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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.”

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.

May 31, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"The weather's just been gorgeous. It was warm this last week, it was up in the 80s. There was a little bit of rain, not enough, but there's never enough." The Whippets win a few games with the help of young pitcher "Whiplash" Wilson, garage sale season begins, the Larson boy gets a job at Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery, and a bat invades Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church and frightens Pastor Haugen.

May 24, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"Sunny and in the 70s, big white clouds up in the sky just like in a child's picture book, and trees light green out of your Crayola box." Families open up their cabins for the summer, the town celebrates Memorial Day with a parade, Lake Wobegon High School seniors plan their graduation parties, and the Whippets start their season.

May 17, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It's been raining and chilly at night out there so people are way behind on lawn care, but the tulips and daffodils are in bloom." The town re-examines its philosophy on lawn care, the Lutheran Church holds its church picnic, and the war between Pastor Haugen and his secretary Marlene continues.

May 10, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It was warm and kind of windy all week and we got this terrific thunderstorm on Wednesday, which was a great boon, to get washed off like that." Fishing season begins and fishermen return to their pursuit of famous walleye Old Pete, Luann cuts her hair very short, the town analyzes photos of Pastor Liz in Rome, and Pastor Haugen irritates his secretary Marlene.

May 3, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It rained all week and even a little bit of snow but we ignored that, of course, because it just melted as soon as it touched the ground so there was nothing we could do about it." The Knights of the Order of the Golden Nimbus install their new officers at Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, Pastor Haugen takes over as interim pastor at the Lutheran Church after Pastor Liz leaves for Rome, and Larry creates havoc while trying to dig a grave for Ruthie Jonasson.

April 26, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"The last of the ice sank into the lake here this last week and the spring rains came, and what a blessing they were. They really greened up this town." The town does some spring cleaning, the story of Lois and Louie, and Pastor Liz delivers her last sermon before leaving for Rome.

April 19, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It was warm. The week started out warm and then we got some snow here on Tuesday and we just ignored it, of course -- as you would ignore an embarrassing relative." Mr. Berge hits a large pothole and damages his car, the town experiences a pink full moon, and Pastor Liz organizes an outdoor procession to celebrate Holy Week, in a monologue from April 2011.

April 12, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It's been a beautiful week, the sun was shining and on Wednesday it got up to 70. There was a couple down by the lake, they were making out as if nobody could see them." A bear wakes from hibernation and wanders into town, the Swansons return for a visit after 30 years away, and Pastor Liz announces that she is leaving to become the pastor at a Lutheran Church in Rome.

April 5, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"The fourth Sunday of Lent was last week and Easter is a couple of weeks away so that snow, that big snow that they got on Thursday was really tough on people." The town deals with an early spring snowstorm and Mr. Berge finds himself in a tricky situation out on the rapidly thawing lake.