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LAKESHORE

The Steamboat Minnehaha makes its way to the Wayzata docks on a fall afternoon. (Photo by Meghan Davy)

ATTRACTIONS Parks Trails Nature Area Parks & Attractions Beaches Events & Festivals

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FOOD Farmers Markets

GOVERNMENT Libraries Municipalities Watersheds Licenses & Documents Metropolitan Council Minnesota United States

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LEISURE Art Centers Historical Societies

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LIVING 36 56-57

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2016 - 2017 Big Fish Lifestyle Guide Managing Editor: Richard Crawford \ Director of Operations: Laurie Hartmann Published by: Southwest News Media \ Editorial Content: Meghan Davy, Amanda Schwarze Cover Design: Nicole Bullock \ Editorial Design: Jessica Bidleman Advertising: Rick Christiansen, Jen Hiltunen Special thanks to the area cities for their contributions. Every effort has been made to provide an accurate directory, but if errors have occurred please let us know about them. Published by Lakeshore Weekly News, 1001 Twelve Oaks Ctr., #1017, Wayzata, MN 55391. Copyright 20162017. Printed in the U.S.A. For additional information or to submit corrections, call 952-445-3333 or send an email to dcrawford@swpub.com.

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WELCOME

Minnehaha Creek provides a scenic overview for users of trails in Minnetonka. (Photo by Meghan Davy)

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elcome to the 2016-2017 Lakeshore Lifestyle Guide. What makes the Lake Minnetonka area such a great place to be? For this year’s guide we asked for your advice and called upon a random sampling of lake area residents to tell us what they love about living here. Throughout our 2016-17 Lakeshore Lifestyle Guide, you’ll see what they enjoy about the area, the communities, the businesses and all the other amenities that make the Lake Minnetonka area not just where they live but what makes it their home. The Lake Minnetonka area offers unparallelled quality of life and communities surrounding the lake have been recognized in a host of national rankings for being a great place to live, work and play. Lake Minnetonka itself, with 125 miles of lakeshore, serves as a year-round draw. The area is also well-known for its high quality public and private schools. There is much to do and enjoy in area. There are events and festivals throughout the year, ranging from Fourth of July

fireworks in Excelsior to frozen Chili Open golf in Wayzata in the winter. For outdoor enthusiasts, the lake offers recreation and relaxation as well as sporting opportunities to residents and visitors to the community. And regional and local parks and hundreds of miles of trails provide ample incentive to enjoy the outdoors. Take advantage of all that the Lake Minnetonka area has to offer! The Lifestyle Guide is a compilation of important information — a single source for lists of services, names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Keep it handy; use it often. Our apologies in advance for omissions or for changes that occur after publication. Please notify us of information that needs to be updated so it can be kept current throughout the year. If you would like additional copies of this publication, call our Circulation Department at 952-345-6682. Send information for the Lifestyle Guide to Amanda McKnight at amcknight@ swpub.com.


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HEALTH Ovation Orthodontics

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DEEPHAVEN

3,843 Population

$133,875

Median household income, 2014

$548,700 Median value of owner-occupied homes, 2014

GREENWOOD

740

Population

$126,625

Median household income, 2014

$754,800 Median value of owner-occupied homes, 2014

MINNETONKA

51,669 Population

$80,068

Median household income, 2014

$289,000 Median value of owner-occupied homes, 2015

MINNETRISTA

7,178 Population

$118,099

$384,400 Median value of

$101,030

$551,500 Median value of

Median household income, 2014

owner-occupied homes, 2014

ORONO

8,006 Population

Median household income, 2014

owner-occupied homes, 2015

SHOREWOOD

7,614 Population

$113,719

$391,600 Median value of

$102,656

$594,700 Median value of

$145,625

$724,300 Median value of

Median household income, 2014

owner-occupied homes, 2014

TONKA BAY

1,351 Population

Median household income, 2014

owner-occupied homes, 2014

WOODLAND

422

Population

Median household income, 2014 = $25,000

= $100,000

owner-occupied homes, 2014


EXCELSIOR

2,248 Population

$50,082

$388,100 Median value of

$66,382

$249,500 Median value of

Median household income, 2014

owner-occupied homes, 2014

LONG LAKE

1,889 Population

Median household income, 2014

owner-occupied homes, 2014

MINNETONKA BEACH

587

Population

$152,188

$1,000,000 Median value of

$72,184

$204,100 Median value of

$84,321

$291,800 Median value of

$50,391

$297,400 Median value of

$65,237

$497,000 Median value of

$131,833

$381,800 Median value of

Median household income, 2014

owner-occupied homes, 2014

MOUND

9,336 Population

Median household income, 2014

owner-occupied homes, 2014

PLYMOUTH

75,907 Population

Median household income, 2014

owner-occupied homes, 2014

SPRING PARK

1,762 Population

Median household income, 2014

owner-occupied homes, 2014

WAYZATA

3,991 Population

Median household income, 2014

owner-occupied homes, 2014

VICTORIA

8,676 Population

Median household income, 2014

owner-occupied homes, 2014

Sources: http://quickfacts.census.gov http://factfinder2.census.gov


GROWING UP ON LAKE MINNETONKA BY TOM ROCKVAM

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hown is a picture of my brother Jerry and myself in 1942, when our family had just moved form Minneapolis to Lake Minnetonka. Jerry was 4 years old at the time and I was 3. Mom and Dad had just bought a restaurant/bar and resort combination on County Road 51 in Orono, from Hattie and Harr y Smar t , where the Hennepin County Boat Launch on Maxwell Bay is today. The resort was on Maxwell Bay and the restaurant/bar was facing the Crystal Bay side of County Road 51. Both businesses were named “Roxy’s,” which was my dad’s nickname. Except for a couple of years in the Navy, Lake Minnetonka has been home for the past 72 years. Af ter ser ving in the Nav y, Jerr y star ted Rock vam Boat Yards Inc. in Spring Park, which is still in operation today. After serving in the Navy I started a dock business with Ed Crepeau in Excelsior in 1961, and worked with Ed until he passed away in 1970. After a couple of years I moved the dock business to Mound and manufactured, sold and ser viced our docks and boathouses until I sold the business in 1986. The last 12 years of my working career I was a sales manager for Bill Clark Oil Company in Eden Prairie, and retired for health reasons in 2000. My entire family not only grew up on and enjoyed Lake Minnetonka for recreation, it was also a huge part of our livelihoods. After such an active life I still felt it was lacking something, so I wrote my first book, “Growing up on Lake Minnetonka: Volume 1.” It contained 20 true stories from my life, both as a kid and an adult. The book was so popular that I followed it up with three more books in the same series, “Growing up on Lake Minnetonka: Volumes 2, 3 and 4,” and added two coffee table books containing 140 photos of businesses and people from around the lake. Following the books’ publishing, I worked with the

