Who we are

Breconwood is a community of 88 twinhomes in Minnetonka, Minnesota. It is located just a half mile from Lake Minnetonka and a short walk to the crossroads of Highway 101 and Minnetonka Boulevard (known as “Ty Abel’s Corner”), which offers a unique collection of shops and services. Our residents enjoy the privacy of a mature suburban setting, the many conveniences of association living, and the company of like-minded neighbors. 

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Posted 8/20/2014

Lawn mowing will be on Thursday (weather permitting) this week. Sorry for any inconvenience.

This Friday, August 22, the lawn crew will put down weed killer and fertilizer. If you don't wish any chemicals please put a sign up. Brookside has the current list of "no chemical" residents but it never hurts to post it on your property.


Irene Kostka

Art & Garden Walk

Posted 8/8/2014 by Irene Kostka

Please join your neighbors in the first Breconwood Art & Garden Walk on August 16 from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Some residents will show and sell their art and others will show and tell about their gardens.

Signs will be placed in front of homes with Art/and or Gardens to view. Art displays will be outside in private yards. Please be respectful and stay out of yards that are not participating.

Parking will be on one side of the street only. If you have friends or family attending please try to have them park in your driveway.

The rain date for the event is Sunday, August 17th from 11:00 to 4:00.


Please Water

Posted 8/2/2014

The lawn crew put down seed and soil mix in areas that needed repair.

Please sprinkle gently each day for a few weeks to get it started.

It is each resident's responsibility to water common ground property that is attached to their private property.

Who Dunnit?

Posted 8/1/2014

If you're the resident who put the red wheelbarrow with the broken wheel in the dumpster on Breconwood please come and reclaim it.

The company came and picked up the dumpster and left the wheelbarrow because it is not building materials.

Please don't do this again.


July Breconwood Newsletter

Posted July 22, 2014. Submitted by Nan Nicolle

Some local FYI's: If you need to get rid of unwanted medicine or related medical items, there is a drop box at the HN County Court Ridgedale. Hrs:  M-Th 10AM-9PM, Fri & Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun noon-5PM

Fun outdoor concerts at the Wayzata Depot- The 2014 Summer Concert Series will take place Wednesday evenings in July from 7:00-8:30 p.m.


Notice From the Breconwood Pool Committee

Submitted by: Pool Chairman (Sally Trucker, 952-475-2967)

Because of the expanded use of the pool we will be monitoring the pool more closely and asking you to be more aware of the rules regarding pool use. More than one complaint and you may lose your pool privileges.

A reminder of some of the rules which are necessary because there is no lifeguard on duty:

  • No child under 16 without an adult and a resident (or an adult resident).
  • No radio, stereo, etc. without ear plugs.
  • No large rafts, floats, etc. in pool.
  • No swimming after 10 p.m.
  • Please replace furniture after use.
  • No running on deck or diving in the pool.
  • In addition, the following will be implemented:
  • No more than 5 guests without approval of the Pool Committee.
  • The pool is for the pleasure of residents (defined as person or persons living in Breconwood I or Breconwood II) and not to entertain guests in their absence.
  • Please call Sally Trucker if you feel these requests are being ignored. 


Monthly Board Meeting: July 2014

Held July 15, 2014

Present: D. Olmsted, J. Broun, S. Trucker, I. Kostka, J. Warner, J. Jones, N. Nicolle, C. Buikema, G. Klacan and K. McKnight

Guests: D. and O. Gatz and H. Campbell

Guests, H. Campbell: The resident at 17917 Brigham Trail contacted us with two insurance claims; one for frozen pipes and one for damage to the siding which allowed moisture to seep into the house. Our insurance company denied both claims. Discussion followed regarding responsibility and a final motion was passed that the brickwork being contracted by the resident involved would need to match up to the standards of our normally used brick/masonry repair company.

H. Campbell then gave us an update on the warranty and quality of our shingles and noted that he would be resigning as our insurance coordinator.

Architecture, C Buikema: Discussion was begun on a new format for the presentation of the Association Rules and Regulations. J. Warner stated that rules have been formulated over the years, but never formally recorded and it is now proposed that we clarify these rules and see that every Owner gets a copy and that it be a “living” document and updated annually. 

The Board restated and repassed a regulation that has been in effect but has not come up for discussion in recent years. This regulation reads as follows: 

Automobile and Recreational Vehicle Storage: No recreational vehicle, boat, snowmobile, trailer or unlicensed motor vehicle may be kept on any lot except within a garage. Storage of boats, trailers, snowmobiles, buses or other vehicles other than operative automobiles on streets, driveways, or common areas is prohibited. The Association will decide on any other parked, stored, etc. items/vehicles that are not included in the preceding list. Automobiles are defined as those vehicles licensed as automobiles, that can fit into the closed garage, and do not carry commercial advertising. An inoperative auto is defined as an automobile that is not driven and does not leave the complex more than twice a month and/or does not have current license tags. Temporary storage on the driveway of less than seven days will be permitted if the adjoining roofmate is contacted and agrees prior, along with the Association permission – a permit will be issued to be shown on the vehicle.

Treasurer’s Report, J. Broun: All dues current for June. As repairs continue throughout the summer, expenses continue to be line with budget. Any questions, please contact Jon Broun at jtbroun@gmail.com

Newsletter, N Nicolle: The interview this month will be Duane Olmsted.

