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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.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Area Behind Wayzata Post Office Pocket Park Center of Debate

Editor's Note: The initial Post Office Pocket Park headline and story implied that that there was debate whether the park was public or private. That is not true. The Post Office Pocket Park is public. At issue is the area behind the pocket park where Garrison Landing residents use outdoor grills. Wayzata.com regrets this error.

The Wayzata City Council discussed the use of space behind the Post Office Pocket Park during a workshop Dec. 1.


In this map, the Post Office Pocket Park is bordered in green.

Garrison Landing property is bordered in blue. 

The area at the center of the debate is directly behind the pocket park to the east.


Post Office Pocket Park with Garrison Landing property in the background

The park is across the street from the post office and is in the northeast corner of the Garrison Landing Planned Unit Development at 240 Minnetonka Avenue

The city states that the area behind the pocket park is public. The Garrison Landing property owner’s association says it is a private park space for Garrison Landing residents.

On Oct. 21, the Wayzata Parks And Trails Board passed a resolution 5-0 recommending to the city council to resolve the situation by the end of the year. According to the Parks and Trails board, it brought the issue to the city council in the Spring of 2019.

The city has put together a possible fee that could be paid as part of a compromise agreement to allow the space behind the park to be private.

Wayzata’s city attorney stated that if a compromise can be met a new city council  resolution and addendum to the development agreement that the planned unit development has a combination of dedicated land for private recreational use and has paid a cash fee.

If the two sides can’t come to terms, the city attorney has stated that the city may seek legal action against the property owners.

Wayzata State Bank Remembered

The Wayzata State Bank was the first financial institution on Lake Minnetonka to have a building exclusively for its own use.

                          Courtesy Wayzata Historical Society

According to Census data, Wayzata's population was 276 in 1900. By 1910 it had grown to 492 people.

As the population grew, so did the community's need for a local bank.

Five businessmen put up $10,000 in capital in the summer of 1908 to start the Wayzata State Bank, which included a construction cost of $2,246.50.

The building was designed by Lowell A. Lamoreau, a Minneapolils architect, and the contract was taken by Allen T. Dart, of Wayzata. The design was colonial. The large columns and exterior walls were finished in rough cast concrete.

Courtesy Wayzata Historical Society

It stood across the street from the Great Northern railroad station on the northeast corner of Lake Street and Barry Avenue.

The bank had three brass teller’s cages, a small walk-in vault, and an office.

There was a buzzer under one of the teller’s cages could be rung next door at Pettitt & Kysor Grocery to alert them in the event of a robbery.

When it officially opened for business on January 18, 1909, the bank was manned by just two employees: a cashier and a bookkeeper.


Courtesy Wayzata Historical Society

Resident boat builder Royal C. Moore served as its first president from 1908 to 1912, and for decades the bank helped Wayzata’s economy grow by providing loans to local businesspeople and homeowners.

By 1950, however, it had outgrown the original building and moved to a new location.


Courtesy Wayzata Historical Society


Several other businesses subsequently occupied the original building, including Five Swans gifts.

The original structure stood until 2019.

Wayzata’s Energy Action Plan Moving Toward Final Approval

Wayzata’s Energy and Environment Committee will update the city council on a draft of the city’s Energy Action Plan (EAP) at a workshop meeting Tuesday.

The city has been accepted into the Partners in Energy Program with Xcel Energy.

So far, the focus of the group was to create an EAP with the overall goal of energy efficiency and conservation.

An Energy Action Team was formed and created the following vision statement:

"Wayzata is a forward-thinking community on the forefront of sustainability. We will lead by example to reduce our energy use through conservation and increase access to renewable energy sources for all residents, businesses, and institutions. Our community and its members will thrive and become more resilient through promoting values of energy stewardship and supporting everyone in our community in our work".

City staff and Xcel Energy will be present at the workshop to provide any additional information or answer any questions of Council.

This portion of Tuesday’s city council workshop meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

Members of the public can participate two ways:

 Online – log into Zoom.com and enter meeting ID 990 7934 0498 and passcode 448733.

       Phone – call (312) 626-6799, enter meeting ID 990 7934 0498 and passcode 448733

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Nominate A Local Business To Receive Free Ad In Wayzata.com Newsletter

Local businesses are the backbone of our community. The pandemic and restrictions have really hurt them. A way you can support them is to nominate them for free advertising.

