Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Welcome to Minnesota December 13, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 2:42 PM
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This message posted outside Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church In Faribault is so fitting for the season and current debate on refugees and immigration.


“The inn is not full in Minnesota.”

Those words summarize a letter sent today by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo making it clear that Minnesota will continue to welcome refugees.

I am thankful for that strong statement. I live in a diverse community which includes many immigrants and refugees. They are an important part of Faribault, of our work force, of our local economy, of our schools…

My forefathers were once immigrants, arriving here from Germany. Did they always feel welcome? Probably not. But they worked hard and assimilated without giving up their heritage.

As we continue in this holiday season, I hope an attitude of peace and good will prevails. We are all just people with the same basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. And a desire to feel accepted and welcomed. Wherever we choose to live.

© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


11 Responses to “Welcome to Minnesota”

  1. Jflesch Says:

    While the statement posted is great but we all need to be reminded that there are laws and rules to be followed. If the laws are broken than it becomes illegal. Our ancestors came over legally by following the system and doing what was right. Just think if they came in legally we wouldn’t need a wall. Are you interested in taking illegal people into your home and providing for them? If we didn’t have laws to follow then we really don’t need these enforcement either.

    Can’t work both ways



  2. Loretta C. Schroeder Says:

    What a wonderful affirmation of the kind of people we are in MN!

  3. Kathy Says:

    Very nice piece and sentiment. Thank you!

  4. valeriebollinger Says:

    I like the summary, “The Inn is not full.”

  5. Norma Says:

    Our current system is making it hard for anyone to enter legally.

  6. Susan Ready Says:

    Thanks for highlighting such a short but powerful line from the governor. A reminder we need to be welcoming to all.

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