Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Guess that state April 25, 2011

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I’M BACK, READERS.

After two days without posts, which rates as totally out of character for me, you may be wondering why I haven’t written. Well, simple. I’ve been in another state for the Easter holiday.

Where have I been?

I could just tell you. But I’d rather make you guess. So today we are going to play “Guess that state.”

Scroll through the photos and clues below and then submit your guess. If you guess correctly, you do not win a prize. Rather you can take pride in the knowledge that you have learned more about one of our 50 states.

So…, let’s get started.

This helicopter on a trailer offers minimal info as to the identity of the mystery state. But it was the only photo I took as we drove here Friday afternoon, through rain, for more than three hours. On Saturday, some areas of this state were under a flash flood warning. Sirens wailed in the town where we were staying.

This natural rock formation known as the Ship Rock is located near the middle of the state.

Beer and bars. No additional words needed.

Residents of this state appreciate their dairy farmers.

Ah, nothing like the tropics to brighten my mood after a long winter. OK, you got me. This is actually a Mexican restaurant in a resort town in the central part of our mystery state.

At this museum, you will see an exhibit featuring magician Harry Houdini, who claims this state as his birthplace. If you know the name of the town, you score bonus points for your smartness. Do not cheat by googling.

Pockets of Amish, or maybe it's Mennonite, or both, reside in areas of this state. I was fortunate to capture this image Sunday afternoon while driving past this farm place.

This photo offers three clues: snow, brats and Piggly Wiggly. Along this stretch of highway on Saturday afternoon, we could have stopped at three brat fries at three grocery stores. (The husband did purchase a brat at The Festival Foods brat fry fundraiser for the Boy Scouts.)

This photo clue should be the clincher. Fire hydrants in the town where my family stayed are painted gold and sometimes green and gold.

PLEASE SUBMIT your guesses along with any comments you wish to make regarding these images or these clues or this state.

Good luck!

Copyright 2011 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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9 Responses to “Guess that state”

  1. dakotagirl Says:

    Wisconsin, and Appleton is Harry’s hometown. Did you drive by the world’s largest piece of cheese in Neillsville?

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Dakotagirl, you know Wisconsin. I would love to see the world’s largest piece of cheese. Where is Neillsville? Guess I’ll need to pull out my trusty Wisconsin map.

      Thanks for stopping by Minnesota Prairie Roots.

  2. Bernie Says:

    Wisconsin! Were you in the Dells? That is the first thing I thought of with resort town.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Ah, Bernie, we were not in the Dells. We were in Appleton, Wisconsin, which is south of Green Bay about a half hour. The resort town we drove through is beautiful Wautoma, along highway 21 in the central part of the state.

  3. jhc1218 Says:

    Wisconsin! Appleton, WI is the home of the Harry Houdini museum. I’ve actually been there twice. Did you visit it? There once was an interesting although disturbing exhibit on Jospeh McCarthy in that same space.
    -Jocelyn

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I will reveal the identity of “Guess that state” today or tomorrow. Wisconsin is leading the pack with readers’ guesses. Are they right? Check back.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      The museum in Appleton, with the Houdini exhibit, is on our list of places to visit the next time we are there. We ran out of time to tour it on Saturday.

  4. bevalker Says:

    I hope you had a great time in Appleton, Wi! I was in rural Freedom on Easter (between Green Bay and Appleton). Of course, I recognize the orange Mexican resturant in Wautoma, the museum in Appleton, the birthplace of Houdini, and the Amish buggies. They get together on Sundays for their day of fun. Lanae wasn’t here to give me answers either!!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Dear cousin Bev, former Minnesotan and long Wisconsinite, I could not stump you, not for one minute. Yes, my family spent Easter in Wisconsin, specifically in Appleton.

      I loved that neon orange Mexican restaurant in Wautoma, but was hoping the Milty Wilty would be open. Next time, right?

      Seeing all those Amish buggies, and a horse tethered to a buggy, on that Amish farm was a bonus surprise for me.

      Readers, FYI, when Bev attended the Kletscher family reunion last summer, my sister Lanae fed her the answers in a family trivia contest that I organized.

      Watch for follow-up Wisconsin posts this week.


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