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Sailor Body camera Artsy goods South Lake Minnetonka Police will soon start a body camera pilot program Tonka Bay’s Gathered Goods features uniquely crafted gifts. Page 15 Page 16 EXCELSIOR / SHOREWOOD Thursday, June 22, 2017 Gray’s Bay Dam adds new equipment Bringing hope to kids The Minnetonka Power Squadron and the Wayzata American Legion Post 118 hosted a HopeKids event June 16 on Lake Minnetonka, where families of children with life-threatening illnesses enjoyed a day on Big Island. HopeKids partnered with the Minnetonka Power Squadron to give 109 participants a fun day, including a picnic, scavenger hunt, face painting, swimming, fi shing, time with family and friends, and private boat rides from Wayzata to Big Island. The children also got to drive the boats during the ride. The event was at the Minnetonka Power Squadron facility on Big Island. (Sun Sailor staff photos by Paige Kieffer) See Hope , Page 23 By PAIGE KIEFFER HopeKids fi sh off of a dock on Big Island. Parker Wendroth fi shes on Big Island. Andrew and Abby Ryks play on a swing. Colleen Dehmer paints fl owers on Briley Pilgrim’s arm. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has partnered with the U.S. Geological Survey to monitor water levels on Lake Minnetonka and the Minnehaha Creek. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is cel- ebrating its 50th anniver- sary this year. Gray’s Bay Dam in Wayzata was built in 1979 to help control fl ooding along the creek. Telly Mamayek, the wa- tershed district director of communications and education, said the water- shed was founded in 1967 after Twin Cities’ residents along the creek created a petition to form a water- shed. This was sparked by massive fl ooding that oc- curred during the spring of 1966, causing many neigh- borhoods to fl ood. “Flood Prevention is why the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District was founded,” Mamayek said. Laura Domyancich, watershed district project and land technician added, “This was actually the fi rst project of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and we were asked to fi gure out a solution for fl ooding on the creek and how to maintain a lake level that was viable to the lake while also maintaining a level of fl ow through the creek.” See Gray’s , Page 10 Price $1.00 Volume 47, No. xx Index Opinion-Page 4-5 Calendar-Page 7 Sports-Pages 12-14 Public Safety-Page 15 Business-Page 16 Arts-Pages 22 Classifieds-Pages 17-21 Sun Newspapers | 10917 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 @MNSunSailor PUBLIC NOTICES: See page 23