Joseph Mason is the administrator here at Prairie Manor Inc. Although a native of Iowa, Joseph graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Services Administration. He successfully ran a skilled nursing facility and assisted living in South Dakota for 2 years before finding his way to Prairie Manor in January of 2018. If you have any questions on long/short term stays or need a resource for elderly care, he welcomes you to contact the management team. He has an open door policy and would encourage you to stop in and say hello.
Marianne began her journey working with Prairie Manor in 2011 as a CNA at Heather Haus. She obtained her LPN license in 2014 and then graduated with her RN license in 2015. She has worked as a charge nurse, nurse manager, ADON, and stepped into the role of Director of Nursing in January 2022 . She grew up in Blooming Prairie and still resides here with her husband she married in 2017 and their 3 little dogs. She is proud to work in this beautiful small town where her family has grown roots, and to serve the community which has blessed her in so many ways throughout her lifetime.
Dawn is a licensed social worker and co-director of Social Services at Prairie Manor with Heidi Thompson. She is a graduate of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa with a Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) degree. Dawn was Prairie Manor's first Social Worker, starting in 1989. She has seen many changes over the years, but her favorite part of the job continues to be meeting and getting to know the residents and their families. Dawn lives in the beautiful community of Blooming Prairie with her husband and their Chihuahua, Eli.
Katie is a licensed Social Worker at Prairie Manor along with Dawn. She holds her BSW from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, in 2019. She has worked in the human services field for many years in direct care, long term care, and vocational rehab services. Katie grew up in Lemond township and currently resides in Owatonna with her three boys. She is an Army National Guard Vet and enjoys her family time.
Ken started as the Environmental Services/Maintenance Director on July 18, 2016 at Prairie Manor. He came from Koda Living Community where he was the maintenance, laundry and housekeeping Lead. He started my maintenance career working at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, where he worked in maintenance for 7 years until the school closed. He then went to Cedarview Care Center and Park Place Assisted Living and worked until they built a new facility attached to the hospital called Koda Living Community and then he came to Prairie Manor. Before that Ken worked for 10 years as an appliance repairman for Sears, until K-Mart bought Sears and closed most of their service centers. Ken is a 1st Class Boiler Engineer, and has a "General" class Amateur Radio License (HAM), and has a Regular Unlicensed Electrician License. Ken served in the U.S. Army for 7 years with his last duty assignment as the NCOIC of the West Point Military Academy Communication Center and as a radio instructor for the cadets. He and his amazing wife have been married for 47 years, and have two grown children, a daughter (Karrie) who lives in Owatonna and a son (Bruce) who lives in Oklahoma. Ken has three amazing grandchildren, two (David & Anna) here and one (Madison) in Oklahoma.
Claire is the Activity Director at Prairie Manor. She grew up in Darlington, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse with a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Therapy. Claire has a sincere appreciation for the positive impact participation in meaningful leisure programs can have on a person's independence, well-being, and quality of life at any stage of their life. She strives to provide opportunities for self-expression, personal growth, enjoyment, and accomplishment every day. Claire is so grateful to be able to work in the close-knit community of Blooming Prairie.
Jackie has been employed in the dietary department at Prairie Manor Care Center since 2014, and is a Certified Dietary Manager and Certified Food Protection Professional. She works with Lesa Dahl-Leland who is a Consultant Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Jackie lives on a farm in rural Steele County with her boyfriend, Andrew, and their three boys (Lukas, Evan, and Jace) where they raise cattle, hogs, and crops. She enjoys spending time with their extended family, helping the boys get their livestock ready to show at the county fair, and fishing trips with her family-their favorite is the annual trip to Canada. Jackie loves working at Prairie Manor because it is a close-knit community that offers quality care for our residents. She is proud to be able to provide from-scratch meals that residents look forward to enjoying with each other.