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E R O H S E K A L 2017-2018 BIG FISH LIFESTYLE GUIDE


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LAKESHORE

PHOTOS BY TIM ENGSTROM

The charter cruise boat Paradise Destiny crosses Lake Minnetonka with a load of sightseers in early June.

ATTRACTIONS Regional parks Trails Nature Areas Parks & Attractions Beaches

HEALTH 14 15 17 17 18

FOOD Farmers Markets

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LEISURE Art Centers Historical Societies

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LIVING Education

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

Hospitals

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MARKETPLACE Local Media Metro Newspapers Chambers of Commerce

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ANIMALS Humane Societies

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2017-2018 Big Fish Lifestyle Guide Regional Editor: Tim Engstrom \ Director of Operations: Laurie Hartmann Editorial Content: Meghan Davy Sandvold, Amanda Schwarze Cover Design: Mike Gears \ Editorial Design: Jessica Bidleman Advertising: Rick Christiansen, Brenda Reddan 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 Center, Suite 1017, Wayzata, MN 55391. Copyright 2017-2018. Printed in the USA. For additional information or to submit corrections, call 952-445-3333 or send an email to tengstrom@swpub.com.

Cover photo by: Tim Engstrom One of several put-in points on Lake Minnetonka.


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AN UNPARALLELED QUALITY OF LIFE W

elcome to the 2017-2018 Lakeshore Lifestyle Guide. The Lake Minnetonka area provides the Midwestern lake lifestyle while within driving distance of the most livable metropolitan area in the United States. There is nothing like it anywhere you go. The lake area technically has 17 municipalities, but the lake itself — in many ways — makes them all a single community. Throughout our 2017-18 Lakeshore Lifestyle Guide, you’ll see what people 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 unparalleled 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 email addresses. Keep it handy and use it often. Of course, the communities of Lake Minnetonka are on the move, so changes do 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 Tim Engstrom at tengstrom@swpub.com.


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LIFESTYLE SNAPSHOT

DEEPHAVEN

3,642 Population

$133,947

Median household income, 2015

$539,400 Median value of owner-occupied homes, 2015

GREENWOOD

688

Population

$125,417

Median household income, 2015

$756,700 Median value of owner-occupied homes, 2015

MINNETONKA

52,369 Population

$78,589

Median household income, 2015

$289,300 Median value of owner-occupied homes, 2015

MINNETRISTA

7,397 Population

$129,844

$383,100 Median value of

$116,262

$552,700 Median value of

Median household income, 2015

owner-occupied homes, 2015

ORONO

8,009 Population

Median household income, 2015

owner-occupied homes, 2015

SHOREWOOD

7,642 Population

$110,469

$401,400 Median value of

$108,250

$581,200 Median value of

$178,000

$750,000 Median value of

Median household income, 2015

owner-occupied homes, 2015

TONKA BAY

1,475 Population

Median household income, 2015

owner-occupied homes, 2015

WOODLAND

437

Population

Median household income, 2015 = $25,000

= $100,000

owner-occupied homes, 2015


EXCELSIOR

2,188 Population

$46,995

$405,300 Median value of

$68,125

$244,500 Median value of

Median household income, 2015

owner-occupied homes, 2015

LONG LAKE

1,768 Population

Median household income, 2014

owner-occupied homes, 2015

MINNETONKA BEACH

539

Population

$173,000

$1,250,000 Median value of

$73,750

$212,800 Median value of

$85,418

$297,400 Median value of

$47,235

$332,600 Median value of

Median household income, 2015

owner-occupied homes, 2015

MOUND

9,394 Population

Median household income, 2015

owner-occupied homes, 2015

PLYMOUTH

77,216 Population

Median household income, 2015

owner-occupied homes, 2015

SPRING PARK

1,669 Population

Median household income, 2015

owner-occupied homes, 2015

WAYZATA

3,688 Population

$67,835

Median household income, 2015

$519,400 Median value of owner-occupied homes, 2015

VICTORIA

8,917 Population

$131,971

Median household income, 2015

$386,000 Median value of owner-occupied homes, 2015

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LAKE MINNTONKA – A BEAUTIFUL RESOURCE WITH A HISTORY OF CIVIC INVOLVEMENT BY ERIC EVENSON

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he observations published by H.W. Mowery in 1884 in his “Guide and Directory of Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota,” are as true today as they were 135 years ago. “A day on Minnetonka, if passed on one of the excursion steamers, is a day to be remembered, as the tourist gets a glimpse of much fine scenery from his perch on deck; but to see all the beauties of the lake requires time for many excursions. A summer can be passed here, and visits made to places where new beauties may be enjoyed every day, and yet few go home satisfied that they have seen all …” I have had the honor of serving the residents in the Lake Minnetonka area for almost two decades and the privilege to work for an organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the very same lake on which I spend so much of my free time. I agree with Mr. Mowery’s description of Lake Minnetonka, “new beauties may be enjoyed every

