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Our very first visit to the Minnesota State Fair, on August 30, 1986. Guests included Leo Kottke, Riders in the Sky, Johnny Gimble, and Peter Ostroushko, with Rich Dworsky on piano. We’ll be back at the Fair tomorrow for a performance that will air on Saturday!

The News from Lake Wobegon for August 23, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for August 23, 2014

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, in a monologue from June 2012.

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[More from the August 23, 2014 rebroadcast]

Aug 4

The News from Lake Wobegon for August 2, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for August 2, 2014

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.

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[More from the August 2, 2014 rebroadcast]

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 26, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 26, 2014

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.

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[More from the July 26, 2014 rebroadcast]

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)]

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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[More from the July 12, 2014 broadcast (a re-broadcast from November 23, 1985)]

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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[More from our special 3-hour 40th anniversary broadcast on July 5]

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 2
The stage is up at Macalester College, and preparations are underway for this weekend’s 40th anniversary festival!
(Thanks to our stage manager Tom Campbell for the photo.)

The stage is up at Macalester College, and preparations are underway for this weekend’s 40th anniversary festival!

(Thanks to our stage manager Tom Campbell for the photo.)

…and brought to you by Bob’s Bank, in the little green mobile home there on Main Street. This is a big week at Bob’s, the last week he’ll be in Lake Wobegon; one week from today, Bob moves to a new location in Anoka. That’s right. In order to position himself to enter the fast-growing north suburban banking market and also to be close to the racetrack when pari-mutuel betting starts in Minnesota next spring, Bob’s is moving to Anoka. To his old customers, Bob says: ‘It’s convenient to bank by mail, and if you don’t think so, take a hike. Who needs you?’ And to the Twin Cities residents looking for a new bank home, Bob says: ‘See you Saturday, west of Anoka on Highway 10, or just north on 47 by the fairgrounds, or perhaps in the high school parking lot.’ Don’t look for the sign of the sock — Bob has a new corporate logo now, a thoroughbred horse, and underneath it says, ‘Bob’s Bank — We’re On The Move, Minnesota.’

- From the April 7, 1984 show