Blooming Prairie, MN


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Blooming Prairie is a city in Dodge and Steele counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 1,996 at the 2010 census. Most of the city lies in Steele County; only a small part of the city extends into Dodge County.
The area where Blooming Prairie is located was originally part of Oak Glen Township located in Dodge County. In 1856, Oak Glen Township was annexed by Steele County. The township was settled in 1856 by John Blythe who built a log cabin on a 160 acres (0.65 km2) of government land. Additional settlers arrived in 1856 and 1857. Oak Glean Township was renamed when a railroad official's wife gave the small settlement of wooden shacks the name of Blooming Prairie. The new name of the settlement also became the name of the township, Blooming Prairie Township.
Blooming Prairie was established as a city in 1867. The city started as a place of shelter for the section crews and railroad station for the Minnesota Central Railroad. In 1873-1874 the Minnesota State Legislature passed the act incorporating Blooming Prairie as an independent village.