Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Friday flowers go to a danceline, a cow lover and more December 4, 2009

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IN THIS SEASON that embraces the spirit of giving, Minnesota Prairie Roots this week honors an organization and individual doing exactly that, giving. They are among recipients of this week’s virtual Friday flowers.

Read on to learn about these two selections and about the others chosen for this every-Friday feature. Minnesota Prairie Roots’ December 4 virtual flowers go to:

An endless summer hydrangea mophead photographed this past summer in my backyard.

The Faribault Emerald Dance Team, a Faribault Senior High School-based danceline, that Thursday evening collected donations for the local food shelf prior to a public performance. After watching these young women perform their high energy routines, I can understand why they are state champions. I applaud their athletic prowess and their efforts to help those in need.

Ruth Klossner, editor of The Lafayette Nicollet Ledger and a lover of all things bovine. From 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. this Sunday, December 6, Ruth opens her Cow Collector’s Moo-seum to the public for an annual holiday open house. Her collection of everything “cow” currently numbers 13,648 and fills all 12 rooms of her Bernadotte home. Bernadotte lies just northeast of New Ulm. Don’t worry. The town is so small you’ll have no problem finding the Moo-seum. I must also tell you that Ruth is one of the hardest working small-town journalists I know. Her passion for rural Minnesota and community journalism shows in her dedication, enthusiasm, writing and photography.

My friends Lois and Randy, who became grandparents this week to Kaleb Michael. The proud new grandma e-mailed photos of the adorable little guy. He looks just like his dad, Lois says. She also tells me that Kaleb is the third boy born to three cousins in a week. I’m smitten with her grandson’s name, a personal favorite as I too have a Kaleb, but Caleb with a “C.” He’s my son, though, not my grandson.

Students at Faribault Senior High School who signed banners accepting the five challenges of Rachel Scott. Rachel died in the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. (See my November 5 post about Rachel’s Challenge.) Among Rachel’s five challenges: “Start a chain reaction of love, kindness and compassion in your family and community.” FSHS students, I trust that every time you walk beneath those banners in the school cafeteria, you are reminded of the challenges you accepted. So much good can come from following Rachel Scott’s ideals.

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