Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

An update on Minnesota’s holiday snowstorm December 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 11:58 AM

MY NEIGHBOR MUST HAVE too much time on his hands. As I look out my office window, I see Bob swiping snow from his overgrown shrubs with one of those snow-removal roof rakes.

And now I see a guy jogging along the side of the road.

I want to run outside and shout, “Hey, you, if you have so much energy, come and shovel us out!”

But I don’t. I continue to type and await my husband’s return from work to snow-blow us out of this pre-Christmas mess. I’m uncertain how much snow fell on Faribault yesterday, but, with the foot of white stuff we got two weeks ago, it’s more than we’ve had in years. This truly is a winter wonderland.

Right now, all is calm. No snow falling. No anything that would indicate we are in for more of this. Traffic buzzes along the main arterial street that passes by our house. The snowplow just opened a second lane on our side street.

My daughters’ cars are parked in the driveway like humpback whales stranded on the beach, unable to move.

But I am content. My kids are all home. We don’t have to travel tomorrow because the family gathering in southwestern Minnesota has been postponed a week.

Stay safe if you need to be out and about anywhere in Minnesota today.

© Copyright 2009 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


Christmas through the art of a child

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 10:10 AM

WHEN MY FAMILY received this Christmas card, I knew I had to share it with you, my Minnesota Prairie Roots readers.

This is not just any card. My 5-year-old niece, Elisabeth, or Beth as we call her, created this image.

The simplicity of the card impresses me as does Beth’s ability, at her young age, to produce such a fine piece of art.

Turns out Beth made this nativity scene during a bi-weekly art class at the Lillian and Coleman Taube Museum of Art in Minot, N.D. My niece lived at the nearby Minot Air Force base before moving recently with her family to West Virginia. In designing her artwork, Beth tore and glued fabric scraps to a pre-cut form and then added rickrack, yarn, beads and such that had been donated to the museum for re-use.

Beth’s mom, Rena, said her daughter could have used buttons, silk flowers, sequins, and many more items, but chose to be frugal. That seems fitting for the subject, Christ’s birth in a stable.

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2: 6 – 7

May you, like Beth, celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, found in the birth of the Savior in a Bethlehem barn.


(The Taube Museum scans artwork and creates cards on cardstock, then sells 10 cards for $20. Proceeds benefit the museum. See www.taubemuseum.org.)

© Copyright 2009 Audrey Kletscher Helbling