West news briefs: 2013 Lake Minnetonka cruise season begins for Minnehaha

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 28, 2013 - 4:03 PM

The lovingly restored excursion steamboat Minnehaha made its first passenger runs of the season last weekend on Lake Minnetonka.

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2013 cruise season begins for Minnehaha

The steamboat Minnehaha is back at work plying the waters of Lake Minnetonka.

The Museum of Lake Minnetonka said that, after “eight long months” of maintenance and upgrades in its boat barn in Excelsior, the boat was ready to sail last weekend.

“Thanks to our incredible volunteers, after this winter’s work projects the Minnehaha is in fantastic shape,” museum President Jim Murphy said. “While we’re a little late getting her back in the water this year because of the weather, we’ve had extra time to prepare for the 2013 season.”

The Minnehaha will offer weekend cruises across Lake Minnetonka, sailing from docks in downtown Excelsior and the docks at the historic depot in Wayzata. The weekend cruise schedule features round-trip cruises between both ports, as well as lake cruises taking passengers to specific sections like Wayzata Bay, Carsons Bay and around the Lower Lake.

Ticket costs for standard lake cruises and round-trip cruises from Excelsior are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children under the age of 3. The Minnehaha maintains the weekend schedule through the end of September.

Also, special event cruises supplement the boat’s weekend schedule. They include such events as Excelsior’s Art on the Lake June 8-9 and the Wayzata Art Experience June 22-23.

The Minnehaha is owned and operated by the all-vounteer Museum of Lake Minnetonka, a nonprofit organization based in Excelsior.

Classic car show to take place June 2

Excelsior will host the inaugural classic car show, “10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance” on June 2.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 in Excelsior, showcasing rare classic cars such as a 1909 Ford Model T, a 1954 Jaguar and a 1959 BMW Isetta. John Birge and Michael Barone of Minnesota Public Radio will host the event, which will benefit the Courage Center Foundation, a charitable organization supporting rehabilitation programs and resources.

To buy tickets online go to 10000lakesconcours.com or in person at BMW of Minnetonka, JB Hudson Jewelers in downtown Minneapolis, Distinctive Homes Coldwell Banker Burnet Minnetonka, Jake O’Connor’s Public House or Gary’s First Class Car Care in Excelsior. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 on event day. Admission is free for kids ages 12 and under and for active members of the military.



Immaculate Heart of Mary hosts block party

The Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Minnetonka will host its fourth annual Summer Block Party on June 1.

The event, which is free and open to the public, starts with a polka mass at 4:30 p.m., followed by polka and folk music, bingo, carnival games for children, a classic car exhibition, a beer garden and grilled food in the parking lot at 5:30 p.m. The church is located at 13505 Excelsior Blvd. For more information, go to www.ihmcs.org/parish.asp.

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