Book Signing: A Lifetime of Luck and Pluck By Bette Hammel

Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.
At Wayzata Community Room

Information Submitted by the Wayzata Historical Society

The Wayzata Historical Society invites you to hear from journalist, author, and longtime Wayzata resident Bette Hammel as we support her latest book signing on December 5th.

In a reading from her new memoir, A Lifetime of Luck and Pluck, Hammel will relate her 2016 essay “My Car Is Gone” with others ranging from her story covering the 1956 marriage of Grace Kelly to the Prince of Monaco to earlier experiences such as working in the Betty Crocker kitchens and becoming a radio broadcaster in Indiana and New York.

Returning home to Minnesota, she began a career in the advertising agency business. Her lucky day, she says, was meeting and marrying Richard Hammel, co-founder of HGA Architects & Engineers.

After his sudden death in 1986, she began writing about architecture for various magazines, and later became author of four books including Legendary Homes of Lake Minnetonka. She describes her new  memoir as essays written in an “easybreezy” style. A Lifetime of Luck and Pluck, published by Nodin Press, will be available at all Twin City bookstores and priced at $16.95.

Girls basketball team opens with 88-61 win over Prior Lake

Jenna Johnson scores 22 points to lead Trojans

Your Wayzata Girls Basketball team opened with a solid win over Prior Lake last night. Sophomore guard Jenna Johnson led the Trojans with 22 points, followed by Junior forward Annika Stewart with 16 points.

View the photo gallery at Wayzata Photography.

Other notable performances included Kallie Theisen with 15 points and Alivia Arnebeck with 12 points. 

The Trojans will be back in action on Thursday evening as they travel to Elk River High School to take on St. Francis.

5 Ways to Help a Neighbor this Season through Interfaith Outreach

Some of you have heard of the Sleep Out movement, a 23-year tradition where families, businesses, faith communities, schools and scout troops sleep out or sleep in to raise awareness and funds to prevent homelessness. Last year, one in five of the families Interfaith worked with experienced homelessness. Here are five ways you can help!

Cargill employees and students from Oakwood Elementary participate in the Sleep Out event. Submitted photo.
  1. Host a sleep out or hold a Bedless Night, the indoor alternative to sleeping outdoors. You can teach children and learn for yourself what some of your neighbors experience when they lose their housing.
  2. Donate directly to the Sleep Out. Your donation of $100 or more will be doubled by a generous donor.
  3. Save some last-minute holiday shopping for Dec. 14! All day, generous local businesses will donate portions of their sales to help prevent homelessness through the Sleep Out.
  4. Volunteer at Interfaith Outreach – once or regularly. Interfaith Outreach has year-round opportunities for you and your family to make a lasting impact together, either on-site or on your own at a time and place convenient for you.
  5. Donate quality items from your closet and home to Resale Select. When you do, everyone wins, because all proceeds support Interfaith Outreach and the families we serve.

Thank you! Together, you are helping to change lives, one day at a time.

Sights and sounds of Light up the Lake 2018

View the sights and sounds of the 2018 Wayzata Light up the Lake event held on November 23, 2018 in downtown Wayzata, MN. Presented by the City of Wayzata, The Wayzata Historical Society, and the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce.

Sponsor: Lake Minnetonka Real Estate .com

Sample ballot for Wayzata residents 2018

Today is the day to vote, and here is your sample ballot for Wayzata, Minnesota. 

Wayzata City Council race

While you are probably aware of the races for Governor and U.S. Representative, the local Wayzata City Council race is in full effect today as well. 

You can watch video interviews of each candidate here:

Here is the sample ballot for Wayzata residents:


Wayzata Police Activity Report (October 20, 2018 – November 2, 2018)

The Wayzata Police Department had 11 calls for public assistance during the period of Oct. 20 – Nov. 2. The department responded to six business alarms and four home alarms.

On Oct. 23 at 1:40 p.m., a report of identity theft was investigated by officers on the 400 block of Highcroft Road in Wayzata. No loss was reported. The department was called to a report of burglary on the 1200 block of Wayzata Blvd. E on Oct. 27 at 10:33 a.m. A report of a burglary on this same block on Sept. 4.

