Martha Long couldn’t believe her eyes as she read the tender words from her stoic grandfather to her vivacious grandmother. Read more about 'I Love You So Deeply': Wayzata Woman Finds Grandparents' 90-Year-Old Love Letters
Minnesota's only two licensed marine archaeologists have made it their mission to study what’s at the bottom of local lakes—including Lake Minnetonka—in order to better understand our past. Read more about What's at the Bottom of Minnesota's Lakes? These Marine Archaeologists Are Finding Out
In 1901, Dr. George LaPaul had a stern-wheel steamboat built bearing his name at a cost of $10,000.
The George launched from the Excelsior docks with a large crowd of over 1,000 spectators. The boat held 800 passengers and was the largest boat on Lake Minnetonka at the time.
In 1908, after various owners and re-namings, the Excelsior was considered antiquated, was decommissioned, and shortly afterward had her engines, boilers and other valuable equipment removed. Read more about In 1909, Thousands Watched a Fiery Funeral for Lake Minnetonka's Largest Boat