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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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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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