Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Life in a snow socked Minnesota town December 12, 2010

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A snow pile divides traffic lanes along Fourth Street/Minnesota Highway 60 a block from Central Avenue in Faribault Sunday morning. Trucks would later haul away the snow.

FIFTH BIGGEST SNOWFALL of all time in Minnesota. Windchill advisories in the double digits below zero. Mall of America Field roof collapses at 5 a.m. Sunday. No church services. More snow for mid-week.

The list goes on and on.

But we’re tough Minnesotans. We can deal with all of this, right?

I guess so.

Right now my back muscles ache from all the bending and lifting and throwing of snow. Shovels and shovels and shovels full of white stuff tossed from the driveway, the sidewalk, the steps, even from around the garbage cans buried to their lids.

I’m calling it a day now after a run out to the farm store for boots for the 16-year-old. It just didn’t seem right that he was upstairs sleeping this morning when the parents were outside, working for hours to dig out. But we couldn’t find a size that fit him, so he’s still bootless.

All of that aside, conditions are looking better in Faribault today. The snow stopped overnight, replaced now by bitter cold. Streets have been plowed and folks are out and about, navigating around corners piled so high with snow that if I was a kid, I would be playing King of the Mountain.

Snow piled in the street between the Knights of Columbus Hall and the Faribault Post Office around 9 a.m.

Cars buried in snow in a public parking lot across from the American Legion.

Snow runs down the center of the street by the Rice County Sheriff's Department.

Division Street in Faribault by the Community Co-op Oil Association, the library and the community center. Looks like a for sure white Christmas in Faribault.

Motorists had to navigate around snow in the middle of First Avenue N.E. in the downtown area of Faribault Sunday morning before trucks cleared the snow mounds from streets.

Just more snow in the street, moved there from parking lots and from the traffic lanes. This is on First Avenue N.W. by the NAPA store, just a block off Central Avenue in downtown Faribault.

A wall of snow separates traffic lanes on Minnesota Highway 60/First Avenue N.E. by the post office early Sunday morning. I shot this through the car windshield. I took all of the photos from inside the cozy car.

© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


4 Responses to “Life in a snow socked Minnesota town”

  1. Donna Lyon Says:

    Now that is some serious snow! I was in Berne, Minnesota several years ago for a funeral, it snowed a lot. Wind chill factor was unbelievable, but as in your pictures, that beautiful crystal clear blue sky. Minnesota has amazing weather!
    It finally quit raining here, but the sky is gray.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I have always appreciated Minnesota skies. That probably comes from growing up in southwestern Minnesota, where the sky is big and endless.

      Now that the snow has stopped here, we have bitterly cold temperatures. My thermometer this morning read minus 16 degrees. Windchills made it feel like nearly 30 below.

  2. Neil Says:

    Now you have bragging rights! It’s quite possible that you’ll be talking about this storm when you’re old and decrepit! Get that son of yours out to shovel so that he’ll be talking about it when he’s old and decrepit too! if he has to do it without boots, he’ll have that much more to brag about!


    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Excellent point, Neil, about the bragging rights for multi-generations. But… the weather was really not appropriate for bootless shoveling.

      I’m sure you’re happy to be back in the U.S. from Iraq, but not quite expecting a blizzard welcome home. Where are you stuck and when do you anticipate arriving in the Midwest?

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