Wayzata, which is American Indian for "north shore," has roots as a summer weekend retreat on Lake Minnetonka. Originally its cottages and hotels drew summer crowds for boating and fishing, but Wayzata eventually grew into a residential suburb of the Twin Cities.

West Metro
August 20
The Wayzata Bay wreck at the bottom of Lake Minnetonka stems from a “lively” September storm in 1879.

Rare Lake Minnetonka wreck from 1879 storm makes historic register

The Wayzata Bay wreck, a barge from 1879 that was owned by railroad tycoon James J. Hill, is the oldest known that an archaeological research team has found on the bottom of the metro area's largest lake.
West Metro
August 9

Teen Wayzata trap shooters compete against Plymouth police

Each side learned something from the other during the friendly competition, which could become an annual event.
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August 6

Lake Minnetonka has global dreams for tourism

To drum up interest and support, leaders are showing off the lake area this weekend to organizers of the World Match Racing Tour, a sailing series likened to the PGA Tour for golfers. It hosts races around the world. Wayzata wants to host a tour stop in 2018.
West Metro
July 6

Wayzata is moving forward with plans for its first public parking ramp

New businesses drawing people downtown are making parking difficult.
West Metro
April 23

Critics: Wayzata lakefront plan could cost too much, kill vibe

Some Wayzata residents are calling for a public referendum on the city's plans to revamp its lakefront on Lake Minnetonka.
West Metro
January 6

Minnesota ends 2015 with 10-year high for boating fatalities

Warm weather through the spring, summer and fall, along with cheap fuel prices, drew boaters out in droves.
West Metro
January 2

Authorities urge people to stay off thin ice in delayed start to winter season

No deaths have been reported on Minnesota lakes and rivers so far this winter, but authorities have responded to several close calls and are urging…
West Metro
December 24, 2015

Lake Minnetonka boat rescue has officials urging all to stay off ice

After a Lake Minnetonka rescue, authorities are urging people to stay off Twin Cities lakes and rivers due to thin ice.
West Metro
December 16, 2015

Wayzata residents push for country club to close gun range

Wayzata officials work to resolve long-running issues.
West Metro
December 9, 2015

Excelsior looks at tighter liquor rules to crack down on drinking

In the past year, Excelsior has had nearly 200 alcohol-related incidents, prompting City Council members to discuss a crackdown on overserving.
West Metro
December 5, 2015

Developer cancels plans for Lake Minnetonka hotel over high costs

The developer withdrew his application this week for the 58-room boutique hotel in Excelsior — initially pegged as the first hotel on the Twin Cities' busiest lake in 50 years.
West Metro
October 16, 2015

October: CO poisoning that killed Edina girl, 7, caused by hole in boat exhaust

Animals probably chewed the hole, investigators say.
West Metro
October 15, 2015

Funeral is Friday for Edina 7-year-old who died from CO poisoning on Lake Minnetonka boat

The death of a 7-year-old girl on Lake Minnetonka earlier this week was the result of carbon monoxide poisoning, the Hennepin County medical examiner has…
West Metro
October 13, 2015

Girl, 7, died of carbon monoxide poisoning at Lake Minnetonka dock

She was a second-grader at an Edina elementary school.
West Metro
September 25, 2015
Big Island and Cruiser's Cove, photo from the Minnehaha Creek Watershe...

Legal loss in drunken boating case swamps Minnetonka's lake rules

Lake Minnetonka leaders are looking to revise rules after an Excelsior man arrested for boating while intoxicated had the charge tossed out, thanks to his argument that a boat lighting rule he was initially stopped for was stricter than state law.
West Metro
August 25, 2015

Lawsuit against Wayzata sides with city, developer proposes new plans

Judge says city doesn't need to allow five-story project on Lake Street.
West Metro
August 23, 2015

Head-on crash on Hwy. 12 in west metro kills 2 people

Two people were killed Saturday morning after two vehicles collided head-on Hwy. 12 near the Orono and Long Lake border.Officials have not released the identity…
West Metro
August 22, 2015

Lake Minnetonka marina owner fights constant battle for lakes

Former Orono Mayor Gabriel Jabbour speaks out in effort to keep waters healthy.
West Metro
August 11, 2015

Wayzata lakefront project moves forward with upcoming hire of design firm

It's part of the city's 10-year lakefront improvement plan.
West Metro
August 4, 2015

Second man in a month hospitalized with spinal cord injury after dive on Lake Minnetonka

A second person has been hospitalized with a serious spinal cord injury after diving into Lake Minnetonka this summer. Kirk Ingram, 28, of St. Louis…
West Metro
August 2, 2015

Teardown trend gets supersized around Lake Minnetonka

"A lot of people don't want to see those beautiful, old houses come down," Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox said.
July 28, 2015

Historic 111-year-old Wazyata house saved, relocated for a second life

The Wise house was built in 1904 and now will get a second life in Wayzata.
West Metro
July 25, 2015
Doug Dayton restored nearly 40 acres of native prairie grasslands in the plot he bought in Orono in the 1960s.

July 25: Dayton land in Orono now slated for a housing subdivision

Coveted prairie grasslands, dense woods and quiet lakeshore in northeast Orono — owned by the Dayton family for 50 years — are now slated to be subdivided into high-end homes.
West Metro
July 22, 2015

Residents tackle growing trash problem on Lake Minnetonka

First come the parties on Lake Minnetonka, then the trash. "It's disgusting out there," said Melissa Waskiewicz, who heads the Lake Minnetonka Association, a group of lake homeowners and businesses.
West Metro
July 7, 2015
Lake Minnetonka has long been a popular spot for summer boaters, who often congregate in Cruiser’s Cove.

Drunk boaters flock to Lake Minnetonka, boosting 911 calls

In the wake of a rowdy July 4 holiday weekend on Lake Minnetonka, some local leaders are worried that the big lake's party scene is out of control.