"It got ferociously cold here on Thursday--Wednesday and Thursday--so school was canceled on Thursday. They heard about it Thursday morning on the rise-and-shine show Ole and Toivu." Senator K. Thorvaldson prepares for a trip to Arizona, Carl Krebsbach considers giving up the carpentry business, and Pastor Liz's boyfriend Cliff attends another service at the Lutheran Church.
"All the kids are going back to college now. College kids who are going back exhausted after having had almost a month off from school." A "Wayward Moon" makes the town restless, Pastor Liz's boyfriend attends a service at the Lutheran Church, and Darlene visits a man in Windom.
"It was cold—COLD—Monday and Tuesday. So cold. It was minus 40, minus 50, counting the wind chill." Father Wilmer gives a two-and-a-half-minute sermon, the town's dogs enjoy a break from the cold weather, and Jerry Dehner does some thinking during an ice fishing trip.
"It's been very cold out there, hate to say it, but it's true, and it's about to get colder." The governor preemptively closes schools because of the big cold front, TV crews from California visit to find out why people live in Minnesota, memories of cold winters past, and the town celebrates New Year's Eve.
"Sort of balmy, balmy weather early in the week and then we got some drizzle and then finally last night we got some snow, snow, beautiful snow." Mavis and Vern continue their relationship despite Irene's objections (and become the talk of the town in the process), Pastor Liz visits elderly residents for the holidays, and the Chatterbox Cafe's potato sausage gives the town a festive aroma, in a monologue from December 2012.
"There was a beautiful big moon up there on Tuesday, Wednesday, and the light from that moon was so bright on the snow that some people woke up in the middle of the night." Tales of late-night baking and strange dreams, and the recently improved Lutheran Church Choir sings a few hymns during their Christmas banquet at the Moonlight Bay Supper Club.