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The News from Lake Wobegon for July 19, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 19, 2014

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.

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[More from the July 19, 2014 show (originally broadcast June 4, 1994)]

Peter Ostroushko describes a moment of panic during the early days of the show

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Two out and up came Flynn to bat with Jimmy Blake on deck,
And the former was a loser and the latter was a wreck;
And though the game was in the bag, the Dustburg fans were hurt
To think that Casey would not come and get his just dessert.

But Flynn he got a single, a most unlikely sight,
And Blake swung like a spastic, but he poked it deep to right;
And when the dust had settled, and fickle fate had beckoned,
There was Flynn a-hugging third and Jimmy safe at second.

- Garrison Keillor recites his reinterpretation of “Casey at the Bat”

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Tonight: the MLB All-Star Game comes to Target Field, the home of our very own Minnesota Twins!

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 12, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 12, 2014

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.

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The Blizzard that Buried Birmingham — deep snowdrifts — a pool hall across the street from the hotel, the only place we could even find a burger — saw a game of pool evolve into a fist fight. No one goes outside.

Went out fetching three of our quartet — one guy had to bring his wife — she was on the verge of childbirth — five of us and maybe about to be six in the cab of that straight truck — drove through the top of a downed tree — there was no turning back.

Only a handful of ticket holders show up — we have them help with stage duties — nobody on the stage crew shows but Emmylou Harris and her band make it down from Nashville.

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Last weekend our truck driver, Mr. Russ Ringsak, and Tim Russell shared a few memories from our last 40 years on the road, including a memorable visit to Alabama in 1993.

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[More from our 40th anniversary broadcast on July 5, 2014]

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Jul 7

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 5, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 5, 2014

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.

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Jul 4
Look who was spotted at last night’s Twins-Yankees game by MPR’s Angie Andresen!

Look who was spotted at last night’s Twins-Yankees game by MPR’s Angie Andresen!

Jul 3
The view from The Host’s position for this weekend’s festivities at Macalester College

The view from The Host’s position for this weekend’s festivities at Macalester College