SHERIFF: Body recovered from the Mississippi River

June 26, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) – Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputies recovered an adult male body from the Mississippi River near the Washington Ave. Bridge at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Deputies located the body after responding to a 911 call of a possible body in the river.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office will make the identification and official cause of death.

CITY: Marina Fishing Ordinance

CITY OF WAYZATA
HENNEPIN COUNTY MINNESOTA
ORDINANCE NO. 773

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 309 (USE OF PUBLIC PARKS) OF THE WAYZATA CITY CODE RELATED TO MUNICIPAL DOCKS

THE CITY OF WAYZATA ORDAINS:

Section 1. Amendment. Chapter 309 of the Wayzata City Code (Use of Pub lie Parks)is hereby amentled t0 read in its entircly us follows (struck text deleted; underlined tcxt added):

CHAPTER 309

USE OF PUBLIC PARKS

309.01. Hours of Closing. All public parks shall be closed between the hours of 10:30 P.M. and 5:00 A.M. of the following day. During said hours no person shall frequent, congregate, enter, or remain within any public park.

309.02. Liquor Prohibited. No person shall consume or have in his or her possession within any public park any intoxicating liquor or any beer, as such terms are defined in Section 205.01 hereof.

309.03. Location of Public Parks. The following locations within the City of Wayzata are hereby designated public parks and suject to the provisions of this Chapter:

309.04. Motorized Vehicles. No motorized vehicles shall be driven or parked in any public park except upon the designated roadways or parking areas within such parks.
(0rd. 422 (8-16-1983))

309.05. Municipal Boat Dock, Charter Boats. (Repealed by Ord. 592 [5-29-1997])

309.06. Fishing From Docks. Fishing from public docks shall be regulated as follows:

  • Fishing shall be allowed on the Wayzata Depot docks from 5:00 A.M. to 10:30 P.M. daily, with the exception that fishing shall be prohibited on the easterly extension (new dock) from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., on Saturdays,
    Sundays and holidays.
  • Fishing shall be allowed on the Broadway Dock (Sunsets) from 5:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. daily.
  • Fishing shall be allowed in the Wayzata Municipal Marina from November 2 to April 30 during such times set by the City Manager. Fishing shall be prohibited in the Wayzata Municipal Marina from May 1 to November 1, with the exception that fishing shall be permitted from the three (3) loading platforms, only.
  • Fishing from public docks in areas and at times other than allowed in this section shall be prohibited. The City Manager may modify the hours, days and areas of fishing allowed from public docks for any reason related to health, safety or welfare. Days, hours and areas for fishing shall be posted on public docks in accordance with this section. (Ord. 583 [07-17-1996])

Section 2. Effective Date. This Ordinance will become effective upon passage and publication.

Adopted by the City Council this 6th day of June, 2017.

Ken Willcox
Mayor

ATTEST:
_____________________
Jeffrey Dahl
City Manager
First Reading: June 6, 2017
Second Reading: June 20, 2017
Publication: June 26, Wayzata.com

Brooklyn Center man charged in sex trafficking operation 📷

Wayzata Prostitution Ring.

A Brooklyn Center man was charged with sex trafficking in an operation that involved at least 35 women, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Ricky Arlen Turner, 28, was charged Thursday with two counts each of sex trafficking of an individual and promoting prostitution of an individual.

“Trafficking young women into the sex trade is reprehensible,” Freeman said. “County attorneys around the state are working harder to prosecute them. In the case of Mr. Turner, we are cooperating with the Washington County Attorney, who also has brought charges against him.”

According to the criminal complaint, in January, police noticed an advertisement with a woman in lingerie advertising herself for commercial sex in backpage.com. The telephone number belonged to 25-year-old Brittany Harenza. Woodbury police executed an administrative subpoena on the publication and discovered 1,600 ads involving more than 35 women from November 2015 to May 15, 2017 and all associated with Harenza’s number.

Further investigation turned up a Facebook page on Harenza, which then led investigators to posts about Turner, which indicated he was promoting the prostitution of several women, including Harenza. Turner and Harenza were living in a home at 2815 McKenzie Point in Wayzata and police surveillance revealed they were receiving many visitors, for short time periods, especially at a detached guest house on the property, the complaint states.

Minnetonka police, in conjunction with other local departments, also found two other women who worked for Turner. One of them said Turner and Harenza approached her at a bus stop in November and told her how she could make money as a prostitute. Turner forced her to live at the Wayzata home and beat her if she tried to leave. He also took her to another state and forced her to work there, according to the complaint. She said she earned more than $100,000 in the four months she worked for Turner and was forced to turn over nearly all the money to him.

Turner is currently in the Washington County jail under similar charges.  Harenza also was charged with two felonies in Washington County including aiding and abetting racketeering.


State of Minnesota, COMPLAINT
Plaintiff, Warrant
vs.
RICKY ARLEN TURNER DOB: 07/19/1988
6800 DUPONT AVE NORTH
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
Defendant.

The Complainant submits this complaint to the Court and states that there is probable cause to believe Defendant committed the following offense(s):

COUNT I
Charge: Engages in the sex trafficking of an individual
Minnesota Statute: 609.322.1a(4), with reference to: 609.322.1a
Maximum Sentence: 15 YEARS AND/OR $40,000
Offense Level: Felony
Offense Date (on or about): 02/22/2017
Control #(ICR#): 17000686
Charge Description: That on or about between November 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 in Hennepin County, Minnesota, RICKY ARLEN TURNER engaged in the sex trafficking of an individual, K.G.

