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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, November 29, 2019

Wayzata Trojans, Vasser Run Away With State Championship

 In the 6A State Football Championship Friday night, the Wayzata Trojans used a recipe that worked all season long – hand the ball to running back Christian Vasser.

Christian Vasser dives into the end zone as the offensive line clears the way. © WayzataPhotography.com
 The Trojans trailed Champlin Park 17-14 at the half.

But Vasser and the Trojans proved to be too much down the stretch.

The Trojans outscored the Rebels 21-3 in the second half despite throwing an interception on the half's opening drive.

Vasser tied a Prep Bowl record with five touchdowns and rushed 49 times for 285 yards.

“It’s something we worked for,” said Vasser. “Ever since he (Coach Lambert Brown) said he had a structure to go out and do this. Every one of us believes.”

"He (Vasser) gets better every day," said head coach Lambert Brown. "He treats people really well. He's a great person. I'm really lucky I get to coach him."

Wayzata defeated the Rebels 35-20 to clinch the school's fourth state championship and finish the season undefeated at 13-0.

Wayzata Football celebrates winning the Class 6A Champsionship. Photo courtesy MSHSL.
GAME RECAP

1st Quarter

The first quarter was pretty quiet as the defenses were tough. The only score was a field goal by Champlin Park.

The Rebels led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.

2nd Quarter

Wayzata’s offense got going in the second quarter with running back Christian Vasser leading the charge.

The Trojans completed an 86-yard drive capped with a Vasser running touchdown with 11:03 left in the quarter to make it 7-3 Wayzata.

The Rebels bounced right back on the following drive.

Running back Shawn Shipman scored a rushing touchdown to make it 10-7 Champlin Park with 7:13 left in the second quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, a terrific 80-yard return by Wayzata’s Sam Robertson set up Vasser’s second touchdown to make it 14-10 Wayzata with 4:02 remaining in the second quarter.

Champlin Park answered back.

With 15 seconds left in the second quarter, Shipman ran in another touchdown to make it 17-14 at the half.

3rd Quarter

The Trojans squandered the opening drive of the second half when Thomas Schmidt threw an uncharacteristic interception.

That's when Wayzata's defense stepped up and forced the Rebels to punt after three plays.

The Blue & Gold took a 21-17 lead on Vasser’s third touchdown of the night with 8:07 left in the quarter.

And with 2:07 left in the third quarter, Vasser scored his fourth touchdown to give Wayzata a 28-17 lead.

4th Quarter

With 8:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, Champlin Park kicked a field goal to make it 28-20 Wayzata.

Wayzata countered by running nearly six minutes off the clock capping a drive with Vasser’s fifth touchdown of the night to make it 35-20.

Vasser's 5-touchdown effort comes two weeks after he ran for 269 yards against Lakeville South to advance to the championship game.


STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS

Wayzata


  • C. Vasser - 49 rushes, 285 yds, 5 TDs
  • S. Robertson - 80-yard kickoff return
  • M. Schmidt, C. Brown, L. Deselich each had six tackles

Champlin Park


  • J. Miller - 8 completions for 80 yds, 13 rushes for 94 yds
  • S. Shipman - two rushing touchdowns

Courtesy MSHSL

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Light Up The Lake This Friday


Wayzata’s Light Up the Lake Celebration will take place Friday Nov. 29 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the Wayzata Depot.

2018 Light Up The Lake Celebration

Santa’s reindeer, holiday music, horse drawn wagon rides are a part of the celebration.

The Wayzata Fire Department will lead the Parade of Lights down Lake Street.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Know Wayzata’s Snow Removal & Parking Protocol


If you didn’t realize, it snows in Wayzata every year. Yep, every year.

This should come as no surprise.

Wayzata last winter


With that snow comes snow removal and the city has a specific protocol you should know about.

If the snowfall is two or more inches by 8 p.m., the snow parking regulations kick in at 2 a.m. the following morning.

That means any vehicles parked on unplowed city streets will be tagged and possibly towed.

