Wayzata 2040 Think Tank Report and Upcoming Visioning Workshops

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Editors note: the following is an email from Juliana Panetta who is part of the Wayzata’s 2040 Think Tank leadership team named Future iQ.

Hello!

I hope this email finds you well! You are receiving this email because you participated in or was nominated to the City of Wayzata Think Tank workshop.

CITY OF WAYZATA SCENARIOS OF THE FUTURE REPORT

We are delighted to share with you the City of Wayzata Scenarios of the Future Report. This is the result of your hard work and ideas from the Wayzata 2040 Think Tank Workshop held in September. The report is very insightful and fully explores the four scenarios developed during the Think tank. I think you will enjoy reading it. The link below allows you to watch highlights of the first day of the Think Tank and also download the City of Wayzata Scenarios of the Future Report.

As you may be aware, the next step of the visioning project is a robust stakeholder engagement process. The hope is to talk to as many Wayzata residents and stakeholders as possible. We successfully held the kickoff visioning workshop on October 16th and as of today have five more workshops scheduled. While City residents and stakeholders are welcome to attend any workshop, when a particular group is noted, the conversation will be generally geared towards that group.

VISIONING WORKSHOPS

  • November 9th – 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – McCormick’s Irish Pub and Restaurant – OPEN TO ALL (Appetizers and Wine Tasting Generously Provided by McCormick’s)
  • November 9th – 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm – Wayzata Fire Dept. Meeting Room (600 Rice St East) Wayzata Historical Society and Heritage Preservation Board
  • November 10th – 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm – Folkestone Conservatory (100 Promenade Ave) Folkestone Residents and Quayside Residents
  • November 13th – 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – The Pavilion at The Promenade (850 Lake Street N.) Wayzata Businesses, Wayzata Commuters, and Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce Members
  • November 13th – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm – The Pavilion at The Promenade (850 Lake Street N.) – OPEN TO ALL

We encourage you to share the workshop flyer below with friends and neighbors and check back on www.Wayzata.org/Wayzata2040 as more workshop dates will be added!

Visioning Workshop Flyer »
Please feel free to reach out to me (juliana@future-iq.com / 612-963-3763) or Jeff Thomson (jthomson@wayzata.org / 952-404-5312) if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Juliana Panetta
In-House Attorney and Engagement Specialist – Future iQ

MCWD: Crisis in Lake Minnetonka, 1980-1989 📹

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During the 1980s, wastewater treatment plants discharged directly into Lake Minnetonka and its tributaries. In an effort to improve water quality in the lake, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, along with Lake Minnetonka Conservation District and the Metropolitan Council, worked hard to develop a sanitary sewer system that would treat the sewage rather than dumping it into Lake Minnetonka. Watch the video to learn more!

Former Mrs. America sentenced to probation in theft case

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Jennifer Kline has been sentenced to two years of probation for theft by swindle. Image source Archive.org / JenniferKline.com.
Jennifer Kline sentenced to two years probation. Source: Archive.org / JenniferKline.com.

A former Mrs. America convicted of switching price tags on clothes was sentenced to two years on probation and 10 days of community service, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Hennepin County District Court Judge Lisa Janzen also gave Jennifer Kline, 51, of Wayzata, a stay of imposition on the sentence, meaning that if Kline completes her probation, the felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor on her record.

During Wednesday’s sentencing, Assistant Hennepin County attorney Allison Ethen argued for three years on probation and some combination of time in the county workhouse and community service hours that would total 60 days.

Judge Janzen noted that Kline’s crime was sophisticated, required planning and occurred numerous times. However, the judge took note of Kline’s arguments for a lighter sentence because she had gone through a divorce, was raising the couple’s children and she suffered from attention deficit disorder.

A Hennepin County District Court jury took less than three hours to convict Kline in August of the single felony count of theft by swindle. The jury determined that the amount of the theft was more than $1,000 but less than $5,000.

Kline was crowned Mrs. America in 1989 and also was a television host on ShopNBC/Evine Live.

The scheme, as outlined in the criminal complaint and during the seven-day trial, involved Kline buying numerous expensive items of clothing at the Southdale Macy’s. She would take them home and then take the price tags from the new clothes and attach them to other clothing she already owned. She would then return the clothes with the altered price tags to the Mall of America Macy’s for a large refund on her credit card. Kline admitted she had a supply of plastic tag holders and other equipment to attach the price tags to other clothing items.

CITY: Walgreens PUD Amendment

City of Wayzata
Public Hearing Notice
Walgreens PUD Amendment

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Wayzata Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a development application from the applicant, Walgreens Co. , to increase their hours of operation at their store located at 1055 Wayzata Boulevard East. The applicant is proposing to be open for business until 12 midnight from November 24 through and including December 25. Additionally, the applicant is requesting to permanently allow deliveries as early as 5 a.m. on one day a week. The development application requests approval of a Planned Unit Development Amendment to allow for the additional hours of operation.

The Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for Monday, October 30, 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 fi le 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. The Planning Commission meeting agenda and packet will be available on the City’s website the Friday before the meeting at
Wayzata.org/AgendaCenter.

Jeffrey R. Thomson
Director of Planning and Building

CITY: Harrington Gates Subdivision

City of Wayzata
Public Hearing Notice
Harrington Gates Subdivision – 309 and 341 Ramsey Road West

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Wayzata Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a development application from the applicants, Kurt and Amanda Adams, to adjust the property line between the properties of 309 Ramsey Road West and 341 Ramsey Road West. In addition to the property line adjustment, the applicants are proposing to demolish the existing garage and construct a new garage with the setback requirement at 341 Ramsey Road West. The development application requests approvals of a Variance to the setback, a Preliminary Plat and a Final Plat for the property line adjustment.

The Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for Monday, October 30, 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. The Planning Commission meeting agenda and packet will be available on the City’s website the Friday before the meeting at Wayzata .org/AgendaCenter.

Jeffrey R. Thomson
Director of Planning and Building

CITY: 253 Condominiums

City of Wayzata
Public Hearing Notice
253 Condominiums

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Wayzata Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a development application from the applicant, Continental Property Group, to redevelop the property at 253 Lake Street East.

The applicant is proposing to construct a four story building with 14 residential units and 8,400 square feet of retail. The development application requests approvals of a Planned Unit Development Concept Plan, a Rezoning, a Variance to the height standard , and Major Conditional Use Permit due to the proposed height in the Shoreland District.

The Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for Monday, October 30, 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. The Planning Commission meeting agenda and packet will be available on the City’s website the Friday before the meeting at Wayzata.org/AgendaCenter.

Jeffrey R. Thomson
Director of Planning and Building

Wayzata celebrates Halloween with Boo Blast 2017

Wayzata celebrates Halloween with Boo Blast! This “spooky” event is presented by the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Wayzata area merchants. Boo Blast is a shop-to-shop progressive trick-or-treating event all around town.

Wayzata Boo Blast participants ride the Lake Minnetonka Trolley. Submitted photo.
Wayzata Boo Blast participants ride the Lake Minnetonka Trolley. Submitted photo.

Families can enjoy in-store activities, spooky special and goodies for the little ones. Lunds & Byerlys, in Colonial Square, will have a free community BBQ with hot dogs, music and more!

Making its final appearance of the season, The Lake Minnetonka Trolley will bring trick-or-treaters around town to trolley stops around town. Event-goers can enjoy treats, promotions and in-store events in shops all around Wayzata from 11-3 p.m.

Stay tuned for future details about a new addition in 2018, the Boo Bash Dash! The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce is the premier business organization in the Wayzata area, dedicated to advocate and promote the business interests of the area’s retail, professional and community members.

 

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Wayzata Boo Blast info. Submitted image.

Trojans end regular season with tough 35-10 loss to Maple Grove

Your Wayzata Trojans (2-6) football team ended the regular season by hosting Matt Lombardi and the Maple Grove Crimson (5-3).   Check out the photo gallery for the game here.

The Trojans scored first as Andrew Cranny scooped up a muffed punt to put Wayzata in scoring position early.

Myles Johnson kicked the field goal for Wayzata:

The trouble started in the 2nd quarter for the Trojans, as Maple Grove was able to take advantage of Wayzata miscues:

The Trojans were never able to recover, even as the played the rest of the game well:

Afterwords, Head Coach Lambert Brown reflected on the game:

The Trojans will play in the Section playoffs, with opponent and location to be announced shortly. Stay tuned to Wayzata.com–Wayzata’s online newspaper and a bit more.

Volleyball team continues to grow, photo gallery from Edina

The Wayzata Trojans volleyball team was in action again last night, this time taking on the visiting Edina Hornets in conference play. The Trojans were in the match and scrappy throughout, but ended up losing to Hornets 3-1.

A photo gallery from the match is located here: Wayzata vs Edina Volleyball 2017.

 

 

Boys and Girls Soccer teams advance to State!

Both the boys and girls soccer teams will be advancing to the State Tournament after winning the 6AA Section Finals on Tuesday evening.

Dan’s photo galleries are here: Boys, Girls.

The girls were lead by Emily Dillon who put the Trojans up midway through the 2nd half.

Eva Bruer added another goal to make it 2-0 Trojans a couple of minutes later.

Washburn did score a goal late to make it interesting:

The boys were able to upend St. Louis Park in pretty remarkable fashion.

Patrick Weah helped the Trojans break the knot and get behind St. Louis Park’s defense:

Ethan Wagner had a pair of goals late in the 2nd half:

At one point the Trojans were scoring so much your author couldn’t keep up with it on Twitter, thanks to Ethan Wagner and Jack Sonstegard:

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com – Wayzata’s newspaper for more coverage:

 

Letter of Thanks from Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold

Mike Risvold Wayzata Police Chief

Nothing can prepare a police department for the tragedy that we experienced with the loss of Officer Bill Mathews on September 8th. Similarly, nothing can prepare a police department for the outpouring of care, generosity, and support that we’ve received since September 8th. Our community and our law enforcement brothers and sisters are simply amazing. On behalf of our police department and the city of Wayzata, thank you!

