Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

My latest photo essay features the place that sparked my creativity October 25, 2019

Minnesota State Highway 68 near Morgan in my native southwestern Minnesota. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.


ROOTED IN THE MINNESOTA PRAIRIE. Those words summarize my most recent photo essay published in the regional lifestyle magazine Southern Minn Scene. The four-page Through a SoMinn Lens spread features 23 of my photos, all from the southwestern Minnesota prairie. Some are recent while others are pulled from my extensive files. All were selected to showcase the land that shaped me as a person, a writer and a photographer.

My images and words fit the theme of this month’s issue, “the best of southern Minnesota.” In 2014, my Minnesota Prairie Roots blog was voted the Best Local Blog/Blogger in this annual competition. Bloggers are no longer included in the contest which spans theater to restaurants to breweries and a wide range of businesses, events and people in southeastern Minnesota. I learned a lot paging through the winners’ summaries.

I welcome you to meet the entrepreneurs and others who garnered the winning votes from readers. Please take time also to view my photo essay (beginning on page 46) about the prairie place that roots me.

Click here to read the November issue of Southern Minn Scene.

© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


14 Responses to “My latest photo essay features the place that sparked my creativity”

  1. Cngrats for the publication of more of your wonderful photography. Well deserved.

  2. Wonderful photo spread in a local magazine. Congratulations!

  3. Love, love the photos, especially the Sleepy Eye Water Tower one. This magazine has it going on and one that has great information with an awesome layout. How cool to be part of this Audrey – love your article and compilation of photos 🙂 Happy Weekend – Enjoy!

  4. valeriebollinger Says:

    Wonderful photo essay Audrey. Are hard copies available? Where?

  5. Edward Brian Says:

    Your picture of the highway near Morgan sure could be in North Dakota. Although, a small bit of my 300 mile UPS route had a bit of the Badlands and the Heart River running through it. It’s called the Heart because the Mandan Indans said the river is in the heart of their land. After driving through the prairies and fields it was always a treat to reach the river running through the little Badlands. I’d stop my truck, shut off the engine, get out, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Gods creation.

  6. Jackie Hemmer Says:

    Congrats on your publication! You have the best photo’s!

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