Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Ice cream season, or not March 8, 2017

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SPRING HAS UNOFFICIALLY arrived in Faribault. The walk-up/drive-through Dairy Queen along Lyndale Avenue is open.

Sunday afternoon I clipped a $1.99 Peanut Buster Parfait coupon from the Faribault Daily News to celebrate. DQ is a rare treat for Randy and me, afforded only when money-saving coupons are available. Opening weekend at the DQ always brings deals. Perfect.

I envisioned sitting on the DQ patio under sunny blue skies in predicted 60-degree temps. Perfect.

But forecasts do not always equal reality. I suggested Plan B—going to a park. In hindsight, I wonder what I was thinking. After an attempt to eat our parfaits on a park bench, I caved and headed back to the warmth of the van. There we sat, savoring ice cream, peanuts and fudge while grey skies hung and the temp locked at 48 degrees in a still slightly snowy landscape.

Monday brought much warmer temps, like those promised on Sunday, along with intense wind followed by storms. Remaining snow melted.  And two tornadoes touched down, causing damage near Zimmerman and Clarks Grove. These are the earliest tornadoes of the season ever in Minnesota, breaking a record set in 1968. Here in Faribault, we experienced heavy rain and even small hail for a brief time Monday evening. A light dusting of snow fell overnight. The Dairy Queen may be hinting at spring. But winter seems determined to cling to March in Minnesota.

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29 Responses to “Ice cream season, or not”

  1. I was so excited when I saw the photo of the PB Parfait! “Look look!” I shouted to my hubby! The reason- on our trip to Florida in January we rediscovered the joys of DQ. We hadn’t been to on in 20 years?? We had finally crossed the border into FL but as you may know it’s still a drive to get further south. We were getting tired and cranky when we had to stop for gas. Attached to the plain station was a DQ! We looked at it like we had discovered an oasis. We had! After the best PB parfait ever we merrily went on our way-revived and happy! We repeated the experience on the way home 3 weeks later and the DQ magic still worked!

  2. treadlemusic Says:

    Ah yes! A DQ PB Parfait!!!!! What is it about that sharp saltiness against the melty sweetness of the soft-serve and all mingled with…..wait for it!……..CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!! Bliss——even tho the “tempest rages” at temps far less than those encouraging warm degrees that cause daffodils to spring to life!!!! I expect you could say…..”What!!!! She’s writing those words from her TX vantage point….in summer warmth!!!!!!” Ummmm……..yes, that’s true but there’s something about the juxtaposition of Midwest Winter vs Spring that adds so much to that DQ experience!!!!!
    Sending very warm (temps in upper 80s/low 90s) hugs………………

    • Oh, Doreen, it’s so good to hear from you again. I always appreciate your introspective comments.

      The March Gales continue to blow here in southern Minnesota. That makes for an ideal outdoor clothes drying day. Yes, it’s only around 30 degrees. But in about 10 minutes I will clip clothes to the line.

      Hugs from a sunny, but cold, Minnesota.

      • treadlemusic Says:

        As I am currently in bed-linen-laundering mode, I would actually wish for those fresh breezes. Alas……it’s already 76 with humidity levels that far exceed that temp reading…..thus the dryer must be employed ;-(

      • Sounds like dryer usage is a necessity with that type of humidity. I just hung out my first load of clothes. Second in the wash. Now time for a cup of coffee to thaw the fingers.

      • treadlemusic Says:

        I really do remember those moments of frigid fingers and March (even Feb.!) “line freshness”!!!! Enjoy that java!!!

      • Give me a warm and windy day in winter and I’ll be out there hanging laundry on the line.

        I only recently started drinking coffee. Now I have a single cup every morning about this time.

  3. Almost Iowa Says:

    We spent Monday evening in the basement. Though the Clarks Grove/Geneva tornado passed to the north of us, it was tossing big things around. No damage though.

    • That’s right. You’re not all that far from Clarks Grove. What big things did it toss around on your property?

      I respect tornadoes given the June 13, 1968 Tracy, Minnesota tornado which I remember from my childhood. It was Minnesota’s first F5 tornado. Nine were killed in that storm. A tornado also struck my home farm. Yup, I’m right there in the basement with you when a tornado warning is issued. I’m thankful all is OK with you, but feel for the folks in and around Clarks Grove and Zimmerman.

      • Almost Iowa Says:

        Our patio chairs were chasing the table around the deck.

        A lot of people in the cities mistakenly believe that tornados avoid urban areas. In the early 1980’s, I worked for a place on Chicago and Lake that was destroyed by a tornado. The storm threw an MTC bus through the front window. No one was hurt though.

      • Oh, I see, like a game of tag.

        I have no idea why people believe such a myth about tornadoes. Now that would be scary, to see a MTC bus thrown through a window.

        The tornado on my parents’ farm took down a silo, the silo room, the railing from the house and tossed a few silage wagons around in the field. Thankfully the house was spared.

  4. Jackie Says:

    Our DQ opened in February, but I have not yet ventured there. Nice savings on that PB parfait 🙂

  5. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Oh my goodness I haven’t had one of those in years. Monday was beautiful until the weather changed.

  6. Valerie Says:

    Yum…looks tasty! Our weather has been sooo strange…unbelievably windy today!

  7. Littlesundog Says:

    All of the ice cream places are open here all year long. Lucky us!! 😀

  8. Sue Ready Says:

    Yes the reopening of the DQ ushers in thoughts of spring. Your DQ choice one of my favorite and 48 degrees is tolerable for an ice cream treat. Mother Nature sees to be up and down tantalizing midwesterners with thoughts of spring. I am in the countdown with many others.

  9. pkpm519 Says:

    In my mind, there is no such thing anymore as “Ice Cream Season!” I’m ready any time of the year. I lived across the street from a small co-op store in downtown St Paul, and the manager said that he sold the most premium ice cream during snowstorms and blizzards! Of course, there was an apartment building connected by skyway to the building which housed the little store…and the Science Museum. (Before the Museum built the great building down along the riverfront!) And several more apartment buildings within one block…easy enough to access, even in the cold and snow! Emily McNeill

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