Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A picture story from small town Minnesota September 27, 2016

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SMALL TOWNS SOMETIMES present images of time standing still.

 

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History lingers.

 

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The past writes in to the future.

 

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Long-time grassroots businesses maintain a presence, some strong, others struggling against the consumer pull to regional shopping centers, to discount and chain stores.

 

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Watering holes still lure in the locals with icy beer and plenty of BS, enough to crank up the town rumor mill.

 

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Signs of change creep in. An aging populace. Technology. New needs.

 

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But always the community webs together, lines interconnecting those who call this place, this small town, home.

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(All of these images were taken recently along two side streets and an alley off Main Street in Waterville, Minnesota.)

FYI: Please click here to read my first post from Waterville. And check back for more photos from this southern Minnesota community.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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4 Responses to “A picture story from small town Minnesota”

  1. Dan Traun Says:

    A positive comment regarding power lines; I like it (last photo). I typically despise them as they muck up most every image composition when present.

  2. Carol Says:

    I like the power lines! In a small town — this or any other — it reminds me of how lives in a small town seem to criss-cross, overlap and intersect. Very nice photo essay, thank you!


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