Now, more than ever, a community like Wayzata needs to come together. The pandemic has left many of us feeling isolated. As we slowly get back to normal, leaning on neighbors, family and friends (in person) will be crucial.
My name is Nate Leding and Wayzata is my hometown. I grew up here, walking to Widsten Elementary School. Widsten is where I initially met my wife.
I have so many fond memories growing up – J.J. Hill Days, the 4th of July bike parade along Broadway Avenue, skating at Klapprich Park, and spending countless summer days at Wayzata Beach.
I have more than 20 years of experience as a journalist and obtained my Masters Degree from the University of Minnesota.
My grandmother, Elizabeth (known to most as Billie) came to Wayzata in the 1930s.
During the late 1940s and early 1950s, she wrote a weekly article in the Minnetonka Herald called "Wayzata News".
She documented the the lives of Wayzatans including who had who over for dinner, updates on students away at college and who was doing what over the holidays.
She also served on the women's service organization Waytonka Club.
My grandfather, Lawrence, was managing a municipal liquor store on the Iron Range following his service in World War II.
He moved to Wayzata when he took a job as the first manager of Wayzata’s new municipal liquor store which opened in 1947.
He served on the Board of Directors of Wayzata's Civic-Commerce Association and was a member of the Wayzata American Legion Post 118.
Meanwhile, my great uncle, Dave Hedican, served as the Commander of the Wayzata American Legion, founding member of the Wayzata Rotary, and served on the Wayzata volunteer fire department.
It’s an honor to launch Wayzata Together. This publication will serve the residents of Wayzata with its high quality stories, photographs, resources and information. We thank the local businesses, the backbone of this community, for supporting this local publication. Without them, Wayzata Together would not exist.
This publication will thrive on feedback and suggestions from Wayzata residents. If you have a story idea or photograph to share – please do. If you have constructive criticism – we’re all ears.
This is your magazine. Wayzata is my hometown and as a current resident, living here with my wife, daughter, dog and cat, I’m thrilled to share this wonderful community with you.
Nate Leding, Publisher, Wayzata Together