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LAKE MINNETONKA

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LAKE MINNETONKA

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The Lake Minnetonka area is known for its rich history, attracting hunters, fisherman and settlers to its shores in its early years. Later it became a tourist destination for the well-to-do. Today, life near the lake continues to be a major draw for many different reasons. Lake Minnetonka has more than 300 miles of lakeshore. It is home to thousands of people who enjoy life in communities that surround the lake, places like Wayzata, Excelsior, Tonka Bay, Deephaven, Greenwood, Cottagewood, Woodland, Minnetonka, Orono, Shorewood and Long Lake. It is a well-established, bustling area that attracts business, shoppers and industry. Inside this guide to the Lake Minnetonka area you will discover some aspects about the lakes area that make it so desirable. We offer information about awardwinning schools, a variety of community parks and beaches, churches, museums, community centers and community festivals. We profile the police and fire departments, highlight the libraries and much more. We hope you find this guide to be a helpful tool in learning more about the Lake Minnetonka area and all it has to offer. Explore your community. It’s a wonderful place with so much to offer.

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Welcome to the lakes area food, shopping, recreation and history all make the area popular. This guide will showcase what a special area it is, why those who call it home love it and what makes people return time and time again. Before the 20th Century began, Lake Minnetonka was not only attracting those from around the Twin Cities, but people from around the state who made Lake Minnetonka a weekend get-away destination. In South Lake, a casino and amusement park were favorite attractions in the 1900s. Hotels popped up around the lake where steamboats and streetcars were popular forms of transportation. Currently, many people make Lake Minnetonka home, while many more travel to it for all it has to offer.

Lake Minnetonka and its surrounding communities have no shortage of things to do, including shopping, fine dining, recreation, parks, trails and events you won’t find anywhere else. A premiere lake in Minnesota, Lake Minnetonka draws people from all over the state and across the Midwest. The lake has anything but a mundane history, which gives the surrounding areas much of their tradition and culture still valued to this day. Many of the events in the communities pay homage to the area’s history. Land and infrastructure dating back more than 100 years still exist around the lake today. This is the third Lake Minnetonka guide, which will highlight what the area has to offer. Community events rich in tradition, things to do, places to see, festivals, 3


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Plenty of events for everyone Minnetonka Music in the park 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, June 5 to Aug. 7 Minnetonka Civic Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. Information: www.eminnetonka.com

Boo Blast Halloween celebration Saturday, Oct. 29 Downtown Wayzata Information: 952-473-9595 Excelsior Apple Day 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 Water Street, downtown Excelsior Information: 952-474-5880

Native Plant Market & Eco Fun Fest 3-7 p.m. Thursday, June 7 Minnetonka Civic Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. Information: www.eminnetonka.com

Excelsior Farmers’ Market 2-6 p.m., Thursdays, May through October Mount Calvary Lutheran Church parking lot Information: 952-474-6461, southlake-excelsiorchamber.com

Farmers’ Market 3-7 p.m., Tuesdays, July 3 to Oct. 2 Minnetonka Civic Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. Information: www.eminnetonka.com Tour de Tonka bike rides 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 Races and rides begin at Minnetonka High School 18301 Highway 7, Minnetonka Information: www.tourdetonka.org

Excelsior Girls Night Out 5-9 p.m. Thursdays, June through October Downtown Excelsior Information: www.excelsiorgirlsnightout.com

Wayzata Trolley Kick-Off 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday May 21 Downtown Wayzata Information: wayzatachamber.com

Art on the Lake 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10 The Commons of Excelsior, Lake Street Information: 952-474-6461, excelsiorartonthelake.com

Summer Concert Series 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19 and 26 The Depot, 402 E. Lake St., Wayzata Information: 952-473-9595

Excelsior Summer Concerts 7 p.m., Thursdays, June to August The Commons band shell, Lake Street Information: www. ci.excelsior.mn.us

4th of July Flying Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m. - noon, Wednesday, July 4th Historic Wayzata Depot, 402 East Lake Street. A celebration for patriots of all ages. Pancakes tossed from the grill.

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Festivals a source of local pride Minnetonka Burwell Ice Cream Social 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 23 Charles H. Burwell House, 13209 E. McGinty Road, Minnetonka; Information: www.eminnetonka.com This event along Minnehaha Creek usually draws more than 3,000 people who tour the historic house, eat ice cream, browse the antique market and listen to music.

more than 100-juried artists, including the unique Garden Art Exhibit showcasing art and ideas for your outdoor living. Information: wayzataartexperience.com Chilly Open Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 Wayzata, Lake Minnetonka More than 1,000 participants enjoy winter golf on a frozen Lake Minnetonka. www.wayzatachillyopen.com

Minnetonka Summer Festival 4-10 p.m., Saturday, June 23. Minnetonka Civic Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka; Information: www.eminnetonka.com As a follow-up to the day’s activities at the Burwell House, music, food, games, fireworks and more round out the day and evening during the popular Minnetonka Summer Festival at the Minnetonka Civic Center.

James J. Hill Days Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11 Downtown Wayzata Information: www.wayzatachamber.com For 35 years the James J. Hill Day festival has been the pride of Wayzata. Dachshund races, art, a cart derby, car show and parade always go well with the food and entertainment served during this event that can’t be missed.