Beginning with our Nov. 30 newsletter, Wayzata.com will offer business card-sized ad space in our publication - free of charge. We will do this for five weeks - essentially until the end of the year.

These newsletters are available throughout Wayzata at Lunds & Byerly's, Walgreens, the Wayzata Bar & Grill, Wuollet Bakery, Caribou Coffee and newsstands along Lake Street, at the Post Office and at City Hall.

If you are a Wayzata business impacted by COVID-19 and would like to use the newsletter to promote your business or you are a resident who would like to nominate a business, click on the link below: 

Shop Local Wayzata Form

Questions? Contact nate@wayzata.com or 612.221.4646.

#WayzataTogether

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Wayzata.com Newsletter Offering Free Ad Space To Help Wayzata Businesses

Shop local.

We've heard this phrase for quite some time. But it hasn't ever meant so much as now.

For some, like me, 2020 can't end fast enough. But we have more than a month to go and it is a crucial time for local businesses.

As you know, new COVID-related restrictions order that bars and restaurants stop in-person service (both indoor and outdoor). Take out is allowed. The current order will remain in effect until Dec. 18.

Shop local.

There are discussions happening in Washington and at the state level which could lead to economic assistance for small businesses, but that will take time and the time is now.

These businesses are doing their part. They are taking extra precautions to make shopping safe. They are finding creative ways to reach their customers. They are offering gift card deals.

But we all must do our part.

Wayzata.com must do its part too. Beginning with our Nov. 30 newsletter, we will offer business card-sized ad space in our publication - free of charge. We will do this for five weeks - essentially until the end of the year.

These newsletters are available throughout Wayzata at Lunds & Byerly's, Walgreens, the Wayzata Bar & Grill, Wuollet Bakery, Caribou Coffee and newsstands along Lake Street, at the Post Office and at City Hall.

If you are a Wayzata business and would like to use the newsletter to promote your business or you are a resident who would like to nominate a business, click on the link below: 

Shop Local Wayzata Form

Questions? Contact nate@wayzata.com or 612.221.4646.

#WayzataTogether


Wayzata Football season finale: Trojans 28, Blaine Bengals 42

Your Wayzata Football Trojans traveled to Blaine to take on the Bengals in Section 6A play. While the team played some of their best football of the season, the Bengals scored 4 touch downs in the 3rd quarter and that was the difference. Watch the video for highlights and interview with Coach Brown. 

Sponsor: WayzataRealEstate.com

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Wayzata DMV Closed Until Further Notice

The Wayzata DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) will be closed to the public until further notice.


The city says it is due to unforeseen circumstances related to COVID-19 and the closing is a precautionary measure.

Wayzata Volleyball finishes 13-0 on the season, ranked #1 by Coaches Poll

Wayzata High School Volleyball finished the abbreviated season 13-0 by defeating Maple Grove in 3 sets: 25-20, 25-23, 25-20. The Trojans also finished the season ranked #1 by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

The 2020 Wayzata Volleball team was undefeated in 13 contests and ranked #1 by the Coaches Poll.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Gov. Unveils Tougher COVID-19 Restrictions: Bars & Restaurants, Health Clubs, Youth Sports Impacted

On Wednesday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced new restrictions due to the increasingly alarming spread of COVID-19.



Walz announced that there will no longer be indoor service at bars and restaurants effective Friday at midnight. 

Other restrictions include:

  • Social gatherings outside of the household prohibited.
  • Health clubs will be closed to the public.
  • Youth sports prohibited.
  • Entertainment venues like bowling alleys will be closed to the public.
  • Wedding receptions and life celebrations are on hold.
  • Out-of-state travel is discouraged.

The new executive order is set to last until Dec. 18.

Below is a portion of the executive order. You can read it in its entirety here:

https://mn.gov/governor/assets/EO%2020-99%20Final%20%28002%29_tcm1055-454239.pdf

Social gatherings prohibited. 

Except as specifically permitted in this Executive Order, social gatherings are prohibited. Social gatherings are groups of individuals, who are not members of the same household, congregated together for a common or coordinated social, community, or leisure purpose—even if social distancing can be maintained. This prohibition includes indoor and outdoor gatherings, planned and spontaneous gatherings, and public and private gatherings. Organizers of prohibited social gatherings may be subject to appropriate enforcement action by city, county, and/or state authorities pursuant to paragraph 10 of this Executive Order.

