Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A country moment from southwestern Minnesota October 3, 2016

YOU KNOW YOU’RE in rural Minnesota when…




…within feet of a country cemetery, a fenced-in cow saunters past a mounded grave graced with flowers.


Photo taken on October 1, 2016, Rock Dell Lutheran Church, rural Belview, Minnesota.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


11 Responses to “A country moment from southwestern Minnesota”

  1. Jackie Says:

    I just love Country cemeteries…thanks for sharing!

    • I know you do, just like me. Unfortunately, I couldn’t explore this cemetery and this was a quick shot taken from the back passenger side seat of the van. Thus, not a technically good photo at all. But still worth sharing because of the content.

      Randy and I were taking my mom for a drive through the country. That changes things a bit. She was do happy to get out and go for a drive.

  2. randy Says:

    Which side had the greener grass?

  3. Lorry Schwartz Karow Says:

    This post made me smile and I’m familar with the location as I am originally from Marshall (graduating in 1975) and have/had many relatives from Vesta, Wood Lake, Granite Falls, Cottonwood, Belview, etc. and have resided in Faribault since 1990. I really enjoy your posts and look forward to everyone. Each one is interesting and inspiring!

    • Thank you so much, Lorry. I’m happy to learn of another prairie native living here. Please introduce yourself if you ever see me out and about. I always love connecting with people from my home area. I graduated from Wabasso High in 1974. Mom lives in assisted care in Belview now, which is why I was there on Saturday.

  4. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Love the cow just enjoying its meal but eyes were drawn to the rough edges of the grave stone. I love the rustic look

  5. And what a stunning cow! c

    • Do you know the breed? I’ve never seen another like it. The photo is really not very good. It was taken through the passenger side window of the van, middle seat. No chance of a second shot. But I simply had to share it.

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