Wayzata Wayzata Art Experience Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22 Lake Street, downtown Wayzata Celebrate spring as you shop along the shores of Lake Minnetonka at one of the first outdoor art shows of the season. Experience artist demonstrations and strolling musicians. Taste delicious local cuisine. Shop

Excelsior Art on the Lake Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10 Commons Park Southlake-excelsiorchamber.com

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Community centers for all to enjoy ple. A podium, dance floor, tables and chairs and a commercial kitchen are included in this room to host many gatherings, including large meetings, anniversary parties, family reunions, conferences and wedding receptions. The dining room area is reserved for senior citizen programs between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on weekdays. Otherwise, the rooms can be reserved during regular hours. Information: eminnetonka.com or (952) 939-8390.

Southshore Community Center 5735 Country Club Road, Shorewood The SouthShore Community Center is now on its third year of being a community center — beyond a senior center. The city of Shorewood and surrounding South Lake cities are all part owners in the building. A digital sign was installed in 2011 to showcase upcoming events to the traffic on County Road 19. In 2009, the city of Shorewood assumed operations of the center. The cities of Excelsior, Greenwood, Tonka Bay and Deephaven are part owners of the center. While the center has become a popular spot for events such as weddings, reunions, community events and meetings, it still offers daily senior programs. Dance, gardening, woodworking, art, aerobics and cooking classes are only some of the activities intended to attract South Lake Minnetonka area visitors and beyond. The center hosts many weekly events for young and old, along with classes to cater to just about any hobby. Information: southshore-center.org or (952) 474-7635.

Minnetonka Center for the Arts 2240 North Shore Drive, Wayzata For years if somebody said they were taking a class at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, it meant they were actually traveling to the center in Wayzata. The arts center in Wayzata offers year-round art classes for adults and children. The classes offered feature a variety of mediums and subjects. Around 4,000 people enroll every year. Children can take Minnetonka Center for the Arts’ classes in Minnetonka - at Ridgedale Center. The Minnetonka shopping center and the Wayzatabased arts center have teamed to open a satellite location, offering drop-in visual arts classes for children, art birthday parties and a retail space where artwork will be sold to benefit the art center. The classes cover a variety of projects and mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, bookmaking, fibers, cartoons and illustration. Established in 1952, the arts center will host a celebration this year “60 Years of Serving the Greater Community,” Saturday, June 30. Information: www.minnetonkaarts.org.

Minnetonka Community Center 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka The city of Minnetonka operates the Minnetonka Community Center, which offers programs and services for senior citizens and is also available for use by the general community. The center features several meeting rooms, a conference room, art room and a dining and community room. The Minnetonka City Council Chambers is located on the second floor. The community room and dining room can be combined as a banquet room, accommodating up to 250 peo7


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The beaches of Lake Minnetonka Minnetonka

With a lake that offers 300 miles of shoreline, there are sure to be plenty of beaches from which to choose. Here are some of the most popular for you and your family.

Libbs Beach, 16515 Park Lane 952-939-8200 Shady Oak Beach, 5200 Shady Oak Road 952-939-8200

Deephaven Deephaven Beach, 19405 Lake Ave. Linwood Beach, Linwood Road. Nocomo Beach Robinson’s Bay Beach, 3344 Robinson’s Bay Road Rocky Beach, 20020 Lakeview Ave. Sandy Beach, 20300 Lakeview Ave. Walden Beach, 19355 Walden Trail

Shorewood Crescent Beach, 240 Birch Bluff Road 952-474-7994

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Wakota Beach, 300 W. Point Road 952-474-7994

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Excelsior, home to new brewery A booming national trend has come to Excelsior. The city is home to a microbrewery, Excelsior Brewing Company. The 3,000 square-foot brewery is at 421 Third St., in the East Parking lot, and will feature brews whose names reflect the area. Their flagship, or main beer, will be an American Ale, but the brewery will also play to the beer enthusiasts with a pale ale named XCLR and a blonde ale, Big Island Blonde. There will be other beers that emerge seasonally and as the brewery grows in brewing capacity. The owners envision a taproom and tasting area to sample the beers onsite. The beer will also be sold in growlers at the brewery. The brewery hopes to turn out its first batch by July 4, 2012. The goal of production for the brewery is 10,000 barrels per year. The plan is that during the first year 1,000 to 2,000 barrels per year will be going into kegs to be distributed to retailers. With Lake Minnetonka area the entire focus, the brewery plans on being as sustainable as possible. Partnering with Building Efficiency Services, the building will be equipped with integrated heating and cooling systems to help conserve energy. Since the brewing

process creates a lot of heat, the building will “save” that resource for use when the weather is colder. The air conditioning system will be operated in conjunction with the cooled water that will be brought in for the beer production process. The cold water will help cool the building. The owners say they also plan to use proceeds from sales to donate to worthy causes, with the idea being to make the lake area a better place to live and visit. The microbrewery industry has been growing in leaps and bounds within the last several years, and Minnesota laws are being changed to accommodate the growing demand. The Minnesota state legislature approved what is known as the “Surly Bill” in 2011, which permits issuance of licenses to permit brewers of fewer than 250,000 gallons of malt liquor per year to serve the product it brews “on sale” in its brewing facility or in an adjacent facility subject to the same restrictions as are imposed on other on-sale licensed establishments. This allows for people to taste at the brewery, a popular activity for brewery tours. For more information on the brewery, visit excelsiorbrew.com.