Certain Places of Public Accommodation Closed to Members of the Public. 

The following Places of Public Accommodation are closed to members of the public as set forth below. “Members of the public” means people who are not workers affiliated with the Place of Public Accommodation. A. Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, bars, taverns, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, brewer taprooms, micro distiller cocktail rooms, tasting rooms, wineries, cideries, clubhouses, dining clubs, tobacco product shops, hookah bars, cigar bars, vaping lounges, and other Places of Public Accommodation offering food, beverages (including alcoholic beverages), or tobacco products for on-premises consumption are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public, except as set forth below.

The above establishments may, and are encouraged to, offer food and beverage using delivery services, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service. In offering food or beverage service under this paragraph, a Place of Public Accommodation may permit up to five members of the public at one time in the place of public accommodation for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders.

Organized Youth Sports. 

Organized Youth Sports organizations and programs must stop all in-person activities—including practices, group workouts, games, and tournaments. i. “Organized Youth Sports” means any sports activity, where participants are children or adolescents, organized by an entity, association, club, or organization providing for registration of participants and oversight on a regular basis for a defined period of time. Sports activities within this definition include all sports offered by schools (public and nonpublic), the Minnesota State High School League, or similar organizations, as well as dance, cheerleading, and other sports traditionally offered by supplemental associations or organizations.

Celebrations and receptions. 

Individuals, venues, and businesses must not host celebrations, receptions, private parties, or other social gatherings, including but not limited to those connected to weddings, funerals, life milestones (such as birthdays or retirements), family reunions, planned religious services, and other similar occasions.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

At Least 12 Vehicles Broken Into Overnight In Wayzata

The Wayzata Police Department received multiple reports Tuesday of thefts from vehicles overnight.


At least 12 vehicles were entered at multiple locations throughout the city, including an underground garage.

In addition, two vehicles were reported stolen.

None of the vehicles that were entered appeared to have been locked.

The two vehicles that were reported stolen were not locked with keys inside.

Monday, November 16, 2020

TCF Building Condo Plan Up For Review

The Wayzata Planning Commission will review a proposed project that would convert the existing former TCF Headquarters Building at 200 East Lake Street in Wayzata to a 10-unit condominium building.

Courtesy ESG Architecture & Design

Two new structures would be added to east and west of the current building. The proposed eastern building would include 10 condominiums and the proposed western building would include 18 town homes. 

The entire project would stretch from Barry Avenue to Ferndale Road along the south side of Lake Street.

Courtesy ESG Architecture & Design
 

Small "pocket parks" would be developed on the far east and west ends of the property.

Existing TCF Building
 

The current structure was build in 1990. It served as the corporate office for TCF National Bank. TCF employees moved to other offices and the building was listed for sale. 

The existing building would not change. It has a legal non-conforming height of 52 feet to the top of the gable and 60 feet to the top of the spire.

 

 Courtesy ESG Architecture & Design


Under the proposal, the property is envisioned as entirely residential. No commercial or other office uses are planned.

One question the Planning Commission will consider is whether an all-residential use of the property be appropriate for the site.

 

 Courtesy ESG Architecture & Design


The Planning Commission could direct staff to prepare a draft Planning Commission Report and Recommendation. 

This would then be reviewed at the following Planning Commission meeting.

 

 Courtesy ESG Architecture & Design


Minnetonka-based Lake West Development, LLC and Minneapolis-based ESG Architects are working on the project. Lake West Development has a signed purchase agreement for the property that would allow it to redevelop the property as it proposes.

 Courtesy ESG Architecture & Design


 

The City of Wayzata only allows buildings in a Planned Unit Development (PUD) District to be 35 feet tall. The building height in this proposal complies with the 35-foot rule. 

 

 Courtesy ESG Architecture & Design

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Wayzata Football defeats Burnsville Blaze 35-0 with huge 2nd quarter; ranked 3rd seed in Section Play

 Your Wayzata Football Trojans hung a 35-0 shellacking on Burnsville last evening to wrap up the abbreviated and late starting 6 game season due to Covid-19.