On Oct. 27 at 11:08 p.m., police officers responded to a report of a verbal domestic on the 200 block pf Glenmoor Lane in Long Lake.
DWIs served by the Wayzata Police Department:

  • Oct. 20 at 12:28 a.m. on the 1300 block of Wayzata Blvd. East in Wayzata.
  • Oct. 30 at 10:41 p.m. at the intersection of Central Avenue and Byrondale Avenue North in Wayzata.
  • Nov. 2 at 8:20 p.m. at the intersection of Central Avenue and 1st Avenue North in Wayzata.
  • Nov. 2 at 10:42 p.m. at the intersection of Shoreline Road West and Ferndale Drive in Orono.

WAYZATA FOOTBALL 2018: Trojans come up short in Section Finals

The Trojans took on the #1 seed, Woodbury Royals, in the second round of the section playoffs on Friday evening.

The first offensive drive for the Trojans was lackluster. A few misreads and sloppy execution ultimately led to a Wayzata fumble, recovered by Woodbury. Taking over at midfield, the Woodbury offense marched into the redzone. However, the Trojan defense held their own, letting up just a field goal.

The next Trojan possession resulted in a three and out, leaving it up to the defense to make a stop. Once again, the Royals found themselves deep in Wayzata territory and converted on another field goal. The score after the first quarter was 6-0, in favor of Woodbury.

The Wayzata offense opened the second quarter productively. First, Christian Vasser bounced it out to the sideline for a 33 yard scamper. On the very next play, Keaton Heide sold the run and dropped it into the hands of Nicholas Kallerup for the 47 yard touchdown. Traveling 80 yards in just two plays, the Trojan offense gained the confidence and momentum they needed to compete with this talented Woodbury team.

The second quarter clock ticked down as both teams struggled to get a drive going. With 3:30 left in the half, Woodbury crept their way to a first and goal from the 5-yard line. On the next play, the Trojan defense forced and recovered a Woodbury fumble. With just a couple minutes remaining, the Trojan offense was slow to build a drive. This lack of urgency led to another 3 and long situation. Unable to convert, Wayzata was forced to punt.

The Woodbury offense failed to build a late quarter drive. Score going into the half; 7-6, Wayzata.

The Royals received the ball to open the second half. It took just a few plays for them to pop off a touchdown run down the middle. Looking to score themselves, Wayzata took over at the 20. Unfortunately, a fumble and a few other miscues forced the Trojans to punt.

After both teams produced three and outs, the Trojans took the ball over at their 20 yard line. After a 1-yard gain, Malaki Jackson received the handoff and took the ball up the middle for a 79-yard touchdown. Now up a point, the Wayzata defense looked to get a stop. On third down, linebacker, Trevor Palesch dropped into coverage and picked off Woodbury’s pass. Unable to convert on a fourth and long, Wayzata turned the ball back over to the Royal’s.

Woodbury ate up much of the 4th quarter clock and put themselves in field goal range. Converting on the attempt, the Royals took a two-point lead.

Wayzata received the ball and drove it to their own 40 where they were forced to punt. With less than 4 minutes left, Woodbury gained possession and looked to keep the ball on the ground. On a key third down, the Royals fumbled deep in their own territory. Although they recovered and drained 2 minutes off the clock, they were forced to punt, leaving Wayzata with two minutes left and the ball at midfield.

Unable to move the ball, Wayzata approached a fourth and six with under a minute remaining. Opting to pass it, Heide hit Kallerup in the flat for a solid gain and a first down. Unfortunately, the Trojan’s couldn’t build off of this momentum fast enough. The clock expired with a final score of 16-14; Woodbury wins.

Hats off to the Trojans for a solid season.

Wayzata Police Memorial Groundbreaking

Wayzata Police Officers James W. Anderson and Bill Mathews. File photos. 

The City of Wayzata is breaking ground on a new Police Memorial next to City Hall on November 2 at noon.


(Wayzata, MN – October 29, 2018) On Friday, November 2, 2018, at noon the City of Wayzata will be holding a ground breaking event of the Wayzata Police Memorial, located outside on the park space east of City Hall, 600 Rice Street East.

