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Lake Street East Closure

Lake Street East will be closed next Wednesday and Thursday (July 26th /27th) to allow the hotel contractor, Adolfson & Peterson to install the patios on the building.  The roadway will be closed directly in front of the Landing hotel, between Engel Street and the roundabout.  The roadway will be closed at 5:00 a.m. each day and reopened by 5:00 p.m., each day.  The detour during this work will be Superior Blvd to Wayzata Blvd to Bushaway Road.  A map of the detour can be found below.
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Trucks Storytime

Tuesday, July 25, 10:30 a.m.-noon
This program takes place at Wayzata City Hall Community Room. Meet inside first for truck stories, then go outside to see trucks and emergency vehicles. You'll get to touch the trucks and talk with the people who drive them! In collaboration with City of Wayzata Police, Fire and Public Works Departments.

STEM Saturdays

Saturdays, July 8 – August 12
2-3 p.m.

Entering K-grade 5. Drop in and explore hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities with teen volunteers. Call ahead to find out what activities will be held at the library.


Night to Unite Kickoff Luncheon

Register by July 28

August 1, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Wayzata Country Club (200 Wayzata Blvd W., Wayzata, MN 55391)

Neighborhoods throughout the Wayzata area have been gathering to celebrate Night to Unite for more than 30 years. Join us in kicking off this year's celebration. Wayzata Police Chief, Mike Risvold, will highlight some of the most significant, and sometimes bizarre, cases investigated within the last year. Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition will also present the Jim Fish Award.

To attend the lunch, register for the lunch by clicking the link below.


Night to Unite Block Party Sign Up Due July 21

Each year on the first Tuesday night in August, the City of Wayzata hosts “Night to Unite,” a summer evening dedicated to celebrating and strengthening the commitment to a safe community. For Wayzata residents, this is an opportunity to put together a neighborhood celebration, gather with neighbors and friends and get to know one another, play some games with the kids, enjoy a few hot-off-the-grill favorites, and encourage crime prevention.

Neighborhoods are asked to register their block party so representatives from the Police and Fire Departments, as well as elected officials, city staff, and McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog can stop by to visit the parties that evening from 5:15 to 8:30 p.m. for community building. If you are hosting a block party, go to and fill out the registration form by July 21.

Wayzata Farmers Market


Department Updates:



Photography Contest Entries Now Accepted Thru September 17

Do you have any photos taken around Wayzata? If so, we are looking for your photos! You don't have to be a professional photographer--we are looking for everyday photos around Wayzata.

  1. Candid Community Moments (people and activities around Wayzata)
  2. City Snapshots (streetscapes, businesses, or any location around the city)
  3. View from Up High (fire up the drone camera...we are looking for aerial shots to get a different perspective from up high of Wayzata)
  4. Wild Wayzata (wildlife, nature and animals)
The Picture Wayzata Photo Contest will be accepting entries at After the contest closes for entries, photos from all four categories will be complied into four albums for voting on by the public on the City's Facebook page to determine the winner of each category!

Submit your photos at then tell your friends to vote for your photo on Facebook! First place winner of each of the four categories will win a gift card to the Wayzata Bar & Grill (and of course bragging rights).

Motor Vehicle

Limited Services thru Monday, July 24

There will be limited services at Wayzata Motor Vehicle on July 20-21 and for part of the day on July 24 because of a statewide technology change. Residents will be unable to complete motor vehicle transactions including vehicle registration, titles, tabs, and plates.
Wayzata Motor Vehicle, as well as all other DMV locations statewide, will be switching to a new technology system called MNLARS, starting on July 20 and will be completed by July 24. Wayzata Motor Vehicle will remain open during this time and will continue to provide all other services, including, ATV, boat and snowmobile registration with DNR transactions, driver's license duplicate transactions and passport processing.
MNLARS release scheduled for Monday, July 24th
What is MNLARS?

  • MNLARS is a multi-year initiative of driver and vehicle services to replace its 30-year-old legacy IT system.
  • MNLARS will replace the core functionality for DVS operations.  When finished, it will be an efficient, secure web-based system for driver’s license, ID card, vehicle registration, and ownership transactions.