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Jerry and Tom Rockvam pose for the camera near Lake Minnetonka in 1942. (Photo courtesy of Tom Rockvam) city of Mound to name a new lighted, blacktop walking trail “ The A n drews Sis ters Trail.” The Andrews Sisters grew up in Mound and were a world famous singing trio through the end of the Depression and throughout

World War II. They sold over 100 million records and had more top 10 hits than Elvis Presley or the Beatles, and I worked with Patty Andrews (the lead singer of the sisters), and wrote a book titled “The Andrews Sisters and their

10 0 Year Connection to Lake Minnetonka and Mound.” It is still in print all over the world. Not only is Lake Minnetonka a great place to live and work, it is also full of a type of history that is fun and exciting.


The Noerenberg estate barn, with the water tower in the background, overlooking Maxwell Bay has been included on the National Register of Historic places. (Rolf T. Anderson, Oct. 2014; Minnesota Historical Society Photo)

“There is a variety of natural areas to enjoy, offering something for nearly everyone.”

- Sherry White

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atural beauty is abundant in the Lake Minnetonka area. Local and regional parks, trails and nature areas are numerous and can be easily accessed throughout the area. “They’re part of the reason we moved here,” WeCAN Executive Director Christie Larson said. Her family particularly enjoys Gale Woods Farm, which is one of the many parks operated by the Three Rivers Park District. The park, located on Whaletail Lake in Minnetrista, includes a real working farm. “It’s wonderful to give our child a farm experience and learn about the inner workings of a farm.” Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board of Managers President Sherry White said she particularly enjoys the Minnehaha Creek Headwaters Park in Minnetonka where the Gray’s Bay Dam is located. The park includes a canoe access and a boardwalk that links to the city’s trail system. Regional trails, including the Luce Line, Dakota Trail and the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail, help link the Lake

Minnetonka communities together and offer access to much of metro area for pedestrians and bicyclists. Lake Minnetonka, of course, is one of the most popular natural attractions. Throughout the summer months the lake is full of people swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking and paddleboarding. In the winter, people head to the lake to ice fish, ice skate and ride snowmobiles. It’s not just the lake itself that draws in visitors. MoundWestonka Rotary Club President Robin Pinegar said her family often visits area’s islands when they’re out on the lake. The Three Rivers Park District owns parkland on Wild Goose Chase Island (also known as Goose Island), Wawatasso Island and a portion of Big Island. All of island park areas are undeveloped and don’t have drinking water or toilets, but act as picturesque picnic and fishing locations. “There is a variety of natural areas to enjoy, offering something for nearly everyone,” White said.

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ABOVE: The boathouse at Noerenberg Memorial Gardens looks out onto Lake Minnetonka’s Crystal Bay. The site is a public park operated by Three Rivers Park District, and it’s considered one of the finest formal gardens in Minnesota. (Photo by Amanda Schwarze)


ATTRACTIONS The Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail stretches between Hopkins and Carver Park Reserve, offering scenic views of Lake Minnetonka along the way. It is an aggregate trail.

NATURE AREA

The Steamboat Minnehaha, left, with her sister boat the Harriet, during her original 1906-1926 run on Lake Minnetonka. (Lake Minnetonka Museum)

PARKS Three Rivers Park District www.threeriversparks.org The mission of Three Rivers Park District is to promote environmental stewardship through recreation and education in a natural resources-based park system. The Park District was created in 1957. Since then, it has grown to encompass almost 27,000 acres of parks and trails and serves over 10 million visitors annually. Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is nestled on the shores of scenic Lake Minnetonka. A perfect spot for a family outing, the park offers a large, nautical-themed play area (open 9 a.m.–sunset daily) and a chlorinated, sandy-bottom swimming pond. You’ll also find picnic spots, a fishing pier, biking and hiking trails, and a boat launch and access point. Located on scenic Lake Independence, Baker Park Reserve offers 2,700 acres of natural landscape and accommodations for almost any activity from golfing to camping to cross-country skiing, and so much more. No matter the season, there’s always something fun to do. Three Rivers also operates the following: Carver Park Reserve 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria Lake Auburn Campground reservations 763-559-6700 Lowry Nature Center 763-694-7650

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A 3,700-acre park reserve where trumpeter swans and other wildlife have been nurtured. There are trails, camping, biking, fishing, children’s playground, Historic Grimm Farm and nature programs. Noerenberg Gardens 2865 Northshore Drive, Wayzata Noerenberg Memorial Gardens is known for its tranquility and spectacular beauty. Situated along the shore of Crystal Bay on Lake Minnetonka, Noerenberg is widely regarded as one of the finest formal gardens in Minnesota. Among its blend of perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and vines the garden features ornamental shade trees and a stand of conifers, an extensive daylily collection, and “Northern Lights” azaleas. The garden is open for tours and is an idyllic location for weddings.

TRAILS Dakota Rail Regional Trail Hours: 5 a.m.–10 p.m. This 13-mile paved trail offers a spectacular view of Lake Minnetonka and follows the route of the former Dakota Rail Corridor through St. Bonifacius, Minnetrista, Mound, Spring Park, Minnetonka Beach, Orono and Wayzata. In Carver County, an additional 12.5 miles of paved trail extends west of St. Bonifacius to Mayer. Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail Hours: 5 a.m –10 p.m.

MN Landscape Arboretum 3675 Arboretum Dr. Chanhassen 952-443-1400 www.arboretum.umn.edu The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers more than 1,000 acres of landscaped gardens, natural woodlands, wetlands and prairie, plant collections, and displays. Walk, hike, cross-country ski more than eight miles of trails. Open 363 days a year.

