Mail truck catches fire on Highway 12 / 394 in Wayzata

A Grumman LLV mail truck caught fire in Wayzata on Monday evening around 5 pm. The Minnesota State Patrol was the first to respond, but soon called the Wayzata Fire Department to put out the blaze.

No mail was inside the truck according to the postal service, and the driver escaped without injury.

Mail truck on fire in Wayzata. Image courtesy MN Dot.

Night to Unite 2017 scheduled for Aug 1st 📹

The 2017 Night to Unite event is scheduled for Tuesday August 1st in Wayzata. The event is an annual tradition hosted in neighborhoods within the City and coordinated by the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition.

Luncheon features Chief Risvold, Lt. Murphy.

The festivities kick off with an 11:30 am Wayzata Chamber luncheon at the Wayzata Country Club with keynote speaker Wayzata Police Department Chief Mike Risvold. The lunch will also feature Lt. Mike Murphy. Each year, Chief Risvold highlights some of the most interesting and bizarre cases that occur.

Members of the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition also present the Jim Fish Award highlighting community service.

Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold.
Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold. Image copyright Dan Gustafson / All rights reserved.

McGruff the Crime Dog visits

The highlight of the event is the neighborhood gatherings (5:30 – 8:30 pm) in which neighbors come together and have a great time. Many neighborhoods have potlucks, barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs, and more.

City Officials including the Mayor and City Council, Wayzata Police and Fire Departments, and City Staff also make the rounds to visit the parties via fire truck and squad car. McGruff the crime dog also tags along and meets with kids!

More info:

Night to Unite 2016.


CITY: 4th of July in Wayzata / Lake Minnetonka – 2017 📷

Wayzata Flying Pancake Breakfast
Wayzata Flying Pancake Breakfast. Image Copyright Dan Gustafson &

Republished from Wayzata Weekly under Chapter 13 Data Practices Act:

“Start your Fourth of July off with Wayzata Flying Pancake Breakfast! Bring your family and friends to the 11th annual Revolutionary “Flying Pancake” Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the Depot Park. Join this festive celebration for all ages as guests try to catch pancakes tossed from the griddle and watch revolutionary soldiers perform. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, cold drink and a free flag. Cost for breakfast is $6 per person. Veterans and active service members eat free. The event is sponsored by the Lake Minnetonka chapter of the Children of the American Revolution.”

“The 56th annual Broadway Kiddie Parade will take place at 10 a.m. on the corner of Park Street and Broadway Avenue. Every year the Kiddie Parade kicks off with the Wayzata Fire Department driving the “Grandmother of the Year” in the WFD’s vintage fire truck, the “Wilcox” (no relation to Mayor Willcox). Free balloons, lemonade, popsicles, and face painting will be available. Kids need to be accompanied by parent or guardian in order to participate. Please do not bring any battery operated or motorized vehicles to the event.”

“The Wayzata Fire Department will once again sponsor the 44th annual Mini Olympics for kids at the Wayzata West Middle School football field at 12:30 p.m. The events for youth ages 5-12 include a softball throw, running races and the running broad jump. Events for children four and under include running races and penny hunting. All children will leave with a ribbon.”

Fatal Accident on Wayzata Boulevard 📷

Accident on Wayzata Boulevard. June 21, 2017. Copyright Dan Gustafson & All rights reserved.
Accident on Wayzata Boulevard. June 21, 2017. Copyright Dan Gustafson & All rights reserved.

Wayzata Police, Wayzata Fire, and the Minnesota Highway Patrol responded to a fatal accident on Wayzata Boulevard at 3:47pm on June 21, 2017 in front of Colonial Square.

Eyewitnesses indicated that one person was believed to have died of cardiac arrest from the injuries sustained in the collision, and that an ambulance removed the body shortly after responding–although the cause of death has not been confirmed.

Update at 8:59pm – Police have confirmed that two were injured and taken to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

Accident on Wayzata Boulevard. June 21, 2017. Copyright Dan Gustafson & All rights reserved.
Accident on Wayzata Boulevard. June 21, 2017. Copyright Dan Gustafson & All rights reserved.

Wayzata Police did not immediately release the names of the persons involved in the incident. Stay tuned to as this is a developing story.

Accident on Wayzata Boulevard. June 21, 2017. Copyright Dan Gustafson & All rights reserved.
Accident on Wayzata Boulevard. June 21, 2017. Copyright Dan Gustafson & All rights reserved.

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Mercedes falls through ice in Wayzata lagoon channel

Sirens from the Wayzata Fire and Police Departments could be heard at about 8:00 am the morning of the Wayzata Chilly Open.

Someone drove their Mercedes C-Class onto the ice covering the channel that leads from Wayzata Bay to the Wayzata Lagoon. For those of you not paying attention out there, channels that connect one body of water to another body of water are particularly susceptible to thin ice, as was proven today.

Stay tuned to, your don’t drive your vehicle on the ice on Lake Minnetonka when it’s 50 degrees leader.

Wayzata Police and Fire Public Safety Day

Hello friends of the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition!

Everyone is invited to an educational and fun evening at the Wayzata Police and Fire Public Safety Day 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the Wayzata Fire Station, 600 Rice St. E.

The Wayzata fire and police departments, along with the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition, have arranged for several activities during the all-ages open house, including a police K9 demo, bus and railroad safety information, giveaways, hot dogs and chips, face painting, giveaways and an appearance from McGruff the Crime Dog.

Wayzata fire and police vehicles will be on display and public safety officials will discuss what steps they take to protect the community on a day-to-day basis.

Other public safety organizations expected at the event include Hennepin County Water Patrol, Lake Minnetonka SWAT and North Ambulance.

We hope to see you all there!

Thank you,

Max Windmiller
Wayzata Crime Prevention Coaltion

Wayzata Police and Fire Open House

The City of Wayzata Police and Fire Departments will host a Public Safety Day Open house on October 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The event is an opportunity for the public to interact and learn about activities by the departments.

Several activities are planned during the event, including an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog, a police K9 demo, bus and railroad safety information, and police and fire vehicles will be on display.  Hot dogs and chips will also be provided. For more info visit