Linda Muller – Fan of the Week

Linda Muller attended the Wayzata at Minnetonka varsity football game. She lives in Plymouth, and is the mother of sophomore defensive end and tight end Zach Muller. According to Linda, she “Hasn’t missed a game in 4 years.” Congratulations, Linda, you are the Wayzata.com Fan of the Week!

ACT scores in Wayzata Public Schools are well above state, national averages

PRESS RELEASE FROM WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Plymouth, MN 09/05/2008

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The average ACT score of Wayzata Public Schools students continues to be above state and national composite averages.In 2008, 649 students took the ACT exam and earned an average composite score of 25.01 on the test. The state average in 2008 was 22.6 and the national average was 21.1. In the area of English, Wayzata Public Schools students earned an average score of 24.96 compared to 21.9 for the state average; in the area of mathematics, the WPS score was 24.96 compared to 22.6 for the state average; in reading, the WPS score was 25.97 compared to the state average of 23; and in science the WPS score was 24.74 compared to the state average of 22.6.

In 2007, 650 Wayzata Public Schools students took the ACT exam and earned an average composite score of 25 compared to the state average of 22.5.

According to the local results, 91 percent of WPS students are determined to be ready for college English composition, 72 percent are ready for college algebra, 78 percent are ready for college social science, 57 percent are ready for college biology and 50 percent are meeting the standards in all four areas, compared with 32 percent at the state level. These percentages are based on the ACT established benchmark scores for designated college courses, which is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject area test to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher in the corresponding college course. For English composition, the benchmark is 18, for algebra it is 22, for social science it is 21 and for biology it is 24.
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It is no wonder that when buying or renting real estate, Wayzata Schools are in such demand. Wayzata.com is your ACT results leader, so stay tuned.

BREAKING NEWS: Mayor Humphrey will not run in re-election bid

Mayor Andrew Humphrey will not seek another term as Mayor for the City of Wayzata, Minnesota.

The following text is a letter to the editor from Andrew Humphrey:

September 4th, 2008

To the editor:

I have decided not to seek re-election as Mayor of the City of Wayzata.



This was not an easy decision. I have been truly honored to serve as Mayor of such a fine town, and have really enjoyed my service. Working with a strong Council, a great City staff, and many exceptional volunteers, I also feel we have accomplished much. However, increasing work responsibilities and a desire to spend more time with my children before they are grown, have led me to my decision.



This decision has been especially hard because of the strong support and encouragement I have received from so many people. I have been both flattered and humbled by this, and I am deeply appreciative. It has been my privilege to serve as Mayor, and I look forward to contributing to the community in different ways going forward.




Andrew Humphrey



On behalf of the everyone here at Wayzata.com, we wish Mayor Humphrey all the best as pursues his career and time with his family. Image courtesy City of Wayzata.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your Wayzata News leader.

“We’ll Be Back, Well Be Back, We’ll Be Back”

What appeared to be 30-40 United Steel Worker protesters marched on Minnesota based Wayzata Investment Partners today over wage disputes in a newly purchased paper mill dispute. The Pope & Talbot paper mill in Halsey, Oregon was purchased in a bankruptcy auction by W.I.P and renamed Cascade Pacific Pulp. Workers were fired and made to reapply for their jobs at reduced wages and with less insurance benefits. Local United Steel workers protested on behalf on the Union at the mill. The union delegation seeks a meeting with Wayzata Investment Partners boss Patrick Halloran and wants him to halt the company’s unfair demands on workers and their community.

The Wayzata Police Department was out in full force and ready for anything as neighboring officers, squad cars and buses were sent from Plymouth, Minnetonka, Orono, Mound, Eden Prairie and the Hennepin County Sheriff Department. The march lasted for about an hour, with the group of protesters chanting “We’ll be back” over and over again as they began to disburse.

Wayzata.com is your protest on Lake Street leader, so stay tuned for more information.