PARKS & ATTRACTIONS In addition to a variety of regional park offerings provided by Three Rivers Park District, there are plenty of popular community parks around Lake Minnetonka. Here’s a sampling: The Commons Lake Street, Excelsior The Excelsior Commons and Port of Excelsior are historic, dating to the origins of the city, and are widely recognized as Excelsior’s chief assets. The 13-acre park includes open recreation areas, picnic sites, playgrounds, two swimming beaches, tennis courts, baseball fields, a band shell, bathhouse, public restrooms, docks, buoys, and docking for public excursion boats that provide lake access for those who do not own personal boats. In addition to traditional park uses, such as picnics and family gatherings, the Excelsior Commons and Port of Excelsior serve diverse recreational opportunities for all age groups with the annual Art Fair, Fourth of July celebration, organized sports, and other large events. Cottagewood Children’s Park Cottagewood Avenue between Western Road and Park Place, Deephaven Cottagewood Children’s Park is located near the historic Cottagewood General Store, which dates back to 1895. The store is open

seasonally May – October. The park has also been the traditional location for Deephaven’s 4th of July celebration. Lone Lake Park 5624 Shady Oak Road Minnetonka Lone Lake Park is a stand-alone park, although its proximity to Shady Oak Beach expands the recreational opportunities for this area, as well as the community in general. Park features include views of Lone Lake from the shore and dock; expansive open space; and nearly two miles of formal trails, including a 1.2-mile loop from the lower main parking lot that offers scenic views of the various ecological areas in the park. The Wayzata Depot 402 Lake Street E. Wayzata A train museum is located in the Depot building. Three picnic tables (no grilling facilities) are located on-site, as well as grassy areas for picnics and enjoying the scenery around Lake Minnetonka. Mound Surfside Park Located off Bartlett Boulevard Mound Mound’s most celebrated park, Surfside, contains a sand beach on Lake Minnetonka, picnic facilities, park pavilion, boat launch and open play area. The park is a favorite attraction for kids and adults alike. Surfside Park and Beach is host to many fun-filled events held annually.

BEACHES During the summer months, residents can take advantage of the water at numerous public beaches in the area. Some popular options include: LAKE MINNETONKA Excelsior Commons Beach Commons Park, Excelsior Nelson Lakeside Park Beach 1860 Symes Street, Long Lake Wayzata Beach 220 Grove Lane East Wekota Beach 300 W. Point Rd. Tonka Bay


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EVENTS & FESTIVALS Excelsior Art on the Lake June 10, 11, 2017 excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber. com Chilly open Saturday Feb. 11, 2017 Downtown Wayzata. More than 1,000 golfers golf on frozen Lake Minnetonka. wayzatachillyopen.com. Wayzata Art Experience June 25 & 26, 2017 Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata wayzatachamber.com Minnetonka Summer Festival The Summer Festival is held annually, generally on the fourth Saturday in June at the Minnetonka Civic Center Campus, 14600 Min-

netonka Blvd., Minnetonka. The festivities conclude with fireworks. Burwell House Festival & Art Fair The Burwell Arts and Crafts Fair is held annually, generally on the fourth Saturday in June, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Charles H. Burwell House, 13209 E. McGinty Road, Minnetonka. www2.eminnetonka.com

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FOOD

From brats and burgers to sushi and steaks and everything in between, the Lake Minnetonka area has a wide variety of food options. (Photo by Amanda Schwarze)

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Liven your table with fresh blooms from the Wayzata Farmers Market. (Submitted photo)

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he Lake Minnetonka area is building on its reputation as a dining destination. Respected restaurateurs have set up shop in the lake cities’ downtown areas and built businesses that draw diners from around the metro. Additionally, chefs in high demand in Minneapolis are now seeking out spots around the lake to open new ventures. Many restaurants are taking advantage of fresh, local produce, much of which local residents can buy for themselves at one of the many farmers markets. If a lake city doesn’t have its own farmers market, it’s likely that one of the neighboring communities hosts one. “It’s wonderful to have access to local produce and support the farmers in the area,” said Christie Larson, WeCAN executive director. While the area can attract high-end establishments, there’s more to the local food scene than fine dining. Family restaurants, burger joints, pizza parlors and ice cream shops also find favor among local residents and visitors. The variety of choices in the area is resulting in a dynamic food scene that can satiate nearly any appetite. It also allows people to have a casual meal with the family or a night out for a special celebration. The local craft beer scene also continues to grow. No place in the lake area is too far away from a brewery where pa-

“You can get a little bit of everything.”

- Robin Pinegar

trons can enjoy a pint of their favorite beer or try out a new seasonal that’s on tap. Beer tasting events are growing in number and popularity. The beer festival that takes place during the Spirit of the Lakes festival has grown, as has Tonka Brew Fest, which is put on by the Mound-Westonka Rotary Club and raises money for community and humanitarian projects. “You can get a little bit of everything,” Mound-Westonka Rotary Club President Robin Pinegar said of the Lake Minnetonka food scene. “We really have a great variety of food and beer.”


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EXCELSIOR The Excelsior Farmers Market is held on Tuesdays, May through October, from 2-6 p.m. The market is located on Water Street in downtown Excelsior between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Parking is available at Excelsior Elementary School, and both public lots behind Water Street. MINNETONKA The Minnetonka Farmers Market is Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. through September, at the Minnetonka Civic Center Campus, 14600 Min-

netonka Boulevard, Minnetonka. Stay updated to the Farmers’ Market on Facebook. MOUND The market has more than 20 vendors who offer fresh produce, flowers, products created by local artisans, food and beverages, as well as live music by local acts. The market is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. near the Mound Transit Center, 5515 Shoreline Drive. For additional information visit www.moundfarmersmarketandmore.org. PLYMOUTH More than 20 vendors providing fresh, locally grown produce and foods. Check out great local musicians. Children’s activities and theme nights are provided throughout the season. Wednesdays from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Parkers Lake Playfield parking lot, 15500 County Road 6. Through September. For more information visit www.plymouthmn.gov. CHASKA The Chaska Downtown Farmers Market has a large variety of products including locally grown produce, fine cheeses, local honey, artisan nut butters, homemade baked goods, food trucks, live entertainment and more. The market takes place from 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays at City Square Park, located right off of Highway 41 in downtown Chaska. The market will runs through mid-October.

