Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The weekend we’ve awaited in winter weary Minnesota April 23, 2018

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GOODBYE, WINTER, and welcome spring.


Buds are bursting in these trees along the Cannon River in Dundas.


This weekend brought spring to Minnesota, just a week after an historic blizzard. And the mood shifted dramatically to exuberance as Minnesotans soaked up the sunshine and warmth, me among them. I even sport a sunburned forehead.


“Thin ice” signs remained in place at Lake Kohlmier in Owatonna on Saturday. Edges of the lake were open, the middle still iced.


We haven’t had temps this warm—in the 60s—since October. That’s too many months.


In Nerstrand, a contrast of seasons in a melting snowman and yard art.


On Sunday afternoon Randy found enough snow for a snowball.


Randy and I took a drive in the Rice County countryside this weekend. Snow still remains in shadowed spots.


While winter still lingers in melting snowmen, patches of snow and ice on lakes, I see spring everywhere.





In budding trees and pussy willows and blooming crocuses. Even in mud baking dry in the afternoon sun.


Biking Sunday afternoon along a back gravel road in Rice County south of Northfield.


It was shirt sleeve warm weather in Minnesota on Sunday, this scene photographed in Faribault at the intersection of Minnesota State Highway 21 and Seventh Street.


People were out and about everywhere—biking, riding motorcycles, pushing strollers, pulling wagons, walking, running, drinking craft beers on brewery decks and patios…


A fitting sign outside Chapel Brewing in Dundas on Sunday.


There was this feeling of we’ve finally made it. If you’ve ever lived in a cold weather state, you understand that delight, that giddiness, that joy which marks the first really warm and sunny day of spring.


Randy pulled on his shades as we each enjoyed a glass of beer on the riverside deck of Chapel Brewing Sunday afternoon.


Smiles abound, jackets are shed, sunglasses pulled on, winter released. Even if snow still remains in shadowed patches, we understand that spring has arrived in Minnesota. Finally.


© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


18 Responses to “The weekend we’ve awaited in winter weary Minnesota”

  1. Don Says:

    Nice weather you folks are enjoying! Up here in the north country we too enjoyed some beautiful weather, not as warm as you but warm just the same, so much so that my plastic flowers are blooming!

  2. valeriebollinger Says:

    Yes! Spring is here. The weekend weather was great and today was fabulous!

  3. Jackie Says:

    I too am enjoying the return of spring 🙂 The pussy willow photo is amazing….what did you use for a lens?

  4. Sue Ready Says:

    Yes, Minnesotans are weary of a wintry season that never seemed to end. Glad you were able to rejoice with bits and pieces of spring here there and everywhere.. Haven’t you been to the DQ yet?

  5. jhc1218 Says:

    Finally!!! Unfortunately, the girls are sadly mistaken in thinking they can play outside until dark even though they still have school. We even saw some blooming crocus yesterday. I think we made it.

  6. Quite the juxtaposition with Winter and Spring all rolled into one! Snow person to spring flowers to mud to sunny skies. Enjoy 🙂

  7. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Yes! Great pictures after last week! Monday I had every window in the house open

  8. So glad it’s warmed up! Hopefully, there will be warmer days ahead and no sign of the cold white stuff!

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