzata City Council member Andrew Mullin tweeted the following picture and statement on May 4th. 

Highway 12 Safety Coalition

Debbie Hersman, former National Transportation Safety Board Chair recently shared this image of the Highway 12 Safety Coalition which is pushing for median barriers in the pursuit of zero deaths along the corridor.  

Wayzata beats Maple Grove in tennis

Wayzata handed Maple Grove its first loss of the season in boys tennis in a match-up of two of the best local boys tennis teams. The teams split the four singles matches but Wayzata swept doubles play to earn the 5-2 win.

Senator Klobuchar addresses Chamber Breakfast

Senator Klobuchar tweets about her visit with the Wayzata Chamber.
Senator Klobuchar addresses the a group from the Wayzata Chamber. Image source Facebook.