A message from Mayor Wiersum

City of Minnetonka

A message from Mayor Wiersum

Dear Minnetonka residents,

Greetings and best wishes. I hope you and your families are safe and well.

It has been more than two months since a state of emergency was declared in the city of Minnetonka. Though this time has been far from easy, I am proud of the work we’ve done as a city and a state. We’ve gained knowledge, better equipment and perhaps a better roadmap with which to navigate treacherous waters. It is not over, but it is better.

We also made some significant decisions in Minnetonka this week:

  • On Monday, the city council extended the city’s state of emergency until 30 days after the statewide emergency ends. This action provides the time and flexibility the city needs to react to COVID-related issues that are specific to our community.
  • City playgrounds and play structures reopened yesterday. Signage will provide users with safety guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking of our parks: When you’re enjoying them with your pet, please be sure to follow city regulations regarding leash laws. Visit the city’s website for reminders.

Some business owners have contacted me with requests to fully reopen despite the executive orders in place. While I truly sympathize with the challenges the pandemic has created, and as much as I sometimes wish I could change the situation, my authority as mayor in the City of Minnetonka resides with the city council. It is important to note that during a declared state of emergency, the governor’s executive orders are law – and the city must uphold and enforce the regulations.

While we may welcome the relaxation of certain mandates, individual responsibility is more important than ever. The actions you and I take will determine whether we can successfully turn the corner on COVID-19. I urge you again to follow CDC guidelines, wear a mask, socially distance, wash your hands frequently and stay at home if you are sick or vulnerable.

You remain in my thoughts and prayers. Be safe, be kind, be well - and have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.


Brad Signature

Brad Wiersum
City of Minnetonka


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