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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.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Racist graffiti under investigation at Wayzata High School

Wayzata High School and Plymouth Police are conducting an investigation into racist graffiti which marred the building earlier this week.

Administrators including Principal Scott Gengler were quick to denounce the attack and issued the statement below.
Racist graffiti was painted on the side of the Wayzata High School. © 2019 Wayzata.com, All rights reserved. No portion of this article or photograph may be reproduced or re-transmitted without written authorization.

Dear WHS Students and Families,

It has been an outstanding start to the school year. Our students, staff and school community are experiencing success in a number of areas. I was disheartened and deeply disappointed to learn that our positive start was tainted by racial graffiti found on the side of the high school this morning. Please know that this behavior will absolutely not be tolerated, and we are working diligently to remove it as quickly as possible.

We work hard to promote a culture of kindness, belonging and mutual respect and there is no place for actions like this in our school. In cooperation with Plymouth Police, a thorough investigation is underway and rest assured we will exhaust our resources to get to the bottom of it. Anyone found to be involved will receive appropriate consequences.

It's my top priority to provide a supportive environment so all students feel safe and welcome at school. We will continue to build relationships with and among students, staff and families to ensure that behavior like this doesn't exist at Wayzata High School.


Thank you for your support. Remember that we are always here for you and your student, and ready to listen and help.


Sincerely,
Scott Gengler
Principal


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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Guardians of the Lake - the fight against zebra mussels


From the University of Minnesota: "Life in Minnesota depends on water. But zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species are having a devastating effect on the state’s lakes and the businesses and recreation that depend on them. A project on Lake Minnetonka is looking for solutions to control zebra mussel populations and improve the health of the lake. It’s a collaboration between the one-of-a kind Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at the University of Minnesota and the US Geological Survey. If successful, the treatment could provide a blueprint for preserving this treasured resource."

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Wayzata 35, Eagan 7 in Section opener


Luke Bodine, Joe Demro, Jordan Halverson, and Lambert Brown join Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson to discuss the win over Eagan in the first round of Section play as the Trojans move to 9-0 on the season.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Vishala Kamojjala - Wayzata School Board Candidate


Vishala Kamojjala is running for Wayzata School Board and takes a moment to discuss her campaign with Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson. For more info on Kamojjala, visit: VoteForVishala.com

Sponsor: LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com

City hosts Senate Bonding Committee, seeks $10,000,000 for Lake Effect


The City of Wayzata's Mayor Ken Willcox and City Manager Jeff Dahl present information about the Lake Effect to the Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee including a request for $10,000,000 of the $20,000,000 total budget to help fund the shovel ready project.

Completed design work includes increased public access to Lake Minnetonka, a boardwalk, restoration of the Section Foreman House, ADA compliant railroad crossings, a plaza park, public restrooms Dakota Rail Trail improvements, and more.

For more info on the Lake Effect project, visit: Wayzata.org/392/Wayzata-Lake-Effect

#3 Ranked Wayzata Volleyball moves to 26-3 with Section win over Coon Rapids



#3 Ranked Wayzata High School Volleyball defeated Coon Rapids In the 2nd round of the Section 5AAA Tournament: 25-16, 25-9 to move to 26-3 on the season.

Join Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson as he interviews Seniors Kate Long, Lily Emlong, and Head Coach Scott Jackson.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Cheryl Polzin - Wayzata School Board Candidate (Incumbent)


Incumbent Cheryl Polzin sits down to talk with Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson to discuss her campaign for the Wayzata Public Schools School Board race. Polzin details her experience and some of the District's accomplishments under her leadership. For more info visit VotePolzin.com. Sponsor: LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com

Friday, October 18, 2019

Peter Hitch - 2019 Wayzata Chamber Person of the Year


The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Peter Hitch as the 2019 Person of the Year. Considerations for the award include a member who is an active participant and supporter of Chamber activities, a long-standing contributor to the economic, civic, commercial, and educational interests of the greater Wayzata area and someone who makes a difference to the community. 2019 marks the 53rd Person of the Year celebration.

Peter has brought nothing but passion to his 40-plus year business career in corporate law, intermodal transportation, sports technology, food, computer businesses and property management. Peter is the 14-year owner and president of Data Doctors in Wayzata. His interest in IT became the basis for assisting small businesses and individuals with the whole range of computer, networking and technology issues. With a motto of “there’s plenty of time between midnight and 6:00 am,” it’s been his volunteering that has brought him the biggest rewards. Sports with his wife, Wendy, and two athletic daughters turned into youth sports coaching: skiing, soccer, golf and platform tennis. Somehow there was time for more.

Believing in “learning by doing,” Peter joined the team that launched the Minnesota Children’s Museum in 1978, helping it grow into ever-evolving educational experience and a national institution. In the 1980s and ‘90s, Peter helped the YMCA Camp Warren Board bring its mission of building integrity, self-reliance, and leadership for boys to separate single gender camping for girls, too. “Warren is simply life-changing,” he says

A member of the Greater Wayzata Chamber of Commerce for the past 15 years (Board Chair in 2014 and 2015), he helped develop the Chamber’s current Vision Statement and Five Year Strategic Plan for 2015-2020.

Peter has worked with the chamber staff and a creative, inspirational committee to build Wayzata’s biggest festival, James J. Hill Days. His goal was to bring fun to volunteering building on the success of dachshund races, car shows and street markets, developing significant sponsors and instituting “enhancements” like music concerts, fireworks, carnival, log rolling, an outdoor movie, a night market, and “water wow” spectacles such as water ski shows, voyageur canoe races, wake surfing and flyboarding demonstrations.

A long-standing community member, Jeff Dayton, said it best. “Peter is a tireless promoter and friend of Wayzata and deeply deserves this honor!”

The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce will hold The Person of the Year Luncheon in Peter’s honor on Thursday October 24th at the Wayzata Country Club from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The cost is $25. Register online at wayzatchamber.com.

The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce is a vibrant membership organization serving businesses and individuals in the greater Wayzata area. The mission of the Chamber is to advocate and promote the interest of its’ retail, professional and community members.

Sheila Prior - Wayzata School Board Candidate


In this edition of Community Conversations, Sheila Roberts Prior talks about her candidacy for Wayzata Public Schools School Board with Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson. For more information on Prior, visit: SheilaPrior.com. Sponsor: LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Wayzata Football finishes regular season 8-0


Sean Diedrich, Anthony Richmond, Daeshawn Bush and Lambert Brown join Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson to discuss the 34-6 win over Burnsville to finish the season 8-0. Sponsor: LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com

Saturday, October 12, 2019