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The many police and fire departments that cover the Lake Minnetonka area often work together during emergencies and for public safety initiatives. Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department officials frequently come out to local festivals, such as this deputy and his K9 partner who performed a demonstration during Trista Day. (Photo by Amanda Schwarze)

WORKING TOGETHER TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE W

ith the many small communities that make up the Lake Minnetonka area, collaboration among government entities is common practice. The sense of working together is most prevalent in the public safety realm. The area’s police and fire departments typically cover more than one city, and departments frequently help each other during emergencies. First responders also come together for public safety initiatives. Recently, the Long Lake Fire Department, Minnetrista Police Department, Mound Fire Department, Orono Police Department and Ridgeview Medical Center have been working to give their communities a HEARTSafe designation. HEARTSafe is a program that aims to make more people able to help sudden cardiac arrest victims, and members of the departments collaborated to teach people throughout the lake communities life-saving skills, such as CPR and how to use an AED. With the help of those departments, the Mound-Westonka Rotary Club was able to donate an AED to Voyageur in Mound, which is a year-round Environmental Education Center that is perhaps best known for its camp, Club President Robin Pinegar said. “They all came together to get more AEDs in the community – that was amazing to me,” she said. “They are absolutely fabulous to work with.”

“They all came together to get more AEDs in the community – that was amazing to me.”

- Robin Pinegar

Another issue affecting many public safety departments and other government agencies is transportation. Highway 12 has been called the most dangerous highway in the state, and public safety officials and elected officials are working together to find ways to make the roadway safer. Their requests for improvements to the highway have recently resulted in projects to add some left-turn lanes in Independence and a raised median in Long Lake and Orono. There is still more work that people would like to see happen, and additional projects in the future are likely. Mass transit is another transportation issue that’s affecting the area’s government agencies. The proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit line would go through Minnetonka, but the future of the project is unclear. Some government officials support the line and say it would be a benefit for residents, while others are opposed to it and say it wouldn’t have enough riders to make up for the cost. Transportation, both for personal vehicles and transit, will be an issue that government officials officials grapple with for the foreseeable future. “As more people move to the area and commute to work, we need more options for public transit and an expanded road system,” WeCAN Executive Director Christie Larson said.


GOVERNMENT LIBRARIES Hennepin County Library System Renewals 612-543-8811 www.hclib.org “Ask Us” information service at 612-543-KNOW, or text “hclib” to 66746 or www.hclib.org/askus The Hennepin County Library system is affiliated with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), which allows Hennepin County Library card holders access to other libraries in the seven county metropolitan area. REGIONAL LIBRARY Ridgedale Library 12601 Ridgedale Dr. Minnetonka 612-543-8800 Hennepin County’s Ridgedale Regional Center includes a Service Center for licensing. AREA LIBRARIES Excelsior Library 337 Water Street 612-543-6350 Long Lake Library 1865 Wayzata Blvd. W. 612-543-6425 Minnetonka Library 17524 Excelsior Blvd. 612-543-5725 Plymouth Library 15700 36th Ave. N. Plymouth 612-543-5825 Wayzata Library 620 Rice St. 612-543-6150 Westonka Library 2079 Commerce Blvd. Mound 612-543-6175 For a list of all the suburban Hennepin County libraries, their hours and locations, visit www.hclib.org.

MUNICIPALITIES DEEPHAVEN CITY HALL 20225 Cottagewood Road cityofdeephaven.org

DEEPHAVEN CITY COUNCIL Mayor Paul Skrede Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Council members Darel Gustafson Stephen Erickson Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Tony Jewett Keith Kask Term ends Dec. 31, 2016

Excelsior firefighters get ready for a water fight during the department’s 125th anniversary celebration Sept. 10. (Photo by Amanda Schwarze)

EXCELSIOR City Hall 339 Third Street, Excelsior ci.excelsior.mn.us EXCELSIOR CITY COUNCIL Mayor Mark Gaylord Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Council members John Beattie Todd Carlson Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Jennifer Caron Greg Miller Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 GREENWOOD City Hall 20225 Cottagewood Rd., Deephaven greenwoodmn.com GREENWOOD CITY COUNCIL Mayor Deb Kind Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Council members Bill Cook Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Tom Fletcher Bob Quam Rob Roy Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 LONG LAKE City Hall 450 Virginia Avenue Long Lake longlakemn.gov LONG LAKE CITY COUNCIL Mayor Donny Chillstrom Term ends Dec. 31, 2016

Council members Jahn Dyvik Kurt Kaminski Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Liz Olson Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Marty Schneider MINNETONKA City Hall 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. Minnetonka eminnetonka.com/ MINNETONKA CITY COUNCIL Mayor Terry Schneider Council members Dick Allendorf Council Member, At Large, Seat A Patty Acomb Council Member, At Large, Seat B Bob Ellingson Council Member, Ward 1 Tony Wagner Council Member, Ward 2 Brad Wiersum Council Member, Ward 3 Tim Bergstedt Council Member, Ward 4 MINNETONKA BEACH City Hall 2945 Westwood Road Minnetonka Beach ci.minnetonka-beach.mn.us

MINNETONKA BEACH CITY COUNCIL Mayor Rick Skalla Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Council members Jill Bartel Randy Gilster, Treasurer Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Paul Kozloski Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Jaci Lindstrom Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Mike Taylor MINNETRISTA City Hall 7701 Co Rd 110 W. Minnetrista cityofminnetrista.com/ MINNETRISTA CITY COUNCIL Mayor Lisa Whalen Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Council members Bob Christians Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Mark Vanderlinde Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Pam Mortenson Patricia Thoele

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A snowy sunset over the LRT trail near the Minnetonka City Hall. (Photo by Meghan Davy) MOUND City Hall 2415 Wilshire Boulevard Mound cityofmound.com MOUND CITY COUNCIL Mayor Mark Wegscheid Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Council members Heidi Gesch Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Kelli Gillispie Jennifer Peterson Ray Salazar Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 ORONO City Hall 2750 Kelley Parkway Orono ci.orono.mn.us ORONO CITY COUNCIL Mayor Lili McMillan Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Council members Jim Cornick Jr

