Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

From Minnesota: So this is spring? April 10, 2019

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My neighborhood Wednesday evening.


CLOSED SCHOOLS. Closed Interstate. Crashes and back-ups. All were the result of a winter storm that socked parts of Minnesota today, my community included.

Officials shut down Interstate 35 between Faribault and Medford for hours on Tuesday afternoon into evening following multiple vehicle crashes. Thirty-five, I heard. True? I don’t know. Then the detour route onto a county road was closed after a semi hit a railroad bridge, according to one report I read.


My snowy backyard photographed early Wednesday afternoon as the snow fell.


What a day. Ambulances and police cars screaming by my house along with all that detoured traffic. Snowplows scraping snow that fell at a rapid pace. Snow layering to six inches.


I photographed these crocuses in my front yard flowerbed just days ago. Now they are buried under six inches of snow.


Randy and I just got back inside after clearing heavy wet snow from our driveway and sidewalk and that of a neighbor. This is heart attack snow, thus I paced myself. I’ve had it with winter. Only days ago spring seemed here. Temps in the sixties. Sunny. Lawns hinting at green.


My backyard shortly after the snow began falling Wednesday morning.


And now this, this storm set to linger into Friday. Already winds are picking up. Cold. Biting. Nothing like spring.


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21 Responses to “From Minnesota: So this is spring?”

  1. If this is spring, I want to go back to Winter.

    • Good one, Leland. How much snow did you get?

      • Hello Audrey, I’m not sure how much snow we’ve had but it must be close to two feet and the wind is howling, blowing it all over the place. What a mess! My wife died Friday afternoon, we hoped to have the funeral Wednesday morning but the storm came a day early. We plan for Saturday morning now at 10:30 but I don’t think we’re going to get dug out by that time. It sure is a mess. My blogging friends will help me get through this ordeal. I never thought I would write or have anything to do with the computer but here I sit. Without the computer now I would have nothing, prayer has kept me going for a long time.

      • Leland, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved wife. And now to have challenging winter weather delay her funeral adds to the stress. My heart hurts for you. Please feel my virtual hugs and the prayers I am sending for your comfort in this time of grief. I read in your words of your strong faith. God is with you. That you realize that is such a blessing. Again, my deepest sympathies to you. May God comfort, sustain and keep you in His peace.

      • Thank you very much Audrey. Without this computer today during this blizzard the hurting would be much worse I know. I do have an audio book player from the library it helps a lot. I can see I’m going to be using it more in the future. Thank you again. Love In Christ, Leland

      • You are not alone, Leland. Know that. Feel God’s presence and the care of many, including me from afar. May God bless you with His peace.

  2. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Stay safe! We are still getting freezing rain.

  3. washekoda Says:

    80° & sunny, flower plants & seedlings doing fine, swept all that white stuff off my front porch, cherry pedals NOT snow…sorry sure did like migrating from Minnesota to N.E. Tennessee 😉

  4. Beth Ann Says:

    It will pass and hopefully very soon.

    • We got more snow overnight and something is falling now. Mixed precip. We are under a winter storm warning until 10 a.m. Friday.

      Footage of the I-35 pile-up/back-up south of Faribault topped Good Morning America storm coverage this morning.

  5. Almost Iowa Says:

    6 inches of snow, 50 mph gusts of wind, lightning and thunder – and the power is out. Everything north of Austin and south of Owatonna is dark.

    • I wondered how things were down in Almost Iowa. Thanks for the report. I hope your power won’t be out for too long. Lights flickered here a few times earlier this morning. That wind is crazy. I expect trees and limbs weakened by our September tornado may fall in this wind.

      Stay safe. And forego your daily walk with Scooter. Unless you tie a long long rope around your waist and knot it to the front door handle.

  6. Thank you Minnesota for making sure I got an entire winter experience in April again this year! Nothing like scraping the ice and snow off a car in a hotel parking lot in 35mph winds.

  7. valeriebollinger Says:

    At least you saw your crocus’….my daffodils were green but had not bloomed yet, and are now buried in snow…hmmm

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