Lake Minnetonka

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The 31st Annual Chilly Open Tees Off On Lake Minnetonka

It’s one of the strangest events on ice you’ll ever see; a golf tournament on a frozen lake. Saturday marks the 31st annual Chilly Open on Lake Minnetonka. This year’s theme is ‘Gone Country,’ so make sure to bring the cowboy hat and boots.

02/07/2015

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Sheriff: 2 Vehicles Break Through Ice On Lake Minnetonka

Two different vehicles broke through the ice on Lake Minnetonka Wednesday night. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office says the first vehicle — an SUV with two teenage boys from Edina inside — went through thin ice near the Gray’s Bay channel in Wayzata Bay at about 5:40 p.m.

02/04/2015

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Mpls. Parks And Rec Close Outdoor Skating Rinks Due To Warm Weather

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is warning everyone to be cautious if they plan to go out on the ice. Thanks to our warmer weather, ice on a number of lakes has thinned considerably.

01/27/2015

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Man Dies Of Heart Attack During Pond Hockey Championships

A fun day on the ice turned tragic during a pond hockey tournament on Lake Minnetonka on Friday.

01/25/2015

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Mike And Natalie Get Hooked On Ice Fishing

It’s cold outside. But, that means ice fishing season is heating up! It’s one of the most popular sports in the state, and many look forward to the time of year when the ice is thick enough for it.

01/10/2015

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Hundreds Flock To Lake Minnetonka For Icy New Year’s Dive

Frigid temperatures didn’t keep hundreds of people from jumping into a very cold Lake Minnetonka this morning as part of a New Year’s Day tradition called the ALARC Ice Dive. More than 700 people took park in Thursday morning’s dive.

01/01/2015

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WCCO’s Lauren Casey Learns Ice Rescue Skills

Having moved to Minnesota from Florida, my scariest aquatic experience involved a water temperature below 80 degrees, until Tuesday. I put on a protective “mustang” suit, ready for a mock water rescue in icy Lake Minnetonka with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol. Not yet at ice’s edge, I was already panic stricken. I can’t imagine this as my job.

11/25/2014

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Westonka Program Aims To Make Minnetonka A Better Walleye Destination

The boating season has pretty much ended on Lake Minnetonka, but to one group of anglers what they did Friday will pay off next summer. They’re with the Westonka Walleye Program, a private effort to improve walleye fishing close to home.

10/31/2014

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DNR: Lake Virginia Now Infested With Zebra Mussels

State officials say they’ve confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in a west metro lake connected to Lake Minnetonka, which has been infested with the invasive species for years.

09/10/2014

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After Mellow Summer, Lake Minnetonka Hosts Wakesurfing Comp

The first ever organized wakesurfing competition on Lake Minnetonka is wrapping up, despite a set-back earlier this summer.

08/23/2014

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DNR: Zebra Mussels Found In Christmas Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of an invasive aquatic species in another metro lake. Staff from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District discovered eight zebra mussels on Christmas Lake in Shorewood, which is just south of Lake Minnetonka.

08/20/2014

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Boaters Make Up For Lost Time Now That Wake Restrictions Have Been Lifted

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.

08/04/2014

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‘High Water Declaration’ Ends On Lake Minnetonka

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.

08/04/2014

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Lake Minnetonka Is Back in Business

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.”

07/26/2014

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Businesses Welcome End Of ‘No Wake’ On Lake Mtka.

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.

07/25/2014

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No Wake Restrictions To Be Lifted On Lake Minnetonka

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.

07/24/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 7-24-14

Click the link above to listen back to some highlights from Thursday’s show!

07/24/2014

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Man Who Allegedly Police On High-Speed Boat Chase Charged

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.

07/07/2014

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Lakeside Businesses Feel Effects Of No Wake Rule

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.

07/05/2014

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Man Allegedly Leads Police On High-Speed Boat Chase On Lake Minnetonka

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.

07/05/2014

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Busy Moms Finding Zen On Paddleboards

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.

07/05/2014

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Authorities: Patrol Chases Boat For 5 Minutes On Lake Minnetonka

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.

07/04/2014

Prince

‘Purple Rain’s Tracks Ranked From Worst To Best

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.

06/25/2014

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On Lake Minnetonka, Business Is As Slow As The Boats

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.

06/23/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 6-23-14

Click the LINK ABOVE to listen to high lights from Monday’s show!

06/23/2014

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