APM: A Prairie Home Companion's News from Lake Wobegon

APM: A Prairie Home Companion's News from Lake Wobegon

Episodes

  • July 26, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jul 28, 2014 | 16 min
    "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 27.
  • July 1, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jul 21, 2014 | 18 min
    "It's been beautiful this last week. The Lake Wobegon Whippets opened their '4 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 14.
  • July 12, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jul 14, 2014 | 26 min
    "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 185.
  • July 5, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jul 7, 2014 | 7 min
    "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 4th anniversary, and to avoid unwanted attention, the town decides not to mark its 15th anniversary.
  • June 28, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 30, 2014 | 13 min
    "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, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 23, 2014 | 12 min
    "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, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 16, 2014 | 16 min
    "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, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 9, 2014 | 15 min
    "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 1, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 3, 2014 | 7 min
    "The weather's just been gorgeous. It was warm this last week, it was up in the 8s. 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, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    May 27, 2014 | 13 min
    "Sunny and in the 7s, 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, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    May 19, 2014 | 10 min
    "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 1, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    May 12, 2014 | 11 min
    "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 , 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    May 5, 2014 | 11 min
    "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, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Apr 28, 2014 | 12 min
    "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 1, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Apr 21, 2014 | 13 min
    "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 211.
  • April 12, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Apr 14, 2014 | 12 min
    "It's been a beautiful week, the sun was shining and on Wednesday it got up to 7. 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 years away, and Pastor Liz announces that she is leaving to become the pastor at a Lutheran Church in Rome.
  • April 5, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Apr 7, 2014 | 11 min
    "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.
  • March 2, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Mar 31, 2014 | 12 min
    "It's been beautiful this last week. The sun was shining. It's been a gorgeous, gorgeous winter. We got a little snow on Monday, Thursday, just a decorator snow." Mr. Berge tells a few jokes to ducks out on the lake, the Men's Prayer Group gathers at Bunsen Motors, and the Lutheran Church holds its Lenten soup suppers.
  • March 22, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Mar 24, 2014 | 15 min
    "Spring: spring came in on Thursday. We got little snow on Tuesday. No problem, no problem. Just a little decorative, designer snow on Tuesday." Thoughts on the sin of sloth and the 165 World Series, Carl Krebsbach considers robbing a bank and receives a mysterious phone call, and Darlene worries that her cat may have rabies.
  • March 15, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Mar 17, 2014 | 14 min
    "It's been warm. It's in the 4s. The snow has been melting and the sidewalks are clear, and people are out walking around town after all these months of imprisonment." Clint Bunsen continues his fight to prevent Millet from becoming the county seat, the Lake Wobegon Whippets acquire a new center fielder, and Pastor Liz goes sledding after an energetic sermon.
  • March 8, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Mar 10, 2014 | 14 min
    "It's been a cold winter but now it's warmer, it's up in the s. So it's not all that bad as long as it's moving in the right direction." Mr. Magendantz tries a dangerous new method of snow removal, Father Wilmer catches Darlene napping at the Chatterbox Cafe, and Clint Bunsen tries to prevent Millet from replacing Lake Wobegon as the county seat.
  • March 1, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Mar 3, 2014 | 13 min
    "It's been chilly, been cloudy this whole week but we're used to it. It doesn't really matter." Lake Wobegon High School's class of 21 graduates, tales of graduation ceremony pranks from years past, and thoughts on being a commencement speaker, in a monologue from June 21.
  • February 22, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Feb 24, 2014 | 12 min
    "It's been cold and gray, just a little bit of snow falling, children reluctantly going back to school. Lot of things had to be canceled because of that blizzard a couple of weeks ago." Texting disrupts a choir concert, Darlene resolves to find a man this year, and Clint Bunsen visits his wife's uncle in Omaha, in a monologue from January 21.