Wayzata ready for anything in advance of USW March on Wayzata Investment Partners




The City of Wayzata appears ready for anything as reportedly the United Steel Workers get set to march onto Lake Street to the headquarters of Wayzata Investment Partners. Yesterday, Marketwatch.com, a division of the Wall Street Journal, carried the story:

According to the article, “In June of this year, Wayzata Investment Partners bought the former Pope & Talbot paper mill in Halsey, Ore., and renamed it Cascade Pacific Pulp. In the change of ownership, longtime workers were fired and then made to reapply for their jobs. Wages were slashed from 12 to 28% and employees forced to pay up to $3,000 for deductibles and up to $10,000 in out-of-pocket expenses to retain family health insurance. “

The article went on to say, “USW members from the Oregon plant will be joined by union supporters and community allies from Minnesota at the march and demonstration at Wayzata Investment Partners. This event takes place Friday, Sept. 5, 12 Noon at the firm’s offices at 701 Lake St, E., Wayzata, Minn. The union delegation will seek a meeting with Wayzata boss Patrick Halloran and urge him to halt the company’s unfair demands on workers and their community.

Paper mill workers feel this demonstration at the equity firm’s offices is justified. “If we have no other way of making contact with absentee owners like Wayzata Investment Partners, we have to go to them,” said Jim Gourley, financial secretary for USW Local 1189 in Halsey. “

For the full article, please follow this link:

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/usw-supporters-demonstrate-wayzata-investment/story.aspx?guid=%7B0D800A37-2686-45BC-A945-DFB730041E84%7D&dist=hppr

Bushaway and McGinty in Wayzata Time Lapse Video

Time lapse video of traffic at the intersection of Bushaway and McGinty in Wayzata, Minnesota between August 13 and Aug 18, 2008. There have been rumblings that Hennepin County will rebuild 101 & Bushaway from two lanes to two lanes plus a turning lane from Wayzata Boulevard in Wayzata through the Gray’s Bay Bridge and down to Minnetonka Boulevard. This video details how much traffic utilizes this roadway in a couple of days.

This video was created by the Environmental and Engineering Subgroup Conclusion 7 Sep 2008. For more information, you can visit the Bushaway Neighborhood website which has come together over the proposed Bushaway Reconstruction scheduled for 2010.

Bay Bell Trophy at Stake as Minnetonka hosts Wayzata in Football

The Bay Bell Trophy is at stake tonight as the Wayzata Football program visits Minnetonka tonight at 7:00 pm. Advance tickets are available at Cub Foods at Highway 7 & 101, as well as at the Wayzata High School Athletic Office Wed-Fri (Sept 3rd-5th) from 7:30am-3:00pm. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Cash or checks made payable to “Minnetonka High School”.

Wayzata.com, your Wayzata Football leader, has two previews for you. One video courtesy of Youtube located below, and an in depth interview with Head Coach Brad Anderson.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for all the Wayzata Football news.

Fall Leaf Pickup Scheduled for November 10th

The Wayzata Bay Window, the Official Newsletter of the City of Wayzata, indicates there will be a Fall Leaf Pickup on November 10th at 7:00 am. According to the article, “Leaves should be bagged using no larger than 65-gallon bags and place curbside… This service is free to Wayzata residents.” For more information, visit http://www.wayzata.org/.

2008 City of Wayzata Election Information

The City of Wayzata has two City Council seats and the Mayor’s position open for four year terms starting in 2009. If you have interest, filing for these positions starts on Tuesday, Aug 26 and closes on Tuesday Sep 9. Pick up a copy of the filing application at City Hall. There is a $5 fee to file.

The Primary Election will be held Tuesday, September 9th.
The Genereal Election will be on Tuesday, November 4th.

Standard Voter Registration Guidelines apply for any one who is interested in voting.

Absentee Voting is also available as always. Contact City Hall at 952-404-5300 for an absentee ballot application.

Near death experience in Wayzata, every day!

You have to take some time to look at minnetonkafelix’s website, minnetonkascenes.blogspot.com. Felix has some of the most beautiful photos in the area. His blog is definately worth checking out on a regular basis. This is one of his most recent posts, and it brings up a good point.

