A message from Mayor Wiersum

City of Minnetonka

A message from Mayor Wiersum

Dear Minnetonka residents,

At this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s clear we’re in a marathon – not a sprint – and endurance is going to be an important trait as we move forward.

In marathons and other long-distance races, success comes from preparation, determination, grit and the will to persevere. This crisis is similar. We’re dealing with unexpected challenges and traversing new territory. And it’s critical to push through the pain, remain confident in our course and stay focused on the goal, however far off it may seem.

In Minnesota – and Minnetonka – we keep finding positives to inspire us each week. Our state continues to be a leader, highlighted by the exciting news that wide-scale testing capabilities are on the way thanks to Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. The “Stay at Home” order is working and has been slightly relaxed. Thank you for strictly following the order, and please keep it up.

We’ve had an eventful week in Minnetonka. Here are a few highlights:

  • We held our second virtual city council meeting.
  • We celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
  • City staff announced a coloring contest, where the prizes benefit local businesses.
  • We rolled out an emergency loan program to offer a helping hand to small businesses in our community.
  • I was able to help facilitate a donation of 200 face shields to protect Minnetonka police and fire personnel, with extras to be donated to senior care facilities.

Speaking of protective equipment donations, here’s a great way you can help. The Minnetonka Fire Department will collect cloth mask donations on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here for full details. If you have extra cloth masks or the ability to make them, please consider contributing. The fire department will distribute the masks to care facilities throughout our community.

As we keep running this COVID marathon, I urge you once more to stay the course. Follow CDC guidelines, be diligent about social distancing, wear a mask when you go out and keep washing those hands. Take care of yourself and your family and help others when you can. Persevere. Sticking to this path is the surest way to safely reach the finish line.

You remain in my thoughts and prayers. Be safe, be kind, be well.


Brad Signature

Brad Wiersum
City of Minnetonka



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