Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Back from the Minnesota northwoods September 19, 2017

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Jackie Hemmer photographed me shooting lake scenes while on a boat ride on a lake south of Park Rapids. My husband and I were weekend cabin guests of Jackie and her husband, Rick.


WORDS TOOK ME to the northwoods of Minnesota. To a friend’s cabin. To a lake. To a book release party.

I am home now six days later, my suitcase emptied, tucked back in the closet.

But now the words and images of those days mingle memories of small towns explored, of laughter and good conversations shared, of a boat trailing waves and a loon on a lake, of wild rice hotdish and Gull Dam good beer.

Stories. There are so many stories waiting to be written.

© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Photo courtesy of my friend, Jackie Hemmer, who shares her words and photos at “Who will make me laugh.” Please check out Jackie’s blog post about our friendship and recent visit by clicking here.


20 Responses to “Back from the Minnesota northwoods”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    What a fun trip! I missed that you were doing this but am thrilled to follow along on what you experienced as I am sure it is going to be simply wonderful. Love the picture of you– the photographer gets photographed. Perfection.

  2. Almost Iowa Says:

    The best part of Up North is the scent of pine….it knocks you right over.

  3. Don Says:

    I love the sound of a Loon, peaceful, tranquil yet melancholy. The north woods is a magical place!

  4. That is great country up there, glad you had a good time up there and now are reloaded with writing material. I had many relatives in the iron mine country up for many years, my grandparents were married in Bovey, Minnesota. I still have an aunt living in Grand Rapids, she just remarried a few years ago, now age 94.

  5. Jackie Says:

    Loved having you and Randy to share our little piece of heaven in the woods 🙂

  6. Littlesundog Says:

    I have been to the northwoods a few decades back… lovely memories and such a beautiful area. I love your hair in that photo!

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