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Multi-lingual weather and safety alerts

Do your neighbors, friends, or co-workers speak a language besides English? TPT NOW displays weather watches and warnings in four different languages. Help everyone you know stay weather aware by telling them about channel 2.5. The channel is constantly displaying up to the minute weather radar, local weather conditions, forecasts, health, and safety information. For local listings visit TPT Now

Recreational fire permits required for bonfire

bonfireIt is the time of year where we start to think about backyard bonfires. In Shorewood, you must have a new recreational fire permit each year. The free permits are issued by Excelsior Fire District. You can download your form online and bring it to city hall. If it is after hours, please put it in the silver drop box outside city hall. They can also be mailed, emailed, or faxed. There are restrictions for bonfires that are explained on the application. If you have questions, please contact city hall at 952.960.7900.

South Lake Minnetonka Police Department

Shorewood has a Joint Powers Agreement with the cities of Excelsior, Tonka Bay, and Greenwood to provide police protection through SLMPD. Residents may sign up for email alerts from SLMPD. The police department handles animal control for the city. Animal issues should be reported to 763.525.6210.

  • 24150 Smithtown Rd Map It
    Shorewood MN 55331
    Emergency: 911; Non-emergency: 763.525.6210; Admin: 952.474.3261

Excelsior Fire District

Shorewood is a member of the five-city Excelsior Fire District. Each July and October the fire district has community events. Watch the EFD web site for details.

Scott Gerber, Excelsior Fire Chief

Mound Fire Department

Fire Protection Services are contracted from Mound Fire Department for all Island residents. Each June the fire department has a fish fry for the community. Watch the MFD web site for details.

Greg Pederson, Mound Fire Chief

Guns and gun safety

South Lake Minnetonka Police Department is committed to gun safety and helping keep our community and children safe from gun violence and accidents. Get information on two programs to help with this effort: Operation Lock and Unload and Ammunition and Gun Disposal.

Social host ordinance

The Shorewood City Council recently adopted a social host ordinance. The purpose of the ordinance is to discourage underage consumption of alcoholic beverages by making the host of an underage drinking party criminally responsible. A violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor.

The ordinance provides that it is a crime for a person to host or allow a party where an underage person consumes alcoholic beverages if:

1. The host knew that alcohol or alcoholic beverages were going to be present at the party;
2. The host knew that an underage person was going to attend, or was likely to attend; and the host failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by an underage person.
3. The host failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by an underage person.

Reasonable steps that a person can take to avoid responsibility include:

1. Directing, on a one-time basis or as a standing order, that no consumption of alcohol and alcoholic beverages by minors is allowed;
2. Controlling access to alcohol and alcoholic beverages;
3. Checking identification of attendees to determine age; or,
4. Supervising the activities of underage persons at the gathering either in person or through a responsible adult.

A person can be responsible under the ordinance even if the person is not present at the party. However, an absent person is not responsible if the person did not know that a gathering would occur, or did not know that alcoholic beverages would be present, or did not know that an underage person was likely to be present. Parents who have alcoholic beverages in their homes are not responsible under the ordinance if they have issued a standing order that alcohol is not to be consumed by underage persons while in their home.

Severe storm awareness

They say if you don't like the weather in Minnesota, wait 10 minutes. Unfortunately when it comes to severe weather it can happen that quickly. Make sure your family is prepared for severe weather before it strikes. The National Weather Service has information for all ages on storm preparedness. Be prepared--it might save your life.

Juvenile curfew

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department would like to remind kids and parents that the Hennepin County Curfew law must be observed, and will be enforced by the SLMPD.

The law dictates the following by age:

  • Under 12 -  9:00 PM weekdays, 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday
  • 12 to 14 – 10:00 PM weekdays, 11:00 PM Friday and Saturday
  • 15 to 17 – 11:00 PM weekdays, midnight Friday and Saturday

Exceptions are as follows:

The juvenile is accompanied by a parent/guardian or other responsible adult, is engaged in lawful employment or is going to or from work, is involved in an emergency situation, is going to/attending/returning from an official school, religious, or other activity sponsored and/or supervised by a public entity or civic organization, is on an errand at the direction of a parent/guardian, or is on the boulevard or sidewalk abutting the property of the juvenile’s residence.

The complete ordinance can be viewed on-line at

Minnesota's Night To Unite

Although most South Lake area residents feel fairly safe from criminal activity, crime does occur in this area. One of the best ways to keep it from affecting you and your neighbors is to get to know each other.  Minnesota's Night To Unite (MNTU) provides an excellent opportunity for neighbors to become better acquainted. Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities and neighborhoods celebrate MNTU with a variety of evening events and activities such as block parties, cookouts, and visits from the police and fire departments. MNTU is an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable way to promote neighborhood spirit and police-citizen partnerships in the fight to keep our communities safe. The benefits your neighborhood will derive from MNTU will most certainly extend beyond the one night.

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department encourages you to organize a Night To Unite activity in your neighborhood. Members of the SLMPD are making themselves available to stop by these activities to answer questions, provide you with crime prevention tips, and get to know each other. Excelsior Fire District firefighters will also be visiting these block parties.

Please contact Community Service Supervisor David Hohertz at 952.474.3261 to have SLMPD officers attend your event.