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Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Lizz Levang Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Aaron H. Printup Dennis Walsh PLYMOUTH City Hall 3400 Plymouth Blvd. Plymouth plymouthmn.gov PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL Mayor Kelli Slavik Council members Judy Johnson Ward 1 Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Jeffry Wosje Ward 2 Marge Beard Ward 3 Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Jim Prom Ward 4 Ned Carroll At Large Jim Willis At Large Term ends Dec. 31, 2016

SHOREWOOD City Hall 5755 Country Club Rd. Shorewood ci.shorewood.mn.us SHOREWOOD CITY COUNCIL Mayor Scott Zerby Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Council members Jennifer Labadie Debbie Siakel Kristine Sundberg Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Richard Woodruff Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 SPRING PARK City Hall 4349 Warren Ave Spring Park ci.spring-park.mn.us SPRING PARK CITY COUNCIL Mayor Bruce Williamson Term ends Dec. 31, 2016

Council members Shirley Bren Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Pamela Horton Gary Hughes Megan Pavot Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 TONKA BAY City Hall 4901 Manitou Rd. Tonka Bay cityoftonkabay.net TONKA BAY CITY COUNCIL Mayor Gerry De La Vega Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Council members Jeff Anderson Elli Ansari Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Jeff Clapp Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Jonathan Grothe VICTORIA City Hall 1670 Stieger Lake Lane Victoria ci.victoria.mn.us


GOVERNMENT WOODLAND City Hall 20225 Cottagewood Road Deephaven woodlandmn.org WOODLAND CITY COUNCIL Mayor Jim Doak Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 City Council Sliv Carlson Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 John Massie Tom Newberry Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Elizabeth T. Weiner HENNEPIN COUNTY BOARD

VICTORIA CITY COUNCIL Mayor Tom O’Connor Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Council members Lani Basa Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Jim Crowley Tom Strigel Tom Vogt Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 WAYZATA City Hall 600 Rice Street East Wayzata wayzata.org WAYZATA CITY COUNCIL Mayor Ken Willcox Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Council members Bridget Anderson Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Johanna McCarthy Andrew Mullin Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Steven Tyacke

The Hennepin County Board meets most Tuesdays in the board room of the Hennepin County Government Center at 1:30 p.m. Alternate Tuesdays, board committees meet. Commissioners serve four-year terms. Board and committee meetings are broadcast live on Cable Channel 6, and rebroadcast Friday nights at 8 p.m. For more information on Hennepin County government, go online at www.hennepin.us. Hennepin County Commissioners Randy Johnson, 5th District A-2400 Government Center Minneapolis, MN 55487 612-348-7885 Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Jan Callison, 6th District A-2400 Government Center Minneapolis, MN 55487 612-3487886 Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 HENNEPIN COUNTY Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Tipline 1-888-988-TIPS www.hennepin.us

WATERSHEDS Watershed districts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area that participate in water planning and implementation include: Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Watershed Administrator 952-471-0590 www.minnehahacreek.org

LICENSES AND DOCUMENTS Motor Vehicle Plates, Boat & Motor Licensing, Title Transfers Hennepin County Service Center Ridgedale, 12601 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka 612-348-8240

METROPOLITAN COUNCIL Metropolitan Council Main Office 390 N. Robert St., St. Paul, MN 55101 651-602-1000 www.metrocouncil.org public.info@metc.state.mn.us The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning organization for the seven-county Twin Cities area. The council advocates for vital communities and a competitive region. It runs the regional bus system, collects and treats wastewater and manages water resources preservation, plans regional parks and administers funds that provide housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. The council serves a region encompassing 189 cities and townships and a population of 2.85 million. It is divided into 16 districts. The governor appoints a representative for each, as well as the council chairperson. VOTING INFORMATION Political Party Contacts Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) 255 E. Plato Blvd., St. Paul 651-293-1200 Republican Party of Minnesota (GOP) 525 Park St., St. Paul 651-222-0022 Independence Party (IP) P.O. Box 40495, St. Paul 651-487-9700

MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATURE Senate Information 651-296-0504 www.senate.mn

House Information 651-296-2146 www.house.leg.state.mn.us CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICES Gov. Mark Dayton (D) 116 Veterans Service Building 20 W 12th Street St. Paul, MN 55155 www.mn.gov/governor Attorney General Lori Swanson (D) 1400 Bremer Tower, 445 Minnesota St. St. Paul, MN 55101 651-296-3353 Email attorney.general@state.mn.us Secretary of State Steve Simon (D) 180 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-2803 www.sos.state.mn.us State Auditor Rebecca Otto (D) 525 Park St., #500 St. Paul, MN 55103 651-296-2551 www.auditor.state.mn.us

UNITED STATES U.S. SENATE Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D) 302 Hart Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-3244 www.klobuchar.senate.gov 1200 Washington Ave. S., Suite 250 Minneapolis, MN 55415 612-727-5220 Sen. Al Franken (D) 309 Hart Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5641 www.franken.senate.gov 60 E. Plato Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55107 651-221-1016 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Rep. Erik Paulsen (R–3rd District) 127 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20515 1-202-225-2871 www.paulsen.house.gov 250 Prairie Center Drive, #230, Eden Prairie 952-405-8510 Term ends Dec. 31, 2016

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HEALTH

Runners take to the streets of Excelsior during the 2016 Firecracker Run. Each year there are three 5Ks in the Excelsior running series. (Photo by Meghan Davy)

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any of the lake area’s natural and man-made resources make getting active easy for residents. “The lake, beaches and trails all lead to an active lifestyle,” Mound-Westonka Rotary Club President Robin Pinegar said. Most residents don’t have to go too far from their homes to hit a trail where they can go biking, walking or running, or a beach where they can go swimming, kayaking or paddleboarding. Getting active has now become so popular in the area that almost all local festivals have a 5K. Some of the most popular 5Ks in the area are part of the Excelsior running series. Every year, three 5Ks, some of which have longer distance options and shorter distance options, are held in the series. The first is the Luck O’ the Lake, which takes place around St. Patrick’s Day. That’s followed by the Firecracker Run, which is held on the Fourth of July and acts as a kickoff to the city’s July 4 festivities. The Apple of the Lake 5K wraps up the series in September and is held on the same day as Excelsior’s Apple Day festival. Running isn’t the only activity that has a solid following in the area. Water-related sports are a natural fit for many residents. All summer long Lake Minnetonka is packed with people swimming, waterskiing and wakeboarding, but some of the most popular activities continue to be kayaking, canoeing

“The abundance of lakes, streams and green space not only make this area a beautiful place to live, they also offer plenty of recreational opportunities that improve health and well-being.”