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History of the lake runs deep Meaning “Big Waters” the 4,528-acre Lake Minnetonka was formed around 11,000 years ago as the result of melting glaciers. It continues to be a growing destination and home to many. The lake has an irregular shape consisting of numerous bays, boasting approximately 125 miles of shoreline. Several Native American tribes such as Dakota Sioux, Cheyenne, Iowa and Ojibwa occupied the lake until 1862. The grounds around the lake were used for burials and highly valued as an important spiritual place. The Minnehaha Creek at the northeast end of the lake where the former Minnetonka Mills were located provided an easy crossing for the Dakota and the Chippewa, thought to be traveling to present-day Shakopee and Lake Mille Lacs. It wasn’t until 1822 when the first white settlers, two teenaged boys named Joe Brown and Will Snelling, discovered Lake Minnetonka traveling by canoe up the Minnehaha Creek. The lake didn’t see many visitors in the next 30 years, but that all changed in 1851, when 2 million acres of land was transferred from the Native Americans to the

U.S. Government in the Treaties of Traverse des Sioux and Mendota. This allowed for territories to be traded, and though many chiefs refused to sign the treaty due to a denial of requests for keeping the area around Lake Minnetonka Indian land, the treaty was enacted anyway. It was in the 1850s when settlers returned to the settlements of St. Anthony and Minneapolis from an expedition, telling of its abundant resources. This led to the growth of settlements, and in 1852 Gov. Alexander Ramsey gave the lake its name “Minnetonka,” translated from the Sioux word “Big Water.” The area continued to stay vibrant and grow with more people settling, adding to the economy. Excelsior was founded in 1853, with other cities following. It was also in 1853 when the first hotel was built, starting the huge boom in tourism around the area. On the northeast section, or upper lake, Wayzata was founded in 1854. The name derives from the Dakota language, meaning “North Shore.” It was Oscar Garrison who surveyed and claimed much of what is now HISTORY: NEXT PAGE 12


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Historic boats part of lake lore Wayzata after building a cabin there two years prior. “The City of St. Louis” was built in Wayzata in 1881. It was the first inland steamship to have electric lights. The largest ship to ever sail the lake was launched the very next year - the Belle of Minnetonka. It was 300-feet long, and could carry 2,500 passengers. It was in 1855 when the first steamboat, “Governor Ramsey,” graced the waters of Lake Minnetonka. The City of St. Louis, built in Wayzata in 1881, was the first inland steamship to have electric lights. The railroad was completed to Wayzata, and in 1905 streetcars began rolling into Excelsior. Transit had arrived at Lake Minnetonka, and interest in the area was beginning to grow. The area offered hotels, amusement parks, commerce and events and was known as a hot spot for a good time. The good times didn’t last forever, and by one account, more than 60 hotels and boarding houses opened and closed around Lake Minnetonka between 1853 and 1964. An area that has seen a lot of change, Lake Minnetonka will always remain an active part of the region, and it still draws thousands of visitors each year. Historical preservation has been a big part of the lake area, and many of its attractions showcase the rich history. More than 150 years old, the Excelsior Commons was platted as public ground after the area was first settled and remains a popular public place today. The Old Log Theater in Greenwood is one of the oldest running theaters in the country. The Wayzata Depot stands today. It was built in 1906 as part of James J. Hill’s Great Northern Railroad. A historic walking tour of Minnetonka Mills can still be taken. The Burwell House, former home of Minnetonka Mills Company manager Charles H. Burwell, is still a meeting point for city events, just like other historical treasures around East Lake Minnetonka. Historical Societies Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society 305 Water St., Excelsior Information: (952) 473-3631 Archives Old Excelsior Public School Building 261 School Ave., Suite 102, Excelsior Information: www.elmhs.org The museum serves Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, and Tonka Bay.

Wayzata Historical Society 402 E. Lake St., Wayzata Information: (952) 473-3631 Archives 620 Rice St., Wayzata Information: (952) 473-3631

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Libraries filled with resources Hennepin County libraries in Excelsior, Long Lake, Minnetonka, and Wayzata are part of the Hennepin County Library system. Hennepin County Library, which consists of 41 libraries located in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County, is recognized as one of the top library systems in the United States. People of all ages value the resources, services, and programs of the libraries. Each offers collections of books, CDs, DVDs and magazines as well as computers that offer access to the entire Hennepin County Library collection and the Internet. Free programs for children, teens, and adults are presented year-round. Storytimes for young children are fun and introduce and reinforce early literacy skills. Creative summer programs for children and teens keep young people engaged in books and reading during the summer break from school. Adults enjoy talks by local authors and other programs.

Each library has an active Friends of the Library group that raises funds at sales of books withdrawn from the library to support library programs and other needs. New members are always welcomed. Hennepin County Library offers approximately 5 million books, CDs, DVDs, downloadables, and other resources in more than a dozen world languages, plus access to 1,800 computers. Library cards are free. Hennepin County Library’s award-winning, website hclib.org, offers 24/7 access to the library catalog, online databases, audio and video downloads, eBooks, job and small business resources, web pages for children, teens, and new immigrants, and much more. Outreach Services provides library service for people who are unable to go to a library due to disability, mobility issues, or confinement in county correctional facilities.

