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Our good friend Butch Thompson has composed a few pieces about the (hopefully fading) Minnesota winter blues… watch the first, “In the Gloom” from last weekend’s show, and tune in to hear more from Butch on all of our March broadcasts!

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 8, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 8, 2014

It’s been a cold winter but now it’s warmer, it’s up in the 30s. 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 Café, and Clint Bunsen tries to prevent Millet from replacing Lake Wobegon as the county seat.

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Mar 3

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 1, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 1, 2014

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 2013 graduates, tales of graduation ceremony pranks from years past, and thoughts on being a commencement speaker, in a monologue from June 2013.

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Save the dates and join us in Saint Paul this July — stay tuned for more information in a few weeks!

Save the dates and join us in Saint Paul this July — stay tuned for more information in a few weeks!

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 22, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 22, 2014

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 2013.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for February 15, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 15, 2014

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 2013.

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The Nightingale Trio (they joined us at the Fitz back in January) perform “Vdova” behind Minneapolis’ frozen Minnehaha Falls

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 8, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 8, 2014

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 from May 2013.

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Feb 6

In an excellent winter such as this one we’re having, the whole city is fabulous, nothing quite like it, dazzling sunlight and brilliant snow, fresh snow having fallen on Thursday, and a couple walking hand in hand along Summit or Goodrich or up Crocus Hill would see house after house in waves of snow, candles in the windows, smoke from the chimneys, and receive sensations of idyllic love, the peaceableness of marriage, the blessings of children, everyone snug in their frame.

- Garrison ponders St. Paul’s recent designation as the “Best North American Romantic Getaway” in his latest Post to the Host column

Feb 3

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 1, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 1, 2014

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.

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