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City Events Scheduled For Next Week:          

City Hall Offices Closed for Holiday        Thurs.-Fri. Nov. 23-24  Closed All Day

Light Up the Lake Celebration                 Fri.             Nov. 24     4-7 p.m.

Small Business Saturday                          Sat.             Nov.  25    All Day

Heritage Preservation Board                   Mon.          Nov. 27      7 p.m.

Jingle Mingle for Officer Mathews         Thurs.         Nov. 30    5-8 p.m.

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City Offices to Close in Observance of Thanksgiving Holiday

City offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
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Light Up the Lake Celebration

Wayzata’s Light Up the Lake Celebration is returning with even more holiday fun! Join the kickoff to the festivities on Friday, November 24. Many activities are returning including the annual tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Ken Willcox, Santa’s Reindeer, holiday treats and drinks from the Wayzata Bar & Grill, carolers, horse drawn wagon rides, and the fourth annual Parade of Lights with the Wayzata Fire Department. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa at the Depot! Then on Saturday, November 25, don’t forget to shop Wayzata for Small Business Saturday. More events are planned for the Light Up the Lake Celebration. Visit and for all the details!


Wayzata Firefighter’s Parade of Lights

The Wayzata Firefighter’s Parade of Lights is back for another year to kick off the Light Up the Lake Celebration. Come down to Lake Street (between Broadway Avenue to the Depot) on November 24 at 6 p.m. as fire trucks travel by decked out in lights. Then after the parade, walk down to the Depot for the Tree Lighting Ceremony with Mayor Willcox and much more!

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Toys for Tots Collection at Light Up the Lake Celebration November 24

Wayzata Police will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots at the Light Up the Lake Celebration. Bring an unwrapped toy to the Depot on November 24. If you can’t make it to the Light Up the Lake Celebration, you can bring donations now until December 13 to Wayzata City Hall and the Wayzata Police Department.
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Mill Street Parking Ramp Wins Architecture Award
The American Institute of Architects - Minnesota (AIA Minnesota) announced 13 projects will be awarded with 2017 Honor Awards.  The Honor Awards recognize outstanding architecture designed by AIA Minnesota members and member architecture firms.
This year 87 projects were submitted and were evaluated in five categories: architecture; interiors; renovation and restoration; and urban design and master planning. Entries are evaluated by three internationally-renowned architects for their degree of design invention, attention to detail, advancement of sustainable design and other factors.
2017 Honor Award Recipient:
Project name: Mill Street Parking Structure
Location: Wayzata, Minnesota
Client: City of Wayzata
Firm of record: HGA Architects and Engineers
Project partners: Adolfson & Peterson Construction (general contractor); TEGRA Group (owner’s representative); and Walker Parking Consultants (parking consultant)
Photo credit: Peter J. Sieger
Honor Award recipients will receive their awards at the annual AIA Minnesota Awards Dinner on December 8. Learn more about the Honor Awards here.


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Motor Vehicle

Passport Appointments

Traveling abroad in the new year? Passport applicants are encouraged to apply for or renew U.S. passports well ahead of planned travel, as it is peak time for passport processing. Passport processing typically takes 4-6 weeks to receive so schedule your appointment now.

Schedule your passport appointment online, get the full list availability, hours, and instructions at Contact the Wayzata Motor Vehicle Department directly at 952-404-5320 with any questions or concerns.

Now Hiring

The Motor Vehicle Department is hiring a full time Certified Title Clerk. Applicants must have at least two years of motor vehicle title experience. The position will be open until Friday, December 8.  For more details, please see the job announcement on the city’s website.
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Planning & Building Inspections

Comprehensive Plan Vision Workshops

Vision workshops continue to be held for our comprehensive plan, Wayzata 2040. This week, we spoke with Wayzata High School Senior Economics students about the City's Comprehensive Plan. Thank you students for your great feedback!

If you want to help shape the future of Wayzata, we have two more public engagement vision workshops planned.

Monday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. at 6Smith--Open to All

Tuesday, December 12 at 5:00 p.m. at Wayzata City Hall--Open to All

To take the online survey or for more details about Wayzata's Comprehensive Planning process, visit

Public Works

2017-18 Pond Maintenance Project – Glenbrook Ponding Area

Because of warmer temperatures and the early onset of seasonal road restrictions, the contractor was not able to complete this work in early 2017. The contractor will begin silt fence installation, next week, in preparation for completing the project this coming winter. 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.  An updated schedule for construction activities will be available in the coming weeks.

County Road 112 Reconstruction – Long Lake

Hennepin County, along with their contractor, Eureka Construction, continue 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.  For more information on the project and to sign up to receive project updates, visit the project website at

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Wayzata Bar & Grill

Closed Thanksgiving Day

The Wayzata Bar & Grill will be closed on November 23 for Thanksgiving Day. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Light Up the Lake Celebration

Light up the Lake with us and welcome the holiday season! We'll have beer, wine, a festive warming cocktail for sale, and a special complimentary treat for you at our tent!
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Wayzata Wine & Spirits

Closed November 23

Wayzata Wine & Spirits will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so our staff can spend time with family and friends.  We re-open at 9 a.m. Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!


Jeffrey Dahl, City Manager
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