COUNT II
Charge: Promotes Prostitution of an Individual
Minnesota Statute: 609.322.1a(2), with reference to: 609.322.1a
Maximum Sentence: 15 YEARS AND/OR $40,000
Offense Level: Felony
Offense Date (on or about): 02/22/2017
Control #(ICR#): 17000686
Charge Description: That on or between November 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017, in Hennepin County, Minnesota, RICKY ARLEN TURNER, born 07/19/1988, while acting other than as a prostitute or patron, did intentionally promote the prostitution of an individual, K.G.

COUNT III
Charge: Engages in the sex trafficking of an individual
Minnesota Statute: 609.322.1a(4), with reference to: 609.322.1a
Maximum Sentence: 15 YEARS AND/OR $40,000
Offense Level: Felony
Offense Date (on or about): 02/22/2017
Control #(ICR#): 17000686
Charge Description: That on or about between November 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 in Hennepin County, Minnesota, RICKY ARLEN TURNER engaged in the sex trafficking of an individual, B.C.

COUNT IV
Charge: Promotes Prostitution of an Individual
Minnesota Statute: 609.322.1a(2), with reference to: 609.322.1a
Maximum Sentence: 15 YEARS AND/OR $40,000
Offense Level: Felony
Offense Date (on or about): 02/22/2017
Control #(ICR#): 17000686
Charge Description: That on or between November 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017, in Hennepin County, Minnesota, RICKY ARLEN TURNER, born 07/19/1988, while acting other than as a prostitute or patron, did intentionally promote the prostitution of an individual, B.C.


Complainant, a licensed peace officer with the Minnetonka Police Department, has investigated the facts and circumstances of this offense and believes the following establishes probable cause: During the month of January 2017, police officers observed a commercial sex advertisement of a female in lingerie with a posted phone number of XXX-XXX-4722. Officers identified this phone number as belonging to Brittany Marie Harenza (DOB: 10-08-1991).

An administrative subpoena relating to the Backpage.com advertisement was requested. As a result of the subpoena, Officers identified over 1,600 commercial sex advertisements associated with an account tied to Harenza’ s phone number from 11-25-2015 to 05-15-2017. The subpoena also revealed “moneyfirst1218@gmail.com” as the email address belonging to the account. Over 35 different females were associated with the ads linked to the account. The commercial sex advertisements posted for “in call” and “out call” in Minnesota and numerous other states. In Minnesota, advertisements connected to the Backpage.com advertisements were in various cities in Hennepin, Washington and Ramsey Counties. The administrative subpoena also revealed IP addresses associated with the posts from the cell phone carriers Sprint and Comcast. An administrative subpoena for the Comcast IP address revealed a Comcast Cable account for a residence located at 2815 McKenzie Point, Wayzata, Minnesota.

The phone number associated with Harenza and the Backpage.com advertisement was connected to the Facebook.com profile of “Brittany Finesse Bunnie Harenza.” Officers viewed this profile and discovered much of the content was centered on commercial sex. Numerous pictures and posts associated Harenza with a male with the profile name of “Ricky Turner Jr.” The individual was later identified as RICKY ARLEN TURNER, the defendant herein.

Based on the pictures and posts on both profiles officers concluded that the defendant promotes the prostitution of several females, including Harenza. The defendant’s profile contained statements, images and videos portraying the lifestyle of a “pimp.” Officers learned moneyfirst1218.sf@gmail.com belongs to the defendant and was closely related in name to the Backpage.com advertisement for Harenza and other females regarding commercial sex.

Officers found that both Defendant Turner and Harenza were residing at the Wayzata address. Minnetonka Police conducted surveillance of the residence and found both to have frequent contact at the address. Surveillance also revealed a detached guest house. Investigation revealed that “in call” commercial sex acts occurred in the guest house. A poll camera surveillance of the residence revealed frequent, short term traffic from the residence. This short-term traffic is indicative of prostitution activity.

Investigation showed multiple phone numbers associated with the Backpage.com ads placed by the defendant and Harenza. Undercover officers made contact with those numbers including one used by “K.G.”, a victim in this matter. Undercover officers set a “date” with K.G. for a price of $300 per hour with an “in call” location of 2811 McKenzie Point Road. The address provided is next door to the defendant’s residence. It is a customary practice with “in-calls” to provide an address next to the suspect home and upon arrival, the customer is flagged down and directed to the proper location.

Another victim, B.C., was identified by law enforcement. On February 25, 2017, undercover officers initiated communication with B.C. and agreed to a rate of $200 per hour with a “2 girl price” of $500. B.C. sent the undercover officer a photo of Harenza. The undercover officer was directed to a Minneapolis Hyatt hotel. Law enforcement observed Harenza drive to that location and observed B.C. get into Harenza’s vehicle. The following night, officers observed the defendant make contact with B.C. at the same hotel.

Officers are aware that it is common for “customers” of commercial sex to post reviews of their sex acts for other potential “customers.” Through the phone numbers associated with the Backpage.com advertisements, Officers obtained the “customer” reviews of Harenza, B.C. and K.G. This review confirmed that all three women were involved in commercial sex as the “customer reviews” discussed sex acts occurring.