  • February 8, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Feb 17, 2014 | 13 min
    "It's been beautiful out there. We're coming to spring here and everything's gorgeous." Fishing season begins in Lake Wobegon, the host learns of his mother's online Scrabble habit, and the history of the annual Willis Bunsen Grocery Run event, in a monologue originally from May 21.
  • February 15, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Feb 17, 2014 | 13 min
    "We've had snow. We've had a lot of snow. People are discouraged. People are beaten down, they're cranky on account of this snow." Jimmy Krebsbach helps Arlene Bunsen deer-proof her yard, Pastor Liz makes house calls to hear the town's complaints, and a surprise in Mrs. Olson's purse interrupts the sermon at Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church, in a monologue from April 21.
  • February 1, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Feb 3, 2014 | 10 min
    "It was cold Monday and Tuesday. Kids were out of school Monday, Tuesday so I guess the school year is going to go on until the middle of June." The town experiences a propane shortage, Myrtle and Florian Krebsbach have marital troubles after 61 years of marriage, and the Bunsens deal with a raccoon problem.
  • January 25, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jan 27, 2014 | 12 min
    "It got ferociously cold here on Thursday--Wednesday and Thursday--so school was canceled on Thursday. They heard about it Thursday morning on the rise-and-shine show Ole and Toivu." Senator K. Thorvaldson prepares for a trip to Arizona, Carl Krebsbach considers giving up the carpentry business, and Pastor Liz's boyfriend Cliff attends another service at the Lutheran Church.
  • January 18, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jan 21, 2014 | 10 min
    "All the kids are going back to college now. College kids who are going back exhausted after having had almost a month off from school." A "Wayward Moon" makes the town restless, Pastor Liz's boyfriend attends a service at the Lutheran Church, and Darlene visits a man in Windom.
  • January 11, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jan 13, 2014 | 15 min
    "It was cold—COLD—Monday and Tuesday. So cold. It was minus 4, minus 5, counting the wind chill." Father Wilmer gives a two-and-a-half-minute sermon, the town's dogs enjoy a break from the cold weather, and Jerry Dehner does some thinking during an ice fishing trip.
  • January 4, 214: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jan 6, 2014 | 14 min
    "It's been very cold out there, hate to say it, but it's true, and it's about to get colder." The governor preemptively closes schools because of the big cold front, TV crews from California visit to find out why people live in Minnesota, memories of cold winters past, and the town celebrates New Year's Eve.
  • December 28, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Dec 30, 2013 | 13 min
    "Sort of balmy, balmy weather early in the week and then we got some drizzle and then finally last night we got some snow, snow, beautiful snow." Mavis and Vern continue their relationship despite Irene's objections (and become the talk of the town in the process), Pastor Liz visits elderly residents for the holidays, and the Chatterbox Cafe's potato sausage gives the town a festive aroma, in a monologue from December 212.
  • December 21, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Dec 23, 2013 | 11 min
    "There was a beautiful big moon up there on Tuesday, Wednesday, and the light from that moon was so bright on the snow that some people woke up in the middle of the night." Tales of late-night baking and strange dreams, and the recently improved Lutheran Church Choir sings a few hymns during their Christmas banquet at the Moonlight Bay Supper Club.
  • December 14, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Dec 16, 2013 | 17 min
    "They got snow out there and it turned good and cold and people are cheerful. People are more cheerful when it's bitterly cold out there, because what is the choice?" Sidetrack Tap patrons perform some impromptu satellite dish maintenance, Irene and Clint Bunsen prepare for the holidays, Pastor Liz hosts a caroling party that gets the town talking, and memories of early television in Lake Wobegon.
  • December 7, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Dec 9, 2013 | 15 min
    "We finally got our decent snowfall here on Wednesday night and now Minnesota can look Buffalo and the Yukon in the eye. We need not be ashamed any longer." Mr. Berge enlists shoveling help after the season's first big snowfall, Corrine Tollerud breaks up with her boyfriend, thoughts on modern child rearing, and memories of harrowing school bus rides.
