Northfield’s blue barn becomes a Culver’s landmark

That mysterious painting of a barn along I-35 in Northfield that Audrey Kletscher Helbling, who writes the Minnesota Prairie Roots blog, discovered recently?

It’s done, she says.

Photo: Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The barn once featured an advertisement for Sugardale wieners but that’s been wiped from the landscape in favor of the ad for Culver’s. Or is it a genuine article of gratitude? Or both?

Something to contemplate each time you drive by, I suppose.

What does a farmer get out allowing a barn to be painted blue? Culver’s has not yet responded to the question.