Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Where will you find a log cabin library in Minnesota? July 6, 2010

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The 2009 Rice County Free Fair.

MINNESOTA MOMENTS’ July/August issue has just published.

And it’s jam-packed with stories from through-out the state, reaching north to Ely and dipping south to Winona.

The cover story focuses on Ely, selected as the magazine’s “Best hometown” for 2010. Now, I’ve never been to this nearly-into-Canada town. But after reading the package of stories, I think this would be worth the long trip north.

As for Winona, my oldest daughter attended college there, so I am familiar with this beautiful Mississippi River town, the setting for Kent O. Stever’s Fourth of July essay.

The other feature story in this issue isn’t really a story, but a photo essay. The eight-page spread highlights images I shot last summer at The Rice County Free Fair in Faribault. As an added bonus, we’ve included a “fair” poem by Frances Ann Crowley. As a published poet, I’m thrilled that we’re occasionally incorporating poetry into Minnesota Moments.

But mostly, I’m pleased to take readers on a journey with me to some interesting places I’ve discovered in Minnesota: Treasure City in Royalton, Franke’s Bakery in Montgomery, the Hackensack Lending Library in Hackensack, Roberds Lake Resort & Campground near Faribault and the Stars & Stripes Garage in Heidelberg.

Treasure City, a kitschy store in Royalton, Minnesota.

A lake-side view of the Hackensack Lending Library. Who is that to the left of the building? Find out when you read my Minnesota Moments story.

This donut sign is posted outside one of the places I write about in the July/August issue. And it's not Franke's Bakery in Montgomery.

I meet the most intriguing people and explore the most interesting places, mostly off the beaten path.

Also, as I do in every issue of Minnesota Moments, I review three books written by Minnesotans. And one is a book of poetry.

Finally, consider entering the Gingerbread Cookie Murder Recipe Contest sponsored by Kensington Publishing Corporation, publisher of New York Times bestselling author and Swanville, Minnesota native Joanne Fluke’s books. She has teamed up with two other writers to pen Gingerbread Cookie Murder, which releases in October. Contest rules and an official entry form can be found on the Minnesota Moments Web site at http://minnesotamoments.com/current/index.html.

© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


6 Responses to “Where will you find a log cabin library in Minnesota?”

  1. Sara Says:

    Yay for Roberd’s Lake Resort being featured! I love it! My mom and I go there often to eat during the summer!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I love home-grown dining places with character. And Roberds Lake Resort certainly fits both. Hope you enjoy the story and photos in Minnesota Moments magazine, Sara.

  2. PJ Says:

    There are quite a few log cabin libraries in Wisconsin. See http://heritage.wisconsinlibraries.org/2009/08/log-cabin-library-visit.html

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Sounds like road trip time to Wisconsin. Thank your for sharing this info about log cabin libraries there and also for stopping by Minnesota Prairie Roots.

  3. Neil Sorensen Says:

    Ely is a fantastic town, with a very nice community feeling. Their blueberry festival as well as the ice sculpture competition are not to be missed.

    The last decade or so has been a bit hard on Ely, and I’ve seen some of the local businesses struggle and finally shut down. A few years ago, the Ely Coop shut down, and the Portage Bar also closed its doors. Nonetheless, Ely is such an attractive place with a community college and lots of tourism, so I imagine it will get through these tough times.

    Southeast of Ely just south of where 1 and 2 come together in Isabella there is the Great Lakes School of Log Building (http://www.schooloflogbuilding.com) run by Ron Brodigan, a great guy. I hope to take his log cabin building course with my dad sooner than later.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Neil, I’ve never heard of the log cabin building school. That sounds like a story. When you build your log cabin, let me know.

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