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Notes from the Editor's Desk: Car in Lake, Wayzata Closes Beach and Boat-in Movie

A brief recap of some recent news and notes from around Lake Minnetonka.

A motorist drove his car into Lafayette Bay shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday and was able to extricate himself—suffering a "few scratches" in doing so. He was the only occupant.

Robert Ball said he saw the entire event from his boat and posted on Patch's Facebook page that it was "simply amazing" the driver escaped serious injury. Ball said the car came to rest upside down in the water.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Water Patrol, Excelsior Fire District and Mound Fire/Rescue all responded to the accident.

Per the recommendation of Hennepin County, the City of Wayzata closed its municipal beach last Thursday due to a high bacteria count. The beach will remain closed until further notice. Residents with questions are being asked to call Wayzata Public Works at 952-404-5360.

The always popular boat-in movie at Big Island takes place this Friday. Patch will have a short preview of the annual Lake Minnetonka summertime tradtion later this week.

Estimates of exactly how many people attended Fourth of July festivities in Excelsior are hard to pin down, but even the most conservative figures put the number in the 10,000 neighborhood. My family and I spent the entire day in the city and had a blast. A tip of the cap to the organizers and all who made the celebration so fun. I've attached some short video clips from the fishing contest, which my daughter particularly enjoyable.

Speaking of Excelsior, Storytime Trolley takes place tomorrow, July 10, and feature author and illustrator Derek Anderson. Trolley departs at 5 p.m. and is expected to return by 6 p.m. Tickets are available at Excelsior Bay Books.

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