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Minnetonka: schools of excellence Serving the communities of Excelsior, Minnetonka, Shorewood, Tonka Bay, Greenwood, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Chanhassen, Woodland and Victoria, Minnetonka School District is one of the largest in the state. It continues to grow as open enrollment draws students from around the region. The district is able to bring in $11 million annually to support all students. The district also remains top in the state for test scores, and the high school boasts a 99 percent graduation rate. The average ACT score rose in 2011 to 25.7. Minnetonka Schools also had a School Board election in 2011 where voters brought on two new faces and kept two incumbents. The district enrolls approximately 8,600 students in six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Both middle schools were awarded a $100,000 grant through Hennepin County to add and

refurbish the tennis courts. The money was part of proceeds generated by the Target Field sales tax. The schools integrate the latest technology for learning, and also have expanding Chinese and Spanish immersion programs. The immersion program will expand to middle school students in 2012. It currently serves grades K-5. The Minnetonka School District has purchased a piece of land from Hennepin County to address safety concerns at Excelsior Elementary by adding an additional road. This road will help relieve bus and parent traffic during drop off and pick up. The road leads behind the elementary school and allows for an additional exit. Last school year 243 Minnetonka students earned the title of AP Scholar, including a school record of 28 TONKA SCHOOLS: NEXT PAGE 16


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Minnetonka: schools of excellence National AP Scholars . Minnetonka is one of only three districts in the state and 70 nationwide to earn a bond rating of Aaa by Moody Investment Services. The bond rating puts Minnetonka in a category that is more favorable than 38 states, including Minnesota. Athletics are also a strong point in the district. During the 2010-2011 school year in the Classic Lake Conference, five Minnetonka High School varsity teams took state in three sports – girls hockey, girls alpine skiing and boys swim and dive. The girls basketball had a record season with a 21-7 record. Fourteen athletes earned All-State Honors and 43 senior athletes earned All-Conference Honors. Information: minnetonka.k12.mn.us.

952-401-5000 Arts Center on 7 18285 Highway 7, Minnetonka 952-401-5748 Minnetonka High School 18301 Highway 7, Minnetonka 952-401-5700 Minnetonka Public Schools Administration District Service Center 5621 County Road 101, Minnetonka 952-401-5000

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Excellence at Wayzata schools Throughout its history, the district has enjoyed strong community support. Voters have approved several key levies, including an operating levy in 2005 that allowed the district to add more than 55 new teaching positions and lower class sizes. A technology levy boosted the number of computers and their use throughout the district. The tradition of taxpayer support harks back to 1870 when voters approved spending $900 to build a new school on Bald Hill, the site of the current Wayzata City Hall. In 1880 it was replaced with a red brick building that featured folding doors between two rooms – the forerunner of the open school concept. The district’s schools have spawned talented politicians, athletes and actors. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a 1978 graduate of Wayzata High School. James Laurinaitis, stand-out linebacker for The Ohio State Buckeyes who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams WAYZATA SCHOOLS: NEXT PAGE

From a one-room log school built in the 1850s, Wayzata Public Schools has grown to become a national leader in education quality. Today, more than 10,000 students attend its seven elementary schools, three middle schools and its high school. Wayzata High School, opened in 1997, is the largest in Minnesota, enrolling more than 3,500 students. Students at all grade levels consistently score near the top in state assessment tests. High school students routinely score as much as three points higher than the national average on ACT tests. The district’s boundaries cut a huge swath through the West Metro, including all or part of Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata. The district encompasses 38 square miles. In addition to being an educational powerhouse, the district also is a significant employer in the area with about 1,300 workers, more than half of them teachers.

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Excellence at Wayzata schools of the NFL, is a 2005 graduate. Benjamin Salisbury, who played Brighton Sheffield on the hit series “The Nanny,” is also an alumnus.

Birchview Elementary 425 Ranchview Lane, Plymouth (763) 745-5300

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Gleason Lake Elementary 310 County Road 101 N., Plymouth (763) 745-5000

Wayzata Public Schools 210 County Road 101 N., Wayzata (763) 745-5000

Greenwood Elementary 18005 Medina Road, Plymouth (763) 745-5500

Wayzata High School 4955 Peony Lane N., Plymouth (763) 745-6655

Kimberly Lane Elementary 17405 Old Rockford Road, Plymouth (763) 745-5600

Central Middle School 305 Vicksburg Lane, Plymouth (763) 745-6000

Oakwood Elementary 17340 County Road 6, Plymouth (763) 745-5700

East Middle School 12000 Ridgemount Ave., Plymouth (763) 745-6200

Plymouth Creek Elementary 16005 41st Ave. N., Plymouth (763) 745-5800

West Middle School 149 Barry Ave. N., Wayzata (763) 745-6400

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Wayzata a progressive city It’s been a project that, even without significant progress in recent years, has already changed the face of downtown Wayzata forever. The Wayzata Muni moved from its long-time home in the Bay Center to a new facility across the street. Popular businesses such as The Original Pancake House, The Foursome, Bob’s Shoe Repair and Kraemer’s True Value Hardware have moved to new locations – either in Wayzata or in surrounding communities. And the roads surrounding the now-empty shopping center – namely Superior Boulevard – have been redone to accommodate the upcoming destruction and reconstruction. But now it’s the current Wayzata Bay Center’s – and future Promenade of Wayzata’s – turn to take center stage in the reshaping of Wayzata’s downtown. Demolition on the site began in mid-April. Excavation on the site was to get under way in early May. The first block of the Promenade of Wayzata – along Superior Boulevard – is expected to be completed by fall 2013. Upon completion, the 32,000 square foot complex will include a mix of retail, dining, office, green space, residential and senior living apartments. The center is owned by Presbyterian Homes. Wayzata history Before the French claimed the land in 1803 – and later sold it to the U.S. in the Louisiana Purchase – the Mdewakanton Dakotah fished and hunted the area around the lake, while protecting the land and its

