A message from Mayor Wiersum

City of Minnetonka

A message from Mayor Wiersum

To our Minnetonka community:

Wow, what a week it has been.

Over the past 10 days, coronavirus has altered our world in unprecedented ways, and we’re all adjusting to a new reality. I hope you and your families are healthy and adapting well to these new circumstances. Please know you’re not alone as we navigate this uncertainty together.

Big decisions

As a city, we’ve made some very difficult decisions. Last Friday, we began closing facilities and canceling events. Monday, I declared a state of local emergency with the city council’s support. Tuesday, we closed all offices and facilities and canceled everything until further notice, including city council meetings. No decisions were made lightly, but the health and safety of our community continues to be our top priority.

City services

Through this crisis, the city is committed to providing a high level of essential services to the community. Public safety (police, fire and emergency services) and utilities (sewer, water and streets) continue to be our main focus. The city’s Emergency Management Team meets daily to assess and address this pandemic. Much of the city’s staff is working diligently from home. We’re exploring the possibility of holding council and other meetings remotely to keep city business moving forward while responsibly adhering to social distancing.

Do your part

Minnetonka residents, I call on each of you to do your part to fight coronavirus. Each of us must accept and embrace our individual responsibility.

  • Diligently follow the CDC’s health recommendations.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Stay home if you’re not sick, except for essential activities.
  • If you have to leave the house, meticulously follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Help others in need, but do so in a way that keeps you and the person you are helping safe.
  • “Shelter in place” orders have begun in other states. Prepare for the possibility of a similar order in Minnesota, and strictly abide by it if it happens.

Stay updated

Visit minnetonkamn.gov/coronavirus to sign up for email or text updates and to find information and an abundance of helpful resources for residents and businesses, including ways you can help those in need.

On March 4, 1933, a time of great uncertainty in America, President Franklin Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” I call on the residents of Minnetonka to be strong and stay vigilant. Americans are at their best when the challenge is the greatest. We will get through this together. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Brad Signature

Brad Wiersum
City of Minnetonka