June 16, 2021

Three Wayzata boys’ basketball players announce college commitments

June 14, 2021

Wayzata Art Experience: annual community event scheduled for June 26 & 27

A previous Wayzata Art Experience is held on Lake Street in Downtown Wayzata. Submitted photo


The Wayzata Art Experience will be held on June 26 and 27 on the shores of Wayzata Bay.


Presented annually by the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce, the Experience will feature 100 Juried Artists, Free Sailboat Rides, Food Trucks, Food Artisans, and Beer & Wine served by Gianni’s new One Door West location. 


Attendees can shop for fine art, and watch for this year’s Featured Art which will be unveiled as it floats on Lake Minnetonka.


Featured Food Trucks will include North Shore BBQ, Falafel King, Nautical Bowls and Pierogi2Gogi. Food Artisans will include Summer Lakes Beverage, Olive  on Tap, Hepps Spice Co., Nothing Bundt Cakes, Kettle Cakes Kitchen, and Simply Nuts.


Wine on Wayzata Bay, a nautical wine festival which supports Wayzata Sailing will be hosted at the Wayzata Yacht Club on Friday, June 25.


Check out Pilates on the Plaza, hosted by PilatesMN at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


Free sailboat rides will be held courtesy of Wayzata Community Sailing Center, while Art Experience rides will be held at the Broadway Docks.


Islands of Live Music, a full line-up of local musicians, will be stationed along Lake Street, featuring a Guitar Stage and Piano Stage. 


Artists on the Guitar Stage will feature The  Acoustic Rockdog, Matt McCallister, Greg Sletten and Trixie on Saturday--while on  Sunday--Visbeek will open, featuring Mark Bendickson with Tommy Raycraft followed by PK Mayo. 


Saturday on the Piano Stage will feature Mark Mueller, David K, Rob Meany and Tom Hunter and Frank Jones -- The Soave Brothers. Sunday’s Piano Stage will feature Clint Clark followed by Scottie Miller.


The Activity Zone will include along with chalk art, bag toss, The Lake Street Splash Pad and Active Woodworking + Boatbuilding Demos by Urban Boatbuilders.


The weekend will also feature ARTY parties, with Happy Hours hosted by local restaurants.


A map outlines where different events will take place for the art experience. Courtesy of Wayzata Chamber


Friday June 25th: 


Wine on Wayzata Bay 5:15pm - 9:30pm 


Saturday June 26: 


Shop Fine Art 10:00am - 7:00pm 


Pilates on the Plaza 10:00am - 11:00am 


Islands of Live Music 10:00am - 7:00pm 


Food Trucks 10:00am - 7:00pm 


Activity Zone 10:00am - 7:00pm 


AIS Prevention Art Sails Unveiling with Wayzata Sailing 12:00pm - 1:00pm 


Sunday June 27: 


Shop Fine Art 10:00am - 4:00pm 


Pilates on the Plaza 10:00am - 11:00am 


Sailboat Rides 10:00am - 1:00pm 


Food Trucks 10:00am - 4:00pm 


Activity Zone 10:00am - 4:00pm 

For more information, visit WayzataArtExperience.com.   

Drew Smith, Wayzata.com, Multimedia Reporter 

Posted in City of Wayzata
June 11, 2021

Section 6AA Track and Field Highlights

The Section 6AA Track and Field Section meet was held at Wayzata High School this week. Video courtesy of CCX Media. 

Highlights from the Trojans include: 

  • Miranda Travis placing first in the Girls' Shot Put, qualifying for State with a throw of 40 feet
  • Brian Glomstad throwing 134 feet, 6 inches in the Boys’ Discus Throw. He also won the Shot Put 
  • Tarun Polibonia winning the Boys' 200 Meter Dash, with a time of 21.90, qualifying for State 
  • Pole Vaulters Jack Helmich and Lukas Versaggi will both qualify for State. Helmich won the event, throwing 14 feet and 7 inches while Versaggi placed third throwing 13 feet and 10 inches.
  • Wayzata Girls’ placing first as a team 
  • Wayzata Boys’ placing second as team 
Posted in Wayzata Trojans
June 9, 2021

Wayzata Farmers Market

The Wayzata Farmers Market is now open Thursdays from 1:30 - 5:30 pm until September 30th in front of the Hotel Landing at 925 Lake Street East. Check out our exclusive Wayzata.com video interview with organizer Deb Hoen and Julie from Thao Xiong Market Wayzata Farmers Market organizer Deb Hoen describes the Wayzata Farmers Market who sells fresh produce and flowers? For even more info, visit WayzataFarmers-Market.com for more info.

Drew Smith, Wayzata.com, Multimedia Reporter 

June 9, 2021

Wayzata Boys Tennis Falls in State Championship

Photo courtesy of Wayzata Trojans

The Wayzata Boys Tennis team fell to Edina 4-3 in the State Championship, which was held at Prior Lake High School on June 9. The Trojans finish the season as the State Runner Up with a record of 22-1. Wayzata beat Edina in both regular season meetings,The Trojans beat Duluth East 7-0 in the quarterfinals and Rochester Mayo 6-1 in the semifinals and would suffer their first lost in the championship match to the Hornets. Individual competition continues on Thursday, June 10.


Posted in Wayzata Trojans
June 9, 2021

Wayzata Golf Sections Highlights

Highlights from the Section 6AAA Golf, courtesy of CCX Media. Wayzata golfers include Dylan Nelko, Wyatt Carlson and Sacchi Deshmukh -- who will all qualify for State. The Trojans boys team placed second as a team. 

