Sandy Langley, longtime, former City Clerk of Deephaven, Greenwood, Woodland, and Wayzata has been elected President for the Municipal Clerks & Finance Officers Association of Minnesota (MCFOA) for 2011-2012. The election was held during the Association’s Annual Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on March 17, 2011.
The MCFOA was established in 1937 to promote professional standards for City Clerks and Finance Officers. The Association provides educational opportunities through regional meetings and annual conferences and sponsors continuing education workshops for its certification program.
This honor and professional recognition comes after a 31 year long career in municipal government. Ms. Langley relocated to the comforts of Northern Minnesota after Wayzata terminated the position of City Clerk. She now contributes her talents to the City of Crosby, Minnesota. She has also been awarded the designation of MN Certified Municipal Clerk on the State and International levels.
The MCFOA has over 800 members from throughout the State of Minnesota, including city clerks, treasurers, clerk-treasurers, clerk-administrators, finance officers and deputy city clerks.
Skip Linden receives an honor from Mayor Ken Willcox. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Mayor Ken Willcox presents Skip Linden with a plaque in celebration of 43 years of service with the US Post Office. “He was conscientious and engaging, and such a big part of our lives in Wayzata.” Willcox stated during the ceremony.
Linden was very thankful, and the Council Chambers were at capacity. Skip accepted the award by stating, “I have had a great time, and I want to thank everyone I deliver to or met for making my life very interesting.”
Ojibway artist Rick Brown, aka River Man, will be featured at the Crosscreek Art Gallery on Lake Street in downtown Wayzata from now until January 15, 2011.
Brown is the third most popular painter in the state, according to local merchant Ken Herren of Your Art’s Desire in Minnetonka. “Brown is a prolific painter; he has a soothing palette, and his paintings are easy to look at. This type of artwork is appealing to families and all kinds of sensibilities, and his Indian heritage makes him popular with local casinos.” Herren stated via a telephone interview. Your Art’s Desire will be providing the frames for the display.
The walls of the Crosscreek Art Gallery will be filled with Brown’s paintings, and one can’t help but wonder what the inspiration for the paintings is when viewing them. According to Brown, the influences on his art come from the northern portions of the state, “Most of my landscape pieces–the inspiration comes from hiking in the woods up in Grand Marais, near Lake Superior.”
While Brown may enjoy the fruits of being a popular painter now, his upbringing near Lake of the Woods on the Manitou Rapids Indian Reservation was more humble. “I was raised in an orphanage and at fifteen years old, I ran away from those places. I got my families address here in the Twin Cities and tracked down the place.”
Brown encountered the home he believed the family to be living in, but found a hospital bill for his brother indicating the family had moved back to Canada. He decided to hitchhike further south down Interstate 35 into Iowa. It wasn’t for another year before he was able to connect with them, with the revelation the family had been out playing bingo the evening he arrived at the home.
Asked about the popularity of his artwork, Brown indicated, “A lot of people seem to like my art, so I keep plugging away.”
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Brown has provided numerous commissions including corporate and private collectors, according to his website. The Crosscreek Art Gallery is located at 810 East Lake Street in Wayzata, and is open Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
If you go:
What: Paintings by popular artist Rick Brown, aka River Man When: Now through January 15, 2011 Where: 810 East Lake Street, in the building that D’amico & Sons is in. Hours: Mon-Sun 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
For more information, call Ken Herren at Your Art’s Desire: 952-988-9772
Wayzata native Vince Vaughn stopped by the Kare 11 Studios on Saturday to promote his comedy show. Eric Perkins interviewed Vaughn, and asks where he was born in Minnesota, and Vaughn replies “Wayzata.”
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Tim Mahoney, popular local singer/songwriter, will perform at a summer evening concert 5 to 9 p.m. July 19, to benefit the Pay It Forward Fund. The concert will be held at the Lake Minnetonka home of Michelle Morey and Scott Bissen, founders of the Pay It Forward Fund.
The 2009 event will have limited seating, with only 300 tickets available for purchase on the Pay It Forward Fund Web site www.payitforwardfund.net. Concert tickets cost $50 and include beer, brats and burgers. There will be a shuttle service to the event from the Minnesota Center for the Arts. Ticket information and directions are available on the Pay It Forward Web site.
About the Pay It Forward Fund
The Pay It Forward Fund is a fund within the North Memorial Foundation. It assists women’s cancer patients (breast, ovarian,\ and uterine) undergoing treatment at North Memorial’s Hubert Humphrey Cancer Center, Unity, Mercy and Monticello-Big Lake Hospitals with the payment of basic living expenses. The program allows people to donate money to a fund that makes an immediate impact on the lives of women cancer patients in need. One hundred percent of all donations will be used to help women in need. There are no administrative fees taken out of the fund. Pay It Forward Fund is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, please visit our website at www.payitforwardfund.net.
Wayzata resident Courtney Yasmineh is releasing her third studio recording of original songs this Friday, June 26, at the 318 Cafe and Wine Bar in Excelsior. Courtney will be performing songs from the new record with her touring band. The record, entitled “Beautiful Lonely,” has already had rave reviews; the Duluth Tribune called it a “flourescent pop masterpiece” in their music section last week.
Courtney’s oldest child, Nina Yasmineh, will open with an acoustic performance of songs from her first six song EP “Real Good Thing.” Shows are at 7 and 9 p.m. and reservations are strongly recommended. The 318 can be reached at 952-401-7902.
Wayzata resident and CEO of Caribou Coffee Michael Tattersfield was featured in the Star Tribune June 6. Tattersfield has held the position at the Brooklyn Park-based company since August 2008. Since Tattersfield took over, Caribou has shown profits in the past two quarters after not making a profit in the past 14.
Linda Pugh has lived in Wayzata since June 2004, and was out in Wayzata today running some errands until she took a break to sit on a Lake St bench and enjoy the view.
Pugh says her favorite thing about Wayzata is the lake, and wishes she boated. She has wanted to take some sailing classes but says, “last summer I went to Africa, this summer I’m going to Africa,” so she hasn’t found the time.
When the beach opens she also likes to spend time there.
For the rest of the day, Pugh was planning to sit and enjoy the view, grab a bite to eat, and “get a few things that I need to buy before I leave for Africa.”
Jim Ryan, CEO of Ryan Companies, died Thursday morning after a 10-month battle with melanoma cancer.
Ryan was a longtime member of the S27.9 fleet at the Wayzata Yacht Club with his boat Banshee, and regularly traveled to Bayfield Raceweek and Key West for Regattas, according to Dallas Johnson from the Wayzata Yacht Club.
Pat Ryan, Jim’s cousin and expected successor as CEO, said in a company statement, “Jim’s goal was not to build the biggest buildings or be the largest company. His goal was to build character in his employees, build confidence in our customers and to build better communities. This world would be a better place if there were more CEOs with Jim Ryan’s values.”
Jim Ryan is survived by his wife Colleen, and his children Tim, Nell, Dan, Sean and Tess Ryan, and Molly Carson, Maggie Allen and Kate Hegman.
Mass of Christian Burial for Jim Ryan will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 1, at the Church of St. Therese of Deephaven. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday May 31, at the same location and one hour prior to Mass.