Wayzata will host Burnsville Tuesday evening at Wayzata Stadium in Section Play.

Top-Ranked Wayzata Volleyball Holds off Challenge from Minnetonka

From CCX: "In a great Lake Conference volleyball match, number one Wayzata survived a big challenge from seventh-ranked Minnetonka for a five-set win. The Trojans stayed undefeated, winning 23-25, 25-17, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9."
 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Veterans Day & The Birth Of The Wayzata American Legion

November 11, 1918 would turn out to be an extraordinary day for the more than 500 residents of Wayzata. It was a dry day with temperatures in the mid-50s, more than 10 degrees higher than normal.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society
 

But this extraordinary day offered its crowning moment while the town slept, several hours before sunrise. At 4 a.m. local time World War I officially ended. During the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month", Germany and the Allies signed a peace agreement in France. In a time when radios where not common household appliances, the front page of daily newspapers delivered the joyful news to the town. 

 

Armistice Day Celebration in Minneapolis Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society


Minnesotans throughout the state celebrated in the streets of towns small and big. Minneapolis was home to one of the largest impromptu celebrations. People could be seen on the streets shoulder-to-shoulder while others cheered from windows in buildings above. The boys overseas would soon be coming home. Well, some of them would. Unfortunately, many of the local boys who served in World War I would not set foot in Wayzata again.

Within the pages of the 1918 Wayzata yearbook, there was mention of one young man in the History of the Class of 1918 section of the annual:

“One of our boys, Ernest Aselton, heard the call of his country answered it by enlisting in the Marine Corps.”

Aselton joined the Marine Corps in August of 1918 and was killed in action in France two months later.

The local men who served overseas formed deep bonds with other service members in Europe. They sought that type of comradery when they got back home. Less than a year after the Great War ended, the Wayzata Legion was granted its charter on September 3, 1919. The founding members had familiar Wayzata names like Quay, Manning, Getten, Frost and Kysor. Arthur H. Quay was the first Commander. Post 118 was named in honor of Aselton. The first national Legion convention was held in Minneapolis in November.

History repeated itself in 1939 when Europe was once again thrust into another war, World War II. And because of this, the Great War, the war to end all wars, was simply known as World War I. Similarly, the name Armistice Day, which celebrated the end of World War I, was changed in the United States to Veterans Day in the mid-50s. Since then, it has been a day to honor those who served the U.S. military.  

More than one hundred years after World War I ended, November 11 still has significance in our community. It serves as a reminder of how far we’ve come over the course of a century. From the days when news was delivered in black and white to now when it’s consumed by swiping a smart phone. More importantly, it is an opportunity to thank those who serve our country.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Wayzata Teen Battles Severe COVID Complications

Wayzata is a terrific community. If you need a reminder, just ask Wayzata resident Sarah Winston.

Ella Winston, Courtesy GoFundMe

Her 17-year-old daughter Ella, a senior at Wayzata High School, contracted COVID-19. At first blush, knowing the disease is worse for older folks and those with underlying health conditions, you’d think Ella, a young, healthy person would have no problem. But this was not the case.

“She is a healthy, student athlete who has a zest for life and loves to dance,” said Sarah Winston. “She is sweet, kind, caring, thoughtful, loving, funny, driven, and hardworking, to name a few.”

Sarah and Ella Winston, Courtesy GoFundMe

Ella tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday Oct. 30. She was later admitted to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis two days later.

The next morning, she was moved to ICU because of major complications she had fighting the disease.

Initially, she had a severe cough, sore throat, vomiting, chest pain and a temperature of 104.5 degrees. 
Doctors quickly identified that she also had kidney failure.

On Day 5 in ICU, as if Sarah Winston didn’t have enough on her mind, she found out that insurance was not going to cover her daughter’s hospitalization. You see, Sarah is a single mom of three children.

Despite Sarah, initial resistance, a good friend, Jen Rasmussen, had an idea. She suggested they start a GoFundMe page to help raise the necessary funds to cover Ella’s medical expenses.

Meanwhile, doctor’s worked to stabilize Ella’s blood pressure – it was too low after battling COVID and an infection. Fortunately, as her blood pressure went up, her temperature was going down.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Winstons learned Ella had a bacterial staph infection. Ella was fighting multiple fronts. Ella was also put on oxygen because those levels were too low.

