Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Sleepy Eye’s Rudolph December 29, 2010

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IF I WAS A KID, I would have been genuinely super-excited to see this oversized Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer outside of Sleepy Eye on Christmas Eve afternoon.


I photographed Sleepy Eye's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer while traveling to southwestern Minnesota on Christmas Eve afternoon.

I would have been firing off questions after first exclaiming, “Look, Mom, Rudolph, Rudolph!

“But why isn’t he flying and where are the other reindeer? Where is Santa and where is his sleigh?”

Yes, I would have been full of questions, just like I am today.

Why is this lone Rudolph prancing in the snow along U.S. Highway 14 on the eastern edge of Sleepy Eye, right before you round the curve into town? Is this reindeer always there, or only at Christmas? Where did he come from?

OK, I suppose some smart aleck will answer, “The North Pole, of course.”

But, really, does anyone know?

© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


4 Responses to “Sleepy Eye’s Rudolph”

  1. Josh Says:

    I have seen Rudolph there in the dead of summer. And if I recall he had his costume on then too. So, he must spend all year there catching people’s eye as they drive by on 14.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      You know, Josh, I think I may even have taken a photo of Rudolph during the summer, but do you think I can find it in my files? Nope. Or maybe I saw a different animal along Hwy. 14 by Sleepy Eye. Still looking for more info about that mysterious Rudolph. Readers?

  2. Shari Says:

    We’re pretty proud of our Sleepy Eye Rudolph!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      So…Shari, what can you tell me about this Rudolph on the east edge of Sleepy Eye? Where did he come from? Why is he there? Who made him? How long has he been there? In other words, what’s the story behind this oversized Rudolph?

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