The city of Blooming Prairie is buzzing with great news and I am here to share it with you!

In a recent press release, Blooming Prairie’s Chamber of Commerce shares that they have a new executive director!

Let's welcome Karen as the new Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director! Karen has been a dedicated member since 2018, as well as a board member since 2019. Karen is the proud owner of Confections by Karen, where she bakes cakes, cookies, and other delicious items. She also founded a much-needed nonprofit called the Blooming Prairie Backpack Program, feeding students since 2017. Karen has also been a valuable substitute teacher in three districts since 2018. As you can see, Karen brings many important qualities to the Chamber.

Credit to BPCC
Credit to BPCC

In addition to the chamber’s news, Blooming Prairie also shares about the winners of the 2022 citizen of the year recipients!

Congratulations Ken & Judy Esplan, our 2022 Citizen of Year Recipients! The Banquet to celebrate and honor them will be Thursday, January 26,  at the Pizza Cellar. There will be a Social Hour at 5 pm, then a Dinner at 6pm & the 2022 Annual Meeting. At 7 pm there will be a Guest Speaker: Becky Noble, and Award Presentation: Karen Peterson. Tickets must be purchased by January 17, 2023!

If you are looking to get tickets you can email their office to request a link to purchase. Tickets are $35.

You can also view a whole article here that shares how Ken & Judy Esplan have become such an inspiration to Blooming Prairie!

So give a big congratulations to Ken & Judy Esplan and Karen Peterson!

In the press release Blooming Prairie’s Chamber of Commerce also notes a big thank you to all 125 members for making 2022 a great year!

Additionally, the general chamber meeting will be on January 18, 5:30 pm at the City Center 138 Hwy Ave S, Blooming Prairie, MN!

All information is credited to Blooming Prairie’s Chamber of Commerce. You can contact them at (507) 583-4472.

Hidden Gem in Rochester With Tennis Court Selling for Almost $1 Million

Way back in 1955, a gorgeous home was built in Rochester, Minnesota at 825 3rd Street SW. Today, that property has been completely renovated and features 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, over 3,400 square feet as well as many modern amenities. According to, it will be on the market for $999,900.

And if you've caught the pickleball bug like everyone else in Minnesota, you are in luck because this house comes with its own pickleball/tennis court.

More From KRFO-FM