By Peter Bloedel
A bunch of ice-fishing buddies concoct a plan to entice their friend, Oskar, from Florida, to come back up north to Minnesota. Their enticement is to build “the grandmother” of all icehouses; a giant ice chateau, complete with a kitchen, opulent dining room, bedrooms, running water, a bathroom, a sauna, and, of course, ice fishing holes. The icehouse is obviously a huge undertaking, and has to be kept a secret from all of the guys’ wives. To the absolute joy of his friends, Oskar gets on board with the plan. However, he has another reason for coming back to Minnesota – a reason he hasn’t shared with his buddies. The characters seem like regular people. They do such things as sit on the ice and fish, swat mosquitoes, and enjoy church pot luck wedding receptions. This is priceless, off-the-wall comedy.
Ingrid Kristensen: Hariet Dehlinger
Oskar Kristensen: Tom Wetzel
Arn Larsen: Terry (Ole) Stormoen
Helen Larsen: Cheryl Lippart
Conrad Torvildstad: Sam Wollin
Sarah Torvildstad: Emily Tissen
Lars Magnuson: Lonny Lecy
Camilla Magnuson: Kathy Morley
Wilhelm Jorgenson: Robert Quinnell
Rita Jorgenson: Laurel (Melba) Falash
Erik Torvildstad: Nick Zwitser
Michelle Steltzer: Allie Dye
Lenora Steltzer: Stephanie Klopotek
Setting: The towns of Middle Creek and Lake Hulda, Minnesota. The culture is emblematic of a simpler time around the end of the 20th century.