K.G. was interviewed by officers on June 6th. K.G. reported that the defendant and Harenza approached her at a bus stop and started telling her how she could earn money through commercial sex. K.G. reported that she left with the defendant and Harenza and went on “calls” later that same night. K.G. identified Backpage.com ads that were placed for her services. K.G. reported that the defendant and Harenza placed the ads and that the defendant and Harenza taught her how to the talk to the guys who responded to the ads.
K.G. stated that she was recruited by the defendant and Harenza in November 2016 and that she left them in March 2017. K.G. reported that she had to pay off a $2000 “choose up” fee that the defendant required. K.G. reported that she made at least $100,000 during her time with the defendant and that she was forced to give the vast majority of the money to the defendant. According to K.G., the defendant had a quota of $1000 per day that she had to make. If she did not, the defendant would not give her money for food. K.G. reported that the defendant and Harenza forced her to live at the house in Wayzata because they wanted her available for more sex customers who came to the house. K.G. said she tried to leave but the defendant physically assaulted her a few times while at the residence. K.G. reported that the defendant also assaulted her on a trip they took to Miami they took so she could “work” there. K.G. stated that she thought the defendant was going to kill her that night. K.G. stated that the defendant is violent and she is afraid of him.

K.G. reported that there were other girls working for the defendant and Harenza including B.C. K.G. provided officers with texts between herself, the defendant, Harenza and sometimes B.C. The texts make clear that K.G. and B.C. would check in with the defendant when they arrived at “calls” and would advise him of how much money they earned each time. In one text, the defendant confirmed that C.B. had the “choose up” fee. The defendant then says “I’m finna break her & take her to the courtyard Marriott in Bloomington”. In a number of texts, B.C. asks what she should charge for different “services”. Either the defendant or Harenza would respond.

In a post-Miranda statement, the defendant admitted that he gave Harenza “the game” and taught her “how to go about it.” The defendant said he received profit derived from commercial sex involving multiple females. The defendant said that Harenza doesn’t give him the actual money anymore because “she makes deposits into the business account.” The defendant admitted to also trafficking K.G. The defendant stated that he had a 90 day agreement with K.G. and would ask for a percentage of the money “which is sometimes twenty grand, sometime, fifteen.” Turner stated that he would “monitor” the bank accounts of the females. The defendant further admitted that he trafficked B.C. He said that B.C. “wasn’t even making money” and he “took a loss there.”

The defendant said Harenza would pay all the costs associated with B.C. The defendant reported that Harenza and B.C. do a “two girl” once or twice a week. The defendant is currently in custody in Washington County and similar charges.

Gordon Voss identified as victim killed in accident on Wayzata Boulevard 📷

Gordon Voss

Former Minnesota Lawmaker Gordon Owen Voss, aged 79 years, was identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner as the victim who was killed in a two car accident in the 1000 block of Wayzata Boulevard on June 21, 2017.

Voss was born in Duluth on February 25, 1938 and served in the House from 1973-1982 for District 47B and from 1983-1988 for District 52A. He was a member of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party, and served Anoka and Ramsey counties.

He held both Bachelor and Doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Prior to serving at the Legislature, he served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Blaine and was the Chief Administrator for the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission.

Voss, “died from multiple blunt force injuries sustained in motor vehicle accident,” according the release. Wayzata Police continue to investige the incident. His address was listed as 825 Lake Street East, which is part of the Presbyterian Homes / Wayzata Bay West Senior Housing complex according to tax records.

The Wayzata Police Department also issue a release earlier in the week:

Press release from Wayzata Police Department.
Press release from Wayzata Police Department.

PRESS RELEASE
WAYZATA POLICE DEPARTMENT
JUNE 21, 2017

At 1547 hours on 06/21/17, Wayzata Police responded to what was determined to be a two car personal injury accident in the 1000 block of East Wayzata Boulevard. One fatality was involved, and two additional parties were transported to local medical facilities for evaluation and treatment.

The matter is currently under investigation by the Wayzata Police Department with assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol, who are providing accident reconstruction services in relation to the incident.

Lieutenant Mike Murphy
Wayzata Police Department

ISD#284: School Board Work Session Meeting for 6/26/2017

WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Independent School District 284
Wayzata, Minnesota

BOARD OF EDUCATION
Work Session Meeting – June 26, 2017 – 4:05 PM
District Administration Building

AGENDA
1. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
2. ADMINISTRATIVE
A. Q Comp Presentation B. Anderson 20 minutes
B. Referendum Discussion 60 minutes
3. TEACHING AND LEARNING
4. HUMAN RESOURCES
5. BOARD REPORTS
6. FINANCE AND BUSINESS
7. SCHOOL BOARD
A. Choose New LAC Representative 15 minutes
B. School Year in Review C. Anderson 20 minutes
8. ADJOURN

 

Fatal Accident on Wayzata Boulevard 📷

Fatal accident on Wayzata Boulevard snarls Traffic. Photo copyright Dan Gustafson & Wayzata.com. All rights reserved.
Accident on Wayzata Boulevard. June 21, 2017. Copyright Dan Gustafson & Wayzata.com. All rights reserved.
Accident on Wayzata Boulevard. June 21, 2017. Copyright Dan Gustafson & Wayzata.com. All rights reserved.

Wayzata Police, Wayzata Fire, and the Minnesota Highway Patrol responded to a fatal accident on Wayzata Boulevard at 3:47pm on June 21, 2017 in front of Colonial Square.

Eyewitnesses indicated that one person was believed to have died of cardiac arrest from the injuries sustained in the collision, and that an ambulance removed the body shortly after responding–although the cause of death has not been confirmed.

Update at 8:59pm – Police have confirmed that two were injured and taken to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

Accident on Wayzata Boulevard. June 21, 2017. Copyright Dan Gustafson & Wayzata.com. All rights reserved.
Accident on Wayzata Boulevard. June 21, 2017. Copyright Dan Gustafson & Wayzata.com. All rights reserved.

Wayzata Police did not immediately release the names of the persons involved in the incident. Stay tuned to Wayzata.com as this is a developing story.