We are thankful for the outpouring of support shown by the communities of Wayzata and Long Lake. Individual residents and businesses have donated meals, snacks, flowers, crafts, and gifts to honor Bill. The cards, letters, emails, and care packages keep coming in. The support we feel from our community is overwhelming. That support doesn’t stop at our city’s borders. We’ve heard from people from our region, state, and from across the country. Thank you!

From a law enforcement perspective, we will forever be indebted to our neighboring police agencies who stepped up while we were down. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office handled calls for service in Wayzata and Long Lake for eight days. In responding to our thanks, Sheriff Stanek simply expressed his agency’s sorrow for our loss and asked that we make sure that we take care of our officers and their families. Their efforts over those eight days allowed us to begin to do just that. Thank you!

Our local police neighbors were also our heroes. Officer Mathews’ tragic death occurred just hours before the kickoff of James J. Hill Days. Police chiefs, command staff, support staff, and officers from many agencies assisted in getting us through the weekend of activities. Those activities included two concerts and more than 50,000 people in town. They didn’t just assist us, they were us. They did it all! Police departments from Plymouth, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, Orono, and South Lake Minnetonka staffed the three day event. Officers from 25 police agencies across Hennepin County walked in the James J. Hill Days parade to honor Officer Mathews. Thank you!

Officers from Wayzata, the metro area, and around the state stood guard over Officer Mathews from the time he passed away at North Memorial Medical Center to the time he was buried at Summit Park Cemetery. Whether at the hospital, the Medical Examiner’s Office, the funeral home, or the church, honor guards were at Bill’s side 24 hours a day for six consecutive days. Plymouth police officers were similarly at Officer Mathews’ home watching over his family 24 hours a day for six consecutive days. Thank you!

The Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA) provided the template for planning and preparation for Officer Mathew’s visitation and funeral. Hundreds of people from multiple disciplines including police, fire, EMS, public works, LEMA and others did the planning. As the commander of LEMA stated, this was the most logistically challenging of the 34 police funerals he’s been involved with. What a wonderful tribute to Officer Mathews and his family. A 74 year-old friend wrote, “I’ve seen President’s funerals without as much class.” Thank you!

And finally, to the dozens and dozens of first responders, doctors, nurses, and others that did everything in their power to save Bill from injuries that were ultimately not survivable, thank you for all of your efforts on September 8th. You are the unsung heroes in a tragedy such as this. You carry the pain of that day in a way that most will never understand. Thank you for all that you did on that day. God bless you for all that you do every day!

We will forever be indebted,

Chief Mike Risvold and the staff of the Wayzata Police Department

Benedict’s Morning Heroes now open in Wayzata

Much of the chat over the water cooler and in the coffee shops in the past couple of days is that Benedict’s Morning Heroes Wayzata recently had a soft opening. The new restaurant is now officially open, the brain child of Chef Mike Rakun of Mercy Bar & Dining Room fame.

Menu offerings include Eggs Benedict:

and Yeehaw Huevos Rancheros:

The restaurant adds mightily to the breakfast options in Wayzata that include  Wayzata favorite Maggie’s and lighter options from Wuollet’s, Bellecour, Bruegger’s Bagels and McDonald’s. Longtime Wayzata residents and supporters have faced limited options for breakfast since Lunds & Byerlys Kitchen shut it’s doors, with the Pancake House in Plymouth serving as a reasonable substitute for the power networking crowd.

The string of Wayzata restaurant openings has been remarkable in recent years, with additions including but not limited to: Baja Haus, Bellecour, Crisp & Green, District Fresh, nine twenty five, CoV, 6Smith, Wayzata Brew Works, and more.

If you go:

Benedict’s Morning Heroes
845 Lake St. E., Wayzata
(952) 923-1903

Bill Mathews honored at Vikings game, Wayzata PD attends

Fallen Officer Bill Mathews was honored at the Vikings Packers game on Sunday. Mathew’s wife Shawn and son Wyatt, as well as members of the Wayzata Police Department attended the event and were recognized as part of the Hometown Hero’s segment. The Wayzata PD posted several photos of the event on Twitter:

Wayzata beats Buffalo to capture section tennis title

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“With a team filled with seniors, the Wayzata girls tennis team thought they had a pretty good chance to reach the state tournament this fall. The Trojans reached that goal Thursday at Baseline Tennis Center at the University of Minnesota, beating Buffalo 6-1 to earn the Section 5AA title. Singles and doubles play in 5AA is Monday and Tuesday at Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center in south Minneapolis. The team portion of the state tournament is Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 at Baseline.” Source: CCX Media.