About LYNAS

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Adults at LYNAS Creekwalk

What We Do

The Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association (LYNAS) consists of volunteers and a part-time coordinator. The group facilitates communication, builds community, drives improvements, and represents residents and businesses with the goal of making Lynnhurst the best neighborhood possible.

Mission

Foster a strong sense of community for all within Lynnhurst, contributing to a stronger Minneapolis.

Funding

Learn how we are funded in this January 15, 2023 Southwest Voices article.

Committees

Our Community Engagement committee promotes community unity to preserve and improve the fine quality of life in Lynnhurst. This committee works to provide opportunities for residents to gather, get to know one another and build community spirit.

Along with our annual events — Summer Festival at Lynnhurst Park and our Annual Meeting — we host gatherings throughout the year for neighbors to meet, learn, and share. Event information is always available through our calendar, Facebook page, email news and Nextdoor Lynnhurst.

LYNAS believes that maintaining viable and attractive small businesses in the neighborhood is an important piece of our quality of life. Examples of the activities this committee coordinates include arranging forums for exchanges with the community on zoning and development issues and offering businesses matching grants to perform exterior upgrades to their properties — well-maintained exteriors can contribute to the neighborhood’s overall image.

We also encourage neighborhood event sponsorships to give businesses exposure, and publish local business profiles in our newsletter. The committee continues to seek ways LYNAS can support our business community and would welcome a business representative on it.

The Communications Committee is focused on providing information to and engagement with the residents of Lynnhurst neighborhood. We do this by written and electronic media such as our newsletter, website, and social media. We strive to provide current news and information, but to also receive feedback and answer questions. We work to create a sense of community by welcoming new neighbors with a small gift.

Our goal is to have a neighborhood where people feel safe. This committee coordinates with our Crime Prevention Specialist and other 5th Precinct representatives to provide the neighborhood with information and suggestions for improving the safety and security of our community.

Current and past focus areas include making improvements to lighting in strategic areas, assisting residents on how to improve personal and home safety and keeping everyone in the neighborhood aware of potentially unsafe situations.

Compared to other areas of the city, we’ve really got it pretty good here in Lynnhurst, but there is always room for improvement.

Our Lynnhurst Environment Committee (LEC) promotes the beautiful natural environment that defines Lynnhurst’s boundaries. This committee meets once a month to discuss environmental concerns and plan actions to improve the quality and sustainability of the neighborhood’s natural environment.

Some of the many efforts the committee undertakes on our behalf include the annual creek cleanup on Earth Day, an annual Buckthorn Bust, environment themed forums, zero waste efforts, neighborhood events, and most recently the Association’s Blooming Alleys pilot project.

Visit the LEC page/blog for more information.

The Housing Committee identifies and implements investments of funds for the purpose of housing-related projects. This has included a low-interest home improvement program for Lynnhurst residents in the past and currently includes a loan to Propel Nonprofits for an affordable housing project outside of the neighborhood. We will continue to assess housing investment opportunities within and external to Lynnhurst.

The Infrastructure Committee addresses neighborhood concerns and improvements related to our parks, other recreational areas, roadways, transportation modes including bicycles and pedestrians, and Lake Harriet and Minnehaha Creek. The Committee also responds to neighbor's concerns about new proposed developments within the neighborhood.

Projects in these areas can be complex, involving various City of Minneapolis departments such as Public Works, the Park Board, Hennepin County, the Minnehaha Watershed District, and others. Coordinating with adjacent neighborhoods sharing our roads and other resources can be a key part of activities in these areas.

The Zoning committee assists the neighborhood by providing feedback on requested residential building variances based on a series of criteria as well as neighbor feedback. 

The mission of the Zoning committee is to help homeowners navigate the variance process as they improve their homes while preserving the unique character and appeal of Lynnhurst. 

We work with the homeowner, contractors, neighbors and the city to make sure everyone is heard and to help ensure a positive outcome for all parties.

Get Involved

Give your input on neighborhood issues or volunteer your time. Get to know your neighbors, enjoy our neighborhood, and help maintain and improve our great quality of life. There’s an opportunity for every level of commitment.

Attend Monthly Meetings

We meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave S., in the library.

Board Members

Jesse Feinberg
Jesse Feinberg

Jesse has lived in Lynnhurst and Minneapolis since 2022, moving here from Chicago together with his wife Lindsay and kids Karl and Alice. He loves being near the creek and lakes as well as being within walking or biking distance of restaurants, coffee shops, and other neighborhood destinations.

Jesse works at Minneapolis-based solar developer Nokomis Energy. He’s excited to help make Lynnhurst and Minneapolis a more sustainable place to live and work.

Contact Jesse at jesse.feinberg@lynnhurst.org.

Megan Fetterman-Prestil
Megan Fetterman-Prestil

Megan and her husband, Tony, moved to Minneapolis fall of 2022 for her job at SC Johnson. She works in customer supply chain supporting sales to Target while Tony works from home as an engineer for Rockwell Automation. When not at work, she spends her time doing home renovation projects, gardening, baking, crocheting, and reading. The Lynnhurst neighborhood attracted them for its beautiful homes, accessibility to restaurants, coffee shops, and walking trails. Megan, Tony, and their son love walking along the creek to unwind and connect with nature right in the middle of the city.