“I have rarely seen such a dangerous merging point. You twist your head to the left and crane your neck to look back and measure your chances of surviving the merge onto 394 from the ramp leaving Wayzata Boulevard. It is a life and death 45 degree entry with about 10 yards before you are in 60 mph highway traffic. But ignorance is bliss, you cannot see the traffic behind because your view is obscured by a large construction sign. You just cross your fingers and punch it. ” — minnetonkafelix
It seems very many of us have had to deal with this particular merging spot. I believe he is talking about the westbound on-ramp from Carlson Parkway and 494. I have been on both sides of this merging transaction–west bound on Highway 12 as someone just pushes their car to the left as I am in the right lane and trying not to get clocked by another vehicle and merging onto 12.

Who came up with this idea to merge like this anyway? I don’t want to die on 394, at least not today.

USW, Supporters to Demonstrate at Wayzata Investment Partners Headquarters

Marketwatch.com, a division of the Wall Street Journal, is carrying a story that indicates that United Steel Workers will be Marching on the headquarters of Wayzata Investment Partners on Friday, September 5th, at 12 noon.

According to the article, “In June of this year, Wayzata Investment Partners bought the former Pope & Talbot paper mill in Halsey, Ore., and renamed it Cascade Pacific Pulp. In the change of ownership, longtime workers were fired and then made to reapply for their jobs. Wages were slashed from 12 to 28% and employees forced to pay up to $3,000 for deductibles and up to $10,000 in out-of-pocket expenses to retain family health insurance. “

The article went on to say, “USW members from the Oregon plant will be joined by union supporters and community allies from Minnesota at the march and demonstration at Wayzata Investment Partners. This event takes place Friday, Sept. 5, 12 Noon at the firm’s offices at 701 Lake St, E., Wayzata, Minn. The union delegation will seek a meeting with Wayzata boss Patrick Halloran and urge him to halt the company’s unfair demands on workers and their community.

Paper mill workers feel this demonstration at the equity firm’s offices is justified. “If we have no other way of making contact with absentee owners like Wayzata Investment Partners, we have to go to them,” said Jim Gourley, financial secretary for USW Local 1189 in Halsey. “

Lieutenant Murphy of the Wayzata Police Department had no comment. I can’t remember the last time a protest march occurred in Wayzata. Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for the latest breaking news on the protest in front of Wayzata Investment Partners.

For the full article, please follow this link:

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/usw-supporters-demonstrate-wayzata-investment/story.aspx?guid=%7B0D800A37-2686-45BC-A945-DFB730041E84%7D&dist=hppr

Wayzata vs Minnetonka Preview & Interview with Head Coach Brad Anderson

This is absolutely the biggest game of the regular season for the Wayzata Football Trojans as they take on the Skippers of Minnetonka in a battle for supremacy in the Classic Lake Conference as well as the Top 10 rankings in the metro area. The Trojans are ranked #2 by the Star Tribune and the Skippers are ranked #3.

Look for Wayzata to ride the strength of the rushing attack with Kevin Knight who had 8 carries for 113 yards against Rochester Century. Look for Chris Kroeten to get some action as well. Wayzata quarterback John Ries will have to do well getting the ball to Cecil Doe and Fritz Rock against a tough Minnetonka defense. Rock will have to do much better against Minnetonka as he had only one catch against Rochester.

