Monday, May 20, 2013
Douglas Raymond Harris, 59, died May 16, 2013 at Birch Lake Campground near Ely, MN, according to news reports.
A Wayzata man working at a U.S. Forest Service campground near Ely, MN died May 16, 2013 from injuries after a tree fell on him, the Duluth News Tribune reported. Douglas Raymond Harris was apparently in the process of trying to drop the tree at Birch Lake Campground in the Superior National Forest when it "just came down wrong," Lake County Sheriff Carey G. Johnson told the Ely Echo newspaper (in a print-only article). Harris was working at the north end of the campground, the Echo reported. He was a forest service contract employee, according to the News Tribune. After being taken to Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital in Ely, he was pronounced dead. Minnesota workplace safety officials were part of the investigation of Harris' death, the …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Due to a decision by the U.S. Department of State, Motor Vehicle Departments are no longer permitted to process passports applications.
Tuesday, April 30
Wayzata residents who applied for a passport earlier this year at the Wayzata Department of Motor Vehicle office will be visiting Wayzata City Hall. Due to a decision by the U.S. Department of State, Motor Vehicle Departments are no longer permitted to process passports applications, according to the city. On May 1, 2013, Wayzata City Hall will take over passport photos and processing the applications for the DMV. “We know that passport processing is an important service for our residents,” said Becky Malone, deputy clerk. “We found a way to continue to provide this service, despite the new rules.” To schedule a passport application appointment, residents can now call Wayzata City Hall at 952-404-5306. For more information and application …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The Metropolitan Council is warning about dwindling groundwater supplies. Find out how much water residents of Lake Minnetonka cities are using.
The Metropolitan Council is warning about the increasing use of groundwater across the metro. Until the late 1970s, the seven-county region relied primarily on the Mississippi River for its water needs. But today, about 70 percent of the metro, including cities around Lake Minntonka, relies on municipal and private wells that pump groundwater. “Aquifers are being depleted; lakes, streams, and wetlands are being damaged; and in some areas, groundwater levels have declined by as much as 40 feet, roughly one foot each year, since the 1970s,” Keith Buttleman, assistant general manager of the Council’s Environmental Services division, said. One Lake Minnetonka city stands out. In Wayzata, water use is expected to grow 16.0 percent between 2010 …
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…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Mayoral "State of the City" Luncheon scheduled for noon on Wednesday, March 20, at the Wayzata Country Club. This event was sold out last year.
The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wayzata Rotary Club invite all area residents to attend Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox's annual State of the City luncheon today at the Wayzata Country Club. Click here to register Mayor Willcox will share updates on various projects and happenings in Wayzata—as well as other pertinent information. Learn about the plans and infrastructure that will both preserve the city's history and enable its future. This presentation is for business professionals and residents alike. This event was sold out last year so please do not hesitate to register as soon as possible. Click here to register The cost for Chamber members is $20 and for non-members $25. If you are a Rotary Member you will be …
Friday, March 15, 2013
The home, located on Harrington Road, is on the market for $4,750,000.
Ever wonder what a multi-million dollar home looks like on the inside? Are you in the market for a palatial estate? Either way, sit back, relax, and enjoy Patch’s photo tour of a nearly 6,000 square foot Wayzata home. Built in 1988, the $4.7 million mansion located at 559 Harrington Road boasts four bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The modern home was created by Harrison Fraker, head of the University of Minnesota Architecture School. For more information about the listing, contact Coldwell Banker’s Meredith Howell at 952-476-3692.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Service is March 9, 2013 at The Church of St. Bartholomew in Wayzata.
Sunday, March 3
Kristine Strauman of Wayzata July 1, 1946 - Feb. 28, 2013 Died peacefully of complications related to Primary Progressive Aphasia, a form of dementia. Survived by husband of 42 years, Roger; children, Ben and Kari; mother, Nida; siblings, Tim (Brenda), Todd, Michael (Jane) Pellizzer, and Jinny (Jim) Armour; many nieces, nephews, and countless lifelong friends. Preceded in death by father, Matteo. To know Kris was to love her. She lived a life full of caring, nurturing, and extreme hospitality whether in Wayzata, Gull Lake, or Maui. A special thanks to the staff at Sunrise of Minnetonka for all their love and care. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Jenny’s Light www.jennyslight.org. VISITATION Date: Friday, March 8, …
Friday, March 1, 2013
The new branch opened Feb. 25.
A new TCF Bank branch location recently opened in Wayzata. The branch, 1101 Wayzata Boulevard, opened Feb. 25. The company is also based in the city. “This is TCF Bank’s first full-service branch in Wayzata and we have been waiting for a long time for the right location to become available for us to place a branch in the hometown of our corporate headquarters,” said Tim Doyle, TCF Retail Director of Branch Banking for Minnesota in a press release. “We are excited to have a branch conveniently located near our customers and our employees.” Highlights of the new branch include video equipment at the drive-through, both walk-up and drive-up ATMs available 24 hours a day and close proximity to nearby retail stores. As part of the grand …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wayzata High School won 5-2 over Benilde-St. Margaret Wednesday.
In boys high school hockey action, number one seed Benilde-St. Margaret School was upset by number three seed Wayzata High School, winning the section 6AA championship title. After the Feb. 27 win at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Wayzata heads to the state tournament. Photos courtsey of Fox9. Check out a full Fox9 photo gallery here. SHARE: Have photos from the game? Upload them to Patch!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
From the archives: Steamboats, Big Island, Cottagewood, sailing and more.
Wednesday, February 27
Follow Lake Minnetonka Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter All stories linked in this post were authored by Stephanie Larsen and appeared as part of her "Time Capsule" series. Just a few samples: The Evolution of Big Island on Lake Minnetonka: In the early 1880s, the Dakota inhabited Big Island on Lake Minnetonka. The 273-acre island was discovered by settlers in 1852. Judge Bradley B. Meeker, the namesake of Meeker County, squatted on Big Island in 1852. In 1856, brothers W.B. and John Morse purchased Big Island. The Cottagewood General Store: A Tradition Since 1895: In 1876, Cottagewood in Deephaven was platted by Susan and Samuel Gale. Gale was a Minneapolis real estate agent and civic leader. Today…