Trojans move to 1-3 with tough loss to Eden Prairie 📷

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Your Wayzata Trojans football team fell to 1-3 on the season with a tough 41-7 loss to the #1 ranked 4-0 Eden Prairie Eagles.

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Wayzata Head Coach Lambert Brown, in his first year for the storied program, told his team after the game that it was time in the season to “Keep fighting,” and to “combine the desire to fight with execution.”

Eden Prairie scored early and often behind the play of QB Cole Kramer who completed 5 passes on 7 attempts for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Eagle rushing attack was lead by Solo Falaniko who carried 11 times for 111 yards and two touch downs.

For Wayzata, QB Marco LoPesio completed 5 passes on 9 attempts for 51 yards. Christian Vasser rushed 10 times for 28 yards, Deshawn Cockrell carried 16 times for 24 yards, and Brody Bjork carried twice for 2 yards and a TD. Charles Engdahl lead the Trojans in receptions with 4 catches for 48 yards.

Brody Bjork
Brody Bjork scores a TD against Eden Prairie in the 41-7 loss.

The Trojans host 3-1 Lakeville North on Thrusday, September 28th.

View Dan Gustafson’s photo gallery from the game here:



Freeman charged with controlled substance and texting in killing of Mathews

Beth Freeman has been charged in a criminal complaint with two counts of Criminal Vehicle Homicide in the death of Wayzata Police Officer Bill Mathews, killed in the line of duty while picking up debris on Highway 12 last Friday.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s office released the complaint at approximately 2pm today:

Revoked license & controlled substance(s)

Freeman was operating the vehicle without a license. The complaint indicates a field sobriety test was administered and that Freeman had an elevated pulse, constricted pupils and difficulty counting backwards. On scene law enforcement personal found cocaine within the vehicle; although the complaint did not indicate which substance Freeman is suspected of using while driving.

Texting while driving

The complaint goes on to indicate that Freeman admitted to talking on the phone and receiving text messages shortly before the crash, confirmed by investigators that “the messages had been read in the time frame immediately prior to her hitting” Mathews.

Criminal Record long

Freeman has a laundry list of driving, drug use, and theft convictions on her public court record, which was reported by as part of the original coverage of Bill Mathews death.

City honors fallen hero

Wayzata area supporters are installing blue lights on their front porches to honor Officer Mathews and the Wayzata PD, which can be had for free at True Value in Long Lake.

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The Bill Mathews Memorial Fund has been established at Wells Fargo in Wayzata.  City leaders and dozens of police officers honored Mathews at the Jame J. Hill Parade on Sunday.

Public Invited to Funeral

The funeral is set for Thursday at 11:00 am at Wayzata Free Church, located at 705 County Rd 101, Plymouth, MN 55447. Visitation will on Wednesday evening from 3-8 p.m.


Joseph Patrick Cranny obituary

Editor’s note: The Wayzata Football team and School District suffered a very tough loss with a life cut short when Joe Cranny passed away on September 8th. Joe and his wife Sarah are the parents of Wayzata Football alum Luke Cranny and Senior Defensive Back Andrew Cranny. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. Obituary republished courtesy David Lee Funeral Home.

Joseph Patrick Cranny
May 12, 1964 – September 8, 2017

Cranny, Joseph Patrick was born on May 12, 1964 to Mary Jean and Patrick Cranny in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He passed away September 8, 2017 at his home in Plymouth, Minnesota.

The blonde-haired. blue-eyed boy lived in Canton, South Dakota until he was 9 years old and then moved to Tempe, Arizona. Joe graduated from Tempe High School where he had many friends and played a lot of basketball.

Joe attended the University of San Diego and graduated with his BA in Business Administration in 1986. After college Joe immediately started working in the insurance industry. Joe was successful in his 30+ years in the industry because of his ability to build solid relationships with staff, agents and clients. Most recently, Joe held the position of Vice President,
Minneapolis Branch for CNA. Prior to that he spent 10 years with the Hanover Insurance Group.

