YMCA members honored for saving man's life

Three members of the Southdale YMCA have been honored with Certificates of Merit for their quick action in saving the life of a fellow Y member during a spin class.

About 30 minutes into the April 7 class, a 68-year-old man collapsed, falling to the ground from his bike. He was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

Sari Sanchez, Dawn Ingvalson and Steve Curry immediately went to his aid, administering CPR and locating an automatic electronic defibrillator (AED) to resuscitate the man.

By the time officers and paramedics arrived, the man not only had a pulse, but he was conscious and alert. He is expected to make a full recovery.

"The quick actions of these three individuals saved this man's life. We're very grateful for their heroism," said Edina Fire Chief Tom Schmitz.



Routes open for lake visitors and boaters

Despite major road work continuing near Lake Minnetonka, Hennepin County officials are reminding metro area residents that they can still easily reach lake cities such as Wayzata, Minnetonka and Woodland.

The $41 million reconstruction of Bushaway Road — which is part of County Road 101 and claimed to be the first registered road after Minnesota became a state — started in 2014 and includes widening and repaving the century-old road and putting in a trail.

More than 11,000 motorists use the road each day. Last year, Wayzata put up billboards to remind drivers about using detours after construction hampered local businesses.

Visitors can travel between Wayzata and Minnetonka on Eastman Lane and McGinty Road, and boaters can get to Grays Bay from northbound County Road 101 at Minnetonka Boulevard. The Grays Bay bridge was closed on May 23.

Crews are now working on the Wayzata Boulevard intersection, installing storm and sanitary sewers before excavating and leveling the soil for curb and gutter.

Crews also have started excavating the south abutment of the bridge for the railroad corridor and are working on the new Breezy Point curve.

For more details, go to hennepin.us/countyroad101.



Schools, parks offering free meals to kids

Richfield schools and parks again will provide free meals to children under 18 in June and July.

Last year, the federally subsidized summer program served 16,222 lunches and 8,719 breakfasts.

Program sites include Richfield Middle School, Richfield STEM School, Richfield Community Center, Augsburg Park, Madison Park and Jefferson Park.

Dates and meal services vary by location, with park sites beginning service on June 6 and school sites beginning on June 20. A current list of sites, dates and meal serving times can be found at richfield.nutrislice.com.



Lecture, tour to focus on Lake Park Hotel

Historian Scott McGinnis will discuss the former Lake Park Hotel, a grand Lake Minnetonka resort that entertained guests at the turn of the last century, on a June 13 cruise aboard the steamboat "Minnehaha."

As the boat churns through Gideon's Bay toward West Point, McGinnis will talk about the hotel's history as a religious venue and commercial venture and its closing and demolition.

The boat will board at 6:45 p.m. at Bayside Grill, 687 Excelsior Blvd., Excelsior, with the program beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for members of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, which is sponsoring the program, and $35 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 952-221-4766 or go to www.elmhs.org.



Residents asked to fill out community survey

City officials are urging Bloomington residents to participate in the National Citizen Survey, the only community survey endorsed by the National League of Cities.

The survey, administered by the National Research Center of Boulder, Colo., is designed to provide a baseline of how a city government is serving residents, in order to gauge perceptions of the city and make comparisons with similar cities.

It includes questions about quality of life, ratings of local government services and questions on residents' use of services.

Residents may participate in the online survey through June 13. The survey is available at bloomingtonmn.gov/document/city-bloomington-seeks-resident-opinion.