Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Kudos from MPR for Minnesota Prairie Roots March 29, 2011

OK, I’M NOT EVEN GOING to apologize for tooting my horn here today. It’s not something I’m all that comfortable doing. But, hey, every once in awhile it’s alright to let everyone know you’ve been recognized.

That latest recognition for me as a writer comes via Minnesota Public Radio’s Bob Collins. He publishes a popular online MPR weekday column, News Cut. He’s a professional blogger, meaning he gets paid for blogging, which I aspire to accomplish.

I’m a News Cut fan, and not just because Collins has referenced my Minnesota Prairie Roots posts numerous times. I sincerely enjoy reading the content he pulls together and comments and encourages discussion on.

MPR Public Relations Manager Christina Schmitt interviewed Collins about News Cut for an article published in the Plugged In Minnesota Public Radio highlights section of Minnesota Monthly’s March issue. The “Behind the Blog: Bob Collins” article titled “Looking Sharp,” runs on pages 6 and 7.


This two-page spread in Minnesota Monthly's March issue features an interview with MPR's Bob Collins in which Minnesota Prairie Roots is mentioned.

And that’s where I’m mentioned, on the second page, when Schmitt asks Collins which online sources he trolls for information.

He taps into Twitter. And, like everyone else, Collins says he checks the BBC, National Public Radio and The New York Times. But then Collins shares that he also reads blogs like…ta-da, drum roll here, please…Iron Ranger Aaron Brown’s Minnesota Brown and Audrey Kletscher Helbling’s Minnesota Prairie Roots.

I’m honored, humbled and more than a tiny bit giddy that Collins would single the two of us out from among the hundreds, if not thousands, of writers out there in the Minnesota blogosphere.

Such an endorsement from a well-respected entity like MPR means a lot to me as a professional writer. It validates that I can blog, and blog well, or at least blog well enough to grab Collins’ attention and interest.

In the interview, Collins tells Schmitt that Minnesota Brown and Minnesota Prairie Roots “are intimately tied to what’s going on in their parts of Minnesota. They’re not news sources per se, but they quite often touch on a topic that is interesting and give me ideas to expand it a little bit.”


Right here, in the fourth paragraph, Collins talks about Minnesota Brown and Minnesota Prairie Roots.

So there you have it. Direct from News Cut.

To read the full story, track down Minnesota Monthly’s March issue. I’m looking for copies now as I only learned several days ago about this article. Gotta show my mom, you know. So…, if you have any extra copies of the magazine, send them my way.

© Copyright 2011 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


17 Responses to “Kudos from MPR for Minnesota Prairie Roots”

  1. Mark Ritchie Says:


    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thank you. I appreciate you and all of the other Minnesota Prairie Roots readers out there who are interested in the stories I write about/from this wonderful state of ours.

  2. Bernie Says:

    Congratulations!! You so deserve to be mentioned. I know I never really gave southern MN much thought until I found your blog. Now I actually want to know about these small towns I never got around to visiting when I lived in Minnesota.
    It says quite a bit about your writing that you would be singled out. Keep that for those days that you don’t feel like blogging. You can look at that and KNOW that you are being read and enjoyed.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thank you kindly, Bernie.

      I’ve lived in southern Minnesota my entire life and there are so many areas of this region that I have not yet seen. I’m happy to tell others about so many wonderful places to visit.

      As for northern Minnesota, that’s a whole other world to explore.

      As for blogging, I can honestly say that I’ve never had a day when I’ve said, “I don’t feel like blogging.” I absolutely love blogging. Writing is my passion.

  3. Congratulations!! I knew there was a reason why the first blog I read every day is yours! I enjoy reading everything you talk about and look forward to seeing what is new in your world each day. I always think ‘if only I could write so well’ and you are inspiring. Your recognition by Bob Collins is well earned!!!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thank you so much, Harriet. I am humbled by your kind words. We are all gifted in different ways, and my gift happens to be writing. That I can share stories and thoughts and, yes, even inspiration, through Minnesota Prairie Roots is such a blessing to me as a writer.

      Thank you for being a loyal follower. Readers like you are an integral part of a successful blog.

  4. vicki Says:

    Congratulations! I have really enjoyed your blog. I am a newcomer to your site and to blogs, for that matter, so lucky for me that I found this one!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thanks, Vicki, and glad to have you “on” as a Minnesota Prairie Roots reader. There are many wonderful blogs which inspire, make you laugh, inform, tell good stories, etc. I don’t read a lot of them, because this can consume substantial time. But I do have my favorites…like One Mixed Bag, Old and in the Way, Bungalow ’56 and Candy Sandwich, among others.

  5. Katie Shones Says:

    Congratulations! Well deserved!

  6. Lanae Says:

    I’m so proud of you!!! Who knew that you would be a big time blogger all those years ago when we played scrabble. Lucky writing is not my forte’ as you might remember I made up words, still do and you never let me cheat. So way to go sister of mine!!!!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Ah, thanks so much, sister, and especially for all those years of playing Scrabble when you probably hated competing against me. I won’t apologize for not allowing you to cheat.

      I’ve always loved words and books and reading. And writing. Thank you, Mom, and Vesta Elementary School teachers for instilling in me that love for the written word.

      I don’t know if I’m a big-time blogger yet, but maybe I’m headed that direction. I know one thing for certain. I’ll continue to write for the sole joy it brings me if for no other reason.

  7. Jocelyn Says:

    I’ll send you our copy of Minnesota Monthly.

  8. Amy Says:


    OK, I’m going to tag along with your brag–Collins put out a request on Twitter for outstate MN bloggers, and I sent him your link. 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      So you’re the one I should thank, Amy. Thank you for pointing Bob Collins to Minnesota Prairie Roots.

      Readers, be sure to check out Amy’s fly-overland blog.

  9. bevalker Says:

    Way to go Audrey! I also start my day by reading your blogs. I miss Minnesota, but your stories and photos keep me connected. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thank you so much, Bev. I’m happy to keep you connected to your home state via my stories and photos. You can expect more stories from Wisconsin too now that I’ll be traveling there occasionally to visit my second daughter.

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