Accident on Wayzata Boulevard. June 21, 2017. Copyright Dan Gustafson & Wayzata.com. All rights reserved.
Accident on Wayzata Boulevard. June 21, 2017. Copyright Dan Gustafson & Wayzata.com. All rights reserved.

All photographs are copyright Dan Gustafson & Wayzata.com, and may not be reproduced, rebroadcast, or disseminated without express written consent.

Hotel Landing Ribbon Cutting 📹

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Hey Wayzata, it’s Dan Gustafson. It’s about 4:22 in the afternoon on June 16, 2017. I was fortunate enough today to carve out a little bit of time to make it over the Hotel Landing Wayzata ribbon cutting and shot this video for you. It’s the full length of the remarks by Steve Bohl who is the developer, Mayor Ken Willcox, and a number of people who took a moment to speak. Thought I would record it, post it on Wayzata.com for posterity, for history’s sake.

This Hotel is really going to drive a lot of commerce and business, and bring about 30,000 people to Wayzata, Minnesota on an annual basis. It’s been 100 years in the making since Wayzata had a hotel, so it’s really an interesting and poignant moment in history. Hope you enjoy, thanks for watching.

Mayor Ken Willcox (left) and developer Steve Bohl (right) cut the ribbon on the Hotel Landing Wayzata. Photo by Dan Gustafson of Wayzata. All rights reserved.
Mayor Ken Willcox (left) and developer Steve Bohl (right) cut the ribbon on the Hotel Landing Wayzata. Photo copyright Dan Gustafson of Wayzata.com. All rights reserved.

Steve Bohl remarks on the Hotel Landing Wayzata

Good morning, first of all thank everyone for being here this morning. This is s great morning, an exciting morning, it’s something we started looking at–to include a hotel in this part of the Promenade Development–to include a Hotel when we were half way through the Regatta Building.

The Hotel was an original part of the master plan for use here, that’s when we really started looking at putting this piece of the puzzle together. I looked back for some dates, and Mallory helped me check them so:

Monday October 19, 2015 was our groundbreaking, and thats when the first pilings were delivered on site–606 days ago, 1 year 7 months, 28 days, 12 minutes–but whose counting. So what an exciting morning.

The Hotel Landing Wayzata staff. Photo by Dan Gustafson of Wayzata.com All rights reserved.
The Hotel Landing Wayzata staff. Photo by Dan Gustafson of Wayzata.com All rights reserved.

I want to talk just briefly about the impact this has and the historical significance of bringing the Hotel Landing Wayzata. There is a lot of history around the Lake–I think a lot of people know that, and there are people that know a lot more about it than I do.

The use of a hotel in a community like Wayzata, I think it can have a huge impact. It was a draw to Lake Minnetonka back in the late 1800’s and was really the beginning of development of Wayzata.

As a developer I look a little more forward than I do to the past, I think that this is the begining of something new in the history of Wayzata. I see it as an opportunity with a hotel to create new memories, great events, I know there are going to be weddings here.

Photo Dan Gustafson & Wayzata.com. All rights reserved.
Photo Dan Gustafson & Wayzata.com. All rights reserved.

I suspect there will be engagements here, I think there will be special family moments. I know there are going to be wonderful holidays here, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and a lot of new memories we are going to create at the hotel.

It’s a new beginning for a use in Wayzata but I also think its an opportunity for people to experience Wayzata in a new way. We are going to invite a lot of people here, we expect 25-30,000 guests each year, and that should be quite a boost to the local commerce and businesses.

More importantly it’s how we are going to serve the people, how we are going to serve the people as guests, and how we are going to serve the people of the community of Wayzata. We really look forward to that.

The impact over the last five years that the whole Promenade development had on the community was pretty significant. I look at it in a little bit different way. Between Regatta and The Landing we invested about $160 million into the community and most importantly it was for jobs, people, products, it was for land it was for infrastructure, and a lot of things that went out into this community as an investment.

Photo by Dan Gustafson of Wayzata.com All rights reserved.
Photo by Dan Gustafson of Wayzata.com All rights reserved.

I know for over the next forever years, we will continue to invest in this community, and continue to invest in service for our guests. With that, I would like to introduce Mayor Willcox, we go back and forth, he likes to complement me and I like to complement him–it’s a never ending battle.

I can tell you one thing, this wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for our mayor Ken Willcox and I truly mean that–the history, the boldness, the leadership, to allow this to happen in Wayzata was remarkable.

Mayor Ken Willcox on the Hotel Landing Wayzata

Good morning everyone, and thank you very much. Before I go any further, I would like to introduce fellow members of the City Council who are behind me: Johanna McCarthy, Dan Koch, Steve Tyacke, Alex Plecash, and our City Manager Jeff Dahl. They and other members of previous Council’s have done a lot of the heavy lifting form the City’s point of view and as you know the City has benefited greatly from this.

This event is really a two-fer for us–it’s the last piece of the entire Promenade project and it’s also the start of a hotel in Wayzata which has been 100 years in the making. We are excited for a number of reasons, and I’d like to touch on each of those separately.

Photo by Dan Gustafson. Copyright Wayzata.com. All rights reserved.
Photo by Dan Gustafson. Copyright Wayzata.com. All rights reserved.

The Promenade has been a tremendous boon to this City. The reason it is the size and shape that it is that this was built on very difficult land and soil conditions and in order to make this thing economic it had to be this kind of size and density.

I just compliment the architects for having done such a great job in pulling it off. In particular, the architects that Steve had, both with his Regatta building and this hotel I think I think they did a particularly exceptional job in making it look different but also adhering to sort of the history and feel of Wayzata.