resources from rival tribes. In 1852, after land west of the Mississippi River was opened for land claims, Oscar Garrison built a cabin at what is now Lake Street and Broadway Avenue. Two years later he drew a survey and filed a claim for most of what would become Wayzata. Shortly thereafter, a slew of settlers arrived in the area, building a sawmill, a hotel and a blacksmith shop. In the late 1860s, steamboat traffic on the lake increased and the area became a vacation destination for southerners following the Civil War. In 1867, the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad extended its tracks to Wayzata, making it the largest transportation hub in the area. As trains became more prevalent in the area, hotels began opening around the lake – at the peak, upwards of 20,000 vacationers visited the area. In 1881, Wayzata split from Minnetonka Township and banned saloons and started a fight with railroad powerhouse James J. Hill. By 1905, the now-wiser town council reconciled with Hill, who returned the favor by building his biggest station in Wayzata. Each summer, Wayzata celebrates its up and down history with Hill during an annual celebration held under his name – James J. Hill Days. Today’s Wayzata is still home to successful commercial businesses, healthy retail businesses, multiple upscale restaurants, a host of outdoor activities and – of course – Lake Minnetonka. Information courtesy of the Wayzata Historical Society. 23


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The gems of Greenwood, Deephaven Greenwood

Deephaven

Greenwood is a small residential South Lake community surrounded by St. Albans and Excelsior bays on Lake Minnetonka. Known as “The City on the Lake,” Greenwood was founded in 1956, and now is home to approximately 800 residents. The city is also home to the Old Log Theater, which happens to be the oldest theater in Minnesota. The theater is owned by Don Stolz, who joined the theater in 1941, a year after it opened. Plans for the day when the theatre ceases to operate were unveiled this year. Stolz no longer owns the Old Log, and it could be the home of new lakeside cottages. The plan was developed in conjunction with the Stolz family to make sure the historical integrity is maintained. The theater could remain functioning once the development is completed. Greenwood contracts many city services, including its public works operations with Deephaven. In summer Greenwood is most enjoyed, though winter also offers plenty for those who enjoy the outdoors. The Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail runs through Greenwood, popular for runners, bikers, cross-country skiers, or those just out for a walk. Information: www.greenwoodmn.com or (952) 4746633.

Deephaven is located west of the city of Minnetonka. The city has a population of less than 4,000 residents and offers seven parks and six beaches. The regional trail runs through Deephaven along Lake Minnetonka, which is why it is known as “Two Miles of Tranquility.” The 2.6 square-mile city is home to beaches, parks, trails and two lake access points. Notably Deephaven’s most famous attraction is the General Store, opened in 1895. Visitors can not only get treats, including ice cream, sandwiches and other goodies, but the store also offers a history lesson — how it started and information about the surrounding area. The Cottagewood community owns the store. There were 135 residents who pitched in to buy it and maintain the community treasure after it was put up for sale in 1995. The building is currently being refurbished at an estimated cost of $13,000, half of original estimates. The Minnetonka Yacht Club also calls Deephaven home and is located on an island off Carson’s Bay and the main lower portion of Lake Minnetonka. Information: www.cityofdeephaven.org or (952) 4744755.

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Excelsior’s historic charm, appeal Excelsior might only be one square-mile, but it is viewed as “South Lake’s downtown,” with retail, dining and plenty of activity year-round. Nestled on the shores of Excelsior and Gideon’s bays on shores of Lake Minnetonka, Excelsior has intimate lake-town charm, although it is less than 15 miles from downtown Minneapolis. The city was settled in 1850 and has been incorporated since 1877. Since its founding, it has been a destination and home to many. Excelsior, though once most popular in the summer months, now stays busy yearround. Excelsior continues to grow, with a brewery, grocery store, new retail development and an overhaul of the city’s parks on the agenda. The Farmers Market will remain in the new location created last year, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church parking lot. A new park, Excelsior-Studer Park, located on County Road 19, is the latest addition to the city’s parks, and it is also the future location of the city’s community garden plots. Excelsior’s Mainstreet, Water Street, boasts an array of independently-owned businesses, making for a shopping experience unlike any mall. Dining in Excelsior offers an array of food options. There are also antique stores, clothing stores and many retailers that offer items not found elsewhere. The Fourth of July celebration, Art on the Lake, Apple Day and regular events such as Girls Night Out

during the summer attract visitors from around the metro. Christkindlmarkt, held Thanksgiving Day weekend along Water Street, is a unique shopping experience that kicks off the holiday season. In winter, Arctic Fever offers many activities, such as human bowling, an ice bike race, skijoring and crosscountry skiing, to name a few. This multi-day event takes place in January with coordinated events in Tonka Bay, Shorewood and Excelsior. The Pond Hockey North America Championship on Excelsior Bay is also held here. Lyman Lumber parking lot, which once was the site of many events in Excelsior, is slated to become the home of the Hennepin County Library branch. The most talked about feature of Excelsior, The Commons Park, provides an open grass space, a playground, tennis courts and a beach. It is also home to Art on the Lake, the 4th of July celebration and many other events throughout the year. The adjacent Port of Excelsior has municipal and commercial docking. Tommy’s Trolly is an old streetcar that provides “the Twin Cities best ice-cream,” Sebastian Joes, water sport rentals and other snacks and beverages. A fifth dock was added to the Commons in 2011, providing more lake access to residents. The area was once home to the Excelsior Amusement Park, which operated 1925 to 1973. The Lake Minnetonka Casino was replaced by the Lake View Pavilion in the 1920s. Information: www.ci.excelsior.mn.us. 25


