Winstead, others honored by hospitality industry

Mayor Gene Winstead recently was presented with the 2015 Spirit of Hospitality Award by the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau for his contributions to the travel and hospitality industry.

In addition, the Diamond Service Awards Committee inducted three members into the Hospitality Hall of Fame. The inductees are Ursula Chan, a server at Colette Bar and Bistro at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel; Mike Gruebele, director of engineering at the Embassy Suites Bloomington, and "Grandma" Sue Miller, a server at Woolley's Steakhouse at the Embassy Suites Airport.


Ryder Cup trophy to visit City Hall

With the Ryder Golf Tournament coming to Chaska in 2016, the PGA of America is bringing the Ryder Cup trophy to Minnesota, photographing it at 14 locations, including a Timberwolves game and at the City of Chaska entrance sign.

Chaska residents can see the trophy up close at a City Council meeting at 7 p.m. March 16. Representatives from the PGA of America will share statistics and information about the Ryder Cup trophy.


Astronomy class to be held March 24

Three Rivers Park District will hold an astronomy class March 24 at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Dayton.

The "Dark Sky Astronomy" class, which will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Eastman Nature Center, will discuss constellations and other celestial bodies and is geared for ages 7 and older. The cost is $5 and reservations are required; call 763-559-6700. Groups of four or more people get a 20 percent discount. For more information, go to


Medical center opens specialty clinic

The medical center, part of North Memorial Health care, opened last November and includes a new urgency center, primary care clinic, imaging center, lab, ambulatory surgery center and clinic.

The 63,000-square-foot building, located at 15450 Hwy. 7, initially spurred opposition from residents who pushed for the building to be scaled down from its initial nearly 67,000-square-foot space.

The new specialty clinic includes cardiology, dermatology, ENT, gastroenterology, general surgery, orthopedics, menopause care, neurology, plastic surgery, rheumatology and urology.

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Comments sought on plan for area

A draft of the Wooddale/Valley View small area plan has been posted online for comment. The plan can be found at Comment at

Following the comment period, public hearings on the plan are scheduled at the Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, and the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. Both public hearings will be held in the City Council chambers at Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St.


Hotel gets another city extension

The much-anticipated first hotel on Lake Minnetonka in decades has gotten another extension from the city of Excelsior.

The City Council approved an extension for the boutique hotel's final plans on March 2, moving the deadline to June 1 because it is awaiting final numbers related to tax increment financing that would go toward public improvements to the city's park and port.

The hotel has been discussed for more than five years, but final approval has been delayed several times. The hotel, which would be the first on Lake Minnetonka since 1964, would go on a now-vacant lot just yards from the shoreline.


Tindell to speak to Women's Club

The monthly luncheon meeting of the Women's Club of Hopkins will be held Tuesday, March 17, at Mizpah United Church of Christ, 412 5th Av. N., Hopkins. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a short business meeting. Author Chuck Tindell will talk about his book "Seeing Beyond the Wrinkles."

To make a reservation for the luncheon, call 952-933-6325 by Friday, March 13.


DNR hunting clinic to be held March 23

DNR-certified turkey hunting instructors will teach an advanced hunter education class March 23 at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, Medina.

The class, which takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., will teach turkey biology, management, hunting behavior and equipment, calling techniques and more. Cost to attend is $7.50; the program is for ages 11 and older. Go to for more information.


City Sampler to take place on March 14

Plymouth's ninth annual "City Sampler" will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 14, at City Hall. Residents can learn more about the city and ask questions of the mayor, City Council and staff. Refreshments will be served.

The event will offer a class for up to 35 residents on CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator. Representatives from Heart Safe Plymouth and the Plymouth Rotary will teach three sessions — at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.


Learn about stopping invasive species

Three Rivers Park District will hold an event March 14 on stopping invasive species in Carver Park Reserve in Victoria.

The event, from 1 to 3 p.m., will teach participants how to get involved in stopping the spread of land-based invasive species and participate in buckthorn removal and a bonfire. The event is free and open to all ages. For more information, go to


'Alice in Wonderland JR' to hit the stage

Blue Water Theatre Company is performing Disney's "Alice in Wonderland JR" this month.

The Wayzata theater company will hold shows at 7 p.m. March 20 and 2 p.m. March 21 at the Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins. The show features 38 third- through-eighth-grade actors.

Tickets are $5 for kids ages 12 and under and $9 for teens and adults. Tickets are available at or at the door beginning one hour before each performance.