The Promenade–I mentioned the amenities that have spun off as a result of this–it’s not just the financial ones that Steve eluded to, has allowed us to put in new infrastructure throughout the area. It permitted us to straighten Superior Boulevard and put the land together that for the Muni  / Wayzata Bar & Grill / Wayzata Wine and Spirits just down the block.

It paid for the majority of the parking ramp that is going up on Rice Street. It’s going to pay for the restructuring of the intersection up at the top of the hill at Superior Boulevard and Wayzata Boulevard. It’s paid for the roundabout you see at the end of this street and our first public art installation–there is going to be a sculpture going on in the middle of the roundabout that will arrive in August or September.

This has been a tremendously important development for the City of Wayzata–this entire project. The hotel is just a credit to Steve Bohl. I don’t think we would see this kind of consistnecy with Wayzata with the sense of the City were it not for someone who is Wayzata through and through and who understands this town. His attention to detail and his sensitivity has been remarkable throughout. 

The fact that he had Terry Schneider taking care of all the details–that’s a slam dunk. Terry is just magnificent at all these events.

What this hotel is going to do, it’s going to extend the activity level, the buzz of Wayzata down to this end of Lake Street. We are going to have this gathering area in front, that’s going to be a new focal point for the City. We are going to have groups coming in here, we are going to have weddings, we are going to have just a lot of activity down here.

This was not a risk free activity that Steve embarked in. When he started the condominiums over here condominiums weren’t being built. When he put in a hotel–hotel’s weren’t being built. Steve is really a vanguard developer and we are very very fortunate to have him as part of our city.

With that, thank you Steve, congratulations, where ever you are and thank you very much.

Steve Bohl more remarks on the Hotel Landing Wayzata

Thank you Mayor. I have a few pages of thank yous, it may take a few minutes but I’ll try to move through it quickly. There were so many people involved in this project from very early on through putting baseboard on this morning inside the lobby.

The Bohl Family celebrates the ribbon cutting of the Hotel Landing Wayzata. Photo by Dan Gustafson of Wayzata.com. All rights reserved.
The Bohl Family celebrates the ribbon cutting of the Hotel Landing Wayzata. Photo by Dan Gustafson of Wayzata.com. All rights reserved.q

There is one person in particular that this never would have happened, not even close, wouldn’t have considered it, would’t have even thought about it if it wasn’t for Terry Schneider.

I’ve known Terry for about 25 years, in a development I first did in Eden Prairie, Terry coached me through that. Whenever something unique or complex comes up, the first call is to Terry. His wisdom, his knowledge, are remarkable, his attention to detail is incredible, his work ethic is–I know people at our office say he’s not real.

How do I get an email at two in the morning, and then one at 5 am. Most importantly it’s his character–it’s his caring, it’s his faith, it’s his wife Beth, so thanks Terry.

Again I’d like to thank the current leadership in Wayzata including Mayor Willcox. I’d also like to say thank you to our previous Mayor Barry Pettit, out there gazing into the sunshine. Barry has been a great coach, to me to, his leadership, his humor, he’s an architect, his comments, his design, so it’s been a great joy to know Barry.

Andrew Humphrey, I don’t believe he is here this morning but thank you to Andrew as well. Our current and previous council members, current–you have already been introduced, but thank you all very much. City Staff-Jeff Dahl, Jeff Thompson, Mike Kelly, Becky Malone, Dave Dudinsky, our Police Chief, and our Fire Chief, Kevin Klapprich, and then Heidi Nelson the previous City Manager who was very involved in this project as we were going through the entitlements.

I’d also like to thank my financing partners, Bill, Joyce, Susan, Steve, Brenda, David, Kevin, and Tandy so thanks very much.

Now Presbyterian Homes–John Merkhans is on vacation this week and a big thanks to John and Deb, and Bill Hagstrom. It’s been a tremendous opportunity to work with that organization as a sub-developer of this property.

To our architects, David, and Whitney, and Mike, Amy, who else is out there, Wes! David started with this as a sketch on a napkin. Wes put parts of it together. Wendy and Amy brought design and all the details, and Mike kind of ran the show. Thank you to that team, you did  a remarkable job.

I would like to thank Hay Creek Hospitality–this building will be managed by a group that we met 2.5 years ago and started talking about how we could create a level of service and a personality within a community and manage a hotel.

So we looked all over the country, and ended up with a wonderful group on the east coast, so Norman who is the principal at Hay Creek, and their executive committee–Norman, George, Katie, DeAnne, Jeff Ryan, Andrea, Jeff Todd, Annette, they helped staff this place with over 100 employees in a 60 day time frame and hired absolutely incredible people. Thank you very much.

And the AP team, Dave, Dale, Carl, those three over there. You guys are absolutely machines. I don’t know how you do this, when I looked back and counted the days from when we started this when we dropped those first pilings, you guys are absolutely remarkable. They not only did it finishing on time, and on budget but when things got challenging and a little bit tough, they were as even keeled, and kind and helpful as you could ever imagine. Dave your team is absolutely wonderful. Thanks.

And then I would like to thank the Bohland team. I get to work with these guys every single day. In looking at doing a development like this, it’s a hotel, but it’s also 30 condominiums and this team worked with us on the Regatta too. You need an A team. You need the best you can possibly find, and we have an a plus plus team. You guys are remarkable, it’s a joy to work with you everyday.

Where is Pricket, oh there he is. Steve is in charge of our construction he does a remarkable job– i don’t how he keeps all the things straight in his mind. You are an incredible person, thank you. Mark, Andrew, they support Steve in construction, and service, and the most important thing we can do is not only finish the condominium building but it’s servicing our clients and making them happy after. You guys do a great job at that.