  • November , 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Dec 2, 2013 | 12 min
    "It's been chilly, but then we expected it would be. It's been clear sunny days, cold, clear nights. You can look up and see the stars up there." Lake Wobegon celebrates Thanksgiving by sharing a few stories from years past, the Tollefsons prepare a turkey using their grandmother's recipe, and Pastor Liz's boyfriend attends a service at the Lutheran Church.
  • November 2, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Nov 25, 2013 | 14 min
    "It was the most beautiful snowfall in yesterday morning in Lake Wobegon. It was just gorgeous, it was like something out of a children's book." The town pledges for the annual "Big Plunge" fundraising event, Lake Wobegon High School students learn about owls, and a local English teacher makes an enriching discovery while walking in the woods, in a monologue from February 21.
  • November 16, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Nov 20, 2013 | 15 min
    "It's gotten cold up there, just genuinely cold, and we can tell it's cold because the teenagers are now putting on jackets and scarves and mittens and hats and so forth." Fred contemplates giving up furnace repair and moving to Texas, Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church prepares for its lutefisk dinner, Myron has knee replacement surgery, and Pastor Liz receives a strange call for help in the middle of the night.
  • November , 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Nov 11, 2013 | 13 min
    "The big wind came along this last week and blew all of the leaves down, so there's no more illusion that we might get another, y'know, week of warm weather." Deer hunting season kicks off in Lake Wobegon, Daryl Tollerud and Roger Hedlund head to Carl Krebsbach's hunting shack where they share a few stories, and rumors fly about Pastor Liz's new boyfriend.
  • November 2, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Nov 4, 2013 | 11 min
    "We had our big frost and it turned cold. All the flowers are dead. They say we'll get some snow before Thanksgiving." Donnie Krebsbach heads to Minneapolis to visit his in-laws and his son and a distraught girl arrives in town to learn more about her uncle (who, it turns out, was secretly engaged to Tina Lundeen).
  • October 26, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Oct 28, 2013 | 13 min
    "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." 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.
  • October 1, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Oct 21, 2013 | 11 min
    "We said goodbye to summer here this last week, there's just no doubt about it. It just turned cold, the north wind blew in, and cold air, and the sun went down behind the cloud." The town's residents reluctantly turn on their furnaces, parents attend parent-teacher conferences, and a story about being left behind in Seward, Nebraska.
  • October 12, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Oct 14, 2013 | 13 min
    "It's been warm for us -- what we would consider warm -- temperatures in the 7s and sunny. Sort of like New Orleans but with essential differences." The town considers the benefits of a move to New Orleans, Roger and Cindy Hedlund clean out their cabin for winter, Mavis finally breaks up completely with Vern, and Pastor Liz hosts a delayed Confirmation mass and heads to Minneapolis for a massage.
  • October 5, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Oct 7, 2013 | 16 min
    "Homecoming week this week at Lake Wobegon High School, not that we expect alumni to come back--they don't. They come back, maybe, for the holidays." High school students prepare for the homecoming dance, Laurel returns to town from Long Beach, California after 22 years, and Pastor Liz worries after giving a sermon that everyone enjoys.
  • September 28, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Sep 30, 2013 | 10 min
    "It's been absolutely perfect, perfect autumn weather--temperatures in the 7s and a mist coming up off the lake in the morning and drifting on up the hill into the woods." Dorcas Hansen rehearses for the school play and Pastor Liz dreads a meeting with her friend Carol.
  • September 21, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Sep 23, 2013 | 9 min
    "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.
  • September 14, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Sep 16, 2013 | 14 min
    "It's fall at last. It was very warm--very warm--early in the week. It got hot. People were even thinking of bringing back their air conditioners but that would've shown weakness." College students return to their campuses, the oldest man in town takes up smoking again, Pastor Liz leads a camping trip, and Mr. Dehner's dog plays shortstop for the Lake Wobegon Whippets.
