Neighborhood Notebook // Meet your neighborhood leaders

// A new SWJ feature spotlighting community leaders in our coverage area  //

Breanne Rothstein

President of the Windom Community Council

Breanne Rothstein has been involved in the Windom Community Council since 2006. As a city planner for a consulting firm, Rothstein’s tuned into the nuances of navigating the city’s zoning and planning process.


She’s lived in the area for 15 years and attended Southwest High School when her family moved to the city. Now she lives in Windom with her husband and new baby. 


“It’s completely turned over in terms of demographics,” Rothstein said. “When I was in high school there were hardly any kids in the neighborhood — many single seniors. Now it’s really transitioning to more of a family



Rothstein sees the neighborhood organization as having two major functions: serving as a liaison between neighborhood residents and businesses and the city; and promoting community building through special projects and events

like the neighborhood festival and Tots Rock, a neighborhood dance party for babies to 6 year olds. 


With the help of a neighborhood volunteer, the Windom Community Council also launched a new community garden on a vacant lot on Nicollet near the Crosstown. 


The neighborhood group has a strong board and great core group of volunteers, but extra helpers are always welcomed, Rothstein said. 


She acknowledged that lengthy board meetings could be a turn off.


“Neighborhood work is messy and it’s not extremely organized,” she said. “People can get frustrated with that.”


The council also has worked to engage people in the neighborhood via social media. The group’s Facebook page has more than 200 members.


“My personal belief is that we’re all in this together,” Rothstein said. “We need to be moving in the same direction. When that happens, you see amazing things.” 


— Sarah McKenzie 




About Windom

Boundaries: Diamond Lake Road/West 54th Street on the north, Highway 62 on the south, I-35W on the east, and Lyndale Avenue on the west.


Trivia: The neighborhood was named after William Windom, who served in the House of Representatives and then the U.S. Senate from 1859 to the mid-1880s.






Burglary prevention workshop


The Minneapolis Police Department’s 5th Precinct is holding a burglary prevention workshop Aug. 22, 6 p.m., at Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Ave. S. Police will go over when to use 911 or 311, burglary prevention tips and how the police investigate property crimes.






Annual 9/11 tribute at Lake Harriet returning


An 11th-annual edition of the tribute concert held in memory of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on is planned to once again take place at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.


Bob Bayers, the Bayers Do It Best Hardware owner who organized the original tribute concert in 2002, said a committee was putting together this year’s event. This year, Sept. 11 falls on a Tuesday.


As of late July, the event’s webpage hadn’t been updated since last year, but

watch for more information.


— Sarah McKenzie