Eric Evenson day.” The Lake Minnetonka area remains a destination for people looking to spend time in nature or finding a quiet refuge from the workaday world. Parks, trails and nature areas are free and most are open yearround. Lake Minnetonka offers world-class sailing, one of the best bass fisheries in the country, and is rapidly becoming a “foodie” destination for the Twin Cities. The area is rich in history. The West Hennepin County Pioneer

Museum, the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society Museum, and Wayzata Depot and Museum offer visitors an opportunity to glimpse into the lives of early Native Americans and European settlers in the Lake Minnetonka area. Part of the beauty of this area stems from the character of the people who live here. Lake Minnetonka is blessed to have a strong tradition of civic involvement and natural resource stewardship. Twenty years ago, a small group of residents formed the Lake Minnetonka Association to promote the preservation, protection and reasonable use of the lake. Today, the organization is strongly supported by members from the entire area who volunteer their time and money to protect Lake Minnetonka. In partnership with local businesses, their efforts have removed tons of trash from the lake and have all but eliminated non-native milfoil and curlyleaf pondweed in bays that have been regularly treated. Even in areas with spo-

radic treatment, non-native milfoil and curlyleaf pondweed has been reduced by 70 to 90 percent and the native ecology in these bays is slowly returning. Volunteers provide a strong voice in local and regional decision making and are the first line of defense for protecting the legacy, water quality and ecological integrity of Lake Minnetonka. They provide the energy and resources needed to preserve the quality of life on the lake. Whether you are new to this area or a longtime resident, I hope to have the chance to work with you in protecting this wonderful resource and making it an even better resource for generations yet to come. With over 14,000 acres, 125 miles of shoreline and 37 bays, Mr. Mowery was correct in saying, “to see all the beauties of the lake requires time for many excursions.” What was true in 1884 is still true today. Enjoy! Eric Evenson is the executive director of the Lake Minnetonka Association


A crowd gathers at The Commons in Excelsior.

Members of the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment of Revolutionary actors drum for the crowd at the Flying Pancake Breakfast in Wayzata.

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etting out and about to enjoy the natural charms of the Lake Minnetonka area is easy with the many parks and trails that are scattered throughout the communities. From large regional parks and trails that stretch for miles to tiny tot lots, people of all ages can find plenty of ways to keep entertained. Many of the local attractions tie into lakes such as Nelson Lakeside Park on Long Lake and Gale Woods Farm on Whaletail Lake. Lake Minnetonka has a variety of parks on its shores such as Surfside Park in Mound, Wayzata Beach and Marina and Lake Minnetonka Regional Park in Minnetrista. One of the most popular parks on the lake is The Commons in Excelsior. The park hosts events large and small and offers an opportunity for people to stroll, find a quiet place to read, meet up with friends or take a swim. “Everybody has a personal story about The Commons. I think that’s an indication that it’s a special park,” Eric Snyder said. Snyder is chair of the Excelsior Commons Committee. The committee is working with city officials and the nonprofit park conservancy Community for the Commons to come up with a plan and funding for renovating parts of the park that are in need of an update. With 13 acres of land right on the shores of Lake Min-

“Everybody has a personal story about The Commons. I think that’s an indication that it’s a special park.” — Eric Snyder

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netonka, The Commons have been a destination for people throughout the metro. Snyder said part of its appeal is its location by the water and adjacent to Excelsior’s historic downtown. People can go for a swim at the beach and then walk into town for an ice cream cone or to watch a movie. Snyder has discovered that many people hold the park dear as a personal and integral part of their lives, whether it’s because that’s where they walk their dog, play with their kids or take time to watch the sun rise or set. “The park is different things to different people,” he said.


ATTRACTIONS

PHOTO BY TIM ENGSTROM

The Sophia pulls up alongside the historic Minnehaha steamboat.

REGIONAL 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. Baker Park Reserve 2309 Baker Park Road, Maple Plain 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 much more. No matter the season, there’s always something fun to do.

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Bryant Lake Regional Park 6800 Rowland Road, Eden Prairie Br yant Lake Regional Park is nestled in 170 acres of rolling hills, woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands. Among the scenery, you might spot deer, waterfowl and songbirds that have made the park home. Enjoy activities such as disc golf on the 18-hole course and swimming in the sand-bottomed Bryant Lake. Carver Park Reserve 7400 Grimm Road, Victoria Carver Park Reserve is home to Lowry Nature Center, Grimm Farm Historic Site and King Waterbird Sanctuary. You might spot trumpeter swans, osprey, mink, white-tailed deer, barred owls and a variety of waterfowl and songbirds. Explore year-round activities that take advantage of winding trails, rolling wooded terrain and interconnected lakes and marshes.

Eagle Lake Regional Park 11000 Bass Lake Road, Plymouth Located on the border of Plymouth and Maple Grove, the 230-acre Eagle Lake Regional Park features recreational opportunities such as biking, hiking, cross country skiing, skijoring and snowshoeing. The park is also home to the popular Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center.

trista, Gale Woods Farm features an educational opportunity where visitors of all ages gain an understanding of agriculture, food production and land stewardship. Explore the park on your own, arrange a field trip or attend a public event. You can also buy fresh food and yarn, have a picnic by the lake or host a celebration.

