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A Prairie Home Companion

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A Prairie Home Companion is a live radio variety show hosted by Garrison Keillor featuring comedy sketches, music, and Keillor’s signature monologue, “The News from Lake Wobegon.”

October 18, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It's been chilly, of course, because it is almost the end of October. Mist over the lake every morning, the Canada Geese are heading South overhead." Pastor Liz delivers a sermon about the Parable of the Wedding Feast, a man visits Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery to buy a cup of coffee though they don't sell coffee, and the story of the time Eugene Berge picked up a hitchhiker.

October 11, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It's fall. It's a gorgeous, gorgeous fall. It's been chilly, down into the 30s at night." Thoughts on the benefits of cold weather and Minnesota living, the town watches a lunar eclipse, and Pastor Liz moves into the Lewises' cabin.

October 4, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"Been chilly, chilly at night, in the 30s. The crickets are all quiet. We hear the 'pop' of the shotguns from duck hunting." With the election approaching, politics begin to affect marriages, Carla Bunsen receives funding for her performance art piece in New York City, and the Lutheran Church holds its Senior Banquet.

September 27, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It's been this gorgeous, gorgeous September, this beautiful time--so much happening." Lake Wobegon welcomes the arrival of fall, a bear surprises Irene Bunsen, then stays in town, starting a debate over who will pay to have it removed, and high school students take the ACT exam, in a monologue from September 2013.

September 20, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"Beautiful, beautiful week of fall. Mists on the lake early in the morning, you wake up in the morning, your window is open, you've got a little extra blanket over you." Pastor Liz fills in while the Lutheran Church interviews replacements for Pastor Haugen, news of Marlene's interesting encounter with Father Wilmer spreads through the town, Mrs. Anderson holds a CD release party at the Sidewinder Bar, and the Tolleruds' rooster Ludwig comes to a sad end.

September 13, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It's been a beautiful, beautiful week. It's been warm and sunny--gets up into the 90s in the afternoon but the mornings are perfect." The town deals with a heat wave and the meanest woman in Lake Wobegon passes away, in a monologue from June 2012.

September 6, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It's been getting warmer up there. The tulips are up a little bit, and the irises, and the lily of the valley as well." Pastor Liz and Clint Bunsen spend some time together while digging a grave for Liz Tollefson, and Pastor Anderson weeps during her funeral service, in a monologue from March 2013.

August 30, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"Summer coming to an end and fall is about to begin. The nights are getting cool, sunset coming earlier and earlier, and in the morning there's fog -- mist out on the lake -- and we can feel it coming." Thoughts on the virtues of sweet corn and the exquisite boredom of summer, remembering Roger Hedlund with a story about his high school basketball days, and Pastor Liz returns from Rome to visit Marlene.

August 23, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It was very brutally, brutally hot here this last week and the deerflies came in, which is a form of plague." Powerful storms roll into Lake Wobegon, Luanne Peterson copes with the arrival of a new patient in the pediatric intensive care unit, and a story to comfort Luanne when she breaks down under an overpass during the storm, in a monologue from June 2012.

August 16, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"Our beautiful fall has come to an end. We got a frost here on Monday Night. People were talking about it down at the Chatterbox Cafe." A monologue from October 2013, Eloise Krebsbach runs for mayor, the Lutheran Church updates its directory, Carl Krebsbach does a few odd jobs around town, and the Hedlunds dig up a Lake Wobegon ghost story.

August 9, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"Had a little bit of front on Monday just to remind us, you know, where we live. But otherwise it was warm. It was up in the 60s." In a monologue from April 2012, the Lake Wobegon Whippets take some spring batting practice, Bud learns a lesson about friendship while putting the dock in the water, and Pastor Liz has an exciting evening on Easter Sunday.

August 2, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It was the end of school on Wednesday and it was high school graduation on Thursday evening -- some major, major events in our town." A few women appoint themselves "Pentecost Monitors" at the Lutheran Church, Pastor Ingqvist counsels prospective newlyweds, and the high school seniors play their annual practical joke on Superintendent Halvorson, in a monologue from June 2009.

July 26, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It's been hot out there this last week. It's been humid too, so that you wake up in the morning and there's a mist out over the meadows, beautiful mist with the sun shining through it." Gladys feels a longing for doomed love while listening to the opera, the Hansens' dove-breeding business goes awry, Judy Ingqvist searches for elegance, and a few verses of "Aften (Stille, Hjerte, Sol gaar ned)," in a monologue from June 2007.

July 19, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It's been beautiful this last week. The Lake Wobegon Whippets opened their '94 home season with the annual Memorial Day doubleheader at the Wally 'Old Hard Hands' Bunsen Memorial Park." Ernie discovers the secret to a perfect knuckleball as the Whippets begin their season, high school graduates ponder their future, and the host shares a few memories of the Grand Ole Opry's last night at the Ryman, in a monologue from June 1994.

July 12, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"I get this far away from home -- couple thousand miles -- and I stay away for a long time, and I start to wonder if it's a real place or if I made it up." The town's children spend Thanksgiving sick and in bed, Senator K. Thorvaldson's mysterious love Laura comes to town to meet his family, and a few verses of "My Father, How Long," in a monologue from November 1985.

July 5, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"The rains have finally let up and we had sunshine here this week and it was a glorious, glorious 4th of July in Lake Wobegon." Marlene wins the "Best Pie in Town" contest, the World's Largest Pile of Burlap Bags celebrates its 40th anniversary, and to avoid unwanted attention, the town decides not to mark its 150th anniversary.

June 28, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"This is the shank of summer. It's such a gorgeous time of year. It's been so beautiful in Lake Wobegon. The yards, the lawns have never looked more beautiful than they do right now." Thoughts on lawn maintenance and strawberry-rhubarb pie, the Tollefson boy considers moving to Los Angeles, and a deerfly bite helps the Whippets continue their winning season.

June 21, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"We had some thunderstorms in Lake Wobegon this last week. We say it was a quiet week in Lake Wobegon but it was kind of wild and kind of violent." The Whippets defeat the Holdingford Bulls in the rain on another long fly ball from Wayne Tommerdahl, Father Emil returns to Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, garage sale season begins, and the Women's Bible Study Group goes skinny-dipping.

June 14, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"Flag Day, Flag Day up in Lake Wobegon. They were supposed to do the Living Flag today." The Whippets' Wayne Tommerdahl hits the highest popup in team history in a victory over the Holdingford Bulls, the Thorvaldsons hold a graduation party for their daughter Amy, and Clint Bunsen spends some time at his family's cabin.

June 7, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It's been June weather. Everything is happening at once. The dragonflies are all kind of breeding and they're out and they're mating." Thoughts on desert living and the benefits of rhubarb, the high school's senior class pulls the annual graduation ceremony prank, and parents contemplate their graduates' futures.