Residents can call (952) 404-5369 after 8 p.m. to find out if the parking ordinance is in effect.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Trojan Madness 2019


The Wayzata Boys Basketball team hosted their annual kick-off event at the Wayzata High School on Friday, November 22nd, 2019.
Join Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson and check out an interview with Head Coach Bryan Schnettler, Guard Kody Williams, and Forward Camden Heide for a preview of the upcoming season.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Taking Dog Grooming On The Road

As far back as Molly Engler can remember, she's always wanted to work with pets. A love for animals at a young age developed into a career. 

Molly Engler and furry friend
She has owned Metro Pets & More, a dog walking and pet sitting company, for more than 10 years.

From Dog Walking To Dog Grooming


“I started Metro Pets & More, a professional dog walking and pet sitting business,” said Engler.  “I started that business because I wanted to offer people the convenience of coming to their home and walking their dogs while they are at work.”

Now, Engler is launching Wash My Paws, a mobile dog grooming service providing professional grooming in your driveway.

“After many years of doing this business, I decided that I wanted to branch out and start a mobile dog grooming salon.”


The idea is similar to the dog walking service - visit the customer’s dog while the customer is away at work.

“By the time you come home, you have a nice clean dog.”

Crowdfunding The Business

Engler is using a unique way to raise capital and launch her business. She has a campaign through Kickstarter.com.

Kickstarter uses crowdfunding to launch businesses. Typically, people who back Kickstarter projects are offered rewards or experiences for pledges.

Engler’s first campaign goal is to raise $10,000. That will pay for a deposit on the truck used for dog grooming.  



At last check, 38 backers have pledged $4,321. The campaign goes through Dec. 9.

Wash My Paws offers backers such things as grooming tips, future dog grooming services, etc.

Lake Minnetonka Market

Engler lives and works in the Lake Minnetonka area. It's naturally her initial target market.

“This summer, I spent quite a bit of time at different events such as Excelsior Farmers Market and James J. Hill Days showcasing my business,” said Engler. “The response was nothing but positive.”

If you haven’t noticed, people who live in Wayzata and nearby communities love their dogs. 

This fact isn’t lost on Engler and it’s a part of her strategy.

“My first mobile grooming truck will be launched in the Lake Minnetonka area.”

All-Or-Nothing

Engler's Kickstarter project is all-or-nothing funding. Nobody who pledges will be charged if the project doesn't hit its funding goal.

We’ll know by Dec. 10 if Engler can raise the capital to make this business a reality. 

Kickstarter says that of the projects that have reached 60% of the funding goal, 98% were successfully funded.

“The future is bright, so we’re prepared to go where the dogs and people need us.”

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Wayzata City Council Approves Permits for The Grocer’s Table


The Wayzata City Council unanimously approved both an encroachment permit and sidewalk café permit for The Grocer’s Table at 326 Broadway Avenue South at the November 19 City Council meeting.

“The Grocer’s Table is intended to be a café market and wine bar,” said executive chef Lindsay Pohlad. “In this approximately 4,300 square feet space will be a small intimate market of specialty foods that are centered around a local meat and cheese program.”



The Grocer's Table Executive Chef Lindsay Pohlad Nov. 19, 2019
Courtesy City of Wayzata
“The café will serve a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu,” said Pohlad. “I have a pretty substantial bakery program of sweet and savory items.”

The Grocer's Table/Courtesy Shea Design

Pohlad is working with Shea Design, a company that alsoworked on the design for another Wayzata restaurant, Benedict's.


The Grocer’s Table is schedule to open in 2020.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Panoway on Wayzata Bay Initiative Discussed at Wayzata City Council Meeting


The Lake Effect Conservancy provided an update on the Lake Effect project during Tuesday night’s Wayzata city council meeting.


Courtesy WCTV/City of Wayzata

“We are transitioning to a new phase, an initiative that we are calling Panoway on Wayzata Bay,” said Lake Effect Conservancy Chair Andrew Mullin. “This spring, as we launch the public phase of the project, we are stepping forward and closing the chapter on Lake Effect and moving forward with what we’re calling Panoway on Wayzata Bay.”  