  • September 7, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Sep 9, 2013 | 9 min
    "Oh, we knew it was going to snow. We could see that sky--that was a snow sky. People who have lived here for more than five minutes know what that snow sky looks like." Plus, discovering hidden treasures under the floor of Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church, Pastor Liz delivers a sermon on one of her least favorite Gospels, and Lake Wobegon exiles return home for Thanksgiving, in a monologue from November 211.
  • August 1, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Sep 3, 2013 | 14 min
    "It's getting on towards fall. The flowers are turning dry. Nobody's mowing their lawn anymore -- there's no need to. It's been kind of dry the last few weeks." Darlene becomes a vegan after accidentally killing a frog, the Schroeder family makes wine from wild grapes, and the Sons of Bernie visit the State Fair, in a monologue from September 28.
  • August 24, 21: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Aug 26, 2013 | 12 min
    "It was kind of a hot summer here for a couple weeks. The Norwegians got all pale and innervated and were gasping for breath like fish on a stringer."
  • August 17, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Aug 20, 2013 | 10 min
    "It's been warm out there. It's been in the 40s, so we had a brown Christmas."
  • August 10, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Aug 12, 2013 | 10 min
    "Unseasonably warm early in the week but now, thank goodness, the temperature has dropped into the single digits, which is to everyone's satisfaction." The town's ice fishermen deal with an unexpected lack of ice, residents gear up for the Winter Festival, Lake Wobegon sets a world record, and Darlene is forced to stay close-mouthed.
  • August 3, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Aug 5, 2013 | 11 min
    "We got a little snow out there this last week -- six inches but we don't care. We're not shoveling. The shovel's been put away. The snow plow is parked in the garage." Spring comes to Lake Wobegon and town constables Gary and Leroy respond to a dispute at the Magendantz home, in a monologue from March 2011.
  • July 27, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jul 29, 2013 | 20 min
    "It's been warm out there. The flowers are up -- the peonies and lilacs, and of course the tulips are up. Those beautiful golden songbirds come back from their migrations." Uncle Will and Aunt Miriam move to Pasadena and Carl Krebsbach takes his new boat out for a very cold fishing opener, in a monologue from May 2000.
  • July 20, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jul 22, 2013 | 10 min
    "It's the week of the fall equinox, when we turn towards the darkness -- and we have this week. It's been chilly, it's been cloudy, and the sun -- less of it." Darlene encounters a coyote that resembles her Uncle Jack, Val Tollefson delivers a strange prayer at the adult bible study group, and a visit to the Lake Wobegon Town Dump, in a monologue from September 2013.
  • July 13, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jul 13, 2013 | 15 min
  • July 6, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jul 6, 2013 | 15 min
  • June 29, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jul 1, 2013 | 12 min
    "Summer has come on, the raspberries are ripe, there are hummingbirds everywhere--it's been getting warm and humid here." Wally brings a case of mead to the Sidetrack Tap, the parents of Lake Wobegon deal with high school and college students home for the summer, and the perfect cover story for laziness.
  • June 22, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 27, 2013 | 18 min
    "Midsummer's Day--daylight, daylight, daylight--going on into the night and then there was a full moon on Sunday, the strawberry moon." The children of Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church leave for bible camp and Pastor Liz takes two weeks of vacation, but first, she pays a visit to Mr. Lilledale, who has not been himself.
  • Oct. 2, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 16 min
    The Lake Wobegon Leonards lose their big homecoming game and the folks in town react to fall and cooler weather settling in.
  • Nov. 27, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 13 min
    Thanksgiving in Lake Wobegon brought fresh snow and a stream of exiles returning home.
  • Sept. 11, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 14 min
    A review of summer vacations -- the historical low point of any good Lutheran's year.
  • Aug. 21, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 17 min
    The smell of freshly mowed grass becomes Proust's madeleine, conjuring up memories of young love on a summer afternoon.
  • Aug. 28, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 15 min
    The wild grapes are ripe along the East side of the lake and the Schroeder's have set about making their wild grape wine.
  • Oct. 30, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 18 min
    It's Halloween in Lake Wobegon, things get crazy, and we all learn a valuable lesson.
