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City Events Scheduled For Next Week:   

Wayzata Planning Commission Meeting         Mon.   Feb. 6              7 p.m.
Wayzata City Council Workshop Meeting      Tues.   Feb. 7              6:15-7 p.m.
Wayzata City Council Meeting                         Tues.   Feb. 7              7 p.m.

Cinema & Skates                                               Fri. Feb 10

33rd Annual Chilly Open                                   Sat.  Feb. 11

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Picture Your Summer in Wayzata Parks!

It might be winter outside, but you can start planning for summer now! The City of Wayzata is partnering again with Minnetonka Community Education to provide summer recreation programs in Wayzata.
Enjoy summer fun for the whole family with new and returning youth and adult programs, rec activities and family programming!
Catalogs will soon arrive in the mail and registration is now underway. Classes fill fast! To register and find out more about the programs, go to  or call 952-401-6800 for details.

33rd Annual Chilly Open

Since 1984, thousands of hearty Minnesotans head to Lake Minnetonka for this unique frozen golf event to celebrate our "chilly" winter season!

Wayzata’s most unique community festival is proudly presented by the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce and is made possible with the help, dedication and support of their volunteer committee and sponsors.

Gather your friends and family and enjoy all the food, fun and frozen festivities this great event has to offer!

Friday, Feb. 10 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wayzata Bay
Free event

Experience a beautiful backdrop of colorful kites flying through the air during the Chilly Open weekend. Or better yet, if you're up for it, try it out!
ciniema and skates
Cinema & Skates
Friday, Feb. 10, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Wayzata Beach & Wayzata Bay
Free non-ticketed event

Grab your skates! The Chilly Open Cinema & Skates returns for the third year in a row. Bring your own skates and glide under the stars on a luminary lit Wayzata Bay while enjoying hot cocoa and treats. Skating isn’t your thing? Step in to the heated “19th Hole” hospitality tent and watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on the jumbo screen. Other winter activities will be offered including kick sled races and snowshoeing. Admission is free.

SNOWGA (Yoga) Class
Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Frozen Wayzata Bay, North Lagoon

Anyone can do Hot Yoga, but only true Midwestern's can say they have done Yoga on the ice. Join us for a free yoga class on the frozen Wayzata Bay taught by KARE 11's own Bryan Piatt. Bring your own mat and winter gear and start the day with a free yoga flow.
Golf Tournament
Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wayzata Bay on Lake Minnetonka
Sold Out

Three 9+ hole golf courses are carved out on the ice. Hundreds of golfers come from all around with their golf clubs and hockey sticks to putt with tennis balls all around Wayzata Bay!
The Final Swing Concert
Who's ready to PARtee? Just announced this week--catch the Final Swing featuring Viva Knievel on Saturday, February 11, 7-10 p.m. in the 19th Hole Tent. For more details and ticket information go to

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Department Updates:


The City received 135 boat slip lottery applications for the one (1) vacant boat slip for the 2017 season.  The boat slip lottery drawing will be held on the 1st Tuesday in February (February 7, 2017). We will contact the one (1) lucky winner that day.


For the month of January, the WFD responded to 16 calls for service.

The WFD responded to a residential fire on a stove caused by unattended cooking. The fire was put out with a fire extinguisher and the house was ventilated by firefighters.
Bill Meyer has retired as an active member from the Fire Department after 42 years of service. He will continue to work on fire inspections and fire marshal items until early 2018.


The Planning Commission has a meeting on Monday, February 6th. The agenda includes review of the following development applications:

  • Wayzata Blu: Gatehouse Properties is proposing to redevelop the properties located on the northwest corner of the Lake St and Barry Ave intersection. The project includes demolition of the existing commercial buildings and construction of a three story mixed use building consisting of ground level office and 17 residential condominiums.
  • Gardner Place: Bohland Homes has submitted a development application to subdivide the property at 350 Gardner St E into three single-family residential lots. The existing house would be demolished and three new homes would be constructed.
  • Telecommunications Tower: The City of Wayzata has submitted a development application to construct a commercial telecommunications tower on the Wayzata West Middle School property at 149 Barry Ave N.


