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, June 24, 2016

Who's ready for a wonderful Wayzata Weekend? - By Andy Mullin

Wayzata Resident and City Council Member Andrew Mullin posted the following info on Facebook this morning--I thought I would repost it here on for the benefit of the community:

By the Way--Stop by the Coldwell Banker photo Booth on Saturday from 12-4 to meet REALTOR Dan Gustafson!!!

***View the WAYZATA ART EXPERIENCE schedule***

Who's ready for a wonderful Wayzata Weekend?, so much going on in town this weekend - ready, set, go!
This is a weekend you won't want to miss!

See you around town! - Andrew ‪#‎WHYZATA‬

Steamboat Minnehaha featured on KSTP

Check out this great video segment on the Steamboat Minnehaha produced by KSTP!

WHS named 2016 Strength of America Award recipient

Wayzata High School has been named by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition as a 2016 Strength of America Award recipient representing the gold standard in strength and conditioning programs.

Ryan Johnson, WHS strength and conditioning coordinator, will accept the award at NSCA’s National Conference Awards Banquet on July 8, 2016 in New Orleans.

Wayzata Boys Track & Field are 2016 MN State Team Champions

2016 State MN T&F Champs

The Wayzata Boys’ Track and Field found a familiar spot at the conclusion of the 2016 MN State Track and Field Meet – On the awards stand for the eighth consecutive season in earning the title of Minnesota AA State Team Champions. This is the second year in a row the Trojans are the State Meet Champions and third in the last five years.

In the first event of the meet, the 3200m, Wayzata picked up 18 points and never relinquished the lead in the team standings. Senior Jaret Carpenter broke free from the 3200m field 600 meters in to the race and went on win the event he had yet to lose all season. Sophomore Khalid Hussein, running in his first T&F state meet, came in forth place with a strong finish to hold off other challengers.

With mostly prelims in the majority of events, the Trojans would finish day 1 in a tie for first place and looking forward to returning for day two finals. Senior Michael Thompson, also competed on day one. After setting a personal record in the 6AA section meet of 14-3, Michael finished outside of team scoring.

Day two of the state meet brought the same grueling hot and humid weather. Temperatures on both days reached the middle 90’s and brought bring sun with high humidity. This hardly mattered to Wayzata as they were to embark on one of the most successful days in team history. The first event of the day turned out to be one of the most entertaining, the team of Khalid Hussein, senior Andrew Millan, junior Gemechu Meskele and sophomore Tommy Leisen smashed the Wayzata school record in route to running 7:46.13 earing second place and 10 points in the team standings.

Meanwhile in the field, two high jumpers, senior Geremiah Brathwaite and junior Ben Gross had both started making heights over the bar. Grosse just missed out on placing after going 6-0. This was an incredible story in itself as Ben did not start jumping this season until the True Team State Meet because of an off season knee surgery. Brathwaite cleared two more heights up to 6-4 which was good enough for fifth place overall. Back to the track and the races were heating up for Wayzata. The 4x200 team of senior Sam Kolpin, senior Tyler Didier, and senior Shawn Miller held off a flurry of teams on the final stretch to claim third place. 

In the next event, Jaret Carpenter was to race the 1600m in an attempt to capture the distance triple crown of distance racing, the Cross Country individual title in the fall, the state meet 3200m and now the 1600m. Carpenter took the lead of the race 100 meters in and never relinquished, at one point leading by over 30 meters. He crossed the line in jubilation picking up 12 more team points, 24 on the weekend, and became the first Wayzata harrier to win the distance triple crown. Current five time NCAA DIII champion Josh Thorson was the closest to accomplishing this in 2012 having won the XC title, 3200m and placed runner up in the 1600m. 
The always entertaining 4X100 was up next for the Trojans. The team of junior Drake Kapler, sophomore Jett Berg, Ethan Tuch and Sam Kolpin raced to a forth place finish earning all state honors. For the fifth year in a row, Wayzata had a state finalist in the 400 meters, this year was senior Tyler Didier. Didier returned from last years all state 400m performance to place 4th overall this year. Back to the field and the discus. Senior Grant Slavik, The Lake Conference meet champion and Section 6AA runner up placed 16th overall.

With one event left for the Trojans and clinging to a 40 point lead after the 400m, the Trojans were looking in good shape for the remainder of the meet. By the time the final event, the 4X400 came around there was no question what the team’s final place was going to be but the did not mean the final group to race for the Trojans was going to relax now. The 4x400 team of Tommy Leisen, Tyler Didier, junior Lewis Gibson, and Ethan Tuch ran a season best time of 3:19.71 for the runner up placing, just narrowly missing an event championship.

With the meet now concluded the final team scores had the Trojans on top with 75 points over Lake Conference rival Edina who had 44 points and third place Woodbury at 34.

This is the seventh MN State High School League State Championship for Wayzata, the most of any AA boys team titles. Both Stillwater and Mounds View have won five each, Apple Valley has won three and no other MN AA team has won more then twice since the split in to two classes in 1973. Wayzata’s other team victories were in 1977 (44.5 points), 1980 (38 points), 1984 (36 points), 1995 (68 points, 2012 (81 points) and 2015 (71.5 points).