Joe loved his family and life at the lake. Joe was an excellent cook and passed this love on to many members of his family. Joe really enjoyed making Sunday dinners for Sarah’s father, Jim. Joe also enjoyed watching his boys participate in sports. Joe loved golf and his golf trips with friends and family. Joe and
Sarah recently built their dream home on Lake Edward just north of Brainerd, Minnesota.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Mary Jean Cranny. Joe is survived by his wife, Sarah and their two sons – Luke, a freshman at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and Andrew, is a senior at Wayzata High School.

Also survived by his five siblings, Joan Huelsebusch, San Diego, CA; Michael Cranny (Deb), Brainerd, MN; Kathleen Mooney, Dayton, MD; Mary Cranny Paul (Ed), Phoenix, AZ and Tim Cranny (Toni), St. Paul, MN. Joe also leaves behind many special nieces, nephews and in-laws. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Church of St. Mary of the Lake, 105 North Forestview Lane, Plymouth with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Wayzata Police Officer Bill Mathews struck and killed on Hwy. 12 📹

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Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold, visibly shaken during a press conference, announced the tragic death of Officer Bill Mathews, “It is with a heavy heart I announce the death of one of Wayzata’s finest, Officer William Mathews.”

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Wayzata Police Department Officer Bill Matthews. Sumbitted photo.
Wayzata Police Department Officer Bill Matthews. Sumbitted photo.

At approximately 12:30pm on September, 8, 2017, Mathews was struck and killed while responding to a 911 call to clear debris from Highway 12 by Beth Freeman, age 54 of Mound who was driving a borrowed silver Nissan Mirrano.

Emergency responders including the Wayzata Fire Department and EMT’s descended onto Highway 12, between 101 and the footbridge, where the accident took place to administer CPR and First Aid. The Minnesota State Patrol, Hennepin County Sheriff, and Police from Wayzata, Plymouth and Minnetonka closed the freeway in both directions, snarling traffic for hours.

An Air Care ambulance landed on the freeway, transporting Mathews to North Memorial in Robbinsdale where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Beth Freeman of Mound, MN.
Beth Freeman of Mound, MN.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek announced at the press conference, “The suspect in this case is a woman identified as Beth Freeman. She’s 54 years old, she’s from Mound, MN, she was cooperative at the scene, and she will be booked into Hennepin County Jail.”

At the time of the accident, Freeman’s license to operate a motor vehicle had been been revoked, and records from the State of Minnesota indicate she has a laundry list of convictions including driving under the influence, aggravated driving, illegal passing and speeding.

Court records for Beth Ilene Freeman.

Mathews was 47 years old and had served on the Wayzata Police Department for 9 years. He is survived by his wife and 7 year old son. Stay tuned to on this developing story.

Below our the initial reports from the story:


Westbound 394 appears to have been closed, County Road 15 is closed due to a vehicle plunging into Brown’s Bay.

Eyewitnesses indicated that multiple crime labs may be in route, or on site, although that information has not been confirmed by authorities.

Other unconfirmed reports indicate that an air ambulance was involved.


Bay Bell Battle as Trojans host #8 Minnetonka in football

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Your Wayzata Trojans (1-0) will host the #8 ranked Minnetonka Skippers (1-0) tonight in the annual Bay Bell Battle. It’s an annual tradition where the winner of the game holds a traveling trophy.

The Bay Bell Battle is an annual Tradition.

The Trojans will look to build on their successful offensive effort over Rosemount from last week. Trojan Junior Quarterback Keaton Heide completed 15 passes on 23 attempts and 1 touchdown last week. Tight End Billy Riviere caught 5 passes for 47 yards and a TD, while Charles Engdahl and Brody Bjork each caught 3 passes for 38 and 43 yards respectively.

In the rushing attack against Rosemount, Deshawn Cockrell carried 16 times for 154 yards and a TD, while Alec Underhill rushed 11 times for 75 yards and a TD.

Deshawn Cockrell dives over the goal line to score a TD against the Rosemount Irish.

Defensively, the Trojans bent but didn’t break with a key stop in the 4th quarter as the Irish were threatening. As part of the effort, Cade Ciarrocca caught an interception Rosemount QB Max Carter.

