Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Much of Minnesota’s Big Stone County – like many parts of the state – has been deemed a “rural food desert” by the United States Department of Agriculture. In fact, huge swaths of middle America and the people who live there have low access to healthy foods and the variety of food found at large grocery stores. Honestly, I’ve never given much thought to food distribution or availability in this part of the world. We’re surrounded by farms and fields.

For a recent assignment with Minnesota Public Radio News I spent the better part of an afternoon in Big Stone County. One of my tasks was to photograph at Bonnie’s Hometown Grocery. The small store, owned by Bonnie Carlson, is located in Clinton, Minn. The grocery is something of an oasis and provides more than just the basics. Mrs. Carlson, who doesn’t like to be photographed, was a gracious host and more than tolerated my presence. I also had the opportunity to briefly visit a small family farm outside Clinton [see bottom two photographs].

You can see more photographs and read [or listen] to the article here. It’s an interesting issue and one we might all want to consider. Thanks for looking. – Ann

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Rural Big Stone County

Getting A Drink

Washing Up

3 comments on “An Oasis In Food Desert Land For MPR News

  1. Lisa Cook on said:

    Great pictures Ann! Off to read the article on the MPR website.

  2. Kathy on said:


    You have a remarkable artistic eye. These are really beautiful photos. You captured a lovely essence of the place.

  3. Thanks Lisa and Kathy for your comments. It means a lot to me when people make time to share their reactions, thoughts and perspective. I hope you both got a chance to look at more photographs on MPR’s website. There is something special about the land and the people in smaller communities on both sides of the Red River that I’m fascinated by. Best, Ann

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