Trees, G. Klacan: 10 residents have requested tree trimming. Two dead trees belonging to Lifetime Fitness will be discussed again. Some dead bushes by Breconwood II will be removed. George places the priority of work as: 1) removal of dead trees, 2) branches touching houses, 3) planting of new trees. Stumps are not a high priority.

Landscape, K. McKnight: The Landscape budget was discussed and the maintenance of the Minnetonka Blvd. entrance and which areas are sprinkled, as Kerry familiarizes himself with his responsibilities as the new chair of Landscaping.

Lawn, I. Kostka: Off to a good start with Brookside – some complaints, but many compliments. We will be seeding this month and, after new growth starts, weed killer will again be put down. Remember to contact Irene when you have comments about the lawn service; DO NOT call Brookside directly. Reminder: if cars, or any obstructions are on the driveway or grass, lawn workers can choose not mow anywhere near them. Also, breakable items should be removed on mowing day. We are not responsible for breakage.

Maintenance, J. Warner: We are in the midst of residing the buildings. 2 were done on Tioga Tr. and 3 are scheduled for Brigham Trail and 2 for Breconwood Road this year. One has been resided on Brigham Tr. and they are in the process of siding the second building. Painting of the buildings has not started. C. Woods is completing his list of repairs for this season other than new ones that are always cropping up such as woodpecker holes, etc. He will start driveway cracks shortly. Brickwork/masonry work on the 2014 contract has been completed. We are assessing the roofs at this time in order to plan on future maintenance expenses in order to increase their longevity.

Old Business: I. Kostka reported on the plans for repairing the drainage north of Breconwood Road. Work will begin on the area between the pool and 17730 Breconwood Rd. next week. A drainage field will be placed behind 17730/17710 Breconwood Rd. and a new drain placed behind 17660 Breconwood Rd. (at owner’s expense). Still no response from Breconwood II regarding drainage problem at 17705/11 Breconwood Rd. We are continuing with plans to correct the situation.

New Business: The Board decided to opt out of Neighbors Nite Out and continue with our usual Fall Party held in late September/early October.

A board member presented an idea for a Fall Art and Garden Walk in Breconwood. It would be held Saturday, 8/16 from 11 to 4. Residents who have art or gardens can show and sell their work. This is a juried show so all arts and crafts and gardens must be approved by the committee. The show will be outdoors and the art would be moved indoors in case of rain. The event would be promoted on the Breconwood website and Newsletter. Invitations would be extended to friends and artists/gardeners. Low key directional signs would be placed at the entrances to direct traffic and parking requirements. We would like this to become an annual event.

The August HOA Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Minnetonka Mills Room of the Community Center.


From Our Roving Reporter Nan Nicolle: An Interview with HOA President Duane Olmsted

Duane grew up in Eagan and Bloomington and as you might have noticed, he likes sports! In school, he participated in soccer and track. His favorite "adult" sport is sailing with wife, Sarah, and son, Nate, at the Wayzata Yacht Club. 

Not surprisingly, Duane's dream job would be as a sail boat designer. Duane's first job was as a paperboy and his current one is Project Manager with Starkey. 

A dream destination for Duane would be a trip to the British Virgin Islands (probably involving a sailboat!) Most interesting past travel was to Florence, Italy.

 If Duane could have a dinner with anyone, it would be Jimmy Buffet. A talent he would like is to play the guitar… maybe play with Jimmy Buffet?!  Along the musical theme, he would have liked to attend the first Woodstock in the 70's. 

Duane likes Breconwood for its sense of community and the location close to both the Wayzata and Minnetonka Yacht Clubs. In case you missed this fact, Duane has been the president of our board for the past 4 years. This is often a thankless job but which Duane has dealt with common sense and fair spirit. We're lucky to have him and his family in Breconwood!

Monthly Events:

  • The Breconwood Ladies' Luncheon is held the first Wednesday of the month at D'Amicos in Wayzata at 11:30 a.m. Call Gwen McKernan if you have questions.
  • The Reader's Book Group meets the third Saturday of the month. Social time begins at 9:30 a.m. with book discussion from 10 to 11. Call Nan Nicolle if you are interested in attending. No book club in August but will resume in September.
  • Men's Breakfast Group meets at the Beanhaven Cafe in Deephaven on Fridays at 9:30 a.m.  Questions? Call Bob Haskin


Minnetonka Leaf Drop Off Information

Posted 4/21/2014

Spring:  open Monday/Tuesday/Saturday thru May 17

Fall:  open Monday/Tuesday/Saturday, Sept. 15 to Nov 22

(Hours vary by day, see chart at right)


Leaf drop-off procedures:

The city leaf drop-off site is “bag free.” Residents will unload and/or unbag their leaves and yardwaste onto the large bulk pile and take all empty bags home for reuse or disposal—including paper and compostable bags. Please bring proper equipment, like a stout pitch fork, to unload your truck or trailer load of leaves.

The suggested method is to use many layers of tarps between layers of about a foot of leaves. Use a tarp to gather up and move a small pile of leaves from your yard to your trailer or vehicle, layering the leaves and tarps until the vehicle is full. This makes unloading your leaves easier and faster at the site. All you need to do is flip off the tarps between the layers of leaves.

Loads of leaves must be covered during transport!

Acceptable leaf drop-off materials

Sticks and branches smaller than 1/2 inch in diameter are acceptable with leaves; anything larger goes to the brush pile. 








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