Businesses and boaters around one of Minnesota’s most popular lakes say it’s time to salvage summer. All wake restrictions have now been lifted for Lake Minnetonka. Boaters have been forced to slow down since early June when severe storms raised the lake to record levels. They’re glad to be back to normal.
It’s very likely that Lake Minnetonka will have a few more boats out on the water before Labor Day as we head into the home stretch of summer. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the “High Water Declaration” has ended on one of the most popular lakes in the Twin Cities.
For many boaters on Lake Minnetonka, full speed never felt so good. “Everybody hasn’t been burning much fuel this year, but they’re burning a lot of fuel today,” said boater Steve Leighton. “All the boats are running wide open out there today, a there’s a lot of waves.”
After seven weeks of slow going on Lake Minnetonka, the emergency no-wake restrictions will end at midnight on Thursday. Last month’s heavy rain sent the lake to a record high, but it’s fallen nearly a foot since June 5, when the emergency high-water declaration went into effect.
It’s a calm morning at Gray’s Bay on Lake Minnetonka Thursday, but that will change when no-wake restrictions are lifted. Keyon Cooley, who fishes on the lake, drags his fishing boat to a public access point at Grey’s Bay at least twice a week.
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A Twin Cities father accused of leading police on a boat chase with a baby in tow has been charged Monday. Thirty-three-year-old Ryan Krueger, of Mound, was charged with one count each of fleeing a police officer, terroristic threats or reckless disregard, child endangerment and operating a motorboat under the influence of alcohol. According to authorities, around 8:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July, Krueger led police on a high-speed boat chase on Lake Minnetonka.
Water levels around the metro are finally beginning to drop, but boat traffic is still slow on Lake Minnetonka. The “no wake” rule has been in effect for weeks, including the Fourth of July weekend. It’s often the busiest weekend of the year for businesses along the lake, but “no wake” means less business to go around.
Boaters captured a high speed chase on Lake Minnetonka over the Fourth of July. Authorities were called to the lake on a domestic dispute. The driver, 33-year-old Ryan Krueger sped away The chase lasted roughly five minutes and no one was hurt. With a lakefront home, Doug Ellefson and his family have watched the 4th of July lake traffic for the last eight years. But, this holiday brought a first.
You’ve likely seen paddleboards gliding across Lake Minnetonka or Lake Calhoun, and maybe you’ve even given it a try yourself. But if you still have yet to try out your stand-up paddleboarding legs, this summer may be the time to do it.
Authorities say they chased man on Lake Minnetonka Friday night after trying to stop him for an alleged domestic incident. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office says deputies got a report of a domestic incident on a boat just before 9 p.m. A Sheriff’s Water Patrol boat then found the suspect, Ryan David Krueger, on Lake Minnetonka and tried to get him to stop his 17-foot runabout. That’s when Krueger took off across the lake.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been three decades since Prince bade us to “dig if you will a picture.” Yes, the blockbuster Purple Rain album — a 20 million unit monster that still stands atop the list of the bestselling Minnesota albums ever release, well ahead of Bob Dylan’s two separate Greatest Hits compilations — was released on June 25, 1984.
High water continues to keep boat traffic to a crawl on Lake Minnetonka. For the past couple of weeks, a lake-wide no wake order has stayed in effect.
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As kids step from the boats and onto the docks at Big Island, a day of fun and pleasure awaits each one of them. As parents of special needs children will tell you, the health challenges of one child affect the entire family. Nobody knows that better than Stacy McAllister.
Thursday was a long day for some people living near Minnehaha Creek. In St. Louis Park, some homes were surrounded by more than a thousand sandbags.
Communities along the Minnehaha Creek faced flooded yards and streets Thursday. The 22 mile-long creek, which connects Lake Minnetonka and Minnehaha Falls, reached the highest water levels ever recorded Thursday morning. People in the St. Louis Park Creekside neighborhood are helping each other stack sandbags.
The rising waters are causing trouble on Lake Minnetonka. The no wake restriction has been in effect for almost two weeks. The water is so high boats aren’t allowed to open up on the lake.
Almost a dozen sailboats capsized on Lake Minnetonka Saturday morning during a regatta. There were between 30-40 sailboats taking part in a weekend sailboat race near Smith Bay and Browns Bay when wind gusts reaching 50-60 mph began to wreak havoc on boaters.
The Green Line opening is just the newest chapter in the rich, storied history of University Avenue. Minneapolis and St. Paul were connected in 1890 with the creation of the street car system, according to Chad Roberts with the Ramsey County Historic Society.
Boaters and other lake goers are still being asked to go slow on Lake Minnetonka. On June 5, the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District implemented an “Emergency High Water” declaration, during which it is against the law for any watercraft to go at a speed that would result in more than a minimum wake.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has lifted the swimming advisory on Lake Minnetonka and Dutch Lake. Residents of the city of Mound were warned to stay out of both lakes at the beginning of the month when heavy rains caused sewage water to be rerouted into drains.
Go slow or get an expensive citation — that’s the message from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol. This is the first time Lake Minnetonka has ever had a minimum wake restriction on the entire lake. Deputies are on the water to educate and enforce the restriction.
Flip Saunders returns to the bench for the Timberwolves……That and more in the PODCAST SECTION….get there by CLICKING THE LINK ABOVE.
Chad Greenway did his best Superman impression this week. For his next feat, Greenway could further endear himself to new Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer by figuring out how to clone himself.