Jonathan silo

The Jonathan Association is a community of members within Chaska of over 2,300 homes and made up of 8,000 people.

As the largest homeowners’ association in Minnesota, and an operating budget of $1 million, the association has partnered with Gassen Property Management to manage day-to-day operations.

Furthermore, the association is governed by nine volunteer board members who meet the second Tuesday of every month at the Karen House — the headquarters of the association and a site with a tremendous amount of historical significance.

Each year, members pay annual dues to cover items including, but not limited to:

  • Spring/fall clean-ups
  • Trail maintenance
  • Tree maintenance and removal
  • Bus shelter/mail station maintenance
  • Semiannual newsletter published by Wagner Press
  • Free community events
  • Annual Festival of Garage Sales
  • Fourth of July celebration
  • National Night Out
  • Cocoa and Coasting family sledding event

Made up of 12 neighborhoods, the association also enforces architectural guidelines to preserve the look and feel of our developers’ original design intent.

The Jonathan Silo is our flagship entrance into the association, which was recently given a new face-lift and design.

The Jonathan Association is committed to upholding a unique history, offering a beautiful space for families, and supporting a vibrant community life. The association’s history began with the New Town movement of the 1960s.

Our founder, Minnesota State Sen. Henry McKnight, envisioned a stand-alone community of 50,000 where residents could work, live and play. Following McKnight’s unfortunate, untimely death, financial woes challenged the vision.

Decades later, the community lives on in the Jonathan Association. And McKnight’s vision is very much at the root of everything we do.

Over the last 10 years, the board of directors has worked strategically to improve the association’s financial position, to improve and maintain common elements, and to foster a sense of community. This has been the underlying mission aimed at positioning the association for future sustainability — something important to the lives of our members. A foundation for sustainable progress is crucial to our long-term objectives.

Today, the Jonathan Association continues to reinforce McKnight’s vision while adapting to the needs of members.

Through professional property management, leadership from a board of directors, and a keen sense of focus on strategic planning, the association aims to enhance the lives of every one of its 8,000 members.

This is my fourth year on the board of directors of the Jonathan Association. I have lived in the community for 19 years, which has brought appreciation for the safety and beauty of the area.

For more information about the association, please visit

Judy Grosch, of Chaska, is a member of the Jonathan Association Board. She serves as assistant secretary of the board and is editor of the Jonathan newsletter.

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.


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