Minnetonka junior Aaron Syverson scored two rushing touchdowns and threw for a third in a victory over Eagan last week. Other players to watch for included running backs Adam Livingston and Tamar Hopkins, as well as receiver Owen Freese.

The Trojans will also have to pay attention to Skipper kick returner Daniel Viger who gained 87 yards and a TD against Eagan.

Stay tuned to for photos, videos and game summarys all season long.

James J. Hill Days returns for 43rd year in 2017 📹

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The Wayzata area community celebrates its 43rd Annual James J. Hill Days, presented by the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce.

The whistle’s blowing and the 2017 James J. Hill Days is just around the bend, coming September 8, 9, and 10 to the shores of Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata. The proud residents, businesses, and community groups of this small town will roll out the welcome mat for over 50,000 guests for three jam-packed days of exciting events. From engine to caboose, there’s something for everyone – open-air street market, carnival, dachshund races, car show, parade, fireworks, big-name concerts, and so much more.

The Days just keeps adding more fun! New this year….

  • Dakota Rail Classic – This all ages charity bike ride will be held on the Dakota Rail Regional Trail, offering spectacular views of Lake Minnetonka, and (depending on the distance), Lake Waconia too! The route is an out-and-back course with mile markers at the half-way points for 8, 16, 26, 42, and 54-mile rides. So join us Sunday, September 10th for the first annual Dakota Rail Classic for Bully Prevention, Presented by Zuma Blu. 100% of net proceeds will benefit Youth Frontiers retreats for kids in local schools.
  • One of the biggest additions to this year’s James J. Hill Days is the MN Disc Dog Competition, featuring dogs doing tricks with frisbees! Big dog, little dog – any dog can do it! On Saturday, September 9 watch live demos in Depot Dog Park. Then Sunday, September 10th, the dogs will compete head-to-head for the competition from 9 am – Noon at the Wayzata Middle School Field.
  • Lake Street Stage and Street Dance – Continuing to burst at the seams, The Days has also expanded live music with the free community street dance on Saturday. Band after band will rock the block as families and fans will enjoy incredible music and dancing. The night will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks celebration sponsored by Morrie’s Automotive Group and the Wayzata Lions Club. Check out the awesome line-up here:
  • Just down Lake Street, big-name headliners take the two-night Beach Bash to a whole new level. Friday night’s concert features country star Randy Houser. And, Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy will take the stage at Wayzata Beach on Saturday night. Openers include Hitchville (Friday) and Chris Hawkey (Saturday). It’s going to be a great two nights of country music.
  • Rails and Ales craft beer festival, returns Friday, September 8th to kick-off the weekend! And this year we’ve added live music to the lakeshore beer fest – the line-up will feature Lena Elizabeth, Gus Grace, and Americana Rock & Roll headliner– The Plott Hounds, sponsored by Real Estate Nation of Re/Max Results. Beer lovers rejoice as the event will feature more than 25 local craft beers for your tasting pleasure. In addition to unlimited samples, enjoy loads of fun, live music, and games in Depot Park. Limited tickets are available; Click here for tickets.

Returning James J. Hill Days classics include the Carnival sponsored by Lunds & Byerlys Wayzata, the Coaster Cart Derby sponsored by Youngstedts, and great vendors from all over the state for the open-air Street Market.

On Sunday puruse hundreds of vintage cars at the Charity Motorsport Show, enjoy a delicious flying pancake breakfast and get ready for a fan-favorite, the 43rd Annual James J. Hill Days Parade, sponsored by Wells Fargo. The Chamber is excited to announce the 2017 Grand Marshal, recently retired home-town Minnesota Viking, Chad Greenway!

Savor delicious eats and enjoy Eat Street on Lake Street, featuring over twelve of the twin cities top food trucks. Looking for more? Run off those calories and be sure to check out activity after activity at the Sports + Fitness District, sponsored by MedExpress Urgent Care. Stop by Saturday and Sunday for FREE logrolling demos, in the inflatable pool on Lake Street. Added bonus, guests can securely store their bikes on site while they enjoy the festival at the Bike Corral, sponsored by Erik’s Bikes.

