Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

My award-winning water story publishes April 8, 2017



“Water Stories from a Minnesota Prairie Perspective” has published in southern Minnesota based River Valley Woman’s April issue. My story won the nonfiction category in the “We Are Water” writing contest sponsored by Plum Creek Initiative with the support of The League of Women Voters and River Valley Woman. That honor includes a $250 prize.

I don’t have a hard copy yet, but I viewed the story online. And so can you by clicking here and advancing to page 50 of the April issue. The piece is lengthy per submission guidelines requiring 5 – 12 pages of copy.

No matter how many times I’ve been published, I still thrill in seeing my words out there for others to read and perhaps appreciate. You can find print copies of the magazine in many locations like Mankato, St. Peter, New Ulm, Redwood Falls and surrounding smaller communities. Click here for a complete list.

In reading my story, you will learn of my growing up years on a southwestern Minnesota dairy and crop farm, the place that shaped me into the person, writer and photographer I’ve become. Farm life as I remember it from the 1960s – 1970s no longer exists. So this story, while written for a competition, was also written for me and my family. There’s an importance in reclaiming memories through written words, in telling the stories that define a place, in sharing my roots with you, my readers.

FYI: Click here to read my first blog post about winning this writing competition.

© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


16 Responses to “My award-winning water story publishes”

  1. Patricia Says:


    Again, Sweets.
    Can I make the words larger?
    Or can I get a copy, which I will pay for.
    So proud of you. xx

  3. Bernadette Thomasy Says:

    Congratulations, Audrey. I know what you mean about seeing your words in print – always a unique feeling of satisfaction. The prize money feels good too.

  4. How Exciting – Congrats – Doing a Happy Dance for you over here!!! Happy Day Indeed 🙂

  5. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Congratulations how very exciting

  6. Sue Ready Says:

    What a tribute to your writing being published/ The magazine on women in River Valley area had a nice variety of articles. Lucky you to be included on page 50.

  7. Littlesundog Says:

    Congratulations, Audrey! There is something satisfying about seeing your writing or photography published. For me, it feels good to think I made a difference in someone’s life or maybe the lives of a larger audience.

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