March 5, 2021

Wayzata Police issue warning about theft from mailboxes

Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold issued a Crime Alert this morning advising the public about a rash of thefts from mailboxes.

In a specific case that occurred recently, "mail from a Wayzata residence was returned by the Eden Prairie Police Department."

Risvold continued indicating that mail theft targets include checks, items of value, and documents that contain information about identity that can be used in identity theft.

The public is encouraged to take steps to lessen the risk of these issue by not using their residential mailbox to send outgoing mail, not using the red flag on the mailbox, and to use a mailbox with a lock on it if possible.

If you see a stranger approach or take mail from a mailbox, residents are encouraged to dial 911 with a physical description of any persons or vehicles including license plate and direction of travel if possible.

 

March 5, 2021

Wayzata Boys and Girls, Armstrong Boys, Hopkins Girls Qualify for State Nordic Meet

The Wayzata boys and girls Nordic ski teams placed first at the Section 6 meet Monday, earning a trip to next week’s state meet. The Armstrong boys and Hopkins girls finished second in their races, also qualifying their teams for state. Armstrong’s Roger Anderson finished first with a two-race time of 17:40.2.

Wayzata’s Colin Freed finished second in 17:48.3. Hopkins’ Sydney Drevlow won the girls’ race in 19:36.1. Lauren McCollor of Wayzata finished second in 20:27.8.

March 3, 2021

Scott Gengler Selected Minnesota High School Principal of the Year by MASSP

Scott Gengler WayzataMinnesota Association of Secondary School Principals issued the following press release: (verbatim)

Scott Gengler has been a school administrator for 20 years and served as Wayzata High School principal for the past seven years. Scott considers school culture to be his greatest responsibility and that culture is shaped by the school's purpose. Wayzata High School's focus is that every student graduate is prepared for post-secondary success, regardless of race, class, gender or ability.

This purpose has become known as the "Wayzata Promise" over Scott's tenure. The promise is a commitment shared by all staff to ensure that each student is afforded an opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, secure, nurturing and supportive environment. "We are here for you" is part of the school's motto.

Scott has fostered innovation and creativity by creating the "WHS HUB". This user-friendly, student focused web based tool that helps staff communicate, innovate and collaborate. In 2019 the Wayzata HUB was awarded a Local Government Innovation Award by the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Students share that the creation of the Honors Mentor Connection (HMC) greatly impacted their learning. "HMC" is a class that allows students to pursue research in a field that interests them and are instructed on how to reach out to principal investigators at local labs/ colleges to seek a research position.

Staff share that Scott's core belief is that "each and every student deserves an opportunity to thrive, and staff are encouraged to develop learning opportunities that immerse students in hands-on and real world learning. Mr. Gengler realizes our school's role in society's broader network for students, and he seeks opportunities for staff and students to plug into that network".

An initiative that has impacted many learners at Wayzata is that of Courageous Conversations. Scott sought ways to amplify student and staff voices on a variety of issues both in, and out of the school. These monthly meetings give students, teachers and staff an opportunity to see and hear each other in ways that break down communication barriers and the constraints of an academically packed, skills driven class session. This initiative moved some teachers to tears and to action because of the honesty and insight of student voices. Congratulations Scott!

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March 3, 2021

Council approves city wide naming rights policy

What started as a policy aimed at setting naming and dedication guidelines for the Panoway Project has become part of a citywide standard.

The Wayzata City Council approved the adoption of a citywide naming and dedication policy during a regular meeting on Tuesday. The motion for approval passed with council member Cathy Iverson as the sole “Nay” vote.

Staff and council took part in a workshop prior to the council meeting. One of the items on the workshop’s agenda was centered around discussing a draft of the Panoway Naming and Dedication Design Guide. Wayzata Conservancy chair Andrew Mullin led the discussion joined by Samantha Mendiola, project designer for HGA.

Mullin noted offering naming rights to be purchased is part of Wayzata Conservancy’s fundraising plan to offset costs of the Panoway Project. The organization announced a $5 million capital campaign to support the overall project.

Naming Rights Opportunity Areas in Panoway on Wayzata Bay

Naming rights opportunities for Panoway

Phase one of the project was completed last October. The next phase of the project could be completed as early as next year. 

Four types of naming and recognition signage were discussed on the policy: honorific, educational, donor recognition and naming rights. City manager Jeff Dahl noted signage and naming will not necessarily be completely tied to monetary contributions.

“We’re hoping to raise private funds to offset a big portion of phase two costs. That doesn’t mean we won’t want to honor components of phase one and phase two for just community members or families that meant a lot to the community,” Dahl said.

Iverson raised concern about having too much signage through the city. She highlighted the quantity of possible dedication locations as a cause for her concern.

“I ask the council to be cautious of the amount of advertising and placards that we have,” she said. “It potentially could lose its value if there’s so many that it doesn’t seem special. I’m concerned about the potential eye pollution.”

Mullin clarified that what is included in the design guide was an inventory of dedication options and is not reflective of how much they intend to fill.

The policy includes language about the city’s ability to remove the names of donors. The city is not obligated to maintain naming for an indefinite period of time.

Dahl offered an example where the city may choose to remove a name or rename a previously dedicated area.

“If a donor wasn’t as reputable as we thought them to be and we want to take that name away because it’s getting bad publicity we would have the ability to do that,” he said.

City attorney David Schelzel said donors would be made aware in writing of the city’s policy regarding naming.

There have been no public hearings on the policy since it was drafted.

“I wish we would have gotten some public feedback on how people felt about this issue,” Iverson said. “I think it’s a big thing for the city. I think having some community feedback is very important because it’s something it’s something the residents use everyday.”