- Sherry White and paddleboarding. The Big Island and Back summer event has garnered a strong following over the years for its focus on all paddle sports. People show up to Excelsior with their kayaks, canoes and paddleboards and paddle to Big Island and back again. The event’s sister competition in the winter, which has people skiing over the ice to and from Big Island, is also popular. The many trails throughout the communities have likely boosted the popularity of biking, but the sport has long been a favorite in the area. Attesting to its popularity is the annual Tour de Tonka bike ride, which allows riders to choose from a variety of distances, which generally range from about 16 miles to about 100 miles. In the decade that the ride has been taking place, the number of riders has grown from 819 to more than 3,500. The many options that are available for residents to get outside and get active leads to a high quality of life, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board President Sherry White said. “The abundance of lakes, streams and green space not only make this area a beautiful place to live, they also offer plenty of recreational opportunities that improve health and well-being,” she said.


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Stress tests and echocardiograms can now be performed on-site in the cardiac care specialty suite at Minnetonka Medical Center, and local patients can consult with their cardiologists closer to home. (File photo)

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LAKE MINNETONKA IS DESTINATION FOR LOCAL FUN W

ith more than 14,000 acres of shoreline, Lake Minnetonka is the largest lake in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. From anglers in the early mornings to boaters and jet/waterskiers zipping along in the afternoons, there is something for everyone who craves a summer adventure. “Lake Minnetonka is an amazing natural resource with so many opportunities for adventures. Personally I love boating, fishing and swimming on Lake Minnetonka,” said Excelsior resident Natalie Webster. “It’s where I learned to fish, learned to ice skate and rode in my first ice boat.” Paddle boarding has become increasingly popular in recent years, and sailing is a local past time beloved for years at several area yacht clubs. It is being passed to a new generation, evidenced by the growing enrollment at several rowing clubs and institutions like the Wayzata Community Sailing Center. Swimmers of all ages enjoy the the beaches, and history buffs can take a ride on the Minnehaha, a restored 1906 steamboat that carries passengers between Wayzata and Excelsior. Those looking for a relaxing evening on the water can enjoy dinner, drinks and special life celebrations on various yachts. Even cold weather brings fun, as ice fishing houses can be seen dotting the bays, and cities host fun year-round: from regattas to ice golf festivals, fishing contests, art shows and

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more, all centered on the water. Off the water, popular attractions include everything from music and movies in the parks to trampoline fun, library programming and shows at a beloved local landmark, the Old Log Theater in Excelsior. Numerous historical societies meticulously and lovingly preserve the area’s history, and offer a glimpse into Lake Minnetonka’s storied past. Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society hosts its montlhy Tapping History program at the Excelsior Brewing Company, bringing guest speakers to illuminate local history while enjoying a pint. The Wayzata Historical Society’s events educate residents on everything from local landmarks to the people behind the names on headstones in the local cemetery. Westonka Historical Society keeps popular exhibits on everything from Tonka Toys to the Andrews Sisters. Notably, residents of the Cottagewood neighborhood in Deephaven have restored and now maintain the corner general store, which has served local families for more than 100 years and is now a gathering space for local families. As the area’s past is celebrated and its present is enjoyed, business owners, city leaders and residents alike continue to look ahead, to development and innovation that will allow Lake Minnetonka to flourish for generations to come.

LEISURE

Sailboats glide along Wayzata Bay on a sunny June afternoon. (Photo by Meghan Davy)


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AREA SCHOOLS GIVE STUDENTS A HEAD START F

or decades, people were drawn to Lake Minnetonka for its luxurious hotels and beaches, the respite it offered from the bustle of Minneapolis. In the mid-20th century, families began winterizing summer cottages and settling in the area year-round, and so the seeds were planted for the cities surrounding Lake Minnetonka to grow into the highly sought-after suburbs they have become. “The beaches are nice and family friendly,” said Christie Larson, executive director of WeCAN (Western Communities Action Network, Inc.). “The Lake Minnetonka area has great schools.” Today, the area attracts families looking for single-family homes with large yards, access to parks, trails, shopping, dining and lake fun, and perhaps most importantly a place in four of the best-performing school districts in the state of Minnesota. The Minnetonka School District serves families in all or part of 10 communities: Minnetonka, Chanhassen, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, Tonka Bay, Victoria and Woodland. In addition, more than 2,400 students chose to enroll in Minnetonka from 39 other Minnesota school districts through the state’s Open Enrollment program. Nearly 10,000 students are enrolled in K-12 classrooms, and even more children benefit from the district’s birth-to-5 Early Childhood Family Education Program. The Orono School District serves families in allor part of

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Students head out of Scenic Heights Elementary School in Minnetonka. (Photo by Meghan Davy)

According to Niche’s 2016 rankings of best school districts in Minnesota, Minnetonka placed first, Wayzata placed fourth, Orono placed sixth and Westonka placed 16th in the state.

six communities: Medina,orono, Independence, Minnetonka Beach, Long Lake and Maple Plain. The district also offers Open Enrollment, and serves 2,754 students in grades K-12 in addition to community education opportunties for childcare, adult and youth programs and early learning. The Wayzata School District serves all or part of Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata. The district includes seven elementary schools (K-5), three middle schools (6-8) and one high school (9-12). The district serves over 10,500 students, and offers options in early childhood and adult community education. The Westonka School District serves approximately 2,300 students, grades preK-12. It includes the Early Childhood Center (early childhood and preschool), Hilltop Primary School (preK-4), Shirley Hills Primary School (preK-4), Grandview Middle School (5-7) and Mound Westonka High School (8-12). Small class sizes allow staff to know each student by name. According to Niche’s 2016 rankings of best school districts in Minnesota, Minnetonka placed first, Wayzata placed fourth, Orono placed sixth and Westonka placed 16th in the state. In addition to the top rated, award-winning public schools, Lake Minnetonka families also have a wealth of private, parochial, charter and home school options from which to choose.