Mullin also updated the city council on advocacy, communication, history and construction portions of the project.

City Manager Jeff Dahl stated that he and other city officials met with the Governor’s office on Monday to discuss bonding bill funding for the Lake Effect Project.

“This is all in preparation for our ask of $10 million to help with this overall project,” said Dahl. “In late winter, early spring we will be active again in trying to leverage our community support in getting regional support. While it’s for the residents of the city of Wayzata, certainly people come from outside Wayzata and we think it’s appropriate the state pay its fair share.”

On Nov. 14, The City of Wayzata hosted the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee to learn about the Lake Effect Project.

This follows a visit from a similar committee from the Minnesota Senate a few weeks prior.

The city is asking the state for $10 million of an estimated $20 million to complete the Lake Effect Project.

The state portion would come from an upcoming legislative bonding bill.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Bridge, Anyone? - 101 Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony




Join Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson and Community leaders Becky Cadwallader Pierson, Ken Willcox, Mike Barnes & Hennepin County Commissioner Jan Callison as they mark the opening of the 101 Bridge over Highway 12 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Sponsor: LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Lake Effect Headlines Tuesday's Wayzata City Council Meeting, Workshop


The Lake Effect will be discussed during Tuesday night’s regular city council meeting at 7 p.m. and the city council workshop that happens prior to the meeting, according to an agenda released by the City of Wayzata.
Courtesy, The Lake Effect Conservancy

The workshop is scheduled to begin around 5:45 p.m. with discussion on the Lake Effect Conservancy Marketing Initiative slated for 6:30 p.m.

At a previous workshop on Nov. 6, Kristin Evenson of the Lake Effect Conservancy recapped the process used by marketing consultant Latitude to come up with a new name and visual identity that would be more appropriate for the pending improvements along Lake Minnetonka.

Latitude is a Minnesota-based company that has previously done a branding work for the Minnesota Lynx basketball team.
   
The new brand concept, Panoway on Wayzata Bay, was presented by Latitude to the city council for feedback.

The city council provided feedback on the visual identity and asked to review more details about the launch.

Meanwhile, during the public forum portion of the 7 p.m. city council meeting, there is scheduled to be an update of the Lake Effect Conservancy Efforts.

On Nov. 14, The City of Wayzata hosted the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee to learn about the Lake Effect Project.

This follows a visit from a similar committee from the Minnesota Senate a few weeks prior.

The city is asking the state for $10 million of an estimated $20 million to complete the Lake Effect Project.

The state portion would come from an upcoming legislative bonding bill.

The Grocer’s Table

The other city council meeting agenda item of note is a public hearing considering licenses and permits for The Grocer’s Table at 326 Broadway Avenue South near the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Lake Street.
Courtesy City of Wayzata


The Grocer’s Table will be a restaurant and market serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Courtesy Shea, Inc.


Lindsay Pohlad is the owner and executive chef.

The Grocer’s Table is schedule to open in 2020.

Wayzata 28, Lakeville South 14 in Class 6A State Semi-Final



Watch Wayzata.com's exciting highlights as Wayzata Football beats Lakeville South 28-14 in the MSHSL Class 6A Semi-Final playoff.

 In case you missed it check the interesting side story where Christian Vasser purchased a Legacy Brick at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016. Vasser rushed 44 times, racking up 269 yards and 3 TD's in the winning effort behind the Wayzata offensive line.

Jordan Halverson's defense kept Lakeville South's Power T in check throughout the game. Head Coach Lambert Brown, Vasser, Joe Salonek, and Joe Demro share a couple of quick thoughts on the game from the Minnesota Vikings press room after the game.

Wayzata will take on Champlin Park in the 2019 Class 6A Prep Bowl.

Sponsor: LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com

Friday, November 15, 2019

101 Bridge over Highway 12 set to re-open



Much to the relief of Wayzata residents, visitors, guests, business, and other stakeholders, the 101 / Central Avenue Bridge is set to re-open this weekend.