  • Extra download! Guy Noir

    Jun 19, 2013 | 14 min
    Guy visits Saint Augustine where he is given a offer that is difficult to resist from Rupert Murdoch.
  • Sept. 18, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 18 min
    Dorothy at the Chatterbox Café is raising eyebrows with a new hairdo.
  • Oct. 9, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 12 min
    Pastor Liz makes her way around town and loses $200 bucks in the Side Track Tap.
  • Oct. 23, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 13 min
    Recollections of a trip to Aunt Eva & Uncle Jack’s farm about chickens, sad songs and a 30 foot fall (in the buff) from the haymow.
  • Dec. 4, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 12 min
    In Lake Wobegon, even a huge snowfall doesn't cancel events - most of which would bring more pleasure if they were cancelled.
  • Nov. 20, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 16 min
    33 years after embezzling $200K from the Lake Wobegon State Bank, 92 year old Myrtle Anderson wants to come back home.
  • Dec. 11, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 10 min
    Lutheran's don't like to pretend to be happy, they would rather just stay home.
  • Sept. 25, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 14 min
    Clint and Irene Bunsen are away in Indiana, and the tomatoes in their yard are just perfect. But they won't last. So the folks in Lake Wobegon turn to pastor Liz for the right thing to do.
  • Oct. 16, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 12 min
    Marilyn Tollerud decides not to go commercial with her famous pumpkin bread.
  • Nov. 13, 2010: The News from Lake Wobe

    Jun 19, 2013 | 17 min
    The first large snowfall of the year finds Lake Wobegon residents unprepared.
  • Sept. 4, 2010: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 13 min
    Fall settles in around Lake Wobegon, which is a good thing, because we could only bear so much summer.
  • September 8, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 20 min
    "Mozart's 250th birthday this year. All over America, even in Lake Wobegon: choirs celebrating, singing Mozart." Recollections of choirs in Lake Wobegon, plus songs for "Mary Jo" and "One More Spring in Minnesota," in a monologue from 2006.
  • February 2, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 15 min
    "It's been bitterly, bitterly, bitterly cold in Lake Wobegon. It was so cold that they did not do the fire drill up at the high school." A group of Miami tourists arrives in town on a bus tour, Dorothy puts together a last-minute meal for them at the Chatterbox Cafe, and Renee Rasmussen's husband Delbert returns for the first time in years.
  • May 5, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 13 min
    "Kind of wet this week but nice and warm, up into the 80s. It's the real start of summer here. Spring is just a very brief season in Minnesota." Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church holds its annual book sale. Plus, the story of Dean Levine, who dreamt of becoming a cashier.
  • June 18, 2011: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 16 min
    Perfect weather -- absolutely beautiful, perfect weather out there. The sort of weather that makes some of us with dark imaginations feel uneasy, as if something is just about to happen on a day so perfect as this.
  • November 10, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 13 min
    "It's been cloudy and chilly, a little rainy. It's been November weather and all these geese flew in--about 500 of them in a flock, along with about 10 swans." The election puts a damper on conversation in Lake Wobegon, Clarence Bunsen proposes the cancellation of the Christmas Lutefisk Dinner, and Mr. Hoppe dies on his way home from the Sidetrack Tap.
  • December 8, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 13 min
    "Sort of balmy, balmy weather early in the week and then we got some drizzle and then finally last night we got some snow, snow, beautiful snow." Mavis and Vern continue their relationship despite Irene's objections (and become the talk of the town in the process), Pastor Liz visits elderly residents for the holidays, and the Chatterbox Cafe's potato sausage gives the town a festive aroma.
  • March 9, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 18 min
    "Drove up here this last week in the cold and the ice because I needed to get some of this 'plaster' that has been in our family for years..." A bad cough requires a cold remedy made from fresh mustard and Aunt Flo makes soup because her daughter is visiting from Minneapolis, in a monologue from March 2002.