Although she had severe mouth and throat pain, her blood pressure and oxygen levels stabilized and it seemed like her body was better able to fight the infection with the help of antibiotics.

As Ella fought, her mother was right there with her, sleeping at the hospital, not leaving her side. As Sarah prayed for her daughter’s recovery, she reminded Ella that she was not alone.

“I’ve prayed every night, as I know others have, (she has an army of prayer warriors) that she heals and gets better with each new day,” said Winston. “I have also prayed each night that no one else has to go through the awful suffering that she has.”

Unfortunately, Ella has been diagnosed with myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart, but she is steadily improving. Just another obstacle for her to overcome.

She has Facetimed her friends – a sure sign this teen is feeling a bit better.

Her message to other parents is to follow the CDC guidelines and keep their children home after being exposed by someone who tested positive. She believes things would be different if proper precautions were taken.

“My own daughter would not have been exposed and she would not have ended up in the ICU with COVID turned to pneumonia, heart failure, kidney failure, liver distress, along with a staph bacterial infection, just to name a few issues she’s dealing with. I don’t wish this onto anyone.”

Back to the GoFundMe page that Rasmussen convinced Sarah Winston to do. Within two days of launching, the fundraiser had totaled more than $100,000 out of a $150,000 goal. And we’re not talking about a handful of big donations, this was truly grass roots. To date, there were roughly 2,000 separate donations with only a handful over the $1,000 mark.

“Overwhelming, to put it lightly,” said Winston. “We feel beyond blessed and thankful for the outpouring of love, prayers and well wishes.”

It doesn’t necessarily take a horrific situation like the one the Winston’s are enduring to remind us how great the Wayzata community is. But a situation like this does a great job of shining a light on that fact.

Monday, November 09, 2020

Grocer's Table Closes Doors 'For The Next Few Days'

Wayzata restaurant Grocer's Table announced that it has closed its doors for the next few days.

Grocer's Table, Wayzata
 

It cited rising COVID concerns as the reason and in a statement said, "to spend time determining how to best serve you in the safest manner possible."

 

Grocer's Table, Wayzata

 

The closure comes after a beautiful weekend where outdoor patios at many Wayzata restaurants were bustling.

 

Posted by The Grocer's Table on Sunday, November 8, 2020

 

Outdoor seating has been critical to the success of restaurants across the state.

Monday brought rain and cooler temperatures. The forecast calls for high temperatures in the 30s and 40s for the next week.

Grocer's Table opened earlier this year.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz is expected to make an announcement that may impact Minnesota bars and restaurants. 

This announcement comes on the heels of a sharp increase in the number of COVID cases in Minnesota.

 


Friday, November 06, 2020

Former U.S. Representative Jim Ramstad Dies

Former Republican U.S. Representative Jim Ramstad died Thursday.


He was 74.

Ramstad represented Wayzatans in the Third Congressional District beginning in 1991. He retired in 2009.

“Representative Ramstad was a remarkable man,” said Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox. “He was a distinguished public servant, who was unique in his ability to work so effectively with people of all stripes. He was a gracious gentleman, always eager to help anyone needing it.”

Ramstad was open about his battle with alcoholism. He gave up drinking in early 1980s.

He made the battle against addiction and mental health awareness a top priority while in Congress.

He helped pass the Mental Health Parity Bill.

Ramstad also helped others battling addiction.

He served as Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor.

“As a person who lived in long-term recovery, Jim’s empathy and understanding of the brain disease of addiction and those who suffer from it touched many lives,” said Kennedy. “Not only through the policies he advanced in Congress, but also through the compassion he showed to others, including me.”

Ramstad put a spotlight on the idea that mental illness and substance abuse disorders often go hand-in-hand.

“Our thoughts are with Jim’s family, especially his wife, Kathryn. May you take comfort in the legacy this great man leaves behind,” said Kennedy.

Ramstad was born in North Dakota and later moved to Minnesota. He attended the University of Minnesota and served in the Minnesota state legislature from 1981 to 1991.

Ramstad not only represented Wayzata in Washington, he was also very involved in the community.

“Jim was also a great friend of Wayzata,” said Willcox. “A few years ago the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce honored him as its Person of the Year. We will sorely miss Jim Ramstad and his decency and his fellowship.”