A Prairie Home Companion: News from Lake Wobegon

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Revisit memorable performances of Garrison Keillor's signature monologue, The News from Lake Wobegon, from rebroadcasts of the live public radio program A Prairie Home Companion. Garrison created A Prairie Home Companion in July 1974 and hosted for 42 years, until July 2016. Enjoy classic tales from the town where "all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” Produced by American Public Media. Twitter: @prairie_home

"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 …
"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 …
"It's been warm there. It's been up in the thirties so the snow's been melting and dripping off the icicles, and the sidewalks are clear." Animals venture into the town's yards to look for food, and Alan Jansky returns for a visit after living in Santa Barbara for years, a …
"It's been warm there. It's been up in the 20s and so we don't know when the other shoe is going to drop but we are sure that it will eventually, sooner rather than later." Myrtle Krebsbach hosts the Valentine's Day supper and dance, rumors swirl after Pastor Inqvist spends …
"It's been cold here, got down to 30-below wind chill here earlier in the week, starting to warm up a little bit now. They are forecasting more snow for Monday, Tuesday night." Corrine Tollerud returns from St. Olaf College for a weekend, the Hansens attempt to prevent their dog from …
"It's been cold there. The furnaces are starting to make strange noises and enormous icicles the size of Minuteman missiles hang from the eves down there." A few stories about the host's distinguished East Coast ancestors, the Valentine's Day Robbery on the Great Northern Railroad, and a childhood Valentine's Day …
"It's been not quite so cold this last week..." Carl Krebsbach gets into a car accident, conversation at the Sidetrack Tap turns even dumber than usual, and Leland buys the Everett house using money he's made running insurance scams, in a monologue from February 1997.
"It has been unnaturally warm out there and that has gotten the raccoons thinking that this is the breeding season." A mysterious figure skater out on the lake draws a crowd, Senator K. Thorvaldson finally heads south for the winter, and Donald Thorvaldson catches up with a few classmates, in …
"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 …
"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 …
"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 …
"The gospel message this morning at the Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church, in case you missed the service, actually the epistle, was the verse from the Colossians in which it says to put on the clothes of compassion and kindness and to forgive each other as God has forgiven us." A …
"It's been much too warm out there. It's been raining. It looks dreary -- it doesn't look like the festival of lights whatsoever." A series of misunderstandings draws a crowd to Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, the Tolleruds reluctantly accept a gift from a NYC relative, Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church …
"It's been warm. It's been in the 40s now, so we're having to face up to the prospect of a brown Christmas but we just have to deal with it, that's all." The Tolleruds retrieve and care for their escaped bull, Pastor Liz attempts to increase membership in the men's …
"You've come to that long, cold, dark time of the year. Not much can be said about that, except that if you have not spent December in the north of Norway, then you don't know what 'cold and dark' is." Pastor Inqvist considers writing a book about Lake Wobegon, Dorothy …
"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 …
"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 …
"We got some more snow here this last week and it's been a little bit cold--no big deal. People are cheerful out there. Furnaces are on now." The town prepares for ice fishing season, Solveig returns from California to make lutefisk, and the exiles begin to trickle back home for …
"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, …
"There was a full moon on Thursday, it snowed a little bit, the sun now goes down before five o'clock and will for a while. Cold is here. The kids are still wearing light jackets because they're from here, that's all." Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church celebrates All Saints' Day and …