Thursday, July 20

  • Closed for motor vehicle transactions
  • Open for passports and DNR transactions

Friday, July 21

  • Closed for motor vehicle transactions
  • Open for passports and DNR transactions

Monday, July 24

  • Open for motor vehicle transactions once inventory is validated
  • Open for passports and DNR transactions


Officers from the department will work additional hours for the Summerfest event in Long Lake on Saturday.
Plans are being finalized for both the Night to Unite Luncheon and the Night to Unite neighborhood visits scheduled for Tuesday, August 1st.
Community Service Officer Brandon Haapoja has accepted the position of Police Officer and will begin his new role with the department on August 7th.  A process for hiring a new Community Service Officer to replace him has begun.

Public Works/Engineering

Mill Street Parking Structure

All major work on the Mill Street parking ramp is complete.  The entire facility is now open for public parking.  The new facility, including on-street parking on Mill Street, has 377 parking stalls and 10 motorcycle parking stalls.  The previous at-grade parking lot had 173 parking stalls.  Over the next few weeks, the contractor will be finalizing miscellaneous “punch list” items.  Additionally, City staff will be working with two vendors to finalize the installation of two car charging stations and a security camera system.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 9:00 AM on Thursday, August 10, 2017. 

2017 Street Improvement project

The project includes the reconstruction of Glenbrook Road, with new concrete curb and gutter, and the resurfacing of Hillside Drive and Huntington Avenue (next to the Edina Realty building).  Work began on Huntington Avenue (next to the Edina Realty building), this week.  Milling of all three (3) streets will occur next week.

Wayzata Middle School Telecommunication Monopole

The contractor, Structural Tower Services began work on June 13, 2017. Last week, they excavated and poured the tower footing.  They are now begin extending the necessary utilities to the site.  The tower is scheduled to be delivered and erected the week of July 24.

County Road 15 Mill and Overlay - Wayzata to Orono

Hennepin County, along with their contractor, Bituminous Roadways, has begun a project to mill and overlay County Road 15 from just east of Hillside Drive to the Arcola Bridge.  The milling and re-paving is proposed to be done from west to east, beginning at the Arcola Bridge.  This work is proposed to be done under traffic and is anticipated to be completed Friday, July 21st, weather permitting.  Motorists should expect delays when travelling through this area.

Special Event Permits

Staff has processed to following Special Event permits to be held in July, August and September.
(Staff is aware of a few more events that will require a permit but application has not yet been made)
DATE OF EVENT                      NAME OF EVENT
July 23           Sunday                Wayzata Legion Ribfest
July 28           Friday                  *Wounded Warriors Bike Ride between Mound & Wayzata
Aug 2 & 3       Wed-Thur            Wayzata Community Church Rummage Sale
Aug 5             Saturday              Tour de Tonka Bike Ride
Aug 16           Wednesday         Wayzata Historical Society 35th Anniversary at the Depot
Aug 27           Sunday                Fest of St. Bartholomew
Sept 8            Friday                  JJ Hill Days along Lake St (Friday-Sunday)
Sept 10          Sunday                Wayzata Rotary Sun.   Motorsport Show-JJ Hill Days
Sept 15          Friday                  The Gathering (St. Barts)
*No Special Event Permit Required

2017 Pond Maintenance Project – Glenbrook Ponding Area

The project proposes to remove accumulated sediment from the storm water basins, known locally as the Glenbrook Ponds.  The ponds were originally constructed in 1993-94 by the City of Wayzata and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) and are located between Wayzata Blvd and Highway 12. Because of the warmer temperatures and the early onset of seasonal road restrictions, the contractor has not yet started this work.  Staff is awaiting an updated schedule.

County Road 112 Reconstruction – Long Lake

Hennepin County, along with their contractor, Eureka Construction, continues work on the reconstruction of County Road 112 (Old Highway 12) through Long Lake.  This construction area extends from Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail.
Additionally, for more information on the project and to sign up to receive project updates, visit the project website at

Wayzata Bar & Grill

Now Hiring for the Fall

The Wayzata Bar & Grill is hiring Hosts. For more information and application, visit  our website or the city’s website.

Wayzata Wine & Spirits

now open sundays

Southern Wines Tasting

July 21, 4-7p.m., We are trying a few reds and whites…stop in for a taste!
Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, A by Acacia, and Unoaked Chardonnay.

Copper & Kings Kentucky Brandy Tasting

July 21, 4-7p.m., Join us for a tasting of Copper & Kings Kentucky brandy!

Parley Lake Winery Tasting

July 22, 4-6p.m., Parley Lake Winery from Waconia, Minnesota will be pouring from their current offering selections. Stop in for a sample.


Jeffrey Dahl, City Manager
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