French Regional Park 12605 Rockford Road, Plymouth French Regional Park is located along the north shore of Medicine Lake and offers a variety of opportunities for outdoor exploration. French Regional Park offers amenities such as a swimming beach, fishing pier, lighted trails and more.

Glen Lake Golf & Practice Center 14350 County Road 62, Minnetonka Glen Lake Golf and Practice Center is a great spot to practice your swing or just play a casual round of golf. With its sand and grass bunkers, subtle mounding, strategic water hazards, and dramatic elevation changes, this nine-hole, recreational-length course is the perfect spot for golfers of any skill level.

Gale Woods Farm 7210 County Road 110 W., Minnetrista Experience outdoor fun on a real working farm. Located on picturesque Whaletail Lake in Minne-

Kingswood Park 7301 Kingswood Road, Minnetrista Three Rivers Park District’s new-


ATTRACTIONS est acquisition, Kingswood Park, is open for interim use. The park consists of 106 acres of land in Minnetrista on Little Long Lake. The park includes 70 percent of the lake’s shoreline as well as a tamarack bog and a distinct glacial landscape. The lake and surrounding uplands are considered some of the most pristine, high-quality natural resources in the area. Parking is available at a small lot on Kingswood Road; however, drinking water and restrooms are currently not available. Trails are designated for hiking only; bicycles, dogs and horses are prohibited at this time.

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.

Lake Minnetonka Regional Park 4610 County Road 44, Minnetrista 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 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.

TRAILS Bassett Creek Regional Trail Bassett Creek Regional Trail offers many recreation and commuting options. Once complete, this seven-mile route will connect French Regional Park in Plymouth to Theodore Wirth Regional Park and the Scenic Byway System in Minneapolis. Along the way users can access local parks, trails and amenities

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ATTRACTIONS in the cities of Plymouth, New Hope, Crystal and Golden Valley. The trail is currently complete from French Regional Park to the east side of Highway 100. Dakota Rail Regional Trail 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.

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The Christmas tree stands ready to greet visitors on Lake Street in Wayzata.

Lake Independence Regional Trail The Lake Independence Regional Trail connects Crow-Hassan Park

Reserve, Baker Park Reserve, and the Luce Line State Trail. The 10-foot-wide paved trail supports walking, jogging, hiking, dog-walking, inline skating and bicycling. A turf trail for horseback riding and hiking runs parallel within Baker Park Reserve, south of County Road 115. Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail 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. Luce Line Regional and State Trail The Luce Line trail is a link from urban to rural. Enjoy the views from wooded bridges overlooking Bassett Creek marshlands with Medicine Lake on the horizon. As you traverse the paved regional trail in Plymouth and Golden Valley, your entrance to Minneapolis will be through Theodore Wirth Park. A short ride or hike from Wirth Park

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Art on the Lake in the Excelsior Commons, complete with live music, food trucks and tents featuring local artists. will give you a Minneapolis skyline view from the north and take you close to major connections with the Cedar Lake Trail, Grand Rounds, the Midtown Greenway and more. The Luce Line State Trail continues West of Vicksburg Lane on crushed limestone through Minnesota Prairie for more than 60 miles, nearly to Hutchinson. Medicine Lake Regional Trail This trail provides connections between Elm Creek Park Reserve, Fish Lake and French Regional Parks. It also provides views of Rice Lake in Maple Grove and Medicine Lake in Plymouth. There are also connections with the Bassett Creek and Luce Line Regional Trails, as well as community trails.

NATURE AREAS MN Landscape Arboretum 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chanhassen 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. Wood-Rill Scientific and Natural Area Along Old Long Lake Road Wood-Rill SNA preserves a sizable remnant of the Big Woods, the vast ecosystem that once covered 2,000 square miles in the state. Walking trails meander through its maple-basswood forest, over the steep hills of the St. Croix moraine and down around a variety of wetlands. Undisturbed old-growth forest varies from 120 to 400 years old. A lake, ponds and wet meadows are scattered throughout the site, a majority of which was a gift from Bruce and Ruth Dayton. Wood-Rill is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. 365 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 bandshell, 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 fam-

ily gatherings, the Excelsior Commons and Port of Excelsior serve diverse recreational opportunities for all age groups with the annual art fair and Fourth of July celebrations as well as organized sports and other large events. Cottagewood Children’s Park Cottagewood Avenue between Western Road and Park Place, Deephaven Cottagewood Children’s Park is 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 Fourth of July celebration. Lone Lake Park 5624 Shady Oak Road, Minnetonka Lone Lake Park is a standalone 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 2017 - 2018 | weeklynews.com

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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 St. E., Wayzata A train museum is located in the Depot building. Three picnic tables (no grilling facilities) are located onsite, as well as grassy areas for picnics and enjoying the scenery around Lake Minnetonka. Surfside Park Located off Bartlett Blvd., 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 hosts many fun-filled events held annually. Nelson Lakeside Park 1860 Symes St., Long Lake Located in downtown Long Lake and on the shores of the lake of the same name, Nelson Lakeside Park features a public boat launch, fishing pier, swimming beach, picnic

shelter with tables and grills and playground equipment. The park is also home to the Long Lake Veterans Memorial. Minnesota Harvest 8251 Old Hwy 169 Blvd Jordan, MN 55352 952-492-2785 www.minnesotaharvest.net