Don’t miss your chance to test drive Boats where they perform best… right on the water. Join us on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm for an exclusive chance to demo brand new boats, check out the line-up, meet River Valley Power & Sport staff, and take advantage of some major deals.

Dog-lovers and sports fans, be sure to make a “whistle stop” on Saturday AND Sunday for two days of dog-gone good fun at the Wayzata Depot Park. It will be transformed into Depot Dog Park for an amazing canine extravaganza, and the location of our annual Dachshund Races & Costume Contest on Saturday, September 9th. Make sure to B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Dog) again this year to Splash-for-Cash on Sunday, September 10th, where your dog can show off their jumping skills while raising money for Top Dog Foundation and competing for cash prizes for the farthest jumpers!

Hunter Handmade’s adorable Puppy Kissing Booth will be back (share your photo in the booth on FB or Instagram for a chance to win prizes) . Depot Dog Park, the Dachshund Races and Splash for Cash are presented by Flagship Marine Company, Top Dog Country Club, Small Business Mavericks, and Prosperwell Financial and sponsored by: Life’s a Beach Shoreline Services and Wayzata Home Laundry & Dry Cleaners.

A complete weekend schedule and further details for all events can be found at

Photo gallery: Trojans victory over Rosemount 28-27

Wayzata Football took down #9 ranked Rosemount last night with a come from behind victory of 28-27. It was the first outing for new Head Coach Lambert Brown and the new look Trojans.

The Trojans grit and determination showed clearly as Wayzata found themselves down in the 2nd half. “I’m proud of the way our kids fought, to end game 1 as 1-0 is a positive.”

The Trojans will take on #8 ranked Minnetonka next week in the annual Battle for the Bay Bell.

Check out the photo gallery from Wayzata Football‘s come from behind 28-27 victory over #9 ranked Rosemount:


Trojan Football to open season vs Rosemount

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Your Wayzata Trojans football team will open the season hosting Rosemount on Thursday evening, August 31, 2017. Kick off is scheduled for 7pm at Trojan Stadium.

The Trojans new Coach is Lambert Brown, who served for one season as Assistant Head Coach with previous longtime leader Brad Anderson.

A Star Tribune article highlights the expectations and history of the program, including three State Titles and Five Prep Bowl appearances from 2004-11. Another recent video by CCX media gives some insight into the Trojans upcoming season.

Wayzata will look to rebound from a 2 win season last year. Stay tuned to for premiere photojournalism coverage of the Trojans.

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Volleyball falls to #3 Lakeville North 3-0 📹

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CCX Media: “The Wayzata volleyball team will have a lot of new faces on the court this fall but are still aiming to challenge for conference and section titles. The Trojans lost almost everyone who saw significant playing time last season. Wayzata’s finished as Section 6AAA runner-up in each of the past two seasons.”

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CITY: 1411 Holdridge Terrace Subdivision

City of Wayzata
Public Hearing Notice
Fretham 17th 2nd Addition

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Wayzata Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a development application from the applicant, Lake West Development, LLC, to subdivide the property at 1411 Holdridge Terrace. The applicant is proposing to subdivide the existing property into two single-family residential lots. The development application requests approval of the preliminary plat.

The Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon as possible thereafter in the Wayzata Community Room, 600 Rice Street East. Wayzata, Minnesota. All pertinent information is on file and available for public viewing at Wayzata City Hall during regular business hours. All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and be heard on the matter, or to submit written materials prior to the meeting.

Jeffrey R. Thomson
Director of Planning and Building

VIDEO: 2985 Lawndale home for sale

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Step through the front door to your new home! Soaring ceilings, architectural staircase, and large living spaces greet you! Enjoy spacious living, home office, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and more! Head upstairs to four bedrooms on one level including a huge master ensuite, dual sinks, jetted tub, shower and more. Entertain in the basement and host guests in the 5th bedroom. All of this in the award winning Wayzata School District! Oakwood Elementary, Central Middle Schools.