Event shares the history of Lake Minnetonka sailing

Lake Minnetonka’s history as a major sailing destination will be the topic of an event this week.

The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society will host the event on the lake’s sailing legacy at 7 p.m. Monday on the historic steamboat Minnehaha at Bayside Grill, 687 Excelsior Blvd..

The event, “Tapping History: Pints and Reflections on Lake Minnetonka’s Past,” will discuss the history of sailing on the lake, the Minnetonka Yacht Club that started in 1882, and the legendary Onawa racing boat. It will feature Minnetonka Yacht Club founder Hazen Burton’s great-grandson, Tom Burton, a fourth-generation sailor and inland racer.

Tickets, which are available at elmhs.eventbrite.com, cost $20 for society members and $35 for nonmembers. The society’s “Tapping History” event features a history expert every month.




Hopkins Music in the Park concert series returns

Hopkins Music in the Park’s first concert of the season will be held Thursday, June 18, featuring the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band. At 6:15 p.m., members of the Fife & Drum Corps will perform at the Clock Tower Plaza on the corner of Mainstreet and 9th Avenue. The full band concert will begin in the band shell at 7 p.m. Concerts are held at Hopkins Downtown Park, 16  9th Av. S.

Others, all at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated, include: June 25, the Teddy Bear Band and the Resistors; July 2, the Legendary Percolators; July 9, Bend in the River Big Band; July 16, the Somewhat Dixieland Band (at noon), and the Hopkins West­wind Concert Band; July 23, Jazz on the Prairie; July 30, the Prior Lake Windjammers; Aug. 6, Elvis returns for the final concert of the season.

For more information, go to hopkinsmusicinthepark.com or call 952-548-6337.




City Council adopts new ordinance for food trucks

Shakopee’s City Council has approved a new ordinance regulating food trucks.

Such businesses must now receive either a temporary license for up to seven days — issued just once per year — or an annual license before setting up shop. Trucks may be licensed to do business only between April 1 and Oct. 31 and can sell food only between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Food trucks will be allowed to operate in private commercial or industrial parking lots and can only do business on public or private streets closed to all nonemergency vehicles. Trucks may operate on private residential property with the owner’s consent, but may do so only for catering, not for sales to the general public.

The ordinance also calls for trucks to dispose of gray water daily and forbids owners from dumping the water into city storm drains. Trucks may not operate at the same location for more than 21 days. .

Stephen Montemayor



City offers extended hours for obtaining permits

This summer, St. Louis Park will offer extended hours for residents and contractors who need permits or who have questions about permits.

Through Sept. 25, the permit counter and phone line will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd. For more information, go to www.stlouispark.org or call 952-924-2588.




Free trolley running for second summer

The nonprofit Lake 360 is running its free Lake Minnetonka Trolley past Wayzata parks, neighborhoods and businesses for a second year. It runs through Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, with rides added this summer on Wednesday evenings in July past concerts at the Wayzata Depot.

For more information, go to tinyurl.com/q778kus.