BEACHES During the summer months, residents can take advantage of the water at numerous public beaches in the area. Some popular options include: Excelsior Commons Beach Commons Park, Excelsior Nelson Lakeside Park Beach 1860 Symes Street, Long Lake Surfside Beach In Surfside Park off Bartlett Boulevard, Mound Wayzata Beach 220 Grove Lane E. Wekota Beach 300 W. Point Road, Tonka Bay Shady Oak Beach 5200 Shady Oak Road, Minnetonka


FOOD

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Military veterans eat for free at the annual Fourth of July Revolutionary Flying Pancake Breakfast in Wayzata.

Birch’s on the Lake in Long Lake offers the enjoyment of a brewery and the tastes of the restaurant.

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he Lake Minnetonka food scene has just about every taste covered. From farmers markets and grocers selling fresh ingredients for homemade meals to a variety of restaurants for any occasion, the area has plenty of options. The many local breweries offer a place to go before and after meals to enjoy a favorite pint or try a seasonal that was just released. Whether a food craving calls for a thick steak or thin slice of sashimi, a curry or a hot dog, an ice cream cone or a unique craft brew, it can be satiated in the lake area. While there is an abundance of choice, not all residents can partake in the food scene. Community members, however, are happy to help their neighbors who are hit with hard times. A favorite event in the area is Sizzle for a Cause, during which chefs from local restaurants go head-to-head in a cooking competition. Proceeds go to the ICA Food Shelf in Minnetonka. The last Sizzle for a Cause netted the organization just over $25,000, said Kate Wilinski, ICA Food Shelf community engagement officer. While the participating chefs can demand a good paycheck, they volunteer for the event. “It is so fun and for such a great cause — we have no problem finding participants,” Wilinski said. Activities are held throughout the year that benefit local food shelves. They range from happy hours to events at schools like Empty Bowls. The Westonka Food Shelf benefits every year from Stuff the Bus when students work to fill a school bus with donations, and in 2016 the food shelf partnered with the Mound American Legion to for a Thanksgiving meal for people in the community.

“Individuals, churches, schools, businesses and organizations always become involved in helping when there is need, particularly when we reach out during special events like Stuff the Bus and the Community Thanksgiving meal.” — Michelle Repp “The Westonka Food Shelf is fortunate to have substantial, sustained support from our local community members,” volunteer Michelle Repp said. “Individuals, churches, schools, businesses and organizations always become involved in helping when there is need, particularly when we reach out during special events like Stuff the Bus and the Community Thanksgiving meal.”


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Fresh produce abounds at the Wayzata Farmers Market.

FARMERS MARKETS The Lake Minnetonka area is home to many farmers markets during the summer and fall in area communities, including: CHANHASSEN The Chanhassen Farmers Market is open every Saturday through the end of October (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chanhassen’s City Center Park at the corner of Market Boulevard and 78th Street. Visit www. chanhassenfarmersmarket.org for more information. WAYZATA The Wayzata Farmers Market is open from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Thursday through October at 688 Lake St. E. Visit www.wayzatafarmersmarket.com for more information.

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Liven your table with fresh blooms from the Wayzata Farmers Market.

EXCELSIOR The Excelsior Farmers Market is held rain or shine from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through October. The market is on Water Street in downtown Excelsior between Second and Third streets. Parking is available at Excelsior Elementary School, and both public lots behind Water Street. Visit www.excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com for more information. MINNETONKA The Minnetonka Farmers Market is Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. from mid-June through September, at the Minnetonka Civic Center Campus Ice Arena B parking lot, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. Stay updated to the Farmers Market on Facebook. MOUND The Mound Farmers Market & More is open Saturdays from 8 a.m.

to 12:3 0 p.m. beginning in late May and running through early October. The market is near the Mound Transit Center, 5515 Shoreline Drive. For additional information visit www. moundfarmersmarketandmore. org. PLYMOUTH The Plymouth Farmers Market is open from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. We dn e s days from late J un e through early October. The market is held at Parkers Lake Playfield

parking lot, 15500 County Road 6. For more information visit www. plymouthmn.gov. CHASKA The Chaska Downtown Farmers Market runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at City Square Park, located right off of Highway 41 in downtown Chaska. The market runs from late June through mid September. Visit www.swmetrochamber.com for more information.


