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January 24, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"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.
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January 17, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, January 17, 2015

"It has been warm this week, got up into the 30s, and so the sidewalks have been clear, and people have been walking out again." The Sons of Knute host their January gala, the flu comes to Lake Wobegon, and Eloise Krebsbach attempts to live a stress-free life.
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January 10, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, January 10, 2015

"It's been cold out there, you know that. Wednesday the high was 8 below, which is an interesting phenomenon, when the peak is below you." Schools are closed statewide due to bitterly cold temperatures, people feel encumbered by Christmas gifts they did not want, and Clarence and Arlene Bunsen head to California for a winter vacation.
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January 3, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, January 03, 2015

"We got a little snow -- a little snow Monday night. What a beautiful snowfall it was, and not all that cold out." Unseasonably 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, in a monologue from January 2012.
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December 27, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, December 27, 2014

"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, in a monologue from December 2013.
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December 20, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, December 20, 2014

"We've got snow, we've got snow, so we're covered. Don't worry about us. We're just fine. Not so much sun this week." Clint and Irene Bunsen serve Artillery Punch at their Christmas party, Pastor Liz's mysterious gentleman friend causes a stir, and a few Christmas carols from the townspeople.
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December 13, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, December 13, 2014

"It has been warm out there, warm out there, and misty, and cloudy, and the snow is melting. It would be gloomy weather if you and I were sensitive people, which, thank goodness, we are not." The local churches prepare for Christmas, Marilyn Tollerud receives a disturbing late-night call from her daughter Sharon, and a few thoughts on the benefits of winter.
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December 6, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, December 06, 2014

"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 second-guesses a sentence in her Christmas letter, and Betty Ingebretsen accompanies the 4th and 5th grade carolers at the Good Shepherd Home.
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November 29, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, November 29, 2014

"It was good and cold on Thanksgiving Day, which was good. It just made Thanksgiving feel more necessary somehow." Families destroy the social order by purchasing their Thanksgiving meals online, The Host prepares a subpar Grape Salad, and a few observations about unique holiday traditions.
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November 22, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, November 22, 2014

"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 Thanksgiving.
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November 15, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, November 15, 2014

"It snowed on Monday, early Monday morning. We got about 12-and-a-half inches there in Lake Wobegon. There was no big fuss about it." Margie Krebsbach's English class discusses ‘The Great Gatsby,' Clint Bunsen tangles with two deer who find their way into town, and Dorothy recalls the story of Harold Hansen and Oscar Peterson.
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November 8, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, November 08, 2014

"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 Clint Bunsen gives up deer hunting.
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November 1, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, November 01, 2014

"It's November, here we are, and on Sunday we fall back. We get an extra hour on early Sunday morning so there will be a large number of people coming in late to church." Cold weather returns to Lake Wobegon, advice on leaving Minnesota, and why jokes are a bridge between people who disagree with each other.
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October 25, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, October 25, 2014

"It's been cloudy. It's been chilly out there. The sun has come out now and then. And then on Thursday this powerful wind came up -- it was very dramatic." A big wind causes havoc all over town, Mrs. Jensen's old boyfriend Kurt visits from the city, and Darlene meets a coyote that resembles her Uncle George, in a monologue from October 2011.
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October 18, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, October 18, 2014

"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.
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October 11, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, October 11, 2014

"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.
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October 4, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, October 04, 2014

"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.
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September 27, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, September 27, 2014

"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.
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September 20, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, September 20, 2014

"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.
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September 13, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, September 13, 2014

"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.
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