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Minnetonka offers fulfilling life about eight miles west of Minneapolis. The city is home to two public high schools – Hopkins High School and Minnetonka High School. Hopkins High houses the Lindbergh Center, a community exercise facility and the Hopkins High School Auditorium, which annually features dozens of student and professional productions on its stage. Minnetonka High School is home to the Arts Center on 7, a multi-use performing arts center that features student productions and several resident performance groups each year. Annual community activities in the city include Music in the Park and the Minnetonka Farmers Market at the Minnetonka Community Center. The Farmers’ Market will return July 3 this year. Other popular summertime events include the annual Summer Festival and Burwell House Ice Cream Social, which are scheduled for Saturday, June 23. Last May, the city celebrated the grand re-opening of the Williston Fitness Center. The event showcased the community exercise facility’s newly renovated pool, fitness areas and play structure. Minnetonka has two beaches, Libbs Lake Beach and Shady Oak Beach, which are popular destinations for residents from surrounding cities. The Minnetonka Community Center on Minnetonka Blvd. encompasses

Minnetonka is home to numerous businesses and nearly 50,000 employees and will welcome many more workers when the expansion to UnitedHealth Group’s campus is completed later this year. The healthcare company began work on a new 11-story, 342,000 square-foot office building in early 2011 at its campus in the Opus Business Park at Bren Road and Highway 169. UnitedHealth Group will begin occupancy of its second headquarters building in August 2012. This new building is one of many improvements and expansions going on in that section of the city. Construction work on a new interchange at Bren Road and Highway 169 began in April 2011 and was completed in November of the same year. This spring, the finishing touches are being made on the project with landscaping and road striping. In addition to its commercial properties, Minnetonka is home to 50,000 residents and 1,700 acres of parks, recreation areas and preserves. Its natural scenery includes 49 community parks, mature trees, wetlands and prairies. Ojibwe and Dakota Native Americans were the first to settle in the region. Native American tribes signed an agreement allowing settlement of lands west of Fort Snelling, which paved the way for Minnetonka’s first settlement. Established in 1852, Minnetonka is located

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Minnetonka a major metro city City Hall, the city’s senior citizens program and can accommodate many types of gatherings, from meetings and luncheons to wedding receptions and anniversaries. City Hall is located at 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. The city-owned Minnetonka Ice Arena offers public skating, skating lessons and adult hockey leagues. It is also where the Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club, Hopkins and Minnetonka Youth Associations and high school hockey programs from both the Hopkins and Minnetonka school districts conduct their operations. City Hall is located at 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. Though Minnetonka shares its name with Lake Minnetonka, only one small bay of the lake is actually

located in the city – Gray’s Bay, which forms the headwaters of Minnehaha Creek. The creek flows east for 22 miles and empties into the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Information: 952-939-8200 or eminnetonka.com. • Lindbergh Center, 2400 Lindbergh Drive, Minnetonka, 952-988-4519 • Williston Fitness Center, 14509 Minnetonka Drive, Minnetonka, 952-939-8370 • Arts Center on 7, 18285 Highway 7, Minnetonka, 952401-5712

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Places of worship important here Excelsior: Christ Community Church 897 3rd Ave., Excelsior (952) 470-7385 Excelsior United Methodist Church 881 3rd Ave., Excelsior (952) 474-5471 The Congregational Church of Excelsior 471 Third St., Excelsior (952) 474-5919 Mount Calvary Lutheran Church 301 County Road 19, Excelsior (952) 474-8893

Good Shepherd Presbyterian 15321 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka (952) 835-6358

Our Savior Lutheran Church and School 23290 Hwy. 7, Excelsior (952) 474-5181

Faith Presbyterian Church of Minnetonka 12007 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka (952) 935-4481

St. John the Baptist 638 Mill St., Excelsior (952) 474-5812Trinity Episcopal Church of Excelsior 322 Second St., Excelsior (952) 474-5263

Immaculate Heart of Mary 13505 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka (952) 935-1432

Westwood Community Church 3121 Westwood Dr., Excelsior (952) 224-7300 Deephaven: Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Deephaven 18360 Minnetonka Blvd., Deephaven (952) 473-2362 St. Therese Church of Deephaven 18323 Minnetonka Blvd., Deephaven (952) 473-4422

Minnetonka Community Church 13215 Minnetonka Drive, Minnetonka (952) 935-8636 Minnetonka United Methodist Church 17611 Lake St. Extension, Minnetonka (952) 474-4114 Northern Oaks Community Church 16625 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka (952) 934-6422 West Oaks Community Church 11901 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka (952) 938-6406

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Wayzata: Calvary Memorial Church 2420 Dunwoody Ave., Wayzata (952) 471-8511 Redeemer Lutheran Church 115 W. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata (952) 473-1281 St. Bartholomew Catholic Faith Community 630 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata (952) 473-6601 Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka 605 Rice St., Wayzata (952) 473-5900 Wayzata Community Church 125 Wayzata Blvd. W., Wayzata (952) 473-8877 Synagogues Minnetonka: Adath Jeshurun Congregation 10500 Hillside Lane West, Minnetonka (952) 545-2424 Sharei Chesed Congregation 1712 Hopkins Cross Rd., Minnetonka (763) 545-8800