Officers responded to the report of a house fire in the 600 block of Park Street.  They were advised that there was a handicapped person inside who was unable to get out of the home.  Officers arrived within two minutes of the call.  Officers confirmed a small fire in the kitchen with heavy smoke.  The home was locked, so officers forced entry and rescued the 86 year-old Wayzata woman.  She was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.
Department personnel worked 12 hours of overtime to staff the filming of the television commercials at Klapprich Park on Thursday. The special event permit holders paid for the overtime.
Chief Risvold attended a press conference this week for the kickoff of the “#NOverdose” campaign, a countywide initiative to prevent opioid overdoses and death. In 2016, 144 people in Hennepin County died from opioid overdoses, a 31% increase over 2015. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with local law enforcement, the U.S. Attorney, other federal partners, and area school districts, including Wayzata Schools, on this initiative.
The department hired Jean Breitung as its new part-time Police Records Clerk.  Jean will begin her employment on Tuesday, February 7th.  We look forward to her joining our team and providing some much needed help in the administrative area of the department.

Public Works

Mill Street Parking Structure

Adolfson & Peterson (A&P) and their subcontractors continue work on the Mill Street Parking Structure project.  The installation of the retaining wall, along the east and north side of the ramp continues.  The contractor has completed the “drilling and dropping” of the large steel posts along the north and west sides of the site, which provide the structure of the wall.  Now that this process has been completed, the contractor has begun the process of removing the soil, working platform.  The installation of a formwork between these posts, which supports both tie-backs and the concrete fascia also continues.  As this formwork is installed, the contractor will begin excavating the hillside away from the wall.  This work is anticipated to continue through February.  Because of the space required to perform this work (equipment, materials, and soil), A&P will be stopping the installation of footings and columns along the south edge of the ramp, until mid-February.

Installation of the wood lagging and tiebacks along the north side of the site (1-31-17).
Installation of the wood lagging and tiebacks along the north side of the site (1-31-17).

Wayzata Blvd/Superior Blvd Intersection

City staff and their consulting engineers, SRF Consulting Group, held a meeting with Wayzata residents on Tuesday, January 31st to discuss potential modifications to the Wayzata Blvd and Superior Blvd intersection. The meeting was attended by adjacent residential and commercial property owners and interested members of the public. The discussion focused on two (2) proposed intersection reconfigurations. Great feedback and questions were provided by the attendees. Staff is proposing to discuss this intersection with the City Council, again, in late-February or early-March.  Depictions of the two (2) options can be found below.
option 1
option 2

Tree Trimming 

The Public Works Department has identified several areas around town where selective tree trimming is necessary to prevent damage to vehicles, City snow removal equipment, etc.  Weather permitting, this work is anticipated to start next week.  The following areas have been identified as needing trimming work: West Lake Street, 144 Peavey Lane, Glenbrook, Hillside Drive, Highcroft Road, 532 Harrington, Grove Lane Court, Lake Street – TCF, Wayzata Beach, Walker Ave. N., Hollybrook Rd (along fence), Hill Rd & Crosby (sight line), Indian Mound, Broadway Avenue (Wayzata Blvd & Lake St.), and Ferndale Road W.


Wayzata Bar & Grill

Live Music February 9, 8-11 p.m.

Billy Johnson is back to perform live! Stop and have a listen. No cover charge. Late night happy hour 9-11p.m.

Wayzata Wine & Spirits

Fantastic February Sales

Are you on the hunt for a new wine? Here are three wines to consider that are on sale until the end of February!

Acacia Chardonnay
Regular $12.99 Sale $7.99
New Harbor Sauvignon Blanc
Regular $14.99 Sale $7.99
Antica Cabernet Sauvignon
94 Points RP
Regular $59.99 Sale $39.99

Beer of the Month: Bell’s Hopslam Ale

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repertoire.
Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.
Bell’s Hopslam 6-packs Sale $15.99


Spirit of the Month: Jameson Liter

There are a few Irish whiskies that almost immediately come to mind and Jameson Irish Whiskey is one of them. It is largest selling Irish whiskey in the world today, Jameson has been around since 1780.Matured in Bourbon and Sherry casks to produce a crisp, clean, mellow taste with sweet, spicy, vanilla tones, and a subtle finish. Very smooth and versatile.
Great value for its 1 Liter size.
 Jameson Liter Regular $27.99 Sale $23.99


February Wine of the Month: Evolution

Stop in to pick up a bottle of Sokol Blosser’s Evolution wines! These wines are from the Dundee region in Oregon. Pick them up all February long during the featured wine of the month pricing.

Evolution White:  $14.99, sale $11.99
Evolution Red:  $16.99, sale $12.99
Evolution Pinot Noir:  $17.99, sale $14.99
Evolution Sparkling:  $14.99, sale $11.99


Jeffrey Dahl, City Manager
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