The Trojan defenders will have to stop Paris White and Ismail Karon, Minnetonka’s 1-2 punch in the rushing game. In order to win, Wayzata will also have to get Tonka QB Tom Ahrens make some mistakes in the Minnetonka system.
As part of Wayzata.com’s preview of Wayzata vs Minnetonka, Head Coach Brad Anderson was nice enough to join me for a telephone interview. Here is what he had to say about his football team, the win against Rochester Century, and the upcoming game against Minnetonka.
DG How are things going so far for your football team?
BA We’re still doing a lot of experimenting as far as putting pieces together, trying to see what combinations work best.
DG What will you be changing?
BA The biggest changes we are going to make are more scheme wise. we try to look at what schemes fit our players best and then try to determine whether or not those players can function at the level we need to by the end of the year in order to be successful. So defensively, we always look at two or three different schemes–Coach Lombardi was one of those guys who would go through 2 or 3 different schemes during practice that week and Wednesday or Thursday, this one will suit us best. It just seems about mid season we have a better idea of what we are going to be defensively. If you look at our teams over the last 3 or 4 years, looked at tape, you would say, wow, they don’t have a real defensive scheme, and that’s just because we try to tailor it to the players he has for that season. That’s where a lot of our experimenting is going.
Offensively, we try to look at our lineman and backs and that and find out which blocking scheme is going to suit those guys best, so that’s what we are playing around with right now.
DG Have you seen any film on Paris White and Ismail Karon, the 1-2 punch for the Minnetonka rushing game?
BA Yeah, we got their week 1 game film, I thought both, or actually they had about 3 or 4 backs that looked pretty good. Paris we knew from last year, he played against us last year, Ismail, we played against last year as well. They didn’t use him as much against us last year. You can see them on film and they are big physical runners, and both of them are very effective inside as well as they get a seam and run long distances on you. So the key is not to let them get a good head of steam because they are very big and they are very physical.
DG What do you think of Tom Ahrens, the Minnetonka quarterback?
BA You know what, I thought he ran their system really well. They are not asking their quarterback to drop back 25-30 times a game and win a game for them. They are asking their quarterback to execute a good game for them with good ball fakes, play action pass, and he does that extremely well. He throws a nice three step, and he’s good a getting outside of the pocket and putting pressure on your defense. That’s real typical of the type of quarterback Minnetonka seems to look for–kind of an athlete, who can put pressure on you both by rolling out and getting out of the pocket, and hitting the flats.
DG Your defensive schemes, how are you going to pressure him, or what are you going to do to control him?
BA Well, their line looks pretty big, again, I’m watching them on film, but their line is pretty big so I don’t know if you can get a lot of pressure that way on him. For us, we are going to have to depend on our defensive backs to do a pretty good job of covering people and hopefully with time we will be able to get some pressure. It’s a challenge because they do a nice job of turn back protection and bringing both backs to one side and it’s really tough to get a guy through their. If you are counting on blitzing or getting pressure that way on the quarterback, you are probably not going to get their in time. We are expecting our defensive backs to have to play good coverage.
DG Did you see anything that needed improvement last week?
BA Yeah, we put up some points, but that doesn’t mean that we executed as well as we liked. One of the things that your see early in the year, your timing isn’t quite right, maybe some of your reads aren’t quite right. Special teams wise I thought we made too many mistakes with penalties and just people not executing as well as needs to happen. The big thing we are going to look at is just can we execute a little better as far as techniques and assignments both on offense and defense.
DG Is there anything you were really pleased with against Rochester Century?
BA I thought our backs ran very hard. I thought they gave us really good effort all night long, and I thought our offensive line gave us really good effort all night long. On both sides of the ball, offensively and defensively the effort was there. I thought the players were all, you know, enthusiastic and played with a lot of emotion which you have to do. You can’t do that in practice every day, but you certainly need to be able to get up for games and I thought they did that. I thought we had a lot of kids have a chance to contribute last week which was also key because during the course of the season, you are going to have some players get injured and you have to have other players ready to go.
DG Did anybody get injured?
BA We did lose Jerry Bao, who is our nose guard, lost him for a while here. He dislocated his elbow, and so we don’t know his status this year, but that was the key loss for us at this point.
DG Have you got someone that can fill his role well?
BA We’ll find out! That’s a key position for us, and it’s a tough spot to fill, it takes kind of a unique ability and skill to play that position–you have to be willing to play in a really small space, and yet you have to be fairly good sized, athletic and that so, it’s a tough position for us to fill, we have a couple of guys we are going to look at and see how it works.
DG How do you think Kevin Knight will do on Friday?
BA I thought Kevin did a great job, first game back after over a year off. He didn’t play last year because of a shoulder injury and surgery that he had to have. So he had all last season off, and a lot of times if you take a season off, even without an injury, it’s tough to come back. And then when you have an injury as severe that requires surgery, that makes it difficult and he did a really nice job for us. He ran hard, all of our backs did, but I thought he made some nice cuts and some nice reads and runs. So he gave us more than what I would have expected from him after having been gone the whole previous year.
DG How did you think John Ries did?
BA I thought he got better as the game went on. John, seemed to be more and more comfortable throwing the ball from the pocket, I think he realized his line was giving him pretty good protection, and I thought he put some balls in just the right spot. His touchdown pass to Nolan Odland was absolutely perfect. It just dropped right in over his shoulder, and there is nothing the defender could have done on that play. To me, (Ries) just seemed to get better as the game went on. Made a lot of good decisions, protected the ball. That’s one of the things we ask our quarterback to do, put the ball in a place where we have a chance to get it but keep it away from the defense. He did well at that.
DG Cecil Doe had 4 catches for 100 yards and Fritz Rock only had 1 catch. Anything happen with Fritz, or?
BA No that’s the way… I think Cecil took a short hitch and had a nice run, he had a deep ball thrown to him during our 2 minute drills, those were 2 of the 4 catches he had…
DG That’s a great night for receiver…
BA Yeah, especially because we are not a team that’s going to throw the ball, like some teams are. But he made big plays when he had the opportunity and Fritz just didn’t have the opportunity. He just had the one ball thrown to him. We feel like we have 4 or 5 or 6 receivers that all can make big plays. Next week in could be Matt Tarpley, it could be Nolan Odland, it could be AJ Troup, so we have some other guys that will catch the ball as well for us.
DG Good luck Coach!
The Skippers always seem to know how to spoil an outstanding Wayzata Football season, and it will take a near flawless performance by the Trojans this time around. Will Minnetonka prevail, or will the Trojans step up to the plate and beat the pressure? My prediction, Wayzata 21, Minnetonka 20. Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your Wayzata Football leader.

