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Old 04-12-2019, 11:24 AM
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Would Charlie Brown count?
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:54 AM
 
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Great thread!

I picked up "Peace like a River" by Leif Enger this summer at some kind of community center garage sale in Balsam, MN last summer. Pretty solid narrative, I must say.

It takes place in various parts of western MN/ and North Dakota.

Glad to see Louise Erdrich here, as well as Robert Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan), Nobel Laureate.
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Old 04-13-2019, 03:27 PM
 
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Great thread!

I picked up "Peace like a River" by Leif Enger this summer at some kind of community center garage sale in Balsam, MN last summer. Pretty solid narrative, I must say.

It takes place in various parts of western MN/ and North Dakota.

Glad to see Louise Erdrich here, as well as Robert Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan), Nobel Laureate.
Thank you for that contribution.

I have not read Peace Like a River.

The first time I ever heard of it was some years ago, when accompanying my older son to his high school (9th grade) orientation. It consisted of maybe 15 minutes with each teacher/class. In the English class, after examining the syllabus, one of the parents complained about the fact that many of the reading assignments were works with depressing endings. Peace Like a River was onf of them. I think Of Mice and Men and Romeo and Juliet were a couple of the others.

I found this amusing.
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Old 05-01-2019, 07:06 PM
 
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Let's tackle television series set in Minnesota.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show
This is widely considered one of the greatest TV series ever made. Mary Richards breaks off her engagement (originally she was to be divorced, but that was too politically incorrect for CBS) and moves to Minneapolis where she wears pants and has a career of her own. Heady stuff in the 1970s.

Little House on the Prairie
Minnesota was quite the scene for major TV series in the 1970s. As I mentioned in a previous post, Little House on the Prairie is a book set in Kansas. I guess the title On the Banks of Plum Creek didn't test well with audiences. Anyway, Simi Valley, where most of this show was filmed, looks nothing like the Walnut Grove area - too hilly, too brown - but the setting is obviously Minnesota. Pa periodically goes to Mankato for supplies, for example. (in the series, the Mankato scenes were filmed in Tucson, of all places)

Fargo
I haven't seen the third season yet, but the first two mark this as a prime example of the golden age of television that we're in right now. The series is filmed outside of Calgary, though I'm pretty sure there was one scene with Duluth's Lift Bridge in the background in season one - maybe an isolated establishing shot? Also, season two implies that Luverne is not as far from Fargo as it actually is. But such things don't bother me.

Coach
For some reason, I once watched this series regularly. I occasionally see a scene or two here or there, and for the life of me I cannot figure out why. Anyway, the main character coaches the Minnesota State Screaming Eagles. During the run of the show, Mankato State had not yet rebranded itself, so Minnesota State was still a fictional name. I seem to recall that the coach had a cabin at Pokegama as well.

How I Met Your Mother
Okay, this one is set in New York. However, it deserves mention because one of the starring ensemble is Marshall Eriksen from St. Cloud. He and his family are all stereotypical flyover country rubes. His father was played by Bill Fagerbakke, apparently typecast from his Coach days. Minnesota stereotypes abound. A few episodes are set in Minnesota.

Golden Girls
Another entry with a character from Minnesota, this time Betty White's quirky Rose Nylund. She's from the town of St. Olaf, rarely seen but often mentioned, and peopled by bizarre Norwegian-descended yokels.

MacGyver
Like Richard Dean Anderson, MacGyver was from Minnesota. I once sold a canoe to a guy who bought it because he wanted a 'parts canoe' for his canoe of the same model. The canoe was small and extremely light (42 lbs) and came with a sail. Anyway, he related to me that he'd purchased his canoe from Anderson himself.

Rocky and Bulwinkle
I watched this as a kid, but somehow I never picked up that they lived in Frostbite Falls, Minnesota. I thought it was set in Canada. Must be Dudley Do-Right that made me think that.

The Louie Show
Louie Anderson is a therapist in Duluth. It lasted five episodes.

Lucan
I only vaguely remember this.

The New Land
This 1970s series was set in 1858 and is about Swedish immigrants in Minnesota. Kurt Russell starred. John Denver played the opening them. 13 episodes were filmed but only 6 ever aired before it was cancelled.
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Old 07-04-2019, 07:44 AM
 
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Hmm. Allen Askins wrote a script of The Life We Bury and I read it this past winter in a screenwriting work shop that he attended. I forgot there was a book about it. It definitely is set in Minnesota and partially Iowa.
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Old 07-04-2019, 08:00 AM
 
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Hmm. Allen Askins wrote a script of The Life We Bury and I read it this past winter in a screenwriting work shop that he attended. I forgot there was a book about it. It definitely is set in Minnesota and partially Iowa.
I just happened to notice The Life We Bury on the bookshelf of my wife's mother the other day. She's often given me wonderful books to read (working my way through J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy right now, courtesy of her - though that book has nothing to do with Minnesota).
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