U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips to host opioid crisis conversation April 22 in Shorewood

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, who represents Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District, will host a free community conversation focused on the opioid crisis on Monday, April 22, at Shorewood Community & Event Center, 5735 Country Club Road. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event starts at 6:30 p.m. Phillips, along with state Sen. Chris Eaton …

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Open house on Wayzata 2040 Comprehensive Plan will be April 23

Residents are invited to learn about the draft Wayzata 2040 Comprehensive Plan and provide input at an open house 5:30-7 p.m., with a 6 p.m. presentation, Tuesday, April 23, at Wayzata City Hall, 600 Rice St. E. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the planning team, review the draft plan and provide …

Developers set to bring apartments to Mound’s Commerce Place Shopping Center

Mound City Council continued the discussion of turning a portion of Commerce Place Shopping Center into an apartment building during their March 26 meeting. The construction is proposed by Schafer Richardson, who have owned the building approximately 15 years. Vice President of Development, Maureen Michalski and Project Manager Trevor Martinez stood in front of the …

Brrr, Freaking Brrr… Wakesurfers make a splash on icy Lake Minnetonka

It is safe to say that after our last late blast of Winter, the majority of Minnesotans can't wait for things to warm up. Few, however, are as impatient as professional wakesurfer Stacia Bank. She took her first run of the season Sunday, braving broken ice chunks on Lake Minnetonka's Crystal Bay. It's become a …

Maple Plain fire chief resigns post at Orono schools

Maple Plain Fire Chief Justin McCoy has resigned from his position as coordinator of facilities and safety for the Orono School District after the district initiated an investigation into allegations of misconduct. On March 4, the Orono school board held a special closed session meeting for preliminary consideration of allegations against an individual who is …

Hull’s Narrows

Ye Olde Lake Minnetonka

Hull’s Narrows, also known as the old Narrows. It’s located on County Road 19 a little bit south of the new Narrows, or as it referred to now, The Narrows, on Old Channel Bay.

Back in 1853, Stephen Hull took possession of a couple of lots in Excelsior Township from Joseph McCloud and through the property ran a small stream that up until 1884 was the only connection between the upper and lower lakes, hence, “Hull’s Narrows” was named.

Hull’s Narrows about 1882

Up until 1873 Hull’s Narrows was described as a mud bottomed swamp and bog, 15 to 20 feet wide with the depth ranging between 18 inches and two feet and very crooked and winding. It was used by dugouts and rowboats, and after 1860, flat bottom steamers, most notably the Governor Ramsey.

Flat bottom steamer Governor Ramsey

In 1873 the larger steamer May Queen was launched and…

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