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Shorewood offers quiet life Shorewood is unique, like all the South Lake cities, in that it’s six miles long and one mile wide, encompassing around 3,600 acres. The city remains mainly residential, and includes three islands – Spray, Shady and Enchanted. Incorporated in 1956, Shorewood is — even given its rather diminutive size — home to six parks providing a variety of recreation options and access to the LRT trail. For its 7,551 residents and thousands of visitors, there are multiple options for year-round activities in Shorewood. The city has also been looking to add trails as part of its Train Plan to provide a safer alternative method of transportation in the city. Shorewood also took over operations of the Southshore Community Center, 5735 Country Club Road, in 2009, after having been part of a joint management arrangement with surrounding cities. The community center had been owned and oper-

ated by five South Lake Minnetonka cities. After renovations were made in 2009, the center now not only offers activities for seniors, but all-age classes, forums and events. Shorewood also started Artic Fever, which takes place in the middle of January in three South Lake cities. This event was established to celebrate the winter and all it has to offer. The event has grown each year with the popular sport of skijoring (dog-powered skiing) at the top of the activities. The parks offer free community events for children including bringing in the Minnesota Zoo Mobile and karate classes. Winter or summer, those in Shorewood can find much to do within the city, or in the neighboring cities. Information: www.ci.shorewood.mn.us or 952-960-7900.

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Tonka Bay, which is one square-mile, has more shoreline on Lake Minnetonka than any other city of its size. Located in between the upper and lower bodies of Lake Minnetonka connected by the “Narrows,” Tonka Bay has just more than 1,500 residents and was incorporated as a village in 1901. The city’s parks offer year-round activity with beaches and an ice-skating rink. The city added municipal dock space in 2011. Manitou Park is the largest of four city parks. It is located on County Road 19. It has a hockey rink with warming house, a basketball court, soccer and baseball fields, picnic shelter, playground and other amenities. A grant was sought to remodel the basketball court in the park into a sports court to boost its use. Old Orchard Park, just down the road on County Road 19 from Manitou Park, is located adjacent to city hall. Here residents have access to the municipal docks, a picnic area, playground equipment and a fishing pier. Crescent Beach and the beach at Wekota Park have lifeguards on duty during the summer and provide great access and viewing points to the lake.

With a population less than 500, the small residential community of Woodland is a gem on east Lake Minnetonka. Woodland saw its first constructed abode in 1867 and was settled in 1882 and incorporated in 1948. Woodland, just slightly more than a half square-mile, is among the top 50 highest-income communities in the United States, making it one of Minnesota’s wealthiest. Woodland comprises approximately 3.6 miles of public roads and nearly 6 miles of shoreline on Lake Minnetonka. Woodland shares the same municipal office building with Greenwood and Deephaven, and it contracts services with Deephaven, Wayzata and Minnetonka. Therefore, Woodland does not have city employees. Surrounded by Wayzata Bay to the north and Robinson’s Bay to the east, the city has 50 percent of its residents lucky enough to live on the lakeshore. Information: www.cityofwoodlandmn.com or 952-4744755.

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Museums bring past to life Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society Located at 305 Water St. in Excelsior, the society’s museum includes many artifacts and exhibits detailing the history of the south Lake Minnetonka area,, including the Excelsior Amusement Park, Excelsior High School and local businesses, as well as the famous Lake Minnetonka sailing vessel the Onawa. It’s open from May to September 3-6 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The archives are located at Old Excelsior Public School Building 261 School Ave., lower level, Suite 102, Excelsior. The society’s archives hold many local historic records, including photographs, maps, newspapers, historic Excelsior vital records, and other materials of special interest to genealogists and those researching building and house history in the area. This is open all year.

The Museum of Lake Minnetonka It was 1855, and the first steamboat, the “Governor Ramsey,” graced Lake Minnetonka. The small sternwheeler was the first of many boats used on the lake, and would pave the way for a big part of the history around the lake and surrounding area. Providing transportation to the developing popularity of the lake area, a flotilla of boats cruised the waters of Lake Minnetonka. The boats were designed to cut through the waters, providing passengers with a comfortable riding experience. The now floating museum is a 70-foot long, 15-foot wide and 62,000-pound steamboat built in 1906, which sank in 1926. The cypress hull seemed to be in good condition. There was much struggle getting it out of the mud. In 1980, the boat was raised out of Lake Minnetonka. Restoration on the historic boat began in

For more information, visit elmhs.org.

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Streetcars part of today’s history 1990, and in 1996 the boat saw its first public cruise. In the 1920s, the vessels began to loose steam in popularity, with ridership dropping off fast. By 1926, the boats were being dismantled. Lake cruises and trips between Excelsior and Wayzata occur Saturdays, Sundays, during holidays and special events, such as $5 rides during Excelsior Girls Night Out on Thursday nights during the summer. The “Minnehaha” departs from Wayzata and Excelsior docks. For a detailed schedule, ticket prices and more information, visit steamboatminnehaha.org. Minnesota Streetcar Museum During the time steamboats were popular on Lake Minnetonka, their counterparts on land, the streetcars, were also playing a large role in the transportation of residents and visitors. The boats and streetcars schedules worked in tandem. The streetcar system reached Minneapolis in 1875, and in 1904 plans were in the

works to bring them to Lake Minnetonka. Created in December 2004 as part of the restructuring of the Minnesota Transportation Museum, the Minnesota Streetcar Museum led to the streetcar and steamboat operations of the Minnesota Streetcar Museum and the Museum of Lake Minnetonka, respectively, during the winter of 2004-05. Currently, four streetcars are located in Excelsior, which run Saturdays and Sundays, May to September, and on Thursdays May through October. The streetcars travel between Water Street and Old Excelsior Road in Excelsior. Riders can board the trolley near the intersection of Excelsior Boulevard and Minnetonka Boulevard. They can also board adjacent to the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society Museum, 305 Water St. Schedule and Information: 952-922-1096.