The naming conversation will come back quickly. Mullin notified the council of the first naming and dedication request being made. A donation of $250,000 will be discussed at the next council meeting on March 16.

March 2, 2021

Crisp & Green CEO starting burger chain in Wayzata

Fast food and casual dining spot Stalk & Spade to feature plant-based meals

A new and innovative fast-food restaurant is coming to Wayzata. Steele Smiley, CEO of Crisp & Green, announced the opening of a new venture, Stalk & Spade according to a report from Twin Cities Business reporter Allison Kaplan. The restaurant featuring plant-based burgers, chicken sandwiches, nuggets and shakes is slated to open at 740 E. Lake Street on April 22.

The location, formerly home to Starbucks, is across the street from Crisp & Green, Smiley’s first restaurant chain. There are seven Crisp & Green locations in the Twin Cities and Dallas with more than 20 to come to South Dakota, North Dakota, Florida and Iowa.



While Crisp & Green specializes in healthy options like salads and grain bowls, Stalk & Spade looks to corner the market on healthy versions of the classic burger and fry joints. Plant-based burgers have appeared on mainstream fast food menus like Burger King and McDonalds over the last two years, Stalk & Spade is going all in on making fast food healthier with plant-based protein.

The newly released menu boasts:

  • Six hamburger options ranging from $9.95-11.45
  • Four chicken sandwiches at $9.95 apiece
  • Six or 10 piece chicken nuggets
  • Four types of hot dogs at $4.95
  • Fries for $3
  • Four flavors of shakes at $5.75

There will also be canned and bottled beverages and a kid’s nugget and fry meal for $4.95.

The food items will all be one-of-a-kind as the recipes are all proprietary. This includes plant-based cheeses as well as meats.

Customers will be able to peruse the menu and make orders from Stalk and Spade right from their Crisp & Green mobile app on day one. The restaurant will offer curbside pickup, dine in and order ahead service.

Smiley plans to franchise Stalk & Spade just as he did with Crisp & Green.

March 1, 2021

Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold to retire

Mike RisvoldWayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold has announced that he will be retiring on March 31st, 2021.

According to a release from the City of Wayzata, Risvold took the role of Chief in 2005. He served prior to that for 14 years with the Minnetrista Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department.

Wayzata Deputy Police Chief Marc Schultz is expected to be promoted to the role on April 1st.

This is a developing story, please stay tuned to Wayzata.com.

Feb. 24, 2021

Phillips bill to rename Wayzata Post Office for Jim Ramstad passes House

Jim Ramstad (R) Served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 2009 in the 3rd Congressional District which includes Wayzata. Prior to that he also served 10 years in the Minnesota Senate.

During his life he was a champion for those suffering with mental health and addiction problems.

Mental Health Parity Rally, March 5th 2008. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Harry Reid, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, and David Wellstone (son of the late Senator Paul Wellstone) are also pictured. Former First Lady Rosslyn Carter is standing directly behind Congressman Ramstad. Photo courtesy Titomuerte at Wikipedia.

Ramstad himself was a recovering alcoholic. At the time of his death in November of 2020 he had been sober for 39 years, according to his obituary.

On Feb, 23, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill authored by Rep. Dean Phillips (D) to rename the Wayzata Post Office in honor of the former Congressman.

The legislation was cosponsored by the entire Minnesota Delegation and now moves to the Senate, where Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) leads the companion proposal.

Phillips, who represents the same district Ramstad once did, offered a tribute to the late statesman before the vote, “As the current Representative of Minnesota’s 3rd, I am humbled to have followed in the footsteps of such a gentleman, a public servant, and statesman.”

The Wellstone Mental Health Parity Act was Ramstad’s signature piece of legislation and was passed after 12 years of effort in 2008. The Act requires medical insurers to treat mental health on an equal basis with physical illnesses and impacts millions of Americans.

Former Minnesota Senator Paul T. Anderson (R) summed up the effort to rename the Wayzata Post Office after Ramstad in a conversation with Phillips, “Jim loved Wayzata, and Wayzata always loved Jim back.”

Feb. 24, 2021

Wayzata Boys Swimming Falls to Eden Prairie

The Wayzata boys swimming and diving team lost to Eden Prairie 118-67 in the final Lake Conference meet of the season for both teams. Eden Prairie’s Alex Deng set pool records in both the 200 Yard Individual Medley and the 100 Yard Breaststroke races. Wayzata scored first place finishes from Matt Gendreau in the 200 yard freestyle, Nick Kale in the 50 free, and Henry Ross in diving. Section meets for both teams are scheduled for the second weekend in March. Wayzata’s final regular season meet is Tuesday night at St. Louis Park.

Feb. 24, 2021

Wayzata Boys Hockey Beats Moorhead

The Wayzata boys hockey team won its seventh game of the season when the Trojans skated past Moorhead 4-1. Jake Schneider opened the scoring for Wayzata in the first period and Jake Keller scored twice in the second period, one of them short-handed. Dylan Lewis scored the Trojans’ fourth goal of the game, also in the second period. Will Ingemann recorded 15 saves to get the win in goal. Wayzata (7-4-0) hosts both Minnetonka and Edina this week at the Plymouth Ice Center.

Feb. 24, 2021

Sports Spotlight: Jake Schneider Wayzata Boys Hockey

In this week’s CCX Sports Spotlight story John Jacobson profiles Wayzata boys hockey player Jake Schneider. The senior forward is among the Trojans’ top scorers this season and is a three-year varsity player. Schneider plans to play in college and next year will play junior hockey for the NAHL team in Corpus Christi, Texas. Jake says he plans to study business in college. His high school grade point average is 4.12.