  • December 3, 2011: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 17 min
    "It's been getting colder -- into the 20s. It's been trying to snow and we've been seeing a lot of Christmas lights." Plus, Pastor Liz reluctantly serves as a "healer" after a miraculous event at a Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church women's retreat becomes the talk of the town.
  • September 22, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 11 min
    "A big wind came in yesterday and brought in a little taste of November for us. It turned chilly and cold almost right away." Jimmy Krebsbach returns from Texas to visit his friends and family (leaving behind his large collection of Cadillacs) and reveals the origin of a strange scar on his chest.
  • December 24, 2011: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 18 min
    "The snow is falling even now. I can imagine it -- snow falling across the lake, which is just starting to freeze here just a few days ago." The "city mice" visit the "country mice" for the holiday, and stories from four memorable Lake Wobegon Christmases.
  • March 3, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 11 min
    "We had a little snow here on Tuesday to try and freshen up our snow cover somewhat -- which was getting a little threadbare." Thoughts on ice fishing preparation, and Lake Wobegon Elementary students suffer the airborne effects of an unfortunate school lunch, in this monologue from 2007.
  • March 16, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 15 min
    "We're all used to disappointment and heartbreak in Lake Wobegon. We're all used to being left behind, of course. It's really the story of our lives." Clint Bunsen tries to free a skunk from a trap, a booger joke causes Larry to shoot tapioca out of his nose, and Eloise Krebsbach buys an artificial limb to replace her boyfriend Fred, in a monologue from October 2009.
  • April 20, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 14 min
    "We've had snow. We've had a lot of snow. People are discouraged. People are beaten down, they're cranky on account of this snow." Jimmy Krebsbach helps Arlene Bunsen deer-proof her yard, Pastor Liz makes house calls to hear the town's complaints, and a surprise in Mrs. Olson's purse interrupts the sermon at Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church.
  • January 7, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 17 min
    "The crocuses are up and the tulips are up and then we got a little bit of snow overnight but nobody said a word about it." Dorothy wins the "Guess the Ice Melt" contest, the tundra swans return to Lake Wobegon, spring yard work begins, and Pastor Liz is forced to use her emergency sermon, in a monologue from April 16, 2011.
  • January 14, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 11 min
    "Unseasonably warm early in the week but now, thank goodness, the temperature has dropped into the single digits, which is to everyone's satisfaction." The town's ice fishermen deal with an unexpected lack of ice, residents gear up for the Winter Festival, Lake Wobegon sets a world record, and Darlene is forced to stay close-mouthed.
  • October 27, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 13 min
    "It's been chilly and kind of gray and drizzly. Winter sort of arrived in a big rush on Thursday. It was briefly sunny, back on Sunday." Irene Bunsen and Mrs. Anderson argue about the ownership of an enormous pumpkin, Lyle points out a hard-to-see meteor shower, which draws a crowd of onlookers, and the last boxelder bugs of the season find refuge in Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church.
  • October 20, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 15 min
    "It's been chilly and drizzly and rainy here this last week, and windy as well, so a lot of the leaves have fallen in town." Falling leaves herald conflicting yard work styles, Clint Bunsen makes some improvements to his deer stand, and memories of ill-gotten poker winnings.
  • March 30, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 13 min
    "Had a little bit of frost on Monday just to remind us where we live but otherwise it was warm. It was up in the 60s -- people had their windows open." 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, in a monologue from April 2012.
  • October 29, 2011: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 16 min
    It's been chilly here this last week--it's been very chilly. We got some rain and a little bit of snow. People were putting in bulbs for next spring when the first flakes of snow fell. Just a little tiny sliver of moon up in the sky so it's going to be very, very dark for Halloween on Monday night.
  • October 8, 2011: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 14 min
    It's been warm out there this week -- been up in the 80s, unusual for October. The trees are at their peak and everybody should've been happy. Of course, the old complainers who sit and nurse their coffee in the Chatterbox Cafe found a way to complain about it after all.