Two years ago, the City Council appointed a group of community members to develop and design a Wayzata Police Memorial. The memorial was intended to honor officers, and especially the memory of Wayzata Police Sergeant James Anderson, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on August 31, 1982. On September 5, 2017, the Wayzata City Council approved funding for such a memorial. Just three days later, on September 8, 2017 at 12:30 p.m., Wayzata Police Officer Bill Mathews was struck and killed by an impaired and distracted driver when he was responding to a 911 call to remove road debris on U.S. Highway 12. The new memorial will now incorporate monuments remembering both Sgt. Anderson and Officer Mathews.

The City Council recently approved the location, design, and funding of a memorial that was designed specifically by the committee members. Some grading and footing work will commence this fall with the rest of the project finishing up in the Spring of 2019.

The memorial will stand as a symbol of the community’s appreciation for those who protect us. It will also serve as a way to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their life while protecting others.

Girls soccer advances to state title game on shoot out victory over Stillwater

The Wayzata Girls soccer team played Stillwater to a 1-1 stalemate through 2 halfs and an additional 20 minutes of overtime play. That’s when the drama really started as the Ponies and the Trojans were involved in a penalty kick shoot-out.

Who kicks the penalty shots for the Trojans is part of a season long process developed by Head Coach Tony Peszneker and his team. “Basically from out regular season after high school tryouts we are already starting to work on [penalty kicks] and we have a process for it.”

It’s all part of a larger process whereby the team tracks and selects the best penalty kick players over the course of the season, and the order in which they kick is left up to the girls. “It still comes to the nerves, the ability to finish, at this stage sometimes it’s more just like the flip of a coin.”

The Trojans will face Minnetonka at US Bank Stadium on Friday, November 2nd at 3pm. Minnetonka beat defending State Champion Eagen in a shoot-out as well.

Megan Malecha scores on a penalty kick in the first half of play against the Stillwater Ponies during the State SemiFinals. © Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.
Megan Malecha scores on a penalty kick against Stillwater in the first half of play.
© Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

WAYZATA FOOTBALL 2018: Trojans dominate Centennial in postseason opener

David Sandall celebrates a fumble recovery by the Wayzata Trojans.
David Sandall celebrates a fumble recovery by the Wayzata Trojans.  © Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

The Wayzata Trojans battled the Centennial Cougars at home for their first postseason game and were dominant in all facets of the game.

To open the first quarter, the Wayzata defense forced a quick 3 and out, and set up the Trojan attack with excellent field position. From there, they drove the ball 44 yards down the field and pounded it in from the 4-yard line for a quick score.

On the next drive, a huge 49-yard completion from Heide to Kallerup helped set the Trojan offense up with the ball at the 9-yard line. Malaki Jackson took care of the rest, as he waltzed into the end zone for another Wayzata touchdown. Now up a pair of scores, the Trojans looked to keep their foot on the gas.

 Defensive back Keegan Nickel, Cornerback Coach Jimmy Mireri, Lindeback Trevor Palesch, and Defensive Coach Jordan Halverson celebrate a fumble recovery. © Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

Continuing their dominance on defense, Wayzata forced and recovered a Cougar fumble deep in their own territory. Starting from the 6-yard line, the Trojan’s plowed their way into the endzone to make it 21-0 to end the first quarter.

The Trojan’s started the second quarter shaky after a few penalties set them back. These struggles proved to be brief as Wayzata’s offense  resurrected their lost rhythm, and went up 4 scores on a pass to Kallerup from the 10 yard line.

Now 28-0; the Trojan defense looked to keep Centennial scoreless going into the half. After a muffed snap, Wayzata pursued the ball and recovered it in Cougar territory. Opting to try and score once more before the half, the Trojan offense drove the ball down the field. From 3-yards out, runningback, Bennett Fragomeni fought his way in for his third touchdown on the night. Trojans lead 35-0 at half.

The Trojan’s opened the third quarter flat on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Wayzata was forced into a 3 and out situation and attempted a pooch punt, which was tipped and downed after a net gain of less than 20 yards. Centennial took advantage of this slight spark and drove the ball into the red zone. Unfortunately, the Cougars fumbled the ball on the 1-yard line, which the Trojans recovered for the touchback.

On the next drive, Keaton Heide busted out a couple of solid runs, each over 25 yards. From the 5-yard line, Fragomeni plowed his way in for his 4th touchdown on the night. This seven point turn-around diminished the Cougar’s hopes of a comeback.

