Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Country meets city in northeastern Wisconsin November 8, 2013

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A farm just off Northland Avenue in Appleton, Wisconsin.

A farm, left, just off Northland Avenue.

ON THE NORTHERN EDGE of Appleton or maybe its the southern edge of Grand Chute, Wisconsin (I examined maps and cannot determine which), lies a farm place with two vintage silos, a barn, a collection of aging outbuildings and even an old windmill.

The place, a rural oasis separated from busy commercial Northland Avenue by a cornfield, has intrigued me since I first spotted it three years ago.

What I hadn’t noticed, though, until my last trip to Appleton, were the cows grazing in a pasture just across the street from a residential area.

This is the thing I love about Wisconsin. This state appreciates rural. You’ll find barns and silos, corn and cows seamlessly blending into urban settings. And the mix doesn’t feel awkward or patronizing or out of place.

It feels, oh, so right in this state tagged America’s Dairyland.

© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


19 Responses to “Country meets city in northeastern Wisconsin”

  1. looks and sounds like a wonderful place 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I really do like the Appleton area. And I’ve learned lots about Wisconsin culture (beer, brats, cheese and Packers) since my second daughter moved there.

      • I know how fond you are of the prairie. I share some of that fondness, but WI is really where it is at for me and the subject I like to photograph. The cheese, brats & beer are especially of interest to me. I concur, Appleton is a great area.

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        I love that we photographers all have a fondness for a certain place. You, Dan, photograph any environment well whether rural or urban. I always learn from your photos.

  2. I’ve noticed that seeming seamlessness of town and country on our frequent drives from the Twin Cities to my husband’s hometown of Oconomowoc. Wisconsin is a beautiful place.

  3. You should see it where I live. The mountains meet the desert valley with forests and mountain lakes in between. There are cows and wild horses within and outside the city limits as well as deer, coyotes and bears. Makes for an interesting place to live at times, especially with wildlife migrations and hibernations! Happy Weekend:)

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      What a diversity of geography. And what great photo ops and ops for you to adventure.

    • I should take a pic of the wild horse crossings – have flashing lights! The bears have been pretty active here and have had some fatalities too, which is always sad:(

    • Wild Horses are like deer, where you see one there is probably more – the reason for horse crossings here!

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Oh, OK. Hitting a horse would be worse than hitting a deer. Fire-arms deer hunting season opens this weekend in Minnesota.

      • Growing up on the farm I did not care for deer hunters with firearms on our property or in the ditches of our property, since we had animals as well as humans moving about.

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        I don’t recall many deer hunters when I was growing up. My dad hunted pheasants, but that was it. I am thankful for the deer hunters because the deer population is out of control and that makes it dangerous for drivers. There’s a bow hunting deer hunt coming up next weekend at the local nature center.

  4. My parents lived east of Superior for a few years – I really enjoyed the time I spent with them there. Of course the north shore is gorgeous, so that helped make it lovely!

  5. hotlyspiced Says:

    What a lovely image, Audrey. My father used to work in Racine, Wisconsin. He said it was very beautiful in summer with all the lakes but the winters! Very, very cold xx

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Oh, yes, Racine, which is located on Lake Michigan, likely would be quite cold in the winter, just like Minnesota. Racine is several hours south of where my daughter lives.

      Happy to hear you have a connection to the Midwestern U.S.

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