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hile the dozens of government agencies that serve the Lake Minnetonka area are self-sufficient, the officials who run them are happy to collaborate to make life better for residents. Governments work together in a variety of ways, from cities plowing school parking lots to ensure students are safe on snowy days to agencies sharing resources such as personnel and equipment to save taxpayers money. There is a prevalent sense that collaboration is key in the lake area. One of the most notable ways that governments have come together in the past year is the #NOverdose campaign. Headed up by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the effort brings together public safety departments, school officials and medical professionals in a joint attempt to reduce the number of opioid overdoses in the county. “Collaborative efforts such as the #NOverdose campaign can help attack a problem from different disciplines — different perspectives. Education, law enforcement and public health professionals all working together and bringing their own special talents and solutions to the table to help address the problem,” Wayzata Police Chief Michael Risvold said. “This is important to our department because we are about public safety — protecting people and improving the quality of

“We’re not operating in a vacuum.” — Plymouth Police Chief Michael Goldstein life in our community.” While the #NOverdose campaign has received a lot of attention lately, it’s far from the only collaborative effort taking place, especially within the public safety realm where working together is the norm in the Lake Minnetonka area. “It is our regular way of doing business,” Plymouth Police Chief Michael Goldstein said. Goldstein and Risvold both pointed to examples such as narcotics task forces, SWAT teams, K-9s, traffic safety projects and the Lake Minnetonka Emergency Management Group as some of the ways local departments frequently collaborate. “We’re not operating in a vacuum,” Goldstein said. “The Lake Minnetonka region as a whole benefits from collaboration, as many small cities could not accomplish for their citizenry on their own what a collaboration of many can,” Risvold said.


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Pat Conzemius of Wildlife Forever said a welcome mat in a home makes keeping dirt out of the home easier. By the same token, having a watercraft cleaning machine at boat launches is “the first welcome mat for invasive species prevention.” He stands by the new cleaning station at the boat launch in Spring Park in August.

LIBRARIES Hennepin County Library System www.hclib.org Renewals available online or by calling 612-543-8811. “Ask Us” information service at 612543-KNOW, or text “hclib” to 612400-7722 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 Drive Minnetonka 612-543-8800 H e n n e pin C o u nt y ’s Ridge d ale

Regional Center includes a Service Center for licensing. AREA LIBRARIES Excelsior Library 337 Water St. Excelsior 612-543-6350 Long Lake Library 1865 Wayzata Blvd. W. Long Lake 612-543-6425 Minnetonka Library 17524 Excelsior Blvd. Minnetonka 612-543-5725 Plymouth Library 15700 36th Ave. N. Plymouth 612-543-5825

Wayzata Library 620 Rice St. Wayzata 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 Deephaven cityofdeephaven.org DEEPHAVEN CITY COUNCIL

Council members Kent Carlson Steven Erickson Darel Gustafson Tony Jewett EXCELSIOR City Hall 339 Third St. Excelsior www.ci.excelsior.mn.us EXCELSIOR CITY COUNCIL Mayor Mark Gaylord Council members John Beattie Todd Carlson Jennifer Caron Greg Miller

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GOVERNMENT GREENWOOD City Hall 20225 Cottagewood Road Deephaven greenwoodmn.com GREENWOOD CITY COUNCIL Mayor Deb Kind Council members Kristi Conrad Bill Cook Tom Fletcher Bob Quam LONG LAKE City Hall 450 Virginia Ave. Long Lake longlakemn.gov LONG LAKE CITY COUNCIL Mayor Marty Schneider Council members Jahn Dyvik Michelle Jerde Tom Skjaret Tim Hultmann MINNETONKA City Hall 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. Minnetonka eminnetonka.com

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Council members Jill Bartel Paul Kozloski Jaci Lindstrom Andrew Myers Steve Howarth MINNETRISTA City Hall 7701 County Road 110 W. Minnetrista cityofminnetrista.com MINNETRISTA CITY COUNCIL Mayor Lisa Whalen

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Ward 1 Jeffry Wosje Ward 2 Jim Davis Ward 3 Jim Prom Ward 4 Ned Carroll At Large Jim Willis At Large SHOREWOOD City Hall 5755 Country Club Road Shorewood ci.shorewood.mn.us SHOREWOOD CITY COUNCIL Mayor Scott Zerby Council members Patrick Johnson

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Signs warning of turtles dot the Lake Minnetonka roads. This particular one is near the entry to Old Beach Road in Orono. TIM ENGSTROM

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WATERSHEDS Watershed districts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area that participate in water planning and implementation include: MINNEHAHA CREEK WATERSHED DISTRICT 952-471-0590 minnehahacreek.org

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METROPOLITAN COUNCIL Metropolitan Council Main Office 390 Robert St. N., St. Paul 651-602-1000 metrocouncil.org 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

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eople who want to maintain or increase their levels of physical activity can find support in the Lake Minnetonka communities. Regardless of the season, there are community events that focus on a variety of activities such as running, walking, bicycling, cross country skiing and kayaking. Most of the events are open to anyone — from novices to enthusiasts of the sport. “I wanted something that would be a community builder,” said Tim Litfin, creator of the Tour de Tonka bicycle ride. The Tour de Tonka, which celebrated its 12th anniversary in 2017, has become one of the best-known local events. Thousands of people, who have come from 41 states, descend on the area every summer to partake in the bike ride that has seven different routes ranging in length from 16 to 100 miles. While that may make it seem daunting to someone who doesn’t feel like an athlete, most anyone can participate, Litfin said. “I know all ages and abilities can do it, because I’ve seen people of all ages and abilities do it,” he said. Organizers of the Westonka 5K FUNd Run, a color run that

“I wanted something that would be a community builder.” — Tim Litfin, creator of the Tour de Tonka had its third running in May of 2017, also make their activity inclusive of everyone. “We just really want it to be a celebration of community,” said Jennifer Velarde, an organizer of the event. “You can run, skip, hop or dance around the route,” she said. In addition to keeping community members moving, a lot of the events also give attendees a chance to help a local organization. From school districts to food shelves, public safety departments and environmental organizations, a variety of local causes receive help when residents participate in the activities. Aside from the organized community events, people can use the many public trails and beaches in the area for running, walking, bicycling, swimming and paddling.