At the start of the 4th quarter, Wayzata chose to replace their starters. Eating up a majority of the game clock, the Trojan’s got themselves in field goal position. The kick was good, making the score 45-0; Wayzata. The Trojans took a knee and let the clock run out.

Final score: 45-0.

One-on-one interview with Barry Petit

The Wayzata City Council race is in full force with four candidates running for two open seats. Former Mayor Barry Petit sits down with Dan Gustafson of to discuss his campaign and policies.

All candidates have been invited to discuss their campaigns in the same manner. Stay tuned to for more info.

WAYZATA FOOTBALL 2018: Heartbreaker at Maple Grove

A 20-3 quick start and a valiant effort by your Wayzata Trojans football team wasn’t enough to beat running back Evan Hull and Maple Grove who won in the last 5 seconds of the game.

Pictured above – an exhausted Joe Demro is overcome with emotion having left it all on the field. © Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

The Wayzata Trojans traveled to Maple Grove to take on the Crimson for their final regular season game. The Trojan offense came out swinging on their opening drive. Marching down the field, it took just under two minutes for the Trojans to put a touchdown on the board. Tailback, Christian Vasser took the hand off from the 14 yard line and ran it in for the score.

After a solid defensive stand, the Trojans got the ball back at midfield. On a long third down, Keaton Heide fired the ball downfield and connected with Connor Hale to set the Trojan’s up at the Crimson’s five yard line. On the very next play, Vasser walked in for another Trojan touchdown. A missed extra-point made the score 13-3 to end the first quarter.

The start of the second quarter was all Wayzata as they added to their lead after another 4th down stop on the defensive end. Starting with great field position, the Trojan’s drove 39 yards for the score, making it a three possession game.

The next Crimson possession resulted in a touchdown, as Evan Hull took the hand off and scored from 23 yards out. Wayzata’s offense struggled on the next possession and were forced to punt.

A slow snap led to a rushed punt which netted a total of 1 yard for the Trojans. Maple Grove took advantage of excellent field position and scored again within a few plays.

Now just 3-point game, Wayzata looked to reclaim their lead. Unfortunately, the Trojan offense continued their struggles and failed to convert on 4th down. This decision proved to be critical as the Crimson offense drove down the field and scored to end the second quarter. 24-20; Maple Grove leads at the half.

The Trojan’s got the ball back to begin the second half. After several runs down the middle, Wayzata opted to throw the deep ball on 3rd and 17. Tight end, Nick Kallerup hauled in the 36 yard lob from Keaton Heide for the touchdown. On the proceeding kickoff, the Crimson returned the ball 89 yards for the score, making it 31-27 in favor of Maple Grove.

Two touchdowns called back for ineligible receiver downfield

Penalties continued to haunt the Trojan offense on their next possession as a 53 yard touchdown was called back due to the presence of an ineligible receiver. A few plays later, Wayzata failed to convert on 4th and short which resulted in a turnover on downs.

The Crimson started the fourth quarter on offense. A strong defensive stand by the Trojans forced Maple Grove to attempt a long field goal, which was missed. In turn, the Wayzta offense took over on their own 20 yard line. On the very next play, Keaton Heide completed a huge 53-yard throw to Nick Kallerup. Unfortunately, this hint of momentum was wiped out after the Crimson forced and recovered a Wayzata fumble.

Now back on defense, the Trojans developed a sense of urgency. A few tackles for loss pinned the Crimson offense deep in their own territory. On 3rd and 21, Wayzata’s pass rush hurried the QB, forcing a tough throw. Senior corner, Jacob Beeninga, was there to intercept the ball, setting the Trojans up with solid field position.

A couple first downs placed the Wayzata offense at the 9 yard line. From there, Keaton Heide faked the hand off and trucked his way into the endzone on the QB keeper.

Now a 3-point game, Maple Grove was left with 2:30 to score. Relying heavily on production from running back, Evan Hull, Maple Grove inched their way down the field. The Trojan defense held the Crimson to a 4th and 5. Seemingly opting to go for the tie, Maple Grove lined up for a field goal. However, instead of kicking it, the Crimson faked it, completed the pass and began a fresh set of downs at the 1 yard line.

Two plays later, Hull dove in for the touchdown. With only 5 seconds remaining, Wayzata simply did not have enough time to score.

Maple Grove wins; 38-34.