LIVING Lake watchers keep close tabs on Lake Minnetonka when it’s ice-out time. (Photo by Richard Crawford)

Sculptures by Santa Barbara artist Alex Zaves stand against the backdrop of Excelsior Bay. (Photo by Meghan Davy)

EDUCATION MINNETONKA SCHOOL DISTRICT District Service Center 5621 County Road 101, Minnetonka 55345 952-401-5000 minnetonka.k12.mn.us Administration Dennis Peterson Superintendent SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS Mark Ambrosen 952-470-2235 Katie Becker 612-281-0025 Heidi Garcia 952-934-2289 John Holcomb 952-470-5357 Pam Langseth 952-470-8858

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Lisa Sumner 952-470-0903 Lisa Wagner 952-474-2205 SCHOOLS Clear Springs Elementary (K-5) 5701 County Road 101, Minnetonka Deephaven Elementary (K-5) 4452 Vine Hill Rd., Deephaven

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LIVING Kimberly Lane Elementary 17405 Old Rockford Road, Plymouth Oakwood Elementary 17340 County Road 6, Plymouth Plymouth Creek Elementary 16005 41st Avenue North, Plymouth Sunset Hill Elementary 13005 Sunset Trail, Plymouth Central Middle School 305 Vicksburg Lane North, Wayzata East Middle School 12000 Ridgemount Avenue, Plymouth West Middle School 149 Barry Avenue North, Wayzata Wayzata High School 4955 Peony Lane, Plymouth WESTONKA SCHOOL DISTRICT Educational Service Center 5901 Sunnyfield Road East, Minnetrista 952-491 8001 westonka.k12.mn.us

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LIVING Administration Kevin Borg Superintendent WESTONKA SCHOOL BOARD David Botts 651-554-3141 Ann Bremer 952-472-9062 Kelle Bowe 612-518-8762 Loren Davis 952-472-1262 Ralph Harrison 952-472-7845 Gina Smith 612-210-1200 Gary Wollner 612-812-6338 SCHOOLS Hilltop Primary 5700 Game Farm Road, Minnetrista

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LIVING Shirley Hills Primary 2450 Wilshire Boulevard, Mound Grandview Middle School 1881 Commerce Boulevard, Mound Mound Westonka High School 5905 Sunnyfield Road East, Minnetrista Skiers near the end of the Big Island and Back course on frozen Lake Minnetonka. The route had to be changed this year, so participants didn’t actually go to the island. Instead, they made several laps on a course of about two-andhalf kilometers. (Photo by Amanda Schwarze)

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ake Minnetonka’s charm on the shopping and dining fronts stems from the fact that there is a bit of everything, from the small-town feel offered by the shops and restaurants along Lake Street in Wayzata and Water Street in Excelsior, to the presence of Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka and the fact that the area is a short drive from the bustling downtown Minneapolis scene. “Wayzata is a unique community,” said Teri Huml, owner of Gianni’s Steakhouse on Lake Street in Wayzata. A long road construction project that began in the fall of 2014 made it difficult for long-time customers to get to the charming downtown from the south, which prompted business owners to come together and get creative. “I think we’re all working together, and trying to come up with new promotions and ways to let people know we’re here,” Huml said. “Wayzata is middle America at its best. If a person hasn’t seen someone in town in a while, they’ll send a call or send an email to see how they’re doing. Everyone helps each other, and it’s a true community in every way.” Around the lake, visitors and residents alike can put their dollars toward small, family-owned businesses at retail shops and specialized services, and foodies can find satisfaction for any craving in the Lake Minnetonka area.

Mound Farmers Market. (File photo)

“Everyone helps each other, and it’s a true community in every way.”

-Teri Huml Local chambers support many of the community-building events that people hold dear, from the Excelsior Fourth of July Fireworks to Wayzata’s James J. Hill Days. “In my opinion the heart of the Lake Minnetonka community is the Excelsior Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce,” said Excelsior resident Natalie Webster. “Led by Director Laura Hotvet, the chamber has taken on and successfully executed multiple community events while continuing to build relationships between the business community, residents and the cities involved. The chamber is a huge reason why Excelsior and the Lake Minnetonka area has gotten so many accolades in the ‘Best Places’ categories for shopping and other things.”

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Fresh produce options abound at the Excelsior Farmers Market on Water Street. (Photo by Meghan Davy)


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A quiet moment above the shore of Lake Minnetonka on the hill behind the bandstand on the Commons during the annual Excelsior Art on the Lake put on by the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber Of Commerce. (File photo)


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PETS Patriotic Pets on Parade love doing tricks during Excelsior Girls Night Out. (Photos by Meghan Davy)

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esidents will attest that the Lake Minnetonka area boasts many attractions and amenities for the four-legged members of the family. “It’s very pet friendly and just very family-oriented, you see people out walking their dogs a lot,” said Mound resident Jay Green. “You’ve got to have a dog, that’s almost like a requirement.” Local trails like the Dakota and Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional offer miles of options for walks, and several of the area parks have created areas with dogs in mind. Owners can find off-leash areas at Big Willow, Jidana, Purgatory and Lone Lake parks in Minnetonka. At Wayzata’s Klapprich Park, the outdoor hockey rink serves as an off-leash area in the summer months.

“You’ve got to have a dog, that’s almost like a requirement.”

-Mound resident Jay Green

Orono has been discussing an off-leash area at Lurton Park and Carver Park Reserve in Victoria offers 27 acres of fenced land. When Fido and Spot are ready to get pretty, or when their humans plan a pet-free trip, several options for animal rest, relaxation and accommodation geared specifically toward animals can be found in the Lake Minnetonka area. And for those days when beloved animals aren’t feeling their best, the area offers several options in veterinary services. Families looking to add to their brood through pet adoption can contact the Carver-Scott Humane Society. The organization fosters cats and dogs with volunteers throughout the area until they can be placed in their forever homes.