The 75 points scored this year are the second most ever scored for Wayzata at the MN State meet. The 31 point victory is the largest margin of victory ever for Wayzata and the forth most ever in the history of the largest class in MN. The largest margins are 2007 Mounds View (53 point victory), 1998 Stillwater (45 point victory, and 1991 Apple Valley (44 point victory)

This is the eighth straight year the Trojans have placed in the top three team in the final teams standings in earning a podium place. This is the most any boys team has accomplished this long of a run. The second longest run in the history of boys Track and Field in MN is Saint Louis Park with 6 years with their run between 1961-66.

For the freshman that ran for the Trojans, the last time Wayzata was not on the awards stand they just finished 1st grade.

In the last eight years, Wayzata has amassed 476.5 points at the MN State meet for an average of just over 59.5 points per year.

This is the second year in a row the Trojans have won both the MN State True Team meet as well as the MN State meet. In the past five years, there have been 10 state titles in the largest class between the True Team series and the MN State meet of which the Wayzata boys have won 7 of them. Three other teams have won one each. The Lake conference has won 9 of them.

Wayzata T&F qualified for as a “Gold Standing” Academic team -The Trojans had 16 Academic All State recipients. To earn Academic All State the athlete must be either on the State honor roll or All Lake Conference and have a GPA of 3.6 on the 4.0 scale.

This story and photos were originally published on the Wayzata School District website.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Wayzata wins 9-1 in Class 4A Baseball Championship

Wayzata 9 - Champlin Park 1

From Channel 12: "Wayzata and Champlin Park both won close games in the state semifinals to set up their championship meeting Monday night at Target Field. The title game was close for awhile but Wayzata pulled away for a 9-1 win. It was the first championship game appearance for either program."

My good friend Joe Komarek and I went down to Target Field last night to watch the Trojans take on Champlin Park.  Many in the community remember Komerak as the Wayzata Baseball Head Coach from 1994-1998.  We had a great time on a perfect night and Wayzata thumped Champlin Park!

Wayzata boys lacrosse falls in semis

The Wayzata boys lacrosse team has had a strong playoff run, but the Trojans fell to top seed Lakeville North 13-6 in the state semifinals Thursday evening.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Wayzata Baseball Team Advances to Class 4A State Championship

Wayzata advances to the Class 4A championship game for the first time. The Trojans will face either Woodbury or Champlin Park in Monday’s championship game at Target Field at 7 p.m.

Hardships, Tragedy Can’t Hamper Wayzata Coach’s Winning Season

Griffin Schneider Walk-Off HR Wayzata Trojans State Baseball Semifinals

Wayzata scored four runs in both the third and fourth innings as the Trojans defeated Eden Prairie 10-5 in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A baseball tournament. Will Oberg and Reece Smith each drove in three runs for the Trojans who will play in the tournament semifinals Friday at noon.

Extra DWI enforcement in Wayzata this weekend

The Wayzata Police Department announced that there will be extra DWI enforcement this weekend in Wayzata--so make sure you get a ride if you are planning a visit to one of the local liquor establishments.

Wayzata Synchronized Swimming wins 10th Consecutive State Title!!!

Congratulations to the Wayzata Synchro team for winning the 10th consecutive State Title!!!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Estimated 1500 turned out for Johnny Rzeznik @ 6Smith

Wayzata PD reported in the Friday update that approximately 1500 people turned out for the Cities 97  Live at the Lake event held at 6Smith on Thursday, June 16th.  Proprietor Randy Stanley posted this image of Johnny Rzeznik performing at the event on his Facebook page.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Seriously, when do you see...

A Rolls Royce and a Riva on the same night?  Only in Wayzata!

Come join the fun

Wayzata during the summer is unmatched in Minnesota.  Come join the fun!

Rare disease--Orange Cone Fatigue affects 2 out of 3 Wayzata residents

If you're like me you've got orange cone fatigue having spent the last several years in Wayzata with all major roads under construction. Road crews were at it again last evening in the East Neighborhood as you can see in this photo. More road construction is slated for Central and Wayzata Boulevard to replace the gas mains. This project is expected to last about a week or so--with most work occurring overnight. Ugh!

My prescription for you--happy hour at the local watering holes and a 6 month moritorium on road construction in Wayzata in the year 2019.

Wayzata student to pursue Minnesota military first

A Wayzata High School student is making history. Catherine Zorn of Plymouth is the first female from Minnesota to enlist in the United States Army infantry. Zorn, 17, comes from a military family: her grandfather, aunt and brother were also in the military.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wayzata baseball prepares for Eden Prairie at state tourney

Channel 12 is reporting, "The state Class 4A baseball tournament starts Thursday and three local squads are in the tourney. Wayzata is the top seed."

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wayzata Schools now checking for sex offenders upon entry

Anyone visiting schools in the Wayzata School District will soon have to go through tighter security. The district is implementing a new registration system at the entries of all 13 of its schools. Visitors will be required to swipe their state ID in a system that prints out a visitors badge and stores your photo in a database.