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Psychic Oda Mae Brown, center, played by Heather McElarth, acts out her dream of life as a millionnaire in “Ghost: The Musical” at the Old Log Theatre.

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t began as a summer stock theater in a stable in 1940 and today is a west metro entertainment destination claiming the title of the first professional theater in the northwest. The late Don Stoltz called the Old Log Theatre home after joining as and actor and resident director, and purchased the theater company in 1946. In 1960 a new theater was built next to the original theater, and in addition to main stage productions of contemporary plays and musicals, the theater also began its long tradition of annual children’s productions during the summer and holiday seasons. Over the decades, Nick Nolte, Loni Anderson, Lois Nettleton and Steve Zahn, among hundreds of others, graced the Old Log stage. In 2013 Marissa and Greg Frankenfield purchased the Old Log Theatre from Stoltz and ushered in a new era in a place that already held thousands of memories. They embarked on a $2.5 million renovation of the theater that sought to maintain its historic character while refreshing the space for a new generation of theater attendees. The revamp included state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and an entirely remodeled lobby. Notably, it included the fine dining establishment Cast & Cru restaurant. The Frankenfields have long been involved with theater and live in the Lake Minnetonka area so the Old Log, according to the theater’s marketing director, Maureen Kvam, “was an opportunity to purchase a historical institution and keep up its traditions, while infusing it with some of their own creative direction.” The Frankenfields era refreshed the direction of fare delivered by the Old Log Theater, which under the direction of Artistic Director Kent Knutson has begun making a name for itself as a local venue for musical theater. “Prior to the Frankenfields purchasing the property there were a lot of British farces and straight shows, and they wanted to bring

“It was an opportunity to purchase a historical institution and keep up its traditions, while infusing it with some of their own creative direction.” — Maureen Kvam musicals into the space,” Kvam said. “Kent has long history with musicals, so we now do a lot of musicals and straight play comedies.” The theater’s fall 2017 productions include the end of “Ghost,” a lighting and technological feat inspired by the 1990 film and adapted from the Broadway. The doo-wop musical “Life Could Be a Dream” opens Oct. 6. Culture mavens in search of plays and concerts can find several performances throughout the Lake Minnetonka area — at the Old Log, the Arts Center on 7 adjacent to Minnetonka High School, Theatre 301 at Mount Olivet Church in Excelsior, Blue Waters Theater in Wayzata and the Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, to name a few. Musical ensembles like the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra and Wayzata Symphony Orchestra perform throughout the year, and several cities hold concert-in-the-park series during the summer months — one of the most notable being Music in Plymouth, which traditionally includes a performance by the Minnesota Orchestra. The area’s many options for shopping and fine dining make for a complete evening out and continue to make Lake Minnetonka a prime date night, family night or girls night out destination in the Twin Cities.


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Lynn Hildrenbrand of Wayzata looks at a painting called “Reeds II” by artist Eric Cornett at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in Orono in July 2017.

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hen considering a move to the Lake Minnetonka area, one of the biggest draws for local families is the strong performance of the area’s five public school districts and its several private and parochial options. In addition to teachers, principals and counselors who guide students from early childhood through college preparation, several community organizations support education, providing everything from dictionaries for elementary students to scholarships for college-bound seniors. “We want to make sure young people are trying to strive to ideals of service and self, and are rewarded appropriately to accomplish those goals,” said Neal Enzenauer of the Minnetonka Rotary, which holds “Building Responsible Youth” as its cornerstone. Rotary supports students in the Minnetonka and Hopkins School Districts and the Hennepin County Home School with scholarships, and extends its reach globally by supporting exchange students. The organization’s mentoring program connects young people with adults who help foster their passions and goals. Rotary’s grants and funding have benefited local youth in crisis served by MoveFwd, budding business enthusiasts at Camp Enterprise and orphans in need of school supplies in the Dominican Republic. Several Lake Minnetonka Rotary and Lions clubs similarly raise funds for school and education initiatives. By the numbers, Lake Minnetonka students are well-prepared for post-secondary education, employment and life. Students consistently turn out some of the strongest math and reading scores in Minnesota, and area schools are well-represented at the state level each year in the arts, athletics and extracurriculars. The community has long invested in its schools, passing

“We want to make sure young people are trying to strive to ideals of service and self and are rewarded appropriately to accomplish those goals.” — Neal Enzenauer referendums across the Lake Minnetonka area in recent years that have led to building improvements and the construction of premier arts and athletics facilities, as well as state-of-the-art classrooms equipped with the technology 21st century students need to master. The Minnetonka School District serves students in Minnetonka, Chanhassen, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, Tonka Bay, Victoria and Woodland. The Wayzata School District serves students in all or part of Wayzata, Plymouth, Orono, Minnetonka, Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake and Medina. The Hopkins School District serves most of Minnetonka, Hopkins, about half of Golden Valley and portions of Eden Prairie, Edina, Plymouth and St. Louis Park. The Orono School District serves students in Orono, Minnetonka Beach, Independence, Long Lake, Maple Plain and Medina. The Westonka School District serves students in Mound, Spring Park, Navarre, Orono, Minnetrista and Shorewood.