She is looking forward to serving the Lynnhurst neighborhood by continuing to foster the sense of community and to make it a safe and welcoming place to raise her family. 

Contact Megan at megan.fetterman-prestil@lynnhurst.org.

Peter Forbes
Peter Forbes

Contact Peter at peter.forbes@lynnhurt.org.

Michelle Hansmann
Michelle Hansmann

Bio coming soon.

Contact Michelle at michelle.hansmann@lynnhurst.org.

Luke Hollenkamp
Luke Hollenkamp
Vice President
Sam Kwon
Sam Kwon

Sam has lived in Lynnhurst and Minneapolis since 2012 with his wife, Mary Ann and 2 children Josie and Ryder. He's a passionate soccer fan (Go Loons!) and loves to spend his time biking and walking the neighborhood with his family and 2 dogs (Pepper and Archie).

Sam is a small business owner running is own Retail + Business Development consultant company. He is excited to continue being a steward for the community, having most recently served as the President of Burroughs Elementary School PTA and the Board of Minneapolis United Soccer Club. He’s excited to help bring the community together and showcase the Lynnhurst neighborhood.

Contact Sam at sam.kwon@lynnhurst.org.

Don LaMagdeleine
Don LaMagdeleine

Don has lived in Lynnhurst for 30 years. He and his wife Kris love the area for its easy access to nature as well as its numerous restaurants and shops, many of which serve as focal points for a good walk. Besides walking he putters around an old house, runs a book club, reviews dissertations and article manuscripts, and periodically co-grandparents 11 little kids (but seldom all at once).

Originally from northern Illinois, Don is a sociologist who taught social research/theory and leadership for 35 years in the Twin Cities. During that period he also served as a research officer and department chair for over 10 years.

Don is interested in exploring ways in which area neighbors can build a stronger sense of local community and livability.

Contact Don at don.lamagdeleine@lynnhurst.org.

Patrick Larson
Patrick Larson
Patrick has lived in the Lynnhurst neighborhood for the last two years. He currently rents a duplex but hopes to live in the neighborhood long-term. 
 
Patrick currently works for the University of Minnesota Foundation where he is a Development Officer for the Masonic Children's Hospital. Additionally, he is an MBA candidate at the U of M Carlson School. He is also involved with Special Olympics Minnesota, holding a seat on the Young Professionals Board which advocates for people with intellectual disabilities. 
 
An active runner, you can find Patrick enjoying the trails around the chain of lakes or Minnehaha Creek. He is excited to contribute to the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Council on important issues like housing, small business development, and the environment. 
 
Contact Patrick at patrick.larson@lynnhurst.org.
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Linda McConley

Linda and her husband have lived in Lynnhurst since 2001. Their three kids attended Burroughs, Justice Page, and Washburn. She's held a variety of local volunteer positions for her kids’ schools, sports clubs, and other activities.

Linda spent much of her career in corporate communications before starting a website design/development business in 2016. Prior to joining the Lynnhurst Board, she worked with the Communications Committee to create the new Lynnhurst website. She’s excited to be an official member of the group and is looking forward to helping share Lynnhurst’s story.

Linda enjoys gardening, and walking and biking with family and friends through our amazing neighborhood and city.

Contact Linda at linda.mcconley@lynnhurst.org.

Michael O'Brien 2021
Mike O'Brien
Secretary

A Lynnhurst resident since 1996, Mike has been involved with the board in some capacity since shortly after purchasing his home. He’s been the Zoning Chair since 1998 and a board member since 2002.

Mike and his wife, Suzanne, have a 15-year-old daughter who attends Washburn High School and enjoy Lynnhurst for its great people, beautiful homes, easy park access, unique businesses, and central location.

He looks forward to continuing to serve the neighborhood and helping make it an even better place to live.

Contact Mike at Mike at mike.obrien@lynnhurst.org.

Paul Ragozzino
Paul Ragozzino
President

Paul has lived in Lynnhurst since 2006 with his wife, Linda, who has lived here since 1989.  His kids, Brad and Lia, both graduated from Southwest High School.  

Paul is employed as an architect at Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. He joined the LYNAS Board in December 2010 and has been Vice President or President since November 2011. Paul enjoys the parks, proximity, people and sense of place of Lynnhurst.

Contact Paul at paul.ragozzino@lynnhurst.org.

Dyan Ventors
Dyan Venters

Dyan retired to Minneapolis in 2015 after a long career with ConAgra Foods. She and her spouse purchased a home in the Lynhurst neighborhood and plan to live here throughout retirement.

She has been involved in the community via the League of Women Voters, as Program Chair for two years. She also volunteers at Alternative School for Teen Mothers and is a member of their site council. She is an avid gardener, knitter and always welcomes an opportunity to volunteer.  Her husband, Richard, serves on the environmental committee.

She is very interested in the environment and the aesthetics of our community and maintaining a walkable community.  

Contact Dyan at dyan.venters@lynnhurst.org

Staff

Sasha Jensen
Neighborhood Coordinator
lynasminneapolis@gmail.com

Contact Us

Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association (LYNAS)

3109 W. 50th St., PMB 283
Minneapolis, MN 55410
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