Cities 97 Live At The Lake with Genevieve and a special acoustic performance from Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls

In Minnesota summer, the weekend begins on Thursday afternoons! Join Cities 97 from 3-6pm at 6Smith. Grab your friends and co-workers to enjoy a happy hour with live music and soak up the summer sun while it lasts!

From the 6Smith Facebook page: "Our Patio and Rooftop seating is first come first served. Guests may bring blankets and chairs to watch from the surrounding grassy area. Beer and wine will be on sale outside as well."

*Locations, performers and performance times subject to change, sometimes with little notice. Please listen to Cities 97 for the most up-to-date information. All events run 3pm-6pm and are open to all ages.

Boys track wins 2016 State Team Title

Channel 12 is reporting, "The Wayzata boys repeated as state Class AA champions in boys track and field Saturday with a handful of local athletes winning gold medals. Individual boys winners included Wayzata's Jaret Carpenter in the 1600 meters, Evan McClellon of Armstrong in the 100 and the Hopkins boys 4-x-800 meter relay."

Wayzata Wednesdays Pub & Grub Crawl

Fun things are happening in Wayzata this summer for Wayzata Wednesdays! June 15th, come down for a Pub & Grub Crawl. All day, enjoy special offers or discounts from 6Smith, Five Swans, District Fresh Kitchen + Bar, Gianni's Steakhouse, McCormick's Pub & Restaurant, Lunds & Byerlys Kitchen, CōV Wayzata, D'Amico & Sons, Wayzata Brew Works, and Wayzata Bar & Grill.

Alec Paul Bertil Lawrenz drowned on camping trip

All the major news outlets are reporting on the unfortunate death of Alec Lawrenz. Lawrenz had been on a camping trip to the Tofte area. An outpouring of heartfelt support happened organically on Facebook, and please see the following stories:

Sunday, June 12, 2016

2016 Wine on Wayzata Bay

The Best Lakeside Party of the Summer! And you are invited! Bring Your Friends!

Mark your calendars for a very special public wine tasting charity event at the Wayzata Yacht Club on Friday, June 19, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. The eighth annual “Wine on Wayzata Bay” is a wonderful opportunity to gather your friends, family or neighbors together in the relaxed atmosphere of the beautiful lakeshore property of the Wayzata Yacht Club, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. Sample from scores of wine varieties selected by 16 of the area's leading wine wholesalers! And this year we will include beer and introduce a new line of spirits. Sponsored by Wayzata Wine & Spirits (“The Muni”).

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from highly regarded local restaurants such as Lord Fletchers, Kip's Irish Pub and Restaurant, Wayzata Bar and Grill, Jake O'Connor's, Spasso and McCormick's Pub & Restaurant. This event is open to the public and also includes live music, a copious silent auction and sailboat rides until sunset!

Proceeds support the Wayzata Community Sailing Center, a MN 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. WCSC reaches out to the greater Twin Cities area with youth scholarship opportunities, sailing events for visually impaired and physically disabled individuals, and to inner-city youth groups in addition to their well-known local community and high school team programs.

Each year, the Wayzata Community Sailing Center works even harder to provide “Sailing for Everyone!” Ticket event pricing: $60 presale, $75 after June 5. (Tickets have sold out in the past the week before, so early purchase is recommended).

2016 Wayzata Art Experience June 25 & 26

2016 Wayzata Art Experience scheduled for June 25th & 26th 2016. Submitted photo.

Two days only! It's all happening on the shores of Lake Minnetonka in charming downtown Wayzata....

Come for the art, stay for the fun!
Wayzata Art Experience. Submitted photo.
Check out our NEW Features
Antique & Classic Boat Show. Submitted photo.
  • Inaugural Antique & Classic Boat Show (Sun. only). Art and boat lovers will have a rare opportunity to appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of some of the most unique vintage wood boats on the Lake.
  • Free Floating Yoga on the Docks (Sat. only) on Saturday at 10 a.m. Bring your mat or towel and have some fun balancing, stretching and strengthening on our lovely lake. All levels are welcome.
  • Enjoy Free Sailboat Rides (Sat. only) on Wayzata Bay, courtesy of Wayzata Community Sailing Center at Broadway docks, 700 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391.
  • Art isn’t just for humans! Bring your pooch for live painting of dog portraits by Tom Foty, award winning Featured Artist.
  • Take part in our Community Art Project – Canoe/Kayak Building by the Urban Boatbuilders, a non-profit focused on positive youth development.
  • Wind up or wind down with Wayzata’s ARTY parties! Enjoy happy hours, food and drink specials, and events hosted by nine local restaurants all around town throughout the weekend. Don’t miss the “Wayzata Brew Experience Kickoff Party” at the brand new Wayzata Brew Works, Friday, June 24.
Presented by The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce. A big thank you to our sponsors TCF Bank, Mediacom, Align Health & Wellness, Envy Skin Clinic, The Brost Clinic, Coldwell Banker Burnet, Renewal by Andersen, Venture Photography, Above & Beyond Construction, and Life & Vitality Chiropractic.