Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Thoughts following an attack at a Central Minnesota mall September 20, 2016

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A vehicle travels along Interstate 90 near La Crosse in the rain Friday morning. Fog shrouds the bluffs in grey.

A vehicle travels along Interstate 90 near La Crosse, on the Minnesota side of the Mississippi River, in the rain Friday morning. Fog veils the river bluffs.

WHEN FOG DESCENDS, shrouding the landscape in a veil of grey, the value of light magnifies.

Our eyes search for light.

We look for ways to banish the grey, to illuminate our world. We want desperately to find the light and to hold it high.

Events of the past weeks have shaded our skies grey here in Minnesota—first with the discovery of Jacob Wetterling’s remains and now the stabbings of 10 individuals at Crossroads Center in St. Cloud in what appears to be a possible act of lone wolf terrorism.

That both of these major crimes happened some five miles apart in Central Minnesota is pure coincidence. But it is not lost on me that the kidnapping of 11-year-old Jacob nearly 27 years ago and the mall attack on Saturday evening are in the backyard of Garrison Keillor’s fictional Lake Wobegon.

I like to think that Lake Wobegon—the region in which some of my in-laws live—is a pastoral setting of grazing cows, church spires and old-timers playing cards at the Chatterbox Cafe. It is and it isn’t. In today’s world, no place, not even Central Minnesota, is safe.

Even so, we Minnesotans are a strong, determined and resilient lot. We will, through the greyness of these days, search for the light of goodness and of hope. Of that I am certain.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


6 Responses to “Thoughts following an attack at a Central Minnesota mall”

  1. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson Says:

    Lovely analogy.

  2. Well said – we are in control of the choices we make and I choose strength, resiliency and kindness! Take Care My Friend (((((((lovesandhugs))))))))

  3. Don Says:

    Unfortunately the battle between good and evil has always been a part of the world we live in, however, our modern times with it’s instant communications we hear more of it and sooner. When I first came to Alaska and lived in the bush we didn’t get the news instantly and in fact many times it was a week or more before we heard of any major news event. A much simpler and less stressful time that was. We have a tendency to get overwhelmed with bad news overload and forget that overall good prevails (google good vs. evil sometime) we just don’t hear of it that much, too boring and not newsworthy I suppose……………..

    A rainy foggy day at some point turns into a sunny bright day we just need to have patience.

    • I agree that instant communication has made a difference in how we perceive our world. It’s made the world a much smaller place, too. And I agree that the battle between good and evil has always been present and always will be. We are, after all, human. And humanity is not perfect.

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