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 2

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

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
Doug Dayton restored nearly 40 acres of native prairie grasslands in the plot he bought in Orono in the 1960s.

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

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
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.
West Metro
June 30

Western Twin Cities suburbs seek project funding after tough session at Capitol

Most west metro cities that made funding requests this year for state aid were excluded again in the Legislature’s bonding bill, which state lawmakers passed…
West Metro
June 9

All aboard: Historic steamboat Minnehaha marks 20th year on Lake Minnetonka

The boat was deemed “obsolete” and sunk in 1926, resurrected in 1980 and restored in 1996.
West Metro
June 3

Archaeologists seek funds to continue investigating wrecks on Lake Minnetonka

Husband-wife diver team seeks donations to keep probing Lake Minnetonka.
West Metro
May 22
Developer Steve Bohl is helping to return hotels to Lake Minnetonka.

Grand hotels are making a mini-comeback on Lake Minnetonka

Projects on Lake Minnetonka expected to be approved soon in Wayzata and Excelsior.
Home & Garden
April 28

Residents push to save Wayzata historic home from development

Developer says house will need to be moved or razed by mid-summer.
West Metro
April 4

Boaters buoyed by early ice-outs, but hope rain raises water levels

Ice is retreating from lakes, which are low, and most of the state is bone dry.
West Metro
April 3

Ice-out on Lake Minnetonka expected this weekend

The much-anticipated mark of spring is almost here: Ice-out is expected to be declared on Lake Minnetonka this weekend — about three weeks earlier than last year.
March 31

West metro cities seek state funding for special projects

Several west metro cities are at the Minnesota State Capitol this year asking for state aid for several projects — everything from a Lake Minnetonka pier to ice arena renovations in Plymouth.
West Metro
March 31

Updated plans for Wayzata hotel, condos could get OK

Condos will replace offices in final development, which includes hotel.
West Metro
March 27

Deputies to step up patrols on Lake Minnetonka

Conservation district grant will allow Sheriff’s Office to have deputy patrolling at peak times.
West Metro
March 12

Authorities warn of thinning ice on Minnesota lakes, rivers

Authorities are issuing thin-ice warnings for area lakes as spring approaches and the weather dramatically warms up. Both the state Department of Natural Resources and…
West Metro
February 6

Within 24 hours, three vehicles break through thin ice on Lake Minnetonka

Authorities are again warning the public to stay off thin ice on Lake Minnetonka after a third vehicle, a snowmobile, went through the ice over…
West Metro
January 26

Hennepin County issues thin-ice warning; three cars break through area lakes

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office recommended Monday that vehicles not be driven on ice because of warmer weather and heavy slush, which creates hazardous conditions.
West Metro
January 1

Minnesota to lead national summit on boat design

Industry experts will discuss if changing the way watercraft is designed could help to slow down invaders like the zebra mussel.
West Metro
December 11, 2014

Board hits the brakes on Lake Minnetonka wake restrictions

A proposed controversial new rule to slow boaters on two popular Lake Minnetonka bays was unanimously rejected Wednesday after dozens of residents opposed it. The…
West Metro
December 9, 2014

IDS Crystal Court, Wayzata port-a-potty vie for award

The awards recognize places open to the public in the seven-county metro area that are memorable, transformational and elevate function to art.
West Metro
November 11, 2014

Lake Minnetonka resident leads effort to restock lake with walleye

An avid Mound angler is trying to turn the Twin Cities’ largest lake into a walleye hot spot, leading a private campaign to stock it with Minnesota’s prized state fish.
West Metro
October 1, 2014

Wayzata Big Woods celebrates 10 years of preservation

Wayzata has one of the last surviving pieces of thousands of acres of dense woods that once blanketed Minnesota.
October 1, 2014

Oldest independent bookstore in Twin Cities is closing

The Bookcase in Wayzata will shut its doors Oct. 18, owner Charlie Leonard said, joining the list lost to changing reading habits and the rise of electronic media.
West Metro
September 23, 2014

Minnesota wake surfers compete at world championship

Eleven Minnesotans are among the competitors who will be in Las Vegas this weekend for the world championship in wake surfing.