Julie, she keeps track of the books, and when you put $160 million into a couple of projects, there are a lot of numbers and a lot of details and she keeps them all straight, and she is absolutely wonderful.

Jen is a very special person, I had the opportunity to work with Jen a number of years ago and then she left for a while to go raise two kids, and she was willing to come back and help out again, and if you need to cover your back, Jen is the person that does that–kind and generous, thank you.

Cena is our OCD in the office, Cassy started with us about a year ago, at a point and time we knew we were going to need a lot of help. Sorry to Cunningham, we hired her away from Cunningham–a great addition to our team, great personality, a lot of fun, gets the details done, and she is always thinking ahead of me–which is not hard to do. You do a remarkable job, so thank you.

Spilly and Cody, our marketing team they are just a couple of dudes, and great to have you a part of the team. I may have missed somebody today, I apologize if I have.

This fall we are going to have our opening celebration–not our grand opening but our fall celebration so that will be an opportunity to thank a lot more people as well.

 

CITY: Sushi Fix Liquor License

City of Wayzata Public Hearing Notice
City Considering On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License and Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Wayzata City Council will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, July 5,2017 at 7:00 PM, or as soon thereafter as time permits, in the Community Room at Wayzata City Hall, 600 Rice Street East, Wayzata, MN to consider a request by Sushi Fix Holdings LLC DBA “Sushi Fix” for an On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License and Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License for a restaurant located at 862 Lake Street E., Wayzata, MN.
All interested persons who desire to be heard on this request are invited to attend the public hearing, or to submit written materials prior to the meeting.

Jeffrey Dahl
City Manager

Hennepin Theatre Trust announces 2016-2017 spotlight education triple threat winners

Honorees from Maple Grove Senior High School, Wayzata High School and Stillwater Area High School are recognized for their excellence in singing, acting and dancing and earned a trip to Broadway

Image courtesy Wayzata Public Schools.

MINNEAPOLIS—Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today the four students who were honored with the 2016-2017 Spotlight Education Triple Threat Award at the 12th annual Spotlight Showcase on June 12-13. The winners are Mary Burchill (Stillwater Area High School), Erik Dagoberg (Wayzata High School), Palmer Kraus (Maple Grove Senior High School) and Hannah Theisen (Maple Grove Senior High School).

Triple Threat honorees are praised for their excellence in singing, acting and dancing as well as demonstrating community leadership, teamwork and artistry. They were chosen from more than 80 Minnesota high school juniors and seniors. A group of 40 semi-finalists were invited to audition for a panel of local artists and Trust staff members. Twenty-four students were chosen as the Triple Threat Award finalists. Following a vigorous series of evaluations, four winners were selected who will be honored with the Spotlight Education Triple Threat Broadway Experience, presented by Sun Country Airlines. The Triple Threat Broadway Experience is an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to meet with industry professionals, participate in workshops and attend Broadway shows later in June.

Spotlight Education spokesperson, Laura Osnes, a Minnesota native and Broadway performer, will welcome the winners to New York City where they will receive singing and acting mentoring, participate in workshops and learn from industry professionals about the entertainment business. They will also attend a number of Broadway shows.

Mary Burchill graduated from Stillwater Area High School this spring. In past high school productions, she played the role of Cinderella in Cinderella, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Leading Player in Pippin. She’s a member of High Honor Roll, Newspaper Quill and Scroll, and lettered in Academics three times. She will attend Texas Christian University in the fall.

Erik Dagoberg graduated from Wayzata High School this spring. Roles he has played at his high school included the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Herr Schultz in Cabaret and Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie. He was awarded Honorable Mention in a Leading Role as the Beast, and Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role as Jimmy from Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education. Erik was also selected as part of Wayzata senior royalty in the fall of 2016.

Palmer Kraus graduated from Maple Grove Senior High School this spring. His roles at Maple Grove included Enjolras in Les Miserables and Pippin in Pippin. He received an Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role award from Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education for his portrayal of Pippin. Next year he will attend Chapman University to study theatre.

Hannah Dayle Theisen is thrilled to be selected for Spotlight’s Triple Threat program and graduated this spring from Maple Grove Senior High School. She has played roles such as Cinderella and Leading Player in Pippin at her school, receiving both an Honorable Mention as well as Outstanding awards from Spotlight. She will attend Roosevelt University – Chicago College of Performing Arts in the fall, working toward a BFA in Musical Theatre.

As the Trust’s premier education program, now completing its 12th year, Spotlight Education supports and honors Minnesota high school students and programs focused on musical theatre. The program provides valuable educational, performing and creative experiences for more than 5,000 students in 87 schools throughout the state. These activities help foster essential life skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving and self-expression which students carry into their adult lives.

Through Spotlight Education, participating students receive professional training and guidance to enhance their artistic, technical and performing skills. The program’s four key components are masterclasses, Critical Review, production assessments and Spotlight Showcase.

For a complete list of participating schools and honors, please visit HennepinTheatreTrust.org

Spotlight Showcase is made possible by Slumberland Furniture.

The Spotlight Education Triple Threat Broadway Experience is presented by Sun Country Airlines.

Follow Spotlight Education at:
Twitter: @spotlightMN
Instagram: #spotlight_MN
Facebook: Spotlight Education

 

HENNEPIN THEATRE TRUST is a nonprofit organization that creates positive change through the arts by bringing together people, businesses and organizations in WeDo™, the West Downtown MPLS Cultural District. We serve the community through our three historic theatres – the Orpheum, State and Pantages – and our unique arts, culture and education programs. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org and wedompls.org.