  • November 12, 2011: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 16 min
    "This was the week that the weather turned. The big ship swung off to the North." Plus, Lake Wobegon prepares for winter, reflections on Veterans Day, and newly widowed Becky Beckman keeps a final promise to her husband Bradley by taking his place on an annual deer-hunting trip.
  • February 18, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 16 min
    "It's been warm there. It's been in the 30s — just a little trace of snow here and there, a sunny sky here today. Not winter as we know it. We will survive somehow." The town's Fourth of July committee meets to plan this year's parade, Daryl Tollerud encounters an angry skunk, and Clint Bunsen has a revelation about his ancestry.
  • September 3, 2011: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 18 min
    Fall is in the air. The last of the gardens being brought in--bumper crops of tomatoes. Irene Bunsen had the great satisfaction this week of walking out of her back gate, out of her garden, and across the alley, and down the way, and into the back gate of her brother-in-law Clarence Bunsen.
  • February 4, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 12 min
    "Barely-not-quite-winter -- in the 30s, low 40s, so there's not much snow around. People are kind of cranky as well." The Tolleruds have a gerbil loose in their house, reflections on hiding embarrassing photos and personal effects from your children, the town continues to deal with a warm winter, and Darlene defends a hair color mishap.
  • April 28, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 12 min
    "It's been a beautiful spring. It's up in the 60s, been a little rainy but it's warm enough for us." Deer become a nuisance in Lake Wobegon, local high schoolers prepare for prom while the Good Shepherd Nursing Home holds its Sweethearts Dance, and Clarence Bunsen inherits a modest sum when his Aunt Astrid passes away.
  • February 11, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 13 min
    "Valentine's Day coming up on Tuesday, so love is in the air." Cold weather returns to Lake Wobegon, the Lake Wobegon Leonards basketball team suffers a disheartening defeat, the Bunsens baptize a new granddaughter on Super Bowl Sunday, and Marilyn Tollerud tells the story of her grandfather, who outlived a dire prognosis.
  • February 16, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 14 min
    "It's been warm here this last week, been up in the 30s. Just the right temperature to keep the snow on the ground--keep it from melting." Vern visits Mavis for Valentine's Day, Pastor Liz hosts a dinner for the local singles, and the story of Louis Powell, the town's rare Unitarian.
  • May 26, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 12 min
    "It's summer at last and the rhubarb is coming in and the lilacs are in full bloom. Somebody's been cutting alfalfa. The crickets, you can hear them, and the frogs are singing." A rainstorm drenches the town, the Lake Wobegon Whippets begin spring training, local families open their lake cabins, and the Lutheran church switches to its summer service schedule.
  • June 16, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 14 min
    "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.
  • July 21, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 15 min
    "It's been warm out there--warm enough so that people are now able to sleep at night with their windows open, which changes everything in a person's life." High school graduates prepare to explore the world, and a life-changing trip to the Grand Canyon, in a monologue from 2003.
  • April 21, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 16 min
    "It's been kind of cold and rainy there this last week. We got a little snow on Monday -- we don't need to talk about that at all." The high school seniors prepare for their Senior Prom, the Sons of Knut do some spring cleaning, Pastor Liz ponders her encounter with a highway patrolman, and Mr. Nelson goes on a strange journey.
  • October 13, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 17 min
    "It's been chilly. It's been sunny out there. The gardens are all in--everybody's picked everything there is to pick. People are working on their yards now." Pastor Liz avoids giving a sermon about a difficult verse, the Bakkes move to Arizona to care for Jack's mother, and Darlene bumps into her old English teacher at the El Dorado Casino.
  • March 2, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 12 min
    "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.
  • January 5, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 13 min
    "It's been cold and gray, just a little bit of snow falling, children reluctantly going back to school. Lot of things had to be canceled because of that blizzard a couple of weeks ago." Texting disrupts a choir concert, Darlene resolves to find a man this year, and Clint Bunsen visits his wife's uncle in Omaha.