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Lake Minnetonka Guide to the Area Wayzata Greenwood • Tonka Bay Woodland • Shorewood

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Parks bring nature to the city The Lake Minnetonka communities offer many beautiful parks, which offer a variety of amenities to walkers, bikers, family gatherings and those looking for a relaxing bench. Minnetonka Big Willow 11522 Minnetonka Blvd. Amenities at the 90-acre park include a football and soccer field, four baseball fields, two softball fields, playground, picnic area, picnic shelter and trails.

Civic Center 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. The park is home to City Hall, the police station, a fire station and events like Minnetonka Summer Fest and the Minnetonka Farmers Market. Amenities include a football and soccer field, picnic area and trails. Lone Lake 5624 Shady Oak Road The 146-acre park has several athletic fields, almost two PARKS: TO PAGE 36 35


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Lake Minnetonka Guide to the Area Wayzata Greenwood • Tonka Bay Woodland • Shorewood

Minnetonka Cottagewood • Deephaven Excelsior • Long Lake

Parks abundant near the lake miles of trails, a skate park and two picnic areas.

Cottagewood Children’s Park Cottagewood Avenue between Western Road and Park Place. It offers two playgrounds, gazebo, picnic tables, sculpture, water fountain. Cottagewood Children’s Park provides a wonderful opportunity for small children to play on the two playgrounds with plenty of benches surrounding a beautiful water fountain where parents can relax while watching their kids play. The Cottagewood General Store is located right across the street for refreshments.

Meadow 2724 Oakland Road Hockey rinks, a playground, tennis courts and trails are included in the 100-acre park. It also has a warming house for outdoor hockey. Purgatory 17315 Excelsior Blvd. Purgatory Park is the largest city park at 155 acres. It has more than two miles of trails and includes picnic areas.

Thorpe Park 3725 Hamilton Ave., Deephaven Thorpe Park is one of 11 parks and beaches in the city. It includes a picnic shelter, a playground, flower gardens, two baseball fields, two tennis courts, hockey and skating rinks, a basketball court and horseshoe pit

Excelsior The Commons Lake Street The Commons in Excelsior has been a public meeting place since the 1850s when the town was settled. It is also the location of the Port of Excelsior, which has commercial and municipal docking. A fifth dock was added to the Commons this year. The Commons features a beach, band shell for concerts, playground equipment, tennis courts, softball diamonds and picnic area. The park also features many local events, including a free community Easter egg hunt, Art on the Lake and the 4th of July celebration.

Village Hall Park 20225 Cottagewood Road It offers one modular playground, three tennis courts, gazebo, ice rink, warming house, ball field, benches, walking path to LRT Trail. Village Hall Park adjoins Deephaven city offices and provides a variety of recreational activities, from tennis, baseball and playground equipment in the summer to hockey and ice skating in the winter. The parking lot also allows many residents to easily access the popular LRT Regional Trail.

Wayzata

Shorewood

Klapprich Park 340 Park St. E., Wayzata

Freeman Park 25800 State Highway 7, Shorewood

Klapprich Park is one of six parks in the city. It includes an outdoor hockey rink, picnic area, playground and softball field.

Free Fridays at Freeman Park - Various children’s activities are offered over the summer months in Freeman Park. 2011 summer events include kite making, bugs and critters, music and dancing, puppets, karate, fishing, zoo mobile and more. This is also home to Arctic Fever and other community events.

Deephaven Burton Park Burton Park is located next to the back bay of Carson’s Bay. Burton Park is a beautiful nature trail offering scenic views of the back bay of Carson’s Bay and a fishing pier. Located next to the LRT Trail, Burton Park provides hikers with a unique view of Lake Minnetonka.

Manor Park 20630 Manor Rd, Shorewood. One of five parks, Manor Park was revamped in the fall of 2010, getting all new equipment and an updated shelter.

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287 Water Street Impeccably renovated 5600 SF retail center in Excelsior’s shopping district. This is a great opportunity to be amongst retailers known for exceptional products, services & customer service.

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436 2nd Street Charming multi-tenant retail and office building in the heart of downtown Excelsior. Approximately 9,600 SF with adjacent municipal parking lot. Steps to Lake Minnetonka. Great long term investment.

153 East Lake Street Rare Owner user or investment opportunity on Lake St. in downtown Wayzata . This two story office building offers 3,954 SF with reception area, private offices, conference room & open work space and some lake views from the second floor.

2045 Merrimac Lane– Located just North of Hwy 101 & Cty Rd 6 this office building boasts 3,204 SF on a 5.78 acre setting on Snyder Lake near Wayzata. Currently North West Animal Hospital. Equipment in the building sold separately. Client list is available.

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261 School Avenue Charming renovated schoolhouse with 1100 SF office space available on the main level. Well maintained & well managed office building.

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