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One of the participants in the Dog Days pet parade decided to drive rather than walk the route. (Photo by Amanda Schwarze)

HUMANE SOCIETIES Animal Humane Society www.animalhumanesociety.org The Animal Humane Society has five locations in the Twin Cities. The organization, which is self supporting, is committed to engaging and serving local communities of people and animals and providing comprehensive programs and services to compassionately serve all of the stages of an animal’s life. Programs at the society’s five campuses (Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul and Woodbury) include the following: Adoption and surrender At society facilities, there are cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils,

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chinchillas and ferrets available for adoption. All animals receive examinations, vaccinations and medical treatments, behavior assessments, microchipping and spaying or neutering for all cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets prior to adoption. The Animal Humane Society has an open admission philosophy, which means it accepts every animal regardless of health, age, breed or temperament that is surrendered. There are no time limits that regulate how long adoptable animals are available at our adoption centers. As long as the animal remains in good health and temperament, it is available until it is adopted. In addition, the society regularly works with partner organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin who ask for assistance when their shelters are full.

Each week the society provides nearly 40 dog training classes at its locations in Coon Rapids, Golden Valley and Woodbury As a private non-profit organization, the organization receives no federal, state or government funding and rely totally on private donations, merchandise sales and adoption fees. Nearby locations include: Buffalo 4375 Hwy. 55 S.E. Buffalo, MN 55313 (763) 390-3647 Golden Valley 845 Meadow Ln. N. Golden Valley, MN 55422 (763) 522-4325 Carver-Scott Humane Society www.carverscotths.org

The Carver-Scott Humane Society serves Carver and Scott counties as well as a portion of Hennepin County. The organization has a location in downtown Chaska but the majority of all abandoned pets are housed in foster care until permanent adoption. The humane society frequently hosts pet adoption days. At the new space in downtown Chaska at 210 Chestnut Street North, the organization houses up to 12 cats on site. For more information about the Carver-Scott Humane Society, call (952) 368-3553 or visit www. carverscotths.org. Those interested in volunteering can fill out an application online, call or stop by 210 Chestnut Street North in Chaska.


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This dog got dressed up for the pet parade during Dog Days Westonka. (Photo by Amanda Schwarze)

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EXCELSIOR FIRE DISTRICT CELEBRATES A MILESTONE BY KELLIE MURPHY-RINGATE

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n 2016 the Excelsior Fire District is celebrating its 125th anniversary and a long linage of dedicated men and women who have made the Fire District what it is today. They formed it, planned the fundraisers to fund it, responded to the fire stations, drove the fire trucks, fought the fires, and continually strived to have the best equipment available. In 125 years there have been four fire stations, 22 fire chiefs, and more than 28 pieces of apparatus. In 1891 fire carts and trailers were called trucks or engines, firefighters were called firemen, and a whistle called firefighters to emergencies. The story goes that in 1891 a group of men met at a blacksmith shop and organized the Excelsior Fire Department. Up until then, there had been a Hook and Ladder Company and a Bucket Brigade. Firefighters used their own money to get the department started, however they had to come up with a better solution than digging into their own pockets so they started to raise funds by holding events. The firefighters held turkey raffles, bingo games, stage plays, water fights, watermelon feeds, smelt fries and dances. The first dance was in 1893, tickets were 50 cents apiece, 100 people attended and the profits were $24. Firefighters took every opportunity they could to hold a dance. They held an annual spring and midsummer dance, one on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve. There is still an annual dance held at Excelsior Fire Department Station No. 1 every July. After the Excelsior Town Hall was built in the mid 1800s, the Excelsior Fire Department moved in to the lower level. By the 1930s they started to outgrow their space at the Town Hall and as early as 1937 the firefighters began raising funds for new fire station. In August of 1957, the Excelsior Fire Station opened and the firefighters along with the city of Excelsior public works and police departments moved in. The south lake communities grew, more people moved in, and more buildings were built. The fire department added equipment and firefighters to keep up with emergency response needs of the community and by the 1990s, the Fire Department was outgrowing the fire station. When the Excelsior Fire District formed in 2000, replacing the fire station became a priority for the new owners – the cities of Excelsior, Deephaven, Greenwood, Tonka Bay, and Shorewood. To meet the needs of the Fire District, two fire stations were built — one on the west side of the district and the other on the east side. Station No. 1 in Shorewood went into service Jan. 1, 2004, and by July 2004 Station No. 2 was up and running. The history the Fire District cannot be told without mentioning the big fires. The big blaze of 1894 left only two of the buildings on the west side of Water Street standing after a fire started in Farrow Grocery Store. In 1936, the Radisson Inn Fire on Christmas Lake destroyed the popular resort and was claimed by Fire Chief Peck to be one of the worst fires that had been seen in decades. The 1999 fire at the Hance Building was one of the biggest fires the Fire Department has fought in modern history. A fire that stated in an apartment left the building in ruins with heat, smoke, and water damage to all levels. The fire became known as the Ace Hardware Store Fire even though flames never reached the hardware store. Firefighters have always been driven to find the best equipment to put out fires in the most efficient and effective way. Pails made of leather, iron,

A fire overtook the Radisson Inn on Christmas Lake in 1936. The flames destroyed the popular resort. (Photo courtesy of the Excelsior Fire District) and heavy duty paper were the first fire suppression tools used until April of 1893 when a chemical cart arrived. In September the cart was called to duty at the department’s first structure fire in history, which occurred at a local feed store. In 1905 the first horse-drawn gasoline powered pump (fire engine) to operate in Minnesota was put into service. The department had another first when the motorized Oshkosh Fire Engine arrived in 1921 as the first of its kind in the Lake Minnetonka area. Another milestone for EFD was in 1959 when the first 2,500-gallon tanker truck arrived giving the firefighters the ability to transport water to areas that did not have hydrants. In 1998 the first aerial truck arrived with a 65-foot ladder and a nozzle at the end of the ladder that could discharge 1,000 gallons a minute. One of the Excelsior Fire District assets that has stood the test of time are the firefighters. In 1913, firefighters were paid 25 cents to attend department meetings and 50 cents to respond to fires. Today’s firefighters are paid-on-call firefighters, meaning they are paid per call or per hour. Like the firefighters 125 years ago, they work regular jobs and respond to emergency calls when they are available. Most firefighters will tell you that it is not the pay that motivated them to join or makes them stay. Since the origins of the Excelsior Fire District, the firefighters have been dedicated to the communities they serve, have held a place in their hearts for the establishment and have treasured the comaradery of their fellow firefighters. Kellie Murphy-Ringate is a fire inspector with the Excelsior Fire District. Visit www.excelsiorfire.org for more information about the Excelsior Fire District.

Firefighters used their own money to get the fire department started in 1891.

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