By Per Peterson
Although Jennifer Krostue has never lived in Tracy, she feels right at home here. That should serve her well in her new position as the Tracy Area Chamber of Commerce Director.
Krostue was recently hired by the Chamber to take over the position left vacant by Lexi Erickson, who resigned earlier this year but stayed on the Box Car Days Committee.
Krostue, who is employed at Tracy Food Pride, begins her Chamber duties on Nov. 1. She is the oldest granddaughter of John and Joyce Visker.
“I’ve visited here all my life,” Krostue said. “I don’t feel like I was just transplanted to a whole new place where I don’t know anybody or know nothing about the town. I just feel like this is kind of home away from home. It’s wonderful.”
Krostue came to Tracy from Lonsdale and decided to make a permanent move to Tracy to start fresh and to be closer to her mother, Katy (Visker) Holland. Krostue’s father, Marv Meixell, passed away two years ago.
“I had a decent job, but I wanted to be closer to family,” she said.
Krostue spent 11 years working in administration at Centex Homes in Eden Prairie.While there, she was asked to set up an appreciation day event for her company’s contractors. As it turned out, she thrived in that role.
“I was a nervous wreck going in, but it ended up going phenomenally,” she said. “I just thrived on the stress of being pulled in all different directions.”
Krostue said she is blessed with a personality that allows her to adapt to many different personalities. Her first official public event will be Trunk or Treat on Sunday.
Krostue’s office hours will likely be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Monday and from noon-4 p.m. on Thursday.
She said she is excited to begin planning events in town. She will be working with Erickson in the coming months to learn the ropes.
“I’ve already been trying to come up with some new fun events that we can do,” Krostue said.