Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

“The Jerky Stop” in Clear Lake July 10, 2016

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McDonald's Meats in Clearwater, MN. 13


IF NOT FOR THE THREATENING SKYLINE, our exhaustion and a two-hour drive home, I expect my husband would have turned into the parking lot of McDonald’s Meats in Clear Lake on a recent Saturday afternoon. He likes meat, especially quality meat from a respected meat market.

That’s McDonald’s Meats, a fourth-generation family business around since 1914. I didn’t grow up in central Minnesota (like Randy), but even I’ve heard of this meat market.


McDonald's Meats in Clearwater, MN., 14 close-up


McDonald’s plays on those strengths, promoting longevity, family and quality products on eye-catching signage. What meat lover, especially someone who loves jerky, wouldn’t want to stop for a free sample at this self-proclaimed Jerky Stop?

We even had room in the cooler…

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9 Responses to ““The Jerky Stop” in Clear Lake”

  1. Marneymae Says:

    Yum. I love beef jerky.
    Have you heard this beautiful spoken word piece?
    It’s from the radio show Snap Judgement.

  2. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:


  3. I so miss the family-owned meat markets in MN – jerky, smoked pork chops, sausages, etc. Thanks for sharing and taking me down memory road 🙂

  4. Jackie Says:

    We drive by McDonalds, every time we go to the cabin. Just drove by yesterday afternoon. We have stopped once for Jerky, good stuff!

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