Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Snow Minions February 25, 2015

THIS IS HOW MUCH my husband and I know about current day cartoons. We confused these snow sculptures with Sponge Bob Square Pants:


Snow sculpture, Minions close-up


Yes, go ahead and laugh.


Snow sculpture, Minions


Can you see the similarities between Sponge Bob and the Minions? OK, maybe not so much. But to the untrained don’t have kids at home or grandkids yet, the two different cartoon characters do kind of resemble one another.


Snow sculpture, Minions in yard


Kurt Klett recently sculpted these Minions from the Universal Pictures 3-D movie “Despicable Me” in his Faribault front yard. This marks the sixth year he’s created a snow sculpture. Soon he’ll change the heart to a shamrock in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

The “Fight MS” message is Klett’s personal campaign to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis. He has the disease.

You have to admire a guy who, each year, crafts snow sculptures, especially in a winter like this with minimal snow and plenty of frigid temps.

His artwork brings a bit of fun to a long, cold Minnesota winter.

FYI: Click here to read about the snow sculptures Klett created in 2014 in his yard at 417 Second Street Northwest.

© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


27 Responses to “Snow Minions”

  1. treadlemusic Says:

    Love Minions!!!!!!!! The best use of snow yet!!!!!!

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    Love the Minions – I recognized them right away. There is actually a big one made out of hay bales on the way to / from Atlanta that I need to try to get a picture of but I was going through at nighttime last week so didn’t get a picture. I love the fact that Kurt does this and changes it to make it holiday appropriate. Fun. Sounds like Mason City is set to get 6 – 8 inches today/tonight. What about you guys?

    • Snow is falling here as I write. But I think we’re only supposed to get an inch or so. I hope that’s the case as I will be the one shoveling. Do you have your snow removal person lined up?

      Anyone who knows Minions would recognize them in Kurt’s sculpture. He did an excellent job.

  3. Dan Traun Says:

    Ha ha ha. I can see why you confused the two. If you haven’t seen Despicable Me 1 & 2 – do so, you will get a chuckle.

  4. Jackie Says:

    Like you said, you kinda have to have little ones around to know who these guys are, I can see a little sponge bob, you weren’t totally off. This guy is amazing in making these snow sculptures, I always look forward to what his newest creation might be.

  5. Almost Iowa Says:

    What a wonderful way to keep an issue in the public eye!

  6. Now that’s cute! My granddaughter loves the Minions. And her Dad laughed at Spongebob Squarepants. Yeah, we know the difference, but I see your point! I hope you post a St. Patrick’s day photo, too. I wonder which camera you’ll be using? 🙂

  7. Loving the snow minions and the great message 🙂 Happy Hump Day!

  8. Virginia Updegrove Says:

    Some people are so talented. What a wonderful piece of art in your yard and a way to support MS. You folks have been blasted with snow and cold, but here in northern Idaho with my daughter there isn’t any snow. What a surprise.

  9. Who’s Spongebob Squarepants? Just kidding! But I, too, am woefully behind the times when it comes to cartoon figures. Rocky and Bullwinkle, anyone?

  10. Thread crazy Says:

    Aww..love the Minions. I only know about them as Great Niece wanted a “stuffed” Minion for Christmas a year ago. Yes I do agree, the snow Minions are cute and the creator did a great job.

  11. Sartenada Says:

    Our world is so big that we do not know everything. One examples are snow ball lanterns which are popular here in Finland. Do people make them in Minnesota? I am like your husband – never heard or seen. They are great in Your photos. Thank You showing them.

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