WWith a circulation of 11,400, the Eden Prairie News is Southwest’s largest weekly newspaper. It is delivered free of charge on Thursdays via the U.S. Postal Service, and annually conducts a voluntary subscription campaign. The Eden Prairie News was founded by a group of Eden Prairie residents in 1974. They recognized that Eden Prairie would soon be a fast-growing suburb, and felt the community should have its own newspaper. They sold stock to get it off the ground. After operating the paper for a couple of years, they sold it to Southwest Suburban Publishing, the original name for Southwest Newspapers. That grass-roots start set the tone for the Eden Prairie News’ emphasis on all things local, and the newspaper is routinely named in city and school district public-opinion surveys as the No. 1 source of local news and information. A suburb of approximately 65,000 people with high levels of affluence and education, Eden Prairie has received accolades from Money magazine for being one of the country’s best cities in which to live. The newspaper’s website is www.edenprairienews.com.
Karla Wennerstrom has been editor of the Eden Prairie News since 2005. She previously worked for the Mountrail County Record and Sun Newspapers. Karla is married and has two children, ages 6 and 2. When she’s not working, she enjoys time with her family, visiting relatives in North Dakota, travel, movies and volunteering. Contact Karla at 952-942-7885 or e-mail her.