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.
The towns of Middle Creek and Lake Hulda, Minnesota. The culture is emblematic of a simpler time around the end of the 20th century.
Ingrid Kristensen, woman in her mid-fifties.
Oskar Kristensen, man in his late fifties.
Arn Larsen, man in his late fifties.
Conrad Torvildstad, man in his late forties.
Helen Larsen, woman in her mid-fifties, Arn’s wife.
Sarah Torvildstad, woman in her mid-forties, Conrad’s wife.
Lars Magnuson, a man in his early thirties.
Wilhelm Jorgenson, a man in his early thirties.
Camilla Magnuson, a woman in her early thirties, Lars’ wife.
Rita Jorgenson, a woman in her early thirties, Wilhelm’s wife.
Erik Torvildstad, a man in his early twenties, son of Conrad and Sarah.
Michelle Steltzer, a woman in her early twenties, fiance of Erik.
Lenora Steltzer, woman in her mid-fifties, Michelle’s mother.