LIVING EDUCATION HOPKINS SCHOOL DISTRICT District Service Center 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins 952-988-4000 www.hopkinsschools.org Administration Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed Superintendent SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS Steve Adams 952-988-5364 Betsy Anderson 952-988-5361 Wendy Donovan 952-988-5363 Warren Goodroad 952-988-5366 Doobie Kurus 952-988-5365 Dave Larson 952-988-5362

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LIVING Hopkins North Junior High 10700 Cedar Lake Road, Minnetonka Hopkins West Junior High 3830 Baker Road, Minnetonka

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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 Excelsior Elementary (K-5) 441 Oak St., Excelsior

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LIVING Horse-drawn wagons carried visitors up and down Lake Street during the kickoff of Wayzata’s Light up the Lake celebration in November. PHOTO BY MEGHAN DAVY

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call it Mayberry meets Manhattan,” Becky Pierson, president of the greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce, said of the historic community on Lake Minnetonka’s eastern shores. The city has earned the description in the minds of many residents and visitors alike, who are drawn to its small-town feel as well as the ongoing development that makes it attractive to businesses of all sizes. Committed to its historic past, Wayzata also looks toward its future. Development of its Lake Effect waterfront community space is underway. The Landing Hotel, the first hotel near the lake in half a century, opened in June of 2017. A variety of shopping and dining spots have popped up along Lake Street over the past year, and the completion of the Mill Street Ramp has alleviated some of the city’s public parking crunch. “It’s a very close, loyal community that is smaller in terms of residents and has the lakeside feel, but also has a tremendous amount of commerce and big business that brings in a higher number of employees. Wayzata is a unique mix of those things,” Pierson said. “It’s hard to find any other, community that has those traits. A lot have one or other and I think we uniquely have both. People are always looking to come up with ways to improve everything and support each other.” In south Lake Minnetonka, Excelsior offers similar appeal with its classic main thoroughfare on Water Street lined with

“People are always looking to come up with ways to improve everything and support each other.” — Becky Pierson

small businesses, boutique shops and unique eateries that lead to the Commons Park, a grassy community space at the water’s edge popular for concerts, festivals, gatherings and the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. The Port of Excelsior greets water enthusiasts ready to boat, swim, paddleboard or enjoy an afternoon cruise on a charter boat or the historic Steamboat Minnehaha. Like Wayzata, Excelsior celebrates its roots through preservation of historic spaces but also looks toward the needs of residents in 2017 as the city considers community input on development of its East Town area. Minnetonka’s Ridgedale sector offers the area’s closest mall, while on the western end of the lake, development in Navarre continues to serve residents in Orono and nearby cities, offering a blend of shopping and dining with a distinct neighborhood feel.


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ary Harrington loves animals, so much so that she has made it one of her life missions to make sure as many of as possible find forever families. Twenty-five years ago Harrington started the Pet of the Week column, featuring a dog or cat looking for his or her “forever home” each week. Pet of the Week now runs in several southwest metro papers, and now reaches Lake Minnetonka residents through the Lakeshore Weekly News. “I would periodically find lost or abandoned pets and learned that turning them over to animal control could mean they could be killed after a five-day hold,” Harrington said. “So I temporarily hung onto the pets and called a couple local Humane organizations who said they had no foster homes available. I told them that I’d hang onto the pet for them. I learned these organizations had many waiting pets and the communities basically were unaware of them.” Harrington saw a need to bring homeless pets to the attention of their local communities. She chose to not sign up as a volunteer, but rather to operate independently by creating the column and pitching it to community newspapers. She offered to take pet photos and do a write up for my column. This gave readers the opportunity to locally adopt a new furry family member. Pets who are adopted into the Lake Minnetonka communities luck out big time, as there are a number of reasons four-legged residents might like to call the area home. From pet boutiques and renowned groomers to stores specializing in healthy, natural pet food, options abound for providing animals with the best in comfort and care. The area offers several options in veterinary services for days when furry family members aren’t feeling their best, and families can travel worry-free knowing that their furry family members are in good hands at one of the area’s lux pet hotels or boarding services. Local trails like the Dakota and Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional

“There is a lonely, homeless cat, dog, guinea pig, rat, rabbit or horse that is waiting for your call. They will be grateful and you will be blessed by adopting.” — Mary Harrington 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. Orono recently opened an off-leash area at Lurton Park and Carver Park Reserve in Victoria offers 27 acres of fenced land. 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. In a quarter-century about 500 pets have been directly adopted due to the Pet of the Week column, but Harrington, the mom of two rescue cats herself, said hundreds of other pets were adopted because the column prompted readers to call rescues asking about and adopting other available pets. “Research shows proven physical, emotional and mental health benefits that come from pet ownership,” Harrington said. “There is a lonely, homeless cat, dog, guinea pig, rat, rabbit or horse that is waiting for your call. They will be grateful, and you will be blessed by adopting.”