Amazon buys Whole Foods in retail game changer 📹

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Wayzata celebrates Hotel, worldwide commerce shifts during the same hour

This morning while I was attending the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Wayzata’s Hotel Landing–the news broke that Amazon, the e-commerce juggernaut, had acquired Whole Foods. It’s breath taking news to anyone who is interested or followed both the surge in e-commerce and the decline of traditional retail in America.

100 years from now, when the Wayzata Historical Society is looking back on the opening of the Hotel Landing, it will also be known as the day that Amazon bought Whole Foods and got local in the largest way possible as they try to duke it out with Wal-Mart for the supremacy on the sales of everything.

A New York Times article highlights the forces at play: “The online retailer (Amazon) is on a collision course with Walmart to try to be the predominant seller of pretty much everything you buy. Each one is trying to become more like the other–Walmart by investing heavily in its technology, Amazon by opening physical bookstores and now buying physical supermarkets… …their rivalry sheds light on the shifting economics of nearly every major industry, replete with winner-take-all effects and huge advantages that accrue to the biggest and best-run organizations, to the detriment of upstarts and second-fiddle players.

What does it mean for retail in Wayzata?

Let me start by saying it’s not good news for retailers in Wayzata who have already been struggling to keep up with Amazon, it’s Shakopee warehouse, the United States Postal Service, UPS, FedEx and the like. While up until now the concern has been for predominantly mom and pop shops in Wayzata who are not able to survive, it now appears even bell weathers like Lunds & Byerlys are in the cross hairs.

Local retailers and restaurateurs should weigh very carefully any planned and strategic partnership with Amazon who is vendor and competitor at the same time–stealing analytics, keywords, and intellectual property and using it to control the results in Google.

A blanket of conglomerate entities control:

  • The internet pipeline to your home with the vendor selling your web browsing history (In Wayzata – Mediacom)
  • All browsing and search history including friends, family members, interests (Google, Facebook)
  • Deflationary price pressure on all consumer goods via Amazon’s data collection, pricing and delivery prowess, and distribution centers within a couple of miles of your home
  • Couple that with Wayzata’s lease rates / real estate prices and it becomes apparent that local retail is going to be very challenging in the future

Amazon is targeting the Food Supply and everything else with deflationary pressure

CNBC analyst Sara Eisen posed the following points in terms of the competitive threat this represents: Kroger, Target, Costco,

  1. Amazon has deep pockets, which means that they can lower prices on food costs and an industry already facing enormour price competition is now shocked with even more pressure on profit margins
  2. The downward pressure on food prices may gain new customers in the organic segment and take them away from traditional grocers and retailers and food companies
  3. They could bring Whole Foods on a much larger scale as Amazon Prime has complete national scale online

What does this mean for future of retail? Is the future a blend of e-commerce and physical location? What kind of pressure is this going to put on General Mills and Cargill two major employers in our area heavily involved in the food business?

Amazon has also received a patent to block you from comparison shopping on your phone while in the store entitled “Physical Store Online Shopping Control.” The company can sense when a smartphone user is trying to access a competitors website from the store enabled WiFI network. Expect even more control to occur on your mobile device in the future, as entry into a store will likely require the consumer to consent draconian terms of service in order to shop physically within the store.

Local leaders have been worried about the effects of Total Wine opening at Ridgedale and competing with Wayzata Wine & Spirirts on a small scale. They should be far more worried about what appears to be a Rockefeller / Standard Oil like desire to control every aspect of the retail chain.

Jim Cramer detailed the phenonmenon on CNBC this morning, “This is it, this is what everyone was wondering might happen. They (Amazon) will dominate food within the next two years. Wow!

The coming effect on retail is mind boggling. Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for even more on this developing story.

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office: Opioid Prevention Day

What: The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is dubbing Wednesday, June 14, 2017 “Opioid Prevention Day”. The agency will be involved in multiple events throughout the day with a focus on getting deadly opioids off the streets and saving lives.

Two events will take place on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Event 1: #NOverdose Warrant Sweep

When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. (Roll Call)

Where: Hennepin County Sheriff’s 911 Emergency Communications Facility (1245 Shenandoah Lane, Plymouth)

Speaker:

  1. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek
  2. Hennepin County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker

More: Media is invited to attend roll call where Sheriff Stanek and Dr. Baker will address deputies and police officers who are participating in the countywide warrant sweep that is focused on drug-related warrants.

Sheriff Stanek and Dr. Baker will be available for media interviews after addressing the participating law enforcement officers. Sheriff Stanek will be available for early morning live and/or taped interviews prior to roll call (must confirm with Jon Collins by 3 p.m. on Tuesday).

Members of the media are invited to “ride along” with law enforcement officers during warrant sweep 

Details: Media will have the opportunity to follow deputies and police officers during the warrant sweep. Media will use their own vehicles to follow squad cars to various warrant locations. Media must RSVP and agree to safety guidelines. Space is limited, access will be granted in order of RSVP’s.

Media must RSVP for the “ride along” by contacting Jon Collins at 612-919-5918 or Jon.Collins@hennepin.us by Tuesday, June 13 at 3 p.m.

Event 2: Walgreens “Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk” launch

When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Where: Walgreens (7700 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park)

Speaker:

  1. Walgreens Senior Executive
  2. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek
  3. Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeffrey Lunde

More: Walgreens will formally announce their medicine disposal program, that allows individuals to safely dispose of unwanted medications at no cost, for several Minnesota locations. Media will have an opportunity to film the new disposal kiosks.