According to MN Dot Spokesman David Aekins, the bridge redecking project cost approximately $4 million. Of that amount Hennepin County is contributing approximately $1.9 million.

Aekins also indicated the bridge was originally built in 1970 and that safety and traffic improvements include: left turn lanes, wider sidewalks, a higher railing, and a new concrete deck.

Crews may finish their work on Saturday, but the official opening is scheduled for Sunday November 17th, 2019. Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your Wayzata road construction news leader.

Sponsor: LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Going to the Wayzata football game Friday? You won’t be alone!

The Trojans take on Lakeville South in the state tournament Friday after defeating Centennial last week.



The game will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium, the home of the Minnesota Vikings.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The game is general admission seating.

Tickets for students are $10. Adults will pay $16. They can be purchased at the box office at the stadium.

You can find a handy spectator guide here and a parking guide here.

So, there you go – you’re all set for Friday’s big game. 

Remember to wear blue and gold and stay with Wayzata.com for the latest coverage on the Wayzata’s march to a championship!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Irene Stemmer passed away Friday at the age of 93

The Wayzata community lost a dear friend. Irene Stemmer passed away Friday at the age of 93. Irene was the original charter member of the Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board. She saved the Trapper’s Cabin (see picture below from her book The Trapper’s Cabin: A Journey To Preservation) and persuaded Presbyterian Homes to pay for its rehab and relocation from Bushaway to Shaver Park, where it is now. She led historical tours of Wayzata for years, both walking and via trolley. Wayzata is such a better community because of Irene’s contributions.

Irene Stemmer in front of the Trappers Cabin in Wayzata. Image courtesy from her book: The Trapper's Cabin: A Journey to Preservation.

Wayzata Volleyball wins first ever State Championship




Wayzata High School Volleyball Head Coach Scott Jackson and his team capture the Wayzata's first State Championship by defeating Eagan 25-20, 14-25, 25-21, 19-25, 16-14 in the Class AAA Title Match. Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson presents MSHSL coverage including interviews with Jackson, and players Kate Long and Sophie Jesewitz. Sponsor: LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com

Sunday, November 10, 2019

See you at the Bank! Wayzata 38, Centennial 21


Wayzata remains unbeaten with a big win in the State Quarterfinals over Centennial. Lambert Brown, Drew Berkland, and Tom Schmidt join Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson to discuss the win. Trojans will play in the State Semi-Finals at US Bank next Friday night! Sponsor: LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Wayzata 3, Elk River 0 in State Volleyball Quarterfinal



Wayzata High School Volleyball defeats Elk River in convincing fashion after a bit of a nervous start. Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson recaps the action and brings you the Scott Jackson, Elizabeth Helmich, and Gabby Tolander press conference. Sponsor: LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

2019 Wayzata School Board Election Results


Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson reviews the 2019 Wayzata School Board Election results. Wayzata voters largely happy with current school board re-electing Linda Cohen, Cheryl Bottger Polzin, and Bonita Lucky. Vacant seat filled by newcomer Seanne Hanke Falconer who shared her thoughts on the win via telephone on election night. Sponsor: LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com

Monday, November 04, 2019

Bird's eye view of the Wayzata Water Tower

Get a bird's eye view of the City of Wayzata (Local Government)'s Water Tower which has been freshly painted! Installed in 1986 the structure is painted about every 15 years and holds 500,000 gallons of water. Thanks to Mike Kelly at the City for the information! Sponsor: https://www.LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com

Emily Fair - Wayzata School Board Candidate


Emily Fair is running for Wayzata Public Schools school board and joins Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson to discuss her campaign. For more information on Fair, visit EmilyFair4WayzataSchoolBoard.com.Sponsor: LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Wayzata Football advances to State with 56-20 win over East Ridge

Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson interviews Anthony Ukofia, Peter Melquist, Christian Vasser and Lambert Brown about Wayzata Football's 56-20 win over East Ridge. Sponsor: LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com



Highlights from the 56-20 win over East Ridge