Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Your favorite photo of, around or on Lake Minnetonka could be the cover of our Facebook page. Upload your best shots now!
The long-awaited change of seasons has brought with it time for another change—to the cover of Lake Minnetonka Patch's Facebook page. We are looking for photos from the community that showcase Lake Minnetonka's beauty and elegance and to be the first thing visitors to our Facebook page see. From sun-drenched landscape shots and portraits to photos showcasing Lake Minnetonka's natural brilliance—we're looking for pictures that represent the lake's diverse population and, above all, ooze "community." Use the upload button above to post your photo to our growing gallery and sound off about your favorite submission in the comments section below! Based on user feedback we'll decide by this weekend which photo will be the new "cover" of Lake …
Friday, April 5, 2013
An Indiana man with a great moustache splices himself into Lake Minnetonka's moment in Prince's movie 'Purple Rain.'
Don't tell Prince, but someone has posted a short online video clip with the new Vine app, based on the famed Lake Minnetonka scene from the movie Purple Rain. Jimmy theCornCracker (aka @roadkill3x on Twitter) intercut his own responses to Prince in the scene in which he tells co-star Apollonia to "purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka" as a kind of initiation. The video is in the form of a Vine, a 6-second, GIF-like clip that repeats until you turn it off. (See it in the window above or at Twitter.com.) Gutsy move on @roadkill3x's part, considering Prince filed a lawsuit over a Vine earlier in the week (see that one here). SPOILER ALERT if you haven't seen the movie Purple Rain (1984). Here's the way the Lake Minnetonka scene…
Pre-registration recommended as the event usually sells out.
There still may be snow on the ground, but spring is in the air! With the weather warming up, jogging paths are finally clearing. It's time to lace up the running shoes, hit the asphalt and get ready for the 2013 Bud Break 5K Run/Walk at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum! This popular run - set for Sunday, May 5 - is probably the most scenic in the greater metro area, winding through the Arboretum's woods, prairies and blooming crabapples on popular Three-Mile Drive, a certified 5K asphalt course. Participants will also enjoy views of the new sculpture collection at High Point. Add in a few challenging hills and things really get interesting! Here are the details: Bud Break registration is $20 Arb members/ $25 non-members through …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The bill would change the way Minnesota calculates LGA but won't start money flowing into most Lake Minnetonka city coffers.
Years without getting local government aid will stay that way for Lake Minnetonka cities. Other Minnesota cities could see payments balloon under a new proposal that would inject tens of millions of dollars into the system and change the way those millions are distributed. A bill by state Rep. Ben Lien of Moorhead (DFL-4A) would add $80 million to the $426 million that the state is scheduled to spend on local government aid (LGA) in 2014. One Lake Minnetonka city would get LGA money only under the Lien plan: Mound gets nothing under current law or under the Dayton plan, but it would get more than $300,000 in 2014 local government aid under Lien's bill. Long Lake is the only Lake Minnetonka city to get LGA now, and it would continue to get…
Monday, March 25, 2013
A fleet of six steamboats named after Minnesota places once kept Lake Minnetonka communities connected.
A century ago, the Twin Cities’ streetcar network once extended virtually into the very waters of Lake Minnetonka. The Twin Cities Rapid Transit Co. wanted to connect Lake Minnetonka's communities to an Excelsior dock station. So on May 7, 1906, it launched a fleet of six steamboats named after communities and resorts that the company served: Como, Harriet, Hopkins, Minnehaha, Stillwater and White Bear. The 120-passenger boats were painted a bright yellow to match the appearance of the company’s streetcars. Seating in the boats was even set up similarly to their land-based counterparts. Westonka Historical Society member Jeanne Brustad detailed the boats’ history in a video posted to YouTube. Watch the video in the player above.
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is adding orange fencing around "Thin Ice" signs in an attempt to draw more attention to them.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Friday, February 8
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office release. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office continues to warn motorists to stay off of thin ice. Our Special Deputy volunteers are providing safety information to people using Lake Minnetonka and many other lakes throughout the county. It is especially important to avoid channels and pressure ridges on Lake Minnetonka because those areas have thin ice even in the coldest of Minnesota winters. The Sheriff's Office is placing orange snow fencing around "thin ice" signs in order to provide greater visibility to these signs. It is the responsibility of motorists to respond appropriately to these warning signs and to make safe choices when they are behind the wheel.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Dive teams have rescued two passnegers in a car that went through near Grays Bay Causeway.
Click here to read Lake Minnetonka Patch's latest update on this story. UPDATE (4 p.m.): Eileen Baker, a resident on Grays Bay, said she was driving by the scene earlier this afternoon, on her way home from errands. Upon arrving home, she decided to head to the site by skiing. Baker said the people inside the vehicle "still had not been rescued" and estimated the car had been under for "at least 45 minutes." * * * UPDATE (3:47 p.m. Saturday) - Two medical helicopters have landed on the ice in Gray's Bay to transport potential victims. No word on condition of those rescued from the car. Scanner chatter indicated there were two people inside the vehicle, both pulled from the submerged vehicle. Grays Bay Bridge, which connects north …
Friday, January 25, 2013
After seven vehicles plowed through the ice on Lake Minnetonka, Sheriff Stanek reminds citizens to be safe.
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office press release. With warmer temperatures expected this weekend, more people are expected to be using the county’s lakes for recreation. The Sheriff’s Office urges all residents to use caution when using area lakes and other bodies of water. Remember that no ice should ever be considered completely safe. Freezing and thawing have created variable ice conditions. Last weekend, there were seven vehicles broke through ice on Lake Minnetonka. Hennepin County residents are urged to review these safety guidelines: · Anyone using the ice –including people on foot, snowmobiles and ATVs --should use safety precautions such as wearing life jackets. Sheriff’s deputies wear life …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Tabitha passed away Monday morning. The following is her obituary.
Editor's Note: Information courtesy Morris-Nilsen Funeral Home Tabitha Rose Markle, age nine months, is preceded in death by her grandfather, Lawrence Markle. She is survived by parents, Jonathan and Amanda; sister, Isabelle; grandparents, Marilyn Markle, Marvin and Mary Seefeld; aunts and uncles, Sandy and Dave Pevonka, Laura and Jason West, Amy and Aaron Seefeld and Emily Seefeld; cousins, Kenneth and Sara Pevonka, Natalie, Jacqueline and Gabriella Seefeld. Services Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church 6730 Nicollet Ave. S., Richfield. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 24, from 4-7 p.m. at Morris Nilsen Chapel, 6527 Portland Ave. S., …
After a rash of vehicles going through the ice in recent days, including one that resulted in the death of an infant, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek urges residents to review ice safety guidelines.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, January 24
by Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek There have been seven vehicles that have broken through the ice on Lake Minnetonka in four days, Jan. 18-21. Tragically, one incident resulted in the death of an infant, an 8-month-old girl from Minnetrista. Related Posts: The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office reminds residents that no ice should ever be considered safe. Residents are urged to review these safety guidelines: Last winter Sheriff Stanek took the unusual step of ordering all vehicles off Hennepin County ice after a rash of accidents was blamed on thin ice conditions. Stanek said Saturday that he was not yet prepared to take a similar step this winter.