Last year, a change in State law allowed pharmacies to provide medication disposal options for residents and customers.

The Sheriff’s Office has collected and destroyed almost 100,000 lbs of unwanted medication since 2012 when the disposal program began.

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office: #NOverdose Warrant Sweep

June 12, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) – The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is urging individuals with active warrants to surrender to authorities regardless of the offense. On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the Sheriff’s Office and 18 other law enforcement agencies throughout Hennepin County will begin conducting a warrant sweep to clear active warrants and make arrests.

“This year’s warrant sweep is focused on drug-related warrants due to the record number of opioid-related deaths last year. By clearing these warrants, we expect to save lives,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. “No matter what your warrant is for, ignoring it will not make it go away. Our deputies and law enforcement partners are great at tracking down individuals with outstanding warrants and bringing them to justice for the crimes they have committed.”

Last year, there was 153 opioid-related deaths in Hennepin County, a 39 percent increase from 2014. In response the Sheriff’s Office launched #NOverdose, a drug prevention campaign. The Sheriff’s Office is aggressively investigating drug-related deaths as homicides.

Other types of felony and gross misdemeanor warrants will also be pursued. Individuals should determine if they are wanted on an active warrant, and satisfy the warrant regardless of the offense.

There are advantages to a voluntary surrender – by doing so, a wanted person will avoid being arrested by deputies at their home or workplace. A wanted person may surrender to the Sheriff’s Office or their local police department.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement agencies actively pursue and arrest individuals with warrants daily. A warrant sweep is one more method used to pursue individuals with active warrants.

To determine if you have an active warrant:

  • Visit the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Central Records Unit at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility, also known as the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Jail. It’s located at 401 South 4th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.
  • The Central Records Unit office and the PSF are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Bring a photo ID. You may call Central Records to see if you have a warrant for your arrest at 612-348-2000. A warrant number and/or case number will be required to check for warrants. You may not access information by phone when providing a name only.

To voluntarily turn yourself in:

  • Individuals may turn themselves in to local law enforcement or they may turn themselves in anytime at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility.
  • Advise the deputy at the front lobby that you would like to turn yourself in. You may be placed under arrest and detained in the jail.
  • Continued detention will depend on bail amount, release conditions, your ability to post bail, and the court schedule.
  • Bring government issued identification with you, and cash, if you plan on bailing out.

Partner with us to fight crime:  

Tipsters are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office with information concerning suspicious activities or the whereabouts of fugitives by calling 1-888-988-TIPS.

Anonymous Tips

  • Submit an online form – which can be found at www.hennepinsheriff.org.
  • Text us at 847 411 – begin your message with the keyword HCSOTip and then continue entering your tip.
  • Download an app for iPhones or android phones. The apps can be located by searching for HCSOTip or Hennepin. Clicking on the app will bring up a tip form that you fill to provide information.

2017 Wayzata Art Experience: Come for the art, stay for the fun! 📹

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

Wayzata Art Experience. Submitted photo.
Wayzata Art Experience. Submitted photo.

Come for the art, stay for the fun!

  • Shop 100 local and national juried artists and Wayzata’s charming boutique shops. Enjoy free parking.
  • Stroll Lake Street and enjoy refreshing wine, ice cold craft beer, or a Bootleg otherwise known as “Minnesota’s Signature Drink”.
  • Savor artful eats at local dining hot spots and food truck specialty foods.
  • Cruise the historic Steamboat Minnehaha, discounted tickets available at the boat: only $5.
  • Experience garden landscape designs, entertainment, islands of live music, artist demonstrations, and an activity zone for art lovers of all ages along Lake Street.
  • The fun begins Friday evening at Wine on Wayzata Bay, an annual charity fundraiser benefit for the Wayzata Community Sailing Center – Learn more and get your tickets at WineOnWayzataBay.com for a reduced price.

Check out our EXCITING Features

  • 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 at Broadway docks, 700 Lake St E, Wayzata
  • Meet Tim Shore, 2017 award winning Featured Artist, and hear all about his love of crafting custom wooden paddleboards (booth #94-102)
  • Don’t miss the Emerging Artists booth, a brand new program allowing young adults the chance to put their artistic talent on display.
  • Enjoy Free Sailboat Rides (Sat. only) on Wayzata Bay, courtesy of Wayzata Community Sailing Center at Broadway docks, 700 Lake St E, Wayzata
  • Take part in our Community Art Projects – Canoe/Kayak Building by the Urban Boatbuilders, a non-profit focused on positive youth development. And Fish Sculptures with Mike Carina, a local artist focusing on the health of the Lake and environment.
  • Wind up or wind down with Wayzata’s ARTY parties! Enjoy happy hours, food and drink specials, and events hosted by local restaurants all around town throughout the weekend. And if you’re looking to work off some of those calories, get your tickets now for the Wayzata Brew Works BEER RUN, Saturday, June 24.
  • Make a weekend out of the celebration! The Hotel Landing, Lake Minnetonka’s first and only hotel in over 50 years, is opening June 16. #ExperienceWayzata

Presented by The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce. A big thank you to our sponsors TCF Bank, Mediacom, The Hotel Landing, Bootleg, Align Health & Wellness, Envy Skin Clinic, The Brost Clinic, Coldwell Banker Burnet, Renewal by Andersen, My Pillow, Venture Photography, Above & Beyond Construction, Skingevity Med Spa and Life & Vitality Chiropractic.

More info: WayzataArtExperience.com or call 📞(952) 473-9595.

Disclaimer – REALTOR Dan Gustafson, the publisher of this website, is affiliated with Coldwell Banker Burnet.