Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Thank you for not crashing into my house November 23, 2013

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FOR 29 YEARS, MY HUSBAND AND I have lived in a modest 1 ½ story corner house at the bottom of a hill along an arterial street in Faribault.

Living in a home at the bottom of a hill is not the most desirable location during a Minnesota winter. I was reminded of that again Friday when, between 7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m., someone drove onto our side yard from the side street.

That's the corner of my house on the right with the vehicle tracks in the snow nearly half way into my side yard.

That’s the corner of our house on the right with the vehicle tracks swerving into the side yard.

I did not witness this incident, thus can only conclude that the driver swerved across the end of our driveway, onto the lawn and back into the street to avoid a collision. We’d received a dusting of snow the previous day and city streets were slippery.

This makes me ever so slightly nervous, to see tire tracks within 15 feet or so of our house.

Look just to the left of the meters and above the air conditioned and you will see marks from where a tire hit our house.

Look just to the left of the meter and electrical box and above the air conditioner and you will see marks from a runaway tire that hit our house years ago.

And I am justified in feeling unsettled. I’ve actually watched a tire fall off a vehicle and then careen down the hill, the tire picking up speed and rolling smack dab into our house, barely missing the gas line. The tire marks are still there on the siding.

But even worse, a decade or more ago, an unattended parked car rolled down an intersecting street a half a block away and crashed into my neighbor’s house. I don’t recall specifics of the damage, except some foundation repair was needed.

Yes, living in a corner house at the bottom of a hill and along a busy street presents potentially dangerous situations. We’ve even had chunks of snow, thrown by a snowplow, hit our front windows.

Yet, what I dislike most about living in the valley has nothing to do with traffic or road conditions. I miss seeing the sun set.

© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


23 Responses to “Thank you for not crashing into my house”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Yikes!!!! Glad it just detoured through the yard and not your house!!! I am sure that you have had many close calls with your house where it is but so far, so good!!!!!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Oh, yes, there have been a few other times when vehicles have driven onto our lawn. But I can’t ever recall one driving this FAR onto our yard.

  2. Deanna Auge Says:

    I agree, Audrey, about home location. Seeing the sun rise and sun set are both comforting, as if to say “Good Morning”, and “Good Evening” or, “Goodnight”. Something else to avoid is a sloped driveway. Ours is such and nicely bricked…but provides challenges for walkers, vehicles, and snow blowers when it is icy cold and snow-covered. D in IGH MN

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I suppose I especially miss the sunsets because I grew up on the southwestern Minnesota prairie, where the sunsets are beyond glorious. Picture a gigantic ball of fire and a fiery sky. Beyond stunning.

  3. Wow! That is a bit scary. Glad the car didn’t hit your home. You may need barricades installed at the curb. This can happen on flat ground as well – as it did in Minneapolis or St. Paul a week or so ago.

  4. ljhlaura Says:

    Glad they got the car under control and back onto the street and didn’t hit your house. I see what you mean about your location, but it sure seems to give you a unique relationship with the neighborhood. 🙂

  5. treadlemusic Says:

    There are a few home locations in this area, also, that have such unfortunate happenings. Large boulders solved one person’s dilemma. Slippery roads are just beginning…..ugh!!!!! Glad you are safe!! The sunsets are glorious out here in the country! Hugs…..

  6. hotlyspiced Says:

    It would be very unsettling to have so many near misses. We once had a car slam though our brick front fence. The girl who was driving the car was drunk and on her way home from the pub. Her parents were overseas and she had taken their car! If we didn’t have a brick fence she would have gone straight into my daughter’s bedroom. It happened at 3am on a Monday. I woke up just at the sound of the car accelerating towards us. The girl did the bolt as didn’t want the police to breath-test her. The car was turned upside down and a right-off. We were up the rest of the night waiting for the police to come and do interviews etc. Very annoying! We lived at a T-intersection so when she got to the end of the road she didn’t turn left or right (going too fast), just came straight ahead and into our property xx

  7. Jackie Says:

    yikes, that looked a bit too close for comfort, glad that’s all the farther the car got !

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Randy reminded me of a time a vehicle sliced across the side yard, then across the sidewalk and into busy Willow Street. And this was NOT during the winter months.

  8. Definitely not something one would expect to see in the morning! So glad it was nothing more than a marred lawn.

  9. Oy, vey! So thankful it wasn’t worse. We used to live across from a busy park – right on the corner of a very busy road and a slightly less busy one. We had people hit our trees with their cars and other interesting things. Uff da.

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