SUN Sailor Editions Wayzata

Sailor Wayzata Thursday, May 25, 2017 $ 1 Vol. 47, No. 22 News Update Wayzata track team wins again Wayzata High’s string of consecutive state Class AAA True Team track and fi eld titles reached fi ve Friday, May 19, at Stillwater High School. Sports on page 10 Calendar of Wayzata events To page 5 Dig It Day volunteers fi ll Wayzata’s gardens James Peters-Fransen was among 71 volunteers who didn’t let the wet conditions stop them from planting fl owers May 21 outside Wayzata Library and throughout the city for the eighth-annual Dig-It Day. The annual volunteer planting session invites the community to help fi ll the city’s gardens with fl owers. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Jason Jenkins) MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 8 Esther receives her diploma In 2010, when Esther Begam was telling her story as a Holocaust survivor to a class at the Wayzata High School, she was asked what her biggest regret in life was. She said it was that she had never received a high school diploma. To page 2 Plans reviewed for new building Bad news for fans of the Colonel: A new commercial building could replace the Ken- tucky Fried Chicken on Wayzata Boulevard. To page 2 Our viewpoint: Wealth in Minn. ‘Years before “the 1 per- cent” was coined as an invective against deeply uneven U.S. wealth dis- tribution, a Minnesota congressman was tilting his sword at the prob- lem.’ Opinion on page 4 Public notices Read the latest an- nouncements from your city, school district and other public agencies. To page 12 Sun-Sailor 33 Second St. N.E. Osseo, MN 55369 763-425-3323 Offi cer Vanderheiden retires after 23 years on the force in Wayzata BY JASON JENKINS SUN SAILOR NEWSPAPERS May 16 marked a fi rst for Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold – he saw one of his offi cers retire. Offi cer Robert Van- derheiden has offi cially retired after 23 years of service in Wayzata and more than 30 years in law enforcement. Vanderheiden began his law enforcement ca- reer in 1986 in Kenyon in southern Minnesota and became the city’s police chief at the age of 25. He then came to Wayzata to serve as a patrol offi cer. “The support from the Wayzata community as a whole was really very good,” Vanderheiden said from his cabin in Alex- andria, where he said he plans on spending much of his time. Vanderheiden, an avid fi sherman and hunter, said he looks forward to camping and water ski- ing with his wife and three children. “My game plan right now is to take six months off,” he said. “I’ve been working since I was 12 years old.” Vanderheiden said that Families wait in line for a serving of soup and bread at the annual Wayzata Empty Bowls event. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Jason Jenkins) Offi cer Robert Vanderheiden celebrates at his retirement par- ty May 15. Vanderheiden retired after 23 years of service in Wayzata and more than 30 years in law enforcement. (Photo provided by the Wayzata Police Department) while his plan for now is to remain retired from police work, he may seek work related to his training as an emergency medial technician or fi nd a job as a dispatcher at a sheriff’s department. “I could see myself do- ing a variety of things,” he said. Vanderheiden said during his time with the Wayzata department, he’s come to appreciate the support offered by mem- bers of the community. “The citizens in Way- zata, they’re very good at coming up and saying, ‘Thank you for your ser- vice. We really appreci- ate it.’ ... That doesn’t go without notice,” he said. And while he knows there are more people he could help by staying on the police force, he said he’ll rest easy knowing there are many dedicated offi cers serving the com- munity. “I leave knowing there’s a lot of guys at our de- partment and other de- partments that I know darn well can do a terrifi c job,” he said. OFFICER - TO PAGE 6 Families enjoy a 25th helping of Empty Bowls Wayzata High event is longest-running fundraiser of its kind in Minnesota BY JASON JENKINS hosted an Empty Bowls SUN SAILOR NEWSPAPERS event. The grassroots effort raises money for One by one, hungry Plymouth-based In- guests of all ages lined terfaith Outreach and up May 18 in the caf- Community Partners eteria at Wayzata High and its fi ght against hun- School. But they weren’t ger in the community. there strictly for dinner. The nonprofi t’s service They had a bigger goal area includes the com- in mind: To raise money munities of Hamel, and awareness toward Long Lake, Medicine ending hunger and food Lake, Medina, Min- insecurity in the commu- netonka Beach, Orono, nity. Plymouth and Wayzata. This year marked the 25th year the school has BOWLS - TO PAGE 9 Two Wayzata Bay residents charged for prostitution, sex traffi cking Charges outline nationwide sex business, based at Lake Minnetonka home BY GRETCHEN SCHLOSSER SUN SAILOR NEWSPAPERS Two Wayzata Bay residents face multiple felony charges for racketeering, sex traffi cking and prostitution for allegedly run- ning a nationwide commercial sex business from a Lake Min- netonka home. Ricky Arlen Turner, 28, faces four felony charges, and Brit- tany Marie Harenza, 25, faces two felony charges, in Washing- ton County District Court. Both made their fi rst court appear- Ricky Turner Brittany Harenza ance May 18. Turner’s uncondi- tional bail was set at $500,000, and Harenza’s bail was set at $150,000. Both are scheduled to make their next court appearance May 24. The pair were arrested May 17, Turner at the lake home and Harenza at a Woodbury hotel, according to Washington County arrest records. 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