The Sunrise Mobile Home Park in Stacy quietly changed hands in May 2012. The purchase by the Brakemeier family marked the end of an era; one family had owned the park since the 1970s. The future seemed uncertain as both residents and city officials wondered how the new owners would conduct business, but all seems to be going well thus far.
The Brakemeier clan has been in the business of owning and operating mobile home parks and apartment buildings for nearly 40 years. This is a family-run, family-oriented business, and nearly the entire Brakemeier family turned out in Stacy Aug. 27 to participate in an event they have held at their mobile home park in Chaska and that they began the tradition of in Stacy last year — a school supply and backpack giveaway for the kids in the park. Kelly Brakemeier tried to remember the year the family started the giveaway.
“We’ve been doing it so long, but it is our second year here,” she said.
Tracy Brakemeier, who is responsible for purchase of backpacks and school supplies and for stuffing the colorful array of backpacks, admitted, “I get some weird looks; people want to know where I teach.”
In addition to handing out these treasures, Tracy Brakemeier was also entering kids who received a backpack into a drawing from which they could receive an Old Navy gift card that she had purchased. Not only will some lucky child who resides in the park have a new backpack and school supplies, but new school clothes as well. For kids unable to attend the event, the Brakemeiers will be leaving a supply of extras in the park office for manager Kathy Holtz to hand out.
Holtz has been managing the park since 1999. She was excited to be at the event.
“It’s great for the kids; the (residents) really think it’s great. They (the Brakemeiers) are so interested in the people. They’re very family-oriented. They’re interested in making it a better place.”
The event was held outdoors in a new park, complete with playground equipment, a shelter area and picnic tables that filled the air with the scent of fresh-cut wood. The Brakemeier family bought all of these amenities and assembled and built them, as well.
As the Brakemeier clan surveyed their work, spouses Dustin and Kelly Brakemeier talked about more plans for park improvements, including adding a soccer field and a small-scale basketball court, continuing to clean up the park and host Halloween and Christmas parties.