  • January 19, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 12 min
    "It's been cold out there but it's a dry cold, you know, so it's not painful or anything and of course we are used to it. But, the battle of the thermostat goes on in every house in Lake Wobegon." The town gathers firewood to prepare for the cold weather, Mavis celebrates her 75th birthday in Los Angeles, and Clint Bunsen reflects on missing the opportunity to move to the Southwest.
  • December 1, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 16 min
    "It's been cold out there. It's been in the 20s and the 30s, big full moon this Wednesday, people putting up Christmas decorations." Dorothy and Darlene swap Thanksgiving stories, the Bunsens host a Thanksgiving dinner for people with no place else to go, and Mavis and Vern spend some time together despite their political differences.
  • February 9, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 13 min
    "The snow coming in... It's been kind of a warm week. It's been in the 20s, and a little snow here this last week, a little sliver of moon up in the sky." Marilyn and Bud Bunsen worry about their daughter's unusual plans for the annual Snowball Dance, and a few members of the 1952 Lake Wobegon Leonards football team reminisce about their 1-8 season while visiting Naples, Florida.
  • January 28, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 10 min
    "We got a little snow -- a little snow Monday night. What a beautiful snowfall it was, and not all that cold out." The recent warm weather puts those who suffer from "Pump Handle Phobia" at ease. Plus, Mr. Hansen lends a hand around the neighborhood while his wife visits her sister in Florida, and reveals an unusual secret.
  • April 7, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 9 min
    "It is spring. The lawns have turned lush and green. The loons have arrived -- loons, who are monogamous, and one pair of loons will command a whole wide expanse of water out on Lake Wobegon." The town celebrates Easter, spring yard sales begin, the local Norwegian bachelor farmers wash their sheets, and Pastor Liz delivers an unexpectedly powerful Good Friday sermon.
  • August 18, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 16 min
    "We're coming to the end of this warm spell in November and it is none too soon. Need to get real here. If we go on much longer with this sort of weather in November and it just encourages people to entertain all kinds of illusions." A monologue from November 2001.
  • December 22, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 7 min
    "It's been kind gray and cloudy, sort of drizzly, this last week, waiting for snow to come. We've had a little bit of snow but not as much as we deserve." Mrs. Hansen makes an anonymous donation, the Tolleruds are forced to change their Christmas dinner plans when their daughters invite a Brazilian exchange student, and Pastor Liz hosts guests who have nowhere else to go.
  • November 5, 2011: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 11 min
    It's been gray, it's been chilly, it's been cold, and we had our first real frost out there -- frosty sidewalks early in the morning. Lyle Janske discovered that the other day. He came out to take his garbage out and he walked across the deck out behind his house, and suddenly without his anticipating it, his feet were up above his head.
  • March 23, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 17 min
    "It's been a cold spring here, the ice still out there on the lake but the pelicans have arrived and other migrating birds have come in anyway." The milk truck gets stuck in Mr. Hoppe's driveway, Carl Krebsbach builds a house for a stockbroker friend, and it's a tough time for marriage, unless you have a ritual argument like Myrtle and Florian Krebsbach, in a monologue from April 2009.
  • June 9, 2012: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 13 min
    "It's been warm there -- what we would consider warm. It's been up in the 80s and it's been kind of rough on these Scandinavians." The high school graduation ceremony moves out of the air-conditioning-less gymnasium, the students are disappointed by the transit of Venus, Hannah Rasmussen overuses a metaphor in her valedictorian speech, and the Mueller children return to Lake Wobegon for their mother's funeral.
  • January 12, 2013: The News from Lake Wobegon

    Jun 19, 2013 | 14 min
    "We've gotten some snow, even better than that, we've gotten frost--frost, when you have a clear night and you have high humidity, you wake up in the morning and everything is covered with frost." Terrible flu hits Lake Wobegon, memories of ice skating and smoking in the warming house, storytelling around a bonfire on a frozen lake, and the Lutheran church ends the year with a surplus.

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