Survey Crew visits Wayzata Bay Center

I stepped out the front door this morning and found a survey crew pounding stakes on the east side of the Wayzata Bay Center redevelopment. In case you haven’t heard or figured it out, demolition of the warehouse that is part of the existing Wayzata Bay Center will be the first thing to happen on this $200 million project. It is scheduled to happen some time this fall.

It’s great to see something actually happening now that the plans have been approved. Watch for a recap here at Wayzata.com of Welcome Wayzata as Greg Rye and Peggy Douglas talk to John Mehrkens of Presbyterian Homes. Wayzata.com is your Wayzata Bay Center redevelopment leader.


Stake inserted on the east side of Wayzata Bay Center and marked “PROP. CORNER”.

Wayzata Fire Department Open House Scheduled for October 6th

The Wayzata Fire Department is holding an Open House on Monday, October 6th, from 4-7 pm. This is your opportunity to meet Wayzata firefighters, see their old and new equipment, and tour the station. Chief Kevin Klapprich can be reached at 952-404-5338 for more information.

Image courtesy of Wayzata Fire Department.

James J. Hill Days Schedule Released from Wayzata Chamber of Commerce

James J. Hill Days Schedule of Events

Friday, September 5th

The Gathering Community Carnival

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at St. Bart’s Church

Police vs. Fire Softball Game

6:00 p.m. at Klapprich Park

Saturday, September 6th

Farmer’s Market

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Book Sale

9:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Wayzata Community Room

Coaster Cart Derby

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Indian Mound

Kids Carnival & Moonwalk

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Lake & Walker

Arts & Crafts, Business & Non-Profit Expos and Food Fair

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Lake Street

Model Train Show

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wayzata Bay Center

Wayzata Village Shoppes Sidewalk Sale

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wayzata Village Shoppes

Dachshund Races

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Wayzata West Middle School

Fireman’s Dance

5:00 p.m. at Wayzata Fire Station

Sunday, September 7th

Farmer’s Market

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wayzata Rotary Charity Car Show

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Mill Street Lot

Kids Carnival & Moonwalk

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Lake & Walker

Climbing Wall

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Lake & Walker

Arts & Crafts, Business & Non-Profit Expos and Food Fair

11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. on Lake Street

Book Sale

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Wayzata Community Room

Model Train Show

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wayzata Bay Center

Steamboat Minnehaha

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Wayzata Docks

34th Annual James J. Hill Days Parade

1:00 p.m. on Lake Street
For more information, visit http://www.wayzatachamber.com/jjhill.htm.