ANIMALS HUMANE SOCIETIES Animal Humane Society www.animalhumanesociety.org The Animal Humane Society has five locations in the Twin Cities. The organization, which is selfsupporting, 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, 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 nonprofit 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.

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Joel Kersting brought his dog sled teams for another year of fun at Freeman Park in Shorewood during Arctic Fever in January. Buffalo, MN 55313 763-390-3647 Golden Valley 845 Meadow Lane 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 St. N., 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 St. N. in Chaska.

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SCHOOLS / EDUCATION Eden Prairie Community Education 8040 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-975-6940 www.edenpr.org

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The Tonka arriving at the Port of Excelsior around 1900.

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FROM PENINSULA LAKE TO MINN-NI-TANKA TO LAKE MINNETONKA BY AL TOLLEFSON

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ome of the first visitors to the area called this magnificent body of water Peninsula Lake. The American Indians, such as the Dakota Sioux, Cheyenne, Iowa and the Ojibwa, referred to it with a phrase that sounded like Minn-ni-tanka, which meant “Big Water” in English. Around 1853, Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota’s first territorial governor, officially named it Minnetonka. Fascination with Lake Minnetonka has always been, and still is, all about its charm, moods, beauty and boats. During the 1700s and early 1800s, the Indians and numerous trappers, traveled the lake by canoe. The Indians were hunting and fishing, or simply traveling from one place to another, such as one of the many burial grounds, camps or places of worship. As settlers began arriving during the middle 1800s, rowboats were utilized on the lake for fishing or transporting occupants to picnic grounds and campsites. In 1855, the Rev. Charles Galpin (retired) built the first steamship and named it the Governor Ramsey. The Governor Ramsey was followed by many more steamships, tugs, boats and barges. Barges of all sizes were used for dredging the lake and clearing weeds, but the ships and boats were used mostly for transporting paying passengers to various hotels, cities on the lake, or just touring the lake to view the scenery. Delivering groceries and supplies and people, to and from their cabins, was becoming a necessity. Over time, the lake hosted many different

kinds of boats such as the Tonka, a passenger boat in 1882 captained by Charlie Johnson, Captain John R. Johnson’s younger brother. There were also barges that Cap Johnson owned that were used for dredging. Eventually, as boat technology advanced, more and more people who now lived on the lake in the summer or even year-round acquired their own powerboats or sailboats. Fishing now became a casual pastime and a local sport. Sailing also became a sport when various yacht clubs were established and began hosting regattas as early as 1882. In the early 1900s, hundreds of thousands of people came to visit the Big Island Amusement Park. The lake was teeming with streetcar boats and later speed boats and cabin cruisers. By the 1940s and 1950s, cigar boats, ski boats and magnificent yachts of all sizes appeared and pontoon boats, invented in Minnesota, became immediately popular. Today, the ski boat and wake boat industry is booming as we see wakeboarding and wakesurfing in addition to skiing. And many pontoon boats today are floating on streamlined, threetube pontoons, powered by 300 horsepower engines. While the boats have changed over the years, they have always been an important part of lake life. The Governor Ramsey was used for mail delivery. James J. Hill built the Lafayette Hotel and was the first owner the Belle of Minnetonka launched on Lake Minnetonka in 1882. W. D. Washburn in 1880, had been waiting for delivery of the City of Saint Louis when he met John Ropstol Johnson, who was heading back to Norway. Washburn convinced Johnson

to stay. Johnson later captained the City and eventually owned it. Cap Johnson, as he was called, started the Lake Minnetonka Navigation Co. which later owned the Belle, the City and numerous other ships. Cap also established the Lake Minnetonka Dredging Co. Anson Ropstol Mase, Cap Johnson’s grandson, took over the company after Cap died in 1931 and continued to build the business where Cap left off. Anson R. Mase had grown up on the lake with his grandfather. Knowledge of the lake and running the dredging business, as well as Cap’s generosity rubbed off on Anson. He became heavily involved in the community, helped his friends and neighbors, and provided opportunities for kids such as when he and Leonard Dennis hosted 60 boys from the Catholic boys’ home on the lake for a day of fishing in July of 1952. He continued that tradition for a number of years, even though it took him hours to untangle the lines and restring them the next year. The lake continues to radiate beauty and provide visitors many secluded bays, islands and shorelines where one can enjoy attractive beaches, trees and see an occasional deer drinking at water’s edge. Fish of all kinds abound in all parts of the lake. Lake Minnetonka is as special and unique today as it ever has been. It still draws people from all walks of life, and from all over the world. They come to enjoy its fishing, beauty, its moods, the many businesses and restaurants and its people. They also come to its shores to live and raise a family as they continue to build on and enjoy the wonderful experiences and traditions begun so many years ago.


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