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LAKE WOBEGON, MN—Though local residents insist it has been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, MN, their hometown out on the edge of the prairie, state police officials descended on the small community Tuesday when another 24 corpses surfaced along its placid waterfront.
In the last year, the viciously mutilated bodies of 57 Lake Wobegon citizens have been found in the lake. Nine of those discovered were members of the town’s floundering baseball team, the Whippets, whose severed throwing arms were never discovered.
“The Wobegon Killer typically stalks his victims in the dead of night, murders them, and discards their hacked-up bodies in the water,” Minnesota State Police chief Ron Taggard said. “We believe this same individual may also be responsible for the bombing of Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility Church in July; brutally maiming local waitress Darlene with a meat cleaver; and force-feeding lutefisk to the owner of Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery, Ralph, until his stomach burst.”
Added Taggard, “We’re dealing with a madman here.”
According to officials, the bodies were discovered when hundreds gathered to watch Mr. Berge’s 1949 maroon Pontiac sink into the thawing lake as part of the annual Sons of Knute Ice Melt contest. As the car submerged, onlookers witnessed a number of purplish- looking corpses float to the surface.