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Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is the perfect place for families to enjoy a Saturday afternoon. Bring a picnic and enjoy a lakeside lunch. Learn more...

Noerenberg Gardens

Situated on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka’s majestic Crystal Bay, Noerenberg Memorial Gardens offers a tranquil retreat to the quiet elegance and grace of days gone by. A favorite subject for local artists and an idyllic location for weddings. Learn more...

 

Local Lore

Miscellaneous Articles about Lake Minnetonka History

These interesting articles address everything from the dangerous aspects of wintering in the Lake Minnetonka area during the settler period to the local history of rock and roll.

Winter in the Lake Minnetonka area, Then and Now

The next time the minor inconveniences of winter get you down, remember...there was a time when things were just a bit more difficult.

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The 1930's Wayzata Skyline

The Wayzata Water Tank was located close to the Lamb Brothers Store, later to become Harts Café and presently Sunset's restaurant. Lamb's Store was a pioneer general store and gathering place.

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A History of The Narrows

How a small stream of water, only 18 - 24 inches deep and only suitable for dugout canoes and rowboats, became the commercial and recreational gateway to the Upper Lake.

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Danceland and the Excelsior Amusement Park, Part One

Upon entering the main gate and buying your tickets at the ticket booth, you were presented with a fascinating array of options. There was the ferris wheel, which lit up the sky at night, its squeaking seats taking you high above the crowds, and there were real inboard motorboats that you could rent for a quick spin around the lake...

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Danceland and the Excelsior Amusement Park, Part Two

Standing just across the road from the entrance to the Excelsior Amusement Park stood another ancient relic, Danceland. Twin Cities writer Daniel Gabriel, who made many treks out to the joint in the sixties, describes Danceland as being "a cavernous wooden hemisphere," a place of almost monumental stature...

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Danceland and the Excelsior Amusement Park, Part Three

The talk around Lake Minnetonka after the Rolling Stones departed was a mixture of disbelief and curiosity. Estimates vary on how many people were actually in attendance at Big Reggie's that night. Final tallies range between 200-500 people...

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The Yetti-Men, Lake Minnetonka's Legendary Surf Band, Part One

In 1963, when the entire nation was going ga-ga over surfing and surf music, it was only natural that surf bands would sprout up like weeds in garages all across the USA. Lake Minnetonkans, not ones to hide their heads in the cultural sand, were quick to catch the surf wave...

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The Yetti-Men, Lake Minnetonka's Legendary Surf Band, Part Two

"We were sitting around over at Lee's house watching a movie on t.v. called 'The Abominable Snowman. The term 'Yeti' was used in the film, and Skip thought it was unusual enough to think about as a possible name for the group. He suggested they call themselves "Yetti-Men" and the abominable tag stuck..."

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The Yetti-Men, Lake Minnetonka's Legendary Surf Band, Part Three

By the Autumn of 1963 the Yetti-Men were getting to be pretty well known...They began to develop a busy schedule of paid gigs, entering local "Battle of the Bands" contests with such groups as the Accents, the Castaways (who would later have a big hit with "Liar Liar") and Gregory Dee & the Avantis, of "Footstompin'" fame...

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Get Busy!

The spring months bring countless opportunities for wholesome family activities. To find out about happenings in the Lake Minnetonka area, visit our complete Calendar of Events!

Lake Minnetonka: An area steeped in history

From the days when Dakota Indians inhabited her shores, leaving behind ancient burial mounds which are still visible today, to the era of the steam locomotive and the paddle wheeler when grand Victorian hotels and amusement parks stood proudly on her banks, there has always been something alluring about this enchanted body of water. Learn more...