June 9, 2021

Wayzata Softball Eliminates Edina

Highlights from the Wayzata Softball team eliminating Edina on Monday, June 7, courtesy of CCX Media. 

Posted in Wayzata Softball
June 8, 2021

In Case You Missed It: National Recognition for the Section Foreman House

The Wayzata Historical Society, The Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board, The Wayzata Conservancy and the City of Wayzata are celebrating a decade long effort to have the Section Foreman House on the National Register of Historic Places. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has and will work on this project!

Read our original coverage of the Section Foreman House being placed on the National Registry Here.

June 8, 2021

Welcome Drew Smith to the Wayzata.com team!


My name is Drew Smith and I am excited to join Wayzata.com this summer through the Larry Oakes Scholarship at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I am going into my senior year at UMD, with a major in journalism with minors in photography and coaching. I graduated from Wayzata High School in 2018 where I worked on The Trojan Tribune, Yearbook and Wayzata Newsbreak. Up in Duluth, I work for the UMD women’s hockey team as a student assistant working with video, with previous roles in the athletic communications office and the University’s public relations office. I will be spending the summer with my family in Wayzata and I am excited to cover my hometown! 


June 4, 2021

COV cafe, Wayzata Beach Playground approved by council

The Wayzata City Council charged through a busy agenda in its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 1.

The first item of new business was to approve excess reserve transfers. Aurora Yager, administrative services director, explained where excess reserve funds come from, stating they are compiled from the general, licensing and liquor funds. The city establishes a fund balance which is a target amount to allocate to those funds. Anything over the fund balance can be transferred to use for projects. In the past the city has used these funds for capital improvement projects.

It's pretty impressive, in a year impacted by COVID we were good stewards of resources and made sure at the end of the year we still had reserves,” Yager said. 

The total amount available is $560,365. Yager presented three recommendations on how to use those funds, which were:

  • Lakefront (Panoway) loan repayment: $250,179
  • General building fund for capital improvements: $82,779
  • Parks and trails capital improvement fund: $110,000

These three uses total $442,958.

The motion to approve the excess reserve transfer was unanimously passed.

Next, the council discussed approving the city’s new design standards with amendments as needed, as well as approving the first reading of the amended city code regarding design standards. Laura Shagalov and Andrew Faulkner of urban design and architecture firm Van Meter Williams Pollack presented the 2021 Design Standards Handbook the city would give to developers. 

City planner Emily Goellner explained how the application process for development will work based on updated city code. Minor deviations from the design standards would be handled administratively with staff making those decisions. Significant deviations will require a public hearing with the planning and zoning committee and the city council. Compliance issues will either be handled by the developer or they can request a deviation exception.

The design standards passed with amendments being applied as needed and the first reading of the city code was approved with council member Cathy Iverson as the lone “Nay” vote.

Public works director and city engineer Mike Kelly presented designs and costs for Wayzata Beach Playground improvements.

“The existing equipment is about 15 years old — and it doesn’t meet current safety standards. It’s outlived its useful life,” Kelly said.

The updated equipment would have a seafaring water/nautical theme, be Americans with Disabilities Act compliant and qualify as a PlayOn! National Design Site.

“It’s consistent with our parks and trails master plan,” Kelly said. “We want to provide better health and fitness options within the city. Our core mantra in our comprehensive plan is we want to get out and be active.”

The parks and trail department has budgeted $330,000 toward playground improvements. This project is estimated to cost $272,086 with another $53,000 to add a water feature that mists water. 

The city was planning to make improvements to Klapprich Park this year and Wayzata Beach next year, but Kelly proposed flipping those plans around because the Wayzata Beach project is very “straightforward.” The council agreed.

Kelly said Wayzata Beach Playground will remain the same until after Labor Day weekend. Then demolition will begin with the expectation that the updated park will be available for use later in the fall.

The council approved the purchase of equipment and the playground design.

The council voted unanimously to create an ad hoc Panoway District Committee. The committee will focus on public safety, maintenance, operations, regulations and events and programming in the district.

Seven members were appointed to serve on the committee: Cathy Iverson, Molly MacDonald, Becky Pierson, Alicia Vig, Jimmy Beltz, Mary Dolan, Tory Schalke.

Dean Vlahos, co-owner of COV Wayzata, returned to council to ask for approval of a sidewalk cafe permit and approval of an encroachment permit for the restaurant at 700 Lake Street. Vlahos was recently denied permission to build a sidewalk patio and returned with a new design.

The proposal was for a patio area of about 525 square feet on the northwest corner of the building. It would be bordered by planters and leave 12 feet of sidewalk clearance. The outdoor cafe would fit about 37 seats and would have a gate and pergola.

“I just think that the addition will finish off that corner in a nice way,” Vlahos said. “We’re going to do it the way we do everything. It's going to be first class.”

Public works director Mike Kelly and council member Jeff Buchanan said the new design improved on the issues which caused the last design to be rejected, including keeping the view of the lake open and serving alcohol in a bar setting on public land.

“The council has been supporting the hospitality industry throughout the city, especially during a tough time for that industry. That should continue,” Buchanan said. “We love our restaurants. We appreciate what  they’ve been through. This application completes a very beautiful patio experience.”

The council approved the permit with Iverson as the only “Nay” vote.